The Wedding Planner costume designer talks Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s dress

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.

Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed San Francisco-based wedding planner Mary Fiore, as played by Jennifer, as she met and fell in love with Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey) – who happens to be the groom at one of her upcoming ceremonies.

In a pivotal scene, Jennifer’s character dons a vintage white gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, which a number of fans have claimed resembles the Givenchy dress Meghan wore to her wedding with Prince Harry in May 2018, but in a new interview with Glamour magazine, the film’s costume designer Pamela Withers Chilton insisted the similarities were a “coincidence”.


“I got a lot of texts about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress,” she commented. “I’m like, ‘Well, I’m sure it’s a coincidence.’ But (Meghan) was at a good romcom age when the movie came out – she could have been watching it at sleepovers!”

Designed by Clare Waight Keller, Meghan’s wedding gown was made of silk and featured an open boat neckline, while her veil was embroidered with flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth and her home state of California.

Elsewhere in the chat, Pamela shared that she took inspiration from a number of sources when creating the gown for Jennifer to wear in the movie.

“The wedding dress wasn’t supposed to be a big, frilly, princess affair. We pulled a bunch of vintage shapes to get started, and that’s where we jumped off: We liked a piece of this, a piece of that, and combined them all. It’s beautiful, but it’s not a celebration or a joyful expression of one’s self. It’s kind of serious. It’s dutiful,” the designer explained. “That’s why we liked the vintage feel of that pillbox hat and the veil matching it, because it was a throwback.”