? RED ALERT: The royal wedding is just days away. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that Prince Harry is set to marry Canadian-American actress, Meghan Markle on May 19. This is an unorthodox choice for several reasons: she’s not British, she’s not royal, she’s divorced, and she’s biracial. For these reasons and more it’s a BFD. While the birth of Prince Louis just put Harry even further back to reach the thrown, he is still a major royal – especially in this generation. Despite all the reasons she’s not a typical pick to marry a prince, it’s not hard to see what Harry sees in Meghan. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and has been a women’s rights activist since age 11.
With a week before these two lovebirds tie the knot, it’s time for you to start deciding how you plan to celebrate the royal wedding. There was a huge surge in royal interest for Will + Kate’s wedding. I expect this to be no different. If you’re looking to celebrate the happy couple, here are some ideas how.
- Fly to London + see it for yourself (at least the outside)
- Go to high tea
- Throw a royal wedding viewing party (more on this below)
- Watch the wedding (CBS coverage starts at 4am ET, the wedding is at 7am ET)
- Watch Suits, Meghan’s Hallmark movies, or the Lifetime movie about their romance
How to Throw a Royal Wedding Viewing Party
Throwing a royal wedding viewing party is a great way to enjoy the festivities with your friends! With just a few considerations, you could be on your way to having almost as much fun as those in London. Obviously, the party will have to get an early start as the royal wedding kicks off at noon London time. This might be the perfect excuse to throw your first brunch!
What to wear: There are a few ways to go with attire. The first is pajamas since the event is so early in the AM. The second is to dress up in full on wedding attire. The third is to deck out in the Union Jack and other UK symbols. Whatever you decide, make sure everyone is on the same page. Fancy hats are a must not matter which way you go.
How to decorate: As with attire, there are options here as well. One way to go is elegant with flowers and pearls. The other option is to go full on UK/royal-obsessed. Decorate with flags, symbols, crowns, etc. You can even get masks like the royal family! Recreating a London phone booth will be a great backdrop for photos.
What to serve: Anyone who has planned a wedding will tell you food is very important. So will friends who show up at 7am. A traditional English brunch with eggs, bacon, tomatoes, toast, and beans. You could also serve food for tea. Finger sandwiches, macaroons, etc. This royal wedding cake will be lemon + elderflower, incorporate it where you can! I’ll be making some variety of this recipe. You’ll also want champagne to toast the couple!
What to do: Aside from obviously watching the royal wedding + mourning your lost shot with Harry, there are games to be played. Create bingo cards with things that may happen during the wedding or commentary. Try these drinking game items as starters. Create a riveting trivia game of “name that royal.” Make a game out of scoring the eligibility of existing single royals. And of course, have some fun ranking the looks of the wedding guests.
No matter how you decide to celebrate the royal wedding, celebrate it in style! Don’t forget to include party favors!