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8 Intriguing Royal Wedding Ideas You Should Steal Now

I am not one of the anglophile U.S. citizens who got up before dawn on Saturday to watch Harry and Meghan transform via marriage vows from British prince and U.S. actress to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. But I also don’t live under a rock—that wedding got more media saturation than the U.S. president’s latest tweets. Of course, more than 22 million of us were watching—you couldn’t miss it if you tried.

So I couldn’t help but notice that, besides giving us a much-needed reason to celebrate, the royal wedding v.2018 offered some ideas that could prove inspirational for your next meeting. A few that spring to mind:

#Realeza | Estas son las fotos oficiales de la boda real entre Harry y Meghan ► https://t.co/w1Cmc4oioY #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/2arOMLM8UO

— El Sudcaliforniano (@ElSudcalif) May 21, 2018

The bridesmaids and pageboys: Instead of relatives, best friends, or contemporaries who must be included to keep the family peace, as is common in the U.S., the bride had a gaggle of adorable kids as her seconds. Even when Fed-Up Flo (three-year-old Florence van Cutsem) followed in her cousin’s Grumpy Grace footsteps at William and Kate’s wedding by looking less than pleased to be a bridesmaid, she and the other wee ones helped make a rarified royal event more relatable to the rest of us.
Planner takeaway: Don’t be afraid of what you can’t control! This also could be said for of the other things that kept shifting pre-wedding, such as whether Markle’s father would make the scene. Planners are experts at this, but it never hurts to remind yourself that being able to roll with the punches is essential.

Also, getting back to the kids, how are you including your next generations in your variety of pomp and circumstance? And perhaps, unless you’re a royal couple, beware of working with animals and small children—they invariably will upstage you.

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— Coral Tree In Home Care (@CoralTreeCare) May 20, 2018

Hats and fascinators and hatinators (yes, apparently the latter is an actual thing, sort of a hat/fascinator hybrid): The Kentucky Derby just warmed us up for the glorious day of headpieces that was the royal wedding (check out this gallery from Harper’s Bazaar). For some watchers, the hats were the best part of the whole show, much like the ads are for non-football fans watching the Super Bowl.
Planner takeaway: Is there some article of clothing or some other symbolic item that could become a “thing” at your event, something you could hold a “best of show” contest around, or gather photos of and post in a gallery after the fact?

— Drew Walker ~ US*99 (@radiodrew) May 21, 2018

The weather plan B: While the wedding itself was of course indoors in the glorious St. George’s Chapel, the open-topped Ascot Landau carriage from the Royal Mews they took to greet their well-wishers post-nuptials would have dampened more than their spirits if it had rained, which fortunately it did not. But if it had, they had a backup enclosed coach waiting in the wings.
Planner takeaway: Have contingencies in place for everything, but especially for anything that could be affected by Mother Nature. She is nothing if not capricious.

The F&B: The wedding cake managed to break from and keep with tradition simultaneously—no mean feat! The tier-less cake was divided in three, with each piece sitting on a golden throne. Created especially for the bride and groom, the delicious-sounding lemon sponge cake was decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and flowers, filled with Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream, and drizzled with an elderflower syrup created especially for Harry and Meghan.
Planner takeaway: OK, so the chef probably won’t go to those lengths to make your gala’s dessert a showstopper, but have the conversation to find out what they can do to make your event’s food and beverage something to Instagram about. Also, while traditions are important, don’t be afraid to break out of the chicken or surf-and-turf rut—and don’t forget about the special dietary needs and preferences your attendees have, from religious restrictions to adherence to gluten-free or vegan diets.

What a great, powerful, funny, emotional & true sermon about love ❤️ given by Reverend Michael Curry! Preach Sir, Preach! #reverendmichaelcurry #reverendcurry #michaelcurry #preach #allyouneedislove #therespowerinlove #royalwedding #harryandmeghan #princeharry #meghanmarkle pic.twitter.com/oYcitDWeAG

— redgeekmusings (@RedGeekMusings) May 19, 2018

The speaker: Reverend Michael Curry’s wedding sermon was a bit of a departure from the usual royal wedding message, from what I’ve been reading (listen to his full sermon here). According to the Washington Post, “Curry was fiery, enthusiastic, passionate. He spoke in the style of black American preachers. He quoted Martin Luther King Jr.

“’We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love,’ he said, quoting King. ‘And when we do that, we will make of this whole world a new world. But love, love is the only way.’”

While tweeted reactions to his sermon ranged from thinking it was wonderful to saying it was perhaps a bit much for the occasion, it was nothing if not unforgettable. The nontraditional (for British royal weddings, anyway) touches continued with The Kingdom Choir, a Christian gospel group, which sang a heartfelt rendition of “Stand by Me.”
Planner takeaway: As your constituency evolves, your speakers and entertainment need to evolve along with it. Does your lineup reflect your current audience physically, emotionally, intellectually, and perhaps even spiritually? Are you willing to take a chance on a speaker who might be unconventional, but definitely would be unforgettable?

Beautiful tribute to the late Ray Wilkins by both clubs. #FACupFinal2018 pic.twitter.com/Wsv2MardVv

— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) May 19, 2018

The scheduling conflict: Could it be that the brother of the groom, the best man, might have an urgent engagement elsewhere on the big day? In fact, as president of England’s Football Association, Prince William was supposed to hand out the trophy to the FA Cup victor that day (I hear this is akin in importance to the Super Bowl here in the U.S.—a very big deal. Congratulations to Chelsea, which beat Manchester United for the title). Despite some rumors that Wills might cut out early to fulfill both roles, the honor instead went to the widow of Ray Wilkins, who played for both clubs over his career.
Planner takeaway: Always triple-check the schedules of your event speakers and other VIPs, with one of those checks being close to your dates just in case anything has changed. And on the FA Cup side, again, have that plan B fully baked and ready to serve. From all accounts, it sounds like this was a very apt solution to the scheduling conflict.

Gorgeous #royalwedding #flowers were delivered to the hospice today. What a special treat. They look and smell totally stunning. Thank you @PhilippaFlowers and cheers to the newlyweds pic.twitter.com/8Ypzm472ot

— Letizia Perna-Forrest (@perna_letizia) May 21, 2018

Charitable tie-ins: Both bride and groom are very involved in charities and giving back, so why should their special day be any different? The peonies, foxgloves, and white garden roses from the church and reception were made into bouquets for hospice patients. MeetingsNet and CBI had something similar at the Pharma Forum this year: Hilton teamed up with Repeat Roses to give participants the opportunity to make arrangements of flowers Repeat Roses had collected from events such as weddings, which then were donated to a local rehab hospital. The royal couple also asked for donations to charity in lieu of wedding gifts.
Planner takeaway: How can you reuse and repurpose items you no longer need once the event is over, from leftover food to floral arrangements to banners, bags, and badges? There is a lot that is being thrown away that could not just be reused, but also make someone’s day.

The cars of the #RoyalWedding From electric #Jaguar E-types, classic #RollsRoyce gems and armoured Range Rovers. Which was your favourite?https://t.co/cCQDIrDJpe pic.twitter.com/dcaMSLYI31

— CAR magazine (@CARmagazine) May 20, 2018

The getaway car: The couple honored the royal family’s long history with Jaguar-Range Rover by leaving the festivities in a 1968 classic silver Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero car. But since bride and groom, and the royal family as a whole, are into championing green initiatives these days, that gorgeous Jag had first been eco-converted, from its LED headlights to its fully electric powertrain.
Planner takeaway: Which of your meeting traditions can you turbo-charge with a different kind of juice?

What did you take away from the royal wedding?

70 Wedding Themes to Inspire Every Type of Couple

Have you chosen a theme for your wedding? If not, you should. Though having one isn’t mandatory, these wedding themes can help you decide on the style of your dress, the food you serve, and more.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite wedding themes, so whether you’re a book lover, an outdoor enthusiast, or an offbeat bride, we’ve got an idea for you. Keep reading to discover 70 jaw-dropping themes for every style of bride, or you can jump to our inspiration boards below:

Modern Ideas

Glamorous Ideas

Rustic Ideas

Vintage Ideas

Story Book Ideas

Exotic Ideas

Alternative Ideas

Modern Wedding Themes

Modern wedding themes are heavily curated and inspired by design from the 1920s and beyond. To achieve a contemporary look, use sharp lines and geometric shapes on your wedding invitations and in your decor. You can also replace a traditional wedding venue with a sophisticated space such as a museum or gallery.

Here are 10 modern wedding themes we love:

Formal contemporary: Stick to the basics with this upscale wedding theme that uses design elements from the present. Draped fabrics, crystal chandeliers, and tall centerpieces will bring this sophisticated look together.

Modern minimalist: Reduce distractions by limiting over-the-top decor and focusing instead on what really matters: the happy couple. Less is more with this simplistic theme that uses shapes, geometry, and small pops of color to come to life.

Postmodern industrial: Revitalize a worn-down space such as an old factory or abandoned warehouse with a gritty and contemporary spin by using sharp lines and sleek accents. This theme looks to the future of design so have some fun picturing what your postmodern world looks like.

Feminine maximalist: More is more with this colorful and loud wedding theme that plays up dramatic displays and quirky touches. Make your maximalism pretty in pink with cascading florals and bright embellishments.

Mid-century modern: Embrace this retro (yet still modern) design style in your wedding theme with retro tablescapes and burnt orange furniture.

Art deco: Celebrate the timeless elegance of the roaring ’20s with gold decor, sparkling sequins, feathers, and lots of bubbly. Use a wedding palette of white, gold, and black for a sophisticated art deco design.

Geode: This glittering gemstone wedding theme really rocks. Incorporate agate place cards, a geode cake design, and other stone accents to achieve this look.

Art history: For a tasteful and refined affair, consider a theme that commemorates art history throughout its decor and design. A museum or small art gallery is the perfect setting for this eventful art lesson.

Pop art: If you’re looking for a loud wedding theme that always stays relevant, throw a pop art wedding. This style, made famous by artist Andy Warhol, mixes pop culture items with more traditional pieces for a look that’s anything but boring.

Preppy: Your country club wedding is the perfect stage for a preppy wedding theme. Combine bright accents and modern patterns together for a bold and flirty design.

Sources: Mariah Naella | Kate Merrill Photography | J Wiley Photography | Captured Frames

Glamorous Wedding Themes

Glam weddings are dazzling and over the top, with luxurious details from the venue to the decor. Monochromatic color palettes are popular, with metallics mixed in to add glitz and glamour. Whether you choose old-world elegance or new world charm, this is a wedding theme worth getting gussied up for.

Chic estate: Old world glam takes center stage on the sprawling estate lawn during your ceremony and reception. Dress up your wedding tent with linens, lights, and floating florals for a look that’s elegant and refined.

Classic romance: This timeless wedding theme comes with a soft, delicate palette of pinks and golds and traditional decor such as bouquets made of roses and peonies. To set the romantic mood, provide candlelight and intimate seating for your guests.

Vineyard chic: Wine enthusiasts can make bubbly an important part of their wedding day with a vineyard chic celebration. To bring your vision to life, consider hosting your ceremony and reception at an actual vineyard and use wine bottles and corks as creative decor.

Winter wonderland: Your winter celebration can glisten like snow with a winter wonderland theme. Use sparkles, snowflakes, and holiday decorations to achieve this dreamy aesthetic.

Royal wedding: Channel the grace of Meghan Markle and the tradition of the British royal family with this wedding theme. Myrtle flowers, London artwork, tiaras, and tea help make this look authentically chic.

Desert chic: Achieve an earthy glam aesthetic by mixing elevated bohemian elements with desert plants. This wedding theme is perfect for western weddings in the heat. Send guests home with a succulent wedding favor to complete the theme.

Botanical bliss: If you plan to play up florals on your wedding day, consider a botanical bliss wedding theme. This upscale garden party is luxe and sophisticated, and typically features metallic palettes and opulent floral displays.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Your wedding palette can’t get more luxurious than Tiffany Blue. This classy wedding theme will embody the late great Audrey Hepburn, so play up her timeless style with white and black fashion accessories.

Masquerade: Throw a dark, classy, and refined affair, all while wearing a mask. Whether you’re channeling Venice or Mardi Gras, this fun and festive wedding theme is heavy on the glitz, glamour, and mystery.

Grecian: Host a wedding worthy of the gods by adorning your venue in drapes, vines, and earthy colors. Gold accents and greenery can help make the white and cream drapery pop.

Rustic Wedding Themes

This casual and dreamy theme has been taking over the wedding industry, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you want to play up natural elements or homespun decor, there are so many things you can do with a rustic wedding.

Here are 10 ways to theme your rustic wedding celebration:

Country: Break out the cowboy boots and country music at a ranch-style wedding. You can even incorporate ranch activities like hayrides and horseback rides if your venue allows it.

Shabby chic: This rustic-meets-vintage wedding style is all about romantic, soft textures and warm colors. Take something old and make it new again by decorating with antique centerpieces and light fixtures.

Farm-to-table: Make food the focal point of your day by creating an outdoor ambiance using organic decor and fresh menu offerings. Try an earthy palette and centerpieces that feature fruits and vegetables.

Kentucky Derby: This upscale country wedding theme is perfect for spring weddings. Bring southern glitz and glamour into your day with derby favorites like chic hats, mint juleps, and of course, horses!

Natural: Consider an open-air courtyard to celebrate the beauty of nature throughout your wedding day. Eco-friendly wedding details such as edible favors and a sustainable exit help add sustenance to your natural wedding vibe.

Southern charm: Peach cobbler and citrus are just some of the fixings to serve at your Deep South-inspired celebration. Play up feminine details and casual elegance in your ceremony and reception.

Summer glamp: Go glamping for a laidback camp-themed wedding with a touch of glamour. Elevate a barn venue with feminine furniture and festive food stations for a summer camp experience like no other.

Patriotic: If you, your spouse, or someone you love has served, consider paying homage to their sacrifice with red, white, and blue wedding details. You can encourage veterans and service members to come dressed in uniform.

French countryside: If you’re getting married at a chateau-style venue, consider saying “I do” the French way. This wedding theme mixes opulence with rustic chic. Make sure to bring lots of lavender, macarons, and baguettes baked with love.

Midsummer: Celebrate the Swedish Midsummer holiday with a summertime ceremony that is centered around florals. Host a daytime picnic where you and your guests relax in the sun while making flower crowns and wreaths.

Sources: Stacey Able Photography | Mango Studios | Lara Hotz | Nichols Photographers

Vintage Wedding Themes

If you love the days of yesteryear, consider a vintage wedding that embraces and builds upon retro trends. Hunt for decor at thrift stores and vintage markets for some antique finds you can’t buy on shelves. Here are some of our favorite vintage wedding themes:

Retro Trailer: Throw a unique and laidback ceremony and reception in a retro trailer park. Gather a bouquet of wildflowers, hang twinkle lights for decoration, and serve barbecue to keep with the casual theme.

Vintage Travel: Adventure seekers will love decorating for this theme that uses antique globes, postcards, and other vintage travel pieces as creative decor. Celebrate your wanderlust as you embark on the greatest journey of all.

1950s: Take it back to happy days with a retro rock-a-billy wedding. Wear a tea length wedding gown and perfectly coiffed hair to achieve style aesthetic, and set up a photo booth to capture all the fun.

Renaissance: Take your love back in time with this historical wedding theme. Consider replacing the traditional bridal dress with a medieval gown and serving up a menu full of ancient spices.

Elvis elopement: Elope like you’re in Las Vegas, complete with your own Elvis Presley officiant. You can keep it casual with this vintage style ceremony.

Fantasy of flight: If you’re an aviation enthusiast, consider celebrating the fantasy of flight on your wedding day. Take your decorations back to 1937, the year Amelia Earhart took her last flight.

Tea party: Host a vintage tea party for a daytime wedding celebration that’s both casual and cute. Serve snacks on fine China, have bridesmaids carry parasols, and don’t forget delicate touches of lace.

Midnight in Paris: You don’t have to go all the way to France to have a dazzling Parisian wedding celebration. Create a nostalgic vibe using creative touches such as books written by Hemmingway and Bukowski as centerpiece decor.

Theatre: If you and your partner are film buffs, consider hosting your wedding at a historical theatre. Make movie magic part of your day with popcorn, a film screening, and touches of old Hollywood glamor.

Peacock: Channel the glamor of 1920s lounges with a peacock wedding theme. This mod, chic wedding style uses the beautiful shades of peacock feathers to bring together the ceremony and reception details.

Storybook Wedding Themes

Bookworms will love these wedding themes straight out of a fairytale. Storybook weddings are whimsical, fanciful, and heavy on the themed details. Relive your favorite fantasies the day your fairytale reaches happily ever after.

Here are 10 storybook wedding themes for literature lovers:

Harry Potter: If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Hogwarts, a magical ball might be the wedding theme for you. Break out your wand, spell books, and chocolate frogs and throw a party that would make Potter proud.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Host a magical Shakespearean-inspired wedding — think fairy lights and greenery at a post-sunset celebration that’s heavy on the romance and wine.

Alice in Wonderland: Take your guests down a rabbit hole with this themed garden party idea. Bring the look together with eclectic touches such as clocks, cards, pocket watches, and pastels.

Romantic Fairytale: Ditch the kitschy themes in favor of an upscale fairytale rich in romantics. Use a pink and white color palette for a dreamy aesthetic and add tasteful touches to your reception decor.

Great Gatsby: Celebrate the Jazz Age with a Gatsby-inspired party featuring diamonds, feathers, and glamorous accents — don’t forget the champagne towers and fringe.

Twilight: Edward and Bella knew a thing or two about love. Channel the infamous Twilight wedding outdoors with dangling florals and wooden furniture.

Enchanted Forest: Earthy couples can embrace the mystique of the forest with this wedding theme that features twinkling lights, hanging moss, and greenery vines.

Secret Garden: Take a page from the English novel and host a wedding inspired by the cozy and lush charm of a British garden.

Disney: Inspire childlike wonder with a Disney-themed wedding. Whether you focus on one story, such as Cinderella, or mix in elements from multiple fairytales, this theme is sure to evoke nostalgia in your guests.

Sources: Stephanie Weber Photography | Nirav Patel | Abigail Malone | Arte De Vie and Blue Gardenia Events

Exotic Wedding Themes

Whether you’re hosting a destination wedding or bringing the celebration to you, these exotic wedding themes are sure to ignite the explorer in you. Inspired by faraway places, these ideas are full of tropical decor and unique offerings. Check out our favorite exotic wedding themes below:

Tropical: You don’t have to get married on the beach to embrace the island vibe. Use lush palms, exotic flowers, and conch shells to pull together a tropical wedding, and encourage guests to get into theme with resort wear.

Aloha brunch: Host a Hawaiian-inspired luau during the day so you can take advantage of the sunshine and vibrant colors. The morning reception opens up new menu offerings like banana pancakes and mimosas.

Jungalow: What is a jungalow wedding? Jungalow designer Justina Blakeney describes this design style as wild, cozy, and homey, with bohemian touches and lots of plants.

Nautical: Anchor your love in place with a wedding theme that celebrates the high seas. Dress your celebration up with blue hues, breezy linens, and delicious seafood stations.

Yacht: This is not your average wedding on the water. Take your nautical up a notch with an upscale, black-tie wedding on (or inspired by) a yacht!

Beach: If you’re dreaming of getting married barefoot, toes in the sand, then a beach-themed wedding is for you! Embrace the shoreline with your decor and bouquet with a wedding arch made of dried poms.

Under the sea: Hold your under-the-sea wedding at an aquarium so you can say “I do” alongside creatures of the deep. Decorate with turquoise, coral centerpieces, and sand dollars.

Rainforest: If you’re interested in hosting a private, tranquil affair, consider a rainforest-themed wedding. Pick a destination with rich, natural landscapes and play up the greenery decor.

Yoga retreat: Enter marriage with a cleansed mind and spirit. You and your guests can reach a zen state through meditation during the ceremony. Then dress up your reception with Buddhist relics and handwoven blankets.

Safari: If you and your spouse are animal lovers, consider a safari wedding theme. Embrace natural tones mixed with animal prints for an eclectic, bush-inspired vibe.

Alternative Wedding Themes

If you and your partner like to think outside the box, an alternative wedding that ditches tradition might be just for you. Use your imagination to transform these offbeat themes into the wedding of your dreams.

Go against the grain with these 10 alternative wedding themes:

Rock ‘n Roll: Get inspired by rock stars from decades past with a wedding theme that celebrates your love for music, fashion, and eclectic decor. You can rock n’ roll all wedding night, and then party every day with your spouse from here on after!

Festival: If you and your partner love music festivals, consider a festival wedding where guests camp onsite, rock floral crowns, and dance into the night.

Carnival: Be kids for the day with this wedding theme that lets you relive your childhood. Incorporate silly touches such as balloons, circus tents, and fair food — but maybe beware of clowns.

Gothic: A castle-like venue is the perfect setting for a gothic affair. Consider ditching the white wedding dress in favor of something more sinister and don’t forget to light up lots of candelabras.

Steampunk: This chic and sexy wedding theme is reminiscent of the steam-powered aesthetics of the Victorian era. Have some fun with your wedding day outfit and encourage guests to get into the theme, too!

Celestial: If your love burns as bright as the stars in the galaxy, consider a celestial wedding to celebrate the sky. Star-crossed lovers can get decor inspiration and color palettes from astronomy, stars, and outer space with this out-of-this-world wedding theme.

Mountain: If you’re a morning person and/or lover of the outdoors, how about a hike-themed wedding that has your guests up and active at dawn? Play up the hiking theme after your intimate, mountainside ceremony with a celebratory brunch reception.

Halloween: If you’re getting married in the fall, take advantage of the spooky season’s deep color pallette and popular accessories such as pumpkins, smoke, and crystal balls.

Murder mystery: While you have everyone all dressed up, why not throw a murder mystery (and some funky accents) into the mix? Perfect for couples who love games, this wedding theme can be incorporated into the decorations, entertainment, and menu.

Game of Thrones: Winter is coming to your wedding with this theme straight from Winterfell. Let your wedding party get into character with faux fur, tiaras, and thick braids.

Sources: Uriel Photography | Michelle Edgemont | Nichols Photographers

After you’ve found a wedding theme perfect for you and your spouse, it’s time to start wedding planning. Shop for decor and more at Zola’s Wedding Boutique, and don’t forget to match your invites to your wedding theme.

Sources: A Practical Wedding | Weddings Obsessed

Stop everything and look at this royal wedding

While we (and the rest of the world) wait patiently to witness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding take place in just a few weeks, we can’t help but gawk at the grandness of this style shoot. Like a true princess, the bride is seen making her way to the ceremony in a gorgeous gown with a lengthy detachable train, and a show-stopping sparkly number for the reception. Rich, jewel-tone colours such as ultraviolet, muted white, bronze and gold influence the bulk of the florals and decor which include fuchsia orchids, white cherry blossom, blush roses, and a gold tree resembling that of an enchanted forest. As an accent to the vibrant scene, black lacquer favours, invitations and stationery were added, and the cake consisted of an eight-tier black and gold design topped with what can only be a sugar crown. Even if the royal wedding reception goes off in a completely different direction, we don’t mind dreaming about this shoot in the meantime.

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How to Throw a Royal Wedding Viewing Party on Any Budget!

If you’re as excited about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding as we are, then you’re probably toying with the idea of hosting a royal wedding viewing party with your similarly-infatuated pals. With just a week to go until the big day, we’ve compiled some handy checklists to make the whole process a breeze. Which one you choose depends on how much money you have to spend, and how serious you are in your devotion to Meghan and Harry – if you’re more interested in fun merch than listening intently to the vows, for example, the Second Cousin Once Removed-Level Party is the one for you! So what are you waiting for? Let’s get planning!

Photo by Philipp Cordts via Unsplash

Photo by Jenny Quicksall via One Fab Day

Royal Wedding Viewing Party – Pauper Level

  • Invite your around friends via WhatsApp or Facebook
  • Set your alarm! Meghan and Harry’s guests start arriving at 9.30am BST and you don’t want to miss a single fascinator!
  • Start getting in the mood with our royal wedding playlist!
  • Text your friends five minutes before they arrive to ask if someone can bring Prosecco and pick up a packet of queen cakes (get it!?) from the corner shop. Put the kettle on.
  • Find out what channel to watch the royal wedding on via this handy post. If it’s a nice day, we highly recommend pulling the TV out into the garden!
  • Read out the rules of our royal wedding drinking game, which you’ll find at the end of this post, for your guests.
  • Pop the cork and commence merriment!

Banner from One Fab Day

Photo by Danielle Tullo via Cosmopolitan

Royal Wedding Viewing Party – Second Cousin Once Removed Level

  • Photoshop your face onto either Meghan or Harry’s from the engagement portraits and email it to your friends in lieu of an invitation. Insist on costumes.
  • Blow most of your budget on some of the LOLworthy Meghan and Harry memorabilia in this post, particularly the earrings, the life-size cardboard cut-out and the infamous Ed Sheeran plate.
  • Source the essential Union Jack bunting for your living room and metallic paper crowns for your guests.
  • With your budget almost tapped, head down to the supermarket for emergency provisions, including Prosecco and nibbles. A selection of quintessentially British crisps will do in a pinch. If you haven’t had time to pick up a tin of Meghan and Harry biscuits from M&S, grab a packet of custard creams as a prize for your best-dressed guest.
  • Find out what channel to watch the royal wedding on via this handy post.
  • It’s time to get into your costume! Naturally, you’re going as the queen, so grab a headscarf, some oversized glasses, a raincoat, some sensible shoes, and a corgi soft toy.
  • Blare our royal wedding playlist from your speakers and greet your guests, otherwise known as The Queen’s Guards, Kate Middleton, Zombie Camilla, Baby Louis and Headless Anne Boleyn.

Photo by Darek Novak via One Fab Day Image by Sketch London via One Fab Day

Royal Wedding Viewing Party – Princess Level

  • Make your guest list and invite them via email, Facebook or Whatsapp. Don’t forget to include a cute Meghan and Harry gif!
  • Plan your viewing party feast. If you’re only having a few guests, you might want to do brunch-style dishes like pancakes or Eggs Benedict to represent the US or an old school English fry-up to represent the UK. For more guests, we recommend an afternoon tea-style spread with delicate sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and for dessert, it has to be that lemon and elderflower cake (try one of these recipes!)
  • Do a grocery run, and don’t forget the booze (see below)!
  • Bake your cake, and scones too, if you’re feeling extra fancy.
  • Set up a photo booth using nobility-themed props like paper crowns and cut-out props (particularly moustaches, top hats, tiaras and monocles). An Instax camera would work great here.
  • Print out the rules of our royal wedding drinking game below and place them in cute frames.
  • Pick up a bunch or two of flowers to make your place look more festive – you can use our predictions for Meghan’s bouquet, or the evening reception flowers for guidance. Bunting would be another nice touch!
  • Prepare a pitcher cocktail to serve once the show gets on the road. We like the idea of two cocktails, one to represent Harry’s homeland (fruit or gin punch), and one to represent Meghan’s (Long Island Iced Tea, Porch Swing). Alternatively, you can serve gin and tonics from a teapot or stick with good old Prosecco!
  • Stick on our royal wedding playlist while you start preparing brunch, or laying out the afternoon tea spread. This is a good time to crack out your Granny’s china!
  • Get dressed! Dig out the fascinator you wore to the races in 2010 and you’re ready to go!

Photo by DKPhoto via One Fab Day Photo by DKPhoto via One Fab Day

Royal Wedding Viewing Party – Queen Level

  • Make a guest list to include friends, family members and local politicians.
  • Commission a stationer to create elegant invitations and use this post to get the language just right. Don’t forget to set a dress code – we recommend morning coats for men and day dress with hats for women, just like Meghan and Harry.
  • Contact your favourite bakery about creating a three-tiered lemon and elderflower buttercream cake for the big day.
  • Commission a local florist to create tasteful garlands and centerpieces for your home using seasonal branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.
  • Enlist the help of a stylist to dress your home for the occasion. We’re predicting tall, tapered candles and antique gold cutlery for Meghan and Harry’s evening reception – this post shows you how it should look!
  • Book your caterer and begin discussing menu options. Our predictions for the royal wedding feast are here, and include seafood carpaccio, watermelon salad and rosemary and garlic roast chicken. As for drinks, it’s Champagne all the way!
  • Purchase a sophisticated set of royal wedding commemorative china, like the William Edwards set in this post.
  • Purchase or hire a projector or enormous TV screen so your guests can watch Meghan walk up the aisle in high definition.
  • Start putting your all-important party look. One of the gorgeous wedding guest dresses or outfits in this shoppable post would be a great starting point and don’t forget a voluminous hat or fascinator to top it all off.
  • Hire a co-ordinator to make the whole day run smoothly. All this party planning is simply too taxing!
  • Pop the first bottle of Champagne at 9am. Our royal wedding playlist is the perfect accompaniment.
  • After the celebrations, send your guests away with their very own Cath Kidston Meghan & Harry tote filled with A-list swag.

Photo by Niamh Smith, The Photography Hub via One Fab Day

The Meghan and Harry Royal Wedding Drinking Game

Whether it’s tea or G&T in your cup, take a sip when:

  • an elderly royal family member looks confused
  • a flower girl or page boy throws a tantrum
  • Meghan and Harry kiss!
  • Princess Diana is mentioned
  • there’s a baby Louis sighting
  • there’s a celebrity sighting
  • someone’s hat looks like a common household object (toilet seat, fruit bowl, toaster etc.)
  • the Queen waves
  • a fan holds a LOLworthy sign

Featured image credit: Holly Stratton on Unsplash

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages on May 19th – we’ll be sharing our thoughts on the big day as it happens!

Here’s what you need to throw a chic royal wedding viewing party for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Ready to watch a real-life fairy tale unfold? We’ve rounded up everything you need to throw a royal wedding viewing party, complete with tiaras, tea and treats.

The invitations

Prince Harry and Meghan Wedding Watch Invitation, $15, etsy.ca/Jazzdoodles.

You can’t throw a party without officially inviting your guests. Set the mood and the theme with these oh-so-cute royal wedding invitations.

The dress code

Yumi Kim Morning Light Floral Robe, US $60, bhldn.com.

Let’s be honest: You won’t actually want to get dressed for the royal wedding (it’s happening at 7am EST, on a Saturday). Encourage guests to simply throw on a beautiful robe like one of these for a comfy-chic fete.

lovelushcrowns Sienna Tall, $37, etsy.com.

Step up your pyjama game by topping off your look with a tiara — which also happen to make great party favours.

The essentials

Smeg Tea Kettle, Williams-Sonoma, $139.95, williams-sonoma.com.

In Britain, putting the kettle on is basically a national sport. Get those eyes open at the crack of dawn with the help of a piping hot cuppa made in this gorgeous European tea kettle.

Champagne Flutes, $40, indigo.ca.

You’ll need some pretty champagne glasses if you plan to raise a toast to the happy couple. We love these Kate Spade Pearl Place Flutes. The shimmery gold dots add a decidedly celebratory flair to them. (Psst: We recommend serving our Cranberry Mimosas or Pineapple Mimosas.)

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Royal Wedding Teacup and Saucer, £45, williamedwardshome.co.uk.

Your guests will love sipping their tea (or crying into it, now that Harry is off the market) out of one of these royal wedding commemorative bone china teacups. Plus, they’re a collectible you’ll have in your family forever.

Queen Cookie Cutter, $3.25, etsy.ca/imagineacookie.

Whip up some queen-shaped cookies with the kids and nibble on them while watching the wedding of the year go down.

Party Like Royalty Paper Plates, $5.41, notonthehighstreet.com.

For those who don’t want to have to deal with dishes on the wedding day, opt for paper plates for easy cleanup.

Union Jack Paper Cups, $4.53, etsy.ca/byJoessa.

And paper cups, too!

The menu

As for the menu, we think a hot cup of English Breakfast tea is perfectly fitting for the occasion, don’t you? As for eats, we’ve rounded up some delicious breakfast ideas:

Loose Leaf Tea, $15, teaforte.com.

Recipe: Mini Chocolate and Almond Waffles with Raspberry Coulis

Recipe: Dutch Baby Pancakes

Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Mascarpone Crepes

Recipe: Macarons With Lemon Curd Filling

8 Royal Wedding Viewing Parties Across the U.S.

Kensington Palace via Instagram

Ever since the date of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was announced in December, aspiring royals and wedding enthusiasts alike have been waiting with baited breath for May 19 to arrive. While those of us on the other side of the pond might not get up-close-and-personal access to the couple’s nuptials, we can join in on one of the hundreds of royal wedding viewing parties being hosted across the country. Here, eight to know about. Be sure to book soon-spots are bound to fill up in advance of the big day.

RELATED: CELEBRITIES ARE JUST AS OBSESSED WITH THE ROYAL WEDDING AS WE ARE

Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts

The hotel has teamed up with Boston Weddings to invite guests to experience the royal wedding viewing party and breakfast of their dreams in the Plaza’s elegant ballroom. Along with a full English (and American!) breakfast, there will be plenty of tea and scones and wedding cake to celebrate the special occasion. They will even be opening a champagne bar, which will offer Bollinger champagne and traditional British cocktails like Pimm’s Cup and Bramble, at the wee hour of 8 a.m. to toast the couple as they embark on a horse-drawn carriage procession through the streets of Windsor. One lucky raffle winner will score a two-night stay in a Junior Suite at The Savoy in London, Fairmont Copley Plaza’s iconic sister property.

King George Hotel in San Francisco, California

This royally named (and recently renovated!) hotel will be broadcasting the royal wedding throughout the day in the spacious and aptly decorated lobby. The viewing is open to the public, the hotel bar will have refreshments on tap throughout the afternoon, and guests are encouraged to snap a photo with the iconic red phone booth in honor of the British royal family. They will also be hosting a “Show Us Your Fascinator” contest leading up to the royal wedding itself, which is open to the public. To enter, guests can post a picture of wearing a fascinator (or their pet wearing a fascinator) with the hashtag #showKGyourfascinator and they will be entered for a chance to win a two-night stay at the King George Hotel.

Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island

The Weekapaug Inn’s British-born innkeeper, Simon Dewar, is hosting a special weekend in celebration of the royal wedding. As a beginning to the day, guests are cordially invited to wear their most regal attire to watch a live stream of the wedding unfold. A traditional English breakfast, including Lincolnshire sausage and Back bacon, will be served along with a glass of Bucks Fizz, a classic British champagne cocktail. The second event of the day includes an authentic afternoon tea during which highlights of the wedding day will be shown on screen. The third and final event of the day is The Royal Evening Dinner, which will feature the traditional English “Wedding Breakfast,” a dinner given in honor of the bride and groom at the wedding reception. The menu will include traditional favorites, such as beef wellington and Eton Mess, consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped heavy cream.

Loews Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

You and your bestie can plan to watch the royal wedding in style thanks to the Loews Chicago Hotel. Their “An American Princess” package will allow you the opportunity to enjoy a slumber party with welcome amenities like of freshly baked scones, clotted cream, jam, tea and Chicago Honey Co-op honey. For the wedding itself, you’ll be given two fascinators to watch the wedding in true British style, in-room dining breakfast for two adults with two mimosas, and a discount on spa treatments (so you can feel like a royal yourself!).

RELATED: EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE GUEST LIST FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING

Gansevoort Meatpacking in New York, New York

Whether you and your girls are New York City-based or plan on being in town on May 19, the Gansevoort Meatpacking is prepared to royally enhance your viewing pleasure of the wedding. Your day will begin with a royal wake-up call that will let you know which channel to watch the ceremony on. Then, in-room dining will then come up and serve an English breakfast featuring a mix of crumpets, scones, jams, and clotted cream. The hotel will also provide fun inflatable crowns for you and your friends to wear and, of course, take selfies with. The package will also come with a Gansevoort Guide to a British Weekend, listing true British shops in the neighborhood such as Myers of Keswick, Tea & Sympathy, and A Salt & Battery.

The Fairmont Washington, D.C., in Washington, D.C.

This gorgeous hotel smack-dab in the middle of our nation’s capital will be hosting an over-the-top viewing party in in honor of the royal wedding. On the laundry list of things guests can expect to enjoy, some highlights include royal fashions and culinary displays, photos with royal look alikes, specially priced Pimm’s Cups and tea fare, slices of royal wedding cake (because, why not?), Jaguar and Land Rover Vehicles on-site, a prize for the best hats or fascinators, and more!

Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois

The Deer Path’s innkeeper spent two weeks in England learning about the art of traditional innkeeping, so you better believe the festivities planned to honor the royal wedding will be just as traditional and authentic as Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. A smaller, more intimate viewing party package for up to 10 royal wedding fanatics can be reserved in the Cornwall Suite (reminiscent of an English country estate), while a more extravagant affair can be hosted for 30 guests in Windsor Hall. Viewing party guests will be able to enjoy light bites that mirror what’s on the menu for the royal wedding guests including lemon tarts (inspired by the couple’s lemon elderflower wedding cake) and roast chicken (the dish Meghan and Harry were cooking together when he proposed!). Swoon!

The Plaza Hotel in New York, New York

Don your best version of traditional British wedding attire and visit New York City’s iconic Plaza Hotel for an “over-the-top Royal brunch” in the Palm Court on the morning of Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. As you sip champagne, mimosas, and billinis, and dine on classic brunch fare, you’ll be able to watch a live-stream of the ceremony and hear from surprise guests. “The Plaza and The Royal Family exude luxury and splendor, and we wanted to create an experience and menus for our guests to celebrate and feel like a Royal for a day,” says the Plaza’s Executive Chef Sani Hebaj. As for dessert, fruit cake will be on order. “As a fellow Englishman, it is an honor to envision the traditional dishes I grew up with and add a touch of playfulness. I promise the wedding fruitcake is like none our guests have ever had,” adds Executive Pastry Chef Matthew Lambie.

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