The much-anticipated union of American actress Meghan Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry will unfold Saturday, May 19, at Windsor Castle. Although the royal event takes place midday in England, viewers in North Texas will be tuning in at 6 a.m. Central Standard Time to take part in the celebration — yes, you read that correctly.
Whether hosting a watch party, attending a viewing event or tuning in from the sofa, we’ve gathered all the royal wedding essentials for wherever you choose to hold court.
If you weren’t one of 600 guests to receive an invitation (think George and Amal Clooney, Priyanka Chopra, Markle’s ‘Suits’ costars, The Spice Girls!), hosting a royal wedding watch party may be the best way to celebrate from this side of the pond. Check out the Pinterest board we curated especially for the occasion.
Munch Menu – Classic English bites like scones, sausage rolls and cucumber sandwiches are perfect for passing or serving buffet style. Offer guests an array of options; brekky foods are a bonus for this early-morning affair.
Bevvy Service – What better way to fete the almost-newlyweds than toasting quintessentially British cocktails? Follow the lead of mixologists across the U.S. by creating a special his-and-hers cocktail menu — His: Elderflower-Scotch Sour, Hers: Elderflower Sparkler. (Inspired by the bride and groom’s organic lemon and elderflower wedding cake.)
Décor – From English roses and poppies to the bride’s favorite peonies, fresh flowers add a magnificent touch to your royal festivities. And it wouldn’t be a British wedding without the hats. See a simple how-to on creating your own fascinator, and make a few extra for your guests who may have forgotten theirs in a half-asleep rush out the door.
Tea Time – Wrap up the festivities (and maybe catch the replay) with a traditionally British afternoon tea. Channel your inner monarch with fancy teacups and saucers, and of course, the clotted cream. Even the Queen would be impressed. Remember, ladies: no slurping and pinkies out.
Since it’s a little too far to attend one of the estimated 8,000 street parties honoring the royal couple, we’ve found a few closer options.
Grapevine – Dress in your favorite attire, grab a comfy chair and head to Historic Downtown Grapevine’s British Emporium for an authentic Royal Wedding Watch Party experience. The British Emporium will host a watch party in the car park (Texan translation: parking lot) beginning at 5 a.m., serving tea and light refreshments. Guests are encouraged to wear their best wedding hat to be considered for contest favorite.
Dallas – Celebrate in stately style at The Rustic’s Royal Wedding Brunch. The Rustic will host a special version of its jam and toast brunch at 10 a.m., where guests may enjoy $1 mimosas for either wearing an old bridesmaid dress or donating one for students who can’t afford a prom dress.
Theaters – Perhaps you personally ban alarm clocks on Saturday mornings — not a problem. Take in the encore at select movie theaters around town. NorthPark Center 15, Cinemark 17 with IMAX and Tinseltown USA Plano will be showing Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding at 10 a.m.
If leaving the house before sunrise on the weekends is not your jam, cable TV has your back. Plenty of channels will be airing the regal event, so dress to the nines (formal gown, fascinator, silk gloves), grab your cup of tea and join an estimated 3 billion viewers across the globe tuning in to watch the royal nuptials.
And when even that sounds like too much for a Saturday morning, don your pajamas, grab the remote and cue Lorde’s hit ‘Royals’ with a box of tissues nearby.
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