The countdown to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – which takes place tomorrow, Saturday 19th May – is well and truly on…
But for those of us not lucky enough to be on the guest list or among the 2,460 members of the public invited to Windsor Castle on the big day, the next best thing is to watch this momentous occasion live on television whilst having a little royal soiree!
We’ve rounded up a guide on how to celebrate the royal wedding, and all the party supplies you’ll need to plan your own British-inspired bash. Whether you want a cute keep-sake to mark the occasion, or you want to host your own party find out all you need to know here…
How to watch
As with previous royal weddings and milestone celebrations, there will be hours of coverage streamed live from the lawns of Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel nave. In the UK, the BBC, Sky News and ITV cover the big day with big-name presenters anchoring the coverage. Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Young will be leading live coverage on the BBC from 9am until 2pm from around Winsdor Castle’s moat.
On ITV, Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will be presenting from a specially constructed studio in Windsor which will begin at 9.25am running until 3pm.
We recommend starting early to catch a glimpse of the wedding guest style and any famous faces that arrive!
This is a momentous occasion for British history, so it’s only natural that you should follow suit with the country and purchase some patriotic party supplies! Balloons, buntings, tablecloths, confetti, paper plates, cups, flags and cutlery have all gone on sale ahead of the big day and in true British form, the colours red, white and blue are key themes.
Some shops, such as partypacks.co.uk, partyrama.co.uk, theworks.co.uk, zazzle.co.uk are all selling royal wedding themed decorations as well as large chain supermarkets. But you don’t have to splash out – you can also make your own.
Memorabilia as favours
As well as party supplies, many shops are also selling some gorgeous memorabilia with photos of the royal couple. With everything from tea towels, playing cards, magnets, mugs and keyrings you name it and they’ll be a souvenir! put a little money aside to purchase some memorabilia for you to keep, and opt for cheaper goodies that guests can take home as a little souvenir of the big day.
The Food & Drink
If you’re hosting a little royal celebration, you’ll need to think about a menu. One option could be to host a sophisticated British afternoon tea with cucumber and coronation sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, sponge cake and delicious delicatessens! Weather permitting you could also have a BBQ for close family and friends to include some American favourites in honour of the bride: think mini hot dogs, beef burger sliders, cookies and cupcakes!
Not forgetting the drinks, consider elegant elderflower water, Pimms, tea and of course champagne to toast the happy couple!
What’s more, following the wedding, football fans can delight in an afternoon watching the FA Cup Final, so what better day to have an excuse to make a day out if it, whip out the bunting and whisk-up some baked goods!
Or, if you prefer a chilled one with the girls but are still in those wedding spirits put on some wedding dresses and sip on some fizz like Phoebe, Monica and Rachel from friends! No better way to watch the royal wedding if you ask us…
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