Royal Wedding Fever: Tips for the big day
Along with the rest of the country, here at Michael Graham we’re preparing to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tying the knot at the weekend. If your invitation got lost in the post (ours did too), and you’re hosting a watch party at home or going along to a street party, the following tips will add a touch of royalty to your celebrations.
- Champagne. Obviously. Bollinger has been the royal choice of fizz since 1884 and was served at Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding reception in 1981, and at Prince William and Kate’s in 2011. Champagne will be flowing at Harry and Meghan's wedding, so fill the fridge or with bubbles for your party too.
- Flowers. Meghan’s bouquet is expected to be mainly white and is likely to include her favourite flowers – white peonies. If you’re hosting a watch party, or going to one, Waitrose has cleverly come up with the perfect floral arrangement for your home or as a gift for your party host. The Waitrose Wedding Bouquet includes white peonies, roses, freesias and sprigs of the American shrub salal. Available in store for £20.
- No party is complete without a cake. Prince Harry and Meghan will be tucking in to an organic lemon cake covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. Think Mary Berry and whip up her lemon drizzle cake. Perfect with champagne.
- Hats. Weddings are a hat day, so wherever you celebrate, don a hat, fascinator or even tiara and wait to see if Meghan does the same.
- Find a screen. There will be wall to wall television coverage live from Windsor Castle from the BBC, ITV and Sky, starting from 9am and running until 3pm. Key arrival times at St George’s Chapel are 11:00 for members of the Royal Family; 11.45 for Prince Harry and his best man and brother the Duke of Cambridge; 11:55 for the Queen and 11:59 for Meghan Markle. The service starts at 12pm. At1pm the newlyweds will leave the castle by carriage for a two-mile drive waving to cheering crowds before returning for their reception.
So string up some bunting, crack open the bubbly and hope the sun shines. Although truthfully, what would a British street party be without a light drizzle? And don’t forget the small matter of the football match at 5pm.