This coming weekend, there’ll be plenty of party marquees at the ready across the country to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and with good weather due to hold out across the country, we’re looking forward to a good old British celebration.
If you’re yet to organise your royal wedding party, no fear, we’ve got some great last minute tips and ideas to help you make the most of the occasion.
First up, where you hoping to throw a street party? If so, it may be too late to apply for a permit to your local council. This is important if you were hoping to close of a street which has through traffic, though if you live in a cul de sac or similar, you’re unlikely to have the same troubles. Consider moving the event into you and your neighbours gardens if so.
When it comes to decorating, there’s two ways you can go. The traditional British street party is bright and multi-coloured, throwing in British favourites such as floral prints and lace, however, red, white and blue will also create a strong look. Look out for retailers with special royal-themed decorations, such as these from Ginger Ray.
When it comes to food – you can take inspiration from Harry and Meghan’s wedding menu of tried and tested classics. According to the head chef, the focus will be on seasonal food, largely coming form the Queen’s own estates. Asparagus, peas and tomatoes are a good bet.
On the other hand, Iceland are offering a banquet box for £30 that feeds six people, and you can even comes with a miniature version of the royal wedding cake, which costs £8 rather than £50,000.
For drinks, a bit of fizz is the top choice for a wedding of course, but if the sun is out, some Pimms is a suitably British option. Why not serve yours in a teapot with teacups for everyone to drink out of for a fun, finishing touch?
Entertainment wise, if you’re planning on being glued to the screen for the whole wedding day, there are still some ways you can add to the party atmosphere. Why not decide on a fancy dress theme and hand out prizes to the best dressed? Extend decorations to dress up items such as crowns and anything with a Union Jack on, and then you can build a makeshift photo booth for anyone who wants to take pictures.
Or you could play games based on the television coverage. Bustle magazine had this great idea for royal wedding bingo – where you make your own bingo cards with events on such as someone mentioning Pippa Middleton’s infamous dress from Will and Kate’s wedding, someone saying Harry is ‘settling down from his party years’ or anytime you see a ridiculous hat.
And most importantly, make sure you don’t miss it! The ceremony coverage on the BBC runs from 9am to 2pm so if you’ve set your party to start any later than that, you’ll have missed the whole thing. It’s unclear what time the ceremony which actually begin, but look out for more details.