Party Like Royalty
If your invitation to the big royal wedding seems to have been lost in the post, the next best thing to being at St. George’s Chapel for the big day is to organise your own royal wedding party. Here’s our guide on how to throw the perfect shindig that any Royal would be proud of.
★ Hire a Butler
If you want to experience how the other half live, you’ll need to hire a butler. Your personal Butler will greet your guests, offer them refreshments on arrival and arrange the service from the kitchen to the guests. They are then on hand to offer any wine service and additional food/beverage services throughout the evening. Get rid of your unwanted chores, leaving you more time to enjoy the party; nicely done.
★ Make a floral statement
For Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ceremony in 2011, Westminster Abbey was decorated with almost 30,000 flowers and six English Field Maple trees and two Hornbeam trees lined the aisle, so you might need to go big here. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to this kind of statement you can still make an impression with other techniques. Try using just one bloom such as red roses for some regal drama or make the most of flowers and plants that are in season. Garden roses, foxgloves and Meghan’s favourite, peonies, are all in bloom in May. The florist for the wedding is Philippa Craddock, whose work is amazing. To recreate her style you want a relaxed English garden feel to your arrangements with a loose, organic feel.
★ Set the mood
Bring London and the Palace to your home by adding regal touches. Union Jack bunting, red velvet drapes, gold candelabra; this is definitely the occasion for ‘more is more’. Try adding some banners and giving every guest a flag, after all it wouldn’t be a royal wedding without some flag waving. Bring the Guests of Honour to your party by splurging on hiring some lookalikes to mingle with your guests or a life-size cut out to pose next to. Set up some games for guests to play – use poker chips to bet on which guests will be attending, though we recommend leaving the games of strip billiards to Harry.
★ Lemon Elderflower Cupcakes
When Kensington Place announced that Meghan and Harry would be serving lemon elderflower cupcakes, it was the first time a royal couple broke with tradition by not serving a fruit cake to their guests. The naked cake style and lemon & elderflowers flavours will be perfect for a spring wedding and remind us that guests love to be surprised and how important it is to reflect your own character at your celebrations. And whilst the Royal Couple’s cake sounds simple, the appearance will be everything. Try adding some red, white and blue into your cakes for Royal approval.
★ Paparazzi Posing
Let’s face it, hiding from the paparazzi is a bore. Do like Meghan and Harry and hire a professional photographer for the evening. Professional photographers will ensure you’re not caught gurning at the camera and the pictures make wonderful gifts for guests. Spend time with the photographer before your party and brief them on any essential images and what kind of style of photography you’d like. Of course not all your guests may be so camera shy so for those that embrace striking a pose, a Royal themed photobooth complete with a selection of crowns and tiaras in a great idea.
★ Steady with the booze
Whilst Harry used to be famous as the Party Prince, with wild nights in Los Angeles and fancy dress parties, these days he’s almost as angelic as Prince George. However you can’t guarantee that all your guests will be as well behaved so it’s important to manage the consumption of alcohol. With excitement levels at a pitch you might be tempted to have booze flowing freely at the beginning but it’s important to pace the amount of drink served across the party. Mini Prosecco bottles are always cute and you could offer some non-alcoholic options; Fortnum & Mason’s ‘Royal Blend’ of tea would be perfect.
★ Hit the dancefloor
The Royal couple will have performances from a gospel choir and a 19-year-old cellist at the wedding but it’s afterwards when the real shenanigans begin with a range of popstars performing and we can only hope that the Queen will be joining in doing the Wannabe dance when the Spice Girls perform. At your own event it’s important to match the music to your guests and if you’re using a DJ make sure they know how to get your guests dancing – and what about adding a bit of glamour and installing something that makes a statement such as our gold dancefloor.
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