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Host the Perfect Royal Wedding Viewing Party

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You can expect that many more televisions will be on at 4:30 am on May 19th than your typical Saturday morning as the wedding of the year (or maybe several years) takes place. We’re especially excited to tune in this time because of the Toronto connection, as the bride-and-princess-to-be Meghan Markle spent several years living in our fair city during the filming of her hit show, Suits.

Whether you’re inviting your friends, family or just waking up everyone in your household excessively early to tune in, we have you covered on everything you need to host a perfect Royal Wedding viewing party.


How to watch

Harry and Meghan’s 600 guests will start arriving at the chapel between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. EST. We can expect to see a lot of familiar faces trickling in, including some local celebs like Ben and Jessica Maloney, good friends of the brides from her time in Toronto. CBC, CTV News and CP24 will start their live wedding coverage at 4 a.m. EST. A live stream will also be available on CTVNews.ca and CP24.com.

The Food

Luckily, British grub pairs perfectly with a 4am wake up call. Get into the Royal Spirit with a high-tea spread of finger sandwiches, mini cakes, scones, clotted cream, fresh jam and lots of English tea (have some coffee on hand for guests – it is 4am after all). And of course, of the utmost importance, have champagne on hand for toasting the big moment and serve all treats and beverages in and on your best china – this is a fancy affair after all.


The DEcor

Ride the line between royal by decorating white and pink tulips, lilies and hydrangeas (MM is well known for her love of flowers) and playfully kitsch with mini British flags and Instagram-ready props and centerpieces like paper crowns. Don’t break the bank by making your own or head to your local dollar store or Value Village to see what royal finds you can repurpose. Playfully classy is the best ways to describe the royal couple and your decor should pay homage to the newlyweds.


The Attire

The Princess-to-be Meghan Markle has wowed the world with her effortlessly chic style and has managed to rep Canada pretty hard in the process with a collection of looks, from power coats to minimal classics from Canadian designers that promptly sold out. Easy and fun to recreate, challenge your guests to come donned in one of MM’s iconic looks, or for the fellas one of Harry’s classic suits.

For a more casual and laid-back option, ask guests to wear their favourite or most special hat in true British fashion, and don’t forget to grab a few tiaras or crowns at your local dollar store for any guests that want to feel a little more royal.


The Activities

While you don’t want to distract from the viewing itself, the hours before and after the main event offer endless opportunities for some fun. Try out one or all of our top Royal Wedding games:

  1. The most important part of the wedding is, of course, the dress. Have guests guess on details of the dress when they arrive and have prizes ready for whoever’s guess is most accurate. For a bonus prize, have your guests bet on what colour outfit the Queen will be donning.
  2. Grab a few newspapers and have guests partake in a hat making contest that brings everyone right back to middle school. Winner gets a prize, the loser has to wear their own hat.
  3. Play Royal Wedding Bingo. Fill up blank bingo cards with details such as: Someone’s wearing a funny hat, someone says Harry is “finally settling down”, Commentators mention Kate Middleton, Commentators mention Pippa Middleton’s 2011 dress, someone mentions “tradition”, Commentators mention princess Diana, etc.
  4. Gather up random facts about the royal family and play true or false during commercial breaks.
  5. Use makeshift rating cards (attached sheet of paper with the numbers 1-5 to popsicle sticks) to rate your favourite and least favourite outfits throughout the ceremony.

For the kiddies: Set up a fascinator or crown decorating station for any little ones attending your royal shindig. Simply cut the crown or fascinator shapes out of cardboard (for fascinators, have hairbands on hand you can hot-glue each creation to so the kiddies can wear them after) and provide everything from sparkles, markers, beads and stickers. Make sure to line the floor with a tarp or clear tablecloth so you don’t have to worry about the mess during your party.

Photos courtesy of: triciasdarlindesigns.blogspot.ca; Express.com; Closerweekly.com