Meghan & Harry: The Wedding of the Year 2018
Everything you need to know so far.
The confirmation, yes, it was on Twitter!
We were all so excited to know that Meghan Markle was dating Prince Harry but it was The Royal Family’s confirmation via Twitter on December 15 2017 officially confirming that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will marry on Saturday 19th May 2018, breaking the traditional rule that Royals only marry on weekdays. Queen Elizabeth got married on a Thursday and the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge a Friday. An additional day off work for the general public is hard to complain about, right!?
So, no additional holiday this time but the good news for many people is that pubs are permitted to stay open until 1am on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of May, yay! Even more, this Saturday will be a popular one for the footy lovers out there as it is the same day of the FA Cup Final at Wembley. We believe the trophy will not be presented by the Duke of Cambridge, President of the Football Association, as He will need to fulfil his duties as Prince Harry’s best man.
Also, it will be the first wedding attended by Prince Louis and his, hopefully recovered mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.
A Royal Wedding in Windsor: where, what and when.
Location of the wedding: St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 12 noon.
But, where exactly? At the place of worship, thanks to the Queen’s permission. Expect all services, main floral decorations, music and reception happening here.
Paid by: The Royal Family.
Of course, the Queen has already given The Instrument of Consent – which means the wedding will happen (just in case you did not believe it!) so we can go ahead with the prep for our street parties!!!
The Wedding Suppliers:
- The caterers: Royal chef Mark Flanagan
This is something that we can totally relate to as Sam Sidders, our Founder & Director has worked at St George’s Hall and there are lots of difficulties to overcome from the point of view of the caterer.
Leading the 30 members of the catering team, Flanagan told the The Independent, “The day of the wedding has fallen very kindly for us. All the British vegetables are just coming into season… and that’s been a point of focus for us. We know the couple wanted us to make sure we used all of the local seasonal produce as much as possible throughout their menu, and this recent good weather is really helping us to achieve that.” So, in the menu Food Bowls of traditional and locally sourced British food like miniature shepherds pies and fish and chips and delicious platters of canapés approved by the Queen, obviously.
This is something that 81 Events offers in our menus for events and weddings as it is very popular, easy, and the best of Britain! Remember, Head Chef Wayne only picks the best ingredients, locally and organically sourced.
- The Wedding Cake Maker: Violet Baker
A lemon elderflower bake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring – will be made by Violet Bakery’s Claire Ptak, a Californian girl based in trendy East London. Curiously, Meghan interviewed her for the blog The TIG
She only uses seasonal & organic ingredients so, this is what made her appointed by the Royal Commission.
- The florist: Philippa Craddock
We are expecting here the best displays of beech, birch and hornbeam, white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves picked from Windsor Park and the Crown Estate. We love flowers, so this is the one that we will be looking at very closely.
- The photographer: Alexi Lubomirski
He has done other official events and he is appointed by the Royal Commission to complete the photos of the ceremony, the reception by the Queen at St George’s Hall, and the moments shared with the public at Windsor Castle.
- By Royal Invitation: Barnard & Westwood
The invite follows the royal traditional choice but this time American Ink on English Card, what else? Obviously, each bespoke invite has been printed in Gold & Black, burnished to make it extra shiny and gilded at the edges with the proud badge from the Prince.
Who will be invited?
Well, if we compare William’s to Harry’s Wedding, clearly it will only be a small “crowd’ of 600 guests (compared to 1900!) At the end of the day, Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne so he does not to have to invite diplomats from everywhere in the world. Her Majesty’s government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the royal household,” a spokesperson said in a statement on April 10.
An act of good will is the fact that some invites went to a selection of exemplary people (around 1200) who are serving their communities and have been selected by regional Lord Lieutenant offices from different backgrounds and ages. You can follow their stories in Kensington Palace Twitter right now!
And then, after the marriage…
The Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury will be the ones to marry the couple.
A carriage procession from St George’s Chapel through Windsor town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk.
“They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day “Following the service, there will be a reception at St George’s Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation.
At 7pm, the Prince of Wales is hosting an evening reception at Frogmore House but only for the couple and closest friends and family. So, if you are not invited right now, maybe leave your high hopes for another occasion.
The father of the bride.
It is not clear if he is coming to the Royal Wedding or not. The latest latest news is that he is not able to come.
The night before the wedding.
The bride, mother of the bride and closest family and friends are possibly staying at the wonderful Cliveden House & Spa in Taplow.
The groom will possibly stay in Ascot at Coworth Park, only minutes to Windsor Castle
If you want to be there, start queuing now.
The M4 will be absolute chaos, so don’t think you will be allowed to do any camping along the hard shoulder! Our suggestion is to double check with Windsor Castle what are your best options… mine clearly is to watch it with friends and family at home, in peace.
Now, it’s the final countdown.
Enjoy it every minute!!!!!