All the Ways to Celebrate the Royal Wedding in the U.S.
I know that it can sometimes seem as though there’s very little to look forward to in life besides the weekend. Getting out of bed in the morning, a commute in traffic or a packed train, not to mention that it’s officially spring allergies season. Well, cheer up because there's one more reason to get up in the morning: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married in just 10 days. We Americans will just have to watch, longingly, from afar as the only cool members of the royal family tie the knot, but rest assured there are plenty of ways to watch, celebrate, eat, drink, and be merry in honor of the couple who has captivated the world. Sure you could always throw your own viewing party, but there are spots all over the country throwing their own soirees that will make you feel like royalty. From fancy hotel packages to tea at the pub or a bowl of comforting soup at home, here are all the ways you can celebrate the royal wedding in the U.S., ranked from super posh to DIY and cozy.
Ritz-Carlton viewing party and $1 million wedding package—Washington, D.C.
On May 19, the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C. will host a royal wedding viewing party in the Grande Ballroom. At $75/per person you’ll be treated to a British-themed breakfast and prizes will go out to the best-dressed guests. You can call the hotel at (202) 835-0500 to make reservations.
For couples who want to throw their own royal wedding, the hotel is also offering a “real-life luxury experience” modeled after Prince Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. The package includes which includes services from wedding planner Amal Zaari, a custom-made gown designed by Romona Keveza, wedding bands designed by I. Gorman Jewelers, a multi-course menu created by Chef Yves Samake, and a two-week honeymoon in the Meditteranean.
The Palm Court viewing party—New York City
This iconic restaurant, located inside The Plaza in New York City, will hold an epic brunch while live-streaming the wedding ceremony. Expect flowing mimosas and champagne, and a British-themed menu. Guests are encouraged to wear formal attire appropriate for the real royal wedding. You can make reservations on OpenTable.
All month long, The Palm Court will also hold a royal tea, which features a Yorkshire pudding, sherry trifle, and a slice of fruitcake—a royal wedding tradition—for $105/person.
The Venetian and Palazzo Princess package—Las Vegas
Live like a royal (for a couple nights at least) at this luxurious Las Vegas hotel, which is offering a so-called Princess package for the entire month of May. For $1,000, you’ll get private use of the wedding chapel for half an hour, and personal event planner to help organize your wedding ceremony.
The hotel is also offering an afternoon tea service starting at $58, featuring finger sandwiches and scones, which can be delivered straight to your suite.
The Gansevoort Hotel viewing party—New York City
Toast to Prince Harry and Meghan at this hotel in the Meatpacking District. The Chester, inside the Gansevoort Hotel, is hosting a full English breakfast extravaganza, which will feature “eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, Heinz beans, fried bread, potato, broiled tomato, [and] toast and jam,” all for just $29. Your meal will be served alongside Harney & Sons tea and English Strongbow Cider. The restaurant will also the feature two royal wedding-inspired cocktails: the Prince Cup and the Markletini.
The Drake screening party and reception gala—Chicago
This Chicago hotel will host a luncheon and screening on the occasion of the royal wedding. The menu is based off what Princess Diana ate for lunch when she visited the hotel in 1996. Later in the evening, a gala celebrating the marriage will feature a 17-piece orchestra, three-course meal, and open bar.
Harvey at the Williamsburg Hotel high tea—New York City
Enjoy coffee, tea, and cocktails at this chic Brooklyn hotel on the morning of the wedding. A hat shop called Goorin Brothers will set up shop in the restaurant as well, in case you need to pick up any headgear worthy of the royal family.
The Jones Wood Foundry royal wedding-watching breakfast—New York City
The menu at this New York City restaurant’s viewing party includes chicken and waffles, smoked salmon Eggs Benedict, and lemon elderflower cake with buttercream frosting, all for $70. During the feast, you can sip on Chapel Down, the English sparkling wine that rumor has it will be served at the royal couple’s wedding reception.
Decker and Dyer viewing party—Nashville
This Nashville bar will host a royal wedding screening that is open to the public. Guests are invited to take part in a traditional English tea service, with an optional Veuve Clicquot toast at the end of the ceremony.
Lotte New York Palace royal wedding breakfast-in-bed—New York City
For one day only, you can get the royal treatment at this elegant hotel. On the morning of the royal wedding, enjoy a breakfast-in-bed tea service for $75, which includes a mini royal wedding cake. Just be advised that you must order the meal 48 hours in advance.
Royal wedding cocktails at Gordon Ramsay Steak—Las Vegas
Sip on a specialty cocktail called the Gin Windsor inspired by the royal family—and a nod to Ramsay’s British roots—at this Las Vegas restaurant. The drink is made with gin, honey infused simple syrup, and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and is garnished with a sprig of lavender.
Lillie’s Victorian Establishment royal-inspired cocktails—New York City
This Victorian-themed British-style pub will serve a series of royal family-inspired cocktails, from May 7 to 20, including an Earl Grey-infused gin and tonic. The day of the wedding, guests will be served beef wellington and a slice of lemon elderflower cake.
Stella Artois limited edition ‘regal chalice’
This elegant limited-edition beer glass is emblazoned with 19 symbols representing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story. It’s available for $5.19 (the wedding date) on the company’s website.
Van Leeuwen Royal Wedding Cake
This gourmet ice cream company came up with a flavor inspired by the couple's wedding cake: It's made with sweet cream ice cream, swirls of elderflower buttercream frosting, and housemade lemon pound cake pieces. Get it at scoop shops in both Los Angeles and New York City.
Ample Hills “God Save the Cream”
This ice cream company is launching a limited edition flavor inspired by the couple’s wedding cake, and excuse me if my mouth is watering: “God Save the Cream” will feature lemon ginger ice cream, dotted with pieces of elderflower butter cake and buttercream frosting. The new flavor will be available in pints on the Ample Hills website, as well as in scoop shops in Jersey City and New York City.
Black Tap Royal Wedding Cake Shake—New York City
On May 19, Black Tap, purveyors of those overtop milkshakes that come topped with ice cream and candy, will offer a version inspired by the royal wedding: A vanilla shake with a vanilla frosted rim, topped with white sparkling sugar and a miniature, two-tiered lemon elderflower wedding cake made by Magnolia Bakery.
Kellogg’s Café viewing party—New York City
Former royal chef Darren McGrady will be the guest of honor at this New York City café, where he’ll recount stories from his time working for Queen Elizabeth II. The café will also screen the wedding while guests enjoy cereal and tea, and create their own fascinators out of Kellogg’s boxes, starting at 5:30 in the morning. By the way, Kellogg’s holds a royal warrant—the company has provided cereal to the past three British monarchs.
Campbell’s royal wedding soup
This royal wedding inspired soup recipe—which you can find on the company’s website—features meatballs, ditalini pasta, and a favorite ingredient of the bride’s: zucchini. It only takes 35 minutes to prepare, making it an easy choice for a home cooked meal the evening of the wedding.