Wedding Alert! What KC Brides Can Learn From the Royal Nuptials
If you didn’t score a royal invite to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle we've got some inside knowledge on how you can still be "wedding adjacent" and a few tips on how to make your Kansas City wedding shine like the crown jewels.
No Invitation. No problem. Never fear you can still experience the splendor of this royal wedding by being one of the thousands of bystanders lurking outside of Windsor Castle. For a mere $1,500 you can fly round trip from Kansas City to London Heathrow arriving two days before the wedding and then stay a couple more days to enjoy the sights. In the spirit of a California girl marrying the sixth-in-line to the UK royal throne, this airfare combines the services of American Airlines and British Airways.
Once you land, sashay to the Royal Lancaster London and take advantage of their la-di-da “Royal Wedding” package that includes a “signature suite” with panoramic views over Hyde Park and the London skyline. You’ll also get a swag bag with Harrods gift certificates and a Fortnum and Mason personalized hamper (British for picnic basket) which is supposedly a fave of the Queen. www.royallancaster.com
Before you head to Windsor to rubber neck with all the other lookie-loos, a spot of tea is a must. The Arch hotel in London has created the “perfectly patriotic Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea.” Here you can nibble on the “Bride-To-Be Wedding Dress” ginger flavoured biscuits and the Groom’s cookie which is a “suited and booted bavarois pannacotta and crumble complete with a top hat.” There’s also the “Royal Crown” made with a lemon tart base and elderflower and rose mousse with golden meringue embellishment. (This could be as close to the royal wedding cake as you may get. Meghan and Harry’s cake will be lemon and elderflower with fresh flowers and buttercream icing.) In a salute to the USA, they are also serving American flag profiterole croustillants filled with a soft center of raspberry crèmeux. www.thearchlondon.com
Be sure to grab some souvenirs while you’re there. The hottest items are a tote bag, tea towel and a coloring book all featuring the big day.
If you’re stuck stateside in Kansas City, you can still experience the love story of Meghan and Harry by tuning into the Lifetime’s Network smoochie bio-pic — “Harry & Megan: A Royal Romance” that airs Sunday, May 13. The movie will be “chronicling the courtship and love story between a beloved prince and his new fiancée, from the moment they met after being set up by friends, through their initial courtship when they were able to keep their romance under wraps.”
Local brides yearning to have their own princess weddings can follow in the footsteps of Meghan by taking some notes from how the royals do their “I do’s.”
Randy Neal with Neal Florists says to achieve a look fit for a monarch; the key is going monochromatic. One color scheme creates a sophisticated look that doesn’t distract from the bride or the venue. It’s traditional for the royal flowers and bridal bouquets to be white. Just look at Harry’s mother’s bouquet.
Neal says a flower like a peony makes a lovely, sophisticated statement, especially when done in a muted tone.
Wedding planner Michael Nolte, owner of Nolte Bridal and a longtime royal wedding aficionado — who (gasp!) will be at Windsor Castle when Princess Eugenia, the Duke of York’s daughter, gets married in October, says Meghan, not wanting to be compared to her amazing sister-in-law, Kate, the “Princess of the United Kingdom,” will probably veer away from anything with a “full skirt and go with a narrow dress and a very long train.” Nolte says local brides will, no doubt, want to copy this look and wedding designers will quickly duplicate components of Meghan’s dress. The one thing this wedding guru says all brides should do is to keep all the details on the "down low" just like a royal.
“As a wedding planner, what I do love is that none of the details have been blasted on social media. I always encourage my brides to do the same, keep them guessing. Isn’t that what we’re doing now?”
To finally have all your royal wedding questions answered you can watch the nuptials on May 19 on all the major news networks. The live coverage begins starting at 3 a.m.