How to Throw a Royal Wedding Watch Party (Without Waking Up the kids!)

Prince Harry is getting married and we’re invited! The Royal ginger will marry his California girl on Saturday, May 19th. I’ve been a Royal wedding fanatic since 1981 when I convinced my parents to wake me up in the pre-dawn hours to see Diana step out of her carriage and marry Prince Charles. If you’re willing to get up early, it’s a great excuse to throw a party! Here’s what you need to know to host a Royal Wedding Watch Party.

How to throw a Royal Wedding Watch Party

Get up to speed on past Royal Weddings.

Diana and Prince Charles, 1981 (Pro tip: the moment she steps out of the carriage is at the 8:08 marker if you’re short on time. You’re welcome.) 

Fergie and Prince Andrew, 1986

Kate Middleton and Prince William, 2011

Do your Harry and Meghan homework.

Get Up to Speed  with this fun, interactive guide to the big event!

Do some Royal pre-gaming.

PBS will air a four-part Royal Wedding series at 9:00 p.m. CST the week leading up to the big day. Think historical wedding trivia, inside scoop and speculation on everything from the dress to the after-party, and in-depth stories on Royal Wedding protocol. Eeek!

Invite your friends.

This part is easy. Just start talking about the Royal Wedding on social media and you’ll see your Royal fanatic friends come out of the woodwork. I made a Facebook event, inviting friends to show up at 3:00 a.m. in their finest yoga pants. Fascinators optional.

Get some swag.

Order a multi-pack of tiaras . There are tons of inexpensive, understated options so as not to upstage the bride.

Make a fun photo background for royal selfies with a Union Jack banner and these fun hand-held props.

Make the scones.

These scones will hold up through the night if you make them the afternoon/evening before. I’d make a batch of currant and a batch of chocolate chip just to cover everyone’s fancy. Brew a big old pot of coffee, have a selection of tea (obvi), and a pitcher of mimosas for a wedding toast at the end, and you’re ready!

Set your alarm!

If you were an actual guest, you’d be attending the ceremony at noon London time on Saturday, May 19th. That’s 6:00 a.m. CST. But you’ll need to get up much earlier to catch the really good stuff. For us commoners across the pond, tune in beginning at 3:00 a.m. CST to one of the major networks . You don’t want to miss seeing Meghan step out of her carriage, revealing her dress and tiara on loan from the Queen.

Ooh and ahhh!

That’s it! Oh, and tell your partner you’re going to have a living room full of princesses and to just stay in the bedroom until the wedding is over. Throw them a scone if they get fussy…


Sherri is a transplant from Oregon who came to be a Hawkeye in 2006 and stayed for the sweet corn...and for the Iowa boy she met along the way! She and her husband (Kyle) have a 9 year-old daughter, Aissa. Sherri earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The University of Iowa and works for Ruffalo Noel Levitz as an Enrollment Marketing Consultant for colleges and universities. When she's not working, you can find her with her family, enjoying Iowa City and cheering on the Hawkeyes.


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