Wake Up & Wedding: Everything You Need to Throw a Royal Wedding Watch Party

Can't make it to Windsor for Meghan and Harry's big day? We've got you covered.

May 15, 2018

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In just a few days, our two favorite lovebirds, Prince Harry and his American bride-to-be Meghan Markle, will tie the knot at St. George's Chapel in Windsor and we-can't-wait. We're so excited, in fact, that we decided to throw a wedding watch party and you're invited! Grab your fanciest PJs, set your alarm (5 a.m. if you're on the east coast) and get ready to "wake up and wedding" with our fun-yet-sophisticated drink, food, craft and game ideas.



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, wearing a white belted coat by Canadian brand Line The Label, attend a photocall in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace, London following their engagement announcement on November 27, 2017.

Photo by: Getty Images/Anwar Hussein

Getty Images/Anwar Hussein

Not an early bird? No worries. Prep all your party essentials the night before while tuning into the pre-wedding festivities on TLC, including an inside look at Harry and Meghan's whirlwind romance, beginning Friday, May 18 at 8/7c.

Sophisticated Sips

Breakfast Mar"tea"ni Cocktail

Breakfast Mar"tea"ni Cocktail

Photo by: Jennie Andrews

Jennie Andrews

Break out your finest teacups and get the party started with a light, British-inspired morning mar"tea"ni. This easy, big-batch drink is made from tea-infused gin, orange marmalade and sweet lemonade. Pinkies up!

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English Breakfast Mar"tea"nis for a Crowd

Get your royal wedding watch party started this big-batch, tea-infused gin cocktail.

Noble Nibbles

Nothing says "breakfast party" quite like plates piled high with fresh baked goods. But if slaving over a hot oven all morning isn't your idea of fun, don't fret. A few boxes of store-bought scones and some basic ingredients are all you need to create an eye-catching party spread that looks as fancy as it tastes. Grab our recipes for bananas foster scones, easy lemon-elderflower glaze and ham-n-cheese "scone"wiches below.

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3 Delicious Ways to Upgrade Store-Bought Scones

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Splendid Sweet Treats

Springtime Flowers on Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake with Springtime Flowers

A lemon cake with colorful, springtime flowers makes the perfect finishing touch to any garden party.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

Don your baker's hat and whip together an Instagram-worthy dessert, like this gorgeous (and delicious!) lemon-elderflower cake inspired by Harry and Meghan's actual wedding cake flavors. Lemon not your thing? Get recipes for a few of our other sugary faves below.

15 Sweet Treats Fit for a Royal Fête

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Grand Games

Royal Wedding Bingo

Royal Wedding Bingo

Transform your wedding-watching into an interactive game of bingo! Download and print our free bingo sheets for up to ten players.

Regal Regalia

DIY Place Mat Fascinator

DIY Place Mat Fascinator

Copy one of Kate Middleton’s most iconic looks by turning a dollar store place mat into a stunning hair accessory.

Photo by: Jennie Andrews

Jennie Andrews

Channel your inner princess (on a budget) with a fashionable, DIY hat inspired by Kate Middleton and Princess Beatrice's most famous looks. Would you believe the gorgeous fascinator above was made out of a placemat? Make one for yourself the night before the wedding, or go all out and set up a fascinator-crafting bar for your party guests! Click here for more inspo.

Make It:

3 Royal-Inspired Fascinators You Can Make

Watch the wedding in style with a DIY hair accessory that’s sure to turn heads.

Brilliant Blooms



Add a touch of wedding-inspired elegance by filling your party space with vases of romantic peonies, Meghan Markle's favorite flower. Peonies not in the budget? Opt for cream roses or soft-white carnations instead.

Proper Party Props

No party is complete without a little kitsch, right? Stock up on Instagram-worthy props, snap all the pics, then send them home with guests as fun keepsakes. Check out our list of must-haves below.

More Royal Wedding Party Props

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Fancy Fun Facts

The Royal Corgis

The Royal Corgis

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles radiantly during a picture-taking session in the salon at Sandringham House. Her pet dog looks up at her. These photos were taken in connection with the royal Family's planned tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Photo by: Bettmann/Getty Images

Bettmann/Getty Images

Do you know the one flower every royal bride carries in her bouquet? Can you name Queen Elizabeth's favorite pet? Break the ice and impress all your friends with fun little nuggets of royal knowledge.

Watch: Royal Wedding Fun Facts in 90 Seconds or Less

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Tune In

Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

Cute baby girl wearing princess crown watching movie and eating popcorn at home

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Set your alarm (or your DVR if mornings aren't your thing) and tune into TLC's live coverage of the royal wedding beginning Saturday, May 19 at 5/4c. You might even spot a Spice Girl or two!

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