When Harry Met Meghan
In July of 1981, my mom woke up before the crack of dawn to watch Princess Diana walk down the aisle in the iconic wedding dress with a 25-foot long train. My mom still tells the story of that morning. My parents had just gotten married 4 weeks before and my dad was finishing up his last quarter at chiropractic college. My dad had classes that day and my mom didn’t want to wake him. She threw a blanket over her head and the TV set, turned the royal wedding on and kept it at very low volume taking in every moment of the Royal Wedding excitement.
When Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding rolled around, my mom wanted to watch in style. I was a junior in high school and the wedding was on a Friday. Although a school night, my mom had my younger sister Callan and I invite friends over the night before and she hosted a Royal Wedding Viewing Party at our house in the morning. When we came down to the TV room, my mom had put the Union Jack under the glass on the coffee table, replaced most of the frames with pictures of Will and Kate, and had goodie bags with “sapphire” rings and fascinators for each of us. As the broadcast began and guests started to arrive my mom served an authentic English Breakfast.
As soon as I saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement, the memories flooded back. Unfortunately, Meghan was looking for a wedding planner a little closer to the venue with a tad bit more experience and did not offer me the job. Instead, I started planning my Royal Wedding Viewing Party.
Invitations went out, décor was ordered and prepared, and the menu was planned. Six months later, the day has arrived and passed, and the soiree was a huge success.
While I would have loved to have hosted the masses, I lived
in New York City… apartments are not meant for hosting. Yesterday’s celebration was complete with an English breakfast, mimosas, Meghan’s favorite flower, peonies, and coordinated viewing outfits. We had an absolute blast and haven’t stopped talking about the wedding since.