8 Royal Wedding Viewing Parties Across the U.S.
Here's how to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married—even if you didn't score an invite.
Ever since the date of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding was announced in December, aspiring royals and wedding enthusiasts alike have been waiting with baited breath for May 19 to arrive. While those of us on the other side of the pond might not get up-close-and-personal access to the couple's nuptials, we can join in on one of the hundreds of royal wedding viewing parties being hosted across the country. Here, eight to know about. Be sure to book soon-spots are bound to fill up in advance of the big day.
Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts
The hotel has teamed up with Boston Weddings to invite guests to experience the royal wedding viewing party and breakfast of their dreams in the Plaza's elegant ballroom. Along with a full English (and American!) breakfast, there will be plenty of tea and scones and wedding cake to celebrate the special occasion. They will even be opening a champagne bar, which will offer Bollinger champagne and traditional British cocktails like Pimm's Cup and Bramble, at the wee hour of 8 a.m. to toast the couple as they embark on a horse-drawn carriage procession through the streets of Windsor. One lucky raffle winner will score a two-night stay in a Junior Suite at The Savoy in London, Fairmont Copley Plaza's iconic sister property.
King George Hotel in San Francisco, California
This royally named (and recently renovated!) hotel will be broadcasting the royal wedding throughout the day in the spacious and aptly decorated lobby. The viewing is open to the public, the hotel bar will have refreshments on tap throughout the afternoon, and guests are encouraged to snap a photo with the iconic red phone booth in honor of the British royal family. They will also be hosting a "Show Us Your Fascinator" contest leading up to the royal wedding itself, which is open to the public. To enter, guests can post a picture of wearing a fascinator (or their pet wearing a fascinator) with the hashtag #showKGyourfascinator and they will be entered for a chance to win a two-night stay at the King George Hotel.
Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island
The Weekapaug Inn's British-born innkeeper, Simon Dewar, is hosting a special weekend in celebration of the royal wedding. As a beginning to the day, guests are cordially invited to wear their most regal attire to watch a live stream of the wedding unfold. A traditional English breakfast, including Lincolnshire sausage and Back bacon, will be served along with a glass of Bucks Fizz, a classic British champagne cocktail. The second event of the day includes an authentic afternoon tea during which highlights of the wedding day will be shown on screen. The third and final event of the day is The Royal Evening Dinner, which will feature the traditional English "Wedding Breakfast," a dinner given in honor of the bride and groom at the wedding reception. The menu will include traditional favorites, such as beef wellington and Eton Mess, consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped heavy cream.
Loews Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
You and your bestie can plan to watch the royal wedding in style thanks to the Loews Chicago Hotel. Their "An American Princess" package will allow you the opportunity to enjoy a slumber party with welcome amenities like of freshly baked scones, clotted cream, jam, tea and Chicago Honey Co-op honey. For the wedding itself, you'll be given two fascinators to watch the wedding in true British style, in-room dining breakfast for two adults with two mimosas, and a discount on spa treatments (so you can feel like a royal yourself!).
Gansevoort Meatpacking in New York, New York
Whether you and your girls are New York City-based or plan on being in town on May 19, the Gansevoort Meatpacking is prepared to royally enhance your viewing pleasure of the wedding. Your day will begin with a royal wake-up call that will let you know which channel to watch the ceremony on. Then, in-room dining will then come up and serve an English breakfast featuring a mix of crumpets, scones, jams, and clotted cream. The hotel will also provide fun inflatable crowns for you and your friends to wear and, of course, take selfies with. The package will also come with a Gansevoort Guide to a British Weekend, listing true British shops in the neighborhood such as Myers of Keswick, Tea & Sympathy, and A Salt & Battery.
The Fairmont Washington, D.C., in Washington, D.C.
This gorgeous hotel smack-dab in the middle of our nation's capital will be hosting an over-the-top viewing party in in honor of the royal wedding. On the laundry list of things guests can expect to enjoy, some highlights include royal fashions and culinary displays, photos with royal look alikes, specially priced Pimm's Cups and tea fare, slices of royal wedding cake (because, why not?), Jaguar and Land Rover Vehicles on-site, a prize for the best hats or fascinators, and more!
Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois
The Deer Path's innkeeper spent two weeks in England learning about the art of traditional innkeeping, so you better believe the festivities planned to honor the royal wedding will be just as traditional and authentic as Harry and Meghan's nuptials. A smaller, more intimate viewing party package for up to 10 royal wedding fanatics can be reserved in the Cornwall Suite (reminiscent of an English country estate), while a more extravagant affair can be hosted for 30 guests in Windsor Hall. Viewing party guests will be able to enjoy light bites that mirror what's on the menu for the royal wedding guests including lemon tarts (inspired by the couple's lemon elderflower wedding cake) and roast chicken (the dish Meghan and Harry were cooking together when he proposed!). Swoon!
The Plaza Hotel in New York, New York
Don your best version of traditional British wedding attire and visit New York City's iconic Plaza Hotel for an "over-the-top Royal brunch" in the Palm Court on the morning of Harry and Meghan's nuptials. As you sip champagne, mimosas, and billinis, and dine on classic brunch fare, you'll be able to watch a live-stream of the ceremony and hear from surprise guests. "The Plaza and The Royal Family exude luxury and splendor, and we wanted to create an experience and menus for our guests to celebrate and feel like a Royal for a day," says the Plaza's Executive Chef Sani Hebaj. As for dessert, fruit cake will be on order. "As a fellow Englishman, it is an honor to envision the traditional dishes I grew up with and add a touch of playfulness. I promise the wedding fruitcake is like none our guests have ever had," adds Executive Pastry Chef Matthew Lambie.