Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding After-Party Proves They’re the Most Fun Royal Family Members Ever

There’s no doubt that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship has had a major impact on the royal family. Not only have the royal couple work together to call attention to various topics of conversations that the royal family once avoided, they have also helped bring the family into the 21st century by bending traditions and showing a more relaxed, fun side of themselves.

Speaking of fun, their royal wedding after-party was chock full of it. From the bride and groom’s epic arrival (page 5) to the late night food options (page 7) to Prince William’s best man speech (page 12), and the one wedding tradition Meghan broke (page 14), we share every detail, ahead.

1. They had 2 receptions

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

There were two different receptions. | Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony, the newlyweds celebrated with two receptions. The first was held in St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle and consisted of canapés and dishes meant to be eaten standing up.

After the luncheon, the duo prepared for a second celebration, which was more like a traditional wedding reception and after-party combined.

Next: Who paid for the after-party?

2. Prince Charles paid for the after-party

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Doria Ragland, mother of the bride, depar after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

Prince Charles paid for the evening reception and after-party. | WPA Pool/Pool

It’s no secret that the royal bride and groom were spoiled by their family on their big day. Once the afternoon reception was over, Harry and Meghan headed to an evening reception and after-party, hosted (and paid for) by Prince Charles.

Next: A quick venue change

3. It was hosted at Frogmore House

Frogmore House

The gorgeous estate made an incredible party spot. | Karen Roe/Wikimedia Commons

Unlike the luncheon celebrations, the after-party was hosted at Frogmore House.

Located about half a mile south of Windsor Castle, the 17th century estate features stunning sitting rooms, murals, galleries, and gardens.

Next: You won’t believe how many people were invited.

4. Exclusive invites

Serena Williams at the royal wedding of Meghan and Harry

The couple’s A-list friends were there. | Ian West/AFP/Getty Images

Of the 600 guests invited to the ceremony and afternoon luncheon, only 200 received invites to the evening reception and after-party. Invitees included, Meghan’s dear friends Serena Williams and Jessica Mulroney, as well as Elton John, James Corden, and various members of Harry’s family (of course).

Next: Harry and Meghan pulled out all the stops.

5. The bride and groom’s arrival

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave as they leave Windsor Castle

The gorgeous second looks were just as great as the first. | Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

After the luncheon, Harry and Meghan did a quick outfit change for the evening’s festivities. Harry swapped out his Blues and Royals frock coat uniform for a dashing tux, while Meghan slipped into her second wedding dress — a sleeveless number by Stella McCartney.

The newlyweds arrived to the party in a $500,000 blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero with a license plate that read “E190518” in honor of their wedding date.

Next: The only thing the two receptions had in common.

6. The menu had a theme

The wedding cake by Claire Ptak of London-based bakery Violet Cakes in Windsor Castle

The cake was truly a work of art. | Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Both of Harry and Meghan’s receptions featured seasonal British produce with a spring theme. But, unlike the luncheon, the evening reception featured a sit-down dinner that went from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m..

No word on if the royal couple actually cut into their wedding cake.

Next: They also had late night bites.

7. Late night burgers

Tasty grilled burger

They knew what the guests wanted at that point in the evening. | id-art/ Images

In addition to the fresh, organic items on the dinner menu, the bride and groom treated guests to late night burgers and cotton candy.

Next: Who performed?

8. Elton John performed

Sir Elton John arrives at the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

He performed his greatest hits. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

One of the most memorable parts of the evening? Elton John’s performances. The icon (and family friend) allegedly played some of his hits, “Your Song,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Circle of Life,” and “Tiny Dancer.”

Next: Harry and Meghan’s first dance.

9. Harry and Meghan danced to Whitney Houston

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on chapel steps

It’s a pretty great choice. | Ben Birchall/PA Wire

In addition to Elton John’s hits, Harry and Meghan enjoyed their first dance as a married couple. Their song? Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

Next: Did the queen lose sleep over this?

10. Loud music

DJ Sam Totolee

It was the same DJ used by Pippa Middleton. | DJ Sam Totolee

Prince Harry was reportedly in charge of the music selection and went with the same DJ — DJ Sam Totolee — that Pippa Middleton used at her wedding. According to Daily Mail, the set list included “Harry’s favorite House tracks” and could be heard at the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Next: A spectacular finale

11. Firework displays

Fireworks royal wedding

The queen no doubt missed her bedtime. | Royal Reviewer via Youtube

If loud music didn’t keep the queen up, the 11:00 p.m. firework display at Windsor Castle surely did. The evening firework display proved the royal wedding was basically a Disney fairy tale.

Next: Prince William has a naughty side.

12. Prince William’s speech

Prince Harry and prince william at the wedding

What are brothers for if not for embarrassing wedding toasts. | Owen Humphreys/AFP/Getty Images

Turns out, Prince William had some fun of his own. According to Daily Mail, Harry’s brother gave a traditional best man speech — in that it was on the naughty side of the spectrum (and most-likely embarrassed Harry).

Next: This detail was a nod to Harry’s red hair.

13. Cheeky cocktails

Dark and Stormy Rum Cocktail

They definitely have a sense of humor. | bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

One area the couple focused their attention on? The cocktails. According to US Weekly, the bar had an around the World theme and most of the cocktails were inspired by various countries.

In addition to the theme, the cocktails reportedly had cheeky names, such as the “When Harry Met Meghan,” which featured ginger and rum in honor of Harry’s red mane.

Next: Meghan broke a family tradition.

14. Meghan gave a speech

Meghan Markle on her wedding day

She gave an empowering speech. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In typical Meghan fashion, the bride broke a royal family tradition and gave a speech at her own wedding.

This comes of no surprise, as Meghan identifies as a feminist and is all about empowering women and young girls.

Next: The master of ceremonies

15. James Corden entertained guests

No word if there was any karaoke performances. | Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

No wedding is complete without an entertaining MC, and Harry and Meghan lucked out with theirs. Comedian James Corden was reportedly in charge of the mic for the night and we have no doubt that he fulfilled his role to the highest degree.

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