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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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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