Everything That Went Down At Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Whimsical Wedding Reception

We all watched in awe as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became husband and wife on May 19, 2018. The royal couple’s beautiful ceremony aired on TV for the world to see, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The former Suits actress and the “bad boy” prince were sights for sore eyes as they stood in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle committing themselves to one another for life.

Still, though their nuptials were public, the royal couple kept things very intimate and private with their 200 person reception later in the evening. Though the two didn’t allow cameras, we do have some insider details into what actually happened during their magical party as they celebrated their love for one another, including the themed cocktail they sipped (page 5) and the perfect wedding favor that no one saw coming (page 10).

The perfect location

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reception

They sped off in this gorgeous car. | WPA Pool/Getty Images

After becoming husband and wife in front of millions of people, Markle and Harry had a much more intimate soiree with only 200 guests. Hosted by Prince Charles, the whimsical reception was held at Frogmore House in the evening. The newlyweds arrived in style in a 1968 silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. The plate number was E19 05 18, marking their wedding date.

If that doesn’t sound stunning enough, they held the reception within a $600,000 glass marquee on the grounds of Frogmore House.

Next: A wedding accessory from Princess Diana’s collection 

A gorgeous wedding accessory

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

The ring was even more talked-about than the car. | Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images

After her quick change for the reception, Markle was seen with a brand new piece of jewelry, a wedding gift from her new husband. On her right hand, the former actress wore an emerald cut aquamarine ring which belonged to the late beloved Princess Diana.

Next: A royal decree

No phones allowed

Meghan Markle and Jessica Mulroney

Meghan’s good friend Jessica Mulroney shared an Instagram video that has since been deleted.  | Jessica Mulroney via Instagram

Since the evening reception was an intimate celebration, it had a strict, no cell phone policy. (Of course, someone slipped up.)

According to the Daily Mail, “All 600 [wedding] guests had earlier been issued with a seven-page etiquette booklet prior to the wedding, with strict instructions to “surrender” mobile phones upon arrival.”

However, guests did post their wedding looks in between festivities.

Next: Some surprising treats they snacked on

Burgers and cotton candy

Pink cotton candy spinning fast

This carnival treat was popular at the reception. | Winter_Studios/Getty Images

Though they’d eaten a meal at the bigger reception in the early afternoon, guests at the evening reception also enjoyed a delectable sit-down dinner and plenty of alcohol.

According to The Sun,

Pork belly and Pol Roger champagne was served. There was festival-themed food, with burger nibbles and bespoke cocktails. There was a glass marquee for the dinner, festival-themed stalls and bars outside, with different themed drinks. There were burger bar stalls, whiskey bars, candy floss, games to play, acts performing and a DJ with a dance floor. There was a gin vermouth cocktail created for Charles and Camilla, who are both massive gin fans apparently.

The food was all catered by Britain’s top chef Clare Smyth, the first woman to hold three Michelin stars.

Next: Here’s what some people drank.

The cutest cocktail


The reception served a themed cocktail. | IvanZivkovic/iStock/Getty Images

Speaking of drinks, according to The Sun, there was an adorable couple themed drink called, “When Harry Met Meghan.”

It was a rum-based drink with a hint of ginger ale. We’re sure there’s a bigger story behind that cocktail mix.

Next: Their first dance honored this beloved singer.

An iconic first dance

Whitney Houston performs at the O2 Arena on April 25, 2010 in London, England.

Houston’s famous tune was perfect for their first dance. | Samir Hussein/Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex started their party off right with the perfect first dance. To get things going the pair twirled around to the late-Whitney Houston’s classic, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” We can just picture how epic Markle’s white Stella McCarthy evening gown looked swirling around her as she danced.

In a 2016 interview with Instyle Magazine, the former actress called the classic hit her “happy song.”

Next: This celebrity took over the turntables.

The perfect guest DJ

Idris Elba smiling

This actor is also a skilled DJ. | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

The music was clearly a centerpiece at the royal wedding reception. In fact, actor Idris Elba, who has some major cred as a DJ, took to the turntables to provide the tunes for a big chunk of the evening.

Apparently, The Wire alum’s playlist included “soul classics, 1960s R&B, and 1980s dance hits.”

Next: Who was invited?

The 200 guests

US actress Abigail Spencer and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

These famous actresses showed up. | Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images

Among those invited to the evening reception were the duchess’ besties Serena Williams, Jessica and Ben Mulroney, and Priyanka Chopra. Also in attendance were George and Amal Clooney, Tom Hardy, and Harry Styles. James Corben hosted the entire evening.

The royals, of course, were also in attendance, as Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were all mixing with Hollywood royalty throughout the night.

Next: An unexpected wedding game

A beer pong table

Serena Williams at the royal wedding of Meghan and Harry

The tennis pro brought out her skills at the beer pong table. | Ian West/AFP/Getty Images

Everyone let loose at the reception. According to The Sun, there was even a beer pong table which tennis legend, Serena Williams, owned all night.

The Sun reported, “The bride’s US heritage was marked with the boozy American university drinking game beer pong, where players throw table tennis balls into cups of beers which their opponents then have to consume. The reception insider said, “Sere­na Williams played beer pong like it was tennis. Everyone had so much fun with it.”

Next: The perfect party favor 

Slippers for the ladies

US presenter Oprah Winfrey arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

We’re willing to bet Oprah was among the women who were happy to trade in her heels for slippers. | Ian West/AFP/Getty Images

After a very long day of wedding festivities, Markle and Harry had the genius idea to provide their guests (especially those wearing heels) with monogram slippers. Pretty Little Liars alum Troian Bellisario, married to the duchess’ Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams, felt thrilled by the slippers.

She wrote on Instagram, “How amazing is this? Because these shoes have come off, they have slippers for us.”

Next: Harry’s speech moved everyone to tears. 

The stunning speeches

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on church steps after their wedding

They had an opportunity to speak about their love for one another. | Ben Birchall-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Though it’s not customary at British weddings, Markle gave a beautiful speech. According to The Telegraph, the bride made Harry blush as she “sweetly complimented her new husband and expressed her joy at being welcomed into his family. She also graciously thanked Prince Charles for walking her down the aisle.”

The prince, on the other hand, moved guests to tears during his speech when he, “described his new bride as having navigated everything with such grace.” He also said, “he looked forward to spending the rest of [his] life with Meghan.”

Next: Words from the best man 

Prince William’s words

Prince Harry and Prince William at the wedding

His speech was a true expression of brotherly love and friendship. | Owen Humphreys/AFP/Getty Images

Though Markle and Harry had some sweet words for one another and their guests, Prince William’s joint speech with Harry’s bestie, Charlie van Straubenzee, was the best of the night.

An insider told The Sun, “They teased the groom about his thinning hair and told Meghan she was “the best thing that had ever happened to Haz.” He did mention their late mother, Princess Diana, and said how proud she would have been of her younger son. He said he was proud of Harry too and welcomed Meghan as the sister he never had.”

Next: Ending with a bang

Fireworks and early mornings

Fireworks royal wedding

Nothing like some lovely fireworks to end the night. | Royal Reviewer via Youtube

Though the older royals and the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland, retired for the evening just before 11 p.m. the other guests remained at the event until well after 2 a.m. The evening ended in a whirlwind of fireworks.

Fox News reports, “Then there was an after-party at Chiltern Firehouse, a late-night hot spot in Marylebone, owned by the groom’s pal, Andre Balazs.” Why weren’t we there?!

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