"Marry Prince William? I'd love that. Who wouldn't want to be a princess?" -Britney Spears
If you are tired of hearing about the royal wedding on Friday, I apologize in advance. You will not be getting a break here. Call me predictable, call me romantic, but there's just too much excitement and inspiration to not discuss. It was only fitting to dedicate this month's super six to Wills and Kate and ways to celebrate their matrimony from your couch early Friday morning (most TV coverage starts around 3am CST). Ahem (insert very British accent), ladies and gentlemen, you are cordially invited to the April (Royal) Super Six.
1. Cake and a spot of tea
London: One of the first reveals about the wedding was that Fiona Cairns' British bakery would be making the royal wedding cake. From the look of her cute website, the multi-tiered fruitcake with cream and white icing inspired by the Queen's own wedding cake is sure to not disappoint. At $134 per slice, let's hope it tastes as good as it looks.
Living Room version: If you're watching the wedding live, you'll probably feel more like Fruit Loops than fruit cake. Make things fun Friday morning, by making these royal fruit cake cupcakes the night before and enjoy them with a spot of Earl Grey tea. If you're like me and not a fan of fruit cake, the blogosphere has plenty of alternatives like these lovely champagne cupcakes with strawberry filling.
2. A fabulous fascinator
London: It's just not a British wedding without hats (and fascinators). Hat designer to the stars Philip Treacy will be making many of the headpieces that guests and maybe even Kate will be wearing. SJP is just one of Treacy's famous clients to rock the fascinator.
Living Room version: Eugenia Kim shows you how to make your own royal worthy headpiece for under $20 on Daily Candy in this video. It will look fabulous with your pajamas.
3. The route
London: The procession is going to go past all of London's most famous landmarks. The official royal wedding website shows you pretty pictures of all the landmarks on the route. Note: Take a look because seeing the real deal on Friday may be difficult with all of the tall, souvenir Union Jack hats that might be in the way.
Living Room version: Follow the route and remember the day with this lovely illustration from The House that Lars Built. It's also available printed on a cute tote.
4. The dress
London: Bruce Oldfield announced he's definitely not designing Kate's dress which leaves Sophie Cranston and Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen. Apparently, there's some money to be made if you can guess the designer correctly. My bets are on Sophie Cranston who designed Kate's velvet number above.
Living Room version: If you are planning on hosting a viewing party with your girlfriends, here's your first activity. Inspired by the toilet paper wedding dress game played at many a bridal shower, give each guest a roll of toilet paper. After the first glimpse of Catherine's dress, pause the wedding on your DVR and recreate the dress with tp. The girl that gets somewhat close to resembling the look (I use close very loosely) gets more cupcakes. Remember, don't forget to accessorize like Kate will with diamonds, pearls and jewelry borrowed from the Queen.
5. The favors
London: Guests at the royal reception will receive a custom designed scarf as a party favor. The scarves are designed by Indian company Centex based in Ludhiana. There are multiple designs but the rumor mill says that one will have the trusty Union Jack on it.
Living Room version: I could have actually dedicated this entire post to all the stuff one can purchase to commemorate the wedding. There are thousands of products out there and most of them are terrible. But you can't complete your living room celebration without treating yourself to at least one favor. Some of PR's favorites are Butter London's No More Waity Katie Nail Polish, a commemorative poster like the lovely "Keep Calm Harry is still single", Plum Party's Wills and Kate tea bags and a nice royal inspired cushion.
6. The gifts
London: No the couple did not register for a rhinoceros. Even though I guess by being a monarch, there is always a chance some dignitary may present you with a large animal. One of the charities William and Kate are asking people to support in lieu of gifts is the Zoological Society of London which supports the protection of the rhino, Indian tiger and African and Asian elephants.
Living Room version: If you are feeling charitable or just wanting to learn more about some great efforts on this joyous occasion, the couple's charitable fund website offers a variety of wonderful causes to support. One of the more interesting ones (and the only U.S. based charity) is PeacePlayers International which uses basketball to promote healing between Protestants and Catholics communities in Northern Ireland.
Happy viewing and cheers to a happily ever after.
image source: tea and cake (fionacairns.com, family.go.com, withstyle.me), fascinators (SJP: reuters, Kate M: wireimage), route (etsy.com), dress (Kate M: rex, sketch: brides.com), favors (butterlondon.com, allposters.com, plumparty.com, janconstantine.com), gifts (advocacy.brittanica.com)