The Royal Wedding Survival Guide

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The Royal Wedding is just a day away and, though many are reluctant to admit it, we suspect more than one American is going to tune in to see the future King of England and his commoner bride walk down the aisle.

We also suspect that trying to conceal your interest in this guilty pleasure beautiful love story could leave you entirely unprepared for the actual event. As such, we’ve put together a list of the five essential things viewers will need when it comes time for Will and Kate’s big day. You can thank us later.

An alarm clock

In case you’ve forgotten, Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton are British, so naturally, they’ll be getting married at a time that is convenient for them and their nation of loyal subjects. The nuptials are slated to start at 11 a.m. London time, which means that any American who wants to watch the event live will need to tune in around 6 a.m. EST, though TV Guide says most major networks will start their pre-game coverage at around 4 a.m EST.

Since you won’t want to miss a thing, we suggest investing in a good alarm clock. Or at least make sure you charge your cellphone before going to bed tonight. And if you’re not much of a morning person, just make sure your TiVo is set before you go to bed.

An English breakfast

We doubt you’ll have time to wake up and prepare a full English breakfast, which typically involves baked beans and grilled tomatoes, but you may want to incorporate some sort of English delicacies into your 4 a.m. viewing party. Fortunately, Epicurious has a full list of royal recipes available for the occasion. We suggest the Lavender Earl Grey scones, which can be prepared the night before, but, hey, if you can’t manage those either, you could just mix up some mimosas (champagne and orange juice) and call it a morning. 

A Royal family tree


You may know who Harry, Charles and Camilla are, but do you have any idea who else is in the House of Windsor? Neither did we, really, until we tracked down this official Royal Family Tree, which should prove as a useful reference as guests start to arrive at Westminster Abbey.

A silly hat

We firmly believe that the American public’s fascination with this big event has less to do with the whole rags-to-riches thing Kate (sort of) has going on and more to do with all the fancy hats she gets to wear to royal polo matches or tea parties or horse races or something. We say indulge in the fantasy and get a crazy hat of your own. We found derby hats (hexagonal box included) that fit the bill online, but for a cheaper option, you could probably just get some cardboard and some feathers and make your own.

This method, we suspect, will be less effective when trying to replicate the tiara from the Queen’s collection of crown jewels that watchers expect the bride to wear on the big day.

A good excuse


You’ve been up since 4 a.m., you’re wearing a silly hat and you’ll have been steadily downing mimosas since sunrise; chances are, you’re also not exactly on schedule to make it to work on time. We’re thinking a personal day just might be on order. But, wedding revelers beware, based on    what experts have told us, those who have a history of calling in sick after big events probably either need to ask for the day off in advance (as in right now) or brave work hungover. Just ask yourself: What would Will and Kate want you to do?

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