If you haven’t yet received an invite to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding, don’t fret: You can still partake in the festivities! Stock up on your Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fan memorabilia because we come bearing wonderful news. While most of us commoners probably won’t land a spot on the guest list for the May 19 nuptials, select British hotels and travel companies are offering special packages for royal wedding fans. Pack your bags and renew your passports ASAP!
For an extensive experience on the educational side, book the Royal Wedding Celebration in England: Inside the British Monarchy tour. For $2,499 (excluding flights), this eight-day excursion features an indoor celebration with picnic food and decorations, a tour of Kensington Palace with a former Royal Protection Officer, a trip to Windsor Castle (the wedding venue), and former royal staff members dishing about the behind-the-scenes wedding prep.
If you’re looking to celebrate the royal wedding in extravagant style (which is the best way), check out the Royal Wedding package at the Arch London hotel. During the month of May, enjoy a royal-themed getaway priced at £3,900 (about $5,413) for a two-night, two-bedroom stay. Perks include a tour of Windsor Castle, a three-course meal from the luxury hotel’s restaurant, a champagne breakfast, and a royal-wedding-themed afternoon tea. The package also includes a £100 voucher to the gift shop Fortnum & Mason. You’ll be living like a royal!
As another equally enticing option, the One Aldwych hotel in London is offering a Royal Wedding Celebration package. Starting at £345 a night (about $475), this package treats royal wedding fans to a "Royal Bouquet," complete with a sprig of myrtle, which royal brides typically carry in their wedding bouquets; one Royal Cup cocktail or glass of champagne per guest; and an English breakfast for two people. The hotel is also conveniently located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and a train ride away from Windsor.
Can’t wait until May 19 to kick off the royal wedding celebrations? The Hotel Café Royal’s Regent Royal Wedding package is perfect for any Markle and Harry fans. From April 1 to June 21, guests can have "first-hand insight into living like a royal" with an in-depth tour of Windsor Castle; luxury shopping trips, including a visit to House of Garrard, one of the royal crown jewelers; and an afternoon tea in the venue’s lounge. Since this deal lasts until June, that means you can revel in the royal wedding madness even after the day has come and gone.
While most hotels around the wedding venue are booked, consider an alternative option, like Airbnb. Now that Kensington Palace announced the pathway of the carriage procession the newlyweds will make around Windsor following their nuptials, you absolutely don’t want to miss out on your chance to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle IRL.
If you’d rather go the tour route for your royal wedding experience, the Original Tour recently began offering bus tours of Windsor. The sightseeing trip features stops outside of Windsor Castle and Eton College, which is Harry and Prince William’s alma mater. However, as you book tours, keep in mind that Windsor Castle will be closed May 18 and 19 for the nuptials, according to The New York Times.
Not able to trek across the pond for the wedding? No worries. Several venues and bars on the mainland are also offering royal wedding experiences. Or, round up a few besties, put on some tiaras, and watch the royal nuptials from the comfort of your own couch. Tea and crumpets, anyone?