Royal Wedding Countdown…….

Royal Wedding Countdown…….

by Kenyetta Greene (Celebrity MUA)

With the Royal Wedding quickly approaching, the bridal season is booming.  From the engagement ring to Catherine (Kate) Middleton’s dress, the Royal wedding has sparked the wedding trend of the season.

How will she wear her hair?  What will her makeup look like?   What will she wear to the wedding?  Who is she wearing on the big day?  With all the drama going on about the details of the wedding, here in the DMV, the biggest question is, who Royal Wedding party will you attend?

Kate’s everyday makeup is always natural and subtle and will more than likely be the look on the big day for the bride-to-be.   Kate tends to wear her bouncy, shiny tresses down, however, I suspect that she will walk down the isle with an up do.

There are rumors flying around that Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton, may be the wedding designer for Kate Middleton.  Of course, to keep Kate’s privacy, a spokesperson from the Alexander McQueen Company, have denied the rumors.  On Good Morning America, Bruce Oldfield stated that he would be dressing most of the attendees, so it is unlikely that he will be designing the wedding dress.


Just in case your invitation to the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey got lost in the mail, you can join in on the festivities of the wedding hoopla here in DC area:

Prelude to the Royal Wedding—28 April 2011, 710:00 pm

Find your most chic dress and your trendiest hat and make your way to the Peacock Café in Georgetown. Show off your finery while raising money for Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC). CBCC provides breast cancer screening services to medically underserved women in the DC area. We will sip on British-inspired drinks and ready ourselves for the biggest social event of the decade for the Brits. Walter Grio, of Shoot for Change, will be on site to snap photos of you looking fabulous! Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here!  Watch Facebook for updates.

The British Pantry

The British Pantry in Aldie, VA and Alexandria, VA will be hosting special wedding teas during the week of the Royal Wedding at $25 per person. To make a reservation and for more details, please visit

Union Jack’s

Union Jacks British Pubs will be holding breakfast viewing parties at each of their three locations. Details can be found at

Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Georgetown

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Georgetown is holding a viewing party and breakfast at 5 A.M. on 29 April for $40.  Reservations are required. Wedding enthusiasts may also book a $429 package that includes a night’s stay including tickets to viewing party. Further details can be found on the Ritz-Carlton’s website:

Reynolds Tavern

Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis will be holding a day of events surrounding the Royal Wedding. In addition to a viewing party, Reynolds Tavern promises a “special visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” later in the day. For details, please visit:


Big Apple Brits and the Dumbo Improvement District’s Royal Wedding Party

A fancy-hat contest is among the British charms at this free all-day street party in the Archway, the tunnel under the Manhattan Bridge. The festivities begin at 5 a.m. and will include live coverage of the wedding on a big screen. (For late risers, the ceremony will be shown again in the afternoon.) Big Apple Brits, an expats and Anglophiles club, has also organized a party at the nearby Dumbo Loft (155 Water Street, Brooklyn) with video footage of past royal events, live music, D.J.’s, comedians, theatrical performances, canapés and an open bar. Party tickets: day pass (9 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday), $50; evening pass (8 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday); $30.

Paley Center for Media’s Royal Wedding Viewing Party

Attendees are encouraged to unearth their “favorite” bridesmaid gown and savor tea and scones while watching the ceremony in high definition on a theater screen, beginning at 5:30 a.m. There will be wedding trivia and footage of classic weddings, real and fictional. Dress to impress: the woman with the most distinctive outfit wins a prize. At the Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street. Tickets are free but you must reserve online. Information:

Greenwich Avenue Street Party

Follow the British bunting along Greenwich Avenue to eateries like Tea and Sympathy (above) and Lyon restaurant, which will serve English fare all day. Lyon will kick off the celebration at 6 a.m. with a viewing party and breakfast that you can accompany with Buck’s Fizz and English beer. Tea & Sympathy plans to open at 10:30 a.m. “You can come in your wedding dress if you want,” said the owner, Nicky Perry. There will be raffle tickets for English goods from the likes of Ted Baker, Grahame Fowler and Virgin Atlantic. Later in the day, Morris dancers will perform and offer lessons. and

St. George’s Society of New York Royal Wedding Bash

If you decided to sleep in, catch highlights of the wedding at this fete at the Edison Ballroom, along with live music, dancing, an auction and a three-course meal. Cocktails at 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. At 240 West 47th Street. Tickets: $200.

Trump Royal Wedding Experience

Overnight packages from $1,075 a room include a viewing party at Jean Georges with mimosas and breakfast fare like scrambled eggs and caviar. Guests receive a piece of official royal wedding china commissioned by the Royal Collection. At Trump International Hotel and Tower, 1 Central Park West. Information:

Loews Regency Hotel Royal Wedding Treatment

Should you care to watch the wedding from a suite, you’ll receive wedding favors, a wake-up call the morning of the ceremony and an English breakfast with Champagne delivered to your room (from $545.39 a night for a double-occupancy room). At 540 Park Avenue. Information:

Princess Cruises Royal Wedding Broadcast

Those in the market for something more flavorful than scones can watch the wedding aboard a Princess Cruises ship. From Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Crown Princess sails to Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and New England. Viewing parties will enliven the decks with royal-themed cocktails, William and Kate look-alike contests and wedding trivia competitions. (Speaking of trivia: Princess Diana christened the original Royal Princess ship in 1984.) Information:

The New York Palace Hotel Royal Wedding Sunrise Breakfast

At the aptly named hotel (left), $150 buys a traditional, albeit pre-dawn, English breakfast (scones and marmalade, scrambled eggs with Devonshire cream, breakfast bangers); a Champagne toast; and party favors, like scented candles embossed with a crown, and New York Palace slippers (not of the Cinderella variety). The wedding will be shown in the ornate, wood-paneled Drawing Room of the Villard Mansion, and there will be pillows and blankets for those struggling to rub the sleep out of their eyes. At Villard Mansion at the Palace, 455 Madison Avenue. Information:

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  1. Elizabeth Mandros 15. Apr, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Mystique is throwing a Princess Party in Old Town Alexandria, on Thursday, April 28, 5-8PM. We’ll don tiaras, sip champagne and try on jewelry fit for a princess. It’s free, but you need to RSVP:

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