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The Royal wedding breakfast, dos and don'ts

26 April 2018 09:00


On Saturday 19th May 2018, the Royal wedding for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Afterwards, there will be a wedding breakfast for several hundred guests.

"There are a lot of very important dos and don'ts when it comes to the Royal wedding breakfast, steeped in protocol that goes back hundreds of years," says Perfect Day's Company Spokesperson. "And with such a glamorous couple, THE BIG trend for every special day this year will undoubtedly be to mirror not only the royals but also the dazzling and captivating Ms Markle - all wedding day planners and brides-to-be's eyes are trained right here."

In keeping with tradition, the newly married couple are expected to host a wedding breakfast immediately following the ceremony. In particular, Royal wedding tradition dictates the Royal couple must host this at Buckingham Palace.

Even though Prince Harry is not an immediate heir to the throne, he and Ms Markle are expected to follow tradition. This will likely involve a receiving line where the bride, groom and both sets of parents will greet and shake hands with each guest as they enter the wedding breakfast.

When it comes to wedding catering, a British luncheon menu is to be expected. Typically it should include a seafood appetiser, however as a precaution most Royals tend to avoid shellfish when dining at events in case they become ill. The appetiser should be followed by a meat based main dish such as roastleg of lamb, and a traditional dessert such as profiteroles.

Some Royal traditions can also be adopted when organising any wedding breakfast. It’s important to provide an RSVP date to guests, and to make them aware that they shouldn’t wear white. Typically, guests should also arrive to the venue 20 minutes ahead of time to ensure the least amount of stress for the happy couple during the wedding breakfast.
The Perfect Day Group provide catering for all events including weddings, and with the wedding season being around the corner they are well worth remembering!

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