While most New Yorkers won't be able to fly to London for Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials on April 29, that doesn't mean the Big Apple won't be joining in on the festivities. From various exclusive early breakfast parties to block parties, it looks like you don't have to be in the UK to take part in wedding fun -- and get in on the drinking way before happy hour.
For those who want to keep things posh and classy, the New York Palace is hosting a "Royal Wedding Sunrise Breakfast." Guests will be treated to coffee and tea at 5:30 a.m. followed by breakfast that includes bangers, scones and marmalade as well as a champagne toast to commemorate the ceremony. At $150 per person, you will also receive scented candles with the crown logo, slippers, pillows and blankets, making it feel like a slumber party more than a wedding reception. Meanwhile the London NYC will also host their own party complete with a traditional English breakfast, champagne and truffles.
Donald Trump is also joining in the festivities by hosting the "Trump Royal Wedding Experience," offering overnight stays at the Trump International Hotel & Tower. With a view of Central Park, guests will nosh on eggs, caviar and mimosas while watching the newlyweds share their first kiss at the hotel's dining room. They will also be going home with a piece of "Royal Wedding" china, which will help them remember the special day. The "Trump Royal Wedding Experience" package starts at $1,075.
But if you're just looking for a party without having to worry about renting a tux or spending a fortune on a gown, Big Apple Brits and the DUMBO Improvement District are throwing "The Official Royal Wedding '11 NYC Massive Party." Starting at 5 a.m. and ending at 1 a.m., this big bash will not only provide screens for you to watch the Royal Wedding live (and again in the afternoon), but it will also be filled with raffles, live music and comedic performances and even face painting for the kids. But if you don't want to shell out, $50 for the VIP all-day pass or have work that morning, then a $30 evening pass will give you all the Pimms, Kia Royals and canapés you want while you toast to Kate and will at this Brooklyn soiree.
And for those who want to just get together with other New Yorkers who are royally obsessed with Will and Kate, the Paley Center is hosting a viewing party for free. Not only can you test your TV wedding knowledge with a big trivia game but women can also come in their best bridesmaid dress and compete for the title of "Most Unique Bridesmaid Dress." The event will be topped off with tea and scones provided by Twinings and NYC tea spot, Alice's Tea Cup.
- block parties
- happy hour
- Donald Trump