Royal wedding celebrations in Houston

- Wedding bells are ringing from all the way across the pond. Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are set to wed this Saturday, but just because the wedding is in the UK doesn't mean Houstonians aren’t excited for the big day.

There are about 40,000 British Ex-pats who call Houston home to help us lead the way. Karen Bell, the British Consul General based here in Houston tells us that “This is really an opportunity for us to celebrate not only the love between the couple Prince Harry and Megan Markel, but also just to remember just how special the relationship is between the US and the UK.”

Although this wedding isn’t expected to be as big as Harry’s older brother Prince William’s wedding back in 2011, the event will still be lavish, with over 2,500 people invited. “People are gearing up for it it’s all happening on Saturday the 19th, as you know. It’s going to be taking place at Saint George’s in Windsor, that’s the chapel where Prince Harry was baptized,” says Bell.

Besides the difference in wedding venues, many traditions will remain the same with the church ceremony, and the dress code. Men are expected to wear morning suits, or military uniform if they served. Bell tells us “I understand that the ladies have been asked to wear the dresses and hats and I’m sure there will be some absolutely stunning creations out on display.”

You can dress up as a wedding guests too! Gabriela Dror is the go to hat designer for women here in Houston attending wedding watch parties. She has worked with many local woman designing hats for special occasions. She tells us fascinators, which you put on like a headband are very popular for the royal wedding guest, and people attending viewing parties.

Gabriela has some hats in stock that are starting to go quickly. You can reach out to her on her website Gabriela Dror

If you’d rather the comfort of your own home to watch the royal nuptials you don’t have to go across the pond to get supplies and party favors, the British Isle store on Rice Blvd. has you covered. But if you want commemorative items you have to act quickly because they are selling out in England, where Guy gets his stock from.

The most important things to remember is to dress up, and enjoy a cup of tea or sparkling British wine.

Like the royal wedding some of the local viewing parties in Houston are invite only, or are sold out, so you want to call ahead. Here are some places we found that will be hosting a viewing party, including movie theaters that will broadcast the event on the big screen.

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