This is the wedding menu Harry and Meghan will likely serve on May 19th

While we're all waiting to see what Meghan Markle will wear down the aisle when she arrives at St. George's Cathedral at Windsor Castle to wed Prince Harry, the royal wedding obsessed (read: we) are taking it one step further. We need to know it all–from the décor to the culinary details. Given that Meghan used to pen a lifestyle blog with a focus on food (the blog was called The Tig, named after the full-bodied Tuscan red varietal, Tignanello), we're dying to know what the couple will serve at their daytime and evening receptions on May 19th.

Town & Country reports, per The Telegraph, that Harry and Meghan landed on a caterer this past January. Reportedly, the couple tapped catering company Table Talk, a royal favorite, for their wedding day. The company was responsible for Will and Kate's wedding reception in 2011, and also catered Pippa Middleton and James Matthews's wedding this past spring.

The royal wedding, which will take place at noon, will be followed by a daytime reception hosted by the Royal Family at Windsor Castle, which will likely feature a lighter menu suitable for a warm weather afternoon. Per the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding meals, which included a wedding breakfast, a luncheon hosted by the Queen and an evening reception hosted by Prince Charles featuring a seated, three-course meal, Harry and Meghan's evening affair will likely feature the most formal fare.

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The guest list

Although the guest list hasn't officially been released -- and we won't know for sure who made the cut until the big day -- many high-profile figures have hinted whether or not they scored an invite. 

Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams and David and Victoria Beckham are all expected to attend, alongside Meghan's Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. 

Since Harry isn't heir to the throne, they aren't expected to invite anybody on an official capacity. President Trump, Melania Trump and the Obamas are not expected to attend.  

The page boys and bridesmaids 

Just a few days before the big day, Prince Harry and Meghan finally revealed who would be part of their pack of bridesmaids and page boys. As expected, two of Duchess Kate and Prince William's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will take part. Other bridesmaids include Harry's goddaughters Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren, Meghan's goddaughters Remi and Rylan Litt, as well as Jessica Mulroney's daughter Ivy.

Along with Prince George, page boys include Brian and John Mulroney and Jasper Dyer.

The first dance 

The royal couple has chosen quite an unexpected song for their first dance. According to reports, Harry and Meghan will take the dance floor as man and wife, dancing to Whitney Houston's hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

The flowers

In a press release from April 1, it was announced that the couple had chosen Philippa Craddock to design their flowers for the church ceremony.

"Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves,” the press release said

The cake 

In March, it was announced that Claire Ptak would be the baker behind Meghan and Harry's wedding cake. The elderflower-flavored creation will incorporate the bright flavors of spring, and "be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers."

Claire's creations were already on Meghan's radar: She interviewed the baker for her lifestyle blog The Tig, which has since been shut down. 

The entrance 

Meghan and Harry will ride in the Ascot Landau, a horse-drawn carriage built in 1883, while departing St. George's chapel following the ceremony. It'll take then through Castle Hill to Windsor Castle. If it rains, they'll have to switch to the Scottish Stage Coach, which was built in 1830 and offers a covering. 

The entertainment

In late April, it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan have hand-selected a number of choirs and musicians to perform on their big day. 

According to US magazine, "The performers are Vivian’s choir; 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir; an orchestra made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia; Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas; trumpeter David Blackadder; organist Luke Bond; and State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry."

The night before

According to reports, Meghan and Harry will spend the night before their wedding apart, in two different lavish hotels in London. 

Meghan will stay with her mother, Doria, at Cliveden House Hotel. Prince Harry will be joined by brother and best man Prince William at Cosworth Park. 

The reception 

Following the service, there will be two receptions. The first will be held at St. George's hall for the guests from the ceremony. The second celebration will be held at Frogmore house for a more select group, including the couple's family and friends. 

The menu

Not only will the receptions be joined by food trucks (!) but the dishes served will include "the freshest produce" sourced from places like Her Majesty's estates. One item on the menu? Seasonal bowls. 


People reports that Royal chef Mark Flanagan will be leading the charge in the kitchen on May 19, as the palace plays host to 600 guests. According to reports, Meghan and Harry have already visited the kitchens at Windsor Castle to plan the menu, which will feature seasonal ingredients sourced from the Queen's estates. The menu will feature passed canapés and more hearty bowls of food, so that guests can enjoy their meals standing up, making it easier for the newlyweds to greet their guests and mingle amongst the crowd.

"There’s no experimentation on Saturday whatsoever, tried and tested and predominantly classics,” Flanagan told reporters. With that in mind, guests should expect seasonal British produce like asparagus, peas and tomatoes this Saturday. While the wedding dinner will host 200 guests for a sit-down meal later in the evening, odds are a similar style of cuisine will be served for the night's reception hosted by Prince Charles as well.

Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding Menu

Will and Kate's wedding dinner, according to their menu which was up for auction in 2015, featured an appetizer of marinated salmon, crab and langoustines on a fresh herb salad, followed by organic lamb served with spring vegetables, potatoes and "sauce Windsor," finished with a trio of desserts: Berkshire honey ice cream, sherry trifle and a chocolate parfait. Each dish was appropriately paired with wine, and coffee and fresh mint tea were offered with dessert.

Given Meghan's love for bold, red wines, guests will likely be treated to a menu and wine pairings fit for foodies. And, while Will and Kate's menu featured only one red wine paired with their lamb course, we wouldn't be surprised if Meghan and Harry choose to offer more of an array of wines, along with a full bar, for their guests.

As for dessert, Kensington Palace announced on March 20th that the couple have tapped Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes to create a lemon and elderflower wedding cake for their special day, which bucks the royal tradition of serving a tiered fruit cake for dessert.

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Per the statement from the Palace, Ptak will be icing the cake in buttercream, and decorating it with fresh flowers fit for a spring wedding. It's likely that Violet Cakes will tap into the blooms that florist Phillippa Craddock uses to decorate the Cathedral, Castle and Frogmore House when adorning Harry and Meghan's confection.

As for who is footing the bill for what will undoubtedly be a delicious culinary experience for all who attend, the statement from Kensington Palace confirms that the Royal Family will take care of the core wedding expenses, which includes the food and beverage tab.

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No shut-eye for the groom

Wedding day jitters weren't the only thing that kept Prince William up all night before he tied the knot with the lovely former Kate Middleton—the ruckus and hubbub from all his supportive yet noisy well-wishers were also to blame. "They were singing and cheering all night long, so the excitement of that, the nervousness of me and everyone singing—I slept for about half an hour," William said, according to The Daily Mail. Learn the surprising rule Kate Middleton has to follow at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.


Something borrowed, something blue and something broken?

Even the unflappable Queen Elizabeth II had to deal with a wedding mishap: her broken tiara. "The Fringe Tiara was given to Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day, and the hairdresser broke it," royal jeweler House of Garrard told Marie Claire in an interview. "On that day, they had police escort it to the House of Garrard workshops. We fixed the tiara that morning, had it sent back to Queen Elizabeth, and then she got married in it. You don't expect the royals to have those sorts of mix-ups, but they do!"



In hindsight, it was an ominous sign about the future of her marriage when Princess Diana flip-flopped the first and middle name of her groom referring to him as "Philip Charles" rather than "Charles Philip." Barbara Walters made this comment about the flub, "All it did was endear her more to her people because it was human and understandable." Check out more secrets you might not know about Princess Di.


Horsing around

You may be familiar with the term runaway bride, but what about runaway horse? That's exactly what happened as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's procession left Westminster Abbey after they got hitched. According to ABC News, one of the horses in the procession got spooked from the revelry of the crowd and tossed the cavalry guardsman riding him to the tarmac below. Neither the horse nor the guardsman was harmed.


Tripped up

It wouldn't be a wedding unless someone... tripped? Although Princess Diana's train was 25 feet long, she managed it flawlessly. Her 5-year-old bridesmaid Clementine Hambro, Winston Churchill's granddaughter and Diana's former student, however, tripped on it. Diana gently asked little Clementine if she had "bumped her bottom." Don't miss these other 15 secrets you never knew about Charles and Diana's wedding.


Don't cry over ... spilled perfume

When Princess Diana walked down the aisle in her now iconic wedding dress, little did the crowd know it had been stained from her favorite perfume, Quelques Fleurs. Her makeup artist Barbara Daly spilled the beans about the spilled perfume, explaining it was Diana that got it on the dress by mistake, reports PeopleAccording to the magazine, Daly told the soon-to-be princess "to simply hold that spot on her dress as she was walking to make it seem like she was lifting the front of her dress so she didn't step on it. She was even spotted trying to cover the spot where the perfume spilled with her hand as she approached the altar." Check out which perfume scents other royals chose to wear on their special day.


Got the goods

Prince Charles flubbed his wedding vows when reciting them to Diana. Rather than promise to share "all his worldly goods" he inadvertently omitted the word "worldly" and only mentioned "goods."


Stamp collecting faux pas

If you lived in New Zealand in 2011, you may have been the recipient of a postage stamp created to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Although the stamp was meant to commemorate the lovely couple tying the knot, ABC News reports that when users went to put the stamp on a letter to mail they ended up having to "tear apart the happy couple." Wedding stamp fail.


A wrinkle in time

The train of Diana's wedding dress was truly one for the record books. At 25 feet in length, dress designer David Emanuel accommodated Diana's wishes when she kept asking for a longer and longer train. Of course, all that extra fabric had to get to St. Paul's Cathedral with the bride-to-be in it. Unfortunately, shoving large amounts of taffeta into a glass coach can result in one wrinkled train. Don't miss these 18 iconic royal wedding photos throughout history.


The ring was too small

Slipping the wedding ring on the bride's finger is a ritual not even a royal prince would dare challenge, but what if the ring doesn't fit? That's what happened to Prince William during his exchange of vows with Kate Middleton. Turns out Kate had earlier had Diana's famous engagement ring resized to fit her finger because it was slipping off. So she also had her wedding band sized smaller—a little too small—and it got stuck as William tried to put it on. But after a bit of a struggle, Prince William finally managed to slip the ring on his bride's finger. "It has now become a subject of amusement to her and William," notes The Daily Mail. 


Forgotten bouquet

Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg of Denmark's wedding ceremony was delayed because she forgot to bring her bouquet with her to the church. Good thing it only took ten minutes for them to get there because that delay no doubt made Alexander Johannsmann a very nervous groom. Find out the flower every British royal bride carries in her bouquet.


Drunken antics

There's nothing surprising about guests getting drunk at a wedding, but when it's the groom who is smashed, who also happens to be king, it's another story entirely. Way back in 1795, King George IV was so drunk that after his nuptials his bride Catherine of Brunswick left him under a grate. Perhaps Catherine already knew what she was getting herself into based on meeting her betrothed for the first time at St. James Palace. "She very properly…attempted to kneel to him," said onlooker Lord Malmesbury in his diary. "He raised her (gracefully enough) and embraced her, said barely one word, turned around, retired to a distant part of the apartment, calling me to him and said, 'Harris, I am not well, pray get me a glass of brandy.'" These are the etiquette rules everyone in the royal family must follow.


Nerves on overdrive

Back in 1736, Princess Augusta was just sick about having to marry Prince Frederick, so much so that she actually vomited right after the ceremony. Prince Frederick, the eldest son and heir of King George II, wasn't much of a charmer, and he supposedly yelled in Princess Augusta's ear when she messed up her vows. Not to mention, the princess was said to have begged her mother, Queen Caroline, "Please don't leave me." The poor Danish princess was only a mere 17 years old, plus, she'd never even met her much older groom before, according to the book Royal Babylon: The Alarming History of European Royalty.


A wedding and a funeral

Til death do us part isn't meant for the guests at a wedding. But according to the book A Biographical Dictionary of Dark Age Britain: England, Scotland, and Waleswhen King Harthacnut, King of England from 1040 to 1042, got drunk at his pal Tovi the Proud's wedding, he had a stroke and died right then and there. You'll want to check out these 15 obscure royal wedding facts.


Headache woes

Although Diana looked lovely in the Spencer family tiara, the hairpiece gave the bride a pounding headache. ''In the evening [after the wedding] we all went to a sort of semi-private party," Charles Spencer, Princess Di's brother, told Elle. "And she was there and she seemed incredibly relaxed and happy and I just remember she had a cracking headache too, because she wasn't used to wearing a tiara all morning." Read on for the 10 other wedding etiquette rules everyone in the royal family must follow.



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