The Royal Wedding Private Party | April 28-29, 2011, Hotel 1000 – Seattle, WA

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What an opportunity for someone who loves weddings, has a British husband, and needed a reason to throw a party!  Hotel 1000 was my venue of choice.  And they were awesome to work with and did a fabulous job of attending to all our needs.

We started the party in the Grand Suite at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday night with assorted beverages followed by a full sit-down dinner at 10:00 p.m. followed by champagne and a birthday cake for a guest whose birthday was on April 29th (so we celebrated at 12:01 a.m.)  Then we moved downstairs to the Studio just after midnight to watch the pre-wedding coverage of the Royal Wedding around the circular fireplace on comfy furniture.  Again, we snacked on multi-flavored popcorn, cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries, and numerous other desserts and goodies while watching the Wedding.

A reporter from King 5 News came sometime after midnight to talk with us (see the video clip).
The party was also written up in the Puget Sound Business Journal by Patti Payne.

Most of us made it until 7:00 a.m. when we went off to our rooms to catch some sleep.  Thank goodness for late check-out!!

The party was AWESOME, the wedding was FABULOUS, and my guests were the BEST!

Now if Harry would just hurry up and get married, we could do this all over again!

Royal Wedding Party from Merry Beth Turpin on Vimeo.

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was one of the biggest events of 2011. But the couple’s April 29 nuptials are under the shadow of the biggest royal wedding in the last few decades: that of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, 30 years ago. So, because many in Britain and the world will compare the couples – and wonder how Kate will measure up to Diana afterward – here’s a look at the couples by the numbers:

1981

2011

Diana – 19 / Charles – 31

Courtship Ages

Both were 20
Less than a year

The Courtship

8 years
February 6, 1981

The Proposal

October 2010
February 24, 1981

The Announcement

November 16, 2010
July 29, 1981

The Wedding

April 29, 2011
St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Church

Westminster Abbey
3,500

Wedding Guests

1,800 invitations sent
David and Elizabeth Emanuel

The Dress

Closely-guarded secret

What’s the biggest difference between the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles’ wedding to the late Princess Diana? It’s the power of the Internet. In 1981, most people only relied on magazines, newspapers, tabloids, and television to get their updates about the royal wedding, which was, back then, dubbed as “The Wedding of the Century.” Fast forward to 30 years later, another Wedding of the Century is in the making – that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

On the wedding day itself, many will tune in not only on the live televised newscast of the wedding ceremony, but on live internet feeds as well. Right after the wedding, you don’t have to wait for the video release of the wedding ceremony in stores or watch a replay on television. Undoubetedly, Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton will reach more people than his parent’s own wedding because of the Internet.

Because of my love for weddings, you can bet that I will be glued in front of the television in the early morning hours of April 29 watching this beautiful couple say their vows.

Refresh your memoryClick here to watch a televised recording of the 1981 Royal Wedding between Charles and Diana.


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