The Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is coming up on May 19, and if you have a spare $200,000 lying around, you might consider heading over the pond for a taste of lemon elderflower wedding cake—it's, gasp, so untraditional. If you only have a cool $2,000 to $10,000 though, there are some other royal-themed escape plans you might make for this coming weekend instead.
Book a Private Jet to the UK
If you're lucky enough to be one of the 600 dignitaries, celebrities and political elites invited to this grand soiree, you will want to arrive in style, and the Fort Lauderdale-based private jet booking platform, PrivateFly, which has a head office in London, can get you there on its Gulfstream G650ER, also known as the G6—the world’s fastest luxury jet which can accommodate 13 passengers, has a master bedroom suit and reportedly flies a tiny bit slower than, you know, the speed of sound.
But it will cost you:
- $165k (one-way) from San Francisco
- $155k (one-way) from Los Angeles
- $95k (one-way) from New York
Relax Markle-Style in Nashville
Music City will celebrate at The Westin Nashville, 807 Clark Place with an actual royal treatment package that includes an in-room tea service, specialty spa services, and an upscale watch party at Decker & Dyer. The Decker & Dyer Watch Party (it's at 6 a.m. by the way) features a champagne toast and tea-inspired cocktails or mocktails. A Royal Wedding Spa Package includes a makeup tutorial class on how to get Markle's natural look, how to do Markle-approved yoga, a Markle-themed mani/pedi and a choice of a Signature Spa massage or facial with coconut or tea tree oil products (Markle's favorite, mmkay, stalker?) and a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot. Visit westinnashville.com to book.
Dine like Di in Chicago
The Drake, A Hilton Hotel is hosting a watch party with a special luncheon in its Grand Ballroom. So special, in fact, that the menu will be the very same as what was served to Princess Diana during her stay here in 1996. So what did she eat, you ask? "A garden of mixed field of greens" (mmm, sounds like salad habitat), king salmon with "gnocchi romaine" (hands off, this is my rapper name) and a cinnamon biscotti soufflé glace. Chicago’s Queen of Caberet, Denise Tomasello, shall entertain you.
Costume Party in Dubai
At Atlantis, The Palm, there will be wedding cake for dessert at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, along with classic British fare and booze. The Beefeater Lounge also urges guests to rock their finest royal attire, with the best-dressed couple and individual (sad!) getting a prize. This all goes down on May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Shag Like a Royal in Times Square
The Moxy Times Square is offering an actual Shag Like a Royal package—Prince Charles and Camilla goals, am I right? The package features—eek—a Union Jack condom, a British slang dictionary, and a travel-size bottle of gin (is that all it takes?). The offer is only available until May 19, starting at $260 per night. So have at it, horndogs.
Channel Your Inner Harry in Antigua
Antigua's all-inclusive Blue Waters Resort & Spa, and its 17 acres of tropical gardens, has an epic royal package that is fully Prince Harry-approved—he stayed here recently during his visit for the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda, at least. Guests get VIP Fast track arrival service at the Antigua Airport for two, luxury return car transfers, a bottle of champagne and designer chocolates upon arrival, an expansive Cove Suite with concierge service, access to a private infinity pool, a private 1.5-hour gourmet picnic cruise, afternoon tea and sparkling wine, and a 60-minute massage.
Get Formal at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Who wouldn't want to use the Royal Wedding as an excuse to stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman? The resort’s noteworthy Seven restaurant will host the last brunch of the season to celebrate the wedding, overlooking the Seven Mile Beach and the Caribbean Sea. Formal dress wear is required for the event, which includes a champagne toast, but we strongly suggest wearing a swimsuit underneath to head straight to beach, strip down, and float like the sexy brunch manatee you are afterwards.