Tradition may be one thing, but it looks like Prince Harry is determined to put his individual stamp on his upcoming wedding celebrations. Around 600 guests are slated to join the prince and fiancé Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle’s Saturday nuptials, and for an initial reception right after. But it’s the second, more exclusive affair for a select 200 (Chelsea Davy and Fergie were reportedly not invited) hosted by Prince Charles that’s set to be where the real party’s at. And now rumours are flying as to just how this shindig will go down.
According to the UK’s Mirror, the prince plans for the exclusive reception at Frogmore House, which is on the grounds of Windsor Castle, to resemble favoured celeb hangout Mahiki, a Tiki-themed nightclub in London. Over the years, Harry has built up quite the reputation as a party boy, and celebrations for his 30th birthday were also themed (“ski-themed nightclub”, in case you were wondering), featuring snow machines. Word is, this Tiki-themed party will feature a steel band, tropical cocktails, South African Wagyu beef, and vodka-filled ice luges or sculptures — talk about going all-out.
Not only that, according to the UK’s Sunday Express, food trucks will also play a role, which is unsurprising, given that Harry convinced brother Prince William to put out food trucks for his lavish wedding celebrations back in 2011, offering bacon and sausage rolls, and ice cream.
And in a nod to Meghan’s roots, American-style bites, like tacos and grilled cheese, will also supposedly be on offer for guests’ delectation. It’s yet another small way in which the couple are making the celebrations their own, having already broken with tradition when it comes to the wedding cake, selecting a lemon elderflower bake, rather than the expected fruit cake confection.
We’re glad to see that Prince Harry, who was once better known for his hard-partying antics (who can forget the Las Vegas strip poker debacle?), is now channeling his inner rebel in less embarrassing ways — we’ll have our cocktail umbrellas ready.