While we’re all waiting to see what Meghan Markle will wear down the aislewhen 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.
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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.
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.
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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