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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Add a Touch of Royalty to Your Next Event

in: Attendee Experience Creativity Meeting Planning Experience

Prince William and Kate’s wedding was the first Royal Wedding in West Minster Abbey in 900 years; keep the spirit rolling and add some “royal touches” to your next event.  Here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing!

Rather than a coffee break, how about a high tea á la the Brits. High Tea traditionally includes tea, of course, along with finger sandwiches, scones and pastries. You can jazz up the menu by offering a selection of quality teas; English tea, green tea, white tea, and herbal teas. Don’t forget to include Earl Grey which was named after the 2nd Earl Grey, a British Prime Minister in the 1830s. Legend has it that he was presented with this exquisite tea, flavored with bergamot oil, by an envoy on his return from China.

Scones with Devonshire cream are heavenly, as well you could offer fruit or crème curds, which come in a variety of flavors including lemon, lime, coconut and vanilla. Pastries include shortbread, cakes, cookies, fruit and more. For ideas check out the Joy of Baking page.

Take into consideration your color pallete for the event. Divine Weddings & Events suggests champagne, blue, cream and brown; now doesn’t that just sound decadent? On their blog they share gorgeous pictures showing how these colors can be incorporated into the table settings, invitations, floral arrangements and other event accessories.

If you are hoping to mimic William and Kate’s wedding, you can download your own copy of the 28 page official Royal Wedding Program at Karen Pecora Event’s Page. Keep in mind that is was a rather costly affair, the security alone cost $30 million, so you may need to be open to some more budget-minded choices. Just in case you missed the wedding (my invitation got lost in the mail), you can check out the highlights here.

Take note, dear planners, Sir Macolm Ross is the event planner for the royal family. Before the wedding he was interviewed by Barbara Walters.  When she asked him what could go wrong, he didn’t even skip a beat, he confidently stated, “Nothing will go wrong, there is no room for error.” Stated like a true event planner. We all know that tons of things can and will go wrong, but as long as it all looks good on camera, no one will be the wiser.


Jill Stone has been a HelmsBriscoe Associate for over 10 years and in the meeting planning industry for over 20 years. Her dedication, powerful negotiating skills and top rate service have earned her an impressive list of devoted clients. She consistently places at the top 5% in sales for HelmsBriscoe and consistently achieves President Club Status. To contact Jill; or 636-797-3405.


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