Celebrate the Royal Wedding in NYC

By Susannah Griffee
|  Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 2:39 PM EDT
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Celebrate the Royal Wedding in NYC

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New Yorkers don’t have to travel overseas to celebrate the royal wedding in style.

New York hotels, tea spots, and restaurants are putting on lavish celebrations for the royal wedding, with reservations costing up to $2,400 at the Trump International Hotel’s royal wedding celebration.

Spaces across New York will open as early as 5 a.m. to allow residents to watch the wedding live, which will take place at 11 a.m. London time, or 6 a.m. New York time.

English breakfasts, commemorative china, and fancy banquets will join rollicking block-wide street parties in celebration of the long-awaited union of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.

“It’s all going to go mad!” said Nicky Perry, owner of the Tea and Sympathy eatery and organizer of a Greenwich Avenue street party celebrating the wedding. “It’s wedding mania! I can’t tell you how many people have called me wanting to have a party for the royal wedding, so I decided to just throw a party myself.”

The British shop owner has joined with the nearby Lyon restaurant to create a street fair with dancers, bands, and raffle prizes including a round trip to England, a bespoke tuxedo, a wedding dress, and a weekend in the Hamptons.

Entertainment will kick off around 3 p.m. so that children can join in after school. Tickets cost $10, and are available at either restaurant.

For locals wanting a more extravagant experience, the Trump Hotel is offering an overnight package for $1,075 to $2,400. The package includes a room at the hotel, a 5 a.m. tasting menu with mimosas at the Jean-Georges restaurant, and a piece of officially commissioned wedding china flown in from London.

The New York Palace Hotel is also offering a royal wedding sunrise breakfast, including a traditional English breakfast, New York palace slippers, party favors, and an 8 a.m. champagne toast, all for $150. The menu will feature Kate Middleton’s favorite food – sticky toffee pudding.

According to a spokesperson, 75 people have already signed up for the breakfast.

St. George’s Society of New York will offer an evening celebration at the Edison ballroom, including a rerun of the wedding, live music, dancing, and a three-course meal for $200. The Princes Cruises Company will also offer a showing of the wedding aboard its cruise ships.

A free all-day street party will be held in the tunnel under the Manhattan Bridge beginning at 5 a.m., and the nearby Dumbo Loft will host an all-day party including an open bar and performances for $50. The Paley Center for Media will also offer a free screening of the ceremony and a wedding costume contest  beginning at 5:30 a.m.

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