Mine! (Hands off…)

The wheels of the bus go round and round… all the way through Kate Middleton’s home village in Royal Berkshire.

Kate Middleton bus tour

And like the wedding invitations, there will be a stop at her favourite pub Bucklebury’s Old Boot Inn. Pub landlord John Haley is understandably chuffed at being invited and has said that his spot at Westminster Abbey is “one seat I won’t be giving up.”

Which led me to wonder… what would you not give up? For me, it would be was my hubby to be, family and friends. Yes, yes, sweet I know – but there MUST be something more interesting than that which I would hang onto tooth and nail.

What would it be for you?

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The Golden Ticket

It’s like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory all over again… a small amount of ‘Golden Tickets’ available to a select few. This time however, said tickets are invitations to what is commonly referred to as the wedding of the year. (You understand, that as a bride to be getting married on the same day, I cast my ‘wedding of the year’ vote in a different direction… but appreciate that I am in the vast minority!)

The first 1800 tickets have now been posted according to varying global media sources – and potential guests wait with baited breath to see if they will be invited to any or all of the events.

Golden tickets... but who for?

While millions worldwide can only dream of attending, spare a thought for Mexican teen Estibalis Chavez, 19. She is lacking a golden ticket for any Willy Wonka style rare occasions, which is just as well as she has been on hunger strike for 8 days. Why you ask? Surely the answer is obvious! This teen thinks that there is a direct correlation with her hunger, and the heart strings of the future King and Queen of England. She hopes the strike will mean that Wills and Kate will invite her to their wedding. The term ‘cutting off your nose to spite your face’ has never been truer. Nor has the term “WTF?!!”

Are you serious?!

If this works... there will be a wave of hunger strikes globally

I don’t have a crystal ball… but I am willing to wager my remaining wedding budget that this is not a hunger strike that will be taught in the history books. This is not Gandhi protesting the British occupation of India… or Suffragette Emmaline Pankhurst striking for the rights of womankind – this is ultimately a girl fighting for her right to party… albeit with the royals. Is she a Beastie Boy of a new generation?

So I imagine it will be a no to Ms Chavez – attempted revolution or otherwise… and at the time of writing, the media has started reporting that Fergie, the Duchess of York is planning to snub the Royal Wedding – even if she is invited… a real shame for William who apparently sees her as one of his favourite aunts.

Creating the ideal wedding guestlist is often complicated (at best) for any bride and groom – and it’s evident that while royalty may bring some [many] privileges, hard decisions are hard decisions whoever you are.

In the run up to our April 29th shindig, I am reminding myself of just that… with 2/3 invitations out and just a 1/3 to go – it’s important to remember that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. There’s a chance that someone along the way may be put out by not being invited. Our non royal budget means we can’t invite everyone we would like to attend… but are so honoured by family and friends who are gearing up to attend from Guyana, Barbados, Canada, Kenya and more… and who knows, if she decides to eating is a good idea – maybe a certain 19 year old guest from Mexico may gatecrash if she decides to venture to Windsor instead of Westminster. Knowing we wouldn’t have to pay £X per head for her meal means I may not entirely object!

Mr & Mrs O… You are cordially invited to…

As half of the weekend disappears in front of my very eyes, I am astounded by the many things I still have left to do!

With just under 11 weeks until the big day, I would have wanted to have all of my invitations out by now. My bridesmaid Lulu (Creative Director, Asilia) has designed the gorgeous invites – and while 65% have been sent out – the remaining 35% has to be my main priority at this stage.

Unless she’s made a lot more progress in the latter half of this week, it seems Kate Middleton isn’t much further along with sending out her invitations. Mid-week, in an interview with Regis & Kelly – Michelle Obama was quizzed on why she said she wasn’t going to the Royal Wedding… a question for which there was a really simple answer. She has not been invited.

Interview with Michelle Obama

Delivered with the poise and grace the first lady constantly exudes, it seems that Michelle Obama would not be offended if she didn’t receive an invitation from the Royal couple, recognising how personal weddings are, and therefore not expecting an invitation by virtue of her position. Even if she is invited further down the line, she’s not presumptious enough to think that she’d automatically be given a plus 1!

With the awareness that Michelle is up for another trip to the UK, I thought I’d take this opportunity to cut out any ambiguity and let her (and her husband) know that they are certainly invited to our big day… we would be honoured to have them. They strike me as a couple who would enjoy a day with our international, cosmopolitan crowd… and fit right in with the dance theme of our wedding day.

While I know brides don’t take kindly to being upstaged on their big day – I think I have found my exception to this rule. That exception is not the lovely Kate and William I’m afraid… but is the American First Couple. When it comes to the Obama’s…I’d be happy for song 2 (perhaps even 1) on the reception playlist to be their fav… the gorgeous “At Last” by Etta James.

So… Michelle and Barack… if you are still free on Friday 29 April and are up for a dance themed wedding with a playlist including old skool R&B and global beats from Tanzania, Trinidad, India, Kenya, Guyana, Egypt, Barbados, Latin America and more – we welcome you with open arms!