Princess Eugenie’s wedding is going to be two days of parties & celebrations

The wedding of Charlie Van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Frensham

Princess Eugenie’s wedding is a month away. On October 12th, Eugenie will have the perfect “princess wedding” of her bridezilla dreams, complete with a carriage ride and 1200 lottery-winning peasants waving to her as she travels to and from St. George’s Chapel. I thought Meghan and Harry worked out their wedding stuff almost perfectly – it was a beautiful spectacle worthy of royalty, but it also had an intimate feel. And while people complained about the cost of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, I think it worked out well. Will it work out as well for Eugenie? She’s inviting 1200 random people to watch her, and politicians have been bitching about the costs for months. And now this: Eugenie’s wedding is going to be more of an epic weekend party.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are ready to party! The longtime couple’s upcoming royal wedding will be a weekend-long affair, with a party on Saturday afternoon on the grounds of Royal Lodge — Eugenie’s family home in the parklands around Windsor Castle — in addition to Friday’s ceremony and festivities. Eugenie and Jack will tie the knot on Friday, October 12 at 6 a.m. ET at St. George’s Chapel — the same venue where Eugenie’s cousin Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle in May. The future newlyweds will also be feted by a lunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle and then a black tie evening reception at Royal Lodge.

But unlike Harry and Meghan’s day-long celebrations, Eugenie and Jack are extending the party for another full day. The party will continue on Saturday afternoon with a festival-style event complete with a fairground and food stalls. Despite claims that the Queen’s cousin, party planner Lady Elizabeth Anson, is involved in the castle reception on Friday, a source says that it’s the couple who are “running the show,” as a friend puts it. “It is Eugenie and Jack’s party and they are very much involved in all the details and decisions,” the source adds.

Around 500 guests are expected to attend Friday’s ceremony and the lunch — with celebrity guests such as Victoria and David Beckham, Elton John, singers Ellie Goulding and James Blunt are all reported to be in attendance (just as they were for Harry’s nuptials). George and Amal Clooney could also be in attendance, as Jack is a brand ambassador for the actor’s Casamigos tequila company, which he sold last year. Insiders say the Saturday afternoon event is being organized by Bentleys Entertainment — the same company the Beckhams used for their lavish bash when they married at an Irish castle (and sat on thrones for a memorable portrait) in 1999. Bentleys was also used for the wedding parties of two of Eugenie’s other royal cousins, Peter and Zara Phillips. The company declined to comment.

[From People]

I mean… it’s Eugenie’s wedding, let her have her day or her weekend or whatever. I actually have a theory on all of this and it makes me somewhat sympathetic towards Eugenie: my theory is that this whole “weekend wedding party” thing is mostly about her parents than what she wants or what Jack wants. I think her parents are steering this ship and Andrew in particular wants to make sure that his daughter has the best of everything and that her wedding is befitting a “blood princess.” Maybe my theory is wrong, but it just feels like Fergie and Andrew are working through some residual drama with the Windsors and they’re doing it through Eugenie’s wedding.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their engagement

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  1. Lorena says:

    This sounds like a circus.

    • Huh says:

      Epic party weekend sponsored by casmina tequila (or whatever the hell its called)

    • Jan90067 says:

      It IS a circus, complete with performing clowns. Fergie will be gurning front and center, and Pedo Andy will be cocking the walk. It’s more to feed THEIR feelings of (self) importance than anything, IMO. And personally, I think Pedo Andy wants to show his brother just how royal HIS daughter is, in a one-upsman sort of way (“Your son had one day of parties, MY daughter gets TWO).

      Feh… I’ll look in after for the fashion, but this holds no real interest for me other than that. I wouldn’t wake up early to watch it live lol

    • Janet says:

      @Lorena BRING IT ON! <3

      @MINX Same here. God I love that stupid show. Gypsy Kate is absolutely ridiculous. The "It's exhaustion!!!" moment at the club was the funniest part of the whole series to me. I won't commandeer this thread to ramble on, but it ticks all the dumb boxes for me!

    • Tourmaline says:

      It sounds like a massive commemoration of the Its a Royal Knockout! Debacle of 1987.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      No one cares
      They’ll have to round commoners up and force them to watch this in scenes reminiscent of Clockwork Orange

  2. Becks1 says:

    Wow this thing really is going to be a big deal.

    I don’t blame her for the luncheon and evening reception, but the following day seems a bit excessive – I know around here it is common to have a brunch the next day, especially if you have a great deal of OOT guests, so maybe the carnival or whatever the next day is along the same lines?

    There is definitely starting to be a vibe of trying to mimic or outdo Harry and Meghan. I agree that it is probably coming from the parents, but even so….

    • Eliza says:

      As the Friday night reception and Saturday Fair are both on Andrews property I’m assuming it’s the parents wanting to celebrate longer. To anyone who says put your foot down, I speak from experience you can try but eventually parents are exhausting and you give in (my inlaws are crazy for any celebration).

      At least day 2 seems like costs will be minimal for the average Joe. It’s on the property already so if royals attend (I doubt QEII or DOE) it shouldn’t be the crazy circus of the carriage ride for security.

      The Yorks like to party, this seems quite on trend for them.

  3. Birdix says:

    Nothing screams royal wedding like food stalls and a fairground, right? Fried twinkies and a log ride?

  4. Jess says:

    I, for one, am excited for this wedding! Who was the last princess of the BRF to get married? Princess Anne?
    We have now Eugenie, and then… Beatrice maybe, and then a long wait till Charlotte.
    I like the BRF for their traditions, pageantry, and how “big” everything is for them, so I’m ready to wake up very early, and enjoy following the wedding from the other side of the pond.

    • Kay says:

      Well, Anne was the regent’s daughter. So will Charlotte be. Eugenie might be a princess, but she’s not in direct line and will only drift further and further away from the centre of things. Rank means everything for the royals, and also for public interest. Eugenie simply doesn’t rank high enough for this kind of circus.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Neither did Anne. She was already fourth in line by the time she married, but it was still an enormous event for the country. Where Eugenie is in the succession is less important to some than the princess title she has. Millions watched her grow up, and in spite of her parents, like her. They’ll be the ones paying attention, reading the articles, and applying for tickets.

      • Tina says:

        Harry’s rank was what was relevant at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. He’s the child of the heir to the throne, unlike Eugenie.

      • Kay says:

        Like Tina said, being the regent’s or the heir’s child makes all the difference. Anne was the Queen’s daughter. She’s the Princess Royal. So will Charlotte be, at some point.

        Eugenie and Bea might be princesses, but I’m not sure people in the UK feel a great connection to them. Certainly not the same warm affection they feel for Harry. There’s no real buzz surrounding this upcoming wedding, not remotely comparable to the buzz surrounding Harry & Meghan or Will & Kate.

    • Lady D says:

      You forgot Lady Louise, daughter of Edward and Sophie. She can claim a royal title if she wishes, can’t she?

  5. Dietcokehead says:

    I was fairly excited about this wedding but it really seems they’re trying to outdo H&M. It’s not a good look.

  6. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Quick question will Cindy Crawford be at this shindig, her husband was a partner in the drinks business with Clooney if memory serves? (Memory may not serve, I am old)

    I will be mostly watching this wedding with one eye for the hats, always for the hats!

    • Skylark says:

      Your memory is fine. Rande Gerber and Clooney were co-partners of Casamigos. Will he and Cindy attend? It’s certainly a possibility I suppose, because of the work connection.

      I can’t summon up an ounce of interest in this wedding, hats or no hats.

      • Jan90067 says:

        I read that both the Gerbers and the Clooneys will be in attendance, so yes, both couples. There is not enough water in all of Europe… heck, in the whole northern hemisphere, to quench the thirst that will be in that chapel lol

  7. Reese says:

    This wedding is so ridiculous and the costs for security estimates have increased yet again. Unbelievable how much her bloody carriage ride is costing the peasants and her 1200 fans watch and adore her. So unnecessary and shameful.

  8. E says:

    All paid by the British taxpayer….hopefully we will finally realise that we should no longer be supporting this state-funded family any longer. The whole family are redundant in this age.

  9. Mego says:

    This screams Fergie to me with all her lavish spending, insecurity and general thirst. I suspect that Andrew and the girls have always gone along with what she wants.

  10. Beth says:

    The lunch is fine, but the carnival /fair party is a little silly. Will there be rides as well as the food stalls? Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for this.

    Those sunglasses are so ugly and tacky, it’s painful

    • notasugarhere says:

      The taxpayers are paying security, they aren’t paying for any of the wedding. Just as they aren’t paying for any of the parts that take place at Royal Lodge.

  11. Eleonor says:

    Andrew and Sarah might be pushing the “blood princess” stuff and wedding but I think she agrees with them. It’s her wedding.

  12. Chaine says:

    It will be fun to look at the wedding fashion pix afterward but no way am I getting up at six in the morning to watch it, couldn’t care less about Eugenie. I feel bad for the taxpayers that are footing the bill for this.

    • notasugarhere says:

      We haven’t had any news of this one being televised have we? They might end up doing a single streaming as they did with H+M’s but there’s been no final work on it. Taxpayers are paying for security not for anything else.

  13. Cee says:

    I am here for the drama. I will actually watch this wedding (had to miss William’s and Harry’s).

  14. Harla says:

    When W&K got married and had their second evening reception, because that’s what all their friends had, I thought it was a bit too much after been given the very finest of everything during the day asking for more smacked of greed. Then H&M did the same thing and now E&J are one-uping them with a carnival the next day. I just have to ask, when is enough enough for the younger royals? You’re already being given the best of everything, why do you need more?

    • Jan90067 says:

      For W & K, the first reception, after the ceremony, had all the dignitaries and such that were invited to the wedding. The evening party was family and friends, with dancing and such, that they didn’t have in the morning.

      All the weddings I’ve been to have a “reception” after the ceremony, and then a big dinner/dancing party in the evening. That’s not unusual to me. The second day “fair” is pretty over the top. The only second day “party” I’ve done (well, my parents, I wasn’t there lol)/been to, is a brunch for out of town guests, before they leave that day.

      • Harla says:

        It’s true that the second reception is fairly common now but at the time W&K were the first royals to do that, the prior royal couples left on their honeymoon shortly after the afternoon reception. Personally, as I said above both couples were given the very best of everything for their weddings, why did they need more? that’s what bugs me.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The evening reception with dignitaries, as well as the brunch day before iirc, was because W&K refused to invite any of those folks to “their” wedding. HM had to step in and provide an event for the dignitaries – because they weren’t allowed at the W&K reception.

    • Kimble says:

      I had the same for my wedding. Just like a rehearsal dinner is an American “thing”. I never had one of those

  15. mc135 says:

    look I’m no fan of the York’s but let’s not act like they are the only one doing big on the tax money. Please stop with the faux outrage. Harry and Meg just had a wedding with two different receptions but will we ever know the real cost and where the money come from NOPE. they got a new house in oxfordshire with the lease pay for two years and maybe more , only because they want to be close to Soho house. And please stop with the endless nagging about privacy. they live behind palace halls no one ever see them there. William and Kate just had 3 weeks vacation in Mustique partying with gold outfit. We had one report about it then nothing because they stop the press from reporting on. and don’t get me started on the endless renovation and decoration and moving tennis court an inch on houses they don’t spend much time in. oh Harry and William are trying to get tax paper funded statue of their mother. you know the one they use 24/7 in order to get people’s sympathy to get the press to not report on what they actually do.(disclosure i’m not on the side of the press) i won’t get into the other royals cause it’s all the same and will take all day. So spending for this wedding is right in tune with them all so i don’t get the faux outrage.

    • E says:

      Good point, MC135. For me they’re all as bad as one and other- including the current American sweethearts, Meghan and Harry.

    • Tina says:

      Well, William and Harry don’t do a lot of work for us, that’s for sure, but they do do SOME. I like Eugenie just fine, but she’s not a working royal and I resent the hell out of her having a bloody expensive carriage ride around Windsor, given how stretched the police are to begin with.

  16. KA says:

    I think Andrew knows that as soon as Charles is in Charge, things are going to big time change for his girls. I think he is just trying to squeeze out every last bit of attention, focus, excitement, money, etc. Because before too long, that gravy train will be over.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The York sisters will not be working royals, that won’t change. Charles cannot cut out Andrew completely because legally he’s a Counsellor of State. Beatrice will likely end up as one and Eugenie might too. Nothing Charles can do about that as much as he might want to.

  17. Thaisajs says:

    Are the peasants invited to the carnival for corndogs and funnel cakes or nah? This all sounds incredibly stupid.

  18. aaa says:

    My guess is that the Friday activities are Eugenie and Jack following tradition, which Eugenie and Jack may or may not be on board with, and the Saturday activities are what Eugenie and Jack want. To me the Saturday festival sound more like something a younger person would want and from the little I know about Eugenie, this sounds like the kind of event she would want. The festival sounds like a lively event and while I don’t expect there to be a lot of coverage, I hope someone breaks ranks and spills the beans or tweets/grams pictures.

    It is unclear to me if there is going to be a third activity in the evening on Friday or if it is just the wedding and the post-wedding event hosted by the Queen.

  19. Natalie S says:

    Is the carnival for the guests or the 1200? It seems like overkill.

    After a wedding and a party, I want to sleep in, eat an indulgent breakfast and go home. It would make sense to have a Friday carnival and a Saturday wedding.

    Btw, I am loving all the excuses being made for the expense.

    • ok says:

      If you want Royals then the expense is always going to be an issue. Harry and Meghan have outrageous expenses – taking a heli everytime they travel to and from their Cotswolds home, the extra security money to secure their home. Will and Kate have outrageous expenses, they all do. If you’re American, I have no idea why you’re commenting on the “expense” in the first place. Did you have an issue with Harry’s expenses at his wedding?? If not, I don’t see why there’s a difference this time around.

      • sushi says:

        where did you read about heli ride Harry and Meghan took to travel to and from Cotswolds. Since when did they have Cotswolds.

      • Sam says:

        She doesn’t @sushi.Harry and Meghan do not take helicopters to their country retreat but a car.jeez why don’t any of these haters make any sense

  20. Fluffy Princess says:

    This all seems so “thirsty” and What about meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee? I’m looking at you Fergie and Pedo Andy. Trashy. Honestly, we all want to see the fashion — but even way over here in the US, I can’t help but be like: “Yah, but who cares about the Princesses York?” Other than the occasional blip, really not that much.

    Honestly, had the sisters been more high profile with their charity work, championing causes, getting on with some of the Snr. Royals to show up and be part of it all, then I might be more excited and not so, “this seems like overkill for a minor royal.” I think they need to look to their cousin Zara for this kind of thing. Like Pedo Andy thinks his girls are MORE important, even though they are the same as Anne’s and Edward’s children.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Zara makes money off her connection to the Queen, make no mistake as does her brother. And they both live rent-free on Anne’s estate secured with taxpayer money, and stay in her taxpayer-provided London palace apartments whenever they want.

      Beatrice and Eugenie are not working royals and are not required to do any charity work at all. Peter does none and all of Zara’s “charity work” is actually paid appearances. The Philips kids are very good at hiding their grifting.

      Legally, Beatrice and Eugenie have a possible role to play as Counsellors of State which Anne and Edward’s kids don’t. Nothing Charles can do to change that.

      • Fluffy Princess says:

        nota – I totally get what you are saying and I’m afraid I didn’t express myself clearly. I know Peter and Zara are totally grifting off Anne and the Queen, but they do it on the “down low” much better like you said. Zara’s wedding wasn’t this kind of spectacle, 2 days of parties, etc. If you are gonna grift, and everyone knows it, at least you don’t have to rub it in the people’s faces who are paying for it.

        The fact that Fergie and Andy are so egregious in so many ways, just makes this kind of pomp and pageantry seem “undeserved.” I mean for Harry, we can at least grudgingly point to his various charities, and the fact he is visible and “showing his work.” (when he does it) and even though far down, he is directly in line for the throne. But for the York princesses, there’s not even that to tick off in the list. 🙂

      • Tina says:

        Zara does charity work that isn’t paid, as well.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Zara’s charity appearances, and Mike’s, are promo/compensated. They’re making a living which they need to do but let’s not pretend otherwise. Mike’s also out on reality tv making a friendly cake of himself.

        Zara kicked another bride and groom out of the church because she and Mike wanted a specific date. 6000 showed up outside so taxpayers paid the security for that. The shambles of Peter and the Jubilee picnic lives on.

        All told I think Eugenie would be happy to be nobody. Not as sure about Beatrice. I’m still hoping, purely for gossip reasons, for a wedding between her and someone big (Grosvenor, Northumberland, Thurn und Taxis).

      • Tina says:

        Zara and Mike do compensated charity appearances, sure, but organisations like Cancer Research UK don’t pay people to be patrons. She does gratis charity work as well. And she didn’t ask people to turn up outside the church by having a lavish carriage ride, they turned up because she and Mike are popular sports people in addition to being royal-adjacent. I have no particular time for Peter, but Zara works hard, is genuinely good at her job and people have a lot of sympathy for her for a number of reasons, in part because of her miscarriages.

  21. JRenee says:

    I do think this is the parents. I’m going to guess the 2nd sister won’t have this type of wedding because Charles will probably be King by then..

  22. ladida says:

    I mean…I’m not a monarchist, per se, but I’m fairly certain Royalty is here to stay. If that’s the case, then I enjoy a festive wedding every few years. I do think Andrew and Fergie were always more flashy than the rest and that has trickled down to their daughters. I hope it’s televised.

  23. shy vi says:

    So if Duchess Meghan is indeed pregnant I guess the palace would have to hold off on an announcement until after this carnival/ wedding is over? Dang. I just want to see her and to see if there is a bump or not by then.

  24. Nikki says:

    I’ve not been a fan of the York princesses, mostly because I’ve absolutely hated their fashion choices for years and years. I always think, “All that money, and they had to buy THAT?!” This wedding sounds undignified and a bit over the top. I find it interesting folks want to believe it’s all coming from her tacky parents, but I think the bride’s probably fine with it too. I’d never bother to watch it, but I’ll enjoy Celebitchy’s coverage!!!

  25. aquarius64 says:

    Taking bets that Fergie cut a deal with a tabloid to sell pictures of the wedding.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She might try, but Peter was slapped down so hard about doing that for his wedding that Zara and Mike weren’t allowed to do the same.

  26. ok says:

    Can’t wait, good for her! This is the first Princess wedding since Anne. I’m sure her wedding will be fabulous. Why are there so many moaners about this? It’s not as if you are paying for it! The BRF paid for all aspects of Harry’s wedding (including Meghan’s wedding gowns) and they will be doing the same for Eugenie. Security money comes from the taxpayer and it will probably be the same amount (maybe less) than Harry’s wedding.

    Go and have your own big weddings, then maybe you wouldn’t feel the need to be so negative about someone else’s wedding! I had a beautiful, big, 4-day luxury wedding because that is how weddings are in my culture. We made sure everything was perfect. Yes, it cost a huge amount, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Let Eugenie have her big wedding and just be happy for her! Like I said, you aren’t paying for it. Taxpayers ALWAYS pay for security during events where Senior Royals are present.

    • Tina says:

      I have been a UK taxpayer for my entire working life. Money is being taken from the police budget (in an era of massive police cuts) to pay for this ridiculous carriage ride for a person who does no royal engagements. No one is going to revolt over this, but we can damned well grumble about it.

  27. notasugarhere says:

    From report today 100,000 applied for the 1200 tickets to be in the crowd inside the Windsor garden near the Chapel. Turns out there are plenty of people interested in being there and seeing her wedding. Carriage drive will be much shorter than Harry and Meghan’s, more along the lines of Edward and Sophie.