Though Americans are lucky to not have to foot the bill for royal weddings (like we could even afford one), that doesn’t stop our enthusiasm. There is no shortage of venues in Miami that are hosting English teas, royal look-a-like contests and offering services fit for a king – or at least a petty duke.
Get dolled up in your British finery as JohnMartin’s hosts a Royal Wedding watch party with a royal themed costume contest to boot. The morning festivities start bright and early at 5:45 a.m., just prior to the scheduled live telecast of the wedding ceremony at 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Guests will be welcomed with a complimentary Kir Royale cocktail, along with a chance to meet the Queen Mum herself (or, perhaps, a very good look-alike). Guests enjoy a traditional English breakfast, smoked salmon crowns and breakfast scones with butter and clotted cream, as well as many other items. In addition, guests will be able to take their pictures with the life-sized cutout of the Royal Couple. (Bring your camera.) JohnMartin’s, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. For more information, call (305) 445-3777, or go to www.johnmartins.com.
Acqualina Resort & Spa
Acqualina Resort & Spa will host a special spa day to celebrate the historic nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William of Wales on April 29th. Attend a private viewing of the Royal Wedding while you nibble on scrumptious British fare including crumpets, tea sandwiches and cookies. The package allows guests to indulge in two hours of pampering beginning with the Welcome Foot Ritual and continuing with a Full Body Scrub, Restorative Massage, Nourishing Mud Wrap, Relaxing Scalp Massage, Foot & Hand Paraffin Treatment and a special Royal Treatment goodie bag. The “Royal Treatment” package is available for $429 including gratuity and complimentary valet. Acqualina Resort & Spa, 17875 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-918-8000.
National Hotel Miami Beach
On Friday, April 29, National Hotel Miami Beach will host a royal affair at The Restaurant and Blues Bar from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m.Guests can watch the festivities on a large projector screen while enjoying a traditional “Full English Breakfast” consisting of fried eggs, English-style sausage, rashers of crispy fried bacon, browned mushrooms, black pudding, a browned half tomato and fried bread. Can’t make it that early? No worries. Blues Bar will continue to loop the footage throughout the day and offer Kir Royal cocktails for $6 each. Guests are invited to enjoy the breakfast for $24 (gratuity and cocktails not included), while those who don their best Kate Middleton hat will receive a complimentary Kir Royal. Valet parking will also be offered at a discounted rate of $10. National Hotel Miami Beach, 1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-532-2311.
The Biltmore Hotel
Celebrate Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton with a traditional English tea, pastries and champagne and a modeling of the Wedding Suite collection at Nordstrom Coral Gables. Biltmore, one of the most popular sites for weddings in Miami, will present their new website www.weddingsbybiltmore.com and a nationwide contest, “Marry Me in Miami,” giving away a $150,000 dream wedding at the Biltmore Hotel. The Royal Wedding celebration is $30 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Friday, April 29, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables; 305-445-1926 or www.biltmorehotel.com
Put on your white gloves and tea hats for a High Tea Royal Wedding watch party at Veronica’s Dollhouse, led by etiquette coach Robin Wells. Those with a ticket will also receive 20% off all Dollhouse merchandise and a Royal Wedding party favor gift bag. April 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $100. Veronica’s Dollhouse Boutique, 7221 SW 57th court, South Miami; 305- 662-2966 or www.VeronicasDollhouseBoutique.com.
La Marea at The Tides South Beach has caught the Royale Wedding Fever and will host a viewing party with tea and crumpets available after 10 a.m. April 29 starting at 7 a.m. Viewing party is free; $25 per person for tea and crumpets. The Tides South Beach,1220 Ocean, Miami Beach; 305-604-5070 or www.thetidessouthbeach.com.
Seven Seas Aveda Spa and Salon
Get the royal treatment at Seven Seas Aveda Spa and Salon with The Royal Rub Down Package, offered during the month of April. The limited-time only package features a fancy combination of indoor and outdoor treatments, designed to make guests feel like royalty, without the weight of the crown. The Royal Rub Down Package $149 (value: $450) includes a personal butler, massage, manicure, afternoon tea, hair updo, access to the poolside Tiki Hut, champagne, and valet parking. Seven Seas is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Seven Seas Aveda Spa and Salon, Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort, 16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles; For appointments call 305-749-2100 or visit www.sevenseasspasalon.com.