No invite, no problem: Lowcountry businesses prepare for royal wedding

The King Charles Inn is getting into the spirit of the Royal wedding. (WCIV)

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle may happen across the pond, but Lowcountry businesses are capitalizing on the scores of people fascinated by the event.

“We’re very attune to our English heritage,” said Ray Berrouet,” director of sales at King Charles Inn in downtown Charleston.

The hotel was named for the British monarch who colonized the Palmetto state, and its staff is not holding back for Saturday’s royal affair.

“Our tagline is English heritage and Southern hospitality in the heart of historic downtown,” Berrouet said.

The inn offered a $1,000 royal wedding package featuring champagne, white roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, a Friday evening pre-party, the viewing party, and a ride to dinner in a 1965 Bentley Silver Cloud.

“It’s inherently British,” he said. “It Is iconic, and being a ‘65 Bentley, it really ties into the British family heritage.”

If you plan to stay at home, Hamby Catering & Events offered a catering package for $99 featuring British-inspired bites.

Think Victoria sponge cake, tea sandwiches, scones, biscuits, cucumber rounds and tomato pie.

“We've had a tremendous amount of interest for people who want to watch it live and for people who want to videotape it because of the time difference in America and England,” said Stephen Cameron, the marketing lead at Hamby.

It’s not just the attention to detail in the party planning. It’s also about the decorations that go atop your head.

“My favorite type of fascinator is the saucer style that's a little more fun and noticeable,” said Natalie Simmons, the owner of Carolina Millinery in West Ashley.

The store has every type of fascinator to suit your royal style or viewing party needs.

“Selling a lot of fascinators for a lot of parties they're doing in the morning mostly pajamas parties or cocktail parties,” Simmons added.

23 million people are expected to watch the nuptials, as an American becomes part of the British royal family.

“For lot of young girls—I’ve got a 5-year-old daughter—they dream of being a princess, and this an opportunity of an American doing that,” Berrouet said.

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