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The back of the Palace, facing the Palace Gardens.
A little riddle for you: What costs $30 per person, doesn't allow you to take photographs, and is gold all over? Ding ding dingthe State Rooms at London's Buckingham Palace, which opened last week for their annual round of public tours. Travelers to London are clamoring to get in, not only to tread on the Queen's lush carpets and gawk at the royal family's heirlooms, but also to spend some quality time with Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress, which has pride of place on display in the palace's ballroom.
Tickets are understandably rare for walk-upswe heard "fully committed" said quite a bit while passing the ushers at the entrance to the visitor's area, so going online for tix is the best route. Here's how to do it:
This weekend, when the same-sex marriage law took full effect, allowing couples to actually say "I do," a record 659 marriage licenses were picked up in just one day. There will be plenty more of this, and you can bet the wedding industry in NY state is positively jumping with excitement. The race is one to have the coolest wedding venue, and although we've already talked up The Five Gayest Places to Get Married in NYC, we found three more:
· The New York Public Library Main Branch at Bryant Park.
C'mon. It's where Carrie from Sex and the City was originally supposed to marry Big, until he had second thoughts. She ended up at the court house with him in the end, but that doesn't mean you have to take the bare-bones approach as well. The Astor Hall is a must-see, even if you can't pony up the $$$$ to get married in it.
The NYPL is well known for their extensive research collection of LGBT literature, whose mass sum equals over 100,000 volumes and 300 archival collections. Highlights include works by "pivotal LGBT artists and cultural figures" such as William Burroughs, W. H. Auden, Virgina Woolf, and Charles Ludlum.
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As you're probably well aware by now, NY State has legalized same-sex marriage. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law last weekend, and 30 days from that signature the nuptials are green lit to begin. Thus, in true New York quick-quick style, a pop-up chapel in Central Park is scheduled for July 30.
And guess whatit'll be FREE! According to Gothamist:
We provide the wedding! And the photographer! And the officiant! And witnesses! And cupcakes! And music! And everything you’ve always dreamed of! A free and legal wedding... We will perform your wedding ceremony, sign your license, and process the paperwork.
Gothamist also notes that you can go snag yourself one of those coveted marriage licenses as soon as July 5, but you must wait until the end of July to actually do the deed for it to be legal and binding.
If you're interested in being one of the lucky couples to enjoy a free wedding on a historial weekend in the middle of Central Park, hit up the organizers of the event with your story by emailing them at email@example.com. And, you know, follow them on Twitter, @popupchapel.
Where were you on Friday night when the Same-Sex Marriage Law passed in the New York State Senate? We were in the melee that was New York City when something amazing happens, as locals poured into the street, honked their car horns and threw spontaneous parties, regardless of sexual orientation, to celebrate another step in the fight for equality.
It's been a whirlwind weekend with the news and the Pride Parade all rolled into one, but this excitement is nothing compared to what will happen less than 30 days from now, when the law Governor Cuomo signed takes effect and gay couples can hold in their hands their marriage license.
Now everyone can be hitched in New York City, and maybe even choose one of these Five Gayest Places in New York to Get Married:
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As promised, our feet were on the ground in London on Royal Wedding Day, albeit far from the crush and mania of the procession route and Buckingham Palace. While royalists clamoured for a view of The Dress and the happy couple's balcony kiss (times two) we chose to huddle indoors and watch the ceremony, safe from tourists with their Union Jack stunner shades and homemade fascinators. An ever-so-quick glimpse of the RAF flypast was the closest Jaunted got to the action.
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We don't have to tell you that a big deal went down this morning (or afternoon, UK time): the The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Now that the dress designer has been unveiled (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) and the ring shown (a simple gold band), the next big question is where the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head for the Royal Honeymoon.
Currently the frontrunner for the destination is Australia, although Kenya, Corfu, The Seychelles or The Isles of Scilly have also been mentioned. Wherever they go, it won't be their first stop; the couple is due to spend their first nights in the Scottish Highlands at Balmoral Estate.
Let's see where other royal couples of the past have chosen to spend their Royal Honeymoons:
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Admit it: you secretly want a sticker or a mug.
In January, our sister site HotelChatter ran a series on Anti-Royal Wedding Hotels, a roundup of London accommodations for those braving Wills and Kate madness and seeking lodgings less stodgy than the city's chi-chi five-star options.
In similar fingers up fashion, we here at Jaunted have cobbled together a list of three Royal Wedding celebrations far from the fray of Westminster. Though we'll have our feet planted firmly on the ground in Londontown, we won't be trekking to Hyde Park or anywhere along the procession path, reports of rain and screaming royalists being enough to deter us. Yet we won't avoid the festivities altogether; the excitement pulsing through central London is palpable, morbid curiosity and the excuse to quaff with abandon reason enough to venture onto the city streets that day/evening.
Rebelliously partake in the mania at these alternative Royal Wedding parties taking place in London:
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The Royal Wedding won't be the only high profile nuptials taking place this month, but it will be the only ceremony fans will get a glimpse of, at least for now. The highly anticipated Breaking Dawn wedding scene, in which Edward (played by Robert Pattinson) and Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) finally tie the knot, is being shot right now in Squamish, B.C. and they are keeping it tightly under wraps.
The already secluded set "is surrounded by off-duty police officers and that Canadian staple - the Mounties" and tarps have been erected over the site to avoid any potential aerial spoilers. They've even gone as far as to hold umbrellas over the cast and crew as they move from highly guarded vans to the set.
Reese Witherspoon married agent Jim Toth during a stealth ceremony at her Ojai, California estate on Saturday. The couple swapped vows in front of more than 100 guests, including A-listers like Renee Zellwegger, Gwenyth Paltrow and new couple Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn (Toth is Johansson's agent).
According to E!, A huge tent was set up in a field behind Reese's main house (to keep out the cold and the paparazzi), where guests partied into the wee hours of the night. But, just because Reese has the room for guests at her massive ranch doesn't mean she invited anyone over on her wedding night.
Nepal may just position itself as this year's travel hot spot, and not just because of its crazy 157-day hike on the Great Himalaya Trail that starts in February. It is vying to be a vacation destination for gay couples.
The country gave it a go in 2009 and became the first South Asian nation to decriminalize homosexuality. Since then, Nepal has okayed same-sex marriage and is seeking to ensure gay rights in the new constitution.
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Although it's already been news that many Britons are looking forward to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 not for the historical or romantic aspects, but for the long weekend it's created and the opportunity for vacation, there's still a pretty great chance that everyone will sit down in front of a TV to watch the spectacle.
For those planning to really get in the spirit and travel to London, there will luckily be opportunities to spy the couple on their wedding day without having to beg, borrow and steal for a ticket to the Westminster Abbey ceremonyKate and Wills will take a carriage ride past many of London's biggest tourist attractions on their way from their wedding to the post-nuptials reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Wills' father Prince Charles.
The AP has the details on the projected path:
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Who's ready for April 29? Yes, that's the announced wedding date of Britain's Prince William and his fiance, Kate Middleton, and although many Britons are using the 4-day long weekend to get out of the country for a mini-break, one entrepreneur is gearing up for the tourism onslaught by creating the Kate and Wills Tour, a walking route that points out some of the London locations important to the couple, like the jeweler (Garrard's) where the engagement ring was originally purchased for Diana by Prince Charles.
The Daily Mail was the first to experience the tour, conceived by James Bonney of Celebrity Planet, who's goal is to "take the star map/star tour idea from Los Angeles, do a straight steal, relocate to London." And he's done it, starting up the Harry Potter, The Beatles, Notting Hill, 007, Princess Diana and Jack the Ripper tours in addition to the romantic Kate & Wills Tour.