There are going to be some bleary eyes in the office on Friday! As you are most likely aware by now, early that morning a young Brit by the name of William is going to be marrying an English lass named Kate, and the whole thing is being broadcast around the world starting at 6 a.m. EST. Now that you've got eaten the food and bought the gear, where to watch the captivating event live? (Spoiler alert: They will both say 'I do.') Since nobody wants to be this guy, we've collected seven spots where you can watch the event with like-minded serfs. Don't want to be seen in public that early? No worries, the whole thing will be simulcast on YouTube starting at 5 a.m. EST.
You Are Cordially Invited To:TLC's Royal Wedding Party
Where: Times Square
When: From 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
What: TLC is going all out for Kate and Wills big day. Not only will they be showing the wedding on two of the jumbo screens at the crossroads of the world, they'll also be hosting three live weddings, a free performance from Colbie Caillat and a Say Yes To The Dress fashion show. Also? If you show up early you can claim a free TLC Sunggie.
How Much? Free
You Are Cordially Invited To:The DUMBO Improvement District's Royal Wedding Viewing Party
Where: The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge
When: From 5:30 a.m. on
What: The DUMBO BID and Big Apple Brits are hosting a live screening of the BBC's commercial-free coverage of the wedding under the bridge, with contests and prizes for fancy hats and costumes (for kids and adults). Naturally, there will be a photo booth on hand.
How Much? Free
You Are Cordially Invited To:The Royal Wedding Screening
Where: Trinity Church
When: 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
What: Trinity Church was founded by Royal Charter in 1697, so of course the historic place of worship will be screening the nuptials and celebrating "the parish’s centuries-old ties to England and the worldwide Anglican Communion."
How Much? Free
You Are Cordially Invited To:The Paley Center's Wedding Viewing Party
Where: The Paley Center at 25 West 52nd Street
When: 5:30 a.m. onward
What: The media museum is hosting a wedding bonanza with the BBC's coverage playing on an HD theater screen. There will also be tea, scones, and champagne, along with TV wedding trivia and classic TV weddings (real and fictional) on other monitors. Also? Ladies? There will be prize for "Most Unique Bridesmaid Dress."
How Much? Free, but you have to RSVP here.
You Are Cordially Invited To:The Eventi Hotel's "Kate and Wills" Look-a-Like Contest
Where: The Eventi Hotel at 29th Street and Sixth Avenue
When: Starting at 7 a.m.
What: The hotel will be screening the wedding on its big outdoor screen, as well as hosting a screening inside its Bar Basque restaurant. In the latter there will also be a look-a-like contest going down. Want to participate? Just e-mail three high res images of you and your sweets to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winner gets a dinner for two at Bar Basque—and their face plastered on the side of a hotel. And you don't have to be white! The hotel says they "respect all races, ethnicities and cultures and welcome all individuals to participate!"
How Much? Free outside
You Are Cordially Invited To: The Trump Royal Wedding Breakfast
Where: Jean Georges in the Trump International Tower
When: Starting at 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
What: Watch the wedding while being pampered like a royal at Jean-Georges crown jewel. The Royal breakfast tasting menu includes egg caviar, French toast with caramelized apples, smoked salmon with cream cheese and bagels, sliced fruit, pastry baskets and mimosas.
How Much? $149 per person, call 212-299-1059 for reservations
You Are Cordially Invited To:The Jones Wood Foundry Royal Wedding Gala Breakfast
Where: The Jones Wood Foundry, 401 East 76th Street
When: 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
What: The Upper East Side British pub is celebrating the wedding with live screenings, a wedding breakfast and a toast to the presumably happy couple.
How Much? $60 per person, call 212-249-2700 for reservations.