The V&A’s April Friday Late coincides with the Royal Wedding Day. In the spirit of celebration, visitors will be invited to dress up in their most eye-catching bridesmaid gowns and wedding attire for an evening of vintage British frivolity.
To evoke the street-party feeling, the Museum will be decked in commemorative bunting by HOTCAKES, trifle will be served and there will be games and sing-alongs. Visitors will be able to pose for their own wedding photograph and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed visitors by an expert panel including fashion designer Louise Gray.
Friday Late: I Do guests will be able to take part in expert-led workshops to make their own Victoriana keepsakes including souvenir handkerchiefs and paper flower corsages. V&A curators will lead a wedding themed tour of the collections in search of ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue’ and there will be a ‘commemorative plate-toss’ game courtesy of design impresarios KK Outlet.
Further entertainment comes in the form of bards reciting love poems from throughout the ages, courtesy of Live Canon ensemble and Peter Moser, a Mary Poppins-esque ‘one man band’. Christopher Green will turn master of ceremonies for the night, presiding over the V&A’s John Madejski Garden with music, song and a host of activities. A comedy best man speech and wedding band will be part of the fun as well.
The V&A Shop will also open its doors late, offering a stylish selection of commemorative tea towels, replica engagement rings and array of wedding hats.
Admission Free; some events may be ticketed.
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