Best man Prince Harry will turn Buckingham Palace into a nightclub Friday to keep the post-nuptial celebration continuing until sunrise.
For those who may find the day’s formality a bit too stuffy, this bash offers an opportunity for guests to loosen their ties and let their hair down. Harry’s reportedly been working with friend and nightclub owner Guy Pelly to plan the big night, dubbed “Wedmin.” He plans to convert three of the Palace’s state rooms into the post-reception reception for 300 of Will and Kate’s closest mates. The exclusive bash, kicking off at 7 p.m. on Friday, will see a DJ keeping the beats pumping until dawn as guests celebrate the newlyweds. The revelers will sip on “treasure chest” libations filled with rum and champagne cocktails. But it remains to be seen if the the newly-minted Mr. and Mrs. will be in attendance — after all, they have a honeymoon to embark on the following morning.
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For “party survivors” still standing at 6 a.m. the next morning, Harry will graciously offer a second royal wedding breakfast, this one significantly different than the one provided by the Queen a day earlier. Instead of a lavish arrangement of canapes and dainty pastries, Prince William has asked caterers to prepare the more homely-sounding “bacon butties” — buttery bacon sandwiches, along with “fry-ups” (the classic full English breakfast which can consist of eggs, bacon, sausages, roasted tomatoes, baked beans, and fried bread). Smart thinking, Harry. Sounds like the perfect hangover cure.
Though it may well be the party of the lifetime, this is hardly the prim-and-proper event expected of the British Monarchy. Perhaps that’s why Queen Elizabeth plans to turn a blind eye to her grandson’s antics and disappear to Windsor Castle for the night. It’s certain to be a night to remember or, for the wilder guests, to try to remember. – with additional reporting by Nick Carbone
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