As the wedding for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle draws near, many brand managers are celebrating.
Though only 600 guests are invited inside of St. George’s Chapel to witness the wedding on Saturday, the ceremony and festivities will be broadcast around the world. ABC News reported that more than 2,000 people will watch the carriage procession outside the chapel and millions more will watch the event online or on TV.
The Guardian reported:
Saturday is set to be the biggest TV day of the year with hundreds of millions expected to tune in around the world to watch Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle and Chelsea take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Overseeing the footage of the wedding ceremony from St George’s chapel in Windsor will be the BBC’s ceremonial events editor, Claire Popplewell, along with Alison Kirkham, controller of factual commissioning, while later in the day football’s oldest domestic cup competition will be overseen by the director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater.
Whether or not PR and marketing pros are interested in the royal wedding, many have used it to boost their brands and tout products.
Many organizations, both big and small, in the United Kingdom have launched contests and shown off preparations for the big day.
PR and marketing pros based in the United States have not previously shied away from royal weddings, but Prince Harry’s marriage to an American presents an increased opportunity for brand managers to make a mark.
KFC is offering 50 limited-edition commemorative buckets at its Windsor location on May 19. The buckets are engraved with UK and U.S. flags, a crest and gold trim.
A KFC spokesperson commented: ‘When we discovered Prince Harry proposed over a roast chicken, we simply had to show our support for the big occasion.
‘We’re preparing for a rush on orders next Saturday as the people of Windsor flock to our Dedworth Road restaurant to get their hands on this priceless piece of British history.’
Through May 20, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a “Royal Love Donut”.
On Saturday, the chain is also offering consumers a chance to ride through Central Park in “true prince or princess style” while eating the limited-edition pastries:
To kick off the countdown to the festivities, Dunkin’ Donuts will also be giving guests the royal treatment with a ride inspired by the Royal Couple. On May 14, a special horse-drawn carriage branded in Dunkin’s iconic pink and orange colors will offer select guests a chance to enjoy the Royal Love Donuts while taking a trip through Central Park in true prince or princess style. Carole Radziwill, real life princess and Housewife of New York, will take the ceremonial first ride in Dunkin’s royal carriage.
Chili’s created cufflinks and fascinators styled after popular menu items, which it’s giving away to select consumers.
Chili’s press release read, in part:
You're probably wondering "Why? Why did Chili's create burger, rib, fajita and margarita-inspired fascinators and cufflinks?" Well, because - "Why not?"
We don't take ourselves too seriously and ever since we had a moment of self-realization in Sept. 2017, (remember that?) we have made great strides to 1) show you our true personality and 2) not waiver on our promise to focus on what we do best: burgers, ribs, fajitas and margaritas.
The restaurant chain isn’t selling the accessories. Instead, consumers must tag them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #ChilisRoyalWedding for a chance to grab the swag.