The most senior royals made an early exit, leaving the young ones to carry on the party.
And what a party Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall's wedding reception was.
The newlyweds and their friends partied well into the early hours and beyond on Sunday morning.
Guests sipped on ice-cold vodka in glasses bearing the couple's intertwined intials.
They were so reluctant for the celebrations to end that they didn't make it back to the bridal suite at Holyrood House until 2pm.
And the following afternoon Mike was still wearing his wedding suit.
Fabulous photos and more details from the wedding