Soon-to-be brides and grooms tend to splurge on their wedding, which is pretty typical for excited pairs. From the food to wine to flowers and the venue, these will surely cost an arm and a leg, so couples save for years before they plan to tie the knot. However, if you belong to the royal family, ‘expensive’ has a different meaning.
These high-profile weddings can cost anywhere from six to seven figures and truly enough, these events prove to be luxurious beyond imagination. While not all celebrities spend their fortune when getting married, the royal family is known for going over the top.
Princess Diana, Prince Charles’ Wedding
Nearly four decades ago, Prince Charles and Princess Diana tied the knot on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, an affair that was rightfully dubbed the ‘wedding of the century.’ It was a historic event because they would be the soon king and queen as the Duke of Wales is the eldest child of the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
As such, it was only fitting that it was grand, so much so that it cost more than that of the Sussexes’ and Cambridges’ nuptials combined. In today’s money, Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ memorable wedding, which was one of the most-watched ever, is estimated to have a jaw-dropping $110-million price tag!
In case you’re wondering why it was so pricey, every detail from the event was exquisite and exuded class. For instance, the bride’s handmade gown, which had a 25-foot train, was made with real lace and adorned with tons of pearls.
The wedding cake, which was touted one of the biggest of all time, weighed an eye-popping 200 pounds! Of course, the security, food, rides, and flowers add to the total cost of the important event.
Kate Middleton, Prince William’s Wedding
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April 2011 wedding pales to that of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. But that doesn’t mean the Cambridges spared any expense – after all, their fans have been waiting for their exchange of ‘I Do’s’ for so long since they were college sweethearts.
In fact, Kate’s wedding dress already cost $400,000 and the cake set them back by $80,000. The entire event amounted to $34 million.
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s Wedding
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in Windsor in 2018, a lot of people glued their eyes on television as an American actress married a British royalty. This event cost a whopping $43 million, almost $10 million more than the Cambridges but is still a far cry from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding.