It’s to expect that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have the very best of absolutely everything at their wedding when they say “I do” on May 19–just a few short weeks away. Royal weddings are historically known for being lavish, while also traditional. From the details that have been disclosed thus far, like the royal wedding cake baker, this wedding will include a few personalized touches from Meghan and Prince Harry, themselves. However, there are still several key details that we’re itching to know, including more information about Meghan’s wedding gown and the royal couple’s honeymoon, that are still under wraps.
What we did recently learn is the unbelievable cost of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. While anyone would expect that the price tag would be a little steep, we were not fully prepared for the magnitude of this number. And whoa, is it a doozy, even by royal standards. Here’s everything we know so far.
How Much Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Wedding Costs So Far:
How Much Will Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Wedding Cost?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will reportedly cost a casual $44.9 million, according to UK wedding planning company Bridebook. This incredible cost, if accurate, makes their wedding more expensive than Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials back in 2011, which cost an estimated $28 million. It also catapults the couple to a list of top 10 most expensive weddings of all time. So, what on earth is costing them so much to add up to such an impressive number, you ask?
To put it simply: everything. The security detail will take a large chunk of their wedding budget. In order to protect the couple, the royal family, extended royal family, and all of their guests, as they gather at security alone will run them $42.1 million. This includes military tech, undercover police, and even snipers for their ceremony at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the receptions at St. George’s Great Hall, and the after party in the Upper Ward grounds of Windsor.
How Much Will Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Cost?
While nothing has been confirmed yet, experts estimate that Meghan Markle's wedding gown will cost anywhere between $420,000 and $560,000, according to Page Six. Considering how Kate Middleton’s Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown cost $350,000 (not exactly chump change), it would be unusual for Meghan to spend that much more on her dress.
“Meghan is very mindful of wanting to send the right message with her gown,” Royal family biographer Katie Nicholl told Page Six. We should probably expect the actual amount to be lower than the estimate.
What Are The Other Royal Wedding Expenses?
With security and Meghan’s wedding gown out of the way, you probably noticed there’s still an awful lot of money unaccounted for in this hefty wedding budget. Here are Bridebook’s details on what costs what.
--$125,000 for 20 silver-plated trumpets to announce the wedding.
--$70,000 for a lemon elderflower wedding cake from Violet Bakery in London.
--$150,000 for flowers that will decorate the aisles of St. George’s Chapel and St. George’s Great Hall.
--$420,000 for a glass marquee for the evening reception at Frogmore House.
--$36,000 for sausage rolls and hot tea for the 2,640 members of the public who have been invited.
Additionally, the evening party is expected to cost a small fortune, as well with dinner and entertainment that have yet to be factored into the cost. One rumor that has been flying around is that the Spice Girls, who might normally command $1.4 million each to play an event, might perform for the couple (Harry has been a fan since he was a little boy). Of course, sources say it’s just as likely that musical acts will volunteer to perform at the wedding free of charge because, seriously, how often to high-profile gigs like that one fall on your lap?
There’s talk of Harry and Meghan’s wedding turning into an all-nighter, so we can only guesstimate what that will mean in terms of cocktail and bartender expenses.
But again, sources like Mark Niemierko, who plans weddings attended by royals, says he doesn’t predict Meghan and Prince Harry will throw such an elaborate, expensive affair. Instead, he thinks the couple’s style is more low key. Harry did, after all, propose to Meghan over a home-cooked chicken dinner, right?
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