Royal wedding mania is still here, and we are down for it! But have you ever thought about the amount of money that goes into these royal weddings? The wedding gown and cake are peanuts compared to the costly stuff: security, closing down roads, an impossible number of flowers and decorations, hundreds of famous (and hungry) guests; and the list goes on and on. Can you guess which iconic wedding was the most lavish one yet?
Prince Charles and Diana Spencer
Prince of Wales, Charles, married beautiful Diana Spencer in 1981. 750 million people watched the event worldwide on live TV, and millions of British citizens took to the streets to celebrate the event.
Cost: $70 Million
The Dress: Designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, the dress was considered to be one of the biggest secrets ever kept in the fashion world. Looking back, it’s the epitome of all things 80s. Princess Diana’s dress featured huge ruffles, sleeves and a 25-foot long train made with antique lace and ivory taffeta. It’s a lot of dress! But boy, did it become iconic!
The Cake: There was one official wedding cake which took 14 weeks to make. Apparently, a piece of this official cake is now up for auction, some 37 years later. Cooks baked an additional 26 cakes for guests! Hungry yet?
In Summary: The most expensive of all royal weddings. Also, this is the wedding that set the benchmark for all future royal weddings. So, no sweat.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Like Prince William, the world fell in love with Kate, she is humble, kind and always fashionable. We think that this 2011 wedding was the perfect balance between modern and traditional.
Cost: $34 Million
The Dress: Kate’s wedding dress was designed by Alexander McQueen. The dress featured a full skirt, with a natural waist and lace overlay. It looks like a nod to another iconic princess, Grace Kelly, who married the Prince of Monaco. Both Grace and Kate’s dresses are still two of the most iconic dresses ever. Since this wedding, the trend of wedding dresses with sleeves and lace accents has become a favorite among brides worldwide.
The Cake: The 8-tier wedding cake cost around $80,000 and included over 900 leaves and floral designs and touches. Can you tell how the cake above was inspired by Prince William’s parents’ wedding cake, but also has a modern feel to it? Beautiful.
In Summary: The cost of the flowers were over $800,000, but in the world of royal weddings, it is undoubtedly low-budget. William and Kate, always keeping it simple and classy.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
In the most recent royal wedding, the most expensive detail was security plans, as hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic people filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. Five times more people watched Meghan and Harry tie the knot live on TV than Prince William and Kate’s wedding. We think this wedding was a Hollywood-royalty meets real-royalty event: among the guests were Oprah Winfrey(who is a queen herself), David and Victoria Beckham, George and Amal Clooney and many more.
Cost: $45 Million
The Dress: in one word: Givenchy. In two words: girl power. Meghan opted for a wedding gown designed by Clare Waight Keller, who last year became the first female Artistic Director of Givenchy. The dress was a clean-cut, Audrey Hepburn-esque dress; very simple yet regal. For the reception, the Duchess wore a stunning evening gown by Stella McCartney. The Duchess wore light natural makeup the entire day, showing off her natural beauty (and freckles!). These choices gave a younger, lighter vibe to the entire event (we think that Meghan can thank Kate, who pioneered the tradition-meets-modern look).
The Cake: Following the non-traditional-royal vibe, a lemon elderflower cake was served at the event. London-based, female pastry chef Claire Ptak baked the cake. The cake featured real flowers and took five days to bake and assemble!
In summary: Meghan Markle is a real-life Disney princess, and the wedding was out of a Disney film.