The Royal Wedding: An Early Look at the Cost of Prince William and Kate's Big Day

Posted on 01/28/2011

You can bet handmade invitations and DIY decorations won’t be a part of the royal union of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, better known as Kate. About 2,000 people are expected to be invited to the event of the decade. No expense will likely be spared when these two get hitched on April 29, 2011.

Kate’s Parents Pitch In - Normally tradition says that the bride’s parents pay for the wedding event. But when it comes to a royal wedding, you’d have to be pretty rich to be able to afford it. While Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, are said to be self-made millionaires, they won’t be paying for the entire bash. According to reports, they’ll pay for a specific aspect of the event, like Kate’s dress or the honeymoon.

Wedding Day Transportation - While horse drawn carriages are incredibly romantic, they’re very expensive. Some reports say that the happy couple has agreed to forgo more expensive means of transportation, opting instead for cars to drive them to the church.

Reception Food - Filet mignon for everyone! You can bet the food will be fancy, but to save money Kate and Will have decided to have a buffet rather than a banquet. But just because it’s a buffet, don’t expect dry chicken and goopy mashed potatoes. This food will be fit for, well, a king.

Guest Security - With a guest list full of celebrities and dignitaries, you can be sure security is going to be costly. According to, the Queen of England didn’t invite President Obama and his wife Michelle. A royal expert says the reason may be costs. Obama’s security requirements would be high and the royal family would probably get stuck with the bill.

The Dress - No details have been released yet about what Kate or her bridesmaids will wear. But for Princess Diana, it was a puffy-sleeved dress with a 25-foot long train and a price tag that rivals a new Volkswagen Jetta. And that was 30 years ago. No matter what Kate decides to wear, you can bet designers will be knocking it off almost immediately so more budget-conscious brides can have a similar regal look without the royal price tag.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 01.29.11 at 12:09 PM

There is not a price for anything in the entire story, Bollocks !!

Jaime @ Coupons and Freebies Mom

Posted on 02.02.11 at 4:29 PM

Hmm, this one is going to be day and night difference from our wedding, lol! Never thought much about royal weddings, great post!

Kim aka @ShoppingKim

Posted on 02.02.11 at 5:50 PM

I cannot even fathom how much this royal wedding is going to cost!


Posted on 02.02.11 at 6:15 PM

I think they should still go for the horse drawn carriage!

Mindy @Mommies with Cents

Posted on 02.06.11 at 8:43 AM

I am amazed at the daily media attention with this wedding. I bet they spare no expense for this wedding that's for sure!

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