October 03, 2015
Every little girl grows up wanting to be a princess. Monarchies saw their heyday in 16th and 17th century and have been noted to be on the decline ever since. The chance of being born a prince or princess is getting smaller and smaller. With princess royalty becoming such a rare commodity, what happens when a young prince or princess actually gets married? The biggest part of all times, that’s what!
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton were married in Westminster Abbey, in London, England on April 29th, 2011. Over 1,900 guests were in attendance, while an astounding 72 MILLION more tuned in to YouTube’s live stream of the event. The bill for the ceremony and following reception was calculated to be approximately $72,000,000. Yes, you saw that right – 72 million dollars. So what exactly did this modest price tag buy for the couple?
One of the biggest, and most important items on the budget was security. We only have so many princes and princesses. We need to keep them safe! A tidy 32 million bought the protection of the Royal Couple on their big day. Flowers, and infamous expense at any wedding cost a cool $800,000. Attendees did mention that the bouquets looked rather remarkable. Food and beverage each cost well over 4 million dollars. It is safe to say that everyone at the reception left very well fed. The exact cost of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress has never been nailed down, but reports often place it in the range of $500,000.
Next time you think your party budget is getting a little out of control, imagine how much worse it could be. The price per head at the Royal Wedding was around $38,000. We trust your next party can deliver on a budget just a bit lower than that! Good luck planning!
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