Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is going to be quite the lavish affair, but how much is the whole thing expected to cost?
Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, are set to tie the knot at Windsor Castle on Saturday and experts have now revealed they think the ceremony and everything that goes with it is going to set the royals back a whopping £32 million (around $55 million CAD).
According to wedding planning company Bridebook, some of the most costly things on the day include £90,000 ($156,000) for 20 silver-plated trumpets to announce the ceremony, £50,000 ($86,000) on the Violet Bakery cake and £110,000 ($190,000) on flowers for St. George’s Chapel and the Great Hall.
Other costs include £300,000 ($519,000) for the evening reception’s glass marquee, £26,000 ($45,000) on food and tea for the 2,640 members of the public who have been invited and a huge £30 million ($52 million) on security.
On top of all of that, there’s also Meghan’s dress, which is expected to be costing up to £400,000 ($692,000).
Despite some thinking that Meghan will choose a dress on the more expensive end of the price range, others insisted she won’t be splashing out too much.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl told The Telegraph: “Meghan is very mindful of wanting to send the right message with her gown.
“It’s going to be iconic and fit the backdrop of Windsor Castle, but it would send off the wrong message to wear a dress that in cost alone would upstage Kate’s.”
In terms of who’s going to be picking up the tab on the big day, Kensington Palace have already confirmed that the royal family will be paying for the “core aspects” of the wedding.
A previously released statement read: “As was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards.”
The Duke and Duchess’ wedding in 2011 is thought to have set the royals back around £23.7 million ($41 million).