Set for May 19th, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, will soon be upon us.
We have been drip fed details of the much talked royal wedding about and now the predicted cost of the big day is in – and it too is pretty big.
Just to put things into perspective, the average amount Irish couples spend on their big day is now €26,015, according to this recent study.
It is expected, however, that Meghan and Harry’s wedding will cost an estimated £1,969,873, or €2,257,854, according to Bridebook.co.uk.
So, about 87 times the cost of an average wedding – yikes!
What’s adding all these extra zeros onto the wedding bill exactly?
Well the guest list for one. A big wedding in Ireland might peak at 300, but the royal wedding will see 800 guests are attending the church.
After this a formal lunchtime reception, followed by a private evening reception for 600 family and friends will take place.
Breaking with tradition, Harry and Meghan have also invited 2,640 members of the public to celebrate with them at Windsor Castle.
The additions of bespoke silver plated fanfare trumpets, a ‘drone destroyer’, and the no doubt costly dress will all add to the bill too.
Catering is one of the biggest expenditures, as 17,000 glasses of champagne and wine, 28,000 canapés and an 8-tier cake are expected to be consumed.
This week Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple are enlisting the services of Californian pastry chef Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery Cafe in East London to make the cake.
The buttercream cake will be lemon and elderflower flavour, and scattered with flowers in theme with the season.
Oh and by the way, the estimate doesn’t include a £120,000 honeymoon or the £30 million expected security costs involved on top.