William & Kate
Wedding Budget

From the gorgeous royal wedding gown to the amazing flowers and cake, the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th will cost around $32 million! Get a breakdown of the costs of the luxurious royal wedding.

The cost of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is estimated to be $32 million dollars – which, compared to the average wedding cost of $27,000, is over the top! Celebrity weddings are usually expensive, but even Chelsea Clinton's extravagant wedding only cost around $5 million!

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Why is the royal wedding so expensive? HollywoodHiccups.com broke down the budget for the royal wedding – and here is the scoop:

  • The Royal wedding cake: $80,000 (average U.S. wedding cost is $540)
  • Kate Middleton's wedding gown: $434,000 (average U.S. dress price is $1,099)
  • The royal wedding flowers: $800,000 (average U.S. wedding flower price is $1,988)
  • The ring: $136,000 (average U.S. wedding $5,392) - Note: the ring was actually free because it was Princess Diana's ring, however Prince Charles purchased it in 1981 for $45,000 and it estimated to be worth $136,000 in 2011.

Other costs that figure into the $32 million budget include the church service, music, food and decorations and a huge bill for the additional security. The couple is expecting 2,000 guests at the ceremony at Westminster Abbey and 600 guests at the reception.

Who pays for the royal wedding? British taxpayers do, although Prince Charles will pay most of the wedding bill, however the taxpayers will pay for the security. The Middleton's are rumored to be paying for the wedding gown.

It is hard to believe, but Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding will actually cost less than the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Di which cost somewhere around $48 million!

The couple is rumored to be honeymooning at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia where rooms go for $3,299 a night!

Tell us: Do you think $32 million is too much for the royal wedding?

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Comments on "Royal wedding will cost around $32 million!"

IKAT July 27, 2011 | 7:43 PM

I find it ridiculous that people are complaining about the amount of money spent on the wedding. This isn't just any wedding - this is the wedding of the next King of England. These hefty sums of money go into the pockets of the same people currently complaining - the florists, the security guards, and the rest of the thousands hired and millions affected positively. Another thing to consider; the bride and groom insisted that their guests and benefactors gift them through donations of some of their favorite charities. William and Kate are obviously wonderful people, and are giving the Royal Family a good name for the next generation.

lisa May 16, 2011 | 1:32 PM

yes, it´s a lot of money to spend on a wedding, but I agree with e.g. eileen. most of the money was spend to pay the dresses, catering, cake, flowers and so on, but this is PAYMENT to the employees. also there were A LOT of visitors, besides the famous guests, who stayed in hotels, bought gifts and little souvenirs made by the people - a lot of them earned 10 times more because of this event. besides the publicity for Enland, before and after. from newspapers, TV to photographers and of course the internet. the money was not just spent and lost, is was a huge plus for the British environment and economy!

Jack May 11, 2011 | 1:46 AM

$32 million... I made my children watch that sad display of selfishness, in hopes that they would desire to be a benefit to world that they a part of instead of a disgrace. And for the record, I don't think President Obama would have made it anyway due his presence at the sight where 300+ lives were lost in the series of deadly tornadoes & and assisting FEMA with plans to house those displaced lives.

Sarah May 03, 2011 | 6:57 PM

Definetly to much when you have families like mine. Both parents working and still have to live pay check to pay check to make sure food is on the table and you have a reliable car to go back to work. I can't even afford to give my son a graduation much less a 32 million dollar wedding. that would help atleast 32 families have a very decent life but not even near what they have!

Sarah May 03, 2011 | 6:57 PM

Definetly to much when you have families like mine. Both parents working and still have to live pay check to pay check to make sure food is on the table and you have a reliable car to go back to work. I can't even afford to give my son a graduation much less a 32 million dollar wedding. that would help atleast 32 families have a very decent life but not even near what they have!

Brit 1 May 03, 2011 | 12:04 PM

When was the last time you paid for a wedding? Dresses now cost easily in excess of $5,000 and the same for a cake. A half-way decent wedding costs well over $60,000. In any case, your figures are really skewed and let's face it, you're probably peeved because the president wasn't invited.

Maureen May 01, 2011 | 1:00 PM

As Eileen said, the money is being pumped into the economy, jobs (or overtime) for the security staff. Work for caterers, florists, etc. Also, additional tourist related income is also expected to the betterment of the average englishman. And if the father of the groom wants to pay for the wedding, that is fine!

AJ April 29, 2011 | 9:57 PM

Spending aprox. 32 million dollars on a wedding is absolutely sickening. I am disgusted with the blatant disregard for those who have so very little. Talk about a "me me me" selfish display of ones means of life.

Martin April 29, 2011 | 9:37 AM

Uhmm....yeah its too expensive... Let this blow your mind, I dont even have 32 dollars to my name let alone 32 mill... These people who have no dominion over this world just swoop on through life like mexican food through a fat mans intestines and come out with a burn you wouldnt believe have all this money to spend on this.... Makes me want to punch a family of five thinking about. This isnt sparking my plugs one bit. I think ill just continue my way having a couple bucks here and there and waiste my life away drinking booze........... I bet they get divorced.

Rotimi Omotosho April 29, 2011 | 12:30 AM

Good idea its always nice to break records infact guinnes cool of record is there, anyway thats just the fact. The truth is that a lot of people are outside there living below $1 per day and someone is spending over $32 million on a wedding. I mean its disgusting and weird. Help the needing and countries that need this money.

pat April 28, 2011 | 10:37 AM

Disgusting........... enough said.

Eileen April 27, 2011 | 8:15 AM

Catalina, they are actually requesting that instead of gifts, the money is donated to charities to prevent bullying, domestic violence, etc. The majority of the money will be spent on security, because thousands of people will be attending (and thus pumping money into the British economy), and there's a greater chance some crazy person will try to blow something up or shoot someone. The royal family has a lot of expenses paid by the people, but tourists coming to SEE the royal trappings (castles, ceremonies, etc.) give much more to the economy than they take. If the people don't like it, they can stop paying their taxes. :)

catalina April 27, 2011 | 6:20 AM

I find it totally absurd to spend such an outstanding amount of money in a social event, unless they plan to auction all of their gifts and donate the proceeds to charity... the world does NOT need this slap in the face with so many crucial issues to tackle... we have children without food or education and being abused out there. $32 million dollars would do WONDERS aroung the globe.

Maureen Rico April 27, 2011 | 2:03 AM

the royal family has plenty of money. they should pay for this event

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