I often come across people (mainly parents!) who are astounded at the cost of weddings. It’s fast becoming fashionable to add grandeur to wedding days with lavish venues, entertainment and trimmings. But do you know how much was spent on the most expensive wedding ever?
Here are the top three blinging weddings of all time:
#3 – Prince William and Kate Middleton
We enjoyed a national bank holiday to celebrate a royal wedding that cost an estimated £22.57 million in 2011!
Around £21.24 million of this went on security, which was a bill footed by the taxpayer. The Royals and Middletons paid for the rest, including over £53,000 on a wedding cake for 1,900 guests!
#2 – Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
He is an i-banker and owner of Swordfish Investments. She is the daughter of Indian billionaire steel magnate, Lashmi Mittal. Their wedding cost a whopping £40 million in 2005, which is the equivalent to £43.8 million today.
Their guests received silver invites, plane tickets, stay in a five-star hotel, luxury gift bags packed with jewels and a live performance by Kylie Minogue in a French 16th century chateau over five days of festivities! Now that’s a guest list I wish I was on!
#1 – Prince Charles and Lady Diana
Believe it or not, the most expensive wedding recorded in history was three decades ago. He was (and is still waiting…) first in line to the throne. She was a pre-school teacher who stole the heart of the nation.
In 1981, their big day had a price tag of £32 million, which is the equivalent to £73 million today!
The couple caught the attention of 750 million people worldwide and two million spectators in the UK. They set the precedence for magnificent wedding cakes with a massive 14-foot main cake, a duplicate just-in-case cake, and 27 extra wedding cakes! I take a wild guess and suppose the Royals have a sweet tooth?!