With Prince Harry and Mehan Markle wedding coming up there is already speculation about how much the couple will be spending on the wedding. Reports say that Meghan’s wedding dress alone will set the royal family back a pretty penny of roughly $135,000. Their wedding will most likely cost a few million. Some are predicting it will cost around $45 million.
Spending a lot of money on a wedding is practically the norm if you’re royalty. It’s not only a huge day for the couple personally, but it is historic, so you can’t be skimping out on the flowers or the food. It’s a time to show off your families royal wealth in the name of love.
Until we have the exact number that Meghan and Harry spent on their nuptials, we can look through the current top 10 most expensive royal weddings. I think Meghan and Harry will be kicking someone off this list after May 19.
10. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden & Daniel Wrestling
Princess Victoria and Daniel Wrestling got married in June 2010, despite her father King Carl XVI Gustaf’s disapproval. Their wedding was one of the biggest European weddings with roughly 1,200 people attending the ceremony. The wedding cost around 20 million kroner which is equivalent to about $2.5 million currently.
9. Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah of Brunei & Sarah Salleh
On September 2004 Prince Al Muhtadee Billah married Sarah Salleh at a lavish wedding. There hasn’t been a royal wedding in 40 years, so the royal family pulled out all the stops meaning there were diamonds, gold and jewels everywhere. The Daily Mail estimated their wedding cost $4 million.
8. Prince Pavlos of Greece & Marie-Chantal Miller
The couple got married in 1995 at St. Sophia’s Cathedral in London, England. The ceremony was host by Miller’s billionaire father Robert Warren Miller (he invented Duty Free Shops) and cost him about $1.5 million. The entire wedding including the ceremony, receptions and all the festivities totaled at roughly $8 million.
7. Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah & Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini
In September 2012 the Sultan of Brunei’s daughter, Princess Hajah Hafizah got married to Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini. Their wedding was so expensive that according to Yahoo, each guest cost the couple $1,000. They had 3,000 of their closest friends attend their ceremony. Her older brother’s wedding clocked in at number nine on this list, while her younger brother is higher up on the list.
6. Prince Felipe of Asturias, Spain, & Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
The now King and Queen of Asturias got married in November 2003. Over 1,500 people attended their wedding in Madrid. It was the first wedding in the country’s capital in over a decade. Over 1,000 bottles of champagne were served and their cake was nearly 7 feet tall. Queen Letizia’s wedding dress had real gold accents and a 15-foot-long train. Queen Letizia recently made headlines for getting into a public fight with the Queen Mother on Easter.
5. Prince Abdul Malik & Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah
Prince Abdul Malik is the youngest of his six siblings, two of who are on this list. He married Dayangku Raabi’atul in April 2015. The two wore matching gold outfits adorned with diamonds. The bride carried a bouquet of gems made to resemble flowers rather than flowers. The wedding festivities lasted 10 days.
4. Prince William & Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate’s wedding cost a whopping $34 million. The couple got married in April 2011. Their lavish wedding was broadcasted in over 180 countries and was viewed by two billion people.
3. Prince Albert II & Charlene Wittstock
Prince Albert II and former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock got married in Monaco in July 2011. It was the biggest wedding in Monaco since Prince Albert’s parents Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly got married. They had two weddings, a civil ceremony at the palace and then a public religious ceremony. Rumors swirled before they got married that Charlene found out Albert had an illegitimate child with another woman while they were dating and tried to flee the country. The royal family seized her passport.
2. Prince Charles & Diana Spencer
Prince Charles married the late Diana Spencer in July 1981. The wedding cost $48 million but with inflation that’s about $90 million now. Their wedding was viewed by 750 million people.
1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi & Princess Salama
The prince of Abu Dhabi married Princess Salama in a seven-day wedding in 1981. A special stadium was built for them to house their 20,000 guests.