Here's how much Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding is expected to cost

Must See 17/05/2018

People all over the world will be watching as Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry on Saturday and we can't wait to see all the photos!

It's set to be a pretty pricey wedding with England-based luxury wedding planner Aimee Dunne telling CNBC Make It that she estimates that, before security, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will cost $2.7 million (2 million pounds). 

$40.1 million (30 million pounds) more will be spent on keeping the betrothed and their guests safe, reports U.K. wedding site Bridebook.

The average U.K wedding costs around $37,000 (27,000 pounds).

Here's a break down of expenses:

Food and beverage: $680,000


Their wedding cake is going to be a delicious lemon elderflower cake.

With 600 guests attending both the lunch and dinner receptions, plus 2,640 guests from the public who will be provided with tea and a hot snack on the grounds of Windsor Castle, Dunne expects the food and beverage to amount to a quarter of the total budget.

"There will be lots of champagne and whiskey, I'm sure, for Harry," she says.

Glass marquee: $400,000


They don't have to pay to rent out St. George's Chapel or the Great Hall, but there are rumors that the royals are building a glass marquee for the reception. The construction and delivery could cost as much as $400,000, according to Dunne.

Dress: $270,000


The most recent rumour of what Markle will wear is a dress from Ralph & Russo, London haute couture designers  who have prepared outfits for as Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Beyonce. Ralph & Russo supplied Markle with the dress she wore during her official engagement photo shoot.

The Telegraph reports that the dress will cost in the ballpark of $135,000, but Dunne expects it to be as much as $270,000. 


Markle is also expected to change her outfit in the evening. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore an ivory satin gown with a diamante belt and matching bolero after her reception The New York Times reports.

Flowers: $130,000


"It will be tasteful. I don't think it's going to be overly kind of glam and wasteful in terms of what they spend," says Dunne, "but even in that case ... they could easily spend £100,000 on flowers."

The rest of the budget


Other expenses include entertainment. "The music will be under the direction of James Vivian, director of music, St. George's Chapel, including the Choir of St. George's Chapel, and a selection of choral groups, soloists and musicians," Kensington Palace announced.

Source: CNBC Make It