Prepare to feel winded…
Pippa Middleton announced her engagement to multi-millionaire hedge fund manager, James Matthews, last July, with the couple set to wed later this month.
Over the past few weeks, every aspect of the couple’s impending nuptials has come under scrutiny, from what Kate Middleton’s role in the wedding will be to whether Meghan Markle will be attending Pippa’s big day.
Recently, however, the focus has shifted onto the financial side, with people starting to speculate how much the wedding could actually be costing the couple.
According to wedding planning app, Bridebook, the sum could be an eye watering amount. By analysing 170,000 weddings, the app deconstructed the potential costs of the big day and came to the conclusion that Pippa’s wedding should cost on average £246,949. Yes, really.
There’s the venue, the cake, the three-course meal, the Rolls-Royce, and if like in Pippa’s case you have royal family members and Hollywood A-listers in attendance, you will need to fork out even more for security.
But how come Pippa’s wedding is predicted to cost 15 times the average?
First off, the clothes alone are costing a bomb, with Pippa’s wedding dress rumoured to be designed by British fashion designer Giles Deacon, and judging by past celebrity commissions, is expected to cost on average £10,000. The veil is also pretty pricey, which if made by Stephen Jones as Bridebook predicts, should cost a whopping £2,000.
The groom is also said to be dropping some serious cash on his wedding get-up, reportedly set to wear a bespoke Savile Row suit, coming in at around £6,050. And let’s not even get started on the rest of the bridal party, with the bridesmaids outfits expected to come in at £2,250 and Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s paige boy and flower girl outfits predicted to total £1,698.
Even with the addition of the predicted hair and make up costs (£1,700) and the rings, predicted to total £19,900 from Cartier, it’s nothing compared to the reception prices.
Despite the wedding taking place in the Middleton’s family garden, the venue costs are set to come in at around £65,000, with catering predicted to cost £70,000 and a further £16,000 expected to be spent on flowers.
One thing’s for sure, we’ve got wedding FOMO already.