How to Get the Royal Look on a Budget

So you want to throw your own “royal” wedding? Well we all know that it can be pretty pricey—an estimated cost of $34 million! You have probably heard that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are tying the knot on May 19th. We can probably assume that their wedding will equal that of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding in 2011.

 

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Weddings are expensive, royal or not, and not all of us will have Kensington Palace paying for everything, but here are some ways you can still get that royal look while on a budget!

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Huffington Post: Weddings on a Budget

THE DRESS

While Meghan Markle has revealed that she doesn’t want to outshine Kate Middleton’s 2011 dress, it’s still likely to cost nearly $420,000 (according to Bridebook, British wedding planning website).

According to The Knot:

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Kate Middleton’s dress in 2011 was made from a combination of English and French lace by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and was modern, chic. The estimated price? $434,000! (photo courtesy of Pinterest)
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A similar dress FOR YOU would be with Chantilly lace sleeves and a skirt of silk shantug taffeta from Legends by Romona Keveza. How much? $5,000! (photo courtesy of Glamour)

THE VENUE

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Bridebook predicts the royal family will spend about $498,000 on the venue alone—St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. (Photo courtesy of Windsor Castle)

 

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If you want to truly feel like a princess or prince on your wedding day, why not find a local castle for your wedding day?

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Starting at $2,000 during peak season you and your guests can get the royal treatment at Meyer’s Castle in Dyer, IN. (Photo courtesy of Regions Weddings)

 

(Photos courtesy of Instagram)

THE DECOR

Prince Harry and Meghan are allotting $155,000 for their wedding day florals, according to Bridebook. And lighting and production may cost upwards of $183,000. For William and Kate, Westminster Abbey was transformed into an English garden complete with 20-feet-high trees and hundreds of flowers lining the aisle. Buckingham palace had a beautiful array of flowers; all of which came out to a total estimated cost of $800,000.

 

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According to The Knot, you could line your aisle with large maples costing approximately $500 for each fully potted tree. Or you could request large arrangements with flowering branches, like cherry blossoms inside containers for $250-$300 per design.

 

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THE CAKE

According to Bridebook, Meghan and Harry will be spending approximately $70,000 on their wedding cake. William and Kate’s cake was a fruit cake with a modern twist. They used Baker Fiona Cairns to create a multi-tiered cake that included “the language of flowers”—meaning the flowers are used as symbols to express heartfelt emotions, a tradition from the Victorian era. This was about $134 per slice!

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Fiona Cairns next to William & Kate’s cake (photo courtesy of The Spruce)

For you to achieve a cake that would match royalty, you can find a baker to do a cake with simple scrollwork, crest and flowers and have it costing about $7-$10 per slice. If you want to save even more money, use buttercream instead of fondant.

Be sure to keep your eyes open in the month of May for our Royal Wedding Series leading up to the big event on May 19th!

 

 

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