Skip Nav
Everything We Saw at Disneyland's First-Ever Vintage Theme Night
Filthy Dishwasher? How to Naturally Clean It
5 Lifesaving Habits of a Real-Life Professional Organizer

Who Is Paying For the Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding: Who Is Spending What

Out of respect for the tough economic climate, Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to tone down the extravagant grandeur generally seen in royal weddings. However, a burning question that runs through everyone's mind is, "Who is paying for this?" Here's a breakdown of the people footing the bill according to the AP:

  • The queen: She's paying for the 650-guest postwedding reception, which will be held at Buckingham Palace.
  • Prince Charles: He's footing the bill for the 300-guest dinner on Friday night.
  • Kate Middleton's parents: They are paying a "private contribution" for unknown items. Vanity Fair reported that the Middletons were forking over a six-figure sum.
  • Taxpayers: British taxpayers are covering the estimated cost of $11 million for the wedding security measures, which include 5,000 police officers who will be hired to keep spectators in line and to make sure the procession goes smoothly.

Looks like the royal lovebirds are ditching the expensive "father of the bride foots the bill" tradition. It's a pretty savvy move to have Prince William's side of the family chip in the most because the royals are obviously wealthier. This move might set a precedent for more bride and grooms to equally split the wedding costs. The royal wedding "could establish a new world order, where everybody is pitching in equally, or the people who can afford to are pitching in more," Carley Romey, editor of, tells the WSJ. Of course, it still doesn't seem quite fair that the public has to chip in for security costs.

Image Source: Getty
Prince William and Kate Middleton Royal Wedding Video
Royal Wedding Bridesmaid Lady Louise Windsor
How to Spend Nothing on a Bridesmaid Dress
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Wedding Music
Celebrities at Kate Middleton and Prince William's Wedding
Wedding Reception Printables
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Style
Kate Middleton and Prince William's Wedding Gifts
The Real Cost of Being a Wedding Guest
Average Cost of a Wedding
From Our Partners
Latest Affordable DIY & Organization
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds