Royal Wedding Cost The Middleton Family Almost $500,000 — Should They Have Been Forced To Pay?

Mon, May 2, 2011 3:40pm EDT by 2 Comments

The family of the bride often picks up the tab at the wedding, but was it unfair for the royal family to have Kate Middleton’s folks absorb $500,000 of the wedding costs?

Kate Middleton‘s parents may be happier than anyone the Royal Wedding is finally over — it is rumored to have cost them almost $500,000! The Daily Mail reports, “As speculation intensifies over the family’s wealth, inquiries have revealed that the wedding has cost them at least £250,000.” Or, roughly $420,000. That’s one VERY pricey weekend wedding.

Among the costs were the family’s rooms at the Goring Hotel as well as the price of two parties, a buffet two days before the wedding for 120 guests and an even more extravagant party the night of the wedding! “Even if some Middleton guests paid for their rooms and the family secured a discount they will still be facing a bill approaching £100,000,” according to the Mail.

Then there is the question of the bridal wears. The Mail reports, “Kate’s bridal gown, designed by Sarah Burton, is said to have cost up to £40,000. Carole’s outfit by Catherine Walker would have cost £10,000 and Pippa’s dress, also by Sarah Burton, about £20,000.”

It was not just the women either as, “Morning suits for Michael and James, by Gieves & Hawkes, would have cost £10,000. The Middletons would have also paid for suits and dresses for the evening, costing up to £20,000.”

Carole and Michael Middleton of course have a very successful party planning company, Party Pieces, but that is still a whole lot of money!

The question is however, given how opulent the wedding had to be, was it right to have the Middletons foot such a large bill? What do you think HollywoodLifers?
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