Princess Eugenie royal wedding: How much will it cost compared to Meghan and Harry’s?
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will tie the knot in less than two weeks time, but how does the royal wedding cost compare to Prince Harry and Meghan’s?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is estimated to have cost in the region of £32 million.
Security is expected to have cost the most on the day, due to the increased terrorist threat and the need to protect the royal family, guest and members of the public.
The cost of security is estimated to have cost as much as £30 million, with £390,000 spent on Meghan’s wedding dress, more than £1 million to Windsor and Maidenhead council and around £230,000 for the PA system which relayed events from inside the chapel to the public.
Hamish Shephard, founder of wedding planning app, calculated the cost of Princess Eugenie and Jack’s wedding, with an estimation for everything from the wedding dress, to entertainment and flowers.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will marry in the same location as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The gothic style chapel can seat approximately 800 guests for the ceremony.
The Queen will host a reception in the afternoon at Windsor Castle, as she did for Harry and Meghan and the evening reception will be held at the Royal Lodge, where Prince Andrew lives.
Mr Shepherd predicts the colder October weather will call for a marquee to keep guests warm and a fully equipped catering tent.
All the venues are expected to cost upwards of £85,000.
Catering and drinks
The catering costs should reach a staggering £151,600 as the newlyweds will be feeding 850 guests and Princess Eugenie has said she wants the wedding to be completely plastic free.
As Jack is the UK ambassador for George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila, they will likely save some money on alcohol but other alcohol and drink costs are expected to total £84,500.
Mr Shepherd told Mail online: “Maybe the tequila for free, but the rest of the alcohol, from reception champagne to wine-pairings at dinner, will add a hefty weight to the bill.”
Princess Eugenie has not revealed anything about her wedding dress, other than she will choose a British designer.
Bookies have placed high odds on Eugenie picking a Stella McCartney gown, which is expected to cost around £230,000.
“Hundreds of thousands of fresh flowers and herbs will decorate the church, windsor Castle and marquees, likely with the notable caveat that they can be re-planted following the wedding to ensure minimal environmental impact,” Mr Shepherd said.
“This is a noble, yet pricey decision.”
Flowers are expected to cost £100,000 and will be an opportunity to show off the season’s British flowers.
Music and entertainment
Mr Shepherd estimates music and entertainment will cost between £25,000 and £55,000.
This could include trumpets, bell ringers, organist, choirs, DJs and live bands.
However the couple may be able to save some money with their famous friends who could thrown in a free song or two – namely Ellie Goulding, James Blunt and Robbie Williams, whose daughter will be a bridesmaid.
Security is expected to be the most costly element of the wedding bill, making up £2 million of the estimated £2.7 million wedding cost.
Princes Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will have a carriage procession through Windsor town centre and even though it will be a lot shorter than Meghan and Harry’s, it will still be costly to protect the royal couple.
The security costs are expected to include sniper coverage and anti-drone technology.
The security budget for royal weddings falls under “public safety” and so comes under the country’s treasury – the UK taxpayer will front this bill.
However a petition has been launched urging the royal family to cover the costs of security for the wedding.
The royal family is expected to pick up the rest of the wedding and reception costs.
- Cake – £5,600
- Stationery – £30,000
- Wedding rings – £6,000
- Bridesmaid outfits – £5,000
- Hair and makeup – £2,700
- Toilets – £16,000
- Total cost of royal wedding – £2,684,020
Source: EXPRSES CO UK