Here’s How Much Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Will Cost the Royal Family

When it’s time to pay the wedding bills, the bride’s family is traditionally responsible for the majority of the costs. Prince Harry’s family will handle his, though. How much Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding will cost takes into account everything any couple would normally pay for — and more — but on a much more royal (and expensive) scale.

The wedding in total could cost the royal family more than $45 million. Here’s a brief breakdown of where some of that money will go.

1. The wedding rings

Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring

The one-of-a-kind engagement ring includes diamonds that belonged to Princess Diana.| Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

  • Estimated cost: $7,400 (£6,000)

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring probably costs more than most of the items on this list — a lot less than the couple’s wedding bands. Prince Harry proposed to Markle with a ring containing diamonds that belonged to Princess Diana, making it worth at least $350,000.

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2. The stationery

Invitations for the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle are picture

The invitations and other stationery items will cost nearly $25,000. | Victoria Jones/AFP/Getty Images

  • Estimated cost: $24,600 (£20,000)

Combined, the invitations, save-the-dates, menus, and more will cost nearly $25,000 to produce. That’s a lot of paper doomed to be recycled.

Next: It will cost a lot to make this location wedding-ready.

3. The venue

St. George's Chapel

The royal family is covering the cost of decorations and security. | Immanuel Giel/Wikimedia Commons

  • Estimated cost: $498,000 (£350,000)

The wedding will take place at Windsor Castle, within St. George’s Chapel specifically. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also married here. The royal family will pay to decorate and secure the location, but the chapel itself is free for them to use.

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4. The dress

US actress Meghan Markle visits Nottingham for her first official public engagement with fiancee Prince Harry on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018.

Her dress is still a mystery, but it probably won’t be cheap. | Jeremy Selwyn – WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • Estimated cost: $420,000 (£300,000)

Her dress might be the most expensive wedding gown any royal bride has ever worn. Knowing her impressive sense of style, though, she’ll look flawless no matter the price.

Next: The wedding guests have to eat something besides dessert.

5. The food

decorated tables at the Opera Terraces before a dinner following the religious wedding ceremony

A royal wedding comes with a massive catering bill. | Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images 

  • Estimated cost: $407,000 (£286,000)

The royal family will pay almost as much for the occasion’s catering as they will to host the event in Windsor Castle. Whatever they end up serving, there’s one thing that definitely won’t make it onto the menu, per royal rules.

Next: You’ve probably never eaten a cake that costs this much.

6. The cake

Royal Wedding

William and Kate’s wedding cake | Lewis Whyld/WPA Pool/ Getty Images 

  • Estimated cost: $61,000 (£50,000)

This highly controversial cake could end up costing the royal family more than the couple’s wedding rings. It’s not the buttercream frosting that’s responsible for the expensive cake, but the high-profile pastry chef in charge of creating it.

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7. The music

Singer Ed Sheeran

Will Ed Sheeran make an appearance? | Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

  • Estimated cost: $420,000 (£300,000)

Music makes a wedding truly memorable — especially when you’re paying over $400,000 to hire someone good. Both Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith expressed interest in performing a few songs at the biggest wedding of 2018. There were also rumors of a Spice Girls appearance.

Next: A spring wedding calls for special decorations.

8. The flowers

The wedding bouquet of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

The flowers will surely be impressive. | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

  • Estimated cost: $135,000 (£110,000)

You can’t have a wedding without flowers, and this one will have plenty. Everything from the chapel to the marquee will need a refreshing spring look.

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