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Royal wedding costs how much!? Some of world's most expensive weddings

Bride Book estimates royal wedding to cost about £32 million

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The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is quickly approaching -- and it's likely to be an expensive one.

Bride Book estimates the May 19 wedding will cost about £32 million (or in excess of $45.8 million, according to Business Insider), with most of the budget going toward security (an estimated $43 million). Taking away the potential costs of security, the cost could be about $2.8 million.

In comparison, Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding in 2011 cost about £23.7 million (or $34 million), according to Business Insider, and Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding in 1981 cost about $48 million ($110 million when adjusted for inflation).

But royal weddings aren't the only weddings to break the bank. Brides.com recently broke down the world's most expensive weddings. Below is a look at some of those weddings and how much they cost:

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Compare the estimated costs of these weddings to the average cost of a wedding for couples in the U.S., which is just over $33,000, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study. That cost includes the ring, but excludes the honeymoon.

Curious about other expensive and lavish weddings not on the list above? Click here.


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