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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Wedding: How Much Is Too Much Money Spent?



Weddings are the gateways that many people choose to go through to reach the married life. To this day, we treat weddings with the utmost importance. Couples spend months or even years planning for the perfect wedding day.

There are so many things to consider when preparing for a wedding. The budget, for one, since it can affect the decisions throughout the process. For example, the wedding rings -- an important facet of any marriage -- tend to be more expensive for those who can afford it. Money gives couples a wider range of choices, including lab-made diamonds, gold, platinum, or tungsten bands. Aside from the ring, there are the venue and design aspects, too.

Budget aside, it's possible for anyone to have a successful wedding so long as it makes the spouses-to-be happy. However, when one comes from an affluent background, it's only understandable that they have a big and expensive wedding.

Here are some of the most extravagant wedding events ever.

Donald J. Trump and Melania Knauss

In 2005, current U.S. President Donald J. Trump and his First Lady Melania Trump née Knauss celebrated their nuptials at the cost of $1 million. The couple had their ceremony at the Bethesda by the Sea Church and the reception at Trump's Versailles-inspired ballroom located in his estate.
The First Lady looked her best in a Christian Dior gown that was embellished with rhinestones and pearls, and had a 13-foot train. On her ring finger was a 12-carat Graff ring, which was reported to be priced at $1.5 million.

The menu contained lobsters and caviars prepared by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vingerichten, while the 200-pound cake adorned by thousands of icing flowers was two months in the making.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Considered to be the wedding of the 21st century, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton's celebration cost the state $34 million, with $32 million going to the funding for security for the high-profile event.

The $2-million leftover was mainly used for flowers ($800,000) and the two receptions ($600,000), taking around $80,000 for the wedding cakes. The Duchess wore three different dresses on her wedding day, one of which was an Alexander McQueen gown that had lace-trimmed layers of silk tulle, lace sleeves, and a 9-foot train. It was partnered by custom McQueen ivory satin heels. The gown apparently cost around $450,000.

Outside of the wedding expenses was the ring that Prince William proposed with. The 12-carat sapphire ring set in 18-carat gold used to belong to the Prince's mother, Princess Diana of Wales. Back then, the ring was worth around $37,000. It has appreciated 10 times in price since then.
Considering all of these, money can buy the most luxurious of weddings. But regular folk need not fret if they can't afford the same. The success of every wedding lies not in the guest attendance nor the extravagance of the venue, but the happiness of the couple. So long as one is marrying the person they love, it's a winning event in itself.

Photo Credit: Sam Sarkis Photography

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