Between black tie dress codes and tiered cakes, most weddings tend to be fancy-schmancy. Compared to royal ceremonies, however, your typical bride and groom look like they’re just hanging out in their sweatpants! Yep, royal families from all over the world celebrate marriages with a level of luxury that you’ve only ever seen in fairy tales — and these are some of the absolute ritziest.
1. Prince William and Kate Middleton (United Kingdom) — 2011
Cost: Approximately $34 million
Most extravagant moment: The $332,000 wedding dress
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, married longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton in 2011. And the event, held at Westminster Abbey, made for one of the most highly anticipated weddings in modern history. It didn’t disappoint, either!
After a national holiday was announced in celebration, thousands of Britons and royal fans flooded the streets. Tens of millions of people across the world watched the proceedings on television and online streams, too.
A brand-new title
And though she was born a commoner, Kate ascended to the role of Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day. She probably won’t stop there, though, as William and Kate are one day poised to become king and queen of the United Kingdom.
2. Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah and Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini (Brunei) — 2012
Cost: Approximately $20 million
Most extravagant moment: The 1,788-room palace setting
In 2012 Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah — daughter of the multi-billionaire Sultan of Brunei — tied the knot in the most lavish fashion imaginable. The lucky man was Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini, who worked for the Sultan.