A Quick Look at Royal Wedding Dresses (and the Huge Price Tags!)

As we all know, the cost of a wedding dress is always going to be a talking point for any wedding – but when it comes to the Royals things seem to be taken up a notch!

As I have 18 months to go before my own wedding, I’m starting to feature a little more wedding content on the website, including lots of wedding dress inspired content.

A recent infographic has sparked some real talking points, with this piece by Lulus taking a look at some of the most iconic dresses in the world. We’re pretty sure that the initial aim of the piece was to showcase some of the best dresses that have ever been produced (and there have been some stunners).

However, it was some of the figures that were associated with these dresses which raised our eyebrows. Let’s make it clear that this infographic is focusing on celebrities around the world but unsurprisingly, a lot of Royal wedding dresses made the cut.

Unfortunately, figures weren’t obtained for each and every dress, which is hardly surprising when one considers the infographic starting back in 1840 with Queen Victoria’s dress.

The first figure we could see started in the 50s when Grace Kelly tied the knot with Prince Rainier. Back then, the cost of the dress was $56,000. How much is this in today’s money? According to Official Inflation Rates, this stands at over $1.47m!

Princess Diana is next on the list, following her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. Her dress was clearly showstopping, but came with an enormous price tag of $151,000. What’s that in today’s money? It’s around £568,000.

However, the biggest price of all comes from Pengiran Anak Isteri’s wedding to the Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah. We’re not even going to talk about inflation with this next sum, as the figure in 2004 was $4m. Admittedly, this spanned across multiple dresses, but it’s still an extraordinary amount!

Winding the clock forward again, we come to the 2011 wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William. This time, the price of the dress totaled £250,000. Even with inflation, this stops a long way short of the dress that Diana wore all those years previously.

The most recent weddings featured on the infographic involve somewhat ‘tamer’ figures, if one can refer to them as that. In 2018, we saw Meghan Markle walk down the aisle in a £100,000 dress as she tied the knot with Prince Harry. Then, in the same year, Princess Eugenie of York wore a $135,000 gown in her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

Suffice to say, the figures are enormous – and probably spark a whole host of debates on the royals!

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