As we get closer and closer to the royal wedding anniversary, we start to wax nostalgic about another nuptial that took television by storm: the short-lived Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries wedding extravaganza.
Although seemingly incomparable at first thought, both weddings turned into enormously expensive celebrity circuses that broke television records. Expectedly, the royal couple delivered the pomp and circumstance of a British affair, while their American counterparts delivered the drama and glitz that we've come to expect from the Kardashian clan. But which wedding was the most extravagant?
Here's how the two weddings stack up against each other:
RW: The ring was purchased by Prince Charles for $60,000 in 1981, but it was technically free for the newlyweds since the 18-carat sapphire stunner was purchased for Princess Diana first.
KK: Kim’s 20.5-carat engagement ring cost $2 million, but Humphries reportedly received a hefty discount.
RW: Fortunately for the royal couple, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace come free with the title.
KK: The Hollywood couple also didn’t have to pay for their venue, receiving free rental on Montecito’s Sotto Il Monte estate.
RW: The Queen and Prince Charles foot the bill for the $800,000 flower arrangements the two venues.
KK: The couple spent a whopping $2 million for the flowers that adorned their locale.
RW: Since the palace already has a full-time catering and event staff, there was no additional charge for the food. The A-list guests noshed on canapés.
KK: Caviar and Kobe beef burgers were on the catering menu served by Wolfgang Puck, who we're also guessing offered up his services gratis.
RW: There were two cakes, a fruitcake and a chocolate biscuit cake for William, costing $80,000 courtesy of Prince Charles.
KK: The $20,000 black and white cake was, you guessed it, also free from Hansen’s Bakery.
Total Price Tag
RW: $34 million
KK: $20 million
Length of Marriage:
RW: Still going strong!
KK: 72 days
While Kate Middleton showed us that good things come to those who wait (going from commoner to princess: priceless), Kim's second attempt at matrimony wasn't so successful. Let’s hope Kim K and Kanye make it to the aisle -- third time’s a charm!
Now that you're armed with some data, how do you think the two costly nuptials compare?
See some other royal weddings from last year below, and click here for more royal wedding anniversary coverage!
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The former Olympic swimmer, who hails from South Africa, married Prince Albert II of Monaco on July 1, 2011 in a civil ceremony. There were rumors Charlene had cold feet before the wedding but the couple said "oui," got hitched and have been spotted at different affairs together over the year. (AFP)
The German couple married on June 18, 2011. The bride had an "oops" moment when she forgot her bouquet and had to wait 15 minutes for an aide to fetch it before she got married. (Getty photo)
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Phillips is first cousin's with Prince William and Harry. She and Tindall, a pro rugby player, married on July 30, 2011 with a low-key ceremony attended by the British royal family. (AFP photo)
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The German couple married on August 27, 2011. Since there is no longer a German monarch and both are actually working consultants, the wedding was not as highly publicized... but they still got a red carpet and a horse-and-buggy. (Getty photo)
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He is the King Bhutan and she was a commoner. The wedding, held on October 15, 2011, was Bhutan's largest media event in history. No foreign dignitaries were invited and the wedding was held in traditional style with the "blessings of the guardian deities." (Getty photo)