A Real-world Budget
In a distinctly avant-garde move, palace officials have used Twitter to announce details of the royal wedding arrangements. We hope they're as modern-minded with the wedding budget as well. After all, we commoners who wed other commoners surely had to mind our dollars and cents. Unless we're Vanisha Mittal, daughter of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, of course.
When Mittal's only daughter wed in 2004, the Paris-based event cost more than $60 million, with guests housed in five-star hotels and invited to wedding parties hosted in specially constructed wooden castles and Versailles art galleries.
While the royal wedding may -- or may not -- top this $60 million high note, we like the tone you, the royal couple, has already set via special request. You've reportedly asked guests to make charitable donations rather than send lavish wedding gifts. That is a princely move we can certainly appreciate.
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