Harry and Meghan tied the knot Saturday in one of the most expensive weddings of all time. Their royal wedding is estimated to have cost more than $45.8-million, according to U.K. wedding planning app Bride Book, and while that is a literal fortune, most of the money went to security. In fact, all the snipers, undercover police, security drones and military technology on hand to protect the newlyweds and their guests are estimated to have cost $34-million alone.
As for who foot the bill for the lavish nuptials, the royal family covered “core aspects of the wedding,” according to Kensington Palace, which includes the St. George’s Chapel ceremony for 800 guests, flowers, and the Windsor Castle reception for 600. But how does Harry and Megan’s event compare to other high-end weddings of the rich and famous? These are a couple of the other most expensive weddings of all time.
- Prince Charles and Lady Diana - This former couple wins the prize for the most expensive wedding, Business Insider reports that when adjusted for inflation their nuptials have a $110-million price tag. Di’s gown was only $13,000 of the price tag, but it was the security and crowd control that cost so much, about $70-million in today’s dollars.
- Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia - When billionaire Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter got hitched, they spared no expense. Around $60 million was spent sending her 1,000 guests invitations in silver boxes, covering the cost of private jets, five-star hotels, dinner parties and such during the weeklong wedding celebration in Paris at locations like the Palace of Versailles [[ver-SIGH]].
- Prince William and Kate Middleton - Harry’s big brother Will’s wedding to Kate reportedly cost close to $34-million, and while her one-of-a-kind Alexander McQueen wedding gown is estimated to have cost $434,000, it was the $32-million for security that was so expensive.
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Salama - When the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates got married in 1981, the nuptials cost an estimated $100 million, thanks to things like a 20,000-seat stadium being built and having guests flown in on private jets for the five-day event.
- Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries - They were only married for 72 days, but their wedding had an impressive price tag. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Kimmy wore a $2.5-million headpiece, spent $10,000 on crystal-encrusted wedding invitations, and another $150,000 on hair and makeup. In total the 400-guest event cost around $10-million, which probably made those 72 short days sting a little more.
All great parties have goodie bags, and it turns out, the royal wedding was no exception. There were thousands of people invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle to see Prince Harryand Meghan arrive and then depart in the carriage as newlyweds, and they all got monogrammed goodie bags to take home.
The beige and blue tote bags feature Meghan and Harry’s initials, their wedding date and the location of the ceremony. But here’s what was inside the royal goodie bag:
- A large gold chocolate coin embossed with Meghan and Harry's initials
- Commemorative shortbread
- A fridge magnet
- A bottle of water
- A voucher for 20% off the Middle Ward gift shop in Windsor
Anyone lucky enough to be inside the castle got one of the goodie bags when they arrived, making an unforgettable day even more special.
Source: Business Insider
When teens graduate high school most think they have enough life skills to make it on their own at college, but if you ask their parents, they are likely to disagree. According to a new UK survey by Unite Students, which could easily translate here, when asked to grade themselves on life skills, teens 16 to 19 would give themselves an A, while their parents would only give them a C.
So, in what areas do parents think teens are lacking? Well, while 78% of teens think they can cook a meal from scratch, only 55% of their parents think they can. In addition, 39% of parents are convinced their kids won’t wash their sheets more than once a month, while 84% of teens say they will. And then there’s the money issue. Most parents, 72%, are sure they’ll have to lend their children money before the first term ends, while only 33% of teens expect they’ll need to borrow dough from their parents.
Of course parents may be a little to blame if their teens aren’t ready to be on their own. While most parents say they’ve had talks with their kids on important issues like sex (45%), mental health (35%), drugs (54%) and alcohol (58%), a lot of teens say their parents haven’t really given them the advice they need. In fact, just 23% say they’ve gotten advice on sex or mental health issues, while 34% have talked to their parents about drugs and 42% have talked to them about alcohol.
The whole point of a vacation is to relax, unwind, and hopefully unplug a little, but it’s pretty apparent folks aren’t turning their phones off when they're on a getaway.
A new poll finds that while on vacation, Americans will check their phones an average of 80 times a day, with some folks doing so more than 300 times each day. Basically, the average vacationing American is looking at their phone five times an hour, or once ever 12 minutes. What’s worse, 53% of people admit they’ve never unplugged or even reduced their phone time during a vaca.
Folks are so dependent on their phones that the average amount they can be away from them for a break is about four hours, and even that’s too much for some people. We are so addicted, that 25% of people say cellphone reception is so important while on vacation they’d be willing to climb a tree, hike to the top of a hill, or canoe to the middle of a lake just to get it.
Of course folks do think they have good reason to pull out their cellphones while on a trip. The top reasons include:
- Capturing a photo
- Researching directions
- Picking up a phone call
- Responding to texts
- Looking for a place to eat
And while it may seem harmless to use your phone on vacation, many folks admit to having accidents on their trip because of them. The top phone-related accidents include:
- Bumping into something
- Missing your destination
- Falling down
- Walking into traffic or a dangerous situation
Source: New York Post
There are so many great things people could be doing outside, like playing in the park, soaking in some sun on the beach, riding a bike, or even taking a walk, but it seems a lot of North Americans would rather be stuck inside. A new report reveals that folks in the U.S. and Canada spend more time indoors than people in 12 other countries in the world.
Velux surveyed 16,000 people in 14 countries, and found that 25% of the Americans polled actually spend an average of 21 to 24 hours inside each day, which is the second-worst in the survey. What’s more, 41% spend between 15 and 20 hours inside, and 34% spend between zero and 14 hours. And while that’s bad, Canadians are even worse, topping the list of shut-ins, with 26% staying inside between 21 and 24 hours a day.
As for the countries that spend the least time indoors, that would be folks in Italy and the Czech Republic. Overall, only 5% of people in both countries are indoors for 21 to 24 hours, while 57% spend between zero and 14 hours inside, and 38% spend 15 to 20 hours a day indoors.
Source: New York Post