Royal Wedding – Some Fun Stats

Kate. William. Royal Wedding. There’s only one show in town today, folks. With two billion people anticipated to tune in to TV networks around the world, and no doubt a total twitter meltdown over the hastag #rw2011, it’s a big day for people into royalty, or more specifically, people who are into weddings. That’s me. *Cough*.

Estimated Cost of Wedding €23 Million

Last week, a survey found the average cost of a wedding in Ireland these days is €29,000 including honeymoon. So eh it’s probably not a good idea to compare the average budget to this one.

How Britons Will Be Celebrating

A quarter of Britons will be stuck in work today and unable to tune in to proceedings. The majority of those who can take advantage of the bank holiday will be watching it on the telly, but about 12% will be throwing a party. Just like in Adrian Mole!

One in four Irish people in another survey said they’d be tuning in…. but with blanket coverage on all the major channels I would say there will be some sneaking a look who won’t admit to it. Come on, quick show of hands?

1900 Guests at Westminister Abbey, 300 Charles' Dinner

And you thought YOUR guestlist was a total nightmare? Wills and Kate are having 1,900 people to watch them tie the knot at the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, but only 650 of these will be attending the Queen’s reception at Buckingham Palace, and a mere 300 (that’s not far off some guest lists of weddings I’ve attended) will go to Prince Charles’s sit-down dinner.

5,500 Street Parties

For those whose names aren’t on the list, there are an estimated 5,500 street parties planned around the UK, mainly in England. And what’s traditional fare to eat on such an occasion…?

2.5 Million M&S Cocktail Sausages

Well, the quintessential British supermarket, your M&S has reported they expect to sell 2.5 million cocktail sausages. Barbecue bits and bobs have been flying off the shelves in the lead-up to today, and with a mere 10% chance of rain I hope our neighbours across the pond enjoy the big day. William and Kate, best of luck for the future. I guess after you pair, we’re next!

I’ll be live blogging the whole event over at Mrs2be.ie’s wedding blog - so if you’re stuck in the office today, tune in and join in the discussion with the brides-to-be of Ireland!

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