For their wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton hired a photographer, a baker, and a florist — just like a regular couple.
They also booked the London Symphony Orchestra, mailed gold-embellished invitations, and hired Queen Elizabeth’s cousin as the party planner.
The Royal Wedding will be an extravagant, $34 million affair, and a few lucky small businesses are making it happen.
Aside from the fat check the royal client will cut them, they’re also getting invaluable publicity.
McVitie's and baker Fiona Cairns were hired to design two wedding cakes for the couple.
McVitie's chocolate biscuit cake, the Prince's childhood favourite, will be served at breakfast. It requires 1,700 cookies and 40 pounds of dark chocolate. Cairns is whipping up the reception's main dessert: a tiered, creamy masterpiece.
Prince Charles allegedly shelled out $80,000 for the two treats. That makes each slice worth $134.
Recipients included Elton John, the Beckham's, and foreign dignitaries.
The Obama's did not make the 1,900-person guest list.
After the ceremony, guests will be taken to the reception in Volkswagen motor coaches the couple has on loan for the wedding day.
The bride and groom will ride back to Buckingham Palace in--what else?--a royal carriage.
Simon Lycett is one of three florists who will prepare the decadent Westminster Abbey lawn.
Stems include gardenias, white lilies, delphinium and roses.
Lycett was also responsible for the flowers at Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's wedding. According to Radar Online, all of the flower arrangements will cost about $800,000.
The official souvenir was designed by the same company who will make the program for the 2012 Olympics.
You've probably never heard of Haymarket Network, but you definitely know some of their work.
They've designed websites for the Football Association, Volkswagen, and the British Army. Most recently, they were hired to design the program for the 2012 Olympics.
Haymarket will also design the official wedding souvenir. The brochures, which include event details, an exclusive picture, and a personal message from the bride and groom, will be sold along the wedding route for about $3.30.
The Prince of Wales hardly needs a new set of knives or a blender.
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A National Voice
Association for Children's Palliative Care (ACT)
Community Foundation in Wales
Community Foundation in Scotland
Community Foundation in Berkshire
Cruse Bereavement Care for Children of Forces' Families
Household Cavalry Benevolent Fund
Irish Guards Appeal
Army Widows Association
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
New Zealand government's Christchurch earthquake appeal
Royal Flying Doctor Service -- Australia
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