Monaco's $65 Million Weekend

Brides Behind the Scenes, Celebrity, Royal Wedding

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While folks on this side of the Atlantic geared up for the Fourth of July weekend, subjects of the principality of Monaco gathered for a whole different kind of celebration. Not to be outdone by Will and Kate, Prince Albert II and South African beauty Charlene Wittstock spent $65 million and three days celebrating their nuptials. The 78-hour festival included two ceremonies, royal processions, a feast from megachef Alain Ducasse, and star-studded galas at the Monaco port and the glam Monte Carlo Casino. Then the couple jetted to Her Serene Highness's homeland, where the wedding hoopla continued with a reception on Thursday night.

But royal blood isn't required for a multiday marital bash. We asked our Facebook readers: What do you think of the full-weekend wedding? See their responses, and join the conversation at

Q: Would you host a multiday celebration for your wedding?

I love them! From the welcome party to golfing for guys (and gals), bridesmaids' luncheons, the wedding, and the send-off brunch, it's all memorable and fun!
—Sharon Cole

We had a small destination wedding. From pre-wedding events to the day of, we had a total of three days to spend with family and friends. It was beautiful and stress-free.
—Martie Blain

It is too long after the whole day's events; you just want to sleep. So nope, no thanks.
—Celeste Whittaker

I love the festivities, too—but $65 million? There are so many better things to do with that money!
—Barbara Lombardo Sesskin

In the current economy, when people are watching themselves, I think it's rude, lacks class, and is purely bourgeois. No wonder the royals are out of touch.
—Virginia Cleveland

—Arielle Silverman, BRIDES Magazine

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