|Mr. and Mrs. Kim Kardashian look like such sweet people, really.|
Sweet yes. Thrifty? Um... well...
OK, fair's fair. I was impressed with the relative frugality of the royal wedding of Wills &amp; Kate (and continue to admire her thrifty re-wearing of wardrobe pieces), and I was less than impressed with the frugality of Kim Kardashian's engagement (glitter ponies? For reals?). However, for the sake of this audit, I will give Kim and Mr. Kim a clean slate as we examine the relative frugality of their wedding.
First off, I like Kim Kardashian. She's a wildly successful businesswoman and celebrity and she owns that fame in a way that's quite refreshing- like, she knows she's famous and is expected to always appear well made-up, which she is. I saw one episode of her TV show, where her family was worried she was becoming a shopping addict and held an intervention for her. The slightly amused but loving way she told her family, "Um, I'm not in debt, I'm a gazillionaire... so I think it's OK that I buy expensive stuff sometimes?" And her family was like, "... Oh, right. OK. Never mind."
|This is her family. They're like the nouveau-riche Addams Family.|
So anyway. The big news is, I guess, that Mr. and Mrs. Kim are going to be making like $17 million from the wedding. How does that work? They got sponsorships for everything and are being paid for the TV rights to air the wedding this fall on TV. Did Wills and Kate get paid for having their wedding on TV? No, but I will try very hard not to compare the two couples.
Kim's three dresses were provided by Vera Wang (wait, she had three dresses?) Frugality +1 for free dresses, Minimalism -1,000 for having three dresses.
Their wedding cake cost was 6 feet tall and cost $20,000. And nobody actually ate it! The guests were served cake from another cake! And Kim didn't let Mr. Kim smush the cake into her face! Frugality -1,000,000. Fun -1,000
|Mr. and Mrs. JFK have a much more reasonably-sized cake. But I guess their marriage wasn't the greatest. Infidelity - 1,000.|
The altar where they exchanged vows was a giant cross made of Swarovski crystals. Frugality -1,000 Religious Iconography +1,000
The meal, created by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, included tomato salad with buffalo mozzarella and basil, agnoletti pasta with sweet corn mascarpone and summer truffles, and roasted chicken with Yukon gold potato puree and caramelized brussel sprouts. Yumminess +1,000 Frugality - even. That sounds delicious. A good meal is a crucial part of a wedding.
|That mozzarella and tomato basil salad sounds DELISH. And also, quite doable.|
Their wedding registry totals at over $170,000 worth of household items. Click here to read about some of the most expensive items they registered for. Wills and Kate didn't have a registry - they asked for charitable donations. Kim and Mr. Kim are the sorts of people who can afford a $2 engagement ring and mini-ponies for the proposal - I think they can afford to buy their own toaster. And y'all know how I feel about people asking for stuff they already own for wedding registries.
Not that this was a grudge match, but Wills and Kate are the CLEAR frugal champs here.
|Wills and Kate also win the "who would I rather hang out with" award for overall excellence.|
But I still wish the best of happiness to Mr. and Mrs. Kim, and their future garden filled with Swarovski crystal covered ponies, or whatever it is they want.
Enjoy your new pony friends, y'all!