The amount of global interest that was generated for Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William came as a surprise to no one. It was a monumental event for the British monarchy to say the least. However, Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, who recently got married, also created a national level frenzy with her own wedding. Her wedding generated quite a buzz with both media outlets and betting operators. Betting companies took a keen interest on her wedding to James Matthews, which took place on Saturday, the 20th of May 2017 and created some interesting wagering options.
Bookmakers with wide wedding betting offer
Ladbrokes Plc., Gala Coral Group Plc., and Paddy Power Plc. were all offering a variety of bets on the nuptials. The British tabloids had already dubbed this ceremony as ‘The Society Wedding of the Year’. Rumours surrounding the high cost of the event were flying rife. The Middleton – Matthews wedding has allegedly cost close to USD $300,000. This is roughly 15 times that of the cost of an average UK wedding.
Pippa Middleton had done a good job of keeping much of the details of the wedding private. It was this secrecy that had led to the frenzy among the betting companies. Speculation and wagering opportunities had been rampant.
As expected, the dress had garnered the highest amount of attention. This included the dress that was to be worn by the bride and those that were expected to be worn by the maids of honour. The same level of speculation had been placed on the designer. According to rumour mills, everyone from Vera Wang to Giles Deacon were in contention over this gown, according to the betting opertors.
What to bet on Pippa Middleton’s Wedding
Many bookies had chosen to stay away from the designer, but were happy to take bets on the colour of the dress. White seemed to be the overwhelming choice according to Paddy Power. They were offering odds of 1- 20 for a white dress. Red, surprisingly was the next most popular choice. Odds of 9- 1 were being offered for a red wedding dress.
Bets were also taken on the colour of Kate Middleton’s outfit. Odds of 5- 4 were offered for Kate Middleton wearing purple. Odds of 6- 4 were offered for her wearing blue and last but not least, odds of 9- 2 were offered for her dress being pink.
Guest attendance was another popular topic for bets. The event was known to be taking place at a church that was small in size. This made the guest list limited for both the ceremony and reception.
Reportedly the bride had initiated a ‘no ring, no bring’ policy. This meant only married or engaged couples were expected to be on her guest list. Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Actress Meghan Markle, had a 3- 1 pick to be at the service despite not having any marital status.
Queen Elizabeth was all but certain to be in attendance. Coral had pegged her attendance at 1- 2. Closer to the event, though, the monarch had been bet down to 7-1. This was influenced by the press; reports of her not attending the ceremony had been flying around.
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Paddy Power leads the way
Always making the most of any popular occasion, Paddy Power had come up with some unusual and humorous wagers. One such wager was aimed at the groom’s younger brother, Spencer Mathews. He was assumed to be the Best Man at the event. Mathews, who is a reality star, also claimed to have slept with more than 1,000 women.
His reputation has created a 10- 11 bet that he will swear during the Best Man’s speech. Another interesting bet that was being taken on him was whether or not he would get thrown out of the service. Punters, who were willing to take this bet, were being offered odds of 30- 1.
Song selection also made the list of popular topics that bookies took bets on. ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ by The Australian duo, Savage Garden, was even money. For those who were up for more of a risk, the MC Hammer classic ‘U Can’t Touch This’ was assigned odds of 200 -1, while Coolio’s ‘Gangstas Paradise’ was given even higher odds of 500-1.
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