As you’d probably imagine, ’Ye proposed to KK in the most understated way possible, renting out an MLB stadium, hiring a 50-piece orchestra and plastering his proposal on a scoreboard. Oh, and then there was the 15-carat engagement ring he slipped on her finger. Only the best for his bride-to-be, after all.
And while we’d like to join the chorus of friends and family wishing the couple all the best, we also couldn’t help but wonder: how could us mere mortals could pull off an engagement of this magnitude?
Simple answer? We’d need pretty deep pockets. After crunching the numbers, here’s a dollar-by-dollar breakdown of KimYe’s engagement. Turns out whoever said love don’t cost a thing clearly didn’t know what they were talking about.
$175: That’s how much it costs to get a message on the scoreboard in San Fran’s AT&T Park. That buys you four customizable lines of 20 characters — including spaces and punctuation — and messages “cannot be used for commercial purposes.” Though, given Kim Kardashian was involved, we suspect they’re going to ignore that last part.
$50,000 – $80,000: The going rate to rent a symphony orchestra for a private event. Of course, if you’re looking to cut a few corners, the ever-reliable WikiAnswers suggests looking to Western Europe, since, “after the collapse of Communism … local governments could not afford to finance orchestra.” That means you could have a bunch of musicians from the Czech Republic play your engagement for the low, low price of around $5,000.
$200,000: How much Kanye had to plunk down to rent AT&T Park for the night. That includes a 50 percent deposit paid in advance, so you know this wasn’t just some spur-of-the-moment decision. For an additional $5,000, he and Kim could have taken batting practice, too, which would have been awesome.
$1,250,000: The price tag attached to the 15-carat engagement ring West bought for his bride-to-be … minimum. “That’s a low-end estimate,” Joseph Roth, owner of celeb-preferred Shyne Jewelers said. “Given the clarity of the stone and the quality of the cut, I’m pretty sure it’s much more than that.” The actual designer of the ring, Lorraine Schwartz, did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment.