Ant McPartlin will be looking at an even higher bill than anticipated following his wedding as he is reportedly shelling out a fortune to ensure his close friends can all attend his big day.
The 45-year-old television host is due to become a husband for the second time when he ties-the-knot with 43-year-old PA Anne-Marie Corbett next weekend.
And it sounds like Ant won’t be sparing any expense as he is reportedly planning to fork out over £100,000 on hotel bills to cover friends and family who want to attend.
While it is possible the bill could soar even higher, if the lucky guests opt to send room service costs to the TV star as well.
A source whispered to the Mail on Sunday: “a grand stately home-turned-hotel in Hampshire will host a star-studded reception for Ant and his fiancee Anne-Marie Corbett on August 6 and 7.“
The report goes on to claim: “Ant is paying for 100 friends to stay at £1,000 per night and has told them to send the spa bill to his £5,000 per night honeymoon suite.”
While the report also states that the accommodation for the big even is: “more expensive than The Ritz.”
The reports of a high-cost wedding is at odds with previous reports which suggested the Saturday Night Takeaway star – who has been engaged to Anne-Marie since last Christmas – was hoping for something low-key.
Reports last month suggested the pair were keeping the guest list to their closest friends and family members, with Ant’s TV partner, Declan Donnelly, acting as best man at a low-key wedding.
A source previously said: “Neither of them want the razzmatazz of a showbiz wedding" and that Ant and Anne-Marie were aiming to avoid the “glare of the spotlight”.
The freshly leaked plans, however, hint at a far more lavish event than previously expected.
Last year, it was reported Ant had handed over more than half his personal fortune to first wife, Lisa Armstrong, following their bitter divorce.
The TV host had married the 44-year-old make-up artist in 2006 – before he brutally walked away from their marriage after Lisa stood by him through drink and drug struggles.
Reports in January last year claimed Ant had given Lisa – who he confessed back in 2017 he had put “through hell” before he confronted his addiction problems by entering rehab – £31 million of his £50 million fortune.
Ant’s personal and professional life were rocked as his marriage collapsed as he was involved in a drink-drive incident March 2018.
With his second marriage now on the very near horizon, Ant has already braced himself for a future of happiness with a stag do.
Back in June, the star rounded up 15 close pals – including best man, Dec – for a round of gold at Bearwood Lakes golf course in Sindlesham, Berks, as he enjoyed an alcohol-free bachelor party.
A source said at the time: “Ant was having the time of his life, he and Dec were laughing and joking all the way around.
“You could tell there was friendly competition between them, but they were still whooping each other on when one of them played a specially good shot."