So…Wondering if Celebs Pay for Their Met Gala Tickets and Dresses? Wonder No More

So…Wondering if Celebs Pay for Their Met Gala Tickets and Dresses? Wonder No More

The first Monday in May has nearly arrived—and with it, the 2024 Met Gala, fashion’s biggest night of the year when flocks of celebrities gather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in fancy outfits, eat dinner, and definitely don’t break the rules and take selfies in the bathroom. Getting on the Met Gala guest list is extremely coveted for obvious reasons, including but not limited to the fact that you get to wear a designer gown and/or chandelier costume if you’re Katy Perry. Ahem:

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But the Met Gala doesn’t come cheap! Tickets are extreeeeemely expensive, and prices go up every year. Here’s who’s footing the bill (hint: not the celebs).

First Up, Can the General Public Buy Tickets to the Met Gala?

😂😂😂😂😂, no. The Met Gala is an invitation-only event, and Anna Wintour is in charge of the guest list…like, to the point where even *if* a designer/brand spends the money to buy an entire table, Anna still dictates the people it gets to invite.

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How Much Do Met Gala Tickets Cost?

Last year, tickets reportedly sold for $50,000 a pop—and if you wanted to buy an entire table, it set you back $300,000. But there are a ton of perks that come with a ticket, like an early look at the museum exhibit, cocktails, dinner, and access to the most exclusive party of the year.

Oh, and P.S. 2023 Met Gala tickets were more expensive than ever before, which allegedly caused some regular museum donors to opt-out. “These people are already donating so much. To then ask for that amount is a lot,” one source told Page Six in April 2023, while another countered with, “For every person that decides not to go, 20 people will line up behind them and beg to come. Will Anna want those people? Maybe, maybe not.”

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So…Do Celebrities Pay for Met Gala Tickets?

I mean, it’s happened before. Back in 2012, Page Six reported (although the story has since been removed…👀) that Kate Upton dropped $25,000 to attend the Met Gala and allegedly wrote Anna a check while meeting with her at the Vogue offices.

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Typically, though, designers or brands will buy out an entire table and invite celebs as their guests—who Anna has to approve, of course!

'Kay, but Who Pays for the Clothes?

Celebs work directly with designers to create their looks (or pull from archives), so nope: No one is forking over a buncha money for couture. They’re fully just out here wearing it for free!

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Does Everyone Get to Walk the Carpet?

Whether you’re a celebrity or a rich donor, anyone with a ticket to the Met Gala gets to walk the red carpet...which can apparently be somewhat awkward next to all the A-listers doing their thing.

“Everyone walks the red carpet,” attendee Cameron Silver told Page Six in 2017, “but less well-known guests hear crickets because no one is paying attention. It is one of the most demeaning things to walk those stairs as a noncelebrity. I’ve seen so many people run up those stairs and they look amazing, but they’re not recognizable [enough for the paparazzi to care]. It’s very bruising on the ego.”

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On that note, excuse me while I change into sweats and continue to judge everyone’s looks from my couch while surrounded by pizza.

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