Unless a couple opts for the old-school courthouse approach, they’re likely to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to get hitched. However, this amount is just a drop in the bucket for the world’s wealthiest people who often shell out millions for the perfect wedding day.
From billionaire businessmen and their families to the high-brow royals across the pond, the most expensive weddings of all time are nothing short of amazing, while at the same time ridiculously overpriced.
55.) Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: $135,000
At the time of their wedding, Mariah Carey was worth about USD $535 million; while Nick Cannon’s net worth was valued at USD $20 million. Unlike other millionaire celebrities, both of them held their wedding ceremony at a private estate in the Bahamas in 2008. The whole wedding ceremony only included their close friends and family to witness the entire wedding.
However, this marriage did not last long as Nick filed for divorce from Mariah after months of turmoil in their marriage of six years.
54.) Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban: $250,000
Their down home wedding took place at a cliff-top Roman Catholic Church in Kidman’s home town of Sydney, Australia on June 25, 2006.
The Oscar-winning Kidman wore a flowing Balenciaga gown and veil and guests were treated to Tiffany clocks (valued at $350 each) engraved with the words “A Moment in Time”.
53.) Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds: $325,000
After almost a year together, the couple tied the knot at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina., on Sunday night. Though their reps have yet to confirm the marriage, both People and E! News confirm the pair said “I do” in an intimate under-the-stars ceremony at the sprawling antebellum plantation just outside of Charleston — where, coincidentally, beloved love-story flick The Notebook was filmed.
Lively and Reynolds reportedly held their ceremony at the plantation’s Cotton Dock House in front of 70 family members and friends.
52.) Pippa Middleton and James Matthews: $350,000
Unsurprisingly, 2017 was the year of Pippa Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge’s little sister tied the knot in May in a wedding of royally grand. Naturally, the Internet took note; Middleton’s was the most Googled wedding of the year.
The bride wore a custom Giles Deacon gown to tie the knot in Berkshire, England. According to The Mirror, the guests were later treated to more than $53,000 worth of caviar.
51.) Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher: $500,000
She’s one of country music’s biggest powerhouse vocalists, and he’s a Canadian NHL star who plays for the Nashville Predators, but Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are a perfect fit! The pair met at one of the American Idol winner’s concerts in 2008 and have been going strong ever since.
The two got married at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. 200 friends and family members attended the gorgeous wedding. The American Idol winner wore a Chantilly lace Monique Lhuillier gown. The food was inspired by southern comfort.
50.) Tommy Mottola and Mariah Carey: $500,000
It was a wedding fit for a princess when Mariah Carey walked down the aisle with former Sony Music exec Tommy Mottola in June 1993. The couple married at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.
Mariah was so inspired by the late Princess Diana that she modeled her wedding after that of the late princess with Prince Charles. From her off-the-shoulder gown, to the 27-foot-long train, to the heirloom replica tiara, Carey looked the part of a princess.
49.) John Legend and Chrissy Teigen: $600,000
Teigen and Grammy winner Legend married at the luxurious Villa d’Este, which overlooks Como and its surrounding landscape. Floral and event designer Mindy Rice embellished the space with touches of copper along with lush-yet-refined arrangements.
Photographer Aaron Delesie captured the day and planner Lisa Vorce helped execute the finer details.
48.) Victoria and David Beckham: $800,000
Soccer superstar David Beckham and “Posh” Spice were treated like royalty at their wedding in a castle near Dublin, Ireland. The two played king and queen, sitting on red velvet thrones throughout the evening.
Victoria wore a tight-fitting silk ivory gown with an incredible 20-foot train, along with a gold, diamond-encrusted crown. Their 250 guests were greeted by trumpeters, entertained by Elton John and watched fireworks at the end of the night.
47.) Bill and Melinda Gates: $1 Million
After seven years of dating, the couple tied the knot in one of the most exclusive weddings of the century. The ceremony took place at the Manele Bay Hotel in Hawaii. They recited their vows next to the par-3 12th hole on the hotel golf course.
Melinda and Bill, who are the richest couple in the world, with an estimated combined wealth of $85.7 billion, are notoriously private. They released a picture from their New Year’s Day wedding, which was a secret.
46.) Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy: $1 Million
Their wedding was the social event of the season—more than 800 guests including senators, diplomats, and other notables descended upon St. Mary’s Church on September 12, 1953, to attend the nuptials.
Jackie was resplendent in an ivory silk portrait-neckline dress with a bouffant skirt designed by Ann Lowe. The gown consisted of 50 yards of fabric and was accented with an heirloom rose point lace veil. Afterward, the reception was held at Hammersmith Farm, the mother of the bride’s 300-acre property nearby. There, some 400 more guests joined the festivities.
45.) Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian: $1 Million
The couple chose New Orleans as their wedding destination, with America’s biggest celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Eva Longoria and Caroline Wozniacki in attendance, People reports.
About 250 people attended the ceremony including the couple’s daughter.
44.) Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner: $1 Million
The now-President’s daughter married her real estate developer boyfriend in a custom Vera Wang dress inspired by Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding gown, according to the New York Times.
That alone cost $50,000, but other costs included a 13-layer Sylvia Weinstock cake, event planning by Preston Bailey, and Ivanka Trump signature earrings, a necklace, and a hairpiece, all studded with diamonds, according to Brides Magazine. The ceremony had 500 of their closest friends.
43.) Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom: $1 Million
Kardashian walked down the outdoor aisle in a Vera Wang gown on the arm of her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, with sisters Kim and a pregnant Kourtney at her side. Black-Tie Khloe’s bridal party included half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, actresses (and twin sisters) Khadijah and Malika Haqq and actress Lauren London.
The bride’s bouquet was a romantic white nosegay of roses, stephanotis and lilies of the valley, and the bridesmaids wore lavender gowns and carried bouquets of white roses. Wedding planner Sharon Sacks created the Hollywood nightclub-themed reception that followed in a tent on the property, fitted with dark wooden walls, white carpeting, silver mirrors and chandeliers.
The tables were decorated with tall white centerpieces with lavender touches made of roses, calla lilies and exotic leaves in soaring glass vases. Babyface sang during the reception, and a DJ flown in from New York was booked to keep the party going until 11:00 p.m.
42.) Donald J. Trump and Melania Knauss: $1 Million
Three seems to be the charm for Donald J. Trump, whose early 2005 wedding in Palm Beach to Slovene model Melania Knauss was his third. The ceremony at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church was elegant and traditional (the groom’s daughter Ivanka read from the Bible), but the reception at Trump’s oceanfront estate Mar-a-Lago in a ballroom, said to be modeled after Versailles, was the epitome of extravagance, according to media accounts.
Guests feasted on caviar, lobster and truffles, and Billy Joel sang. The bride wore a couture gown designed by Christian Dior’s John Galliano that featured hand-stitched crystal rhinestones and pearls and took something like 1,000 hours to make, at a cost reported to be about $100,000.
41.) Tori Spelling and Charlie Shanian: $1 Million
Charlie Shanian co wrote and starred in Tori’s first role on stage: Maybe, Baby, It’s You. The two had a lot of time together during rehearsals. Two years later they got married at the Spelling mansion in LA.
When they split, three years later, Shanian filed for spousal support. The former 90210 star and her first husband had a Great Gatsby-themed wedding at the Spelling’s 56,000-square-foot home. It was only about a year after her wedding to Charlie Shanian that Tori ditched her first hubby for Dean McDermott.
40.) Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston: $1 Million
Our ’90s hearts were always rooting for this pair, who walked down the aisle in July 2000 in a million dollar wedding at a Malibu estate. As for their budget breakdown, the couple spent about $100,000 on security for the big day, which included restricting the airspace around the venue (gotta have their privacy), and dropped another $75,000 on florals (because what would a wedding be without tens of thousands of dollars worth of flowers!?).
The bride and groom also splurged on multiple musical performers, including a six-piece band, and they ended the wedding with a bang (literally) with $20,000 worth of fireworks to close out the monumental evening. The pair announced their split in 2005.
39.) Peter Andre and Katie Price: $1.2 Million
The TV personalities famously said ‘I do’ during an extravagant affair at Hampshire’s Highclere Castle.
The castle was also the setting for hit drama Downton Abbey – in September 2005.
38.) Madonna and Guy Ritchie: $1.5 Million
The wedding took place at Scotland’s Skibo Castle, where the couple booked all 21 rooms of the estate for guests, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rupert Everett, Sting and Trudie Styler.
Madonna wore a strapless, cream silk gown by Stella McCartney, accessorized with a 1910 diamond tiara once worn by Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. The pop star and her film director hubby danced the night away with guests in a basement converted into a disco.
37.) Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods: $1.5 Million
Golf master Tiger Woods wed Elin Nordegren in 2004 during an uber-exclusive ceremony at the Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados. To ensure privacy, Woods rented the entire hotel and the island’s only helicopter charter company.
Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley were among the 120 guests who watched the pair exchange vows, followed by a reception with entertainment by Hootie and the Blowfish.
36.) Kate Moss and Jamie Hince: 1.5 Million
Kate and Jamie were married in July 2011 in a beautiful countryside wedding in the Cotswolds. The supermodel was accompanied by 14 bridesmaids, including her daughter Lila Grace.
Sadly, Moss’s longest relationship didn’t last—they split up late last year and are currently going through a not-so-amicable divorce.
35.) Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild: $1.5 Million
The non-denominational ceremony in the summer of 2015 took place in front of a wall of white flowers at The Orangery, an elegant greenhouse surrounded by formal gardens built in 1704 for Queen Anne to protect her citrus trees from harsh winter frosts (and to host fashionable court parties).
Sister and maid of honor Paris Hilton, mother of the bride, and bridesmaids were outfitted in full-length pale sky-blue gowns. The bride wore Valentino.
34.) Sir Elton John and David Furnish: $1.5 Million
The star-studded ceremony had 600 guests, including the Beckham family, Donatella Versace, Claudia Schiffer, and Sharon Stone. They partied all night in heated tents at the couple’s Windsor mansion.
They saved on their venue, but the night’s food and drinks (caviar and pink champagne) cost a staggering $130,000. The two also donned designer suits.
33.) Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith: $1.5 Million
The Bond actor and TV journalist married outside in the hills of Ireland in August 2001. The traditional Irish themed reception (from Irish food to Irish dancing) was held at Ashford Castle along the coast.
The bride wore a Richard Tylor gown that was modeled after Grace Kelly’s gown from a half-century earlier. Their wedding featured a 6-tier carrot wedding cake modeled after the one served at the JFK and Jackie Onasis wedding. As the evening ended, fireworks lit up the sky.
32.) Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell: $1.5 Million
In 1993, $1.5 million was a rather large chunk of change for the wedding, but that didn’t seem to phase the funnyman. His wedding to Mitchell, a model, included a whopping 500 guests and took place at the Plaza Hotel in NYC.
The couple generously donated all of the flowers from their festivities to a local hospital after it was over. (They divorced in 2006, by the way.)
31.) Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas: $1.5-2 Million
This couple’s wedding bash at the Plaza Hotel in New York City reportedly cost between $1.5 and $2 million. The bride wore a custom $140,000 Christian Lacroix gown, hand beading and all. But, that’s nothing compared to her tiara, which allegedly cost $300,000.
The actor duo also reportedly hired 50 rent-a-cops for the big day, and guests were required to present their invitations, which had been decked out with invisible ink and holograms to avoid any wedding crashers. It may have not been an official Hollywood affair, but it certainly had all the glamour of a tinseltown event.
In addition to a 40-member Welsh choir singing, the ceremony included performances by Jimmy Buffett and Art Garfunkel. Among the 350 guests present at the 2000 $1.5 million nuptials were Goldie Hawn, Jack Nicholson, Meg Ryan and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
30.) Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes: $2 Million
The bill was $2 million in 2006. The bride was an actress known for Dawson’s Creek and Batman Begins The groom was a movie star known for Top Gun, Jerry Maguire and Mission Impossible The wedding at the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside Rome featured a five-tiered white chocolate cake decorated with marzipan roses.
Holmes wore an off-the-shoulder ivory silk gown personally designed by Giorgio Armani. The entire wedding party also wore Armani, and got to indulge in a five-course feast while opera singer Andrea Bocelli performed. Cruise actually performed “You’ve Got That Loving Feeling.” They were joined by Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, David Beckham, and others. Costs included $900,000 for guest airfare and accommodations and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine.
29.) Sargis Karapetyan and Salome Kintsurashvili: $2 Million
The son of Russian billionaire Samvel Karapetyan, Sargis Karapetyan, just tied the knot with his beautiful bride, Salome Kintsurashvili, and dropped a reported $2 million on the big day because, well, he could. So what exactly does a wedding with a $2 million non-budget-budget look like?
The father of the groom is sitting pretty at number 28 on the Forbes Russian Rich List. The wedding featured flower walls, towering centerpieces, a forest in the luxe reception hall, and a nine-tiered wedding cake that measured in at over 19 feet tall. Oh and three couture costume changes for the bride, floor-to-ceiling photos of the newlyweds, a lighting installation that belongs in the MoMA , and a diamond Tiffany & Co. tiara.
Their wedding band was Maroon 5. And the Armenian president came, according to The Daily Mail. For her walk down the aisle, the bride donned a dazzling Elie Saab long-sleeved wedding gown with a floor-dusting train and covered in glittering embellishments. Next up, a lace Alessandra Rich dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline for the wedding portraits. And finally, she changed into a traditional Armenian wedding dress for a cultural dance with her new hubby.
The bride also accessorized her luxe looks with a diamond and pearl headpiece, supposedly the same Tiffany Savoy one Carey Mulligan wore in The Great Gatsby. The reception hall/mansion/castle was decked out in crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling florals, and gigantic posters of the bride and groom. Guests walked through the entrance that held gigantic trees on either side, adorned with fresh flowers and twinkling lights for a fairytale forest effect, to get to the main party space where their senses were assaulted with even more blooms that covered everything from the walls to that unreal wedding cake.
28.) Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling: $2 Million
Sweden’s Princess Victoria married gym owner Daniel Westling in June 2010. Over 1,200 guests attended the wedding at the Stockholm Cathedral. After the ceremony, the couple rode through the Swedish capital in a horse-drawn carriage and took the royal barge to a lavish banquet at the Royal Palace.
Princess Victoria wore an off-the-shoulder gown by Swedish designer Pär Engsheden and the same crown that her mother had worn on her wedding day, Vogue reported.
27.) Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman: $2 Million
The “Genie in a Bottle” singer splurged on a $2 million affair in December 2005. Aguilera wore an expensive Christian Lacroix gown, which cost $30,000. Aguilera and Bratman held the ceremony in a tent erected in the middle of a vineyard in the Napa Valley.
The wedding came after Bratman’s very romantic proposal where he filled a hotel room with rose petals, balloons, and gift boxes, one of which contained the ring. The bride enlisted the help of wedding planner Michael Gapinskihe to decorate the estate venue with costly birch trees, faux white fur, chandeliers made from tree branches, and centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses, and amaryllis.
Music siren Christina Aguilera and music label executive Jordan Bratman got married in 2005. However, the couple had a tumultuous phase five years later. They attempted to reconcile for the sake of their son Max, who was then aged two, but they split anyways and divorced in 2011.
26.) Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: $2.6 Million
British model-actress Elizabeth Hurley tied the knot with Indian businessman Arun Nayar twice. The first was in 2007 which was held at the Sudeley Castle in England. The second time was at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, which was done in accordance to Nayar’s Hindu tradition.
The couple even flew in Elton John to perform. The couple split right after images of Elizabeth kissing Australian cricketer Shane Warne circulated. The subsequent divorce proceeding is probably one of the fastest. The judge only took 92 seconds to determine that their marriage had “broken down irretrievably”.
25.) Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: $2.8 Million
Surely it comes as no surprise that Kimye’s spectacular and extravagant celebration was also one of the most expensive ceremonies in some time. Kim and Kanye’s nuptials cost around $2.8 million (and that doesn’t even include Paris!). Unsurprisingly, this notoriously extravagant couple also broke the bank to wed in style.
Although cost estimates for their epic weekend-long celebration vary, Kimye most likely spent at least $2.8 million on their lavish nuptials. The affluent lovebirds kicked the pre-wedding festivities off in Paris and then flew their guests to Florence via private jets, where they rented their venue, Forte di Belvedere, for $400,000.
Kim also donned two gowns for her big day, one of which was a $500,000 custom-made couture Givenchy gown. Hotel accommodations for their 200 guests in both Paris and Florence most likely racked up a half a million dollar bill on its own, as well.
24.) Paul McCartney to Heather Mills: $3 Million
The bride was a PETA activist and former model. The groom was the most successful songwriter in history. The wedding was an Indian-themed wedding at St. Salvador’s church in Monaghan, Ireland, featuring Indian dancers, a vegetarian feast, $145,000 worth of flowers, and $150,000 fireworks.
Paul, George, and Ringo played a new song, “Heather.” The party took place at a rented castle ($40,000). They parted ways in 2008, leading to a divorce settlement that cost more than the wedding itself.
23.) Salma Hayek to François-Henri Pinault: $3.5 Million
When Salma Hayek first married husband François-Henri Pinault on Valentine’s Day, it was a secret, low-key civil ceremony in Paris with just a few family members in attendance. But when the newlyweds are made up of a big Hollywood actress and one of France’s richest men, it was only a matter of time before they marked their nuptials with a more lavish spectacle.
A-list stars from the world of movies, music and fashion descended on Venice over the weekend for two days of celebrations. The couple kicked off the festivities in 2009 with masquerade-style rehearsal dinner at the 17th century Punta Della Dogana, the canal city’s old custom house. The following day they exchanged vows in a romantic ceremony in front of 150 family members and friends at the 18th century La Fenice opera house.
The bride looked stunning in a Balenciaga wedding gown by Nicholas Ghesquiere with her hair swept back into a bun with a long veil. Stars including Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Bono, Stella McCartney and former French president Jacques Chirac then followed the couple to the Palazzo Grassi for the reception, which went on into the early hours of Sunday morning. The guests serenaded the bride and groom with a rendition of Over The Rainbow, while Salma, Woody Harrelson and Charlize joined Bono on stage to sing Stand By Me.
22.) Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello: $4 Million
This unbelievably gorgeous couple tied the knot at The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida and spared no expense, especially when it came to the flowers. They reportedly spent $1 million on just the flowers alone!
The food cost about half that. Oh, and there was a surprise performance by Pitbull during the reception. Here’s another awesome detail: The newlyweds asked guests to donate to St. Jude’s in lieu of wedding gifts.
21.) Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: $4 Million
Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor met construction worker Larry Fortensky in a rehab facility where both checked in for their drug problems. In an interesting and unique love story that captured a lot of people’s attention, the couple married in 1991 at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
A large percentage of the budget most likely went to hiring event security, which included 100 security guards and a former Israeli army officer. The bride sported a $25,000 Valentino gown as she said I do at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California. The ceremony was a star-studded event with celebrities like Liza Minnelli, Eddie Murphy, and Macaulay Culkin among the guests.
Prior to the wedding, Fortensky signed a prenup where he would only get $1 million should the couple split, provided the marriage lasted 5 years. After five years had passed, the two did separate but remained good friends until Taylor’s death in 2011. The actress left Fortensky $800,000 as indicated in her will. The eight-time bride had her fair share of weddings, but her nuptials to Larry Fortensky took the over-the-top cake.
20.) Liza Minnelli and David Gest: $4.3 Million
Singing sensation Liza Minnelli married concert promoter David Gest in an extravagant ceremony on New York’s Fifth Avenue in 2002. The guests included the whole Jackson Five, with Michael Jackson as the best man.
Elizabeth Taylor was the matron of honor. Queen guitarist Brian May, Liam Neeson, Joan Collins, Gloria Gaynor, Anthony Hopkins, Mia Farrow were among the superstars who attended the elaborate wedding. The couple did not last, as they split in just over a year. They filed for divorce five years after, which was branded as the “dirtiest” in Hollywood. Gest complained that Liza would beat him after she had too much alcohol.
19.) Beyonce and Jay-Z: $4.5 Million
Music’s hottest couple made it official in a super secret ceremony in New York City. They chose to marry on the fourth day and fourth month of the year in honor of their shared lucky number “4,” because she was born September 4th and he was born December 4th. In 2008, they kept things close to home.
The couple were married at Jay Z’s 13,500-square-foot penthouse in the NYC neighborhood of Tribeca. Before the big day, they picked up their marriage licenses in Scarsdale, NY. They spared no expense on the floral arrangements. Beyoncé had 70,000 white dendrobium orchids, her favorite flower, flown in from Thailand.
18.) George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin: $4.6 Million
George rocked a Giorgio Armani tux while Amal stunned in a custom Oscar de la Renta wedding gown with French lace, hand-embroidery, pearls, and diamanté accents. The couple and their near 100 guests partied it up for three days in Venice as they all stayed in Cipriani hotel suites ($3 million).
They officially tied the knot with a traditional ceremony and reception to follow where they payed $300,000 for tables and set-up, $250,000 for Munaretto flowers, $30,000 for a 5-course reception dinner, and $160,000 for the top shelf champagne, vodka, and tequila they provided, according to E! Online.
17.) Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt: $5 Million
When two billionaires get married, odds are the ceremony will feature a certain sheen of opulence. But this was extreme. In 2011, Ecclestone, a British heiress and daughter of the Formula1 CEO, married James Stunt, a businessman, in the same villa as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes married.
Guests sipped Chateau Petrus wine, costing about $6,500 a bottle. The bride wore a $100,000 Vera Wang gown. Ecclestone and Stunt didn’t have to choose between a DJ or live band — they got both. Eric Clapton, Andrea Boccelli, and the Black Eyed Peas performed.
16.) Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union: $5 Million
The happy couple tied the knot at a magnificent moated castle in Miami called Chateau Artisan. Wade and Union didn’t skip a single detail when it came to customizing their wedding day.
Union was all smiles in her stunning Dennis Basso custom wedding gown. She wore two different updos for the big day! Male guests were gifted with custom bow ties from Wade’s Dwyane Wade For the Tie Bar line to be worn on their wedding day.
15.) Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky: $5 Million
Coming in hot with another estimated $5 million wedding, Clinton and Mezvinksy wed in July 2010 at the Astor Courts Estate in Rhinebeck, New York. Clinton donned two Vera Wang gowns, and the designer actually attended the wedding herself.
The first dress is estimated to cost $20,000, and the couple reportedly splurged $500,000 on flowers, $600,000 on tents to decorate the 13,000-foot venue space, and $200,000 on security. If you’re the daughter of the former president of the United States and former US Secretary of State, chances are your wedding will be far from simple.
And that is just the case for Chelsea Clinton, daughter of ex-US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton. The venue provided a serene and romantic view of the Hudson River.
14.) Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel: $6.5 Million
After five years of dating, Biel and Timberlake did what all good celebrities do: Rent a luxury villa in Italy, and throw a wedding. This was a wedding week more than it was a single ceremony. They hosted their guests in the Borgo Egnazia resort, where the wedding was held, for a few days.
Festivities included fireworks during a pre-wedding beach party, a trip to a grotto, and watching authentic Italian folk dance in the countryside. Despite the huge price the wedding was a family affair, with just 80 members of their families and close friends in attendance. But the best things in life come free: Timberlake sang Biel an original song as she walked down the aisle.
13.) Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin: $8 Million
While the Manchester United footballer and his bride were driven away in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes – making a rather unglamorous exit from the building through the staff entrance next to the bins – their 65 guests departed in two coaches. The wedding celebrations have been lavish even by celebrity standards.
There was the small matter of a civil ceremony at a 17th century villa and a reception at a medieval abbey high above Portofino at which the bride and groom dined on pizza. The whole shebang has cost $8 million – including the cost of flying 65 guests over to Italy on a specially chartered Boeing 737, hiring a yacht at the cost of $100,000 per day, and paying a team of British heavies to throw a ring of security around the couple.
12.) Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: $10 Million
In what may go down as the most expensive short-lived wedding in history, Kardashian’s 72-day-marriage cost a reported $10 million, of which the cake cost $20,000 — almost as much as most weddings total. Forbes estimates that she made $12 million in the last year alone, and other reports suggest the Kardashian family nets $65 million a year.
That means they’d be spending 15% of their annual household income, and the average cost of a wedding in America is more than half the median household income. There’s that 20.5 carat diamond engagement ring by designer Lorraine Schwartz–reportedly worth $2 million. Kim wore a Vera Wang wedding dresses, which could cost $25,000 at the top end. Since the family is in the spotlight, they did not want to disappoint!
11.) Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto: $10 Million
The basketball and Space Jam star’s second wedding to model Yvette Prieto in April 2013 reportedly racked up a $10 million dollar bill. The couple held the 300-guest wedding at Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida, with celebs like Tiger Woods and Spike Lee in attendance. Plus, Jordan and his bride enjoyed live performances from Usher, K’Jon, and Robin Thicke. In lieu of wedding gifts, donations were made to the James R. Jordan Foundation.
The wedding flowers were donated to the Jupiter Medical Center. The six-time NBA champion and Prieto met five years ago and were engaged last December. Prieto wore a French silk voile corseted sheer sheath gown by J’Aton Couture, in an ecru palette with accents of flesh tones, with handmade silk lace created especially for her, and enhanced with Swarovski crystals.
10.) Lolita Osmanova and Gaspar Avdolyan: $10 Million
Lolita Osmanova, the daughter of Russian energy tycoon Eldar Osmanov, and Gaspar Avdolyan, the son of millionaire Albert Avdolyan, have just tied the knot—in a $10 million wedding, natch. Wondering what a multimillion dollar affair looks like? Well, for starters, the wedding took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the same theater that hosts the Oscars.
There, guests were welcomed by a receiving line of classical violinists, and a reported $500,000 worth of flowers outfitted the space in various arrangements including towering centerpieces of pink, purple, and red blooms. The bride wore an off-the-shoulder wedding dress with extravagant beading and a voluminous train by designer Zuhair Murad for her walk down the aisle. After the ceremony, the bride changed into a more form-fitting frock with a feathered skirt, and completed her bridal look with a beaded headpiece.
At the reception, the newlyweds cut into their 10-tier wedding cake featuring gold detailing and white sugar flowers. As for entertainment, Jason Derulo and Lady Gaga lent their vocal talents to the newlyweds, which reportedly cost $2 million alone.
9.) Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier: $15 Million
It’s been called the wedding of the century. On April 18, 1956, in a real-life fairytale, American actress Grace Kelly became a princess when she married Monaco’s Prince Rainier. Now one of the most recognizable wedding dresses of all time, Kelly’s stunning gown was actually a gift to the actress from MGM.
The dress, which features a high neckline, multiple petticoats, antique Brussels lace, and hundreds of tiny pearls, is now owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which displays it from time to time. The ceremony at Monaco’s St. Nicholas Cathedral was attended by around 600 people including movie stars like Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, and Gloria Swanson, and society notables Aristotle Onassis and Conrad Hilton. Guests dined on caviar, lobster, champagne, and a 200-pound, six-tier wedding cake.
8.) Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming: $31 Million
Forbes reports that Chinese actress, singer, and model Angela Yeung — better known as “Angelababy” — got hitched in October, 2015, in an over-the-top, extravagant ceremony that cost an outlandish $31 million. Yeung, 26, is considered to be the “Kim Kardashian of China,” but she spent nearly three times as much as her American counterpart on her nuptials to actor Huang Xiaoming.
To add some more perspective, please consider that the average U.S. wedding costs $26,000. Please also consider the fact that William and Kate’s royal wedding cost $34 million. If you’re wondering what $31 million gets you on your wedding day, picture this: The Shanghai Exhibition Centre is filled with roses.
There are screens displaying photos of the couple from a pre-wedding photo shoot — in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower — with Angelababy donning Elie Saab Couture gowns. The bride’s ring is a $1.5-million number by Parisian designer Chaumet that features a five-carat pear-shaped diamond with another half a carat of diamonds around it. For the ceremony, Angelababy wore a custom Christian Dior gown. How insane was this dress? According to Forbes, it took five months to create and featured “115 feet of ivory satin organza, and 165 feet of tulle…a 10-foot-long train, and nearly 100 hand-cut rose bouquets made of Chantilly lace.”
There were 2,000 guests, including East Asia’s biggest celebrities. And a 10-foot-tall, carousel-shaped wedding cake that reportedly took a month to assemble. Not lavish enough for you? There was also a holographic castle, extravagant gift bags containing cell phones, stained-glass-window lights, and a giant wall of flowers.
7.) Prince William and Kate Middleton: $34 Million
Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s wedding was highly anticipated and was as publicized as much as you’d expect a royal wedding to be. An estimated 2 billion people all around the world watched the grand wedding; also termed “The Wedding of The Century”. Although nowhere near as expensive as the wedding of his parents, Charles and Diana, Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton still cost a pretty penny at approximately $34 million.
Held in London’s Westminster Abbey in 2011, the spouses-to-be enjoyed $800,000 worth of flowers, $600,000 wedding reception and $80,000 wedding cake. Middleton’s wedding dress was also a huge expense, costing more than $400,000. However, the greatest expense of all may have been security, which is estimated to have cost around $32 million.
6.) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: $45 Million
On a gloriously sunny day, an American actress became the first Duchess of Sussex and the wife of a Prince of England. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle before 600 guests. The guests included Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, and Idris Elba. Markle was beautiful in an exquisitely minimalist gown. The prince’s expression changed from worry to joy as she came up the aisle.
Most of the dresses at the wedding were conservative in a rainbow of colors and floral patterns. Men stuck to traditional morning coats, the black cutaway with tails, a vest and gray slacks. Though some men, notably George Clooney, opted for a pearl gray suit.
Millions watched worldwide, while an estimated 100,000 people, many of whom had gathered overnight, lined the streets, waving the Union Jack and cheering, four deep on the grass, orderly behind barriers. Windsor is roughly 20 miles west of London and near Eaton, where Princes Harry and Will to school.
5.) Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia: $58 Million
It’s not surprising that Indian steel tycoon, Lakshmi Mittal, would provide one of the most expensive weddings for his daughter Vanisha who married Amit Bhatia, an investment banker, in 2006. The extravagant affair took place in multiple locations, including London’s 16th-century chateau Vaux le Vicomte, Palace of Versailles and a temporary wooden castle. The wedding lasted approximately five days.
Invitations and plane tickets were delivered in silver boxes and the couple’s 1,000 guests were flown in on chartered jets and put up in a five-star hotel in Paris. Chefs were also flown in from India to prepare the meals. The festivities included a Bollywood reenactment of how the couple met and fell in love. There was also a performance by Kylie Minogue which cost $78 million. To finish off, a firework display went off at the Eiffel Tower. A Prada or Gucci handbag was also given to each female guest as a parting gift. The total cost of the celebration was $58 million.
4.) Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock: $65 Million
Former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock exchanged vows with Prince Albert II of Monaco during a public ceremony in July 2011. After that, there was a smaller civil ceremony that followed. Wittstock wore an off-the-shoulder Giorgio Armani gown embellished with pearls and 40,000 Swarovski crystals and made from 88 yards of silk.
The bride and groom’s Cartier wedding bands were 18-karat white gold and platinum. About 450 guests attended the reception, which featured a multicourse dinner prepared by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse and a fireworks show.
3.) Prince Charles and Lady Diana: $115 Million
In 1981, Prince Charles, the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, married Lady Diana Spencer in the “Wedding of the Century”, one of most expensive weddings for royalty. The ceremony was held in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London with 3,500 guests while 2 million people lined up on the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Lady Diana as she was chauffeured in a glass coach to St. Paul’s Cathedral. However, only 120 guests were invited to the reception at Buckingham Palace following the ceremony.
The festivities cost a reported $115 million, $600,000 of which went to security, $100,000 for a pre-wedding celebration and $40,000 for a five-foot-high wedding cake. In comparison, Lady Diana’s wedding dress with a 25-foot train and 10,000 pearls was a bargain, costing only $13,000. The ceremony was attended by numerous royals, internationally televised to 750 million people and watched in-person by two million spectators.
2.) Seemanto Roy and Chandni Toor & Sushanto Roy and Richa Ahuja: $123 Million
In 2004, Seemanto and Sushanto Roy, sons of Indian industrialist Subrata Roy, participated in a double wedding that lasted four days in 2004. Held in Sahara, Luchnow, Seemanto Roy married Chandni Toor and Sushanto Roy married Richa Ahuja. The elder Roy reportedly spent $62 million per couple, totalling $123 million for the entire wedding.
Approximately 11,000 guests feasted on more than 100 types of culinary entrees, including Indian, Lebanese, Italian and American. While the British Symphony Orchestra played live music, including 20 Indian songs, throughout. Entertainment also included professional dancers from the U.K. who performed tap, flamenco and ballet for the couples’ guests.
1.) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum: $137 Million
One of the most expensive weddings of all time is the one between Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum. The extravagant wedding came with a total price tag of $137 million. When the ruler of Dubai married his cousin back in 1979, there wasn’t a place big enough to host the lavish affair. As a result, a stadium hall was built from scratch to accommodate the couple’s 20,000 guests.
The wedding included the entire country. People gathered in Dubai to catch a glimpse of the festivities or they were visited by Sheikh who rode his horse to every village and fed everyone. The celebration became a five-day holiday. The day was filled with entertainment from local dancers and musicians. The Sheikh’s Royal Guard presented a parade comprised of riders on horseback and on camels. The Sheikh delivered wedding gifts to his bride during the ceremony, which were carried on 20 camels decorated with jewels.