Wedding days are often dreamt about for one’s whole life. One can spend their days planning how to snag a husband or wife and how to make that one day the most spectacular ever. Even those who aren’t extremely rich will often drop ridiculous amounts of dough on these ceremonies, but what about when the people getting married are millionaires – or billionaires? Here are some of the most lavishly expensive weddings of all time.
Vikram Chatwal & Priya Sachdev
Vikram Chatwal may be the son of Sant Chatwal, Hampshire Hotel and Bombay Palace founder, but he made a name for himself in the business, too. Aside from his career in the hospitality industry, Chatwal also dabbles in Bollywood acting. In 2006, he married actress Priya Sachdev in a lavish ceremony in India.
The wedding event was a 10-day festival for which 600 guests were flown in from more than 20 different countries. The festivities totaled to over $20 million, and over 100 000 pounds of flowers. India’s Prime Minister was even in attendance for the celebration, along with the former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.
In May of 2014, Kim Kardashian tied the knot with second husband, rapper Kanye West. The stars got married in a luxurious affair in Florence, Italy. While tabloids first reported that the wedding cost less than $3 million, it was later revealed that it actually cost over $10 million.
The event began at the palace of Versailles in France, where guests enjoyed a lavish feast. Everyone was then flown out to Florence for the ceremony and the reception. As Kim glided down the aisle in her Vera Wang gown, Andrea Bocelli sang a beautiful song. As the two recited their vows, they stood against an incredible floral background, worth over $100,000.
Michael Jordan’s Heavenly Wedding
Basketball legend Michael Jordan tied the knot with beautiful Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto in 2013. The couple’s ceremony was held at the same location that Donald and Melania Trump were married – the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Florida. Plenty of A-list stars were in attendance, like Robin Thicke and Usher, who also both performed during the event. In total, the couple’s big day cost over $10 million, but a large part of the money went towards the lavish reception.
After the ceremony, guests gathered in an enormous tent in Juniper, Florida, that was described as being “heavenly.” Thousands of candles illuminated the party and left the air pleasantly scented as everyone enjoyed a 7-layer rum cake. The couple opted for guests to donate to charity rather than buy them gifts, and they also donated all of their flowers to the Jupiter Medical Center.
My Big Fat Sheikh Wedding
In 1981, across the world from the royal wedding in London, another royal couple also tied the knot. Crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan married Princess Salama in an extravagant ceremony that lasted a week and cost an estimated $100 million, in terms of today’s cash.
Sheikh Mohammed jumped on a horse and rode around to each of the towns in the emirate and broke bread with locals. Entertainment for the event was fulfilled by 50 Arab and African groups that were flown in on over 30 private jets. Wedding gifts from the guests were delivered to the Princess on a long line of 20 camels, all decorated with stunning jewels. The wedding went down in the Guinness World Records as the single most expensive wedding ceremony in history.
The 2011 British Royal Wedding
In 2011, almost every single magazine on the planet was talking about Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton – a lavish affair that cost nearly $35 million. Nearly 2,000 guests gathered at Buckingham Palace to attend the wedding, which was broken down into two days of activities.
On the first day, about 1,900 people filled the abbey to view the actual ceremony. The day after the nuptials, a small percentage of those guests got together for a lunch reception, later that evening there was an additional reception for a different set of guests. Two choirs, an orchestra and an ensemble were all on hand to keep everyone entertained. There was also $800,000 worth of floral arrangements that made the palace and the abbey even more heavenly than usual.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney was, at one point, the man of every woman’s dreams. But Clooney decided to tie the knot with his lawyer and activist girlfriend, Amal Clooney, in 2014. The couple paid for friends and family to fly out to Venice for the occasion, which cost them over $4.5 million in total.
George and Amal, along with all of the guests, stayed at the Aman Hotel, which cost nearly $5,000 per night for each room. Amal wore a gorgeous dress made by Oscar de la Renta that was worth about $380,000, while Clooney opted for a less expensive Armani tuxedo that he reportedly only spent $5,000 on. The guest list was full of other celebrities, including Bono and Cindy Crawford, whose husband was rumored to have played the role of best man.
Salma Hayek's Valentines Day Wedding
Salma Hayek’s $3.5 million marriage to billionaire François-Henri Pinault may seem pretty modest, compared to some of the other weddings on this list. Still, this was one extremely glamorous affair. The couple tied the knot in an opera house in Venice on Valentine’s day in 2009.
The guest list consisted of less than 200 friends and family members, which included stars like Bono and Woody Harrelson, both of which were joined by Penelope Cruz to serenade the bride and groom with, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Hayek stunned guests when she appeared in an exquisite Balenciaga gown, which she complemented with a classic veil over a bun and plenty of jewelry.
A Bollywood Production
Gali Janardhan Reddy, the Indian ex-state minister, angered millions of people in his country when he dropped an estimated $74 million dollars on his daughter’s wedding to Rajiv Reddy (no former relation.) It’s easy to understand why everyone was so upset since India was in the midst of a financial crisis during the “obscene” display of wealth.
Brahmani Reddy, Gali’s daughter, got married in a ridiculously lavish ceremony complete with Bollywood’s biggest stars, upwards of 50,000 guests and dancers that were flown in from Brazil just for the event. Citizens were understandably upset, as this wedding took place when India faced a financial crisis. 300 police officers and 3,000 security guards were hired to oversee the safety of participants and guests.
Heiress Petra Ecclestone’s Marriage
Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One legend Bernie Ecclestone, got married to businessman James Stunt in an over-the-top celebration in 2011. The ceremony, which included A-list guests like Paris Hilton, took place in the Odescalschi Castle in Rome. Ecclestone paid The Black Eyed Peas $1.5 million to perform at the reception.
DJ David Guetta also performed at the event, pulling in half a million dollars himself. Petra even arrived at the ceremony being driven by ex-race car driver, Jean Alesi.
Justin Timberlake Ties the Knot
Justin Timberlake’s engagement to Jessica Biel was the talk of the town in 2012. Since the two stars were typically so low-key, they kind of shocked everyone when they decided to have an over-the-top wedding. The couple invited friends and family to join them in Puglia, Italy, for a luxurious $6.5 million celebration.
Celebrity friends like Andy Samberg and Timbaland were in attendance, and director Bill Purple officiated the nuptials. Jessica’s “little sister” from 7th heaven, Beverly Mitchell, also came to show her support. Justin serenaded her in a Tom Ford tux as she walked down the aisle in a custom-made Giambattista Valli dress.
Heiress Delphine Arnault’s Wedding
Heiress apparent to the Louis Vuitton fashion house Delphine Arnault got married in the wedding of her dreams to Italian wine mogul Alessandro Vallarino Gancia in what has been called one of the most expensive weddings that France has ever seen. Would you expect anything less from the princess of the fashion world? The entire event cost the families over $7 million in 2005.
Delphine made her way down the aisle in a beautiful custom-made Dior gown by John Galliano. The reception took place at a vineyard in Bordeaux, which had been decorated with an impressive 5,000 roses. A Moscow choir provided dreamlike music during the festivities. Guests in attendance include Karl Lagerfeld and members of the Rothschild clan.
Brunei’s Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah
Brunei’s Crown Prince, Al-Muhtadee Billah, gave his parents quite the surprise when he decided to marry an ordinary citizen, but that wasn’t the only thing that was a bit out of the ordinary for the prince. That citizen just happened to be 17-year-old Sarah Salleh, who went from living an average life, to getting married in what has been called one of the most expensive wedding ceremonies to date – coming in at an estimated $6 million.
2,000 guests showed up to the sultan’s palace for the lavish affair, including the Duke of Gloucester and Prince Richard. A fleet of 100 limos chauffeured the political leaders around the area, while the couple sat atop their golden thrones in the palace. The Prince and Princess wore matching blue outfits that were embellished with different types of jewels. At the end of the night, attendees were treated to a 15-minute-long fireworks display.
Alberto Mugrabi and Colby Jordan's Big Day
Colby Jordan, daughter of Chicago billionaire John W. “Jay” Jordan, married art collector Alberto Mugrabi, also the son of a billionaire, in a lavish, $6 million ceremony in 2016. For the wedding, they rented out the entirety of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, located in the South of France. Hey, what else would you expect from two billionaires’ kids?
A-lister guests flew in from all over the world and included the Olsen twins, Heidi Klum and Owen Wilson, who happened to be one of Mugrabi’s groomsmen. The couple instituted a no-social-media policy but considering the number of photos circling the web, it would appear that not everyone followed it! The bride wore a beautiful Valentino dress and a classic white veil.
Prince Abdul Malik’s Wedding
Sultan of Brunei’s son, Prince Abdul Malik, was married to Dayangku Raabi’atul 'Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, a 22-year old data analyst, in the spring of 2015. The wedding was literally decked out with gold everything and took place inside of the Sultan’s huge palace. World leaders and other royal families from all over the globe arrived for the celebration.
The 31-year old prince and his bride-to-be wore matching gold clothes and was covered in jewels. She wore a lovely tiara and matching necklace with rings made from sparkling emeralds. Her shoes had crystals on them. She also opted to carry a bouquet made with jewels, instead of the usual flowers.
Another Trump Production
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone that Ivanka Trump’s wedding was an over-the-top, ridiculously expensive event. After all, just look at who her father is. Ivanka married media mogul Jared Kushner in an elaborate $1 million ceremony. The couple enlisted the services of Preston Baily, a prominent wedding planner that charges over $100,000.
The 2009 nuptials took place at her families National Golf Club in the state of New Jersey. Ivanka opted for a classic and elegant, custom Vera Wang gown that cost her nearly $50,000, and plenty of bling that was worth over $200,000. Jared and Ivanka recently celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary and couldn’t be happier.
TomKat's Castle Wedding
Fortunately for Katie, she’s free from her marriage to Tom Cruise. But just because things went south for the former couple, doesn’t mean that they didn’t have some good days. One of those days just happens to be that of their wedding – an extravagant affair that took place in a beautiful 15th-century castle near Rome. It cost about $2 million.
The two were set on having their wedding outside of Rome, which meant that they needed to fly all of their guests in for the occasion, which they did for a price of over $900,000. Celebrity friends of the couple in attendance include Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith. Guests were treated to fine dining and nearly $200,000 of wine.
Sanjay Hinduja’s Big Day
Sanjay Hinduja is a member of Britain’s wealthiest family, so it should come as no surprise that he would end up on this list. His marriage to model and actress Anu Mahtani cost over $20 million. 800 guests were chauffeured around India in luxury BMW’s to several different venues, including the Manek Chow, an old palace in Udaipur, and a gorgeous hotel on a lake.
Former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, and singer Jennifer Lopez flew in to India to perform for the very first time. Each were paid close to $1 million for the event. The celebration took place over the course of three days and was later dubbed a “fairytale wedding.”
Prince Albert's Big Day
This is another one of those numbers that will make your head spin. After all, an average human looks at a couple of a million dollars like a lot of money – so what about $65 million? That’s how much Prince Albert II of Monaco spent on his wedding with swimmer Charlene Wittstock.
The marriage was held in 2011, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and spanned the course of two days in the beginning of July. They held two separate ceremonies so that they could have both a civil and a religious ceremony, the first of which took place in the Prince’s palace. Wittstock wore a sleek and sophisticated Giorgio Armani gown for the second part of the event and they rented out a Lexus to transport them to and from the different venues. This definitely holds a rightful spot on the list of the most expensive weddings of all time.
The Billion Dollar Wedding
Said Gutseriev, son of Russian oil tycoon, Mikhail Gutseriev, got married in Moscow in 2016. The bride was 20-year old dental student Khadija Uzhakhovs, who wore a dress that was covered in so many jewels that it weighed nearly 30 pounds. The celebration cost Mikhail an incredible $1 billion, almost ¼ of his total net worth.
Several stars showed up to perform at the show, including Sting, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, who was paid a cool million for the evening. Guests were shuttled to and from the ceremony in Rolls Royce’s and dined on a cake that was taller than everyone in the room. An incredible fireworks display provided the perfect end to the fairytale when it was time for everyone to leave.
There was no way this material girl was going to have some mediocre ceremony when she wed film director Guy Ritchie in 2000. The couple held an intimate, but incredibly lavish, ceremony at Skibo Castle in Scotland. They booked each and every room of the entire place for their guests, which included Sting and Gweneth Paltrow.
The star-studded wedding cost the two an estimated $1.5 million, which in today’s terms equals out to about $2.5 million. Madonna wore a beautiful gown by Stella McCartney, while Ritchie decided to don a kilt, a nod to his own Scottish heritage. The castle was rife with security guards, which kept the reporters at bay until they had officially tied the knot.
Jen and Brad's Iconic Wedding
Anyone who was familiar with pop culture in the ’90s is aware of the marriage between Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, Hollywood’s original “it” couple. The young stars tied the knot in a $1 million wedding ceremony in July of 2000. That may not seem like a huge amount of money compared to some others on the list, but it’s still quite a bit, especially considering it went down nearly two decades ago.
The event was wholly star-studded and some guests in attendance include Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz and the cast of friends, except Matt Leblanc who was working at the time. Four bands were hired to perform throughout the festivities, along with Melissa Etheridge and a church choir. Unfortunately, the marriage ultimately went downhill.
A Minelli Wedding
Eleven years after Minnelli attended best friend Elizabeth Taylor’s marriage to Larry Fortensky, Taylor would find herself returning the favor as a guest at Liza’s wedding to producer and comedian David Gest. Like Taylor, this was far from Minnelli’s first rodeo, as this marriage would be her 4th. The couple dropped between 3 and 4 million dollars on their ceremony, which took place inside of the Marble Collegiate Church in NYC.
The wedding was such a huge deal that some of the biggest names in show business were in attendance, like Mia Farrow and Anthony Hopkins. The millions of dollars spent on the event went towards things like a $40,000 cake and over $700,000 of flowers. Michael Jackson actually acted as Fortensky’s best man, while Elizabeth Taylor was the maid of honor. Minnelli walked down the aisle in a custom-made Bob Mackey wedding dress strewn with crystals and pearls as Natalie Cole sang her father’s hit song, “Unforgettable.”
Alex Carl and Peter Campbell
Alex Carl, whose father is a wealthy lawyer in the DC area, married her boyfriend, Peter Campbell, in 2015. The couple first met when Campbell was basically Carl’s landlord in South Africa when she was studying abroad in 2006. The two had an extravagant wedding that spanned the course of several days and was held at Carl’s estate in the Hamptons.
The Carl’s hired esteemed wedding planner Mindy Weiss, along with a team of other professionals, to produce the celebration. Alex wore a beautiful gown from Oscar de la Renta, and 250 guests enjoyed a cigar bar and cocktails served in…ostrich shells. The bride’s father also hired multiple photographers and videographers, which turned into a legal battle after the family says that they never received any of those photos or videos. But those weren’t the only legal issues that came from the affair. Mindy Weiss is suing Alex’s father and claims that he never paid her for her services.
The King and Queen of Spain
Former Crown Prince of Spain, Felipe, got married to former journalist Letizia Ortiz in the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid. The lavish ceremony cost nearly $30 million and was viewed live by over 20 million people across the world in 2004. The bride wore a beautiful, custom-made gown with a trail of over 4 feet, made by the 87-year old couturier, Manuel Pertegaz.
The extravagant affair was swarming with security that included 200 snipers on rooftops all over the area, along with 18,000 police officers. The guest list was both royal and star-studded and was comprised of the Danish Queen, Margrethe II, the Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess and even Nelson Mandela.
Sons of Sahara chief Subrata Roy, Seemanto Roy and Sushanto Roy, got married in a lavish double wedding ceremony that lasted for 4 days. Seemanto tied the knot with actress Chandni Singh Toor, while Sushanto wed Richa Ahuja, the daughter of a wealthy businessman.
Subrata Roy, who has an estimated net worth of over $5 billion, spared no expenses for the over-the-top celebration. Apparently, he dropped nearly $65 million on each son – so he came close to spending $130 million for the entire event. Tens of thousands of guests were in attendance to eat delicious multinational cuisine and listen to the British Symphony Orchestra play on stage.
Making Taiwanese History
Jay Chou is a popular actor in Taiwan, and he’s also on the rise in the United States. Chou has appeared in some blockbuster hits, like Now You See Me 2. His bride, Hanna Quinlivan, is a big Taiwanese star, too, so it should come as no surprise that they’ve made the list.
The couple threw an over-the-top ceremony at the Selby Abbey in North Yorkshire. The bride wore an elegant, white lace gown by Mikael Derderian, and the groom wore a black Alexander McQueen suit with gold details. Overall, the young stars reportedly dropped around $23 million in New Taiwan money, which equals close to $1 million US dollars. The ceremony made history as the most lavish in the history of the country.
Prince Pavlos of Greece
As if Marie-Chantal Miller’s life wasn’t already a fairytale, things got even better for her when she wed the Crown Prince of Greece. And if marrying a prince wasn’t enough, throw in a $200 million dowry from her billionaire father. The wedding was an over-the-top production (well, duh,) that cost about $7 million.
The couple held the nuptials at St. Sophia’s Cathedral in London and invited almost 1,500 people. Guests enjoyed over 300 wedding cakes, one of which was 8-tiers. The bride-to-be wore a gorgeous, flowing white Valentino dress that trailed behind her for 15-feet and cost over $230,000. The dress, which was a combination of lace, silk and pearls, reportedly took 25 people 4 months to make.
Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling
Victoria, the Crown Princess of Sweden, married former personal trainer, Daniel Westling, in a beautiful wedding ceremony that took place in Stockholm Cathedral in 2010. That’s right, Princess Victoria had the hots for her fitness instructor and decided to put a ring on it, much to the dismay of her father, the King of Sweden. Good for her for following her heart, anyways!
An impressive 250,000 guests gathered in the Cathedral to witness the ceremony, which included the royal families from all over the world. The Queen of the Netherlands attended, along with the Prince and Princess of Jordan and The Queen of Denmark. Princess Victoria wore an exquisite off-the-shoulder Pär Engsheden dress and a crown of cameos – the same one that her mother, the Queen, wore on her wedding day.
Eddie Murphy Marries Nicole Mitchell
Hollywood funnyman Eddie Murphy married former model Nicole Mitchell back in 1993, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. About 500 guests showed up for the event, including hotel owner Donald Trump and music executive Russell Simmons. The actor reportedly dropped nearly $1.5 million, which was pretty expensive for the early ’90s!
The bride wore a gorgeous white lace gown that was strewn with crystals and pearls and had a train that trailed behind her by 12-feet. She accessorized with a matching, classic veil. The dress alone cost a small fortune at $40,000. Guests enjoyed a lavish dinner and champagne in the Palm Court, followed by $25,000 worth of cake. All of the flowers, which filled the ballroom during the ceremony, were donated to a local hospital after the celebration.
Kim Kardashian: Wedding #1
Kim Kardashian married her first husband, Kris Humphries, back in 2011, just shy of 6-months after they’d started to date. The elaborate affair cost about $10 million, a ridiculous amount of money for a marriage that would last less than 3 months. Tons of celebrities showed up to support Kim and the NBA star, including Demi Lovato and Serena Williams.
Starting with the hematite-covered invitations, everything about the wedding was over-the-top. Wolfgang Puck whipped the couple up a custom 7-foot tall cake, which cost nearly $20,000. Kim donned not one but three different custom-made Vera Wang dresses throughout the evening. But less than 80 days later, the marriage would crash and burn…
Prince Charles & Princess Diana
Times were a little bit different in 1981 when Prince Charles married Princess Diana – and by times, we mean finances. What was dubbed the wedding of the century cost the royal family a whopping $48 million, which would come out to about $110 million in 2019. The dreamlike affair may have cost a pretty penny, but they kept the guest list fairly small at under 200 people.
The couple were wed inside of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, making it one of the only weddings within the royal family that wasn’t held at Westminster Abbey. Diana glided down the aisle in a gorgeous gown that was custom-made with 10,000 pearls and a train that was about 25-feet long. If that dress were to be recreated today, it would cost an estimated $41,000.
Rohan Mehta, son of Yogesh Mehta, one of the richest men in India participated in an over-the-top, “Indian Alice in Wonderland” themed ceremony that lasted for 3 days. The marriage took place in Florence, Italy and the entire thing cost upwards of $17 million.
The event required a lot of setup work, which involved hiring more 1,800 people to prepare everything. DJ’s and dancers were flown in from multiple different countries, like Dubai and India. 500 guests enjoyed incredible buffets at each event, which consisted of over 75 separate items each. Police and security guards filled the city to ensure the safety of the royal family and those in attendance. The groom originally wanted to ride in on an elephant but opted for a Rolls Royce at the last minute when the zoo turned him down.
James Bond's Wedding
Former 007 and Mamma Mia star Pierce Brosnan got married to journalist Keely Shaye Smith in a beautifully intimate ceremony in Ireland in 2001. The wedding was held at the Ashford Castle Hotel, set in a 13th-century castle, which sits next to the biggest lake Ireland – talk about an incredible backdrop for a wedding! Apparently, Brosnan hired the best wedding planners he could find to help them create the ceremony, which Smith called, “a mixture of The Secret Garden and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
About 120 people were invited to join the couple for the celebration, which were mainly all family members and close friends. The area where the vows took place was decorated with nearly $15,000 of flowers, and everyone enjoyed a 6-tier cake, which was made to be a replica of the same one that JFK and Jackie O had at their wedding. In total, the extravagant affair cost about $1.5 million, money well spent considering the happy couple is still together to this very day!
Sporty Spice Wedding
Victoria Adams, also formerly known as “Posh Spice,” got married to soccer player David Beckham in 1999. While David has recently been quoted as calling his marriage to Victoria, “hard work,” the two are still going strong today. The celebrities spent a (comparably) mild $1.1 million on the celebration, with only $800,000 of it going towards the actual ceremony. Of course, this was before 2000, so you can imagine what it might have cost in 2019!
Victoria and her new husband sat upon golden thrones in the Luttrellstown Castle outside of Dublin. The bride wore a stunning Vera Wang gown with a 20-foot train and of course – a golden tiara. As for the cake, the couple requested that the toppers be nude figurines of themselves. Not everyone could get away with a bold move like that, but these two certainly can. Yum!
A Family Affair
17-year old Hind Bint Maktoum of Dubai’s ruling family was married to her cousin, Sheikh Mohammed Rashid, in 1979. Rashid, who is about 13-years her senior. The two broke the Guinness World Record for the single most expensive wedding in history. The ridiculously expensive event cost nearly $137 million.
The venue for the affair took a large chunk of the expenses, as they built a new stadium specifically to host the event along with their 20,000 guests. The wedding festivities took place for five days in a row, and a national holiday was declared to mark the occasion. The event was the first major public celebration that the Arab Emirates had ever seen.
Chelsea Olivia and Glenn Alinskie Finally Wed
Glenn Alinskie and Chelsea Olivia are celebrities from Indonesia. The two dated for nearly 7 years before they decided to take the plunge in 2015. They got married in a lavish, Catholic ceremony at the Church of Santa Maria Patron of the Assumption.
The bride walked down the aisle in a stunning off-the-shoulder gown made with white lace, and a matching veil. They held their reception in the Hotel Mulia Senayan in Central Jakarta, where guests enjoyed a lovely castle shaped cake that towered over the room at an impressive 15-feet tall and was worth an estimated $4.5 million. The theme of the affair was “enchanted garden,” and they definitely nailed the whole fairytale, dream wedding thing!
Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar's Big Day
Actress Elizabeth Hurley wanted to feel like a princess when she wed Tyco Vice President Arun Nayar in 2007, and what Elizabeth Hurley wants, Elizabeth Hurley gets! The couple tied the knot in an extravagant international affair that spanned the course of a week and cost nearly $2.5 million.
The first part of the festivities was the Anglican wedding, which was held at Sudeley Castle in England. After the traditional wedding, they flew out to India for a Hindu ceremony, along with a week full of other activities. Flights between the countries for the couple and their guests ran them around $300,000, along with the $100,000 they spent on hotel rooms.
Christina Aguilera’s Big Day
In 2002, superstar Christina Aguilera met music producer Jordan Bratman in Atlanta while she was there working on an album. The two instantly hit it off. Bratman wound up moving back to Los Angeles with her and three years later – they got married in a beautiful ceremony that cost around $2 million.
Although Christina Aguilera has always been very humble, she of course still wanted to have the fairytale wedding of her dreams, and she did just that. 150 guests were invited to a small ceremony at the Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, California, where the couple exchanged vows amidst a sea of multi-colored roses. Christina said, “I do,” in a custom-made Christian Lacroix dress and Louboutin heels.
The Wedding of Vanisha Mittal
Vanisha Mittal, the youngest daughter of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, definitely earned her place on this list with a wedding of ridiculous proportions that cost around $60 million. In 2004, Vanisha tied the knot with banker Amit Bhatia in France, during a week-long event full of festivities.
Her father, India’s richest man, covered all of the expenses, including flying in over 1,000 guests on private jets. The 6-day long celebration started at the Palace of Versailles and moved on to dinner at Jardin des Tuileries for a meal cooked by chefs that had also been flown in. Guests all stayed in a beautiful hotel that cost an estimated $2 million combined. Kylie Minogue was hired to perform – which cost an additional $330,000. When the party was over, everyone went home with a gift bag stuffed with luxury jewels.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Former Beatle Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at a gorgeous remote castle in Ireland in June of 2002. 300 friends and family members gathered at Castle Leslie in Glaslough to enjoy an Indian-themed celebration that cost about $3 million. McCartney’s former bandmates, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were in attendance and joined Paul on stage for a performance at one point.
Ironically enough, the venue was one of the least expensive parts of the entire production, which seems a bit odd considering it’s a castle. After the ceremony, which took place in the middle of $140,000 worth of flowers, guests were treated to a lakeside vegetarian feast. Guests were also treated to a lavish firework display in the evening.
Sir Elton John’s Wedding
Elton John’s marriage to his partner, David Furnish, happened in the midst of the UK’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2014, so the ceremony was understandably over-the-top. The couple reportedly dropped over $2 million on the celebration, which took place in England at the Windsor Estate.
The couple were fairly modest in their choice of tuxedos, spending only $10,000 for both of them. But what they saved from wardrobe, they made up for with edibles, spending upwards of $130,000 on luxuries like champagne and caviar. Celebrity friends including Ed Sheeran and Victoria Beckham attended the celebration, which came 9 years after they had already been in a civil partnership.
Angelababy Ties the Knot
Those in North America may not recognize the name above, but they may know a thing or two about Chinese actress Angel Yeung, one of the most popular actresses in the Eastern world and fondly known as the “Chinese Kim K.” Aside from her major roles in her country, she’s crossed over into international acting with smaller roles in films like Hitman: Agent 47. In 2015, Angelababy married fellow actor Huang Xiaoming, in an over-the-top ceremony that cost over $30 million.
2,000 guests were in attendance at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, but even more were watching the ceremony online. The nuptials were held in a beautiful holographic castle that looked like something straight out of a fairytale, and the cake was an impressive 10-feet tall. Yeung walked down the aisle in a gorgeous custom Dior gown made from ivory satin and tulle. In the end, Yeung spent about three times more on her special day than Kim K did on all her weddings.
Sargis Karapetyan and Salome Kintsurashvili’s Wedding
23-year old Sargis Karapetyan, son of Armenian billionaire Samvel Karapetyan, got married in an elaborate wedding ceremony in June of 2016 in Moscow. The event cost upwards of $2 million, and took place in Safisa, the same venue in which Said Gusterieve held his $1 billion celebrations earlier that year.
The groom’s father funded the entire production, including the bride’s 3 custom made gowns, one of which was a $35,000 Elie Saab. 500 guests, which included the President of Armenia, came together to enjoy a performance by Maroon 5 and a bedazzled cake that towered over everyone in the room at nearly 20-feet tall.
English soccer player Wayne Rooney married his wife, Coleen Mcloughlin at the La Cervara Abbey in Italy. Mcloughlin flew to NYC 6 different times to find the perfect wedding dress, which she finally found in the form of a $130,000 gown from Marchesa.
Rooney flew guests out to the extravagant location in private jets, and everyone had lunch on a yacht. During the ceremony, guests were each given a small box full of butterflies that they were asked to let go as they said their “I do’s.” All expenses were covered for each of the guests and in total, the event cost nearly $7 million.
A Neverland Wedding
Larry Fortensky met Elizabeth Taylor in 1988 during his stay at the Betty Ford Center, where they both checked in for substance abuse issues. The two hit it off and ended up getting married in 1991, making this the 8th time Taylor would tie the knot. The couple spent just around 2 million for the event and had it at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
The wedding, though not quite as expensive as some of the other ceremonies on the list, was still packed full of celebrities and luxury. The star-studded guest list included big names like Eddy Murphy and Liza Minnelli. The bride was walked down by Michael Jackson in her pastel Valentino gown valued at $25,000. The wedding was so high profile that members of the paparazzi were literally jumping out of planes to get inside and get some photos.
Martin Lee Ka-shing's Whopper Wedding
Director of Hong Kong and China Gas Company, Martin Lee Ka Shing, isn’t concerned about spending his money – especially when it comes to making his fiancé happy. The billionaire decided on a fairly small ceremony, with 150 guests that were all flown to Sydney for his wedding in 2006. The entire affair cost a reported $90 million – enough to provide food for an entire country.
Martin married former model and actress Cathy Tsui in a ceremony that was put together by some of the best wedding planners on the planet. The nuptials took place in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, which boasted a view of the Opera House. The bride wore a 50-carat diamond necklace, along with her new 5-carat ring.
In the ’90s, singer Mariah Carey was on top of the world. The diva was at the top of all of the Billboard charts, and she and music exec-boyfriend Tommy Mottola had a beautiful wedding ceremony. When the pair tied the knot, they reportedly only dropped about a half of a million, but when you factor in inflation, that would be about $1 million today.
The elegant affair was held in 1993 at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City. The guest list was comprised of all of the biggest names in the business, including Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy Osbourne and Barbara Streisand. Mariah walked down the aisle in a puffy Vera Wang gown with a 27-foot long train trailing behind her. The couple held an intimate but lavish reception at the Metropolitan Club after the nuptials.
An Intimate Affair
When Hollywood royalty like Blake and Ryan come together to celebrate their love, you know they’re going to do it in the biggest possible way. The adorable, fun-loving actors tied the knot in 2012, in a secretive ceremony at Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina, which just so happens to be where parts of The Notebook were filmed. The nuptials were so intimate that only 35 guests were there to witness them.
Lively wore a custom-made gown designed by Marchesa, which she later revealed that she accidentally burnt a hole in during the reception while Florence Welch (from Florence and the Machine) performed. Although the stars wouldn’t divulge exactly how much they spent on the occasion, some reports put it at least over $1 million. After all, Reynolds did give Blake a 12-carat ring, and that has to come with a big bill.
Chelsea Clinton’s Lavish Affair
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US President Bill Clinton, married investment banker and longtime friend Marc Mezvinsky in 2010. The couple had a lavish interfaith ceremony in upstate New York that was rumored to have cost nearly $5 million. Security at the event was crazy, and even included a no-fly zone over the venue, which cost an estimated $200,000.
Clinton wore a custom-made Vera Wang gown when she walked down the aisle on her father’s arm. The wedding cake was an elaborate, multi-tiered, gluten free creation, to appease Chelsea’s allergy to it, and cost over $10,000. Compared to some weddings on this list, Chelsea had a fairly small guest list of about 500 people, which included stars like Barbara Streisand, Steven Spielberg and Barack Obama.
The Marriage of Tiger Woods
Golf pro Tiger Woods went all out to impress bride-to-be Elin Nordegren when they tied the knot back in 2004. Woods rented out an entire resort in Barbados and flew in 500 roses to decorate the place. He rented not only the rooms, but the beachfront area and the golf courses, too. In total, he dropped around $2 million on the lavish affair.
Woods also reportedly booked all available spots on that day with the only helicopter company available on the island, which meant that paparazzi couldn’t do the same to get aerial views of the event. Guests that joined the couple in Barbados include sports stars like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan. Unfortunately, as incredible as the ceremony was, it wouldn’t be enough to hold the doomed couple together.
Tori Spelling Ties the Knot
90210 actress Tori Spelling got married to her boyfriend, Charlie Shanian, at the L.A mansion of her parents. While she may have saved some money on a venue, she sure made up for in other areas of the wedding, which she decided to do in Great Gatsby theme. 350 guests arrived for the affair which was organized by wedding planner to the stars, Mindy Weiss. Guests in attendance included the rest of the 90210 cast, as well as the couple’s friends and family members.
Tori walked down the aisle in an elegant lace dress, worth an estimated $50,000. The two said their “I do’s,” under a gazebo that was completely covered in roses. At the reception, everyone enjoyed drinking from a champagne fountain. The celebration lasted until after 2 am, when the last guests headed out after being handed a chocolate chip cookie and shot glass full of milk. Cute and classy!
Hollywood royalty Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones tied the knot in a spectacularly expensive and over-the-top wedding that cost over $1.5 million. The couple went with a spy theme, which began from the very moment the guests received their invitation – written in invisible ink and all.
The lavish nuptials took place at the Plaza Hotel in NYC and hosted an array of A-list guests and performers. Jack Nicholson and Sean Connery showed up to support the couple, and Jimmy Buffet and Art Garfunkel delivered amazing performances throughout the festivities. A large portion of the funds spent on the wedding went towards Catherine’s wardrobe which consisted of a $140,000 Christian Lacroix dress and a $300,000 tiara.
Sean Parker's Fairytale Wedding
Napster founder and original Facebook president Sean Parker tied the knot in a spectacular wedding that seemed to be pulled straight from a fairytale. He married Alexandra Lenas in the middle of Big Sur – something that is not inexpensive to do. In fact, he spent $2.5 million on securing the park as the venue, something that he didn’t actually have the proper permits to do. Parker dropped a whopping $10 million total to create the over-the-top event.
The affair was a mixture of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, and the forest around the ceremony truly looked enchanted. They built a cottage, gateway and dance floor which angered some due to the location but created the wedding of Parker’s dreams. The bride strolled down a long white carpet made of fur in her gold and ivory Elie Saab gown. Over 300 guests showed up for the nuptials, including Emma Watson and Sean Lennon.
Billionaire Andrey Melnichenko’s Wedding
Andrew Melnichenko is ranked as the 139th richest man in the entire world, according to Forbes. In 2005, he married model Aleksandra Kokotovic in a ridiculously expensive ceremony that cost him upwards of $30 million. Rumors swirled around that the Russian billionaire actually had a chapel shipped from his home country to France and had it put back together for the ceremony.
Superstar singers Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera were on the roster for the event’s entertainment, each of which apparently charged over $3.5 million. Kokotovic, in addition to her modeling career, was named Miss Yugoslavia in 2002.
Trump Wedding Number 2
Donald Trump married First Lady Melania back in 2005 in a moderately expensive ceremony. The lavish affair was held in Palm Beach, Florida, at the Bethesda by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. Amazingly, the celebration only cost $1 million, which doesn’t seem like much for people who literally have walls full of gold in their house, and who had a golden stroller designed for their infant.
But just because they didn’t spend nearly as much as some others on this list, doesn’t mean the ceremony wasn’t extravagant. After all, several high-profile guests were in attendance, including Hillary and Bill Clinton, Matt Lauer, Elton John and Heidi Klum. The couple even hired Billy Joel to perform for the event. Melania wore a classic and elegant gown which cost over $100,000 and accessorized with a boatload of diamonds.
The Ultimate Dog Wedding
So, before we dive into this, let’s just get this out of the way: Pet weddings. Yes, pet weddings are a thing and apparently, some people are willing to drop some serious dough on them. Take for instance Wendy Diamond, who decided in 2012 that she wanted to find the perfect dog-husband for her Coton de Tulear, Baby Hope. And she did just that when she discovered Chilly Pasternak, an awesome poodle with a unique tie-dyed fur coat. And so, it was settled, Baby Hope and Chilly Pasternak would be getting married – in an obviously over-the-top ceremony that cost over $150,000.
The venue that was chosen for the elaborate celebration was the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in NYC. An orchestra that cost a reported $15,000 was brought in to play, and Baby Hope wore a $5,000 dollar doggo dress. Another $5,000 was spent on sushi for guests to enjoy, which included both two-legged and four-legged beings. The wedding was officiated by another celebrity dog – Triumph the Insult Dog – and all proceeds from each $250 ticket went to the critical care ward of the Humane Society of New York.
Doggy Dream Day
Contrary to what you may think, pet weddings are actually pretty popular. Louise Harris, the owner of a 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier, decided to get in on the fun and marry her dog off to Mugly, a Chinese Crested that was dubbed the UK’s ugliest dog in 2005. Mugly’s human Bev Nicholson helped Harris to fund the extraordinary affair, which cost the women over $25,000.
The pet-lovers hired one of the best wedding planners in the area to ensure the event’s success. The location they decided upon was the exquisite Bradwell-on-Sea mansion in Essex, which cost nearly $3,000 to rent for the day. Close to $5,000 worth of flowers and an additional $4,000 for designers to decorate the venue also got added to the bill. The nuptials have taken the title of Britain’s priciest dog marriage.
Fantastical Feline Wedding
It turns out that dog lovers aren’t the only ones willing to spend major money on a marriage for their four-legged friends. The wedding of Phet and Ploy, two cats in Thailand, earned its rightful place on this list after it racked up a price tag over $88,000. The cats both suffer from a disease that causes cataracts and has come to be known as “diamond eyed.” In Thailand, people think that these cats are a symbol of good luck, and the owners decided to marry them in hopes that they would breed more cats with the condition.
When the big day came around, the snazzy groom rolled up in a Rolls Royce. The bride, on the other hand, arrived by helicopter. The cats were dressed in matching, flamboyant pink outfits, full of ruffles and lace. 500 guests arrived at the ceremony to support the affair and brought plenty of gifts with them. In total, the cats received over $60,000 worth of items and cash. The owners donated the proceeds to an animal rights charity.
You Could Have A Glamorous Wedding, Too
f you’ve always wanted to have an elaborate, over-the-top wedding of your very own, you can – for $2.5 million, anyways. One AAA Five Diamond resort in Mexico put together a destination wedding package fit for a king and queen, and the amenities are truly mind blowing.
InStyle divulged that the Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya is promoting their seriously awesome customizable marriage-fest that includes your choice of A-list musician. Celebs that are available to choose from include Meghan Trainor, Lenny Kravitz and Kelly Clarkson, just to name a few. But that’s not all that comes along with this insanely-awesome experience…
Your Chance for an Elaborate Wedding of Your Own
So, what else is included in the destination wedding package in Mexico? For one, Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars will choreograph your first dance as a married couple. The bride will be decked out in an amazing, custom-made gown by Michael Costello – who has designed for Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.
The wedding will be one big party, with a ridiculous amount of customizable decorations all around the resort, including flatware engraved with your names. A lavish fireworks display will make for some amazing visual entertainment. Aside from the performances from the star of your choice, one of the best DJ’s available will be provided so you and your guests can dance to your favorite music all night!