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.
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 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.
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 it in other areas of the wedding, which she decided to do in a 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!