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.
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!
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.
Billionaire Andrey Melnichenko's Wedding
Andrew Melnichenko is ranked as one of the richest men 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.