#weddings are indeed one of the most special moments in everyone’s life. No doubt, they are celebrated with utmost fervor, and at times these events turn out to be highly extravagant. This is very common among celebrities and royals who fashion their weddings in the most expensive way splurging millions and grabbing the limelight.
For these elite few, their wedding ceremonies have been etched in history as the most lavish weddings of all times. Let us see some of the most shockingly extravagant wedding ceremonies ever held!
10.Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar – $2.5 million
The $2.5 million of actress Elizabeth Hurley and businessman Arun Nayar in March 2007 was a grand affair with two ceremonies – one a traditional Christian wedding at Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire in the UK and a Hindu wedding at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur in India.
The 8-day celebration included costs of private jets worth $300,000, accommodations worth $100,000 and $10,000 for a bridal suite.
The guest list included popular names like Sir Elton John, David Beckham, and Donatella Versace. In England, a short romantic film that starred the couple was screened before their wedding to the guests who enjoyed every bit of it.
The film was all about Liz and Arun’s beautiful love story. Back in India, the guests who came to be a part of the Hindu wedding ritual enjoyed a one-of-a-kind Indian experience full of lavish song and dance ceremonies and a sumptuous buffet. Unfortunately, the couple got divorced on June 15, 2011.
9. Liza Minnelli and David Guest – $3.5 million
Actress and singer Liza Minnelli wedded American entertainer David Alan Gest in the year 2002 at an insane cost of $3.5 million.
The fourth wedding of Minnelli was a star-studded affair with Dame Elizabeth Taylor being the maid of honor and Michael Jackson serving as the best man.
Popular names in the esteemed guest list included Whitney Houston, Barbara Walters, Anthony Hopkins, Diana Ross and Sir Elton John. The couple married in what is said to be an “emotional affair” at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Sadly, even the vintage champagne treat and an exquisite 12 layer wedding cake could not make the marriage last for more than 16 months.
8. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills – $3 million
The Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney tied the knot with his model girlfriend Heather Mills on June 11, 2002, in an Irish castle at an Indian themed wedding. The flamboyant event took place at St Salvador’s Church in Ireland, and the glamorous celebration was worth a galloping amount of $3 million. The secret 300 people guest list included many from the rich and famous league with reports that all the Beatles stars, Bill Clinton and Heads of State from various countries also graced the occasion.
The wedding party featured a performance by Indian dancers and guests feasted on delectable vegetarian dishes. The decorations comprised of massive flower decorations costing $145,000 and fireworks worth $ 150,000. Sadly, the marriage lasted for only six years with McCartney calling the union as the “mistake of the decade.”
7. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky – $5 million
Former US President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s only child Chelsea Clinton wedded longtime boyfriend and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky on July 31st, 2010 in an affluent ceremony at Astor Courts estate in New York.
The $ 5 million wedding cost boasted of air-conditioned tents worth $600,000, a Vera Wang strapless bridal gown worth $15,000 and a gluten-free 5-foot wedding cake worth $10,000. The secret guest list included celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey who were treated to deluxe pampering and a lavish feast surely to remain etched in their memory forever. The wedding caught the interest of the paparazzi with the local roads closed and the presence of tight security.
6. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin – $5 million
Manchester United football sensation Wayne Rooney married his longtime girlfriend, Coleen McLoughlin on June 12, 2008, in an outrageously lavish wedding ceremony that pushed back the highest paid footballer by $5 million.
The couple exchanged vows at the Villa Durazzo, a 17th-century palace in Italy. The bride’s Marchesa gown was worth an eye-watering £200,000, and she is known to spend £85,000 for flying to New York for her dress fittings.
The wedding rings were priced at £100,000. Guests were flown in private jets to join the four-day celebrations which included a masked ball, champagne breakfast, lunch on a luxury yacht. There was a live performance by Coleen’s favorite band Westlife for which the cost came to £400,000. The wedding was kept a low key affair owing to a magazine deal.
5. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – $12 million
The opulent wedding ceremony of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West held at Forte di Belvedere in the city of Florence was worth $12 million. The ceremony took place at an exquisite Italian venue on which the duo shelled out $ 410,000.
The bride walked the aisle in a $500,000 custom made ivory wedding dress featuring pearls and lace panels and her Balmain heels of $40,000 grabbed the massive attention of the media. It is reported that Kim’s dress was so pricey and precious that it had a hotel room of its own.
The other highlights of the grand occasion were the 7 feet vanilla cake worth $ 6,800, rare flower decorations of $ 136,000, a glam squad was employed for the guests at a massive cost of $65,000, and they were accommodated in hotel rooms that cost $750 per night.
The scrumptious feast was prepared by top Italian chefs Giorgio Pinchiorri and Annie Feolde who run a restaurant in Florence and charge $90 for a plate of spaghetti. The pictures of the couple’s exorbitant wedding still rule the internet and are indeed one of the most iconic and expensive marriage extravaganzas to have taken place. Since then the ups and downs of the couples married life have always created headlines.
4. Prince William and Kate Middleton – $434,000
The fairytale wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place on April 29, 2011, and it was a globally watched affair. From the wedding ring of $136000 to the $80000 cake and the $800,000 spent on flowers every lavish arrangement of the wedding became news. The bride wore a beautiful Alexander McQueen dress that seemed to be woven by bluebirds and straight out of a fairytale. After all, the price of it was $ 434,000. Prince William, on the other hand, looked like a shining knight in armor in his Irish Guards Officer’s uniform.
The guests were accommodated in luxury suites worth $550 per night. $32 million which was a major chunk of the wedding expense went to security arrangements. The Queen at the Buckingham Palace hosted a royal lunchtime reception.
The wedding cake had a British theme and was an eight layered traditional fruit cake frosted with white icing and cream and decorated with 900 flowers made out of sugar paste. No doubt the media is all set to get to know every detail of the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
3. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia – $60 million
It was a wedding that was defined by sheer opulence, glitz, glamour, itinerary and locales. Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter Vanisha Mittal married London based banker Amit Bhatia, the owner of Swordfish Investments in a grand ceremony that boasts a total expense of $60 million.
The wedding took place on June 22, 2004, at the Palace of Versailles and other events were held at Vaux-le-Vicomte and Jardin Les Tuileries. The invites were sent to guests in silver boxes and included flight tickets along with rooms at a five-star hotel in the dream city of Paris.
It was a six-day grand affair featuring a live performance by Kylie Minogue and various Bollywood stars. The family even enacted a play to celebrate their togetherness and happiness. The guests were flown in chartered jet planes and were treated to complementary Mouton Rothschild wine and designer bags of jewels. They were treated to spa and beauty treatments and were even provided individual mobile phones each. Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower gardens were one of the major highlights of this highly affluent wedding the world had ever seen. Indeed this was the most outrageously expensive weddings to have taken place in recent times.
2. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer – $70 million
It was labeled as the “Wedding of the century” for reasons galore. Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in what you call a “princely affair” on the July 29, 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral. Graced by the royals, the $70 million wedding grabbed the attention of over $2 million spectators and a world television audience of about $750 million.
Prince Charles fell head over heels for a pre-school teacher who later went on to become the Princess of Wales and one of the most iconic personalities in the world. She was all of 20 when she got married to Prince Charles in one of the most stunning affairs of all times. Diana wore a puffball white gown that had a 25-foot sumptuous trail of antique lace and ivory taffeta. The gown featured sequins, intricate hand embroidery and was adorned with 10,000 pearls.
No doubt the gown was worth $13,000 and has been written down in history as the most elegant and expensive wedding gowns in the fashion world. The images of Princess Diana in her wedding garb still look like a scene to relish. Picture perfect! On the other hand, Prince Charles was dressed in his naval commander uniform and looked handsome indeed breaking the hearts of millions of female fans worldwide.
The bride resembling no less than a fairy arrived in a glass coach with her father Earl Spencer at the venue. The major part of the budget was endowed with security and crowd control which was $ 600,000. There were 27 wedding cakes and the main cake. All that came along with a duplicate cake that was prepared as a backup option in case of an accident. The cake preparation itself took a surprising period of 14 weeks to complete.
1. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Princess Salama – $ 100 million
The seven-day wedding ceremony of the Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan with Princess Salama in the year 1981 was a royal affair with the wedding cost soaring to a whopping $ 100 million. News channels far and wide reported about the shockingly overgenerous wedding much to the amazement of the audience.
The wedding turned out to be one of the most talked about affairs across the globe. A stadium with seating capacity for 20,000 people was set up for the seven-day wedding function. The groom personally visited every town of the emirate and fed every single person in the province and gave away gifts. The gifts for the beautiful bride were transported by 20 camels decked in jewels as part of the upscale wedding ritual. #celebrity
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