Do you think people attend weddings just to see two people getting married? Well, no. They are there for the whole deal- the carnations blooming in little china vases, tables with scented soy candles, arrangement of gorgeous crockery from Harrod’s, dinner parties hosted by celebrity chefs and tall lit fountains that remind you of a Disney movie. Although wedding is a very private ceremony, it is mostly unveiled in all its grandeur. There have been a number of people who have spent humongous amount of money for their nuptials, that will burn your credit cards!
15. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Married inside the 15th century Odescalchi Castle known as Bracciano, 10 years ago their wedding was every going-to-be-married couple’s dream come true. Katie wore two custom gowns by Giorgio Armani- one of which was covered with thousands of Swaroski crystals and took 350 hours to make. The wedding had a star studded guest list like Will Smith and his wife, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, John Travolta, Jim Carrey and Tom’s ex wife Nicole Kidman with their two children. The whole wedding costed the couple 3 million dollars
14. Liza Minnelli and David Gest
When singer and actress, Liza Minnelli married her husband number 4, producer David Gest; the wedding could have had a movie of it’s own! Guess who walked Liza down the aisle? Micheal Jackson! The wedding had 850 guests on the invites, and never had the Fifth Avenue seen so many celebrities at one place together. The beautiful 6ft cake just added a cherry on top.
13. Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky
Chelsea Clinton married her long time beau Mark Mezvinsky on July 31st 2010 infront of 400 near and dear ones at Astor Courts Estate in Rhinebeck, NYC. Everything in this wedding was perfect, the 11 tier vegan cake from La Tulipe Desserts which costed about 11,000$ and the roses and hydrangeas, in a purple/pink/blue color were designed by Jeff Leatham, artistic director of Four Seasons George V in Paris. The dinner was catered by St. Regis Hotel in NYC.
12. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin
Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney married his childhood sweetheart Coleen McLoughlin way back in 2008 but it is too expensive to forget. 8 million dollars can obviously be unforgettable. Coleen had 3 dress changes that day, one for civil service, one for the religious ceremony and one for the reception; all designed by Marchesa and footwear was crafted by Christian Louboutin. The wedding took place in a 330 year old villa and continued in the Riviera resort of Santa Margherita Ligure at a 17th century Villa.
11. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
The black and white themed wedding was huge affair. The wedding held at a private estate in Montecito, California. Kim wore three custom made Vera Wang wedding gowns during the wedding ceremony. Robin Thicke performed a blend of ‘Angels’ and ‘Let’s stay together’ for the first dance of the newly weds. Kylie and Kendall along with Kris’s sister Kyela were bridesmaids and all of them wore Vera Wang. The 6 foot tall black and white cake designed by Hansen Cakes in LA costed about $20,000.
10. Donald J. Trump and Melania Knauss
Notoriously famous President of USA tied knot to his Slovene bride at Bethesda, by the Sea Episcopal Church and the reception took place at Trump’s oceanfront estate Mar-a-Lago, said to be modeled after Versaillies. Melania wore a 13 carat emerald cut diamond ring and a wedding gown designed by Christian Dior which is said to be costed around $100,000.
9. Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev
Set over 3 locations in India- party in Mumbai, theme wedding in Udaipur and grand royal reception Delhi, it was a week long carnival and included guests Bill Clinton, Deepak Chopra, Saira Mohan, Naomi Campbell and P. Diddy. Discovery Travel and Lifestyle covered the entire wedding for it’s series on grand weddings.
8. Prince Abdul Malik & Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah
Crystal studded shoes, bouquets made of jewels, and mind boggling splendor were all synonymous to this mega wedding. Son of Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest men in the world married his bride in the largest residential palace of around 1,778 rooms. They wore matching gold outfits and the bride carried a bejeweled bouquet. Raabi’atul, the blushing bride sported a diamond necklace with a central pendent of the emeralds the size of grapes, and a matching brooch of two egg shaped emeralds. She also wore a customized Christian Louboutin heels with a chunky gold anklet. The wedding with all the luxuries costed $30 million.
7. Prince William and Kate Middleton
The wedding certainly lived up to the hysteria surrounding it. The wedding ceremony started with the two Princes paying a tribute to the their mother Princess Diana in their speeches at the evening reception. Later the party gave some serious firework goals, along with a performance from Ellie Goulding which changed the throne room into a massive night club. The wedding itself was a public holiday in UK. Kate wore an Alexander McQueen which was modern and traditional at the same time and the Prince wore Irish Guards mounted officer’s uniform. The wedding gathered 72 million live stream views on youtube. The wedding costed the British Royal family $34 million.
6. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
One of the most expensive big fat Indian weddings ever. The celebrations happened at the 17th century Chateau Vaux le Vicomte in Paris whereas the engagement was held at the Palace of Versailles, for which cooks were flown in from India. Kylie Minougue performed at the reception followed by the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower.
5. Prince Alber II and Charlene Wittstock
Prince Alber II, the prince of Monaco married his beloved bride Charlene in 2011 at Prince’s Palace of Monaco. The bride wore a wedding gown designed by Giorgio Armani whowas one of their guests as well. A two day public holiday was announced for their wedding celebrations and the whole wedding is said to have costed $65 million.
4. Prince Charles and Princess Diana
The wedding made fairy tales come true when Lady Diana got down from her Glass Coach with her father and walked down the aisle wearing the most magnificent gown ever with 10,000 pearls which valued around 31,000 euros. The dress was designed by Elizabeth and David Emmanuel and had a 25 foot train made of ivory taffeta and antique lace. The couple had 27 wedding cakes and 3,500 guests. The wedding has said to be costed the Royal British Treasury $70 million.
3. Subrata Roy’s Son’s Double Wedding
11,000 guests, 100 different cuisines, performances by Shiamak Davar group and British Symphony Orchestra and celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Aishwarya Rai and Anil Ambani. Need I say more about the huge fiasco that is said to be the most expensive Indian wedding in the world which has a mind numbing price tag of $102 million.
2. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Princess Salama
Crown prince of Abu Dhabi married Princess Salama in a grand mass wedding ceremony where 100 other couples also took part. A huge set up of ‘royal celebration village’ of multiple tent structures were constructed, 4000 guests were part of the ceremony and a huge stage area was put up for traditional Emirati performances. The wedding costed a whopping $100 million.
1. Said Gutseriev and Khadija Uzhakhova
The most expensive wedding in the world was a fiasco which astounded the world, where Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce performed and where the bride wore a custom made Ellie Saab wedding gown which costed $1 million. The guests were presented with a delicate gold box engraved with the couple’s name and date of the wedding. The wedding is said to be costed $1 billion.