Revealing The Most Expensive Weddings Ever

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Tori Spelling And Charlie Shanian – $1 Million

It is well known that the former Beverly 90210 actress is married to Dean McDermott, with whom she shares four children. However, Tori Spelling was, in fact, married before marrying her current husband, and she tied the knot to Charlie Shanian in 2004. Their wedding took place at Spelling’s father’s mansion – famous producer, Aaron Spelling – where Tori wore a $50,000 Badgley Mischka Gown. On top of this, the couple spent more than $100,000 on their wedding rings and flowers, so you can just imagine how lavish this event was.

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Elton John And David Furnish – $1.5 Million

In 2005, Elton John and his long-term boyfriend, David Furnish, were finally able to tie the knot in a lavish wedding ceremony. The couple organized the event after the legalization of civil unions in the UK was settled and invited 600 guests to Windsor’s Guildhall for the affair. Guests got to enjoy $300 bottles of pink champagne and also got to watch as Elton John sang “Your Song” to his new husband. That would have certainly been a treat for all the guests and not just David!

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Prince Charles And Princess Diana – $48 Million

The 1981 Royal Wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was undoubtedly one of the most lavish weddings of the century. After all, the future king of England was getting married and was televised around the world, meaning millions were tuning in to watch the royal couple say their “I Dos.” The affair had 3,500 guests and 27 wedding cakes, which is certainly not what you expect to find at any average wedding – but then again, they were definitely not your average couple.

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Salma Hayek And Francois Henri Pinault – $3.5 Million

It seems that money is not an issue when you marry a billionaire, and that was certainly the case when it came to Salma Hayek’s wedding to Francois Henri Pinault. The couple tied the knot in 2009 at Le Fenice Theatre in Venice, Italy, which certainly makes for a romantic destination. It was not just a wedding, but a star-studded affair, with famous faces attending such as Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz. To top off the extravagant affair, the newlyweds had Bono perform at their nuptials.

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Liza Minnelli And David Gest – $4.2 Million

When Michael Jackson is best man and Elizabeth Taylor is the maid of honor, you know you’re in for a special wedding. When Liza Minnelli and David Gest married in 2002, their nuptials cost the former couple a whopping $4.2 million. With 1,200 guests in attendance, the couple certainly gave them a night to remember with a 60-piece orchestra for the music and a 12-tier wedding cake. If Michael Jackson gave them a sight of his moonwalk, then they were certainly in for a treat.

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Grace Kelly And Prince Rainier III – Tens Of Millions

Their exact sum is unknown, but the wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainer of Monaco was certainly no expenses spared wedding. The Oscar-winning actress had told her sister in her younger years that, “One day I’m going to be a princess.” She certainly did, and with a 12-carat diamond engagement ring and a yacht as a wedding gift from the groom to his bride, you can imagine how lavish this affair was. The wedding was watched by 30 million people when it was broadcasted live in Europe.

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George Clooney And Amal Alamuddin – $4.6 Million

The world watched on as one of the most famous bachelors was finally tying the knot to Amal Alamuddin in a lavish wedding in Venice. George Clooney had waited a long time for this, so by the time he was ready to get married, he was ready to cover the travel bill for all his guests. The couple spent $3 million alone on 95 hotel rooms at the Cipriani hotel. Amal’s gown was costly at a whopping $380,000, but Clooney kept it more simple with his tux just costing $5,000.

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Prince William And Kate Middleton – $34 Million

Not quite the same extravagance as his parents, but that is not to say Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton had any expenses spared. Costing an outrageous $35 million, much of the sum went on covering the security for the nuptials when it was held in London in 2011. Kate’s gown came to an eye-watering $400,000 alone, and the cake was an astounding $80,000. You can see how the bill would have been pretty high for this royal wedding, but then again, did you expect anything less?

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Kim Kardashian And Kris Humphries – $10 Million

This marriage may have only lasted 72 days, but for that alone, we certainly cannot forget the celebration of reality star Kim Kardashian and her ex-husband, Kris Humphries. Not expecting anything less from the Kardashian clan, the wedding bore no expense, and with 3 Vera Wang dresses, and every last detail thought out, it sure lived up to expectation. Good thing they got paid to televise their ceremony and had E! to cover their expenses because this is not a wedding they will want to remember now.

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Sheikh Mohammed Rashid al Maktoum And Hind Bint Maktoum – $137 Million

In 1979, the most expensive wedding ever was held in Dubai at a monumentous $137 million. The wedding, which holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive wedding ever held, was for Sheikh Mohammed Rashid al Maktoum and Hind Bint Maktoum, who was just 17-years-old and his first cousin. With his family being responsible for transforming Dubai into one of the world’s most luxurious spots, the cost was never an issue for this wedding. They even built a stadium that seated 20,000 just for the ceremony.

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Vanisha Mittal And Amit Bhatia – $60 Million

When Vanisha and Amit married in 2004, their wedding lasted a total of six days. Taking place at a 16th-century chateau, Palace of Versailles, and a contemporary wooden castle, 1,000 guests were flown over by private jet to attend the wedding in France. The invitations included a plane ticket and rooms at a five-star hotel, which were mailed in silver boxes. So, before the wedding even began, you knew it would be an elaborate event. Guests enjoyed meals by chefs who were flown in from India and entertained musically by Kylie Minogue.

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Said Gutseriev And Khadija Uzhakhovs – $1 Billion 

When the son of Russian oligarch and billionaire Mokhail Gutseriev married Khadija Uzhakhovs, it was sure to be the most lavish and opulent affair, with some even describing it as “frankly, insane.” The Moscow wedding cost up to $1 billion, which covered luxury vehicles, an elaborate display of fresh flowers from the floor-to-ceiling, and the bride covered head-to-toe in diamonds. Her gown weighed 25 pounds and Jennifer Lopez, Sting, and Enrique Iglesias were also in attendance to provide entertainment for the guests.

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Angelababy And Huang Xiaoming – $31 Million

The Kim Kardashian of China is actress, singer, and model Angela Yeung, who goes by the stage name “Angelababy”. She married actor Huang Xiaoming in 2015. The price of their lavish affair covered their $1.5 million diamond rings and goodie bags for guests which included cell phones. The bride wore a Christian Dior couture gown with a 10-foot-long train that took five months to make. To add to the extravaganza, the ceremony was live streamed so everyone could get in on the action.

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Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel – $6.5 Million

The world followed as Justin Timberlake had a string of celebrity girlfriends, but it was actress Jessica Biel who finally stole his heart and the two wed in 2012. They tied the knot in Puglia, Italy where they hired the entire Borgo Egnazia luxury hotel and guests watched Biel walk down the aisle in a custom Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown. The best part, however, was when Justin serenaded his new bride with a song he wrote for her as she walked down the aisle.

 

Michael Jordan And Yvette Prieto – $10 Million

Even with this being his second marriage, Michael Jordan has the privilege of being the world’s most famous basketball player, so he was able to splurge on the cost of his wedding again. Seriously not holding back on expenses, Michael Jordan’s wedding to model Yvette Prieto cost $10 million and was a truly star-studded event. In attendance was Tiger Woods, Spike Lee, Patrick Ewing, and more. For the musical entertainment of the event, guests were serenaded by Usher.

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Elizabeth Hurley And Arun Nayar – $2.5 Million

Elizabeth Hurley’s wedding to Indian businessman Arun Nayar in March 2007 took place in two different countries – England and India. The event took place in the medieval Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire and guests were also treated to private jet transportation which cost $300,000. When hotel accommodation for their guests cost the couple $100,000, thinking of all the other expenses needed to cover the wedding, you can see how they reach $2.5 million easily. Unfortunately, this union was not to last and the couple divorced in 2011.

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Paul McCartney And Heather Mills – $3 Million

He is one quarter of one of the most successful bands in history, so when Paul McCartney married Heather Mills, it is no surprise that this would be an expensive and lavish wedding. At a total of $3 million, the couple spent $145,000 on the flowers and rented out a castle for $40,000. Guests in attendance would have been honored to watch Paul and his former band members, George and Ringo, perform a song named ‘Heather.’

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Catherine Zeta-Jones And Michael Douglas – $1.5 Million

Unlike many people on this list, this celebrity Hollywood couple is still together, making their wedding celebration all the more worth it. Before the actual wedding event, guests were sent invites written in holograms, and among those in attendance would be famous friends such as Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, and Michael Caine. The Hollywood actress walked down the aisle in a $140,000 Christian Lacroix gown, but the diamond tiara she wore for the event was allegedly more expensive than the dress!

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Elizabeth Taylor And Larry Fortensky – $2.5 Million

By the time Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky, she was already getting married for the eighth time, so she was hopeful this would be the last. In which case, the couple splurged $2.5 million on their wedding which took place at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The 160 guest list included names such as Quincy Jones, Macaulay Culkin, Nancy Reagan, and Liza Minnelli. The star-studded guest list certainly attracted the paparazzi who took to flying over the ranch in helicopters to capture the event. Sadly, the marriage only lasted five years.

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Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes – $3 Million

Having dated for some time before tying the knot, the wedding of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise was a highly anticipated one in Hollywood. The couple invited their guests to Odescalchi Castle in Italy where they watched both couples dressed in Giorgio Armani, as well as their young daughter, Suri. Their guest list included fellow Scientology follower John Travolta, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the Beckhams, Jim Carey and more. While this 2006 nuptial may have been long-awaited, the couple went on to split up in 2012.

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Delphine Arnault And Alessandro Vallarino Gancia — $7 million

When the heiress to the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) empire gets married to an heir of a dynasty of Italian winemakers, you know this is going to be a lavish and excessive wedding. Delphine Arnault and Alessandro Vallarino Gancia married in south-western France in September 2005. The bride wore a couture gown from the House of Dior and exchanged their vows at a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route. Unfortunately, their marriage ended in 2010.

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Petra Ecclestone And James Stunt – $19 Million

Petra Ecclestone, daughter of billionaire Formula One racing tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, married British entrepreneur James Stunt at the Castello Orsini-Odescalchi in August 2011. The three-day long event in Italy included performances from musical legends such as Andrea Bocelli, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, and the Black Eyed Peas. Guests drank from bottles of wine which were around $6,500 a piece, and there were even royal family members in attendance. As for the bride’s dress, her Vera Wang gown was reported to have cost $130,000.

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Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith – $1.5 Million

It is no surprise that James Bond would have one of the most extravagant and expensive weddings, and Piers Brosnan certainly lived up to the expectation. His wedding included a 7-tier-cake which was a replica of the one served at John F. Kennedy’s wedding to Jackie O.

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Trista Rehn And Ryan Sutter – $4 Million

These two lovebirds met on reality show The Bachelorette when Trista chose Ryan as the winner for the show. The two married in a televised episode of the series in 2003. They are the first of all couples from the series to get married and are still going strong. Their wedding marked the season finale of the show, with the pair being paid $1 million by ABC to televise their wedding. The episode drew in 26 million viewers, making it one of the most watched episodes in the series’ history.

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Christina Aguilera And Jordan Bratman – $2 Million

When one of the biggest singers in the world was set to wed her boyfriend Jordan Bratman, you just knew it was going to be a spectacle. Christina Aguilera married her producer boyfriend in a traditional Jewish wedding in 2005 and the family rented a private vineyard for the nuptials to take place. Christina wore an $80,000 Christian Lacroix gown, with white roses and crystals covering the tents where the ceremony took place. The pair shares a son but the marriage was not to last and the couple divorced in 2011.

 

Wayne Rooney And Coleen McLoughlin – $8 Million

Since he is one of the highest paid footballers of all time, Wayne Rooney could afford to spend some money on his wedding to Coleen McLoughlin. The English professional footballer and his wife splurged $8 million on their wedding in 2008. The teenage sweethearts spread their celebrations over four days making it a long affair for all their guests. These guests were flown on private jets, and also served pizza at the reception, so the couple certainly kept the element of surprise for the event.

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Madonna And Guy Ritichie – $1.5 Million

They are both big names in their own right, so when Madonna and Guy Ritchie decided to tie the knot, they became a truly powerful couple. The Material Girl singer and her British filmmaker husband rented out all the rooms at Scotland’s Skibo Castle for their A-list guest list. This guest list included Gwenyth Paltrow, Sting, and Trudie Styler. Madonna wore the same diamond tiara that was once worn by the Royal Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, giving her a true royal edge to her wedding.

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Prince Al Muhtadee Billah of Brunei And Sarah Salleh Wedding – $6 Million

Sarah Salleh was just 17 years old when she married 30-year-old Prince Al Muhtadee Billah of Brunei. The Royal wedding took place in 2004 in front of 2000 guests who were entertained with a firework display and had 100 limousines ready and waiting for family members and guests from around the world. The wedding, of course, had other royal guests, with The Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan and Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester also in attendance. The wedding was dubbed the “Asian wedding of the year.”

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Carrie Underwood And Mike Fisher – $500,000

While this wedding may be at the lower end of the costly weddings, it still beats out the average wedding cost! When Carrie Underwood married her hockey player husband Mike Fisher, the pair rented out the entire Ritz Carlton Lodge resort which holds 251 rooms. Their guests had free reign of the hotel’s private lake and golf course, and they would also be rubbing shoulders with some famous faces. Carrie invited her fellow American Idol judges to her nuptials, who were sure to bring a show to the wedding!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – $30 Million+

While the couple may not be married just yet, their upcoming nuptials are rumored to be costing a whopping $32 million. Falling just short of the cost for Harry’s elder brother, Prince William, the Royal Wedding is sure to pull out all the stops when the world watches Harry marry his American actress girlfriend. Since the wedding will be outside of London and held at Windsor Castle, the cost for security will be much lower than that of the previous royal wedding.

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