It’s almost time for Prince William and Kate Middleton to tie the knot, and it will be one of those “dream” weddings for most brides around the world. But besides royal nuptials, there have been other weddings where money was not an issue. Here are some of the most expensive weddings ever recorded, as reported by eListMania.
Do you remember beautiful Melania’s dress by Christian Dior? It weighed 60 lbs. and it was embellished with 1,500 rhinestones and pearls (cost: $200,000). The couple’s Grand Marnier cake weighed 200 lbs. Tony Bennett and Billy Joel entertained the guests (Bill and Hillary Clinton, Shaquille O’Neal and Rudy Giuliani just to mention a few).
9 – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (November 18, 2006) – $2 million
Tom and Katie got married with a Scientology ceremony that was attended by many Hollywood stars at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. Giorgio Armani designed the entire bridal party attire and Andrea Bocelli performed at their ceremony.
8 – Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar (March 2, 2007) – $2.5 million
Their eight-day wedding celebration spanned Europe and Asia, with a ceremony at Sudeley Castle in Britain for Hurley’s family and friends, and a second traditional Hindu wedding in India for Nayar’s people. Elton John gave Hurley away.
7 – Paul McCartney and Heather Mills (June 11, 2002) – $3 million
300 guests attended the ceremony at Castle Leslie in Ireland. The wedding celebration included fireworks, a pageant, and traditional Indian dancers.
6 – Liza Minnelli and David Gest (March 16, 2002) – $3.5 million
Liza’s fourth wedding took place at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City in front of more than 850 guests. Michael Jackson was the best man and Natalie Cole sang “Unforgettable”. The 12-tier cake was 6 foot tall ($40,000) and the couple spent more than $700,000 on flowers.
5 – Delphine Arnault and Alessandro Vallarino Gancia (September 24, 2005) – Over $7 million
She is the daughter of Bernard Arnault (founder, chairman and CEO of LVMH that includes Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi) and one of the richest women in the world. He is heir to the Italian dynasty of Gancia wines. No wonder their marriage (celebrated in Gironde, France) is in this list… Delphine’s dress was designed by John Galliano for Dior, and the guest list included personalities of the business world, politics and fashion.
4 – Colleen McLaughlin and Wayne Rooney (June 12, 2008) – $15 million
The couple married in romantic Portofino, Italy with a four-day lavish celebration on a yacht (only 64 guests attended and they were flown in on five private jets). The bride wore a cream strapless organza dress by Marchesa and a pair of towering white Christian Louboutin with crystal-encrusted heels.
Vikram, the son of a New York hotelier, and Priya, a model/actress got married during a ten-day celebration across India. 600 guests from 26 countries attended the wedding and they included several celebrities (former President Clinton toasted the couple).
2 – Aleksandra Kokotovic and Andrei Melnichenko (September 3, 2005) – $30 million
The union of the Russian billionaire and the former Miss Yugoslavia in France had a star-studded guest list and included performances by Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston. The reception was catered by world-famous chef Alain Ducasse.
1 – Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia (June 20, 2004) – $78 million
Yes, this is how much billionaire Lakshmi Mittal spent for his daughter Vanisha’s marriage that took place at a 17th-century castle in France. The wedding extravaganza lasted six days and it included over 1,000 guests including leading Indian industrialists and Bollywood stars. And that’s not all: invitations were sent out in a 20-page silver book, the reception featured 100 different dishes prepared by a top Calcutta chef, and the wine tab reached $1.5 million.