Which celebrities splashed the most cash on their wedding day?
Who: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Cost: $6 million
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries tied the knot in August last year, in a ridiculously star-studded ceremony at a private estate in Montecito, California. Kim wore THREE custom-made Vera Wang gowns (each reportedly costing around $25,000), as well as a whopping $10 million worth of borrowed diamond jewels, which centered around a 65-karat Lorraine Schwartz headpiece. The total cost of their nuptials? A cool $6 million. Sadly their marriage wasn’t such a fairy tale, lasting just 72 days.
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Who: Kate Moss and Jamie Hince
Cost: £1 million
Kate Moss and Jamie Hince tied the knot in July last year, in an intimate ceremon held at St Peter’s Church in the Cotswolds. Kate wore a custom made vintage-inspired gown John Galliano gown, and was shadowed by 16 beautiful bridesmaids. After the ceremony, guests headed back to Moss’s £2million Cotswolds home for the first of a three-day reception. All in all? Kate and Jamie’s wedding reportedly came in at around £1 million.
Who: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Cost: £50 million
Prince William married sweetheart Kate Middleton in the ceremony of the century in April last year. With a fairytale wedding comes a fairytale pricetag, and it’s estimated the royal couple spent a whopping £50 million on their nuptials. With nearly 1,900 guests, including the Beckhams, Elton John and royalty from around the globe, several bespoke Sarah Burton gowns, and Ellie Goulding singing at the reception, we can see how the costs mounted up!
Who: Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Cost: £3.2 million
Daughter of former US president Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York in July 2010, reportedly splashing out around £3.2 million on the country mansion nuptials. The happy couple celebrated with 500 guests and is thought to have spent £400,000 on tents, £70,000 on tables and crockery and a staggering £320,000 on flowers. The bride’s dress, designed by Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang, was rumoured to have cost a cool £16,000, while the jewellery she wore on the day was worth £160,000. The cake alone cost £7,000 and security a further £130,000. Phew!
Hilary Duff’s wedding was something of complete awe.
Who: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Cost: $2 million
Tom pulled out all the stops for his November 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes. The couple tied the knot at the 15th Century Odescalchi Castle in Italy in a ceremony attended by their long list of power pals, including David and Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. The lucky bride wore a bespoke off-the-shoulder ivory silk gown, specially designed by Cruise’s pal Girogio Armani, and guests tucked into a five-tiered white chocolate wedding cake decorated with marzipan roses. The top treat of the night? Cruise serenading new wife Katie with a version of the Righteous Brothers ‘You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling’. Swoon…
Who: Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt
Cost: £12 million
Petra Ecclestone married British entrepreneur James Stunt in August last year, with her parents reportedly splashing a whopping £12 million on the ceremony. The wedding took place in the Italian medieval town of Bracciano, where the bride walked down the aisle in Vera Wang, while the Black Eyed Peas performed to guests including the Hiltons, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Petra’s father, Bernie Ecclestone, later commented that the costs were absurd, but would you expect anything less from the Ecclestones?
Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert of Monaco literally had a red carpet wedding.
Who: Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
Cost: $3-3.5 million
Salma Hayek married French businessman, François-Henri Pinault in April 2009 in a lavish ceremony at La Fenice opera house in Venice. The intimate affair was witnessed by 150 close family and friends, including Penelope Cruz, Charlize Theron, Ed Norton, Bono, and Anna Wintour, and the bride walked down the aisle in a Balenciaga gown. After the nuptials, guests serenaded the bride and groom with a rendition of Over The Rainbow, while Salma, Woody Harrelson and Charlize joined Bono on stage to sing Stand By Me. What a wedding…
Michael Buble and Luisa Lopitano greeted fans after their nuptials.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were the definition of love on their wedding day.
Who: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Cost: $1 million
Once seen as Hollywood’s golden couple, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston married in July 2000 on the Malibu estate of TV producer Marcy Carsey. Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz and Aniston’s Friends co-stars Courteney Cox and David Schwimmer were among the 200-strong guest-list and Aniston dazzled in a floor-sweeping gown by Lawrence Steele, teamed with suede Manolo Blahnik heels. A magical fireworks display lit up the night sky and hundreds of candles illuminated the reception tent, while 50,000 flowers created what’s been described as a ‘Zen garden look’. Definitely worth the money…
Who: Elton John and David Furnish
Cost: £1 million
Pop legend Elton John was quick to get a ring on partner David Furnish’s finger – the couple married in the first week that Britain legalised civil unions in December 2005. The pair exchanged vows – and diamond wedding bands – at Windsor’s Guildhall, where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married eight months earlier. Over 600 guests sipped on vintage pink Champagne in two huge heated tents situated in Elton’s Windsor mansion. And, of course, Elton serenade his husband with a poignant performance of Your Song. Ahh….
Who: Coleen and Wayne Rooney
Cost: £5 million
In 2008, at an eye-watering cost of £5 million, Wayne Rooney married Coleen Mcloughlin at the elegant Italian resort of Portofino in Italy. The generous pair, who flew 65 friends and family to the celebrations in five private jets, treated guests to a performance by Westlife, during the four-day occasion, which include a lunch aboard a luxury yacht, a masked ball and champagne breakfast each morning. The couple exchanged vows at Villa Durazzo, part of the stunning 16th Century Castello Brown, and held their reception La Cervara, a 700-year-old former abbey.
Who: Fergie and Josh Duhamel
Cost: $1 million
Black Eye Peas singer Fergie married actor Josh Duhamel January in a romantic ceremony in 2009, with is said to have cost a whopping $1 million. The couple exchanged vows under magnolia trees filled with thousands of white roses at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, and the bride wore a Dolce & Gabbana gown and carried a bouquet of white flowers studded with crystals. Ten bridesmaids followed her down the aisle, while guests included Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell, Mario Lopez, Stacy Keibler, Kid Rock, Slash, Kate Hudson, and, obviously, the rest of the Black Eyed Peas.
Who: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Cost: $1.5 million
Oscar-winning actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones tied the knot in November 2000 at the fabulous Plaza Hotel in New York. Guests, a who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights, including Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson, were asked to present hologram-embedded invitations to keep security tight. Catherine wore a Christian Lacroix gown with antique Chantilly lace, accessorized with a dazzling tiara. The entertainment? None other than Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall and Grammy award-winner Bonnie Tyler. Wow.
Cost: $2 million
Sassy singer Christina and music executive Jordan Bratman said ‘I do’ at Napa Valley’s Staglin Family Vineyard in November 2005. The happy couple stayed in a cottage at the Auberge du Soleil costing a healthy $3,500 a night. Aguilera wowed in a Spanish-style Christian Lacroix gown and changed into a satin slip for the reception, which was attended by 150 guests, including Sharon Stone and boasted a winter-themed tent filled with white roses, silver drapery and sparkling crystal decorations. Sadly, the fairytale marriage didn’t last. Money can’t buy love…
Who: Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Cost: $1.5 million
The Queen of Pop married her film director beau at the majestic Skibo Castle in Scotland (also the venue of actress Ashley Judd’s wedding), where all 21 rooms were booked out for A-list guests like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting and Trudie Styler, as well as Madonna’s brother, Chris Ciccone, and father Silvia. Fiercely private Madonna hired a team of private security who were equipped with heat-seeking devices too eek out unwanted guests. The bride wore a cream silk gown, believed to be of gothic design, by her friend Stella McCartney, which she accessorised with a $72,000 French bracelet and a 1910 diamond tiara, once worn by Princess Grace of Monaco.
Wedding: Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayer
Cost: £2.5 million
Most women would be happy with one dream wedding, but lucky Liz enjoyed two. The actress wed Indian businessman Arun Nayar in March 2007 in a double ceremony with celebrations stretching over 8 days. The first ceremony was held in the medieval Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, which attracted 300 guests, including Elton John and Valentino, while a second ceremony was held in the mystical Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodphur, India. For the first nuptials, Hurley drew gasps in a traditional chiffon gown designed by Donatella Versace. At the Indian ceremony, the happy couple stayed at the luxurious Maharani, where prices start at $10,000 a night. Sadly, they split four years later.
Wedding: Tiger Woods and Elin Nordgren
Cost: $1 million
Pro golfer Tiger Woods married Elin Nordegren in October 2004, and spent around £1million on their special day. Their sunset wedding was held under a white-netted pagoda decorated with red roses on the 19th hole of the exclusive Sandy Lane Golf Resort in Barbados. Approximately 150 guests were in attendance, including Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Bill Gates. The reception was held in the resort banquet room which was decorated with 10,000 red and black roses, and followed by a firework display. To ensure that the event was only for them and their guests, the golfing great block-booked the resort and every helicopter on the island.
Wedding: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Cost: £1.9 million
Singing superstar Paul McCartney wed model-turned-activist Heather in June 2002 at Ireland’s St. Salvador’s Church in Monagahan. The budget reached around £1.9 millions and the celebrations involved over 300 guests, including Ringo Starr, Elton John and Eric Clapton, watched the bride walk up the aisle to ‘Heather’- a song written by Paul just for his new wife. The reception was held in a lakeside tent, which provided the setting for authentic Indian dancers and a veritable vegetarian feast. Fireworks provided an impressive, fabulous finish. Sadly their relationship wasn’t to be…
Wedding: David and Victoria Beckham
Soccer superstar David Beckham wed former Spice Girl Victoria Adams at a Gothic Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin in July 1999 with Gary Neville was their best man and their 4-month old son Brooklyn as their ring bearer. The duo appeared as king and queen of the evening, sitting on gilded red velvet thrones and Posh wore a tight-fitting silk ivory gown with a 20-foot train, accessorized with a diamond-encrusted crown. The 250 guests – instructed to wear black or white – were greeted by trumpeters and entertained by Elton John and as they became man and wife, a single dove was released as a symbol of their love. The £500,000 night culminated in a fireworks display.
Wedding: Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Cost: £3.5 million
Liza and David married in March 2002, in New York’s Marble Collegiate Church, with Michael Jackson as Best Man and Elizabeth Taylor as Maid of Honour. The 500-strong, star-studded congregation was made up of an eye-popping list of Hollywood royalty, including Diana Ross, Lauren Bacall and Mia Farrow. Backed by a high-impact 60-piece orchestra, legendary singer Tony Bennett entertained guests, while they nibbled on a 12-tier wedding cake and personalised favours found in satin boxes inscribed with ‘Liza and David 4 Ever’. The pair divorced a year later.
Wedding: Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky
Cost: 2.5 million
Even though this was Elizabeth’s eighth wedding, there was still no expense spared as she tied the knot with her construction worker lover Larry, who was 20 years her junior. The wedding took place at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch, and Jackson himself gave the bride away. Liz wore a pale yellow gown by Valentino, and while the 150-strong guest might seem small compared to others, it still packed a punch with names like Nancy Reagan and Liza Minnelli dropping in.