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12 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings of All Time
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A Wedding Is a Start of Togetherness
A wedding offers an opportunity to the bride and the bridegroom to celebrate their love for each other with friends and family members. Many celebrity brides and bridegrooms have made the most of this opportunity by spending lavishly on their wedding.
Average Cost of a Wedding
The Knot's 2015 Real Weddings Study reveals that the average cost of a marriage in the USA is $32,641. The cost of everything involved in a wedding continues to increase.
The total cost depends on many factors: your location, the time of year and all the other incidentals that are personal to the couple planning their big day. Of course, there is $1 million luxury tax if you are a celebrity.
Here is a brief overview of some outrageously expensive celebrity weddings.
Kate Middleton and Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William
The wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton was performed on April 29 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. The cost of this wedding was estimated to be around $34 million. Wedding of Prince Williams' parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, was performed in 1981. After adjusting for inflation, the cost of that wedding would be $110 million.
Prince Charles & Diana
This wedding, which was performed in 1981, was personally witnessed by 3,500 people. Around 750 million people watched it on television. The bride's wedding gown was covered in 10,000 pearls an had a 25-foot train.
The cost of the wedding was $110 million. Unfortunately the royal couple divorced in 1996, one year before Diana died in a car crash along with her lover Dodi Fayed.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
The Wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Cost $20 Million
In 2011, Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries at a private California estate. The wedding was worth $20 million. The couple filed for divorce 72 days later.
Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt
British-born heiress, model, fashion designer and socialite Petra Ecclestone and British businessman James Stunt married in a castle in a Medieval town in Italy. The wedding was worth $20 million. Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta were paid $2.5 million ant $800,000 respectively to perform on the occasion. The cost of hiring the castle was $512,000. The bride wore a $1.3 million Vera Wang dress. Guests were treated to $6,000 a bottle champagne, an acrobatic display and $165,000 worth of fireworks. Today this wedding has irretrievably broken down.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
Basketball legend Michael Jordan married former model Yvette Prieto on April 27 2013 at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Around 300 guests attended the grand event. They were entertained by Robin Thicke and Usher.
The couple chose a seven-layer, crystal encrusted rum wedding cake. Yvette's designer dress was made with handmade silk lace created especially for her. The cost of the wedding was $10 million. Yvette gave birth to identical twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel, in 2014.
Coleen and Wayne Rooney
The couple's friends and family members were flown to Italy and were treated to four days of celebrations. There was a party on a $120 million yacht. The bride's dress cost $300,000. Westlife, Coleen's favorite band, was paid $660,000 to perform on the special occasion. The total cost of the wedding was about $7.7 million.
Liza May Minnelli and David Alan Gest
American actress and singer Liza May Minnelli married famous American concert promoter and media personality David Alan Gest in the US. The wedding was held in New York City's Marble Collegiate Church in the year 2002. This wedding cost a whopping $3.5 million dollars. Michael Jackson was the Best Man and Elizabeth Taylor was the Maid of Honor. A 12-tier wedding cake was offered to the guests. Unfortunately, the couple divorced the next year.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Famous English musician, singer, song-writer and composer Sir James Paul McCartney married English charity campaigner Heather Anne Mills in June 2002 at St. Salvador's Church in Monaghan, Ireland. Eric Clapton and Elton John were among around 300 guests who attended the wedding. The couple separated in 2006 and finalized their divorce in 2008.
Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar
English actress Elizabeth Jane Hurley married Indian businessman Arun Nayar in March 2007. The estimated cost of the wedding was $2.5 million. This extravagant double ceremony spanned eight days. Unfortunately, the wedding ended in a divorce. The divorce was granted on June 15 2011.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Famous American film actor and producer Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, popularly known as Tom Cruise, married American actress Kate Noelle "Katie" Holmes in Italy. The wedding was held in November 2006 in the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle outside Rome. The estimated cost of the wedding was $2 million. Celebrity guests like David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez were present on the occasion. A 5-tier white chocolate wedding cake covered with marzipan roses was offered to the guests. The couple divorced in 2012.
Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky
Famous British-American actress Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor married construction worker Larry Fortensky in October 1991. He was twenty years younger than Liz Taylor. It was her eighth wedding. Michael Jackson gave away the bride. The wedding cost around $2 million. Unfortunately, the couple divorced five years later.
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
English socialite Pippa Middleton married hedge fund manager James Matthews on 20th May 2017. Not to be outdone by her sister, Pippa partied with her husband and other guests inside a glass marquee ($127,700) that resembled a crystal palace. The wedding was worth around $380,000.
Should weddings be extravagant?
After reading about the above-mentioned celebrity weddings, one can easily conclude that it takes more than money and good looks to make a marriage work.
5 Wedding Essentials
The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make - not just on your wedding day, but over and over again - and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.— Barbara de Angelis