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Most Expensive Weddings in History

Most Expensive Weddings in History


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Top 10 Most Expensive Weddings in History

10: Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman

  • Total cost was £1,555,935 in 2005
  • The Bride was a pop star
  • The Groom was her music executive
  • The Venue was the Napa Valley’s Staglin Family Vineyard

150 guests filled a giant tent adorned in white roses, crystal and silver drapes. This was just the beginning, as the couple spent their evenings in the luxurious Auberge de Soleil for £2723 a night.

9: Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar

  • Total cost was £1,945,000 in 2007
  • The Bride was a Supermodel
  • The Groom was her Senior VP of Tyco
  • The Venue was the Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire & Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur

If the cost of one wedding wasn’t enough, Hurley and Nayar paid for a double ceremony to last over 8 days, spending £233,430 for private jets and over £77,810 for accommodation - not to mention £7,780 on the bridal suite.

8: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

  • The Bill was £2,334,000 in 2002
  • The Bride was a activist and former model
  • The Groom was her the most successful songwriter in history
  • The Venue was St. Salvador’s Church in Ireland

As an Indian-themed wedding, the pair spent over £112,824 in flowers and a whopping £116,700 on fireworks. A new song titled “Heather” was written and performed at the wedding by Paul, George and Ringo.

7: Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky

  • Total Cost was £1,945,000 in 1991
  • The Bride was a movie star
  • The Groom was her a builder
  • The Venue was Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

This A-list wedding attracted a large number of A-list guests: Liza Minelli, Eddie Murphy, Macauley Culkin, Nancy Reagan and of course, Michael Jackson. Taylor walked the aisle in a Valentino gown priced at £19,450

6: Liza Minnelli and David Gest

  • Total Cost was £2,723,000 in 2002
  • The Bride was a Broadway star
  • The Groom was her a music producer
  • The Venue was the New York’s Marble Collegiate Church

500 guests gathered to celebrate the marriage of Gest and Minelli and enjoy a 60-piece orchestra featuring Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole. £544,600 was spent on flowers and a further £31,120 on the cake.

5: Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

  • Total Cost was £3,883,500 in 2010
  • The Bride was a daughter of President Bill Clinton
  • The Groom was her an investment banker
  • The Venue was the Astor Courts Estate, NYC

After spending £464,576 on glass-walled, air-conditioned tents, the couple spent a further £387,146 on flowers and £8,5170 on a 5-foot gluten-free cake.

4: Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin

  • Total Cost was £5 million in 2010
  • The Bride was a working-class British girl
  • The Groom was her a footballer
  • The Venue was a 17th century Italian Villa

If the ceremony itself wasn’t lavish enough, Wayne and Coleen chartered a private flight for their 65 guests to attend a masked ball on a £80 million luxury yacht moored in Genoa harbour. In return for exclusive coverage, OK! magazine paid the couple £2.5 million: the biggest wedding deal in history.

3: Prince William and Kate Middleton

  • Total Cost was £20 million in 2011
  • The Bride was a 29-year-old commoner
  • The Groom was her the Duke of Cambridge and second in line to the throne
  • The Venue was Westminster Abbey

The cost of security the Royal Wedding was the main expense, with thousands of police officers having earned double time for working on a bank holiday. On top of that, the couple spent £6,194,400 in flowers and a further £61,944 on the cake. Countless royals and nobles were present along with a global TV audience in the hundreds of millions.

2: Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia

  • Total Cost was £46 million in 2005
  • The Bride was the daughter of billionaire steel-magnate Lakshmi Mittal
  • The Groom was a banker and owner of Swordfish Investments
  • The Venue was a 17th Century Chateau at Versailles

With a celebration lasting over six full days, it’s clear to see why this wedding is often cited as one of the most outrageous. Featuring a performance from Kylie Minogue amidst fireworks at the Eiffel Tower and designer gift bags filled with jewels, it’s easy to see how the couple spent seven figures on their ceremony.

1: Prince Charles and Lady Diana

  • Total Cost was £30 million in 1981
  • The Bride was a pre-school teacher
  • The Groom was the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II
  • The Venue was St. Paul’s Cathedral

The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was widely billed as a fairytale wedding and “wedding of the century”, and not without reason: two million spectators and a global TV audience of 750 million witnessed the ceremony. Lady Diana wore a dress made from ivory silk taffeta, decorated with 10,000 pearls valued at £9000 (£31,110 in 2015) and 27 individual wedding cakes were prepared for the occasion.