Celebrities wed and divorce all the time. But whether it’s for a divorce or union, a lot of them do it with a bang. When it comes to weddings, here are the most lavish ones, as far as the amount of the total expenses incurred is concerned. The couples staging the most expensive celebrity weddings of all time include:
10. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Cost: $3.5 Million
On November 18, 2008, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes decided to tie the knot in the 15th century Italian Odescalchi Castle. The couple and the rest of the bridal party were garbed by Giorgio Armani. They served 300 different bottles of wine and hired Andrea Boccelli to deliver a stellar musical performance. But though the couple had one of the most expensive Hollywood weddings, they split five years after.
9. Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Cost: $4.2 Million
It was March 16, 2002 when Liza Minnelli married David Gest in front of 1,000 guests. It was a star-studded wedding, as erstwhile Michael Jackson served as the Best Man and Elizabeth Taylor the Maid of Honor. They also a 50-piece orchestra and ordered had a 12-tier cake. Sadly, the marriage ended a year later.
8. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Cost: $4.5 Million
This fairly exclusive wedding of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills had only 300 guests but it still cost them $4.5 million. The wedding that happened in 2001 was accompanied by a grand feast, dazzling fireworks, and marvelous pageantry. It had an Indian-themed reception with the entertainers wearing traditional Indian dresses. It was a luxury wedding with gourmet food, cake, and whatnots.
7. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Cost: $6.5 Million
This whopping wedding of the year was held in an exclusive Italian hotel that the couple booked wholly for the event. They flew friends and family in, and paid the surrounding establishments to close down on the day of their wedding. All of these things were done in the attempt to avoid the paparazzi. The couple dated for five years until finally tying the knot.
6. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin
Cost: $8.7 Million
Four days’ worth of wedding preparations will surely set you back a few million dollars. For this couple, the total bill amounted close to $9 million. Wayne Rooney is a British football star and Coleen is his high school sweetheart. They got married in Italy’s pouring rain, hired Westlife to sing at the reception, and spent almost half a million in total expenses for the gown. The amount included the expenses for trips needed for each fitting.
5. Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
Cost: $10 Million
When a basketball superstar in the ranks of Michael Jordan gets married, you know that it isn’t going to be a cheap outing. Michael Jordan and Cuban model Yvette Prieto got married in Palm Beach, Florida in front of 300 guests. They hired Usher and Robin Thicke to perform.
4. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Cost: $10 Million
When reality star Kim was married to basketball star Kris Humphries, they didn’t mind spending $10 million on invitations, cake, flowers, and what-have-you’s. They also invited 500 guests to witness the event. Kim wore three wedding dresses, all of which were made by Vera Wang. Sadly, the marriage ended 72 days later.
3. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Cost: $12 Million
Kim got married again, but this time to rap artist Kanye West. The tab was $2 million more than her previous wedding, which suits her well. They have invited Andrea Bocelli and Lana del Ray to perform. Kim wore a Givenchy gown this time. The marriage took place in Florence, Italy, at Forte del Belvedere.
2. Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt
Cost: $20 Million
Petra is the daughter of Formula 1 boss and James is a successful businessman. Their marriage accounted for one of the most expensive celebrity weddings of all time. They married in Castello Odescalchi and invited the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eric Clapton and the Black Eyed Peas to perform. They also served the very expensive Chateau Petrus wine.
1. Prince William and Kate Middleton
Cost: $34 Million
The wedding to top all celebrity weddings is of course, a royal one. When Prince William married Kate Middleton, all eyes were on the event. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen made Kate’s gown. There is not a single element about this wedding that came cheap. What really transpired was a modern-day fairy tale wedding girls can only dream about.