The Ten Most Expensive Weddings Of The Rich & Famous

It comes as absolutely no surprise that weddings are expensive adventures to embark on, and given the extreme pressure that is put on planning every single detail to perfection, couples tend to overspend dramatically on their big day. This is especially true when it comes to celebrity weddings. With no real financial restrictions to worry about, and all eyes on them, celebrities spent exorbitant amounts of money on the perfect dress, venue, flowers, decorations, and anything else that can possibly be conjured up to impress the millions of fans that are watching. The price tag for the lavish weddings of the rich and famous is absolutely astounding, with millions of dollars thrown around on one big party. Here are some of the most expensive celebrity weddings on record…

10 Christina Aguilera And Jordan Bratman: $2 Million

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When Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman got married, they pulled all the stops to impress their guests and celebrate in style. That included a $30,000 gown for Aguilera, and a Napa Valley wedding that featured an ornately detailed winter wonderland theme. Their decor included chandeliers made of tree branches, and a unique menu that boasted comfort food such as roasted chicken and macaroni and cheese for their guests. 150 of their friends and loved ones partied all night long with DJ AM spinning tunes for an epic party that is still talked about today.

9 Kim Kardashian & Kanye West: $2.8 Million

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West definitely lived up to every expectation for their big day. Their epic wedding started in Paris at Valentino’s Mansion, and then they flew their guests to Florence in a fleet of private jets, arriving at the Forte di Belvedere venue, which ran a $400,000 tab. Andrea Bocelli sang for them, and Kim’s Givenchy dress was valued at $500,000.

8 Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky: $3 Million

When Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky at the Astor Courts Estate in New York, she wore not one, but two different Vera Wang dresses and spent an astounding $500,000 on flowers, alone. Her first dress is pegged to have cost $20,000 and they required $200,00 in security to keep watch over their 200 guests and ensure the no-fly zone was maintained. Their tents reportedly ran a bill of $600,000, and those are just a few of the elements that launched them to a $3 million expenditure.

7 Paul McCartney & Heather Mills :$3 Million

2002 saw the celebration of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills in a stunning castle in Glaslough, Ireland. The setting was a perfect backdrop to all the other lavish, over-the-top elements that comprised their $3 million day. Just over 300 guests were in attendance as they fed their guests an entirely vegetarian menu of delectable food items.

6 George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: $4.6 Million

George and Amal Clooney’s Italian wedding included $3 million worth of accommodations for their guests at the Cipriani hotel suites in Venice. They spent $250,000 on flowers, $30,000 on just one of the many meals they provided to their guests, and $150,000 to keep their top shelf bar flowing. Amal stunned in a custom made Oscar de la Renta gown made of French lace, which included pearl accents. The wedding totaled $4.6 million and left the media buzzing for weeks.

5 Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel: $6.5 Million

Jessica Biel’s dress was the biggest focal point of her $6.5 million wedding. Worth an astounding $100,000 on it’s own, the custom Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress was pink in color. She walked down the aisle as Justin serenaded her, dressed in a Tom Ford tuxedo. They selected just 100 of their most important people to celebrate with, and spoiled them rotten at the Egnazia resort in Puglia for a celebration that lasted an entire week.

4 Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries: $10 Million

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries spent a jaw-dropping $10 million on a wedding celebration for a marriage that lasted just 72 days. Cheatsheet reports that the flowers alone cost $2 million, and Kim’s diamond hair accessory was $2.5 million worth of bling. There were 500 guests in attendance, and $10,000 was spent on their luxurious invitations, before they even arrived to the party. The cake racked a $6,000 tab and quite possibly lasted longer than their marriage did.

3 Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto: $10 Million

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto showed the world that they know how to throw a party, when they dropped $10 million to ensure the perfection of every detail on their big day. The basketball legend and his model wife enjoyed a party with 300 of their closest friends, which included performances by Usher and Robin Thicke. Their guest list included the likes of Tiger Woods and Spike Lee, and Yvette’s dress was detailed with  a J’Aton Couture gown adorned with Swarovski crystals.

2 Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: $45 Million

The most talked about wedding of recent days is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and once again, in true royal fashion, they went all out with the planning of their 2018 wedding. Insider reported that for the jaw dropping price of roughly $40 million, they retained; “snipers, undercover police, military technology, and security drones,” to protect their star studded celebration. The bill for meals racked up a $686,000 tab, and their cake alone cost $71,600.

1 Princess Diana & Prince Charles: $110 Million

The late Princess Diana and Prince Charles have done down in history as hosting the most expensive wedding ever reported. Accounting for the rate of inflation, their 1981 royal wedding cost $48 million, which translates to $110 million in today’s market. It boasted an astounding affair that included all the bells and whistles, as they welcomed 3,500 guests to their lavish celebration. Princess Diana’s dress included a 25 foot train and 10,000 real pearls. Also accounting for the huge price tag was the 225 pound wedding cake which stood 5 feet tall. Business Insider reports that in spite of all the exquisite details that went into decorating and presenting this exclusive affair, the biggest price tag was attached to the overwhelming security presence to secure the couple’s safety for the duration of the day.


The very finest cuisine was offered to their guests, which accounted for $110,000 of their $2.8 million tab.

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Sources: Cheatsheet, Brides, Marie-Claire, Business Insider

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