Top 10 Most Expensive Weddings In History

May 21, 2015

Wedding has always been a part of human’s tradition. It creates joy in every persons life and is a fun experience to get involved with friends and family in large. However, ordinary weddings are sidelined by the extravagant wedding where one spends most money to make their wedding day a success and notable throughout their lifetime.

In general, an average wedding runs a bill of around $30,000 and there are times when people spend large amount of their fortunes in gowns, venues, rings, sound and lighting, entertainment and food. These wedding make newspaper headlines for their spending as well.

Here we take a look at the top 10 most expensive weddings in history.

10. Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman Wedding Cost: $2 million

Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman

Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman‘s marriage in 2005 was described as one of the most lavish celebrity weddings in history. The bill raised to $2.2 million with inflation that featured only 150 guests in total at the Napa Valley’s Staglin Family Vineyard. The pop star spend $80,000 on her gown that was designed by Christian Lacroix while the groom was dressed in formal wear. The winter themed tent was decorated with white roses, silver and crystals and 14 piece of orchestra were invited for their venue.

9. Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar Wedding Cost: $2.6 million

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar

The 2007 wedding between supermodel Elizabeth Hurley and Senior VP of Tyco Arun Nayar billed to $2.6 million. This wedding is considered to be the most expensive weddings by a person of Indian ethnicity. The wedding was a double ceremony that lasted for eight days after its start at the Suderly Castle in Gloucestershire after which the couple moved to Jodhpur, India. They spend a whopping $300,000 for private jets to travel and spent over $100,000 in accommodations while $10,000 per night was spent in their bridal suite.

8. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills Wedding Cost: $3 million

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

PETA activist and former model Heather Mills married songwriter Paul McCartney in 2002 and their wedding bill was raised to $3.6 million when adjusted for inflation. The wedding venue was in Ireland and was based on Indian-theme featuring several Indian dancers. Over $145,000 was spent on flowers and $150,000 on fireworks. The rental castle booking was done at $40,000 per day which made this wedding one of the finest Asian cultured wedding by foreigners.

7. Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky Wedding Cost: $4 million

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky

The 1991 wedding between the iconic movie star bride Elizabeth Taylor and construction worker Larry Fortensky was billed to $2.5 million. However, with inflation it was adjusted to $4 million making it the most expensive celebrity weddings of the 90s. The event featured several renowned artists around the world like Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, etc. The marriage lasted for only five years but the money they spent in their wedding became a topic of gossip even longer.

6. Liza Minnelli and David Gest Wedding Cost: $4.2 million

Liza Minnelli and David Gest

Considered to be the biggest celebrity wedding ever in history, Broadway star and daughter of Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli married music producer David Gest in 2002. The wedding spending was billed to $4.2 million with the inflation. With several celebrities like Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder and Tony Bennett attending the wedding, the couple spent over $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on cake while 60-piece orchestra was also invited to entertain the attendees.

5. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky Wedding Cost: $5 million

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

President Bill Clinton‘s daughter Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010 and the wedding was considered to be one of the most extravagant wedding in the American history. With $600,000 spent just on air-conditioned tents, the bill was raised to $5 million. A $11,000 cake was served while delux pamper and security was also provided to the 500 guests. The attendance of Oprah in the wedding was something that made this event a great success.

4. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin Wedding cost: $8 million

Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin

English footballer Wayne Rooney tied knots with his long time girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin in 2008. Considered to be the highest paid footballer in English Premier League, Wayne Rooney spent over $8 million for this event to get married to his girlfriend who he met when he was just 16. The wedding took place for several days in five star hotels and expensive yachts which also featured 65 Brits. The wedding venue was the 17th century villa and reception high above Portofino. This wedding is considered to be the most expensive wedding in the world by a footballer.

3. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Wedding Cost: $12 million

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian is surely a big name in the entertainment industry for her perfect body and her life has always been something to talk about. After a 72 day long wedding with Kris Humphries that billed to $6 million, she tied knot with one of the richest rappers in the world, Kanye West in 2013. She did not go small on her fame and the couple splashed heavy money on their wedding. With $410,000 on wedding venue, $500,000 on the wedding gown, $40,000 for balmain heels and $136,000 on flowers the couple also spent $7,000 on the wedding cake and hired two private jets for $148,000. Guests were served for days in five star Paris hotels that cost over $750 per night which made this wedding one of the most talked weddings in the entertainment history.

2. Prince William and Kate Middleton Wedding Cost: $34 million

Prince William and Kate Middleton

The oldest son of Prince Charles and second in line to the throne Prince William married a commoner Kate Middleton who became worldwide celebrity in a night after their $34 million marriage. The security on the day was said to have cost $32 million alone while rest of the spending included $800,000 in flowers, $80,000 in wedding cake while Kate’s gold ring cost $11,000. The wedding was attended by countless royals and celebrities around the world and was ranked as the most watched wedding on television.

1. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia Wedding Cost: $60million

Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia

Indian wedding cultures are considered to be the most extravagant in the world and the wedding between Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia just proved the same. The marriage became one of the most expensive weddings in the history that saw over 1000 guests invited from all around the world to attend the five day event. Over 100 dishes were served to the guests and invitations were sent out in silver boxes. The daughter of Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal married the owner of Swordfish Investments at the 16th century chateau and Versailles while the couple also booked private plane and rooms at the five star Paris Hotel.

Notable mention– Prince Charles and Lady Diana Wedding cost: $115 million

Prince Charles and Lady Diana

The royal wedding held back in 1981 saw spending over $115 million and the cost was more than the GDP of several countries in the world. With gown embedded with 10,000 pearls and 25 foot trail of ivory, Diana spent over $13,000 on her dress while $600,000 was spent alone on security.

People try to make their wedding work and in the process they go on spending extravagantly in the process. However, you’ll always need to make sure that every penny you spend is worth it though the figures may not be as large as mentioned above. Your wedding maybe simple but intimate and this is what could make your relationship last for long. However, with celebrities net worth rising every day, it’s only sure that the most expensive weddings are still to come ahead.