Adeshina Emmanuel

From British royalty to Hollywood stars: the most outrageously expensive weddings ever

Slide 1 of 70: As Princess Eugenie ties the knot with Jack Brooksbank on October 12, we take a look back at some of the most OTT and pricey nuptials of the rich and famous over the years.

As Princess Eugenie ties the knot with Jack Brooksbank on October 12, we take a look back at some of the most OTT and pricey nuptials of the rich and famous over the years.

Slide 2 of 70: On 29 July 2000, Brad and Jen were married in a lavish Malibu ceremony. The extravagant wedding included a flower-bedecked canopy along with 50,000 flowers, a gospel choir, four bands and 200 guests to celebrate with them. Jen’s $50,000 (£38k) dress was by Milan-based dress designer Lawrence Steele, formerly of Prada. Aniston teamed her gown with a specially-crafted pair of four-inch ivory suede Manolo Blahnik heels – off-the-shelf Manolos cost at least $500 (£380).

Slide 5 of 70: Back before he was leader of the free world, Donald Trump married Melania at an OTT wedding in 2005. The pair said 'I do' at a nearby church before celebrating at Mar-o-Lago, Trump’s lavish Palm Springs home that he bought for $5 million in 1985. The future FLOTUS wore a custom-made Dior gown, costing between $100,000 to $200,000 (£76k to £153k) and consisting of 300 feet of duchess satin and a 16-foot veil.
Guests received Tiffany & Co. invitations and more than 350 people attended, including big names from business, politics, sports, media and Hollywood: Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Billy Joel, Elton John, Usher, P Diddy, Don King, Donna Summer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Simon Cowell, Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Shaquille O’Neal and Benjamin Netanyahu.
The tables in the grand ballroom were covered with white brocade damask topped with white satin lace. Dendrobium orchids were wrapped around the linen napkins. Five-foot-tall centerpiece candelabras decorated the tables. The bride and groom cut into a 200-pound, seven-tier, $50,000 (£38k) wedding cake, covered with 2,000 flowers spun from sugar. It took so much wire infrastructure to hold it up that it couldn’t be served to guests, so they were fed with “back-up cakes”.
Slide 8 of 70: The world’s most famous footballer at the time married 'Posh Spice', aka Victoria Adams, in July 1999. The couple flew in 500 guests to witness their nuptials at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, an elegant 14-bedroom house near Dublin. Wedding packages cost $152 (£116) a head, excluding hire of the castle. And 400 people worked on the wedding, transforming the folly church in the castle grounds, putting up scaffolding and even laying a new floor.Read How the Beckhams made their fortune

Slide 11 of 70: On 18 November 2000, the two actors exchanged vows at the famous luxury hotel, the Plaza, in New York, where rooms cost from $976 (£748) a night. The couple said their vows between columns of roses and gardenias, and silver urns filled with roses, gardenias, delphiniums, peonies and amaryllis. Following the ceremony, guests moved to the Grand Ballroom, where a 20-foot magnolia tree adorned with 700 white tulips stood at the entrance.

Slide 14 of 70: In December 2014, after the UK legalized same-sex marriage, the already-married couple decided to have another ceremony. The pair married at their Windsor home and shared photos of the day on Instagram as they knocked back bottles of Laurent-Perrier champagne (retailing between $56 [£43] and $98 [£75] a bottle) and Pouilly-Fume 2009 (which starts at around $77 [£59] a bottle).
Slide 16 of 70: In November 2006, the now-divorced actors became husband and wife inside Bracciano, Italy's 15th-century Odescalchi Castle, which costs at least $500,000 (£383k) to hire, with 150 guests attending. The Hollywood A-listers' wedding demanded three outfits for Katie, one for daughter Suri and bespoke suits for Tom too, all designed by Armani. Katie’s dress for the ceremony cost $50,000 (£38k).
Slide 25 of 70: The reality queen and world-famous rapper got married in May 2014 in thoroughly decadent fashion. Dressing one of the most famous figures in the world was a job for only the most exclusive designers. Kim employed Givenchy for a custom-made couture gown featuring long lace sleeves, a mermaid silhouette, illusion cut-outs at the waist and a cathedral-length veil that set her back $400,000 (£306k).
Slide 34 of 70: Elizabeth Taylor wed construction worker Larry Fortensky in a lavish, exclusive ceremony in October 1991 at her friend Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch. Wearing a pale yellow $25,000 (£19k) Valentino dress, Taylor married Fortensky in front of 160 guests. Security took up a big part of the budget, with 250 Israeli security guards hired for the occasion and helicopters assigned to shoo away the press helicopters hovering to take photos.
Slide 44 of 70: The basketball player and model got married in April 2013 at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Florida with nearly 300 guests in attendance. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Bear’s Club – a luxurious private golf club, which costs between $8,000 (£6,100) and $1,900 (£1,1450). Prieto wore a gown by J’Aton Couture with handmade silk lace created especially for her costing at least $16,700 (£13k).
Slide 47 of 70: In 2008, the English footballer and his childhood sweetheart got married in Santa Margherita, near Portofino in Italy in the secluded Villa Durazzo, with a ceremony and celebrations for 65 guests. Coleen wore a cream strapless organza dress with an embroidered bodice and cascade skirt by designer Marchesa, estimated to have cost $279,000 (£214k). The flights to New York for all the fittings cost $117,000 (£90k) alone.
Slide 52 of 70: It was the wedding of the decade with a price tag to boot. Most of the huge bill for the royal event on 29 April 2011 was spent on security and, with 1,900 guests, it was never going to be cheap. Kate’s timeless wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen cost $400,000 (£307k).Discover how much the Royal family pays its staff

 

Slide 56 of 70: After months of speculation about her wedding dress, Meghan emerged in her classic Givenchy gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller. The gorgeous creation came with a pretty price tag of $507,000 (£390k), plus another $13,000 (£10k) for her hair and make-up. The fairy tale ceremony was followed by a star-studded private afterparty, with performances from Sir Elton John and James Corden, while George Clooney took to the dancefloor with the Duchess of Cambridge and the bride herself.Read about the: Amazingly extravagant engagement rings of the rich and famous

Slide 63 of 70: It was a wedding that capitvated the world back in 1981. Around 3,500 guests made up the congregation at St Paul's Cathedral while two million spectators lined the route of Diana's procession from Clarence House, with 4,000 police and 2,201 military officers to manage the crowds. Diana's wedding dress was valued at $12,300 (£9,400) (equivalent to $44,000/£33,750 now). The dress was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel and had a 25-foot-long train of ivory taffeta and antique lace. Charles wore his full dress naval commander uniform.

 

 

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