Top 7 Most Expensive Wedding Of All Time6 min read
“When it comes to the success of a marriage, love, commitment and loyalty matters, not the amount of money spent on the wedding day”
Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life. You are embarking on a life long journey with your partner, and it is a momentous occasion, where you and your partner promise to stick by each other through thick and thin. Wedding ceremonies can be simple and non-cumbersome.
However, many couples prefer to throw a grand and lavish wedding ceremony and reception. From the venue to catering to decoration, everything is elaborate, larger than life and not to forget, very expensive. Some weddings have been as expensive as the GDP of small a small nation! From royalty to celebrities, here is a list of the top 7 most expensive weddings of all time, prepare to be amazed!
1. Heather Mills and Paul McCartney
Beatles bassist and legendary singer Paul McCartney tied the knot with model and entrepreneur Heather Mills in 2002. They got married on the grounds of the 17th century Saint Salvatore Church in Ireland. They had met at a charity event in England in 1999 and two years later Paul proposed to her with a $40,000 diamond and sapphire engagement ring. The wedding cost a whopping $3.6 million. The wedding reception took place at a remote castle in Glaslough, Ireland. 300 guests who were treated to a lavish vegetarian menu, vintage champagne, a ten-piece band, and a troupe of Indian dancers.
A marvelous display of fireworks filled the night sky with color and the light rain added to the romance of the day. An interesting fact, however, is that the marriage did not last too long and the divorce was costlier than the wedding itself, around$27 million as a one of payment made by McCartney to Mills ordered by the court.
2. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
The daughter of former President of the United States married an American investor Marc Marvinsky in a lavish 2010 ceremony. The wedding took place in New York at the Astor Courts, by the banks of the Hudson River. Though the wedding was a private affair, with no celebrity presence, the expenses were far from ordinary. The Astor court venue cost $200,000, a five feet gluten-free cake estimated at around $10,000, and security arrangements worth $30,000 led to a $5 million wedding. There was an 18- piece orchestra that played Sinatra and an after-party where a DJ played.
3. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin
Manchester United’s top player Wayne Rooney and his long time partner Coleen tied the knot the Abbey of Cervara near Genoa, Italy in 2008. The Irish boy band ‘Westlife’ played at their reception which cost them $670,000. 64 guests were flown by private jet to their wedding. Though the wedding cost a mind-blowing 8 million dollars in total, a magazine offered to pay $4.2 million to the couple for exclusive wedding photographs. The couple also asked all the guests to not get them gifts but to donate to a children’s hospital in Liverpool.
4. Prince William and Kate Middleton
Termed as the ‘Wedding of the Century’, Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, in a ceremony fit for the future King and Queen of England. The Wedding gown cost a not-so-humble 424,000 pounds and the wedding and reception cost a combined 4 million pounds. All expenses are said to have amounted to a whopping 34 million pounds. After the wedding ceremony, the newlywed couple paraded through the streets of London on a hose drawn car6riage. The wedding was
attended by A-listers such as George Clooney and Elton John.
5. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
Vanisha Mittal is the daughter of Steel Tycoon and one of the richest men of the world, Lakshmi Mittal. She married British Indian businessperson Amit Bhatia at the 17th century Chateau Veaux le Vicomte near Paris in 2004. Easily the most Indian expensive standing at a monumental $ 66 million worth of expenses, the engagement party was held at the iconic Palace of Versailles. Expenses involved a guided tour of the palace, a scripted play for the guests, French Opera at the reception, and nearly 1 million pounds spent solely on gifts and hospitality of the guests. The menu was entirely prepared by Indian chefs flown from India. Actor and singer Kylie Minogue was paid $330,000 for an hour’s performance for the guest. There was a fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower. What however is unfortunate is that the couple called it quits in 2013.
6. Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Witnessed by 3,500 guests and broadcasted to 750 million TV viewers, the royal wedding of Princes Charles to Princess Diana in 1981 is the Baap of all expensive weddings. It had everything a royal wedding is expected to have. Her wedding gown was adorned with 10,000 pearls and she was chauffeured in a glass coach to
the Cathedral. There were 27 wedding cakes and the Princess’s wedding ring was a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 12 solitaire diamonds with a white gold band. The entire wedding cost stellar$70 million.
7. Said Gutseriev and Khadija Uzhakhovs
The Billion dollar wedding as it is rightly termed as the most expensive wedding ever recorded. Said is a billionaire oil heir who married a Moscow college student Khadija, in 2016. The wedding took place in Moscow, where the venue was decorated with exotic flowers from floor to ceiling. The bride’s gown cost a spectacular $25,925 and has 28 pounds worth of beadwork on it. The wedding cake was over 6 ft and guests enjoyed the live performance of Sting and Jennifer Lopez.
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