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Most Expensive Celeb Weddings

A lowdown on the most lavish and extravagant weddings of your favourite celebrities.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston


Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston met in 1998 after both their agents set them up on a blind date. The blind date worked since the couple happily dated for more than two years and were madly in love before taking their relationship to the next step.

They threw a private lavish wedding in Malibu which cost an estimated $1 million. In other words, what Jennifer made for just one episode of Friends. The ceremony was at an estate owned by television executive Marcy Carsey.

Apparently, Pitt decorated the grounds of the estate to look like a zen garden. Lanterns lined the walkways, and floating lotus flowers were placed in a slate pond. Inside the tent, floral centerpieces by LA Premier were placed on each table and included roses, wisteria and tulips. Candles, imported Thailand and made from brown sugar, illuminated the room.

The dinner menu included lobster, peppercorn beef, risotto and pasta. Dessert was a six-tier white frosted wedding cake courtesy of Rosebud Cakes. Oh, and also four bands, a gospel choir, 200 guests and fireworks. They spent $100,000 for security, $75,000 for flowers and $20,000 for fireworks. Guests seen going into the Malibu estate included actress Cameron Diaz and Aniston’s Friends co-stars, including Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox-Arquette (with her husband, actor David Arquette). Ed Norton, who co-starred with Pitt in Fight Club attended with Selma Hayek as his date.

Aniston wore a floor-length white glass-beaded silk and satin gown designed by Lawrence Steele. Her ivory-colored, suede high-heel sandals were designed by shoemaker Manolo Blahnik for Steele. She carried a bouquet of Dutch Vendela roses. She wore a circular veil draped from a Swarovski crystal crown, with her Chris McMillan-styled hair in loose waves. The bridesmaids wore pale green silk chiffon slip dresses with pale tafetta mules.  A 40-piece gospel choir sang Al Bowley’s “Love Is the Greatest Thing” as the bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her father. 

Pitt wore a black tuxedo designed by Hedi Slimane. His attendants wore black tuxedos designed by Prada.

The celebration continued into the night as heart-shaped fireworks were set off over the Pacific.

For years their marriage was considered a rare Hollywood success.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel


Justin and Jessica got hitched in a lovely Italian resort, and such luxury does not come cheap. Their 2012 wedding cost an estimated $6.5 million, which makes sense considering they reportedly closed down the entire Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy, for the event. Timberlake and Biel first struck up a conversation at the 2007 Golden Globes afterparty and began dating. They broke up briefly in 2011 before getting back together later that year. 

The guests had no idea they were heading to Italy. "Guests flew out on Monday and landed in Frankfurt with no further instructions,” “Upon their arrival, they were all given itineraries and tickets to the south of Italy, where the wedding festivities took place.”

The couple spent around $1 million renting out a stunning Italian resort and around $100,000 more on entertaining their guests with fireworks, dinner parties and bike rides. They flew 80 close members of their friends and family out to Italy for the event, and spent the entire week at the ultra-exclusive Borgo Egnazia hotel, which was closed to other guests.

The New York Post reported the pair had struck an unexpected deal with People magazine, while the UK rights have been sold to Hello! magazine.

Despite the huge price the wedding was a family affair, with just 80 members of their families and close friends in attendance.

"The celebrations began earlier in the week, with an evening bash at the beachfront resort of Riva Dei Ginepri. During the soiree, partygoers — which included guests like Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg and Biel’s former 7th Heaven co-star, Beverly Mitchell — soon took in the majestic Southern Italy scenery, traditional Neapolitan music and a dazzling 10-minute fireworks display".

Biel looked absolutely stunning in a custom, light pink Giambattista Valli strapless dress and carried a bouquet of chamomile, ranunculus and ruscus, while Timberlake sported a tuxedo designed by Tom Ford.

The twosome traded handwritten vows expressing their love and devotion and sealed the deal with gold bands with a hammered finish, courtesy of designer Leor Yerushalmi of the Jewelers of Las Vegas.

 Justin surprised her with an original song he wrote and performed just for the occasion as his longtime love came down the aisle.

Shortly after becoming Mr. and Mrs., the couple and their guests moved the celebration to an al fresco bar for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres such as lobster in turnip tops and mini caprese salads. After that, dinner got underway with a four-course meal featuring steak and sea bass and concluded with the classic Italian dessert affogato (a scoop of ice cream topped with a shot of espresso).

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian


Welcome to Kim and Kanye West's Florence nuptials, a mind-blowing affair that reportedly cost a whopping $12 million according to reports, with hotels, private jets and that 7ft vanilla and berry cake all adding to the cost. The 16th century picturesque Italian venue alone was over $400K, and Kim's dress cost a cool $500K. Meanwhile, Kanye apparently ordered a $478,000 230-foot marble table for the reception, which is basically the most Kanye thing ever.

Admittedly, Kim looked stunning in her custom-made Givenchy Haute Couture gown, featuring lace panels and pearls teamed with a cathedral-length veil, but her glamorous look didn't come cheap. Designed by Kanye's friend- Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci - the dress is reported to have set her back around $500,000, with even her Balmain heels costing $40,000.

Apparently, Kim's couture was so precious, it was even given its own hotel room at the five star Villa San Michele hotel. And the reality star was also determined her guests should look their best for the nuptials - employing a 'glam squad' to perfect guests' hair and make-up - a service which People estimate cost $65,000.

Of course, glamorous clothes need a glamorous venue - and the happy couple hired 16th Century Forte di Belvedere in Florence for the occasion.

Starting with the rehearsal dinner. The dinner itself cost a whopping $681,600. It even gets broken down to $2,044 a person and $5,452 worth of champagne. 

The performances during the weekend, which included three songs by Lana Del Rey at the rehearsal dinner, a performance by Andrea Bocelli, and was going to feature Beyonce and Jay Z, but they backed out. The music cost $1.7 million. After the rehearsal, the rain wasn’t holding back the guests from a great time — they danced around in front of a huge fireworks display over Versailles. Those fireworks cost $20,4480!

Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. West also paid for private jets, security and hotel rooms for all guests. In case you were keeping a tab — that comes to $14.7 million for the big day and this doesn’t include many other things, like the meal, the flowers, etc. The wedding is being catered by restaurant owner, Giorgio Pinchiorri who has won three Michelin stars for his italian restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri!

Prince William and Kate Middleton


Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding cost an estimated £20 million (or the equivalent of $34 million, and aside from normal royal wedding expenses, included the cost of paying policeman double for working on a bank holiday.

The costs of the wedding itself were borne by the Royal Family and the Middletons themselves, while the costs of security and transport were covered by Her Majesty's British treasury. The couple also asked that donations be made to charities in place of traditional wedding gifts; to that end, they established The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund, which focuses on assisting charities such as the New Zealand Christchurch earthquake Appeal, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and the Zoological Society of London.

The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey, where some of the more than $800,000 worth of flowers decorated the chapel.

The night before the wedding, Kate and her family stayed at the luxurious Goring Hotel in London for three nights. Guests at the wedding reception were served a fruit cake, chocolate biscuit cake and other fine foods that cost $150,000! And, there was Bollinger Champagne flowing the entire night –the Royals are expected to have plopped down $60,000 for the bubbly.

Kate, who wears Prince William’s late mother Princess Diana’s ring, was given an $11,000 wedding band of Welsh gold.

The largest cost by far was the estimated $32 million spent on security — thousands of police officers, military personnel and private bodyguards protected the guest, and the one million people who thronged the area.

Kate’s wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, was a staggering $434,000.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes


Tom and Katie got hitched in a medieval Italian castle and spared no expense, so it's not exactly shocking that their wedding cost an estimated $3.5 million. C'mon, Armani literally designed everyone's outfits? On top of that, there was a fireworks display, classical music, and — oh yeah, 300 bottles of red Barbesco wine.

Just weeks after their introduction at a business meeting in April 2005, she was his date to the David di Donatello Awards, the Italian equivalent of the Oscars, where Tom was recognised for lifetime achievement. 

They wed at the Odescalchi Castle in Rome spending $ 2 million. The air fare and the luxurious accommodation of all guests were paid for costing about $ 900,000.

Guests dined on four courses, including sea bass and steak, before enjoying a five-tier white chocolate wedding cake. They were serenaded by famed Italian opera superstar Andrea Bocelli, and Tom Cruise himself sang The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." It was a strange choice for a wedding serenade, even if it was a scene from Top Gun.

Sticking to tradition, the bride and groom cut the cake—five-tiered, white chocolate mousse, decorated with marzipan roses—and fed each other a piece, which they followed with “a big kiss on the lips,” says the guest. Next, the entire group moved outside to a courtyard, where a fireworks display exploded in the night fog to classical music. “It was a wall of lights cascading down from the balconies like water,” says actress Leah Remini. “It was so beyond what your mind could compute.”

Katie enlisted Georgio Armani to design her wedding dress, a diaphanous and delicate white lace off-the-shoulder dress. It was beaded all-over with Swarovski crystals, and trimmed with tulle and lace. Supposedly, Tom Cruise himself helped design it! Guess he didn't think it's bad luck for the groom to see the dress before the wedding.

Armani also designed the entire wedding party’s ensemble, including Tom’s wedding tux, and the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s apparel. In addition to her wedding dress, Katie’s ensemble was rumored to include some fancy La Bra lingerie; altogether her wedding night lingerie was said to cost more than $3000.

Along with Will, Jada, David, Victoria, and Brooke, Katie and Tom’s guest list included a-list stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Jim Carrey as well as fellow scientologists John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Kelly Preston.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries


Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kris Humphries is one of the most costly weddings of all time - and it may not be costing her a cent. 

While her marriage to Kris Humphries was short-lived, the bill for the extravagant festivities was sizeable, estimated to be as high as $20 million. However, the couple didn’t shell out for “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding” themselves—E! News reportedly footed most of the bill in exchange for exclusive rights to air the ceremony, which drew in a record-breaking 10 million viewers. The reality star is said to have been paid $50,000 from Las Vegas' Tao nightclub to host hers & his bachelorette and bachelor parties on 23 July. Kardashian also received other wedding essentials with compliments of brands that were eager for the exposure: like three Vera Wang gowns, all for Kim, costing $20,000 each. Use of the venue at the Sotto Il Monte estate in Montecito, California, and their $20,000 black and white Hansen’s Bakery cake were also complimentary. And Humphries reportedly received a hefty discount on Kardashian’s 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring with an estimated worth of $2 million. On top of that, Kardashian and Humphries reportedly received $1.5 million from People magazine in exchange for exclusive rights to their wedding photos. In total, the couple made $17.9 million, according to The New York Post, for their 72 days of marriage in 2011, or $248,611 a day. 

The 500+ invited guests have been instructed to wear black or white to today's all-star event at a $20 million Montecito estate.

Wayne and Coleen Rooney


Coleen McLoughlin and Wayne Rooney grew up in the Liverpool suburb of Croxteth and started dating in their final year of school when they were just 16.

The couple spent a staggering $7.7 million for their their lavish ceremony at 

the elegant Italian resort of Portofino.

The bill includes close to £1million on pre-wedding celebrations, £400,000 to book Coleen’s favourite band, Westlife, and £200,000 on her dress by the Marchesa designer label which has designed the wedding gown. The dress is thought to include pearls and crystals. She has even spent £85,000 on trips to New York for dress fittings.

Five private jets costing $200,000 flew 64 guests from the UK to the four-day celebrations, which include a lunch aboard a luxury yacht, a masked ball and champagne breakfast every morning. Wayne also booked a hip-hop star for the event.

The couple commissioned bands valued at £100,000 from a bespoke jeweller in New York.

They signed a deal with OK! Magazine worth $2.5 million.


Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman


Christina was introduced to Jordan in 2002, one of the higher-ups at the Soundproof music agency by Aguilera’s manager, Irving Azoff. The two were on vacation together, February 11, 2005, when music executive proposed to the singer. He presented Christina with a 5 carat diamond and platinum engagement ring.

Christina and Jordan organised their estimated $2 million wedding in California's Napa Valley. The wedding featured 150 guests including Sharon Stone. Christina paid $80,000 for a Spanish-style Christian Lacroix gown. Decorations included a winter-themed landscape with white roses, silver and crystals, hundreds of birch trees, white hydrangeas, roses, amaryllis, and branches. That kind of detail doesn't exactly come cheap.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky


Chelsea Clinton's 2010 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky cost an estimated $3 million, and it's easy to see why. Tents for the event alone came in at at estimated $600,000 and tables at $109,000, while flowers allegedly cost $500,000, which were a mixture of roses and hydrangeas, with colors matching the bridesmaids' hand-dyed plum gowns. and security was a rumored $200,000. The venue chosen was Astor Courts Estates, Rhinebeck, New York with 400 guests in attendance. Clinton wore wore a strapless, laser-cut organza Vera Wang dress with a full skirt worth $25,000. For the reception, she reportedly changed into a Grecian style gown with a black belt, also designed by Vera Wang. She also wore a reported $250,000 worth of jewelry, including diamond drop earrings and a diamond bracelet.

Chelsea and Marc reportedly spent $750K on catering from the St. Regis. Meanwhile, the bride and groom's $11,000 gluten-free cake was from La Tulipe Desserts in Mt. Kisco, New York.

Both from political families, Chelsea and Mezvinsky -- the Philadelphia-raised son of former Iowa congressman Ed Mezvinsky and former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy, now divorced, first met as young teenagers at a 1993 Democratic political retreat in Hilton Head, S.C. and became fast friends. When Chelsea was choosing colleges in 1997, he even showed her around Stanford University, where he was a student. His tour worked: she enrolled, and in 2005 she and Mezvinsky, by then both living in New York City, went public with their romance.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana


It wasn't dubbed the "wedding of the century" for nothing. Lady Diana Spencer wed Charles, Prince of Wales, on July 29, 1981. Diana's dress was a pricey $13,000 with an epically 25 feet long train, but the biggest expense was security and crowd control, which they spent $600,000 on, making the total cost of the wedding close to $70 million in today's dollars. 

According to TheKnot.com, the typical wedding costs around $28,000, though many people -- particularly celebrities -- tend to go way above and beyond that budget. 

The wedding, often described as the wedding of the century consisted of more than 3,000 guests being packed into the historic St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London to celebrate the union of the heir to the British throne and his young bride. With many believing the wedding cost an amazing $64 million back in 1981 it is unlikely the wedding will ever be topped in terms of grandeur and spectacle.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin


George Clooney’s four-day wedding celebrations in Venice, which involved pool-side cocktail parties, dinners in five-star hotels and a lavish wedding reception on the Grand Canal, cost an estimated $4 million. More than 100 guests, including Hollywood stars such as Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock and Cindy Crawford, converged on the lagoon city for the extravaganza, which culminated on 27 September 2014 with a civil ceremony in which Mr Clooney and Amal Alamuddin were formally married.

The bulk of the money – almost $3 million – was spent on luxury hotel rooms for George, Amal and their guests. Some of those rooms cost up to $9,000 a night.

Renting out the Aman Hotel for the reception cost about $250,000, plus an additional $300,000 to rent stuff like lighting and tables.

Dinner at the reception was $300 a head, and with 100 guests, that’s $30,000.

Flowers were estimated to cost no less than $250,000.

George’s tux set him back $5,000, and Amal’s custom Oscar de la Renta cream French lace wedding gown with pearls and diamente accents that has an off-the-shoulder neckline and a full train was $380,000 .

All the boat rides around the canals of Venice over the weekend cost

around $36,500.

The reception was stocked with 250 bottles of champagne at $200 a bottle, for a total of $50,000. There were 200 bottles of Grey Goose at a total of $8,000.

The hundreds of bottles of Casamigos tequila were essentially free, since George is one of the owners of the company.

George’s bachelor party on cost around $1,750 NOT including alcohol. Amal’s bachelorette party set them back around $2,000.

On Sunday, George and Amal treated their guests to lunch and dinner, for a grand total of $15,000, again, not including booze.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss


Donald and Melania met in 1999 at a fashion event. Breaking up in 2000, they reconciled later. Donald proposed to Melania in April, 2004.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss wedding in 2005 was quite an opulent affair at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church in Palm Beach, Florida.

Some of the 500 wedding guests included celebrities, Oprah Winfrey, Luciano Pavarotti, Clint Eastwood, Alfonse D'Amato, Usher, and Elton John, Prince Charles of Britain, Prince Albert of Monaco, David Letterman, Russell Simmons, Vic Damone, Sean Combs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shaquille O'Neal, Derek Jeter, Joe Torre and Muhammad Ali, Rudy Giuliani, Billy Joel and Katie Couric. Performances by Tony Bennett and Billy Joel entertained the guests

Melania's 50-pound wedding gown appeared on the February 2005 cover of Vogue magazine. The dress was designed by John Galliano of Christian Dior. The white duchesse satin dress, with a 13-foot train, rumored to have cost between $100,000 and $200,000, had almost 300 feet of material and 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls. The dress was so heavy and wide that Melania sat on a bench instead of a chair.

Melania changed into a Vera Wang sexy, sleek tulle dress after she had the traditional first dance with Donald.

The orange Grand Marnier chiffon wedding cake was five-foot-high, seven-tiered, 200 pounds and 32 inches in diameter. It was covered with approximately 3,000 white icing roses, and filled with Grand Marnier butter cream. It did not have the traditional bride and groom on top.

Wedding guests each received an individual cake about the size of a cupcake. Looking like the top tier, the individual cakes were chocolate sponge cakes filled with chocolate truffle, and decorated with one rose on top.

Trump, the deal-maker, managed to get discounts on many aspects of the wedding, including the 15-carat diamond ring that he gave to Melania. The regular price for the ring was $1.5 million, but he only paid half that price.

He also received discounts on the photography, flowers, meals, and transportation.

The invitation cards were from Tiffany & Co.