A wedding is a fabulous affair in itself and when it comes to a celebrity wedding, you know that most of them will go that extra step to make sure that their wedding is remembered forever. Here are the 25 most expensive celebrity weddings that tinsel town has ever seen.
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Though I'm not exactly sure what the total cost for this wedding was, it was a lavish celebration! Taking place in the Opeca Castle, the wedding festivities included Jacob & Co wedding bands, a seven tiered cake, expensive earrings for the bridesmaids, and the list goes on! Jonas wore diamond cufflinks worth $15,000, tuxedo shirt studs worth $8,900, and a tie accent valued at $5,400! Bride wore a Vera Wang dress, and you know the cost of those beauties! And Kevin was thoughtful enough to buy darling Danielle glass slippers to wear at the castle!
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In June 2006, on a cliff in Australia, Nicole Kidman arrived in her cream colored Rolls Royce limo. The cliff was covered in hundreds of candles and red flowers and many well-known guests were among the 200 guests. This beautiful wedding cost an estimated $250,000! Oh, and if you were a guest to this wedding, you were given your very own Tiffany clock complete with an engraving!
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Though they married in secret in 2000, a larger event was held in 2002 to renew their vows in Puerto Rico. Torres wore a crystal and pearl embroidered dress to the San Juan Cathedral where they vowed once again to have and to hold till death parted them at the cost of an estimated $500,000! Sadly, this vow was broken in 2004 when they divorced.
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In the town of Greensboro, Georgia, At the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher said "I do" in front of a lakeside location complete with a tent for the special day. Underwood booked the whole hotel for her guests, ie: a whopping 251 rooms! The Presidential House was were they spent their first night as a married couple, which cost $4,000 a night. The Suite was 5,400 square feet with a private pool, living room and two double queen size beds, just to name a few. The total cost came close to $500,000! Phew!
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In Manhattan in 1993, Mariah Carey paraded in front of photographers wearing her Vera Wang ivory dress, with a 27-foot Princess Diana style train held by 50 flower girls! Her tiara, (also Diana style) had a veil trailing behind it finished with rhinestones. The wedding, attended by 300 guests, cost the lovely couple about $500,000. Though, they divorced in 1998. Carey is now married to Nick Cannon and they're expecting twins!
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Ashley Judd and Scottish racecar driver Dario Franchitti tied the knot in Scotland in December of 2001. (Apparently they tied it pretty tight - they're still married!) Ashley wore an Armani gown and a full length, beaded lace coat, and of course, Dario wore his kilt! This wedding cost a whopping $750,000!
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Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin in July of 1999 was the chosen location for the elegant wedding David and Victoria Beckham had. They even had velvet-covered thrones to sit on for the day! A 20-foot long train and a gold, diamond encrusted crown were among the outfit worn by Victoria, and all 250 guests were instructed to wear only black or white. This elegant occasion cost the Beckhams an estimated $800,000!
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In July of 2000, Malibu was the venue for the wedding of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. 50,000 flowers created a Zen garden look and candles filled the reception tent. Many celeb guests attended, including some of Jennifer's co-stars from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. This wedding, ending with divorce in 2005, cost a lovely $1 million!
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July of 2004 at the Spelling mansion, Tori and Charlie wed. The 1920's flapper style and the Great Gatsby themed wedding, and 400 guests cost this family $1 million dollars! Sadly, they divorced in 2006.
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In a strapless Christian Dior gown, Melania Knauss married Donald Trump in January of 2005. Her gown was made from 300 feet of satin beaded with 1,500 crystals! Can you imagine the weight of this dress? Just the 13-foot train weighed 50 pounds! This 400-guest affair was topped off with a 36-piece orchestra! This wedding cost $1 million!
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An estimated $1.5 million went into the makings of Madonna's marriage to Guy Ritchie in December of 2000. Among the beautiful things Madonna wore was a 1910 diamond tiara once worn by the Princess Grace of Monaco. That's a lot to spend on a wedding whose reception was held in a basement, huh? And to top it off, they divorced in January of 2009.
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In Ireland, in August of 2001, Pierce Brosnan wed Keely Shaye Smith. Their six-tier wedding cake was modeled after J.F.K's and Jackie O's! Beautiful! $1.5 million is the estimated cost for this wedding as well.
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In 1993 at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York, Eddie Murphy married model Nicole Mitchell. Around 500 guests attended this wedding! They even re-carpeted the grand ballroom at the hotel for the occasion! The bride wore a French lace gown complete with a 12-foot train. This wedding also cost an estimated $1.5 million. And the couple divorced in 2006.
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Tiger has been in the news quite a bit recently, but when his life with Elin first began in October of 2004, it cost them $1.5 million. In order to keep the even totally exclusive, Tiger rented the entire Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados and even the islands only helicopter charter company!
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In 2000, also in the Plaza Hotel in New York, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones had a wedding worthy of their Oscar winning status. Catherine wore a Christian Lacroix gown with antique Chantilly lace. And, in order to get in to the wedding, guests were required to present their hologram embedded invitations! Another $1.5 million wedding!
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Though, from what I found, the exact amount that was shelled out for the "Royal wedding" of the United states is uncertain, it is estimated that the Clinton's spent between $1 and $2 million for their daughter's wedding. Clinton wore a Vera Wang strapless gown that was beautiful! With a dozen bridesmaids, and nearly that many groomsman, the party was large! And you needed specially issued I.D. bracelets to even get a ride to the wedding!
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Moving on up in the cost department, Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman spent $2 million on their wedding in November of 2005! The bride wore a Spanish-style Christian Lacroix gown and changed into a satin mini-dress for the reception. This wedding was winter themed and packed full of white roses, silver draperies and lots of crystal! (They are currently separated, and divorce is pending.)
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Among Liz Taylor's many weddings was this $2 million one to construction worker, Larry Fortensky. It was held at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch and Jackson was the one to give the bride away. She wore a Valentino gown of a pale yellow color. It is said that it was hard to even hear them exchange vows for the "beehive" of reporters in the helicopters above.
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Here's another $2 million wedding. Holmes wore an off-the-shoulder ivory silk gown personally designed by Giorgio Armani, and Cruise serenaded her with "You've Lost That Loving Feeling". Aww! It's wonderful to see that these two are still going strong and make one heck of a gorgeous family with daughter Suri.
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We've now reached the $2.5 million mark with Elizabeth Hurley's marriage to Arun Nayar in March of 2007. Their double wedding ceremony festivities spanned a total of eight days! To the first ceremony, Hurley wore a chiffon gown designed by her friend Donatella Versace. The second ceremony was a traditional Hindu one in India, where their suite cost them $10,000 a night!
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The actress and her French billionaire tied the knot in Venice. She wore a Balenciaga gown with a traditional veil, and held a bouquet of orchids and stephanotis with crystals. The festivities began with a carnival-style masked ball and ended with a lavish reception. The estimated cost of the wedding? A whopping 3 million!
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In June of 2002, former Beatle Paul McCartney and Heath Mills married for the cost of $3 million! The bride walked the aisle to a song that was written for her by her groom. Indian dancers entertained at the reception. The pair is now unfortunately divorced.
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Minnelli and Gest spent $3.5 million to marry in March of 2002 only to divorce the following year. The best man was Michael Jackson and Maid of honor was Elizabeth Taylor. 500 guests attended and listened to the 60-piece orchestra play.
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You might want to sit down for this one. When Vanisha Mittal (daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal) and investment banker Armit Bhatia tied the knot, they spent an insane $78 million on it!!! The wedding took place at a dreamy 17th-century chateau in France and went on for five days. Of course the food was perfect with the wine tab alone going up to $1.5 million and the 1000 odd guests received a 20-page silver book invitation! Extravagant much?
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A gorgeous young girl marries a handsome prince! Could it possibly get any more perfect?! Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier in a stunning handmade gown with with over 800,000 sequins and 1,500 rhinestones and pearls. The Prince also created a perfume especially for Grace and designed his own outfit. While the exact cost of the wedding is not known, I think this one deserves the number one spot for its sheer fairytale value! *goes into dream mode*
And there you have the craziest, most expensive celebrity weddings ever! It's a pity to see that few have stood the test of time. Which was your favorite wedding of the bunch?
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