It’s said that paradise is where marriages are made. True, but a lot of people are willing to shell out a fortune for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Even if, in hindsight, only a select few people can afford such a lavish wedding, there are some well-known figures for whom the sky is the limit. Despite the exorbitant costs of these weddings, each couple has upheld their traditions, histories, and upbringing as indicated by their wedding rituals and the strong emotional bonds they have with their family.
No matter how much you prepare and budget for a wedding, the cost always exceeds your expectations. Some couples, however, are incredibly lucky to be able to have the wedding of their dreams and have raised it to such a high degree that they have earned a spot on the list of the world’s most expensive weddings. So, in the blog post that follows, we’ll look at some of these famous people who have previously thrown the most extravagant wedding celebrations.
Princess Diana And Prince Charles
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Can you believe a national holiday was declared for the wedding? Yes, you did read that right, and the fourth season of ‘The Crown’ featured the “wedding of the century,” which was also declared a national holiday. The world had the opportunity to witness history at the $110 million wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, which was broadcast live on television on a bright day in London.
Princess Diana’s wedding gown and the exquisite Spencer tiara were just two of the many highlights of the big day that 750 million spectators in 74 countries tuned in to behold. Not to mention the 600,000 spectators who patiently awaited their turn in line to see the future Princess of Wales enter St. Paul’s Cathedral for the wedding. The ceremonial dessert was a special touch to their wedding feast, which also featured serving 27 wedding cakes and was crafted over a period of 14 weeks by chief baker David Avery.
Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal
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Isha Ambani, the daughter of Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd., married Anand Piramal, the son of Mumbai-based billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal, in 2018 at a cost of $100 million. Additionally, over the course of three days, the Ambanis organised “Anna Seva” and fed 5,100 people in Udaipur. On the day of the wedding, Altamount Road in Mumbai was lined with streamers of vibrant yellow and orange marigold flowers, and Antilia was decked out in hundreds of fresh flowers.
Beyoncé was invited to sing “Perfect,” “Crazy in Love,” and “Naughty Girl” during a private concert at the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel for the bride and groom.
Some of Bollywood’s top stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Janhvi Kapoor, and Rekha, were present to offer their congratulations to the newlyweds. Besides Hillary Clinton, former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, businessman Ratan Tata, cricketer Virender Sehwag, tabla master Zakir Hussain, and other famous figures from politics, sports, and other fields were also in attendance.
Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas
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With a traditional phera on December 1, 2018, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas paid respect to the community where they initially got married, and it cost $40.8 million. The bride’s magnificent crimson Sabyasachi lehenga, which was made to order by 110 embroiderers in Kolkata over the course of 3,720 hours, was chosen for the special event. Completing the lehenga were French knots made of silk floss, layers of threadwork, and tiny hand-cut organza flowers. The two also got hitched in a Christian ceremony presided over by Nick Jonas’ father, Paul Kevin Jonas, in keeping with his upbringing. That bride’s journey to the altar was one she will never forget.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace served as the venue for the ceremony, and the property’s opulent setting was ideal for such a magnificent event. Ralph Lauren, Priyanka’s close friend and the couturier who created the couple’s ensembles for their 2017 Met Gala appearance, created personalized looks for the bride and groom as well as their families; 12 bridesmaids, 12 groomsmen, and four flower girls.
After opulent wedding festivities in Rajasthan, Priyanka and Nick enjoyed a grandiose reception in Delhi. The nature-inspired decorations, which included candles, branches, and flowers, created a lovely scene, but the newlyweds really stole everyone’s hearts. One of the notable personalities among the evening’s 500 attendees was Mr. Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister.
Prince William And Kate Middleton
Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s royal nuptials, which took place at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom, on April 29, 2011, cost $34 million. Kate entered the wedding in a vintage Rolls-Royce with her father, and she was wearing Sarah Burton’s ball gown by Alexander McQueen, which is made of ivory and white satin gazar.
The royal Queen Elizabeth looked absolutely magnificent in a pale yellow dress and bonnet for the lovely wedding, and celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Guy Ritchie, and Joss Stone also dressed for the occasion to convey their congratulations to the newlyweds. Before embarking on their 109-year-old State Landau carriage ride through the streets of London, Prince William and Kate’s balcony kiss was witnessed by a sea of admirers holding miniature Union Jacks outside Buckingham Palace.
Kim Kardashian And Kanye West
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On May 24, 2014, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West exchanged vows in an extravagant fairy tale ceremony in Italy. The couple, however, made a weekend-long celebration out of their marriage, starting with a vacation to Paris, where the bride-to-be hosted a memorable bachelorette party with her sisters and friends at the Hôtel Costes. The entire wedding cost nearly $2.8 million.
They flew their wedding guests over and paid for their accommodations, and they spent about $5000 on a marble table with their guests’ names engraved on it for the weekend event that took place in Italy and France. They spent $400,000 on the venue; $500,000 on Kim’s Givenchy gown, and $400,000 on the weekend event.
Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, walked the bride down the aisle while she donned special Givenchy haute couture made by Riccardo Tisci. As Kardashian West walked down the aisle toward the most amazing floral wall and her future husband, Italian musician Andrea Bocelli, sang. North West, the couple’s daughter and the groom both attended the ceremony dressed in Givenchy creations.
Virat Kholi And Anushka Sharma
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On December 11, 2017, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli exchanged vows in Italy, where the opulent ceremony cost $10 million. In an interview, Anushka Sharma expressed her emotions and said, “We wanted to have a home-style wedding. There were only 42 people there, with all our friends and family present. I wanted it to be about Virat and me marrying each other and not this big celebrity wedding. The energy at our wedding was blessed. “
The power couple’s wedding celebrations were officially launched with the engagement ceremony, where they exchanged rings in front of a backdrop draped in the form of plants while Ed Sheeran’s romantic song “Thinking Out Loud” serenaded the audience.
For the main wedding ceremony, a mandap decorated in vintage style with a canopy of flowers and lanterns with candles was employed. The wedding decorator, Devika Narain, chose a colour scheme of powder blue, soft pink, and lavender. The atmosphere, which was inspired by the ideas of expansion and riches, was designed to resemble an overgrown garden. Each guest received a collection of beautiful poems by Rumi, in keeping with the spiritual nature of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli. This gorgeous wedding was the result of 45 days of arduous effort by our employees, who imported flowers from Holland and delicate attire from India.
Wayne Rooney & Coleen McLoughlin
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When Coleen McLoughlin was barely 12 years old, she met Wayne Rooney in Liverpool’s Croxteth district, where they became good friends. However, the two did not become “official” until they were 16 and had graduated from high school. They were married in a grandiose ceremony in June 2008, when Wayne’s football career in the Premier League and for England was flourishing.
The lavish wedding, which cost $8 million, was held in the Villa Durazzo, a house from the 17th century in the Italian resort town of Santa Margherita Ligure. The $670,000 Irish boyband Westlife serenaded the guests there. 64 of their guests were flown to the wedding on five private jets thanks to arrangements made by Ronney.
Brad Pitt And Jennifer Aniston
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The wedding, which cost around $1 million, was the most lavish and expensive of the new millennium. In front of 200 of their closest friends and family, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston exchanged wedding vows in Malibu on a bluff overlooking the Pacific on July 29, 2000. The couple used 50,000 roses, wisteria, tulips, and lotus flowers to make the entire Malibu estate look like a Zen garden for their wedding. The pair were congratulated by Courteney Cox, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, David Spade, and Kathy Najimy, who were all on the guest list.
The gorgeous bride slipped into an Italian designer, Lawrence Steele’s, floor-length, white satin and silk bridal gown with glass beads and a low back. She entered the ceremony wearing a pair of ivory suede Manolo Blahnik heels that were crafted especially for her. A pearl and Swarovski crystal crown were affixed to her with a veil.
The couple’s 13-minute fireworks display, which was let off by a barge floating in the Pacific as the grand finale, helped to establish a significant wedding tradition for years to come.
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