Amongst events celebrated by inhabitants of this world, weddings are known to be the money-consuming than any other event. On the contrary, it depends on the comfort and riches of the groom and sometimes the spouse. To be precise, everyone holds his or her ceremony according to the worth of their pockets.
Quik.news came across a mind-blowing post made by financeonline.com, which spoke about the most extravagant weddings. According to the source, these weddings range from $2 million to over $100 million.
Youth of the 21st century have developed the lust for lavish living. Hence, they spend much of their money on such events just to impress others.
The size of the celebration depends on several factors, such as wedding guests, wedding budget, and wedding location, etc.
Below are 15 most expensive weddings ever held in the world.
15. Christina Aguilera & Jordan Bratman – $2.2 million
Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman spent about $2 million on their marriage ceremony in Napa Valley, California. This took place in 2005. The gown of Christina Aguilera costed a whopping $80,000, according to reports. The wedding received 150 guests. The ceremony was held in a tent set up in the middle of a vineyard.
14. Elizabeth Hurley & Arun Nayar – $2.6 million
Elizabeth Hurley reportedly married the Indian businessman twice. The first was held at the Sudeley Castle, England in 2007. The second marriage was held at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. The total cost of the ceremony was about $2.6 million.
13. Paul McCartney & Heather Mills – $3.6 million
Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in 2002 in a lavish ceremony at San Salvator's Church in the village of Glaslough, Co. Monaghan. McCartney's four children were present and celebrities such as Steve Buscemi, Chrissie Hynde, and Michael Jackson also graced the ceremony. Ringo Starr, the last remaining Beatle, was also present. Following the reception, which was followed by a spectacular fireworks display that the entire village enjoyed.
12. Elizabeth Taylor & Larry Fortensky – $4 million
Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor married her colleague Larry Fortensky in 1991 at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The ceremony was attended by celebrities such as Liza Minnelli, Eddie Murphy, and Macaulay Culkin. Their wedding costed about $4 million.
11. Liza Minnelli & David Gest – $4.2 million
Liza Minnelli married her boyfriend, who was also a concert promoter in a beautiful ceremony. The ceremony took place on New York's Fifth Avenue in 2002. Michael Jackson was there to grace the ceremony and surprisingly, he was David Gest's best man. Queen Guitarist Brian May, Liam Neeson, and Gloria Gaynor also made a beautiful appearance at the occasion.
10. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin – $4.6 Million
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding was one of the most expensive weddings in the world. More than half of the budget was spent on housing their guests at the Opulent Hotel Cipriani, Venice. The reception was reportedly held at The Aman, which is also quite expensive but was the ideal setting for their celebrity-studded guest list.
9. Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky – $5 million
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the former President of the United States and a former Secretary of State, tied the knot with investment banker Marc in an elaborate wedding celebration at the Astor Courts in 2010. The setting offered a tranquil and romantic view of the Hudson River from their ceremony in New York.
8. Wayne Rooney & Coleen McLoughlin – $8 million
The Irish boyband Westlife serenaded the couple and their guests at the wedding of Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin. Rooney reportedly arranged for five private jets to transport anout 64 guests to the wedding in Italy. Amazed? The ceremony took place at the Abbey of Cervara near Genoa, Italy.
The Ex-Manchester United footballer married his childhood friend in 2008 at the Abbey of Cervara in Genoa, Italy.
7. Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma – $10 million
The Indian Cricket Superstar Virat Kohli married his colleague celebrity from the Bollywood Industry, Anushka Sharma in an 800-year-old luxury resort in Tuscany, Italy. It was a private ceremony in 2017. Borgo Finocchieto, a 13th century restored historic luxury village, is also the world's second most expensive property.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's wedding was held at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. The villa could accommodate 44 people at a time, and the cost of accommodating one person for one week is INR 1 Crore. Given that 44 people attended the wedding, the total cost comes to INR 45 crore.
Among those in attendance was none other than Shah Rukh Khan, star of the hit Bollywood film, Raees.
6. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – $12 Million
No one knows exactly how much Kanye paid for the wedding, but according to surveys, it's likely to be between 12 and 20 million dollars.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spent $1.6 million on their wedding, including $400,000 on the venue, $500,000 for Givenchy gowns, and $5,000 on a marble table with guests' names styled on it. The couple tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in Italy and France, where they spent almost $1million on their nuptials.
5. Prince William & Kate Middleton – $34 million
They dated since 2003 and happily tied the knot. Their wedding took place at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom, on April 29, 2011. The groom, Prince William, was the second in line to the British throne.
Prince Harry served as William's best man, and the bride's sister Pippa served as maid of honor. After the wedding, the couple made the traditional appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
4. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas – $40.8 million
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's wedding was held at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. The couple reportedly booked the entire hotel for the wedding from November 29 to December 3, 2018.
3. Vanisha Mittal & Amit Bhatia – $66 million
Vanisha Mittal's wedding to Amit Bhatia was one of the most expensive weddings in the world that took place in 2004. Before the wedding, the engagement ceremony was held at the Palace of Versailles. Kylie Minogue was paid $330,000 for a half-hour performance at the wedding. The couple married at the historic 17th century Chateau Vaux le Vicomte near Paris.
2. Isha Ambani & Anand Piramal – $100 million
The wedding of Isha Ambani and Piramal (daughter of Mukesh Ambani) was considered as the biggest event of the year in India. Everything from tens of chartered flights to thousands of luxury cars to the booking of five-star hotels to the A1 guest list of biggies to pre-wedding celebrations describes the Iisha Ambani wedding as the grandest Indian event of 2018.
Isha Ambani's pre-wedding festivities took place at Hotel Udaivilas in Udaipur, Rajasthan's most beautiful tourist destination. The multi-million-dollar celebrations were overseen by The City of Lakes, a leading event management company. Isha Ambani received a 450-crore bungalow as a gift from her in-laws.
1. Prince Charles & Diana – $110 million
Prince Charles and Lady Diana got hitched on July 29, 1981, at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Their wedding was dubbed a "fairytale wedding" and the "wedding of the century". It was seen by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million people and was personally witnessed by only 3,500 people. According to reports, Princess Diana's wedding gown had a 25-foot train and was covered in 10,000 pearls.
The wedding service was a traditional Church of England ceremony. Members of the royal family, members of the bride's and groom's families, as well as republican heads of state, were in attendance. To commemorate the wedding, the United Kingdom declared a national holiday on that day. The cost of the wedding was later estimated to be $48 million in total (between $70M and $110M when adjusted for inflation), with $600,000 being spent on security.
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