Marriage opens up the path to realizing a higher purpose to one’s life, it is only natural for the parties involved to make it their best day ever by spending as much as they can afford to make their wedding event memorable.
That is why people with heavy pockets go all out in spending the green and make their wedding celebrations into something to be remembered.
Celebrities fall into such a category, and they have had lavish weddings since the dawn of the entertainment era.
In the last decade, we have witnessed some over-the-top celebrity weddings, and we will talk about everything from the cost of the wedding dresses to the expensive jewellery that will make your jaw drop.
Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra – $800,000
Before Priyanka Chopra became a Hollywood star, she was crowned as the 50th Miss World pageant in 2000. At that time, her future to be husband, Nick Jonas was just eight years old!
Singer Nick and Bollywood actress Priyanka met for the first time at the Met Gala event in 2017, they hit it off instantly despite the age difference. During the next year, rumours started to swirl around that had been dating each other, but nothing was confirmed until the couple spent the memorial day weekend together in 2018.
The couple made their relationship official on May 29, 2018, and two months later in July, Jonas got down on one knee and popped the question, while they were holidaying in Crete, Greece; the answer was an instant, yes, and the story broke out a week later that Jonas and Chopra have made it official.
Jonas and Chopra’s wedding took place over the first weekend of December 2018, the two married at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, a five-star hotel in Jodhpur, India, which cost the couple $60,000 a night, according to the various news outlets.
The guest accommodations cost an estimate of $500,000 over the weekend, and during that time the couple held both a traditional Indian wedding as well as a Christian wedding ceremony to honour the faith of both the bride and the groom.
The bride’s white gown was estimated to be around $35,000, and the whole event cost the newlyweds $800,000, which seems a tad light, compared to other celebrity weddings on our list.
Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian – $1 Million
When tennis champion Serena Williams met Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of the popular website Reddithusband, the duo became an item, straight away!
Serena and Alexis met in Rome, Italy in 2015, where they were both visiting the country for business. Their meeting was purely coincidental, and yet a year later, Alexis proposed to Williams at the same hotel.
23 times Grand Slam winner Williams, whose net worth is around a whopping $180-million, married Alexis, in New Orleans on November 16, 2017. The ceremony was a star-studded event which featured celebrities like Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Eva Longoria, and Kanye West amongst others.
The event was held in a non-traditional manner at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, and the whole ceremony was planned by famed wedding planners Jennifer Zabinski and Preston Bailey.
The ceremony also featured a $25000 illuminated carousel, whilst Serena’s wedding dress, which was designed by Sarah Burton, was reported to be around a staggering $3.5-million, and according to sources the whole cost of the wedding reached $1-million.
Elton John & David Furnish – $1.5 Million
Did you know that singer Sir Elton John identified himself as a bisexual and married a woman named Renate Blauel in 1984, before coming out as gay in 1988?
Elton John became involved with Canadian filmmaker David Furnish in 1993, before proposing to him on May 2005. Later that year the couple entered into a civil partnership, which gave same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.
The duo converted their partnership into marriage as soon as same-sex marriages became legalized in the UK in 2014 and had a ceremony celebrating their marriage, which was held in Windsor, Berkshire on 21st December 2014.
As they say, good things are worth the wait, as the couple exchanged vows and diamond wedding bands worth $240,000 at Windsor’s Guildhall, which included 600 guests and big names like, Donatella Versace, Claudia Schiffer, Sharon Stone, and David Beckham.
It was reported that an estimate of $130,000 was spent on food, $120,000 on champagne, and $10,000 on the caviar alone, and the whole event cost more than $1.5-million, which could have stretched way above $2-million if the service had not been held at Elton John’s privately owned estate.
Salma Hayek & Francois-Henri Pinault – $3.5 Million
Selma Hayek’s married the billionaire with a net worth of over $30-billion, Francois-Henri Pinault, in a what we can call a very extravagant ceremony.
Sex symbol Selma Hayek confirmed her engagement to French businessman Francois Pinault in 2007 on the same day she announced her pregnancy. Pinault is the chairman of the luxury group Kering, which holds brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and many more.
The couple married in a private ceremony on Valentine’s day in 2009, and the second formal ceremony was held on April 25, 2009, in Venice. Being one of the richest men in the world, Renault spared no expense, as the wedding was held in the famous opera house Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
Big-time celebrities like Bono, Penelope Cruz, and Woody Harrelson attended the lavish occasion, Bono performed the song “Over the Rainbow,” and the rest of the guest joined in with him.
Hayek wore a Balenciaga gown with a traditional veil and held a bouquet of orchids with crystals.
The wedding food was arranged by celebrity Spanish chef Jose Andres, and the reported cost of the wedding was around $3-3.5 million.
Sofia Vergara & Joe Manganiello – $4 Million
Here’s an interesting fact about actress Sofia Vergara: In 2005 she briefly dated none other than the movie icon Tom Cruise, before he went on to marry Katie Holmes in 2006.
After getting engaged on Christmas day 2014, Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara got married on November 21, 2015, in a spectacular ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida, in an event which seemed like a beautiful carnival.
The guests included some familiar names like Channing Tatum and his then-wife Jenna Dewan, the entire cast of Modern Family and the Oscar Award winner, Reese Witherspoon, who was also Vergara’s co-star in the film Hot Pursuit, as well as Vergara’s 24-year-old son from her previous marriage.
The bride wore a stunning, ivory lace-brocaded gown designed by Zahid Murad and the groom looked dashing in his black John Varvatos suit, while Florida’s very own Pitbull performed in the event.
The over-the-top wedding ceremony was valued at around $4-million with $1-million reportedly going toward custom décor from celebrity florist Jeff Leatham.
George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin – $ 4.5 Million
The Lebanese in origin, Human Rights Activist and lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who she and her family fled to Europe during the Lebanese Civil War of 1982, would have never imagined getting married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
George Clooney was married before to actress Talia Balsam in 1989 and got divorced in 1993. Clooney met Amal for the first time in July 2013, and the pair got engaged in April 2014. It was reported by a British tabloid that Amal’s mother opposed the marriage between the two, which was later falsified and the tabloid had to apologize for their wrongful reporting.
On 27 September 2014, the couple got married in Venice’s city hall but they organized a reception ceremony two days later. The duo accommodated their friend’s and family, which swallowed the majority of the budget of their wedding.
The venue was rented out for $250,000, and everything from food to champagne was arranged, the guests were brought to the site by gondola drivers.
Amal Clooney wore an off-the-shoulder lace Oscar de la Renta Wedding dress, that was around the $400,000 price range, and the whole event cost the couple around $4.5 million.
Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel – $6.5 Million
Everyone’s favourite NSYNC member Justin Timberlake began his relationship with actress Jessica Biel in 2007 but the couple waited four years to get engaged and only announced that they would tie the knot in the fall of 2012.
The couple got married on October 19, 2012, at the Borgo Egnazia castle in Fasano, Italy. The event included close friends and family, and some amongst their celebrity guests were Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, and Rapper Timbaland.
Biel wore a non-traditional pink Giambattista Valli ball gown, which was estimated at around $100,000.
The majority of the budget went to accommodate the guests, which included the hotel and travel expenses, the total cost of the event was speculated to be around at an extravagant $6.5-million.
Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto – $10 Million
Sports Legend Michael Jordan married his long-time girlfriend and fiancé of two years Cuban model Yvette Prieto on April 27, 2013, at a lavish ceremony held in Palm Beach, Florida.
It was reported that 500 people accompanied the couple at the church for their wedding rituals and then another 1000 gathered at the reception at Palm Springs.
The event included big names like legendary golfer Tiger Woods, basketball player Scottie Pippen and iconic director Spike Lee. Singers like Usher and Robin Thicke were invited to perform.
No expense was spared to make the event as fancy, as no one had ever witnessed before. The whole event was planned by the famous wedding planner Sharon Sack, who coordinated with the florist, Mark’s Garden, while the bride wore a custom-made J’Aton Couture gown laced with Swarovski crystals.
According to sources, the wedding dress alone cost around $300,000 and the reception was estimated at a staggering amount of $10-million.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West – $10 Million
Celebrity power couple Kim and Kanye first started dating in the Spring of 2012, and they had a daughter named North West in 2013 way before tying the knot in 2014.
The couple held their nuptials in Florence, Italy and later spent the weekend in Paris, France, where the couple arranged for 100 rooms at the Westin Excelsior to accommodate their guests.
Kim wore an exquisite white lace Givenchy dress, which cost a cool of $500,000, while the ceremony at the Italian venue in Florence set them back another $410,000, and the event in Italy alone was estimated at around $3-million.
The couple made sure no one was to forget about the weekend at Paris, where the couple arranged for Lana Del Rey to perform for them whilst also accommodating over 600 guests over the weekend.
Some reports suggest that the Wedding retrieve cost ‘Kimye’ more than $10-million.
Angela Yeung & Huang Xiaoming – $31 Million
An interesting fact about Angela Yeung: Angela is known in the entertainment industry as Angelababy, she is fluent in four languages and has a net worth of $40-million.
Chinese Actor/Model/Singer Angela Yeung who is also crowned as the Chinese Kim Kardashian began dating Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming in 2009 and the duo successfully made their relationship private, until making it public in 2014.
The couple married in May 2015 and organized a lavish wedding banquet in Shanghai, on 8 October 2015, which is considered the most expensive wedding in the Chinese history, as it was assessed at an overwhelming $31 million.
The bride wore a custom Dior gown that required almost five months to create, and her wedding band was reported to be around the price range of 1.5-million, which consisted of a five-carat pear-shaped diamond and many smaller ones.
The whole event was live-streamed, it also included a ten-foot carousel shaped cake, which took more than a month to make, all of the 2,000 guests took luxury goody bags home, as wedding favours, that included cell phones and other extravagant goodies.
If only we were quests to that wedding!
Prince William & Kate Middleton – $ 34 million
Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne, after his father, Prince Charles made sure he celebrated big when he decided to marry the love of his life, Kate Middleton.
Prince William and Kate’s love story captured the public eye and seemed fairytale-like, as their romance started way back when they were students, whilst studying at St Andrews University, where they first met in the summer of 2001.
However, their relationship only blossomed until 2003, and news of their romance became public knowledge when the pair went on a skiing trip together in 2004.
It wasn’t until 2010, after an on-again-off-again relationship, William proposed to Kate by giving her his mother’s(Lady Diana) wedding ring.
William and Kate got married at Westminster Abbey, on 29th April 2011, and the ceremony was watched by more than a billion people in more than 180 countries around the world!
Kate wore a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress, which cost $300,000 and the whole event was attended by people of the British parliament, celebrities and many more.
The cost of the wedding was calculated to be exact $34-million, of which $32-million went against all security arrangements.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle – $40 Million
Meghan Markle, who before joining the royal family was a Hollywood successful TV actress, lists the top of the costliest weddings of the past decade.
We are not referring to her first wedding to actor and producer Trevor Engelson, but her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
Prince Harry and Markle met on a blind date in early July 2016, and after four months into dating, in private, news finally leaked on October 31, 2016, that the two of them were in a romantic relationship.
After months of speculation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally announced that they got engaged on November 27, 2017.
Meghan and Harry tied the knot on May 19, 2018, in the most expensive wedding of the decade.
However much like his brother’s big day, the bulk of the expenses went into the security arrangements. Food and champagne were arranged for the guests of high magnitude, at Frogmore House in Windsor, England.
Meghan wore $135,000 worth designer Givenchy wedding dress, and the total amount that the royal family spent on the ceremony was around $40-million, which made it the most expensive celebrity wedding of the decade.