The most expensive weddings to date spared no expense when it came to tying the knot. From world-class celebrity guests to over the top wedding cakes, no expense is too much for these couples. For the millionaires and billionaires, it is a lavish and luxurious pageantry with a lot of extravagance and flamboyance. Have a look at this list.
1. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes ($2 million)
With the age difference of 16 years, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tied the knot in Italy on 18th November 2006 (Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes on the top of Eiffel Tower before 19 months of the wedding date). The lavishing wedding of celebrity duos was attended by 150 guests including the top guns of the celebrity world. The bride’s gown was personally designed by Giorgio Armani of Valenciennes lace, and the groom wore Armani as well. Next morning, the couple jetted off to the gorgeous Maldives for some much-needed rest and relaxation.
2. Arun Nayar and Elizabeth Hurley ($2.5 million)
Actress and model Elizabeth Hurley wed business tycoon Arun Nayar in 2007 in a $2.5 million, eight-day celebration spanning Europe and India. The couple got married in Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, Britain for Hurley’s family and friends, then again in Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India for Nayar’s people. Guests at these lavish ceremonies included Elle Macpherson, Donatella Versace, and Evelyn Lauder.
3. Liza Minnelli and David Gest ($3.5 million)
The “I do” event of Liza and David is counted among one of the most expensive weddings of the decade. The high powered and star-studded party was backed by a 60-piece orchestra. Offering a unique regality, this wedding ceremony became one of the biggest news across the world.
4. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills ($ 3.5 million)
This extravagant affair took place in County Monaghan, Ireland. The ceremony was held in St. Salvador’s Church, followed by a reception at Castle Leslie for 300 guests. The bride’s gown was actually her own design, made up by London’s Eavis & Brown and she carried a bouquet of roses named after McCartney. After a stunning fireworks display, the couple escaped for a honeymoon break to a private island in Seychelles.
5. Delphine Arnault and Alessandro Vallarino Gancia ($7 million)
Delphine Arnault, the daughter of French businessman Bernard Arnault, married Alessandro Vallarino Gancia, of the Gancia wine dynasty, in 2005 at the Cote d’Azur, France. This affair is said to have cost over $7 million. Her gown wasn’t bought off the rack at David’s Bridal – it was created by famed fashion designer John Galliano. Famous wedding guests included Elizabeth Hurley and Karl Lagerfeld. Harper’s Bazaar called this spectacular wedding “Wedding of the Year.”
6. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLaughlin ($15 million)
Rooney and McLoughlin’s wedding ceremony took place on June 12, 2008, in Villa Durazzo, which has breathtaking views over the Italian Rivera. The festivities turned into a four-day celebration on a yacht, with 64 guests flown in on five private jets. What’s really odd about this wedding is that the couple had a simple civil ceremony and served pizza at the reception…but all the accouterments (like the dress, designed by Georgia Chapman’s Marchesa label which cost a reported £3 million itself) added up.
7. Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev ($20 million)
The wedding ceremony of Vikram Chatwal, a jet-setting hotelier, and actor, and Priya Sachdev, a model and actress and former investment banker, lasted 10 days and was spread across three cities in India. This wedding was a multimillion-dollar celebration, during which 600 guests from 26 countries were ferried around on chartered jets.
8. Andrei Melnichenko and Aleksandra Kokotovich ($30 million)
September 2005, the famed Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko became the happiest man when he married model Aleksandra Kokotovich at Cote d’Azur of France. The union of the billionaire and the former Miss Yugoslavia was lavish and grand in its own rights and had a star-studded guest list to grace the luxury occasion. The luxury ceremony was cheered by the live performances of singers Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston.
9. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Salama ($44.5 million)
The glittering wedding ceremony of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — the ruler of Dubai, and Princess Salama in 1981 at a whopping cost of $44.5 million earned a place in the Forbes list of “Billionaire Weddings”. A sprawling stadium was built to entertain 20,000 invitees for the seven-day long celebration which later emerged as a spicy material for tabloids for being one of the most expensive weddings.
10. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia ($78 million)
The wedding ceremony of Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia holds a history in terms of spending money that has never been seen still today. Around 1,000 guests from all over the world received 20-page-thick, silver-encased invitation cards to the lavish event, which included feasts at the world’s best hotels. The most expensive wedding so far will be remembered for series of parties at fancy nightclubs, top-of-the-line Kristal champagne, exclusive performances by Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan and pop kitten Kylie Minogue, and other lavishing events.