George and Amal's wedding looked like something out of a particularly chic film. The handsome heartthrob married brunette beauty Amal in Venice, Italy, and paid for all the guests' travel arrangements! The wedding cost $4.6 million. Almost three million of the budget was spent on 95 rooms for the guests at the Cipriani hotel. The wedding dinner at the hotel was a boozy affair, with guests putting away 250 bottles of champagne ($50 000), 200 bottles of Grey Goose vodka ($80 000) and 600 bottles of Casamigos Tequila: ($30 000)!
Kimye's wedding was a steal compared to the cost of Kanye's proposal in San Francisco. While Kanye spent $3.3 million on his proposal, the couple's wedding only cost a mere $2.8 million. The wedding was a week-long event in Paris and Florence. They spent $409,000 on renting their wedding venue, Forte di Belvedere, $74,000 on air transport between Paris and Florence and even had a "glam squad" available in case any of their guests needed help with their "lewks" ($380/person).
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got married on October 19th, 2012 in Italy on a private estate in the gorgeous state of Puglia. Jessica wore a fabulous pink dress designed by Giambattista Valli. The wedding reportedly cost around $7 million, with Justin singing to Jessica as she walked down the aisle, a four-course dinner for all the guests and dancing until dawn.
THE royal wedding of the last decade was a truly lavish affair. The globally televised event cost around $34 million. What is astounding is that Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding would have cost an enormous $110 million today (taking inflation into account), meaning that Prince William and Duchess Catherine's wedding was a bargain in comparison. Nearly all of the budget (a whopping $32 million to be exact) was spent on security. Catherine's Alexander McQueen wedding dress cost $434,000 and the lunch and dinner receptions at Buckingham Palace $600,000. While the wedding was without doubt an expensive event, it was also a HUGE moneymaker, and gave the British economy a $690 million boost.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had a fairytale wedding at the 15th-century Odeschalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy in 2012. The A-list event of the summer cost $2 million, with almost half of the budget ($900,000) being spent on guests' air fares.
Elton John and David Furnish's wedding in 2005 is estimated to have cost somewhere between $1.5 and $2 million. Their wedding dinner was an extravagant affair with pink champagne (only fitting, darling) and a star-studded guest list which included the Beckhams, Donatella Versace, Claudia Schiffer and Sharon Stone.
It has to be said, New York is not the cheapest place to get married. When Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones tied the knot nineteen years ago, they spent $1.5 million. Their guest list included the creme-de-la-creme of Hollywood, Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Goldie Hawn and Meg Ryan. $300,000 was spent on the bride's tiara, her Christian Lacroix gown was worth $140,000, and 50 security guards were hired (all of whom cost $5,000/hour).
David and Victoria's wedding in 1999 cost around $800,000 which might sound like a bargain compared to Kimye's or the Clooney's, but bearing inflation in mind, it would cost $1.2 million today. They got married at Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin, Ireland and Elton John performed while guests were wined and dined.
When Liza Minnelli married David Guest in New York in 2002, she sent the media into a frenzy, with various media outlets paying sums of up to $500 000 to be allowed to photograph the bride and groom. The wedding itself was an extremely lavish affair with members of the Jackson Five as groomsmen, Elizabeth Taylor as the maid of honour and Michael Jackson as best man. Liza had sixteen bridesmaids! A fifty-strong orchestra entertained five hundred guests while they dined on seafood and guzzled vintage champagne. The extravagant event cost a whopping $3.8 million and their marriage only lasted a little over a year!
Supermodel Elizabeth Hurley and textile heir Arun Nayar tied the knot in 2007 at Sudeley Castle in England and had a second Hindu wedding in India afterwards. Guests enjoyed a five-course meal and were dazzled by a four-tier cake. The cost of two lavish ceremonies? A whopping $2.5 million!
Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith got married on August 4th, 2001 in a traditional Catholic ceremony in Ireland. The nuptials were followed by a lavish reception at Ashford Castle. In true "Bond" style the evening came to a dramatic end with a stunning fireworks display. The total cost of their wedding was a cool $1.5 million!