Most expensive weddings of all time
Most expensive royal weddings
Prince William and Kate Middleton
The world was watching when Prince William wed Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011.
The dress, carriage and overall ceremony were breathtaking. But perhaps even more stunning was the rumored price tag.
-- By Kristin Wong
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
It wasn't dubbed the "wedding of the century" for nothing. Lady Diana Spencer wed Prince Charles of Wales on July 29, 1981. The dress alone cost $13,000, but the biggest expense was security, which set them back $600,000. So what was the total bill for this momentous yet ill-fated occasion?
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Felipe, Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
In 2004, Crown Prince Felipe of Asturias, Spain, married a former news anchor, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. Just two months before the wedding, a terrorist bomb had exploded in Madrid. Thus, 20,000 police were in tow for the ceremony.
The souped-up security came with a hefty price tag.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Salama
Dubai is known for luxury, and this ceremony certainly contributed to the country's lavish reputation. The 1981 wedding of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Salama is thought to be the most expensive wedding in modern history. Twenty thousand guests were invited to the seven-day ceremony. So what was the damage?
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Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
Question: What kind of wedding do you plan when your dad's the richest man in India? Answer: Any kind you want. Vanisha Mittal, daughter of an Indian billionaire, married banker Amit Bhatia at a 17th century French chateau in 2004.
The evening was topped off with a live performance from an international pop star, complete with fireworks and an Eiffel Tower backdrop. The couple didn't release an official cost, but experts were able to make an impressive estimate.
Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt
Socialite Petra Ecclestone is no stranger to luxury. She recently purchased the infamous Spelling Mansion for a whopping $85 million. And in 2011, the daughter of Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone tied the knot with entrepreneur James Stunt.
The ceremony took place in a Roman castle, and if you know anything about Roman castles, you know they don't come cheap. The heiress's model mother, Slavica, was very Marie Antoinette about the over-the-top price. "I don't care how much the wedding cost," she said. "Who cares about money?"
Aleksandra Nikolic and Andrey Melnichenko
When your wedding includes performances by Christina Aguilera and Julio Iglesias, you know it's going to be pricey. Model Aleksandra Nikolic had her dream wedding with businessman Andrey Melnichenko.
Most expensive celebrity weddings
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
He's the man behind a luxury fashion brand, and she's one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. So it's no surprise that their wedding would be lavish. But the amount they threw down would elicit a double-take even from the likes of Donald Trump. How much did they fork over?
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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
"The ceremony felt like a royal wedding," Catherine Zeta-Jones' uncle told People magazine of his niece's nuptials. Zeta-Jones' wedding to Michael Douglas certainly came with a royally expensive price tag. But it was worth it — the ceremony included performances by Jimmy Buffett and Art Garfunkel. Thirteen years later, the two are still going strong. But what was the cost of their walk down the opulent aisle?
Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar
Elizabeth Hurley had an epic wedding bill, but then again she and business tycoon Arun Nayar threw two ceremonies. One took place at a castle in Britain and the other at a palace in India. Despite doubling down on the nuptials, the marriage didn't last. So how much did they spend on four years of not-so-wedded bliss?
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