5 of the most expensive wedding dresses ever
5. Grace Kelly's iconic $65,000 Helen Rose gown
The dress that may have inspired Kate Middleton's now infamous gown was worn by Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier in 1956 and is said to have been worth around $8,000. And while that figure may not impress you much, especially after reading about the Duchess's modern-day version, it reportedly doesn't include the labor fee for MGM costume designer Helen Rose, who designed the gown. And of course, that was 56 years ago, when $8,000 was more like $65,000.
-- Kristin Koch
4. Kim Kardashian's three $25,000 (each) Vera Wang gowns
For a $10 million wedding, the princess ball gown that the reality star wore down the aisle may have clocked in at a surprisingly modest (for a girl with a $2 million ring!) $25,000, but the mini mogul didn't wear just one dress. Assuming Kim's three different but equally dream-worthy custom Vera Wang gowns were in the same price range, her total dress bill rang in at around $75,000.
3. Kate Middleton's $400,000 Alexander McQueen gown
Not-so-common commoner Kate Middleton lived out every girl's fantasy when her princess-perfect ivory satin and lace Alexander McQueen wedding dress, complete with a nearly nine-foot train, transformed her into a real-life princess right in front of the world's eyes -- and reportedly for the mere price of £250,000 (about $400,000)! Made with the most luxurious and delicate fabrics -- French Chantilly and English Cluny lace, ivory and white satin gazar -- and decorated with hand-stitched lace applique by the Royal School of Needlework, the dress took designer Sarah Burton and her crew months to make -- and stole Britain's most eligible bachelor's (and the world's) heart.
2. Yumi Katsura's $8.5 Million white gold diamond dress
Japanese bridal designer Yumi Katsura created a gown so extravagant, it has yet to find a bride (or maybe we should say, budget) equally as extravagant to wear it down the aisle. Decked with a five-carat white gold diamond and 1,000 pearls, the ornate gown can be yours for a mere $8.5 million.
1. Princess Diana's Priceless David Emanuel gown
Ever since Lady Di stepped out of her carriage to wed Prince Charles in 1981, her grandiose Victorian-style gown has remained the tulle that bridal legends are made of. The 250-yard lace, tulle and ivory silk taffeta gown, with over 10,000 pearls and sequins covering its layers upon layers of fabric and an equally grand 25-foot-long train to boot, garnered plenty of attention during its world tour last year. Even though poufy sleeves went out with shoulder pads decades ago, the dramatic gown is as enchanting today as it was back in the '80s -- and you can't put a price tag on that sort of timeless appeal. So here are our calculations: Runway-worthy fabric: $43,000. A modern-day remake of an iconic princess gown: $400,000. A diamond-doused showstopper: $12 million. A gown that will forever remain at the pinnacle of brides' imaginations: priceless.