The 15 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings

The 15 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings (From Opulent Castles to Diamond-Encrusted Crowns, They Dropped Big Money)

While the average American wedding usually costs around $25,000, celebrity weddings run in the hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars. These celebs can afford the most lavish ceremonies and extravagant gowns and furnishings–nevermind the typically short lifespan of their marriages.

See which 15 celebrity couples had the most expensive weddings in Hollywood!

David & Victoria Beckham

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Wedding Cost: $800,000

Posh and Becks were like British royalty during their 1999 wedding at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. The couple sat upon gilded red velvet thrones at one point during the event. The lovely Victoria wore  a form-fitting silk gown replete with a 20-foot train and accented with a diamond-encrusted crown. An Elton John performance and fireworks capped off the evening.

Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston

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Wedding Cost: $1 million

The couple spent a cool $1 million on their nuptials. They also reportedly required the wedding staffers to sign a document that would fine them with a $100,000 penalty if they gabbed about the wedding. Their wedding gag order seems to have lasted but their marriage did not. We all know how that went…

Eddie Murphy & Nicole Mitchell

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Wedding Cost: $1.5 million

Funny man Eddie Murphy wed model and current reality TV star Nicole Mitchell back in 1993 at the famed New York Plaza Hotel in front of 500 guests. Their extravagant wedding included a plush garden paradise of pink rose trees, orchids, lilacs, gardenias and tulips. Guests, which included Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Prince, dined in the Plaza’s Palm Court and then partied in the Grand Ballroom which had been transformed into a disco.

Madonna & Guy Ritchie

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 Wedding Cost: $1.5 million

Madonna and Guy Ritchie wed at Scotland’s Skibo Castle in December 2000. All 21 rooms of the castle were booked for the event and their guests which included Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, and Rupert Everett. The Queen of Pop was elegant in a strapless silk gown designed by Stella McCartney and accented with a 1910 diamond tiara that once sat atop the head of  Princess Grace of Monaco.

 

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Wedding Cost: $1.5 million

This Oscar-winning pair said “I do” at New York’s Plaza Hotel in November 2000. Catherine was dazzling in a Christian Lacroix gown accented in antique Chantilly lace. Wedding guests included the legendary Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Jack Nicholson, who had to present a specially designed hologram-embedded invitation to get in.

 

Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren

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Wedding Cost: $1.5 million

The king of the green Tiger Woods married his queen Elin Nordegren in a top secret ceremony at the Sandy Lane Resort down in Barbados. To ensure their privacy, Woods rented the entire hotel and the island’s sole helicopter charter company. The pair said “I do” in front of sports friends like Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, and were entertained by Hootie and the Blowfish.

 

Sir Elton John & David Furnish

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Wedding Cost: $1.75 million

This pair got their civil union on to the tune of $1.75 million during the first week that Britain legalized civil unions in December 2005. The Windsor’s Guildhall served as the venue for their ceremony while Elton John’s Windsor mansion was home for the reception during which some 600 plus guests sipped vintage pink champagne.

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes

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Wedding Cost: $2 million

 In November 2006, TomKat wed not too long after getting together in a $2 million ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Italy. Katie donned an off-the-shoulder silk gown specially designed by Giorgio Armani. Their superstar guests included their besties Will Smith and Jada Pinket-Smith as well as David and Victoria Beckham.

Christina Aguilera & Jordan Bratman

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Wedding Cost: $2 million

This powerhouse songstress married music executive Jordan Bratman in 2005 at Napa Valley’s Staglin Family Vineyard.  The blushing blonde bride wore a Christian Lacroix gown before changing into a satin mini-dress for the festivities which were reportedly held in a white tent replete with white roses, silver adornments, and dangling crystals.

 Elizabeth Hurley & Arun Nayar

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Wedding Cost: $2.5 million

The beautiful Elizabeth Hurley married Indian businessman Arun Nayar in a lavish double ceremony event in March 2007. The festivities spanned eight days, with their first ceremony held in Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, Britain and the second in the opulent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. The bride wore a chiffon gown designed by friend Donatella Versace. The whole thing ran them $2.5 million. That’s a lot of dough for a 3-year marriage!

Paul McCartney & Heather Mills

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Wedding Cost: $3.2 million

Sir Paul and former model Heather Mills spent $3.2 million on their grand nuptials. The couple wed at St. Salvador’s Church in Monaghan, Ireland in front of such legendary guests as Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Clapton, 1960s fashion icon Twiggy, and Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour. Their reception was an Indian-themed shindig in a lakeside tent, complete with Indian dancers, fireworks on a nearby yacht and a vegetarian feast.

Salma Hayek & François-Henri Pinault

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Wedding Cost: $3.5 million

The gorgeous Salma Hayek and her French billionaire fiancé François-Henri Pinault married in 2009 in an extravagant $3.5 million event. The happy couple hosted a carnival-themed masked ball which included a performance by the iconic Bono.

Liza Minnelli & David Gest

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Wedding Cost: $3.5 million

It’s no surprise that the flamboyant Broadway star Liza Minnelli threw a wedding of Grammy-proportions. Her marriage to music producer David Gest was done in extreme extravagance with Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor as best man and matron of honor, respectively, and over 800 guests in attendance like Diana Ross, Lauren Bacall and Mia Farrow. Oh, and did we mention Tony Bennett entertained guests at the reception, backed by a 60-piece orchestra while they feasted on a 12-tier wedding cake? All this for upwards of $3.5 million, and the couple split just 16 months later.

Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries

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Wedding Cost: $10 million

This rushed wedding had some of the highest expenses and the lowest returns. Kim and Kris’ wedding cost an estimated $10 million! The pair married at a private estate in Montecito, California where Kim changed into three different gowns designed by Vera Wang. Several opulent vases priced at well over $5,000 each and expensive decorative pieces like $840 Havana ash trays and $470 picture frames were brought in for a marriage that only lasted 72 days.

Prince William & Kate Middleton

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Wedding Cost: A whopping $34 million!

Leave it to royalty to throw a wedding fit for, well, a king and queen. Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton had a $34 million dollar wedding. $800,000 went to flowers alone! The wedding which had almost 2,000 in attendance broke the record for the biggest live-streaming event audience online with millions of people accessing the BBC website to get a glimpse of the royal nuptials.

 

 

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