Celebrities are known for doing everything bigger, including their weddings. While the average American will spend $25,000 on their wedding, for these celebs that wouldn’t even cover the flowers. From pop star performances to 17th-century castle locales, celebrities do not spare a single expense.
For a majority of these celebs, spending millions on a wedding did not necessarily mean a happy ending. Kim Kardashian’s 72 day wedding cost her a reported $10 million, while Paul McCartney’s $3 million wedding ended up costing him over $40 million to divorce his then wife Heather Mills.
However, there are some celebs whose wedding was well worth the cost, such as David and Victoria Beckham and Prince William and Kate Middleton. Check out our gallery below for some of the most extravagant celebrity weddings ever!
Prince William and Kate Middleton
The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton cost Great Britain a staggering $35 million. The 2011 wedding’s price tag included $800,000 in flowers and a $434,000 custom-made Alexander McQueen wedding gown.
Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt
Petra Ecclestone, heir to the Formula 1 fortune, spent $18 million on her three-day wedding extravaganza. Held in a castle in Italy, the wedding also included performances by Andrea Bocelli, The Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta. To top off the wedding, her father also bought her an $85 million home as a wedding gift.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Kim Kardashian’s wedding to NBA player Kris Humphries reportedly cost the reality star $10 million. Along with three Vera Wang wedding dresses at $20,000 each, Kim spent $10,000 on wedding invitations and $6,000 for her cake. However, she probably made most of this back from her E! wedding special and rights to her wedding photos.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
It might have been a second wedding for Michael Jordan, but the NBA legend did not spare any cost when it came to marrying model Yvette Prieto. Over 300 guests attended the Palm Beach wedding, which cost a reported $10 million and featured performances from Usher, Robin Thicke and K’Jon.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica are rumored to have spent over $6 million for their destination wedding. While that price tag might be a little off, the celebs did wed at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Italy, fly in all their guests and the bride wore a light pink Giambattista Valli dress.
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Chelsea Clinton’s wedding cost between $3 million and $5 million. While the couple did spend $250,000 on flowers and another $250,000 on a rehearsal dinner , some of the more unglamorous costs included $30,000 for security and $15,000 for toilets.
Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Liza Minnelli’s 2002 wedding to David Gest cost the legendary actress a reported $3.5 million. Along with a 12-tier cake, the wedding also featured a 60-piece orchestra led by Tony Bennett and Michael Jackson was the best man.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
When Beatles singer Paul McCartney tied the knot with Heather Mills, he spent $3.2 million. While the wedding, which was held at a 17th-century church in England and was attended by A-list stars such as Elton John and Ringo Starr, was costly, the divorce cost McCartney more, $45 million more to be exact.
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
Salma Hayek married French billionaire Francois Henri-Pinault in a $3 million wedding, wearing a Balenciaga gown and featuring a performance by Bono.
Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar
In 2007, Elizabeth Hurley wed Indian textile heir Arun Nayar in an eight-day celebration involving two ceremonies, costing the couple $2.5 million. The couple paid $300,000 for private jets and over $100,000 for accomodations. Elton John was also on hand to give the bride away.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
There is no crazier love story than Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. And while Tom already professed his love for Katie on Oprah’s couch, he stepped it up a notch for their 2006 wedding. The couple wed in Italy, spending $900,000 for guest airfare and $180,000 for wine, with expenses totaling $2 million.
Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortenski
It might have been Elizabeth Taylor’s eighth marriage, but the Hollywood actress did not pinch a penny when it came to her $2 million wedding on Neverland Ranch. The “Cleopatra” star wore a $25,000 Valentino gown and was walked down the aisle by Michael Jackson.
Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
The pop star wed music executive Jordan Bratman in a $2 million dollar ceremony at a Napa Valley vineyard. The couple also paid $3,500 a night for their suite.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
We wouldn’t expect less from the Material Girl. Maddona reportedly spent $1.5 million on her wedding to British director Guy Ritchie, including $80,000 on her Stella McCartney wedding gown.
Elton John and David Furnish
Elton John’s civil partnership with David Furnish was celebrated with a $2 million lavish reception at their Windsor mansion, costing the couple close to $2,500 per guest.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Wearing a Christian Lacroix gown, Catherine Zeta-Jones wed Michael Douglas in a wedding ceremony that cost the Hollywood couple $1.5 million. Guests included Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine and a 40-person Welsh choir.
Donald Trump and Melania Trump
The third wedding was the charm for Donald Trump. The real estate mogul spent $1 million to marry his wife Melania Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The bride wore a Christian Dior gown, beaded with over 1,500 crystals and weighing close to 50 pounds.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
In 2000, Brad Pitt wed Jennifer Aniston in a $1 million wedding in Malibu. Included in that price tag was a fireworks display and a $50,000 Lawrence Steele wedding gown. As we all know, their marriage ended five years later.
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham spent $800,000 on their posh wedding ceremony. Along with her $100,000 Vera Wang gown, the Spice Girl’s wedding tiara is valued at about $30,000.