These lavish and expensive weddings are fairy tale stories that come to life, thanks in large part to their boundless wealth. See at how much billionaires, businessmen, and royal families have spent on some of the history’s most lavish and extravagant weddings.
1. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer – $48 million in 1981 ($110 million when adjusted for inflation)
Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and the lovely blonde schoolteacher-turned-global icon married at the St. Paul Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981, with much fanfare. About 750 million TV viewers from around the world tuned in to witness one of the most celebrated weddings in history.
Diana was absolutely regal in her gown made of ivory silk taffeta, decorated with antique lace and thousands of pearls, not to mention its 25-foot-long train. The main wedding cake measured five feet and reportedly took 14 weeks to make. Plus, there were 27 other wedding cakes. It was attended by 3,500 guests, including the members of the British royal family as well as politicians and diplomats.
2. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia – $60 million in 2004 ($66 million when adjusted for inflation)
Banker/philanthropist Amit Bhatia married heiress Vanisha Mittal in 2004, in one of the world’s most ridiculously expensive weddings ever. Mittal is the lovely daughter of India’s richest man, steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.
This has got to be a wedding that’s fit for a king and a queen. The five-day celebration was held at three different venues, which included the Palace of Versailles and a 16th-century chateau. Lucky guests received invitations (encased in silver boxes) that consisted of plane tickets and a stay at a five-star Parisian hotel. The sumptuous dinner was prepared by top chefs who had even flown from India.
3. Prince William and Kate Middleton – $34 million
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s extravagant union in 1981 eventually bore them two sons. Their eldest, Prince William, was about to have his own fairytale wedding, which finally happened on an unusually sunny day in London on April 29, 2011.
What’s remarkable about this wedding is that unlike other famous weddings in the British royalty, the event witnessed a union between a prince and a commoner. The wedding boasted flowers worth $800,000 as well as the $80,000 wedding cake. The guests comprised of the British royal family, the relatives of the bride, their own circle of friends, as well as politicians, diplomats, and celebrities. Truly, this is one of the most star-studded weddings we’ve seen in recent history.
4. Wayne Rooney and Colleen McLoughlin – $8 million
Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney and working-class gal Colleen McLoughlin married in Portofino, Italy on June 12, 2008. Rooney and McLoughlin had been childhood friends, and they first dated together at the age of 16.
Wayne Rooney is one of the highest-paid footballers ever. Their wedding featured a masquerade ball held at a $120-million yacht. The Stereophonics, Rooney’s favorite band, played at the reception.
5. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky – $5 million
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s only child Chelsea Clinton and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky married in July 2010. It was an interfaith ceremony, as Clinton is a Christian while Mezvinsky was brought up in the Jewish faith.
The couple spent $600,000 oair-conditioneded tents, and $11,000 wedding cake, as well as spa pampering for their guests. Who footed the bill (pardon the pun) remains anyone’s guess, although it was rumored that the Clinton Foundation used its funds for the wedding.
The ceremony was even made more memorable by the appearance of the Queen of Talk, Oprah Winfrey.