It has been seen that people save money all their lives to spend all on their children’s wedding, making it special for the both families. In countries like Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, etc, where the economical conditions are a subject of continuous variations, depending on individuals, expenditure on weddings are always a controversial one. However, when it comes to celebrities where their marital statuses are short termed stable, these rich icons spend a great part of their net worth on their weddings.
Here are the top 10 most expensive weddings that cost around more than an entire earning of a doctor or an engineer!
10. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Net expense: $2 million
Tom Cruise and Katie Homes, still together even after 6 years, had a fairytale style wedding. Tom Cruise proposed Katie Homles at Eiffel Tower, Paris and their wedding on 18th November 2006, attended by 150, became the grandest wedding of all times. Wedding in Italy and honeymoon in Paris further intricate the wedding event.
9. Arun Nayar and Elizabeth Hurley
Net expense: $2.5 million
Arun Nayar and Elizabeth Hurley got married in a 15th century castle in Gloucestershire in Britain on 29th June 2006. Their celebrations lasted for eight days across the two continents of Asia and Europe. They paid $300,000 for private jets and over $100,000 for accommodations, including the $10,000 palace suite in India.
8. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Net expense: $3 million
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills opted for an Indian themed at Salavador’s church in Monaghan, Ireland in 2001. Their reception took place at Castle Leslie with 300 guests. The castle was rented for $40,000. All the fireworks and grand feasting went in vain since the couple divorced after 6 years.
7. David Gest and Liza Minnelli
Net expense: $3.5 million
David Gest and Liza Minnelli’ wedding was a colossal event held at Manhattan’s Collegiate Church in 2002 with the best man being Michael Jackson and maid of honor Elizabeth Taylor. There were 850 guests and 500 service staff to serve these guests. They spent $40,000 on a 6-foot, 12-tier cake and $700,000 on flowers. Unfortunately, this wedding did not last long and they divorced after a year.
6. Alessandro Vallarino Gancia and Delphine Arnault
Net expense: $7 million
The grand unison of an heir to Gancia, an Italian dynasty of wines, and a daughter of LVMH founder of Bernard Arnault was held at Cote D’ Azur in France in 2005. The bride’s dress was designed by John Galliano and the arena was decorated with white flowers. Harper’s Bazaar named this classy wedding as the ‘Wedding of the year’.
5. Coleen McLoughlin and Wayne Rooney
Net expense: $15 million
Talk about extravaganza and here comes the wedding of Coleen McLoughlin and Wayne Rooney. The wedding took place on a $120 million yacht in Villa Durazzo, Portofino Italy on 12th June 2008. The bride’s dress designed by Georgia Chapman’s Marchesa label costed them $3 million. They had their 65 guests flown in private jets to their grand celebrations.
4. Vikram Chatwal and Priva Sachdey
Net expense: $20 million
Vikram Chatwal and Priva Sachdev got into matrimony on 18th February 2006. This unison is known to be the most luxurious one in India. 600 guests from 26 different countries came in chartered planes for a 10 days wedding in 3 different cities on India (Mumbai, Udaipur and Delhi). Their guests included Guests included Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell and P. Diddy.
3. Andrey Melnichenko and Miss Yugoslavia Aleksandra Kokotovic
Net expense: $30 million
This wedding of a Serbian model and a Russian billionaire and founder of MDM Bank, on 3rd September 2005, made history in the world of famous weddings. They got married in Cote D’ Azur. Whitney Houston, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias and Christina Aguilera were flown to Cannes on a private jet for their exclusive performance. Only the singers cost $3.6 million each.
2. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Salama
Net expense: $44.5 million
The Arabs are well known for their extravaganza and grandeur. The wedding of the ruler of Dubai and Princess Salama in 1981 proved it. This wedding has been mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive wedding ever recorded. An amphitheatre was especially built for the wedding to accommodate their 20,000 guests.
1. Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal
Net expense: $78 million
Vanisha Mittal, daughter of the richest man in India tied a knot with Amit Bhatia, an investment banker and owner of Swordfish Investments on 18th November 2004. The wedding took place in Vaux le Victome, a finest chateau and garden in France with 1000 guests. Invitations were a 20 page silver book which included an air ticket and room at a five-star Paris hotel.
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