THE most expensive weddings of the past decade have been revealed with the likes of Kim Kardashian and George Clooney among the celebs who have pulled out all the stops.
Weddings are always an expensive affair, but for the
super-rich money is no object.
As the 2010s come to an end, the top ten most expensive weddings of the decade have been unveiled, with the priciest one costing a whopping 46 million.
A-listers, royals and billionaires make the list, compiled by Bridebook, who revealed the cost of an average wedding has risen by 100% in the last ten years.
They said: We have witnessed the rise of the celebrity mega-wedding coupled with social media transforming weddings since 2010.
Screens have been filled with the most eye-wateringly expensive royal and celebrity weddings of all time across social media, with the rise of Instagram and Pinterest replacing blogs and magazines in the last ten years.
The cost of an average UK wedding in 2019 was 31,974, with the venue hire usually the most expensive purchase, averaging 5,406, according to Hitched.
1. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia 46m
The couple spent a staggering 46 million on their week-long nuptials
In the top spot is Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia, who topped the list of most expensive weddings with a 46 million price tag for their week-long nuptials.
Vanisha, the daughter of Indias richest man and one of the
wealthiest people in the world, wed her banker fianc Amit in 2004.
More than 1,000 guests attended the wedding, who were sent silver-decorated invitations, and enjoyed a performance by none other than Kylie Minogue, who was paid around 25,000 to perform for half an hour. according to Top Wedding Sites.
The couple had lavish parties at a number of five-star locations, including Palace of Versailles, the Jardin des Tuileries and a firework display in the Eiffel tower gardens.
2. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 35.1m
Prince Harry’s wedding may have only been last year but it’s in second place
Next on the list is a recent wedding, the one of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19 2018.
Their wedding cost around 35.1 million, with the royal family footing the bill, although taxpayers paid for security.
Policing the event and the streets was the biggest cost, amounting to roughly 30 million.
The honeymoon, flowers, food and drink are throught to have cost around 1 million.
And its thought the 38-year-old paid for her own dress, which was a custom Givnenchy gown, with it estimated to have cost six-figures.
3. Prince William and Kate Middleton 26m
Prince William’s wedding actually cost less then his borther’s but we did get a Bank holiday
Third on the list is another royal, Prince William, whose marriage to Kate Middleton cost around 26 million.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot on April 29,
2011, at Westminster Abbey, with the day declared a Bank Holiday.
Despite being next in line to the throne, the 37-year-old’s wedding cost less than his brother’s.
Just like Prince Harry, the majority of the budget went on security, with the Cambridge’s costing around 23.7 million to police.
The budget for flowers is thought to have come in at 800,000, with their two cakes costing 61,500 each.
Just like Meghan, Kate paid for her own Alexander McQueen dress, thought to have cost 330,000.
4. Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt 9.2m
Sadly Petra and James are now divorced
The wedding of Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt, in 2011, is
fourth on the list with an estimated spend of 9.2 million.
Petra, daughter of Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone, tied the knot at Odescalchi Castle, in Italy, which reportedly cost 310,000 to hire.
And the billionaire heiress also splashed out a whopping 2.6 million for The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and David Geutta to perform, The Daily Mail reported.
Despite throwing a lavish wedding, the pair divorced last year.
5. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel 4.9m
The couple welcome their son, Silas, in 2015
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel also got married in
Italy, with the popstar and actor tying the knot in Puglia in 2012.
The couple booked the sprawling 63-room 28-villa luxury Borgo Egnazia Resort, accompanied with tight security, costing them around 770,000.
The power couple, who welcomed son Silas in 2015, invited around 100 guests to spend a week with them at the resort, spending around 77,000 on entertaining them, The Daily Mail quoted.
Jessica, 37, wore a custom pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown to walk down the aisle, as she was serenaded by Justin, 38.
6. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin 3.5m
The world’s most eligible bachelor was officially off the market
Hearts around the world broke when renowned bachelor George
Clooney finally announced he was getting married.
The lucky girl was high flying human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who became Mrs Clooney in 2014.
The happy couple also chose Italy for their destination wedding, with their extravagant ceremony held in Venice, paying 2.3 million for their guests’ hotel suites.
Amal wore several showstopping outfits, including a scarlet gown by Alexander McQueen for the rehearsal dinner, a wedding dress and reception dress designed by Oscar de la Renta.
And she wore a second dress for a wedding reception in the UK, designed by Donna Karen.
The pair forked out around 230,000 for the table set up, 192,000 for flowers, 44,000 for booze and 23,000 for a five-course dinner, E! Online reported.
7. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky 2.3m
The daughter of the former US-president had one showstopper of a wedding cake
Chelsea Clinton wed her long-term boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, in New York in 2010,
Chelsea, 39, was walked down the aisle by her father and
former president, Bill Clinton.
The daughter of Hillary Clinton wore a dress designed by Vera Wang who was among the guests at the bash at the Astor Courts Estate which cost around 154,000 to hire.
Some 400 guests were invited, who tucked into a five-foot tall gluten-free wedding cake – which cost around 7,500 – with catering costing 577,000.
The rehearsal dinner is thought to have cost 192,000, with lighting bizarrely costing 77,000, The Fiscal Times claimed.
8. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas 2.3m
Priyanka had two weddings, an Indian one and a traditional Christian ceremony
Meghan Markles BFF Priyanka Chopra married Jonas Brothers
star, Nick Jonas, in a lavish ceremony last year.
The former Miss World, 37, had two events, one a Christian
affair where she wore a stunning white gown with a 75-foot train, and a
traditional Indian ceremony.
The pair had an even bigger cake than Chelsea, slicing into a whopping 18-foot tall wedding cake.
It’s thought the pre-wedding celebrations alone cost 47,000 alone, with their venue – the Umaid Bhawan Palace – costing 45,500-a-night, Insider reported.
9. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West 2.1m
Kim K and Kanye also got married in Italy, tying the knot in
The couple flew their guests out for a full-on weekend of
celebrations, starting with a hen party in Paris.
The 38-year-old had a rehearsal dinner at the Palace of
Versailles for 600 guests, followed by fireworks and a performance by Lana Del
They then jetted their guests via private jet to Florence
for the actual wedding, with Kim wearing a bespoke Givenchy gown just like
Kims dress is said to have cost 384,482 with her shoes costing 30,758 alone, and she forked out 49,982 on a glam squad to ensure she looked her best.
One of the most memorable parts of Kims wedding was her incredible 20ft flower wall, which cost 104,579, The Daily Mail quoted.
10. Sir Elton John and David Furnish 1.1m
The parents formally converted their civil partnership to a marriage
The couple originally entered into a civil partnership in 2005, but after the UK legalised same-sex marriage in 2014 they decided to throw a second wedding celebration that same year.
The pair documented their big day on Instagram, and invited
600 guests to watch them exchange their vows.
The pair tied the knot with diamond bands worth 185,000, and spent an estimated 100,000 on food, 92,000 on vintage pink champagne and 7,500 on caviar, The Complete Guide to Event Management quoted.
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