Weddings are the time for love and togetherness. It not only unites the happy couple, but these moments are shared with the couple's family and friends as well! To make this day even more special, people go to great lengths so that everything is picture perfect. These great lengths for the wealthy include adding millions of dollars to their sentiments! So, here are the top ten most expensive weddings the world has seen till date.
10) Liza Minelli and David Gest ($4.3 million)
On the 16th of March, 2002, at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, Liza Minnelli and David Gest declared their love for one another in front of 850 guests out of which many were star celebrities including the sensation Michael Jackson. The major attraction was performance of Natalie Cole “Unforgettable” performance. The guests were also entertained by Tony Bennett and a 60-piece orchestra. The wedding cost included a 12 floor cake worth $40,000, flowers of worth $700,000 and more than 500 staffs were at the service of the guests. The wedding costed a grand total of $4.3 million!
9) Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky ($4.8 million)
On the 31st of July, 2010, the beautiful daughter of Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton was married to her childhood sweetheart Marc Mezvinsky, in New York. Chelsea's $250,00 wedding dress was made by America's top designer Vera Wang. It was a beautiful chiffon gown with a princess cut skirt and with a rhinestone and silver belt was attached to it. The guest list including famous celebrities,such as Oprah Winfrey on whom alone the security costed $200,000. . The cake cost was $11000 and the flowers like orchid, garden rose and Casablanca costed around $500000. With the total cost as $4.8 million, it takes the 9th place on our list!
8) Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLaughlin ($15 million)
Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLaughlin had a 4 day wedding ceremony that started on the 12th of June, 2008. The ceremony was in Villa Durazzo in Italy with spectacular scenic views of the beautiful Italian Rivera. The guests were taken on a yacht, five private jets were arranged to flow 64 guests on each jets. The bride's gown was studded with crystals and pearls making it more than 200,000 Euros. This $15 million wedding comes 8th on our list!
7) Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva ($20 million)
This wedding of Vikram Chatwal, the son of a New York hotel manager and model Priya Sachdeva was a ten day affair which started on the 18th of February, 2006, at different metro cities of India that included Udaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. Special chartered jets were sent to receive total of 600 guests from all over the world. Guests from more than 26 countries attended the wedding. The guest list included many high profile Bollywood celebrities. Also it is believed that Bill Clinton had also attended this $20 million wedding!
6) Andrey Melnichenko and Aleksandra Kokotovich ($30 million)
The wedding of Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko and model Aleksandra Kokotovich was an extravagant affair held in Cote D'Azur in France and took place on the 3rd of September, 2005. World famous singers like Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston performed at the event. Both the stars were paid the hefty amount of $3.6 million each just for a performance. The performance was full of famous and rich guests across the world.
5) Prince William and Kate Middleton ($34 million)
The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was one of the most awaited weddings in history. The wedding took place on the 29th of April at Westminster Abbey, London which was broadcasted all over the world, in 118 countries on the internet, radio and television. The wedding cake alone costed $80,000 which was an eight floor fruit cake, covered with white cream and 900 sugar flowers were pasted on it. $800,000 was spent on flowers and the bride dress costed more than $70,000. Kate Middleton dressed up in a white satin dress that was tapped with beautiful laces.
4) Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia ($58 million)
The daughter of India's richest person Vanisha Mittal and investment banker Amit Bhatia had India's most extravagant wedding ever recorded. It started with an engagement ceremony held at the Palace of Versailles, followed by a dinner at the famous Jardin des Tuileries prepared by chefs flown in from India. The wedding itself took place a few miles away at the 17th century Chateau Vaux le Vicomte. The highlight of the reception was a performance by pop star Kylie Minogue amidst fireworks at the Eiffel Tower.
3) Prince Charles and Lady Diana ($115 million)
The fairytale wedding between England's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was held on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral, London and was broadcasted all over the world with more than 750 million people glued to their telelvision sets just to get a glimpse of the newly wed. . More than 6, 00,000 people were standing in the street to be part of the event. . 27 wedding cakes were prepared in the honor of the couple. The bride wore a white puff ball wedding dress, embedded with 10,000 pearls and a 25 foot long train of ivory and lace which was antique. . The engagement ring of diamond and sapphire was of worth $60,000.
2) Seemanto Roy & Chnadano Toor and Sushanto Roy & Richa Roy ($123 million)
Being the most expensive wedding in India till date, the wedding was Sahara owner Subrata Roy’s sons, was held in Lucknow on the 10th of February, 2004. More than 110 dishes were prepared for 11000 guests who attended the wedding. From corporate to celebrities, from politics to religious figures all were on the guest list. British symphony was a major attraction, which entertained guests by playing Indian tunes. Even the world famous Shiamak Davar group performed on the occasion. The whole of Lucknow was decorated like a bride. Over that more than one and half lakh beggars were fed to celebrate the happiness!
1) Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum & Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum ($137 million)
The Arabs outshined the Indians also on the list of most expensive weddings all over the world. In 1979 the wedding between Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum and Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum took place and earned a place in the “Billionaire Weddings” of the Forbes magazine. A five day official holiday was declared all over Dubai and the ruler himself went from village to village on his horse to feed everyone. A hall equivalent to a stadium was built from scratch especially to accommodate 20,000 guests.