If you thought your wedding costs were steep, imagine what it costs to book Stevie Wonder and Kylie, and to mail your invitations out in silver boxes? Or how about 110 types of dishes for 11,000 guests, a £200,000 dress, or designer gift bag favours filled with jewels?
Dream on (or feel queasy with the extravagance of it all) and soak up all the juicy deets from the world’s ten most expensive weddings (as of August 2014)!
10. Elizabeth Taylor & Larry Fortensky: £2.3million
Date: 6 October 1991
Location: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, California
The dress: A pale yellow Valentino number worth £18,000 but donated for free by the designer.
What else went down: Michael Jackson played father of the bride, and 160 guests attended the ceremony, including Macaulay Culkin, Liza Minnelli and Eddie Murphy.
9. Liza Minnelli & David Gest: £2.5million
Date: 16 March 2002
Location: Marble Collegiate Church, New York City
The dress: Liza wore an ivory white Bob Mackie three-quarter length gown.
What the budget went on: A 60 piece orchestra and the musical talents of Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole. £500,000 on flowers and a £25,000 wedding cake.
What else went down: There were 850 wedding guests including Queen guitarist Brian May, Liam Neeson, Joan Collins, Gloria Gaynor, Anthony Hopkins, Mia Farrow…the list goes on. Michael Jackson was the best man and Elizabeth Taylor was the maid of honour.
8. Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky: £3.5million
Date: 31 July 2010
Location: Rhinebeck, 100 miles north of New York City, at the grand estate of Astor Courts overlooking the Hudson River,
The dress: A Vera Wang ivory strapless gown featured a silk tulle diagonally draped bodice with a raw edged laser-cut swirling silk organza ball skirt and train.
What the budget went on: £400,000 on air-conditioned tents and a £7,000 cake.
What else went down: There were 500 guests, including Oprah Winfrey, and security was super tight – no mobile phones were allowed, and a no-fly zone was set up over the wedding zone.