Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Braniston was one of the best relationships of the ‘90s, and their wedding had to be the best, too. The union happened in 200 and cost a shocking $1 million. Where did all of that go? $100,000 was spent on security alone.
Along with that, Braniston had 50,000 flowers and shot off $20,000 in fireworks backed with the music of Radiohead, Garbage, and Jeff Buckley. All that had to have cost a pretty penny.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
Even though the marriage didn’t last long, Khloe Kardashian and NBA star Lamar Odom spent a cool $1 million on their wedding.
They had only known each other a month and planned the whole wedding in a mere nine days – now, that’s an accomplishment. Much of the expense went to the extravagant location in Beverly Hills and the custom-made Vera Wang gown.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
The couple married in Skibo Castle in Scotland where the entire estate was filled with celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, and Rupert Everett. Madonna wore a strapless gown by Stella McCartney that cost $80,000 alone.
The dress was paired with a 1910 diamond tiara that was once worn by Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. The whole thing costed a total of $1.5 million.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
These Hollywood A-Listers spent $1.5 million on their beautiful affair. They had a 40-member Welsh choir singing, a performance by Jimmy Buffett and Art Garfunkel, and invitations written in invisible ink and holograms.
Catherine Zeta-Jones wore a $140,000 Christian Lacroix gown and a $300,000 diamond tiara.
Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Costing $2 million, this wedding was something to remember. There was reportedly a 14-piece orchestra for the ceremony, which was held in a private vineyard. On top of that, Christina wore an $80,000 Spanish style Christian Lacroix gown with Louboutin heels.
The pair said, “I do” underneath a winter-themed tent with white roses, silver, and crystals. Supposedly, the wedding lasted until 5 AM.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes didn’t go small. In fact, they spent $3 million on their wedding, which took place in a 15th-century Italian castle. They invited A-Listers including Will and Jada Smith, David and Victoria Beckham, and Jennifer Lopez.
Katie’s gown was custom-designed by Giorgio Armani, but Tom Cruise wasn’t left out. He also wore an Armani; in fact, the whole wedding party had to wear Armani. This wedding also went out with a bang with an expensive firework display at the end.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Sir Paul wasn’t about to get married to Heather Mills without a little flair. The wedding cost $3 million in 2002 in an Indian-themed wedding in Ireland. The Irish castle they wed in cost $40,000, the flowers were $145,000, and then there were $150,000 in fireworks.
Although we’re not counting it, you could also count the divorce settlement in it, which was $500,000 for every year they were together. That totals to about $3 million alone.
Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Liza won’t have anything other than lavish, and lavish she had. This wedding cost $4.2 million and had one of the most amazing guest lists of all time. Michael Jackson was the best man, and Elizabeth Taylor was the maid of honor.
There were almost 1,000 guests, who were treated to a 50-piece orchestra. The wedding also had a delicious 12-tier wedding cake.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin in 2014 in a wedding that cost $4.6 million. Amal was stunning in a custom Oscar de la Renta wedding gown with French lace, pearls, hand-embroidery, and diamante accents.
The wedding had nearly 100 guests, and they all celebrated for three days in Venice. They stayed in Cipriani hotel for $3 million, spent $300,000 on tables, $250,000 on Munaretto flowers, $30,000 on a 5-course dinner, and $160,000 for top-shelf liquor.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Not all expensive weddings end in divorce. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are still going strong even after a massive $6.5 million event. One expense was the fact that they booked an entire Italian hotel for their friends and family.
It was then proceeded by a week of festivities including bike rides, parties, and a firework show. The couple also paid to close down all surrounding buildings in an attempt to avoid the paparazzi.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
At $10 million, Michael Jordan’s wedding to Yvette Prieto was expensive but small. Only 300 were invited and were entertained by Robin Thicke and Usher.
Yvette Prieto wore a designer gown with handmade silk lace. For dessert, the couple chose a seven-layer, crystal encrusted rum wedding cake.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
This wedding may have lasted 72 days, but it still cost $10 million. The pair sent invitations that cost $10,000, served a $6,000 cake, displayed $2 million worth of flowers, and invited 500 guests. Kim, herself, wore a $2.5 million diamond head-dress and three Vera Wang dresses.
Not to mention the whole thing was televised in a special four-hour event.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
This wedding was a literal royal affair, so it had to be amazing. It was estimated that the pair spent $32 million on security alone. It was important to protect the future King and Queen Consort, of course!
Other than that, they also spent $800,000 on flowers, $150,000 on food, $60,000 on champagne, and a rumored $11,000 on Kate’s wedding ring. Overall, the wedding cost $34 million.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
That’s right – Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle cost more than the future King’s! Overall, this royal wedding cost $43 million, but it didn’t all go to security.
Only $8 million went to security while $386,000 went to catering, $260,000 was spent on drinks, $404,000 for the wedding dress, and $404,000 on music.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
Nothing can beat the “wedding of the century.” The total cost of this affair cost $48 million at the time. Adjusted for inflation, that would be close to $110 million today. At the time, most of the budget went to security at $600,000.
At the time, Princess Di’s dress was one of the most lavish ever made and included a 25-foot train, which was the longest train in royal wedding history. The wedding also featured 27 wedding cakes, one of which topped over 5 feet high.