More Money Than Sense? 6 Ridiculously Lavish Celebrity Weddings
Wedding bells rang for the third time for Kim Kardashian this weekend, as she wed baby-daddy Kanye West in an over-the-top Italian wedding.
The Wests and company started with shopping, dining, and throwing a bachelorette party for Kim in Paris. The rehearsal dinner, complete with a personal performance by Lana Del Rey and a guided tour of Versailles, capped off the French portion of the festivities. The group then continued to Florence for the ceremony and decadent reception. Kim and Kanye said “till
death cancellation do us part” atop the Forte di Belvedere, a 16th-century fortress that went through minor construction and upgrades prior to the big day (on the couple's dime) and noshed on Tuscan-inspired food from the Florence Galateo catering company. Throw in a wall of fresh flowers a la Kim's Mother's Day present and a custom designed Givenchy Haute Couture gown to the tune of $500,000 (and a matching mini-dress for baby North), and you have a bash that will go down in outrageous celebrity-wedding history.
Luxury toilets? Elephants? Diamond-encrusted crowns? Check out some of the most lavish celebrity weddings in history!
Kate Middleton & Prince William
The much-awaited royal marriage between Kate Middleton and Prince William was just as spectacular as we dreamt it would be, and it should be, considering the price tag was almost $60 million. Security alone for the historic event was $35 million, the eight-tier wedding cake was $80,000, Kate's Alexander McQueen dress was around $70,000, and the flowers and greenery about $800,000!
Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto
Wanna be like Mike? Pony up a cool $10 million for your next wedding! Michael Jordan married Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 2013, and spared no expense for his second wedding. The ceremony, attended by Tiger Woods, Patrick Ewing, and Spike Lee, was held at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, and the reception, which was filled with crystal chandeliers, candles, white roses, peonies, and tulips, was held in a grand tent at Bear's Club in Jupiter, Florida.
David & Victoria Beckham
What happens when a pop-music princess and a soccer-star prince tie the knot? Nuptials that will rival any real royal wedding! David Beckham and Victoria Adams got married on July 4, 1999, at Ireland's Luttrellstown Castle. A purple flag initialed VBD (for Victoria, Brooklyn, and David) was raised above the castle. The couple said “I do” in front of only 29 close friends and family members, but 230 guests at the reception got to witness his and her golden thrones, a purple party suit for David, a diamond-encrusted crown for Victoria, and a nude sculpture of the couple adorning the wedding cake.
Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky
Chelsea Clinton grew up in the political shadows of her famous mother and father, but the spotlight was on her during her 2010 wedding to long-time beau, Marc Mezvinsky. Some of the most expensive items on the wedding budget were glass-walled tents, bouquets of orchids, Casablanca lilies, hydrangeas, and luxury toilets–excuse me, “portable latrines” –with porcelain toilets, stereo music, and hot running water. The New York wedding was rumored to cost more than $3 million.
Katy Perry & Russell Brand
The wedding was almost as unusual as the coupling when pop singer Katy Perry and comedic bad-boy Russell Brand tied the knot in 2010. Katy and Russell were married in the Arman-I-Khas luxury resort in India, and they opted for a traditional Indian wedding procession (or bharat) during which Russell walked to where Katy was waiting on the back of an elephant to the tune of sitar, santoor, and kettle drums. The multi-day celebration included safaris, dance performances, and luxury shopping.
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