From Kim K’s flawless, D cushion cut, Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring with which Kanye popped the question, to their $11 million Bel Air mansion that’s been under-construction for over a year, there’s nothing understated about Kimye’s relationship. Now details are circulating about the couple’s extravagant wedding plans for their May nuptials. Entertainment Tonight sources claim that “a team of about 40 people have been working on preparations” for what is expected to be “an international affair.”
While Kimye’s wedding is sure to be nothing short of stunning and over-the-top, these two aren’t the first couple to pull out all the stops when it comes to tying the knot. From expensive private castle venues and multi-day celebrations, to lengthy A-list guest list that reach the thousands, celebrities will stop at nothing to kick off a memorable marriage. And things just keep getting bigger and better, particularly over the past ten years. Sure, all eyes will be on Kim and Kanye this weekend, but you can’t forget about these 10 over-the-top celebrity weddings of the last decade.
10. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz – May 17, 2008
Working closely with celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz’s May 17, 2008, Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding may as well have been Ashlee in Wonderland. More than 150 guests were invited into the Simpson family home in San Fernando Valley, California, which had been transformed into a land of enchantment, for an outdoor ceremony. A second tent in red and black was erected for the reception and was filled with 10,000 black magic roses imported from Ecuador. A checkerboard dance floor, crystal chandeliers and red carpets carried the theme through the reception, which kicked off with a fun cocktail hour. Guests sipped miniature bottled cocktails with Alice in Wonderland “Drink Me” labels and received cookies that read “Eat Me.” When their wonderland wedding wrapped up, Wentz surprised Simpson with a safari tent sleepover on the hill behind the house, their makeshift hotel decorated with chandeliers, pillows and even an on-the-spot s’mores station.
9. Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods – October 5, 2004
Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados was the setting of Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods’ stunning October 2004 sunset nuptials, that were rumored to have cost the couple close to $1.5 million. Approximately 120 guests, including Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and Michael Jordan, were in attendance to watch the couple exchange their vows, which they did under a pagoda adorned with 10,000 black magic roses. After Woods kissed his bride, an unforgettable reception kicked off in Sandy Lane Resort’s banquet space with a champagne toast served alongside caviar and blackened Scottish salmon. Entertainment featured a Barbadian steel pianist, performances by Hootie & The Blowfish and a crowd-wowing fireworks show.
8. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake – October 19, 2012
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s dream wedding comes in at the number eight spot of the most over-the-top celebrity weddings of the last decade. Biel looked absolutely pretty in pink, wearing a custom petal-pink Giambattisa Valli strapless tulle gown and a veil adorned with pearls from her grandmother’s tiara that she wore on her own wedding day. In typical Timberlake fashion, the singer wore a cool black Tom Ford suit. Guests including Andy Samberg, Timbaland and Jimmy Fallon were just a few of the famous faces that ventured to Borgo Egnazia Resort in Puglia, Italy to watch Biel walk down the aisle to a song serenaded by Timberlake himself. At the reception, guests danced to music spun by DJ Questlove and filled up on hors d’oeuvres, steak, sea bass, Italian affogato and slices of the couple’s three-tiered almond and coconut wedding cake. RadarOnline.com estimated the cost of their nuptials at a staggering $6.5 million.
7. Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett – June 27, 2009
There was no venue more fitting for the wedding of Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett than Bel Air’s Playboy Mansion. There, approximately 300 guests looked on as the couple tied the knot, during their $1 million affair. The ceremony filled the lawn with more than 5,000 roses, 2,000 hydrangeas and 1,200 orchids in lavender and white. Wilkinson’s The Girls Next Door co-stars, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt served as bridesmaids. The bride also chose a design by R. Mine Bridal—a strapless couture wedding gown that she paired with roughly $100,000 worth of jewelry by Michael Barin. For dinner, guests were treated to a buffet of sushi, mini cheeseburgers and lobster; dessert was a strawberry and chocolate wedding cake created by Fantasy Frostings.
6. Eva Longoria and Tony Parker – July 7, 2007
In true romantic fashion, actress Eva Longoria and San Antonio Spurs basketball player, Tony Parker chose Paris, France to say their “I dos.” Longoria wore a breathtaking $75,000 organza and silk gown, complete with a five-foot train and gazar metallic embroidery. Her nine bridesmaids wore various versions of a red, Swarovski-embellished Badley Mischka gown. Parker wore a suit by French designer De Fursac. For her bouquet, Longoria chose brilliant white phalaenopsis orchid stems and crystal blush calla lilies that stood out among the reception’s 2,000 candles that surrounded the 17th-century Vaux le Vicomte castle. Guests were served a selection of lobster medallion skewers in gazpacho, filet mignon, creamy truffle risotto with sea bass and baby vegetables from a specially crafted dinner menu called “Crazy Red Passion.” A fireworks finale ended the night, but not before the couple cut their five-tier, raspberry-stuffed vanilla bean pound cake and thanked their female guests with 18-karat yellow gold Van Cleef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra good luck bracelets.
5. Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann – November 11, 2011
Kroy Biermann made The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kim Zolciak his own housewife during their November 11, 2011 wedding in Roswell, Georgia. The wedding cost an estimated $1 million. The couple choose their gorgeous Georgia home as their venue and erected a wedding aisle over their pool in the backyard for Zolciak to walk down during the ceremony. All eyes were on Zolciak and her $58,000 pre-owned custom Baracci duchess satin wedding dress with handmade touches of Swarovski crystals, embroidered lace and pearl accents. She would later change into two additional dresses by Pnina Tornai for this affair to remember, including an $18,000 pearl-embellished and Swarovski crystal mermaid style and a slightly less expensive, $16,000 Swarovski crystal and pearl backless jumpsuit. Biermann and Zolciak exchanged rings—an 11-carat emerald-cut band for her and a band of 27 black diamonds and 26 white diamonds for him—before partying like rock stars at their black-tie reception. Another highlight from their big day was the $14,000 11-layer wedding cake.
4. Katy Perry and Russell Brand – October 23, 2010
When Katy Perry and Russell Brand tied the knot in Jaipur, India in 2010, they turned to event planner extraordinaire, Mindy Weiss to help make this five-day celebration of love a reality. Their wedding kicked off at the Aman-i-Khas luxury resort with a breathtaking Bollywood-inspired feast with entertainment provided by dancers, snake charms and jugglers. During the ceremony, which was performed in traditional Indian fashion, two elephants led the red carpet wedding procession, followed by white horse-drawn buggy carrying Brand. He was escorted by camel riders and Rajasthani dancers to Perry who wore an Elie Saab Haute Couture wedding dress with custom-made $7,000 beaded satin heels. After the couple was pronounced husband and wife, it was off to the reception tent decorated with orange, yellow and red ribbons and marigold garlands for a stunning Indian soiree.
3. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise – November 18, 2006
A 20-minute Scientology ceremony sealed the deal for Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise on November 18, 2006, inside the historic 15-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. The $3.5 million wedding had a guest list of about 150, including Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Marc Anthony and Victoria Beckham, all of whom were welcomed by flag bearers in Renaissance costumes. Holmes chose an off-the-shoulder Giorgio Armani gown, embellished with Swarovski crystals and Valenciennes lace but later changed into a second Armani dress for the reception; Cruise and daughter Suri, also wore Armani designs. A reception in the castle’s Hall of the Caesars celebrated the couple’s union with a dinner of sea bass with artichokes, parmesan-crusted fillet and risotto, followed by the cutting of a five-tier white chocolate mousse cake. Entertainment for the evening included Andrea Bocelli, DJ Mark Ronson and a fireworks display in the castle’s courtyard.
2. Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan – April 27, 2013
NBA superstar, Michael Jordon tied the knot with Yvette Prieto in one of the most over-the-top affairs of 2013. At a cost of $10 million, this lavish celebration was brought to life with help from wedding planner to the stars Sharon Sacks. More than 300 guests were in attendance for the big day, including Robin Thicke and Usher, each of whom performed especially for the couple. The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida received a grand romantic upgrade when the outdoor tent, provided for the reception, was filled with white roses, tulips with purple accents and peonies, thousands of candles and crystal candelabras.
1. Melania Knauss and Donald Trump – January 22, 2005
When it comes to the most over-the-top celebrity weddings, it’s hard to trump that of Melania Knauss and Donald Trump, who got married in an elaborate ceremony at Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida on January 22, 2005. Knauss wore an extraordinary $100,000 white Christian Dior gown, with a 13-foot train decorated in more than 1,500 hand-beaded crystal rhinestones and pearls. A 16-foot veil that reportedly took more than 1,000 hours to make, completed her lavish look. Approximately 450 of the couples’ closest family and friends were in attendance and threw roses petals after the pair was pronounced husband and wife. The guests and the newlyweds were then transported to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate for an incredible reception. Inside the home’s 17,000-square-foot ballroom were ten thousand white roses, gardenias, peonies and hydrangeas, which helped create the feeling of Versailles that the couple craved. Guests dined on more than 6,000 appetizers of truffles, caviar and lobster, before sitting down to a main course that featured lobster rolls, steamed shrimp salad, caviar and beef tenderloin. The festivities concluded with the cutting of the couple’s five-foot high, 200-pound, seven tier wedding cake iced with nearly 3,000 roses.