The average price of a wedding dress today is $1,211, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a whole bunch that cost a whole lot more. Here are 12 of the most expensive wedding dresses. These dresses range from $20,000, all the way up to $1.5 million. For that price, you could buy a dress, your rings, have a fancy wedding and a brand new house. Surprisingly, some of the dresses don’t cost as much as you think they would for certain celebs (they must get a discount). You’ll be even more shocked to see who bought them- lets just say some celebs spent way too much money on their dresses and others could have shelled out a few more bucks.
12. One Of A Kind Pnina Tornai Dress – $34,000
Pnina Tornai is a very famous wedding dress designer who only sells her designs at the very exclusive Kleinfeld in New York. Kleinfeld’s might sound familiar to you if you watch the show, Say Yes To The Dress, on TLC. Clothing designer Kelly Dooley’s dress search was featured on the popular show, as well as a separate special about her big day. Everything about this Pnina dress is totally different from every other dress out there that isn’t from the planet Mars. For one thing, it’s silver- a far cry from the traditional white. A one of a kind piece of couture, it was originally designed for the grand finale of her runway show in London.
11. Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen – $400,000
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was one of the most anticipated wedding dresses this century, and it was perfect. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, it was fit for both a princess and a fashionista. Inspired by old Victorian corsetry, it featured machine made lace appliqués that were hand-sewn on. Designer Mark Badgley of Badgley Mischka, described the style of the dress best when he said “it’s the kind of gown that will stand the test of time. Not all gowns do. Any bride across the world will want to wear it. It’s got a touch of vintage, a classic 1950s ball gown, so timeless that her daughter would look gorgeous in this gown 30 years from now.” Exactly.
10. Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy Dress – $400,000
For Kim Kardashian’s third wedding to Kanye West, she wore a $400,000 Givenchy dress designed by Riccardo Tisci. The dress was given a glimpse on her reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and it was same price as Princess Kate’s dress, which clearly influenced the rather conservative (it has sleeves!) design, which (as many of us know) isn’t typical Kim at all. The elegant lace dress had a sheer back and long train. It was certainly not what anyone would expect, but then again, when does Kim Kardashian not surprise us?
9. Peacock Dress By Vera Wang – $1.5 million
This is truly the most unique wedding dress ever made. Designed by Vera Wang, it is made of peacock feathers, for the bride who really wants to stand out and go the non-traditional route. Designed in 2009, it’s made of 2009 male peacock feathers (apparently female peacock feathers were not adequate for this project) to commemorate the year it was made. Featuring a very long, round train, it’s rumored that Jennifer Lopez was supposed to wear it to her wedding to Ben Affleck, but those nuptials never happened. No word if she was able to get her deposit back for the dress.
8. Victoria Beckham’s Vera Wang Dress – $100,000
When she wed David Beckham, way back in 1999, Victoria “Posh Spice” Adams wore a Vera Wang gown, which reportedly cost $100,000. Victoria loved her rather timeless, structured ball-gown wedding dress so much, she still has it in her closet, hoping that one day, her daughter Harper will want to wear it. It’s a known fact that Mrs. Beckham gives most of her clothing away to be auctioned off to charity, but hasn’t had the the heart to sell off her beloved and very expensive Vera Wang gown. With a marriage like that, who could blame her?
7. Chelsea Clinton’s Vera Wang Dress – $32,000
Former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton was married to Marc Mezinsky, in 2010, in a lavish $3 million ceremony. Her dress, which was designed by Vera Wang, is rumored to have cost approximately $32k. Luckily, the United States government wasn’t paying for it. The dress, a strapless, beaded gown was made of yards of ivory silk organza that had slightly gathered with a diagonal pleat of tulle on the bodice. The beautiful look was finished with a silvery embroidered waistband. Simple, but elegant, Clinton who isn’t known for her great style looked quite stylish on her wedding day.
6. Zim Zolciak’s Baracci Gown – $58,000
Former Real Housewife of Atlanta, Zim Zolciak married Atlanta Falcon Kroy Bierman, in 2011, wearing a very expensive gown from Beverly Hills fashion house Baracci. This silver Duchess Satin dress reportedly weighed 32 pounds, and was embellished with lace, pearls, beads and Swarovski crystals. What a lot of people don’t know is that the dress was actually not new. Kim purchased the gown from PreownedWeddingDresses.com, but at $58,000 it wasn’t exactly a bargain. So why did Zolciak buy secondhand? She was married a month after she was engaged and didn’t have time to get a new one.
5. Jessica Biel’s Giambattista Valli Dress – $100,000+
Jessica Biel’s beautiful pink dress for her wedding to Justin Timberlake, was stunning both in looks and in price. The exact dollar amount has not been revealed, but it’s rumored to have cost Mrs. Timberlake upwards of six-figures. In 2013, Biel discussed the dress in an interview with Elle magazine,
“I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuchsia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink. It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.”
She certainly looked like one…
4. Princess Diana’s Dress – $150,000
Princess Diana wore a legendary wedding dress for her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, within hours of the wedding, tons of other designers were ordered to copy the dress so every bride in England and throughout the world could feel like Diana on their big day too. The dress was made of silk taffeta and antique lace embellished with over 1,000 pearls and sequins. The train was a stunning 25 feet long. Also stunning, but not exactly in a good way, were the puffy sleeves and shoulder pads (hey, it was the 80’s). The dress is estimated to have cost what would come out to approximately $150,000 today.
3. Madonna’s Stella McCartney Dress – $80,000
For her 2000 wedding to director Guy Ritchie, Madonna wore an $80,000 dress designed by her friend Stella McCartney, who (while it can’t be verified), probably gave her a very friendly discount. This strapless dress was made of ivory colored silk. She also wore an antique lace veil and a 37 carat diamond cross necklace. If that doesn’t sound pricey enough, she also accessorized her look, wearing a $72,000, 19 carat antique French diamond bracelet, which was given to her by Ritchie as a wedding gift. To top it off, she wore a 1910 Asprey tiara, which cost $250,000. But she didn’t buy the tiara; it was only loaned to her.
2. Nicole Richie’s Marchesa Dress – $20,000
This dress Nicole Richie wore for her 2010 wedding to rock star Joel Madden, was designed by Marchesa. But the dress pictured above was only one of three she wore to her wedding by the same designer. Way over the top, the bottom of the dress alone was made of more that 100 yards of silk organza tulle, shaped into beautiful petals. The top of the dress was lace and featured long sleeves. So who inspired this one of a kind stunner? None other than Princess Grace Kelly.
1. Amal Alamuddin’s Oscar De La Renta Gown – $380,000
“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress. Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”
This off-the shoulder dress featured 14 yards of Chantilly lace appliqués, which were embellished by hand with beading and embroidery.