30 Weddings That Cost More Than People Make In A Lifetime

There are going to many important days in your life. But if you're lucky enough, you are going to be able to say that one of your most important days is whenever your wedding day is. How you choose to have your wedding could differ in many ways. You could elect to just go down to the local courthouse and get the ceremony done in no time at all. But doing that isn't going to land you a spot on the list that you're about to read.

Because whether these are celebrities that you know or love or names you're going to be reading (and trying to pronounce!) for the first time, they all have one thing in common: they don't mind spending an insane amount of money on their special day. Which, you have to admit, may have made the eventual divorce for so many of these couples sting even more. But hey, that's the risk you run when you decide to get married to begin with and having a wedding like this is only going to add even more pressure.

There's even a couple on the list that spent a supposed $1 billion on their wedding day. Though when Jennifer Lopez is only one of the talented performers they hired to perform, perhaps you can understand why their wedding budget may have gone way up. Try not to find yourself being too jealous as you sit back and read about the 30 most expensive weddings in the entire world.

30 they tried their best - $1 Million


If you wanted to sit down and compare the numbers of Khloe Kardashian's wedding to Lamar Odom with her sister Kim, Khloe definitely comes up short. But I'm sure there were still many memorable parts of her wedding day that was reportedly worth at least $1 million, including her dress which was supposedly tiered and designed by Vera Wang. It may have helped that her then-husband, Lamar Odom, had himself a reasonably successful NBA career. It's just too bad their marriage wasn't more successful!

(Source: Jezebel, EOnline)

29 real winners - Over $1 Million


There are many great tennis players. But there may not be anyone out there who will ever be able to match the accomplishments that Serena Williams has put forth. And she isn't done yet! As for her husband, Alexis Ohanian, his involvement in the creation of Reddit is something you may use every single day. The two definitely felt comfortable spending a lot of money for their wedding including a dress that cost Williams a reported £2.6 million. The ceremony itself was also said to cost $1 million. Many stars dropped by including Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria.

(Source: TheSun)

28 anonymous last names - Several Million 


When WeddedWonderland was asked to describe the wedding between Ali and Lana (whose last names they didn't reveal) they stated, "Their lavish celebration has taken luxury weddings to a whole new level. A league of its own." And while some celebrities on this list may try and compete, it's clear that this couple still was not afraid to open up their wallet, even if the exact figure isn't known. The most shocking feature of the entire night may have been the fact that over 1,000 people (1,060 to be exact) came out to celebrate. Plus, you know, that cake!

(Source: WeddedWonderland)

27 a musical wedding - $1.5 Million


Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren's relationship had far from the perfect ending. But that's what happens when one of the people in the relationship - in this case, Tiger - decides that being faithful isn't something he should remember to do. When the two did get married though things definitely seemed to be perfect. Their $1.5 million dollar day included Hootie and the Blowfish playing! Which sadly means that after their separation it probably became pretty hard for either of them to enjoy their music.

(Source: Livingly)

26 a princess in her heart - $1.5 Million

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas decided to get married in an extremely elegant affair back in 2000. And to their credit, the two are still together and seemingly as strong as ever. There were many elements that helped make their wedding day cost so much, such as a tiara worn by Zeta-Jones that ran the couple $300,000 (and her dress was another $140,000!). But at least the two can say that they are still happily married in 2018, which may definitely make them think that all the money they spent on their special day was worth it.

(Source: Livingly)

25 three dresses - $2 Million 


One of the most important aspects involved in a wedding is the wedding dress. For Salome Kintsurashvili, she went through not one, not two, but three different dresses on her wedding night. All of which was adorned with jewelry worth a reported $200,000. The real standout of the wedding that also featured Sargis Karapetyan, who is the son of a billionaire, came when Maroon 5 agreed to stop by to perform. If you'd like them at your wedding be prepared to shell out though as they earned between $500,000-$800,000.

(Source: DailyMail)

24 love wins - $1.5-$2 million


Elton John and David Furnish are the only same-gender relationship to make a spot on our list. Elton John was also hired to perform at another one of our entries weddings! The two started their civil partnership back in 2005 with a ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall. They are even rumored to have spent upwards of $100,000 on caviar and champagne for their guests, but hey, if you're going to spend some money why not make sure you do it on those two things! The two also officially tied the knot in 2014.

(Source: Livingly)

23 too much to handle - $2 Million


One of the reasons Christina Aguilera was excited to start a life with Jordan Bratman was their son, Max. But even a $2 million wedding day isn't enough to shake off the blues from an unhealthy marriage. When Aguilera talked about the eventual divorce she stated,

“When you’re unhappy in a marriage, your children are the ones who suffer. That’s the last thing I wanted for my son.”

Part of their relationship ending also was due to the fact that Aguilera felt she grew into a much different person when she went away to work on the film Burlesque.

(Source: EOnline, People)

22 an eight-day wedding - $2.5 million

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It's hard to say where Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar really spent the money on their wedding. Because while their ceremony itself was lovely and held in England, what really may have hit their wallets was the fact that the two of them proceeded to spend 8 days partying it up after including spending time in India.

Roughly 200 people showed up for their first ceremony that saw Hurley wear a dress designed by Donatella Versace. The cake was also four-tiers and there was also a five-course meal. So you better believe guests felt full by the end of it!

(Source: TheBridalBox, Livingly)

21 third times the charm: $2.8 million


Kim Kardashian knew she made a lot of mistakes when it came to her marriage with Kris Humphries. Which may be why when she walked down the aisle to meet up with Kanye West, she did so with a much cheaper wedding. But $2.8 million is still nothing to sneeze at! The rental for their venue at the Forte di Belvedere ended up costing the couple $409,000. Kardashian's dress, on the other hand, cost upwards of $500,000. When Kanye proposed to Kim back in October 2013 it also cost him $3.3 million.

(Source: EOnline, EOnline)

20 irish hills - $3 Million


Are you a big fan of fireworks? I can tell you pretty confidently that even if you aren't, Paul McCartney or his then-wife Heather Mills definitely loves them. Because when they got married out at the St. Salvador Church which is located in Ireland, it was done with the aid of $150,000 worth of fireworks. While I'm not too sure who McCartney hired to do the music that night, you can imagine that person was under a significant amount of pressure to make sure they brought their A-Game!

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19 no happy ever after - £1.5 million

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Guy Ritchie and Madonna lasted 8 years before deciding that their version of happily ever after no longer included one another. It was reported that the maid of honor for the event was beloved actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The dress worn by Madonna was also designed by Stella McCartney and while the exact number isn't known, is sure to have cost a significant amount of money. It is also believed that Guy Ritchie took home an excess of £32 million when the two divorced.

(Source: Mirror, Telegraph)

18 the eighth wedding - $1.5 Million (In 1991)


When Elizabeth Taylor got married to Larry Fortensky in 1991, it was the 8th time Taylor had said, "I do". One thing that may have made her more willing to have a $1.5 million dollar wedding is the fact that she didn't end up paying for most of it. Along with the wedding being held at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, Jackson actually paid for most of the event.

"You've been so generous, it makes me want to cry. I'll never forget it as long as I live," said Taylor to Jackson when discussing his amazing gesture.

(Source: Brides)

17 800 guests - $3.5 Million


Liza Minnelli's marriage to David Gest may have had many moments that she wishes had gone differently. Especially considering they ended up getting divorced 5 years after tying the knot. But that didn't stop the two of them from going big on their special day. Perhaps the fact that she had Michael Jackson by her side serving as her best man meant that Liza felt the pressure to put on a big show. It was also reported that over 800 people were invited to the wedding which would definitely boost the cost way up.

(Source: CBSNews, Brides)

16 300 bottles - $3.5 Million


There are many talented musicians in the world that you may want to have at your wedding. But if you wanted to go for a certain level of "classy", nobody may personify that more than the singer, Andrea Bocelli. Which is exactly who Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were able to land to perform at their wedding back in 2006 and was surely one of the most standout parts. Among the expenses for the day also included 300 bottles of red wine that was not cheap.

(Source: Livingly)

15 the Venetian wedding - $4.6 million


George Clooney was one of the best examples of a celebrity who seemed like he was never going to get married. But that all changed for him when he met his now wife, Amal. When it came for Clooney to celebrate the big day, he definitely did it in style. It was reported that his wedding cost upwards of $4.6 million. Largely influenced by their decision to have the wedding in Venice, as they agreed to fly their guests in as well as booked 95 rooms in one hotel. Amal's dress cost $380,000, whereas George's tux was a modest $5,000.

(Source: EOnline)

14 no more crying into rivers - $6.5 Million


There are many cute relationships in Hollywood that some people may think are destined for failure. But I am sure many people out there are hoping that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are able to keep their love going strong. Both of the success of their career meant that dropping close to $7 million on their wedding day definitely wasn't enough to make either of them have too many regrets. Though a source did later deny that the amount got to that high of a number.

(Source: EOnline)

13 six years later - £5 million

This list may be full of stars from North America, but one of the most talented soccer players of all-time, and therefore hopefully is a name you should still be able to recognize, is Wayne Rooney, who made a name for himself playing for Manchester United. Rooney's wife, Coleen, had been together for 6 years before their £5 million wedding day came together. They have gone on to start a family with Coleen giving birth to three children with their most recent being born back in January 2016.

(Source: Wikipedia, Telegraph)

12 a wedding cake that was 12 feet tall - £5 million


Folarin Alakija and his wife Nazanin definitely went all out when it came to their wedding. But when you learn that his mother, Folorunsho, has been at one point reported to be worth of $2 billion, their expensive nuptials is just a mere drop in the bucket.

Among people who helped celebrate the couples wedding day was Robin Thicke who did a performance. It was reported that their wedding may have run over £5 million and that the cake featured was over 12 feet tall. Let's hope people saved room after what I'm sure was an extremely extravagant dinner.

(Source: Dailymail)

11 no problem spending money - $10 Million

Michael Jordan always knew how to look in control whenever he was out on the basketball court dominating the competition. Y'know, if we ignore his time on the Washington Wizards. Though he still didn't look too bad! But Mike was probably thinking a lot more about his dance moves when he decided to marry Yvette Prieto. The two spent $10 million on their wedding, but to be fair, Jordan was reported to be worth $1.65 billion! Part of the enjoyment of the night included fireworks.

(Source: Dailymail, Wikipedia)

10 the oscars - $10 Million


Lolita Osmanova and Gaspar Avdolyan knew that they wanted to have a great venue for their wedding to really help it stand out. And what better place than the Dolby Theater in Los Angelas. Which is often where they hold the Oscars. When you also figure the two spent $10 million on their wedding, it's clear they thought theirs was a wedding worthy of an award for the most impressive wedding! The wedding cake that you see towering over them is a reported 10-tiers.

(Source: Emirateswoman)

9 72 days - $10 Million 


I'm not trying to rag on the Kardashian family too hard. But facts are facts and there is a good reason as to why this is the 3rd time a Kardashian has come across your screen. And you haven't even seen the "Kim Kardashian of China" yet. When Kim Kardashian started her life as Kris Humphries - that lasted all of 72 days mind you - she did so with a $10 million day. At least money hasn't exactly been an issue for her at any point in her life!

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8 a party that lasted three days - £12 million

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It is believed that Petra's father, Bernie, wasn't too pleased about his daughter's wedding costing £12 million. But can you blame him? The marriage took place in Rome in the Odeschalchi Castle and was stretched over 3 days. That alone cost £310,000, as well as wine that cost £4,000. Petra's mother, on the other hand, was definitely supportive

"I don't care how much the wedding cost, as it was once in a lifetime occasion. It was worth every penny because it made my daughter happy. Who cares about money?"

(Source: Dailymail)

7 cell phone gift bags - $31 Million

As you have seen, Kim Kardashian has made an appearance on this list twice. But both of her weddings were paltry in comparison to Angelababy, who can also be recognized as the "Kim Kardashian of China". Angelababy married Huang Xiaoming on October 8th, 2015 and had 2,000 people come and celebrate their love. The most extreme thing about their wedding? Everyone that attended it received a gift bag that included a cell phone (among other things). Angelababy's dress was also a custom job by Dior.

(Source: Cosmopolitan)

6 the security filled wedding - $34 Million

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have themselves a wonderful life that gives them plenty of opportunities. But they also know that they have a life that brings with it plenty of potential danger. Which is why when the two officially got married, $32 million of the $34 million spent was done on security. No wonder the day seemed to go off without a hitch! And as you'll also go on to read, the security used was definitely not willing to give Harry and Meghan a discount!

(Source: CBSNews)

5 wedding of the year - In Excess Of $45 Million


Every year there are many weddings that occur among famous celebrities. But there is nobody that is going to get married that is going to end up being a bigger deal than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. While firm details are scarce, it's reported that their wedding may have cost upwards of $45 million! Though like with William and Kate, almost all of that money - $43 million to be exact - was spent on security that included things like security drones and undercover police.

Markle's dress also cost around $430,000.

(Source: BusinessInsider)

4 25-foot long train - $48 Million

Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's wedding earned a spot on this list, but their weddings may be paltry in comparison to that of Lady Diana and Prince Charles. Taking place in 1984, the wedding was estimated to cost close to $48 million. This, of course, included a cake that was 5 feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds! Not afraid to embrace the more elegant side of her life, Diana also walked down the aisle with a train that was an astonishing 25 feet long! If you're interested, Kate's was 8 feet by comparison.

(Source: BusinessInsider, Wikipedia)

3 fireworks - $60 Million

You may have no idea who Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia are. In fact, you probably may not even be able to spell their names correctly (or pronounce them for that matter) if you tried. But if you are going to talk about expensive weddings. You need to talk about these two. Because $60 million is definitely a high enough cost to always earn this couple a spot on lists like this. One of the most extreme elements of the wedding was fireworks that went off over the Eiffel Tower, as well as a performance from Kylie Minogue.

(Source: NewsFeed)

2 the ring that was as pricey as the wedding - Several Million 

While I do not know the exact cost of Aleksey Shapovalov and Ksenia Tsaritsina's wedding, I do have a report that states the couple spent several million in putting their day together. Which could not have been surprising considering Aleksey got down on one knee and pulled out an $8 million ring. They also have 2 children together so you need to hope part of the money being spent was on making sure their kids were being well taken care of so their parents could enjoy their special day!

(Source: BravoTV)

1 daughter of an uber-rich man - $1 Billion


Some people would say that getting married at the age of 20 is a risky decision. But for Khadija Uzhakhovs, she was definitely excited to get married to Said Gutseriev. Whose father just happens to be a billionaire. Among the extreme features of their wedding was an afterparty the following week that had Beyoncé and Sir Elton John stopping by to perform. The wedding itself featured Jennifer Lopez. And while Lopez surely looked amazing, let's hope she didn't steal the show from Khadija whose dress was worth close to $1 million.

(Source: DailyMail)

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