We all dream about the ultimate white wedding. For some it may just be a fantasy but for some rich individuals, money is really no object. From lavish catering to $130,000 tiered cakes that would make Stella McCartney proud, a wedding is certainly a once in a lifetime experience.
After all you need to take into consideration the fact that a wedding demands a tremendous amount of dedication. This includes detailed planning not to mention how you cater for different types of scenarios. In addition to this, there are other points to note such as flowers, maid of honor, entertainment and of course the venue.
The latter is considered to be the most important aspect in the order of ceremony and should not be taken lightly. Having the ability to plump for a lavish venue are on some people’s agenda but they don’t come cheap. It can prove to be an expensive affair but for the uber-rich, no expense is spared when it comes to the ideal wedding venue.
What better way than to celebrate this incredibly joyous event than in a spectacular grandiose hall or hotel. A major milestone for many couples, the choice of venue is arguably the largest expense that couples or their parents have to pay out for.
Meanwhile you need to find a venue that can also cater for your hoards of guests. At the end of the day there is no better feeling than sharing this special day with the people you love. In this way it deserves all the pomp and celebration necessary so you should not cut corners as far as the big day is concerned.
Yet if you want to go the extra mile and splash out on an extravagant wedding venue, there are some which are definitely off the matrimonial chart.
10 Molenvliet Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa: $9,800
The beautiful Molenvliet Wine Estate in Stellenbosch provides the perfect place for your wedding. With room for around 15 guests you can really make it an intimate affair in the heart of South Africa’s wine producing area. Ideal for the oenophile, enjoy the grand estate with beautiful vineyards and plenty of wine tasting. For around $10,000 you can go to town with sublime wine tasting packages and a stylish wedding venue, and it is less than three hours from the Aquila Safari Park game reserve.
9 Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom: $20,000
The setting for Simon Cowell’s exclusive 50th birthday celebrations, Wrotham Park is a wondrous location fit for any dream wedding. Based around half an hour from the heart of London, it boasts more than three hundred acres of superb parklands not to mention thousands of acres of land. Although there are no rooms to speak of this does not detract from one of the finest venues in the UK.
8 Natural History Museum, London: $30,000
The capital has a wealth of stylish venues but for something a little more different the Natural History Museum is one to consider. You can enjoy dining under some of the enormous dinosaurs or marvel at the awe inspiring staircases. Located in Kensington on the famous Museum Mile, the architecture is a genuine sight to behold. You can access the museum after hours for a cool $30,000 which caters for up to 650 guests.
7 New York Public Library, New York, United States: $50,000
What better way to celebrate this special event than to completely takeover the New York Public Library. For around $50,000 to hire, it covers both Astor Hall and the Celeste Bartos Forum you will be surrounded by more marble sculpting than the statue of David and a number of different candelabras. Furthermore you won’t be disappointed with the variety of immense ceilings that add to the lofty occasion.
6 Odescalchi Castle, Rome, Italy: $52,000
Known as the Eternal City, your venue will be remembered forever if you hold it at this Roman site. Odescalchi Castle can be found nestled on the clear blue shores of Lake Bracciano. In fact it was the exact location for Tom Cruise's wedding when he married Katie Holmes. The total costs for this event were believed to be around the $2 million mark.
5 Vaux-le-Vicomte, France: $64,000
For those in search of a little Gallic style, then why not hire out Vaux-le-Vicomte. This impressive chateau dates from the 17th century and is less than 40 miles from the city of light, Paris. After all, it is all about l’amour here thanks to its palatial grounds and vast lawns. Meanwhile you can benefit from regal opulence and ornate furniture which adds to the unique experience.
4 Taj Arabia, Dubai, UAE: From $100,000
Inspired by the great Indian monument the Taj Mahal, Dubai has gone to town with the mega construction of the Taj Arabia. This $1 billion dollar site will not be ready for another twelve months but is set to be the world’s most expensive place to host a wedding. Created using the exact replica, this over the top space is ready to welcome guests from 2015. With space for up to 3,000 people the Taj Arabia can be found in a place called the Falconcity of Wonders that is home to other replicas taken from numerous wonders.
3 Laucala Island, Fiji: $150,000
You could find a worse place to arrange your nuptials at the imposing Laucala Island. Situated in Fiji, this tropical resort can accommodate up to 80 guests and is the height of exclusivity. There is also a range of diverse activities to help you relax from water sports and kite surfing to a dedicated equestrian centre and an 18 hole championship golf course. With ingredients grown on the premises, including coffee, you will be in for a real treat.
2 Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy: $430,000
They say it’s all about la dolce vita, but Hotel Caruso has a setting all of its own. You can take over this whole hotel for around $430,000 which gives you access to its 50 rooms and lavish suites. The ultimate private venue it has been used by Italy’s elite and a host of celebs. Take advantage of its sweeping landscapes with some of the finest flowers as well as caters across Italy.
1 Keys, Little Palm Island, United States: $500,000
If you have half a million dollars, then you can always hire out an entire island. Based in Florida, Little Palm Island is an extensive islet which can be rented out for a duration of three days. With unbeatable romance, this Florida Keys position is in high demand. Stretching across five acres, it enjoys clear blue waters which are only reachable by boat or seaplane. There are several sites to choose from including pristine sand and a manicured Zen garden with majestic harbour views.