The Extraordinary Cost of Celebrity Weddings
It’s not exactly shocking news that weddings are expensive. From the venue to the dress to the catering and the honeymoon, the costs can add up quickly. For most couples, setting a budget and sticking to it is the best way to get through the process with both sanity and bank accounts intact.
But what if money were no object? Imagine the possibilities! For these celebrity couples, money concerns weren’t an issue, and no expense was spared to create the couple’s dream wedding. From intricate dresses to elaborate venues to dazzling entertainment, take a look at celebs who spent a fortune on their lavish weddings.
30. Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban | $250K
It’s a pared-down event in comparison to others on this list, but Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban celebrated their 2006 nuptials in style, spending around $250,000 for the event. They married on a cliff in Australia, officially tying the knot in the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel.
29. Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra | $500K
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra tied the knot in 2018 at a cost of about half a million dollars. Must of the price tag can be attributed to the multiple ceremonies that the couple held. With two Christian ceremonies and three traditional Indian ones, the couple made sure to highlight and honor both of their backgrounds for this important life event.
28. Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom | $1 million
True to the Kardashian brand, the wedding between Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom was highly extravagant. It’s likely that the pair spent at least $1 million on their nuptials, a cost that was distributed among Khloe's custom silk gown (made by Vera Wang), a star-studded guest list and a second dress that Khloe donned for the reception.
27. Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston | $1 million
Once upon a time, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were a much-admired Hollywood couple. Their wedding was an intimate affair, something that was quite suited to the couple. It was held in Malibu and included incredible entertainment for their guests. The gospel choir and fireworks both helped make it an event to remember, and the 50,000 flowers didn't go unnoticed either.
26. David & Victoria Beckham | $1 million
David and Victoria Beckham have been married now for nearly 20 years. Back in 1999, they spent around $800,000 on their wedding. By today's standards, that amount equates to more than $1 million. So, what made the Beckhams' wedding so pricey?
25. Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian | $1 million
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's wedding is rumored to have cost around $1 million, but some estimates have put the total cost much higher. Based on the prices we’re seeing here, a mere million does seem like a questionable amount.
24. Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren | $1.5 million
Already a golf great by the time of their 2004 wedding, Tiger Woods bought out the entire Sandy Lane resort in Barbados for his marriage to Elin Nordegren. He also made sure he commandeered the only helicopter charter company on the island, something that helped maintain the privacy they desired.
23. Elton John & David Furnish | $1.5 million
In 2014, Elton John was finally able to officially marry his long-time partner, David Furnish. With a wedding that cost around $1.5 million, Elton and David tied the knot surrounded by a stunning 600 guests. That number of people meant high food costs that were somewhere in the $130,000 range.
22. Eddie Murphy & Nicole Mitchell | $1.5 million
Although they are now divorced, Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell had a wedding for the ages back in 1993. The cost at the time was $1.5 million, and that number would be even higher today. The event was a hugely lavish one that included 500 total guests, many of them celebrities themselves.
21. Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones | $1.5 million
Another couple that is still happily married today, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones tied the knot at a wedding that cost about $1.5 million back in 2000. This couple was also married at the Plaza Hotel, a famed New York City destination.
20. Pierce Brosnan & Keely Shaye Smith | $1.5 million
This former James Bond actor and his partner, Keely Shaye Smith, spent at least $1.5 million on their 2001 wedding. Married in Ireland, the couple rented out a 13th-century castle. They invited more than 100 guests, including many major celebrities, to celebrate with them.
19. Nicole Richie & Joel Madden | $2 million
Costing a cool $2 million, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden's wedding was a lavish affair. It was held at Lionel Richie's (father of the bride) mansion in Beverly Hills. Starting in a $20,000 Marchesa gown, Nicole changed her outfit two more times before the night was done.
18. Christina Aguilera & Jordan Bratman | $2 million
Wed in Napa Valley, the famous singer and her partner, Jordan Bratman, made sure to show their guests a good time. They set up a roomy reception tent, decorated to the nines in everything from birch trees and roses to custom chandeliers that were carefully constructed from real branches.
17. Madonna & Guy Ritchie | $2 million
Though the pair has since split, Madonna's 2000 wedding to Guy Ritchie is one that we're still talking about today. For the pop star's second marriage, the couple wed in Scotland's Dornoch Cathedral.
16. Elizabeth Hurley & Arun Nayar | $2.6 million
One wedding ceremony can be expensive, so imagine how high the tab would be for two wedding ceremonies. In 2007, supermodel and movie star Elizabeth Hurley married business tycoon Arun Nayar. The pair had a fairytale wedding in an English castle.
15. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West | $2.8 million (not including Paris)
There's no doubt that Kim and Kanye have extravagant tastes. From the gorgeous Givenchy dress, complete with intricate lace and real pearls — believed to have cost at least $400,000 — to the stunning venue, the pair went all out.
14. Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes | $3 million
When Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got married in 2006, their wedding expenses totaled about $3 million. Held at Odescalchi Castle in Italy, it was a Scientologist ceremony with rituals based on the religion that Cruise still belongs to today. The reception followed at the same location, and the newly married couple spared no expense for their guests.
13. Paul McCartney & Heather Mills | $3 million
When Paul McCartney and Heather Mills married in 2002, no one expected a small affair — and they were right. The couple spent at least $3 million on their wedding, which took place in Ireland. Special touches included a special song written by Paul McCartney for Heather as she walked down the aisle.
12. Elizabeth Taylor & Larry Fortensky | $3 million
The eighth time's a charm, right, Liz? For her final wedding in 1991 to Larry Fortensky, Elizabeth Taylor went all out. She purportedly spent around $1.5 million, which would equate to almost $3 million in today's currency.
11. Liza Minnelli & David Gest | $3 million
When Liza Minnelli and David Gest wed in 2002, it was the talk of the town. After all, they spent more than $3 million on the affair. With Michael Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor serving as the maid of honor, there is no doubt the event was as star-studded as it was possible to get.
10. Salma Hayek & Francois Henri Pinault | $3.5 million
One of the main factors behind the hefty cost of Salma Hayek's 2009 wedding to partner Francois Henri Pinault was the choice of venue. Wed in Teatro La Fenice, a famous and historic opera house located in Venice, Italy, the pair celebrated their love for one another with a heavy dose of style and culture.
9. Sofia Vergara & Joe Manganiello | $4 million
In 2015, the popular Modern Family actress wed Joe Manganiello in an event that cost the pair about $4 million. Held in Palm Beach, the wedding included a Sylvia Weinstock cake and a performance by pop superstar Pitbull.
8. George & Amal Clooney | $4.5 million
Amal Alamuddin, a human rights activist and attorney, became Amal Clooney in a star-studded wedding in 2014. For starters, the pair dressed in exquisite style. Amal wore an Alexander McQueen dress that likely cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. George Clooney's tuxedo cost an estimated $5,000. That’s certainly a bit of a price disparity!
7. Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinksy | $5 million
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton grew up in the spotlight. It shouldn't be a surprise that the guest list for her wedding was star-studded or that Chelsea herself looked like true American royalty in a Vera Wang dress that cost a reported $20,000.
6. Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel | $6.5 million
For Justin Timberlake's 2012 wedding to Jessica Biel, the superstar couple went all out. Jessica's dress, a Giambattista Valli ball gown, cost somewhere in the ballpark of $100,000. That’s a pretty penny for even the prettiest dress.
5. Wayne Rooney & Coleen McLoughlin | $8 million
English Author and TV personality Coleen McLoughlin’s wedding to professional soccer player Wayne Rooney approached royal standards with its staggering price-tag. After dating for six years, the high school sweethearts decided to tie the knot at the Abbey of Cervara near Genoa, Italy in 2008. Usually, guests dread the personal expenses that come along with destination weddings, but not in this case.
4. Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto | $10 million
Michael Jordan went all out for his wedding to Yvette Prietto back in 2013. Although it was Jordan's second wedding, he didn’t skimp on the big day, which had an estimated cost of $10 million. From the food to the entertainment, the quality of the wedding was impeccable. He even hired an 18-member band to entertain guests.
3. Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries | $10 million
Although the marriage was short-lived, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' wedding was as lavish as you might expect. It was estimated to cost even more than Kim's nuptials to Kanye, with a final price tag of somewhere around $10 million.
2. Prince William & Kate Middleton | $34 million
From Kate's timeless and iconic dress and the gorgeous floral arrangements to the tables filled with food and drinks and the entertainment, the royal wedding easily stacked up bills that added up to an impressive total. Kate even had a second dress, one that was a bit easier to move around in for the ceremony.
1. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle | $45 million
When it came time for a wedding, Prince Harry had no intention of being outdone. His wedding to Meghan Markle cost an estimated $45 million, around $10 million more than Prince William's nuptials.