Saturday, June 1, 2013

EXPENSIVE CELEBRITY WEDDINGS: Were The Nuptials Worth The Price Tag?

June is traditionally a wedding month, we've all heard the expression June bride.  Well, since this is June, I thought I'd provide a little information about expensive celebrity weddings (any actual connection to June is purely coincidental).  This is just a sampling, not the only high dollar nuptials.

$115,000,000     Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
Married on July 29, 1981 in St. Paul's Cathedral, London.  The pre-wedding celebration cost $100,000, security cost $60,000, and the five foot tall wedding cake was $40,000. (Divorced)

$34,000,000       Prince William and Kate Middleton
Married on April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey in London.  The flowers cost a whopping $800,000 and the cake was $80,000.  Police protection and security cost millions.

$4,800,000         Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Married on July 31, 2010.  Chelsea's dress was by Vera Wang.  The cake costs $11,000 and Oprah Winfrey was among the guests.

$4,200,000         Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Married on March 16, 2002 in New York City.  There were more than 1,000 invited guests including Lauren Bacall, Mia Farrow, and Diana Ross.  Michael Jackson was best man and Elizabeth Taylor was maid of honor. Entertainment was provided by a 60 piece orchestra, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, and Natalie Cole.  The flowers came in at $700,000 and the cake was $40,000.  (Divorced)

$4,200,000         Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Married in 2002 in a castle in Ireland and treated guests to luxury yacht following the ceremony.  However, the cost of the wedding pales in comparison to the money spent on their bitter divorce 6 years later.  (Divorced)

$3,500,000         Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
Married in 2009.  The couple hosted a carnival-themed masked ball and Bono sang at the reception.

$2,500,000         Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar
Married in 2007, they invited 300 guests to a special 8 day festival.  They had 2 ceremonies—one in Sudley Castle in England and the other at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India.  (Divorced)

$2,000,000         Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Married in 2006 in a 15th century Roman castle.  The guest list included Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, J. Lo, and the Beckhams. Katie wore a custom designed Armani gown and they had a 5 tiered white chocolate cake.  (Divorced)

$1,500,000         Elton John and David Furnish
Married in 2005, Elton and his long time partner, David, invited 600 guests to the ceremony held in their Windsor, England, mansion.

$800,000            David and Victoria Beckham
Married in 1999, the bride wore a silk gown with a 20-foot train and a diamond encrusted crown.  Only 250 invited guests who were treated to a special performance by Elton John and fireworks.

And finally, for a mere
$158,157            Chilliy Pasternak and Baby Hope Diamond
Married in July 2012.  What's that?  You've never heard of the bride or groom?  Well, that's understandable since they're dogs.  Their wedding can claim the Guinness Book Of World Records for the most expensive dog wedding.  Now, before you become incensed about that much money being spent in these economic times, let me explain.  First, all the services for the wedding were donated.  Second, the wedding was a fundraiser for the Humane Society of New York.

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