The average wedding in America costs just north of $32,000. For that price, you can hire a DJ, buy a wedding dress, feed all of your friends, and rent out a beautiful space for your special day. But what happens when you’re an A-list celebrity with a seemingly endless supply of cash and a lot of famous friends? Oftentimes, a complete spectacle ensues. From George Clooney and John Legend planning Italian getaways for all of their family and friend’s to Kate Moss’ three-day festival themed extravaganza, these celebrities know how to get married in style.
Former News Anchor Marries A Spanish Prince
It was one of the fairytale wedding stories of the century as this Spanish anchorwoman has traded in her news-reporting job for royal duties. The citizens of Spain were pretty much glued to their televisions on May 22, 2004, when Prince Felipe married Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, a divorced former journalist. Rocasolano’s marriage to the Spanish prince effectively made her Queen Letizia of Spain in a ceremony that cost $29 million. The wedding itself was on the brink of disaster as heavy rains threatened to drench Letizia’s entrance and caused a 15-minute delay, but thankfully the rain eventually cleared and the wedding went off without a hitch.
A High Fashion Wedding On A Wild, Deserted Beach
They’re celebrities of the high fashion world, so when Sofía Sanchez Barrenechea and Alexandre de Betak got married, it’s no wonder the three-day event was labeled “fashion’s wedding of the season” in 2014. The couple planned a three-day destination wedding in Patagonia, Argentina between Christmas and New Years. The white-tie dress code was a complaint among many event goers for months, but the groom insisted because according to Vogue, “the setting of the wedding was about highlighting the juxtaposition between unfettered nature and the high civility of floor-length frocks and white tie and tails,” that the couple are surrounded by in their occupations.
Bill Clinton And Naomi Campbell Attended This Indian Wedding
You may not know him by name, but this guy is a celebrity among celebrities, hanging out with the likes of P. Diddy and chartering planes for Kate Moss. Vikram Chatwal lived the life of a party boy until he met Indian model Priya Sachdev, much to the delight of his father Sant Chatwal, a successful New York City hotelier, who paid for the lavish affair. The wedding festivities spanned a whole week in 2006, with each day’s celebrations lasting until the crack of dawn so that people couldn’t even distinguish one day from the next by the end of it. The couple had a traditional Sikh wedding ceremony, but unfortunately, holy matrimony didn’t last. The couple legally separated in 2011.
A Hollywood Wedding At An Italian Villa
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski got married in Italy’s Lake Como at the fabulous Villa d’Este. While no official photos of the couple’s nuptials have been released, we do know a few details. It was truly a star-studded event with attendees such as Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Matt Damon, and David Schwimmer. The wedding party celebrated on a boat before Krasinski and Blunt formally tied the knot. The bride reportedly wore a stunning Marchesa sweetheart gown at the outdoor ceremony. The couple dated for two years before marrying in 2010 and have been together ever since, having two daughters in the process.
Tom Brady And Gisele Celebrated With A Backyard Steak Dinner
New England Patriots Quarterback and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen married in a small ceremony in 2009 at Santa Monica’s Catholic Church. Only immediate family was invited to the official nuptials, after which they all headed back to Brady’s house and had a steak dinner that the football star prepared himself. But of course, the couple had a follow-up ceremony at the supermodel’s Costa Rican estate where more guests were invited to watch them exchange vows. Bündchen wore a designer gown with a ten-foot veil and held a bouquet of white orchids. The couple has been married for eight years and counting and have two kids together.
The Fairytale Wedding Of The 20th Century
3,500 guests were in attendance at St. Paul’s Cathedral for this royal wedding! Prince Charles’s marriage to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 was dubbed the “fairytale wedding of the century” and included a total of 27 wedding cakes. Hundreds of thousands of English citizens lined the streets to see the newlyweds on their way to their Buckingham Palace reception in a horse-drawn open carriage. A global television audience of 750 million as Lady Diana Spencer would historically become Princess Diana in an iconic ivory silk taffeta dress that these days would be worth well over $40,000. But someone who would have been close to Diana wore an iconic dress for her wedding, as you’ll see in a couple slides.
The Kraziest Destination Wedding
2014 was the year two of the most hotly criticized celebrities of the day were joined in holy-expensive-matrimony. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a $2.8 million wedding celebration that took place in two countries. They started out with pre-wedding festivities in Paris, then flew all of their guests to Florence for the actual ceremony. No E! cameras were around during the event since Kardashian surprisingly wanted to maintain privacy during the special moment—even cell phones were banned from the wedding and guests had to sign a waiver promising to keep wedding details a secret. Kimye has been married ever since, having two kids, and as of 2017 are expecting a third via surrogate.
The Royal Wedding Of The 21st Century
We told you Princess Diana wasn’t the only one to have an iconic wedding dress! Her son Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011 was arguably the wedding of their generation and truly deserves to be called a “fairytale” wedding, since this time a royal married someone who was not of any sort of formal nobility. Many people of the fashion industry noted how Middleton’s dress was inspired by the dress Grace Kelly wore in her marriage to the Prince of Monaco in 1956—both of the dresses featured lace bodices with sheer sleeves. Like his mother’s wedding, Prince William’s wedding was publicly viewed, except this time by the millions via live streaming.
This Former First Daughter Forced Her Father To Lose Weight
When Chelsea Clinton announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, she apparently had asked her father, former president Bill Clinton, to lose 15 pounds. He surpassed that request and lost 20 pounds to appear at the inter-faith wedding that included attendees such as Ted Danson, Madeleine Albright, Warren Buffet, as well as many Democrats close to the Clinton family. The wedding also featured gluten-free cake from La Tulipe Desserts that was four-feet tall, 500 pounds, and reportedly over $10,000. The cake alone suggests that the wedding price tag reached the million-dollar range, but the Clinton’s insisted it stayed well within six figures.
The Most Lavish Wedding Imaginable
This couple ought to be celebrities of the wedding world because their wedding goes down as one of the most expensive weddings of all time with a price tag of $66 million! Vanisha Mittal is the daughter of steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and is currently on the board of directors at her father’s company ArcelorMittal. When Mittal married investment banker Amit Bhatia, her father gave her the wedding of a lifetime, even renting out the Palace of Versailles solely for their engagement party. All guests were flown into Paris by the wedding host and even given cell phones! Unfortunately, after nearly a decade of marriage and three kids, the couple have reportedly split.
The English Footballer Who Went All Out
Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney married his childhood sweetheart Coleen McLoughlin in an Italian wedding for which they paid £5 million. The intimate wedding was held in front of immediate family and friends at and centuries’ old Italian villa and it reportedly rained on the day of their 2008 nuptials. The happy couple has since had three kids and as of 2017 are expecting a fourth, but drama surrounds the couple following Rooney’s arrest for drunk driving in which he was found to be with another woman. Despite a bundle of joy on the way, British media suspects a divorce on the horizon.
Solange’s Ultra-Stylish All-White Wedding
Singer Solange Knowles and music video director Alan Ferguson chose to get married at the Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans back in 2014. Solange, dressed in a svelte Stephane Rolland jumpsuit, and her beloved fashionably arrived at the scene riding bicycles. The wedding venue was then transformed into the reception as the guests were served local New Orleans cuisine before going on to celebrate with music and dancing all night. Big sister Beyoncé and brother-in-law Jay-Z were also present, but they made sure the immensity of their star power didn’t overshadow Solange’s special day.
They Say It Takes A Village
In July 2011, a village in Oxfordshire in southeast England was shut down for model Kate Moss’s wedding to Jamie Hince, lead guitarist of The Kills. The couple held a three-day festival themed party and Moss wore a dress designed by John Galliano. Wedding guests included big names in high fashion such as Naomi Campbell and Stella McCartney, along with the likes of Jude Law and Vivienne Westwood. Moss had met Hince in 2007 and of their relationship has said, “We were just so loved up, and he asked me to marry him every day.” Sadly, the marriage only lasted about five years as the couple separated in 2015 and were officially divorced by 2016.
Wedding Bells For The Beckhams
We promised you another English footballer and who better than David Beckham?! The sexy soccer player famously married the even sexier Victoria (aka Posh Spice) in an extravagant wedding in 1999. Posh wore a Vera Wang gown complete with a tiara and David at one point donned a purple top hat (that even he would admit in 2017 was a little over the top). Elton John was even a performer at their reception! Unlike a lot of people on this list, however, the couple has had a strong 19-year marriage and counting that gifted them three talented boys and an adorable little girl.
The Marriage Of American Royalty
JFK and Jackie O had a high-profile wedding that became national news in 1953. Then-senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island and although he was not yet near being president, their celebrity was already off the charts. Wedding guests included 600 senators, diplomats, and other social figures but what’s even crazier is that over 2,000 fans gathered outside the church to cheer them on after the “I do’s” were said. The reception hosted a whopping 900 guests and it reportedly took the newlywed Kennedy’s almost two hours to greet everyone.
Elizabeth Taylor’s First Marriage Sets The Bar
It was first of seven weddings, but actress Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, Jr. was nothing short of extravagant. Then only 18 years old, Taylor wore a dress that was auctioned off for almost $200,000 in 2013. The gown was a gift to the actress from MGM Studios, who commissioned costume designer Helen Rose for the design and had 15 people making the dress for three months straight, according to Today. The 1950 nuptials included guests such as Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire. Of course, the marriage only lasted nine months but Taylor would infamously move on—six more times to five other guys.
The Secret Swiss Wedding Of This Fair Lady
Style icon and actress Audrey Hepburn married fellow actor and future co-star Mel Ferrer in 1954 at the base of the Swiss Alps. Hepburn wore an A-line wedding dress designed by Pierre Balmain and a crown of white flowers to her nuptials at the Burgenstock Chapel in Switzerland. There was reportedly a wedding breakfast after, but much details of the wedding were scarce, since the Breakfast at Tiffany’s actress wanted to keep the press out of her special day. Over the course of their 14-year marriage, Hepburn’s hectic work schedule caused her to suffer four miscarriages, but she was thankfully blessed with a bouncing baby boy in 1960. Unfortunately, Hepburn and Ferrer divorced by 1968.
A Secret Wedding In Viva Las Vegas
Throughout the height of his career, Elvis had a cacophony of fans mobbing around whatever location he was at, but he made a distinct effort to keep them all away from his wedding to Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. The pair snuck off to Las Vegas in private jets and used the back entrance at the Aladdin Hotel to go undetected. Elvis and Priscilla were secretly married in the wee hours of the morning in front of their immediate family and later celebrated with a champagne breakfast buffet with a 100 of their closest friends. The had a larger reception afterward in Graceland and when news broke to the public, reaction among Elvis’s fans varied between elated or heartbroken.
A Baseball Star Marries A Blonde Bombshell
When the public found out about New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio courting blonde bombshell actress Marilyn Monroe, it was a match made in all-American heaven. The media could hardly leave the couple alone, causing them to have low profile dates for two years before tying the knot at the San Francisco City Hall in 1954—they were bombarded by reporters and fans who were waiting right outside. The newlyweds honeymooned in Japan, but Monroe left suddenly for an engagement in Korea and tensions between the couple only rose from there. DiMaggio was reportedly uncomfortable with Monroe’s sexy image and reputation and they eventually divorced that same year after only 274 days of holy matrimony.
Hathway Has A Lush, Seaside Wedding
It seems that this princess has much to write about in her diary. Actress Anne Hathaway married “actor-jewelry designer” Adam Shulman at a dreamy ceremony in Big Sur, California. There were reportedly no famous attendees and the 150-person guest list primarily included the bride and groom’s closest family and friends. Event planners Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove created a nature-spired wedding with vintage accents and Hathaway wore a billowing gown designed by Valentino. The wedding party dined on vegan cuisine (Hathaway is vegan) and celebrated well into the late hours of the night.
“The Ballad Of John And Yoko”
Shortly after divorcing his first wife Cynthia, John Lennon was set on marrying Yoko Ono “on the way” to Paris in a ceremony that was supposed to take place on a ferry crossing the channel between England and France. But because Yoko couldn’t obtain a visa in time, they weren’t able to pull it off. Instead, the couple married in a 10-minute ceremony in Gibraltar, then a British colony near Spain. Of the occasion, Lennon has said, “It’s the ‘Pillar of Hercules,’ and also symbolically they called it the ‘End of the World’ at one period. They thought the world outside was a mystery from there, so it was like the Gateway to the World. So, we liked it in the symbolic sense, and the rock foundation of our relationship.”
George And Amal’s Italian Getaway
Actor George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin were arguably 2010’s hottest couple and excited the world when they were married in 2014. The couple traveled to Venice, Italy for a three-day celebration with an A-list guest list that included Bono, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Matt Damon, and even Anna Wintour. On the first day, the couple exchanged vows that they wrote themselves in an intimate ceremony at which Amal wore an Oscar de la Renta dress. The next day included wedding festivities full of food and drink, while the final day included making the marriage legal in a small civil ceremony at Venice’s town hall.
Chrissy Teigen’s Wish Came True
Could they have stolen the idea from Emily Blunt’s wedding to John Krasinski? One might assume that as model Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend tied the knot in Italy’s Lake Como in 2013. But actually, Teigen revealed that in 2007 on her first trip to Italy with Legend, she wished for the both of them to get married. Stevie Wonder performed at this wedding where guests noshed on carrot cake and Teigen had three wardrobe changes. Despite all the plans having been made, they didn’t realize their Italian wedding wouldn’t result in a legal marriage, so a few weeks before, the couple eloped at a New York City courthouse.
“My Marriage Ended On My Wedding Day”
Mick Jagger’s one and only legal marriage was to Nicaraguan-born Bianca De Macias. The whirlwind romance resulted in a pregnancy (daughter Jade was born in 1971) and would only last for about six years. But in 1971, the couple wed in St. Tropez, France at the local town hall. The marriage was already strained when word of it got leaked to the public and the couple was swarmed with reporters outside of the town hall, much to Jagger’s outrage. Jagger also forced Bianca to sign a prenuptial agreement and she would later say that “My marriage ended on my wedding day,” because of the slight disagreement.
A High-Fashion Wedding For The Macabre
Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese and controversial goth rocker Marilyn Manson tied the knot back in 2005 in a small civil ceremony at their Los Angeles home, but the real ceremony took place in Ireland the following weekend. The couple was known to be a strange, but fitting pair and were also known for their interest in fashion. As such, their wedding ceremony was featured in Vogue, where Von Teese donned a Vivienne Westwood gown and Manson wore a suit made by John Galliano. The marriage wouldn’t last and the couple divorced only two years later citing “irreconcilable differences.”
An Australian Wedding For The Stars
Actress Nicole Kidman married fellow Aussie country singer Keith Urban in an intimate ceremony in 2005 at Sydney’s Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel. The wedding was a big deal in Australia that day and the heavy security detail didn’t stop fans from seeking a view of Kidman as she arrived in a vintage Rolls-Royce. There were a lot of tears at the ceremony as People reported, “Nicole cried all the way to the church in the car and then she cried all during the ceremony and had to wipe her eyes under the veil. It was the most emotional and beautiful ceremony. Nicole looked ethereal with her veil floating, like a vision in white. …Keith cried when he looked “
A Ranch-Style Wedding For This Girl
Actress Allison Williams married College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen in 2015 at the Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. The wedding included an itinerary of ranch-style activities and guests even sat on pillows during the nuptials, which Tom Hanks officiated. The wedding included an A-list guest list including Seth Meyers, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bruce Springsteen, and of course, Williams’ Girls co-stars. Dressed in an Oscar de la Renta gown, Williams was walked down the aisle by her father, news anchor Brian Williams, who months earlier came under scrutiny for falsely embellishing his stories.
Mick Jagger’s “Fake” Second Wedding
We promised you another Mick Jagger wedding, did we not? But this one is a little different. In 1977, Mick Jagger began dating model Jerry Hall. The relationship would become a decades-long partnership that resulted in four children, but it was not made “official” until 1990 when Jagger and Hall went to Bali and married in a private ceremony officiated by a Hindu priest. However, it was alleged that the priest never received the documents to make the marriage official and thus, they were never officially married, which is why when Hall petitioned for divorce in 1999, Jagger contested it on the grounds that they were never married.
She Married Her Childhood Sweetheart
Actress Julie Andrews married her childhood sweetheart Tony Walton in 1959. By then, Andrews was merely in her early 1920s and already had a successful stage career. The dress that Andrews wears in the above picture was designed by Walton himself and the ever-so-loving husband even followed Andrews to America and took up work as a set designer. They had a daughter named Emma in 1962, but the marriage began to falter and Andrews, whose own parents went through a divorce, decided that that wasn’t what she wanted and sought therapy instead. But the therapy proved fruitless leading Andrews and Walton to divorce by 1967.
A Carefree Wedding For This English Actress
Actress Keira Knightley married James Righton, singer and keyboard player for the band Klaxons, in a small civil ceremony in 2013. The couple was spotted frolicking to the town hall of the village of Mazan in Provence in the south of France, where they were married in front of just 11 guests. The local French mayor officiated the nuptials in French, while his daughter translated to English. Instead of making things official with an “I do,” as is tradition, Knightley and Righton declared their marriage rights with a simple “oui,” which means “yes” in French for those who may not know.
A Real-Life Princess Story
When the beautiful American actress Grace Kelly retired from making movies, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. This made Kelly a real-life princess, and one the world was in love with. Their royal wedding was nothing short of spectacular, with the press referring to it as the “wedding of the century.” There were two ceremonies – first, a civil ceremony open to the public. More than 3,000 well-wishing citizens attended. Later, the couple held a religious ceremony. The guest list was a verifiable “who’s who” of Hollywood stars, with Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, and Conrad Hilton amount those in attendance. Kelly’s wedding gown required the work of 30 seamstresses and has been copied by brides ever since.
What A $5 Million Wedding Looks like
When the Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone married businessman James Stunt, no expense was spared. The couple’s guests were flown to Rome, and the ceremony took place in Odescalchi Castle. The bride’s father chauffeured her to the event in a vintage Rolls Royce. Clad in a custom-made Vera Wang gown, Ecclestone and her new husband were serenaded by such musical guests as the Andrea Bocelli and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Alicia Keys, David Guetta, and The Black Eyed Peas. Conservative estimates put the wedding’s cost at around $5 million. Not too shabby.
Christina Aguilera’s $2 Million Winter Wonderland
When pop star Christina Aguilera, who was named the nineteenth-richest woman in entertainment in 2007, married marketing executive Jordan Bratman in 2005, they had an incredibly lavish ceremony. The singer’s favorite month is December, so she enlisted wedding planner Michael Gapinski to create a winter wonderland for the event. Held in Napa Valley, the ceremony was decorated with birch trees, white hydrangea flowers, and wintery branches. The wedding is estimated to have cost around $2 million. Sadly, the couple didn’t make it – Christina and Jordan divorced in 2011. They have a child together.
A Wedding Fit For An Heiress
In 2015, American hotel heiress Nicky Hilton married James Rothschild, a member of one of Britain’s oldest financial dynasties. As you can imagine, their multimillion-dollar wedding was quite lavish. The London celebrations took place over three days, beginning with a party at Spencer House – the estate of Princess Diana’s brother. Hilton and Rothschild’s ceremony was held at Kensington Palace, which is the home of the Queen of England herself. Guests included Nicky’s sister Paris (of course), supermodel Naomi Campbell, designer Vera Wang, and Chelsea Clinton. The bride chose a long-sleeved lace Valentino gown with a veil and long train, which complemented her 8-carat diamond ring nicely. The couple is said to have registered for $5 million worth of lamps alone!
The Trend In High-End Weddings: Two Ceremonies
Many lavish weddings seem to incorporate two (or more) ceremonies these days. Actress Elizabeth Hurley’s marriage to the business tycoon Arun Nayar in 2007 was no exception. Hurley and Nayar spent $2.5 on a traditional English wedding (held in a medieval castle and with a four-tier cake!) as well as on a Hindu ceremony in India. The second ceremony was followed by an entire week of celebrations. Each of the ceremonies had 200+ guests. Unfortunately, even $2.5 million doesn’t guarantee happiness – the couple split just three years after tying the knot.
What Else Would You Expect From A Billionaire?
Gorgeous actress Salma Hayek and her husband, French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, have officially gotten married twice. The first time was a small Valentine’s Day civil ceremony in 2009. But you just knew that they were going to do something much more impressive for their family and friends to participate in! The second time around, the couple treated guests to a lavish event held at Venice’s opera house La Fenice in Italy. Hayek wore a stunning Balenciaga gown and carried a bouquet studied with crystals, which matcher her $200,000 engagement ring perfectly. Some have estimated that the wedding cost the couple around $3 million.
A Most Fashionable Union
When the stylish Vogue fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia and Swedish real estate mogul Oscar Englebert tied the knot in 2016, they didn’t spare any expense. The celebration took place over four separate days (with several different outfit changes) and spanned two countries. Battaglia wore an Alexander McQueen wedding gown, as well as dresses designed by other famous names including Valentino, Azzedine Alaïa, and Giambattista Valli. One of the weekend’s events was even called the “Celebration of Exaggeration” and featured disco ball headpieces. The wedding took the fashion world (and Instagram!) by storm and has been called one of the most extravagant nuptials in recent history.
A Model Affair
When supermodel Christy Turlington married film director Edward Burns in 2003, she’d had plenty of practice. She had worked as a bridal model for years! They were married at Saint Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco, with a reception at the Asian Art Museum. One of their celebrity guests was singer Bono, who was rumored to have given Turlington away at the ceremony. The bride refuted this, saying “[Bono] was there, of course, but I gave myself away. I mean, I was 25 weeks pregnant at the time. Eddie met me halfway down the aisle.” She wore a custom John Galliano gown.
This Is How A Literary Legend’s Descendant Gets Married
Margaux Hemingway, the granddaughter of the famed author Ernest Hemingway, married television producer Errol Wetson in 1975. The model and her new hubby spent nearly three months celebrating their marriage, following a town hall wedding in Paris. Wetson gave his bride a $24,000 Mercedes-Benz as a wedding gift. From there, the couple traveled the Riviera and a tour through the South of France, followed by a trip to a honeymoon cottage in Idaho (where Ernest Hemingway lived for his final days). Sadly, the couple’s union lasted only three years.