The Top 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings of all Time
The most expensive celebrity wedding of all time was of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan which cost $100 million back in 1981.
Celebrities certainly don't want to hold back in their wedding and spend a lavish amount of money to make it a grander day to remember.
Although some superstars like to keep it off the bay and tie the knot in a low-key manner away from the paparazzi and massive crowd, most celebrities prefer the lavish style. We have seen it ourselves throughout the years that the superstars like a superstar wedding.
From six figures costing wedding gowns and large security to keep off the paparazzi to a grand wedding location, they also prefer fancier items to make the auspicious occasion look royal and out of the reach of even the wealthiest.
Spending millions of dollars in most likely a destination wedding, some celebrities have spent multi-million dollars to celebrate their marriage. We can imagine the wealthiest spending 5 or 10 million dollars for their wedding, but some people have taken it too far.
In fact, the most expensive wedding of all time cost over $100 million, and that was over four decades ago. Here is the list of the top 10 most expensive celebrity weddings of all time based on the details reported by Stacker.
Top 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings Of All Time
|1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan (Married 1981, Still together)
|2. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer ( Married 1981, No longer together)
|3. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ( Married 2018, Still together)
|4. Prince William and Kate Middleton ( Married 2011, Still together)
|5. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ( Married 2014, No longer together)
|6. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries ( Married 2011, No longer together)
|7. Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto ( Married 2013, Still together)
|8. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel ( Married 2012, Still together)
|9. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin ( Married 2008, Still together)
|10. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin ( Married 2014, Still together)
1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan ($100 Million)
The most expensive wedding of all time was between UAE president Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan.
They tied the knot in 1981 and had probably the most luxurious wedding costing $100 million. Adjusting to the current market based on inflation, the sum translates to around $342 million, as reported by Stacker.
Often known by his initials as MBZ, he is the third and current president of the United Arab Emirates. His wedding with his wife lasted for a week and took place in a stadium with 20,000 seats. Not only the people but even the 20 camels that delivered the gifts to the bride were adorned with jewels per reports.
It has been over decades since the two married and they are still together. The couple has four sons and five daughters together. Furthermore, they have also adopted two daughters and are the grandparents of 16 grandkids, reports Wikipedia.
2. Prince Charles And Lady Diana Spencer ($48 Million)
Coming second on the list is the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer which cost $48 million.
They got married in 1981 in a grand wedding event that is often regarded as the wedding of the century by the public. Lady Diana's dress alone was decorated with 10,000 pearls and other items. The dress was later sold for 90 thousand pounds.
Following their marriage, Prince Charles and Princess Diana welcomed two sons William and Harry. The couple lived together for around 15 years before they divorced amid the rise of well-publicized extramarital affair disclosures in 1996.
3. Prince Harry And Meghan Markle ($45.8 Million)
Third on the list is the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle which cost $45.8 million, as reported by Stacker.
Their marriage made quite the headlines as it was the first time that a mixed-race person was becoming a member of the royal family. The whole world tuned in for the marriage which BBC streamed through various portals. Markle selected a spectacular wedding dress that cost over $265,000, according to Stacker.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been married for around four years and the couple lives together in their newly bought home with their two children. They gave birth to a son named Archie in 2019 and a daughter named Lilibet in 2021.
4. Prince William And Kate Middleton ($34 Million)
Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding took place in 2011 and it cost around $34 million.
William and Kate, whose name is Catherine Middleton, met each other as students at the University of St Andrews in 2001. After the initial attraction, the two began dating in 2003 and eventually tied the knot in 2011.
In the lavish wedding function that took place in Westminster, London, the princess wore a $434,000 valued wedding gown that reflected royalty and beauty. It was a grand wedding that involved thousands of people
The two have been together following their marriage and are the parents of three children. They welcomed Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018.
5. Kim Kardashian And Kanye West ($12 Million)
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got married in a grand wedding in 2014 that cost $12 million.
The function took place in Florence, Italy where the wedding venue only cost around $409,000, as reported by Stacker. The bride wore a gown valued at $500,000 as she went up to Kanye and exchanged the marriage vows.
Following their marriage, the couple stayed together for around seven years and welcomed four children before Kim officially filed for divorce on February 19, 2021. The drama of their divorce lasted a few months and was finalized only on November 29, 2022.
6. Kim Kardashian And Kris Humphries ($10 Million)
Before marrying Kanye, Kim Kardashian was married to Kris Humphries in a grand wedding that cost $10 million.
They tied the knot in August 2011 after dating each other for around six months. Humphries popped up the question to which the Keeping Up With The Kardashian star said yes and eventually tied the knot in the lavish wedding, as reported by US Magazine.
It was a spectacular function attended by numerous superstar celebrities including Serena Williams. It was so grand that floral arrangements alone cost around $2 million, reports Stacker. The food during the reception cost over $750,000.
However, the lavish wedding didn't last even three months. Kim filed for divorce only 72 days after their marriage and the two eventually finalized their separation in June 2013.
7. Michael Jordan And Yvette Prieto ($10 Million)
Labeled as the greatest of all time by numerous people, Michael Jordan's wedding with Yvette Prieto was a grand event that cost $10 million, according to Stacker.
Jordan tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Yvette in a lavish wedding on April 27, 2013. The function was at Bethesda-by-the-sea church in Palm Beach, Florida. Just like Jordan's incredible career, he made sure that one of his most special days would be a grander event. Thus, his wedding was filled with expensive luxury items and lavish decorations.
Following the marriage, the couple has been together for around nine years and has welcomed two children together. They gave birth to identical twin daughters in February 2014.
8. Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel ($6.5 Million)
After dating for five years, Justin Timberlake tied the knot with Jessica Biel in a splendid wedding in 2012. Stacker reports the total cost of their wedding was $6.5 million.
They tied the knot on October 19, 2012, at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy, as reported by Los Angeles Times. Both were waiting for the wedding day for some time, and they certainly didn't think about saving money when they splashed millions to celebrate their union.
Jessica wore a Giambattista Valli special gown valued at around $100,000 and fancied other pearls that enhanced her beauty and gave her a royalty look. Stacker mentions that over 100 guests attended the event and dined a fine four-course meal.
Around a decade after their marriage, the couple is still as strong as before. After tying the knot and exchanging the marriage vows, the two have lived a happy married life and have given birth to two adorable children. Timberlake welcomed his first son with his wife in 2015, and five years later the love birds gave birth to their second son in July 2020.
9. Wayne Rooney And Coleen McLoughlin ($5 Million)
English footballer Wayne Rooney tied the knot with Coleen McLoughlin in 2008 in a grand wedding that cost $5 million.
They met each other for the first time at secondary school and eventually dated for six years before tying the knot. They held their function in the Abbey of Cervara, Italy which involved certain controversy. Despite some issues, it was a luxurious wedding that lasted for four days.
According to Stacker, the wedding only cost around a million dollars, but expenses in other categories increased the bill amount. Those expenses include the bride's gown which cost around $392,000, a party at a $12 million yacht, and other activities.
Following their marriage in 2008, the two gave given birth to four sons. They are Kai Wayne, Klay Anthony, Kit Joseph, and Cass Mac. The couple is still together as they continue to have each other's side in ups and downs.
10. George Clooney And Amal Alamuddin ($4.6 Million)
Actor George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin exchanged marriage vows in 2014 in a splendid function that cost $4.6 million.
Clooney and Alamuddin went all out to host their lavish wedding in Venice, Italy where family and friends of both parties were brought to the location through private boats, water taxis, and other modes, as reported by Stacker. The bride wore an incredible wedding dress valued at $380,000 and tied the knot with the bridegroom in the specialized function where the guests were prohibited from bringing their phones and electronic devices to prevent any media leaks, reports the source.
While the official details of their extravagant wedding are pending, Wikipedia reports that the two obtained their marriage license at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on August 7, 2014.
George and his spouse Amal are still together and have two children together. In June 2017, the couple welcomed daughter Ella and son Alexander.