At this writing, I've been happily married for ten years (yay me!). I don't know about you, but I had absolutely no clue what I wanted my wedding to be like. I knew how I wanted my marriage to be, but not my wedding. When we started making our plans, I found out that things can get really expensive really quickly; I was flabbergasted when I saw how expensive some weddings were, especially celebrity weddings. Now, I know what you're going to say: “Why are you hating on rich people? It's their money, they can do what they want!” I won't disagree with you. Heck, if I had a million-plus dollars in the bank, I'd probably do some weird stuff too. I just think it's fun to read about. Moving right along:
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This is one of the “mashup names” I've heard for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. I hear their wedding cake was 7 feet tall and cost $7000! What I want to know is, how did they cut it without either knocking something down or making the tower tip over like “Jenga”? I can imagine a ladder, but I can't imagine getting it down without getting it all over yourself. I guess they're more agile than I am. Who knows?
Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky
This former “first-daughter” got married in 2011 to the tune of around $5 million. One thing I find really interesting is that they rented some air-conditioned tents. I'd never heard of that before, but it's a great idea; I don't know about New York, but it's hot enough here in Georgia in July that I'd see a $600,000 air-conditioned tent (see: today.com) as a blessing! Okay, maybe not that expensive, but you get the point. At least it's useful, unlike some things...
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s wedding was held on July 31, 2011, at Astor Courts, a Beaux-Arts estate located in Rhinebeck, New York. The wedding was estimated to cost around $5 million and was attended by a plethora of celebrities, including former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Barbara Streisand.
The wedding was a four-day affair that began with a rehearsal dinner at the Red Hook Yacht Club in Rhinebeck. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend William Shillady, a long-time friend of the Clintons, and the reception was held in a tent on the Astor Courts estate. The tent was said to be air-conditioned and reportedly cost around $600,000.
The wedding was decorated with thousands of lights, candles, and white flowers. The bride wore a strapless Vera Wang gown, while the groom wore a Burberry tuxedo. The wedding cake was a six-tier creation made of chocolate and vanilla cake with caramel filling. The wedding was followed by a brunch the next day at the estate.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
What I find interesting is that the $6.5 million (or $12 million, depending on whom you ask) price tag included buying out an entire hotel for the guests plus paying nearby businesses to close. They did this just to throw the paparazzi off track. Smart. If they'd wanted to, though, they could have rented the entire country of Liechtenstein for less than that. Seriously, check it out: theguardian.com.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s wedding was definitely one of the most elaborate and expensive celebrity weddings of all time. The couple tied the knot in 2012 in a private ceremony at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy. To ensure complete privacy, the couple reportedly paid up to $12 million to buy out the entire hotel and to pay the nearby businesses to close. This was done to keep the paparazzi away from the wedding.
The wedding was attended by a star-studded guest list that included Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Timbaland, and many others. The couple also had a special performance by rapper Jay-Z, who performed his hit song “Forever Young”.
The wedding was described as an “enchanted forest” with a theme of rustic elegance. The bride wore a pink Giambattista Valli couture gown, while the groom wore a Tom Ford tuxedo. The ceremony was held in a candlelit clearing in the middle of the woods.
Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries
They spent an estimated $2 million on flowers, $2.5 million on dresses for the bride and her maids and $6000 for the cake. I think the thing that bewilders some people the most is how short the actual marriage was-60 or 72 days, depending on whom you ask. This, to quote MTVIndia, “is what has got us rethinking the state of humanity.” Way harsh. At least they made back the money they spent, plus some; to see how, visit hollywoodlife.com.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Jellyshare.com says that their wedding cost $3.5 million, which is oddly low compared to some people on this list. What I think is cool is that they-like a lot of celebrities have-rented out a castle for the occasion! In this case, it was a 15th-century dwelling in Italy. I guess he really did give her a “storybook wedding.”
Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky
Elizabeth Taylor might be before your time, but she was an extremely successful actress and HIV/AIDS advocate. You've probably seen her perfume at the fragrance counter. I'm mentioning her here because she and her seventh husband did something a little different-they got married at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, with him in the wedding! Sure, it cost $4 million, but how many people can say they had their wedding at an estate with an amusement park and a zoo? What would have been really cool would be to have Jackson's chimpanzee Bubbles as the ring bearer. He's already got a tuxedo (see: mirror.co.uk). Oh, well.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
I'm mentioning this low-key ceremony last because a) it's such a contrast to the other weddings on this list, and b) some of the things they did were just sweet. E! Online states that, while the wedding did take place at an estate in the south of France, it hosted only their closest friends and family. The best part for me is the dress-instead of thousands of dollars in diamonds like other celebrity brides, hers was decorated with reprints of drawings from the children! Their 11-year-old even baked the cake! You can read more about it here: eonline.com.
We've all heard the phrase “Go big or go home.” As we can see here, many celebrities take this advice to heart. What about you? Which extravagant celebrity weddings have I missed? If you were a rich celebrity, what kind of wedding would you have? Also, I wonder if there are any celebrities who didn't have a wedding, but instead got married in secret. As #7 will tell you, not everyone wants the whole “dog-and-pony show.” Do you know of any? Discuss!
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