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Celebrity weddings are always in the spotlight of the press and the public. Forbes magazine has compiled a list of twenty of the most famous and expensive weddings in modern history that have truly become events in the cultural life.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. The wedding celebration of the Hollywood actress and country singer cost the couple $ 250,000. The couple were married in June 2006 at Cardinal Cerretti Church in Sydney, Australia. The Gothic cathedral was beautifully decorated with thousands of candles and red flowers. The Catholic temple was located on the high coast of the ocean, with a beautiful view. A cream-colored Rolls Royce limousine brought the bride to the place of the wedding. The wedding dress for Nicole was created by Nicolas Gesquier; the bride was holding a bouquet of white roses in her hands. For Kidman, this was the second marriage, but for the groom, such an experience was the first. For Australia, the event was the brightest social performance of the year. Indeed, among the 230 guests invited to the wedding, Nicole's close friend, Naomi Watts, actors Renee Zelweger, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman and media tycoon Rupert Murdoch stood out. The musical accompaniment of the celebration was carried out by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, however, the groom himself performed his songs. The wedding banquet itself took place on the territory of the former monastery "St. Patrick's College", where a tent was pitched for all guests. The perimeter was carefully guarded, so the paparazzi could not see the celebration. The day after the wedding, the newlyweds went to rest in Fiji.
Mark Anthony and Dainara Torres. In May 2000, the wedding of the popular Latin American singer Mark Anthony and the former Miss Universe took place. The cost of the event is estimated at half a million dollars. The ceremony took place in secret in Las Vegas, but in December 2002, the couple decided to celebrate the event for real by reiterating their promises of loyalty in Puerto Rico. By that time, Mark and Dainara had already dispersed and got back together. The celebrations were repeated and were celebrated with great fanfare. At the appointed time, guests gathered in the Cathedral of San Juan, the bride arrived there in a luxurious satin dress from Reem Acra, embroidered with pearls and crystals. The gala dinner itself was held in the former military barracks, which were specially decorated for the party. But this marriage turned out to be shaky - in October 2003, a divorce took place, and a week after the end of the litigation, Mark married again, this time to Jennifer Lopez.
Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola. And in this case, the weddings cost about half a million dollars. The sweet-voiced singer married the former president of Sony Music in June 1993 at St Thomas's Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York. The bride was wearing an ivory dress from Vera Wong with a neckline. The veil was 8 meters long and was decorated with rhinestones and a tiara in the style of Princess Diana. The bride was accompanied by 50 babies with flower baskets. Then the celebration was transferred to the Metropolitan Club, where the newlyweds were personally congratulated by 300 guests, of which the stars Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Robert de Niro stood out. However, the life together lasted only 4 years, Maraya wanted more freedom. At one time, it was Mottola who made the singer famous, after a divorce from him, Carey's career slowly rolled downhill.
Ashley Jud and Dario Franchitti. Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti married actress Ashley Jud in December 2001. The cost of celebrations in the English castle Skido was about 750 thousand dollars. The bride wore a delightful pearl-embellished satin gown with an open back and high waist in the Empire style by Armani. The groom, as befits a real Scotsman, put on a kilt. Among the 100 guests were Salma Hayek and Edward Norton, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, while his friends, Formula 1 pilots, were present from the groom's side. The celebration itself took place in the garden, where a huge awning was pulled up and the heaters were turned on.
David Beckham and Victoria Adams. The wedding of two stars cost the couple 800 thousand dollars. The footballer and former Spice Girls star joined their fortunes at Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin in July 1999. David and Victoria chose original images for themselves - they appeared in the form of the king and queen of the evening, sitting on red velvet thrones with gilding. Posh Spice wore a tight-fitting silk cream dress by Vera Wong, her train was 6 meters long, and Victoria wore a diamond tiara on her head. David's friend, Harry Neville, became the best man, and the couple's 4-month-old son, Brooklyn, was appointed the guardian of the rings. All 250 invited guests were given a clear condition - to be dressed only in black or white. Guests at the entrance were greeted by page-trumpeters, for whom Elton John himself sang. There were practically no celebrities invited - only the football players of Manchester United and the rest of the Spice Girls group stood out. At the end of the performance, a grandiose fireworks display took place.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. The wedding of Hollywood stars cost them a round sum - a million dollars. The couple got married in July 2000 at the villa of TV producer Marsha Karsay in Malibu. About 200 guests were invited to the celebration, among whom were Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek, as well as the bride's friend and colleague on the Friends TV series Courtney Cox. Jennifer wore a dress by Lawrence Steele and her suede sandals were designed by Manolo Blachnik. The groom's black tuxedo was sewn by Yves Saint Laurent's best student, Hedi Slimane. The bridesmaids wore pale green dresses with long trains, and the best man ordered tuxedos from the Prado. Pitt had "Jen 2000" written on his ring. To recreate the atmosphere of the Garden of Eden, the villa was decorated with 50 thousand flowers and floor candles. After the ceremony, there was a fireworks display, costing 25 thousand dollars. The event of the year was carefully guarded, which eventually cost the young 100 thousand dollars. Jennifer did not invite her mother to her wedding due to the strained relationship between them. Aniston tried so hard to fit the image of an ideal wife that she even officially changed her last name to Pitt. However, the couple could not have children, which became one of the main reasons for the divorce after 5 years of marriage.
Tori Spelling and Charlie Shenian. Tori Spelling was the heiress of the telemogue, her chosen one was the actor Charlie Chenian. Their wedding in July 2004 was worth a million dollars. The celebrations were held at the Spelling family residence in Los Angeles on an area of 1,500 square meters. The bride wore a $ 50,000 Badgley Mischka gown with crystals, a veil, and a platinum and diamond headpiece set in 1920s style, reminiscent of the Great Gatsby style. A pair of rings cost 100 thousand, the same cost for decoration with flowers. Among the 400 invited guests were the bride's colleagues on the TV series "Beverly Hills 90210" Jason Priestley and Jennifer Gardner and friends of his father - Jackie Collins, Robert Newhart and Ed McMalon. The guests were entertained by Michael Feinstein, and the chef was Wolfgang Puck. In April 2006, however, Tory and Charlie broke up.
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss. The billionaire and US real estate king married the Slovenian model in January 2005. For Donald, this was already his third marriage, and his two previous wives were also models. The million dollar celebration took place at Bethesda by the Sea Church in Palm Beach. The ceremony itself lasted only half an hour. For her wedding, Melania chose a neckline dress from Christian Dior, which took 90 meters of satin to make. The outfit was decorated with one and a half thousand crystals, a train several meters long weighed as much as 25 kilograms! A large group of masters of the fashion house worked on the creation of the outfit, the work was carried out for 550 hours. As a result, the bride's outfit alone cost the rich groom 200 thousand dollars. Melania herself turned out to be extremely capricious - she took a long time to choose the style, fabric and finish. The bride was not afraid of superstitions and put it on for a photo shoot in Vogue magazine. It was Melania who graced the cover of this magazine in February. In the limousine, the bride in an extremely heavy outfit was loaded with as many as 8 men. A gala reception on the occasion of the wedding was held at Trump's estate - the Mar-a-Lago estate. The guests were treated by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the music was created by an orchestra of 36 musicians. 400 guests were in a hall specially decorated for the wedding. A huge wedding cake was decorated with three thousand ice-cream roses. After the wedding, the bride's dress was put on display, and it was possible to touch it only with special gloves.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie. The weddings of a modern pop idol and a fashionable English director took place in December 2000 at the Scottish castle Skibo Castle. There, the couple even booked 21 bedrooms for their famous guests, which included Sting, Rupert Everett and Gwyneth Peltrow. Madonna chose a cream-colored silk strapless dress from Stella McCartney for her wedding gown, complemented by a diamond tiara from 1910, which once adorned the head of Princess Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. The bride wore a £ 49,000 bracelet on her wrist, which she "borrowed" from one of her fellow jewelers. The groom himself, like the couple's 4-month-old son Rocco, put on a kilt. Guy was also wearing a tweed jacket, buttoned up with bone buttons. On his side he had a leather bag, trimmed with fur, which the director had inherited from his grandfather. Barefoot Lourdes, the singer's daughter, was the first to go to the altar. Among the guests, in addition to relatives, were Sting and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney, Robin Williams, Elton John and Brad Pitt. The latest to arrive from Milan was designer Donatella Versace. The wedding dinner was created in the spirit of a medieval feast. The guests sat at oak tables, decorated only with flowers and candlesticks. The food was both original and exotic. Guests were treated to a seafood cocktail and national Scottish dishes. Old Scotch whiskey was offered as alcohol. The main surprise was a huge chocolate cake in the shape of a piano, which took two days to create. In addition, he also performed an excerpt from Ave Maria. All night, the guests had fun in the dungeons of the castle, which were converted into a disco for one night. As a result, all the celebrations cost one and a half million dollars.
Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shay Smith. The actor, famous for his role of agent 007, married a television journalist in August 2001. The celebrations were held at Ballintubber Abbey, an old Irish castle from the 13th century. The wedding table was set in another castle, Ashford Castle, on the shores of the largest Irish lake. 120 guests were invited to the wedding, who were treated to a six-tiered wedding cake - an exact copy of the one that was at the wedding of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Onasis. It is said that Keely gave her husband a wedding gift - an ice copy of Rodin's sculpture "The Kiss". All celebrations ended with a grandiose fireworks display, and the new family's bill was reduced by $ 1.5 million. Fearing the paparazzi, Brosnan took unprecedented security measures, he even had to cancel his honeymoon trip to Italy, as the press became aware of the future route.
Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell. The comedian actor married model Nicole Mitchell in March 1993. The celebrations were held at the Plaza Hotel in New York and cost 1.5 million. The wedding was attended by 500 guests, the most famous of whom were Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Prince. Especially for the ceremony, the hotel ballroom was upholstered with white fabric and filled with flowers. The bride appeared in a white wedding dress with French lace trim and a 6-meter train. The gala dinner was held at Palm Court, during which time the ballroom was quickly reconstructed into a huge dance floor. After the celebration ended, the Murphy couple donated all the remaining flowers to a nearby hospital. However, 12 years of marriage and five children did not save the couple from divorce.
Tiger Woods and Ellin Nordegren. The wedding of the greatest golfer Tiger Woods and the Swedish model Ellen Nordegren cost the same amount, one and a half million. In October 2004, they were married in the strictest secrecy on the island of Barbados at Sandy Lane Resort. For their needs, the couple rented the entire hotel, and also ordered a private helicopter company, which helped to ensure maximum mystery. Basketball players Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley stood out among the 120 guests. The guests were able to watch the ceremony, which took place on the beach. The festive banquet was accompanied by songs by Hootie and the Blowfish, and the evening ended with fireworks for 50 thousand dollars. The newlyweds checked their wedding night not in the hotel room, but on the athlete's personal yacht. However, the marriage lasted only 6 years - it was destroyed by a series of sex scandals involving Woods.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. In November 2000, the wedding of two Hollywood stars took place at the Plaza Hotel, New York. The guests invited to the celebration were given special invitations with holograms in order to avoid the crowd of onlookers. Oscar-winning Douglas and his fiancee came to congratulate 350 guests, including Jack Nicholson, Goldie Hawn, Meg Ryan, Sharon Stone, Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg Sean Connery, Michael Caine and even UN Secretary General Kofi Anan. Catherine was adorable in her sumptuous ivory christian Lacroix outfit with Chantilly lace trim. The cost of one dress alone is 250 thousand dollars. The bride wore a diamond tiara from Fred Leighton. The ceremony began with a choir of 40 singers singing. First, the mother of the bride walked down the aisle with the couple's 3-month-old son, who was wearing a sailor suit. The bride was led by her father, as expected, and in her hands was a bouquet of peonies and roses. Michael's best man was his son Cameron. The newlyweds swore an oath of allegiance surrounded by columns of roses and hydrangeas, as well as stylish silver vases with various flowers. Katherine's ring is topped with a 10-carat diamond and was created with a Celtic design. After the official registration of the marriage, the actors moved to the large columned hall, where the violinists played the classics. The entrance to the hall was decorated with a magnolia tree decorated with 700 white tulips. On the branches of the tree were silk ribbons with the names of all the guests. In addition, each of them received a gift that evening - a chocolate set. The food served included a variety of delicacies - lobster, foie gras, shellfish and lamb. Mick Hacknal of Simply Red and Grammy winner Bonnie Tyler sang for the guests that evening. At the end of the evening, a 10-tiered wedding cake covered with sugar flowers, 1.22 meters high, was served. In order to bring it into the hall, it was even necessary to disassemble the culinary masterpiece. The cake itself cost 10 thousand dollars, it was created by Sylvia Weinstock, a famous pastry chef. Although Catherine herself dreamed of a modest wedding, she was able to create a truly royal celebration, at the same time extremely soulful. The actors asked not to give them gifts, but simply donate funds to their son's fund. The couple spent their wedding night at the same hotel, and they went to spend their honeymoon at their own home in Colorado. The cost of the wedding was $ 1.5 million.
Elton John and David Furnish. The couple, who have been striving to unite their fates for so long, got married in December 2005. The legendary singer and film producer was only able to get married after the British government authorized the registration of same-sex marriage. Before that, they lived together for about ten years.The couple exchanged confessions and diamond bracelets at Westminster's Windsor's Guildhall, where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were married shortly before. Only the closest were present - the singer's mother and his stepfather, Furnish's parents, as well as two married couples - friends of the newlyweds. Not without the presence of Arthur, David's spaniel. In general, the registration was not much different from the usual ceremonies of this kind - music was played in the hall, and the couple exchanged rings with yellow diamonds. Having put their signatures on documents on civil partnership, the men kissed. On the street next to the town hall, thousands of curious and simply onlookers gathered. In front of them and posed, leaving the church, the couple. More than 600 guests were invited to the official reception. The festivities continued at the singer's country residence, where two massive street tents were installed specially for the guests. The list of invitees included Madonna and Sting, Mick Jagger and the Osbournes, Donatella Versace and others. Guests were offered pink champagne, Elton's songs dedicated to his friend Furnish, in particular, "Your Song", were played. All the celebrations ended up costing one and a half million dollars.
Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman. The pop star married music producer Jordan Bratman in November 2005 in the Napa Valley's Staglin Family Vineyard. All the celebrations cost $ 2 million. Before the ceremony, the couple stayed at the luxurious Auberge du Soleil, in a $ 3,500 a night suite with a fireplace and hot tub on the terrace. On her wedding day, Christina wore a classic Spanish style dress by Christian Lacroix, with a luxurious white train and a waist-length veil. And the bride's hairstyle was quite classic - she pulled her long hair into a knot and decorated it with white flowers and precious stones. For a gala dinner for 150 people, she changed into a satin mini dress. Among the guests were Cameron Diaz, Sharon Stone, Drew Barrymore and Justin Timberlake. The celebration took place in a tent decorated in a winter style, using white roses and artificial snow. Shimmering crystals complemented the silver drapery. Guests were treated to Italian, Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Christina admitted that she probably overdid the expenses of the wedding, but she does not regret it at all. In addition, the woman decided to take her husband's surname, now she is Christina Aguilera only on stage, and in the circle of loved ones she is Maria Bratman.
Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky. Known for her love of marriage, the actress in October 1991 married the builder Fortenski for the eighth time. Her seventh husband (she married Richard Burton twice) was 20 years younger. The ceremony was quite eccentric and took place at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. It was the singer who led the bride under the altar, with whom he was very friendly. Elizabeth chose a pale yellow dress from Valentino for 30 thousand dollars for the ceremony, the witness from the groom's side was Jose Hébert, the actress's hairdresser. Among the 150 invited guests were Eddie Murphy, Brooke Shields, Quincy Jones, Liza Minnelli and even the former First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan. The total cost of wine and snacks was half a million, and the entire wedding ended up costing $ 2 million. The couple spent their honeymoon on the Pacific coast, in a quiet and modest hotel. But the next marriage of the star lasted only 5 years.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Tom Cruise, not finding happiness in marriage with Nicole Kidman, in November 2006 married Katie Holmes. The ceremony was held in November 2006 at the medieval Italian castle Odescalchi Castle, on the outskirts of Rome. Many celebrities were seen among the guests - Will Smith and Jada Pinket Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony, the Beckham couple. The bride appeared in the chapel in a charming, fitted ivory silk dress. Her shoulders were open, and there was a long train at the back. Georgie Armani created a beautiful outfit popular in Hollywood. The dress was also decorated with Valenciennes lace embroidered with Swarovski crystals. Armani also made a wedding bouquet for the bride - an original floral arrangement of calla lilies was framed with galax leaves. The groom wore a single-breasted navy blue tuxedo hand-sewn by the same designer, a matching waistcoat and an ivory silk shirt with a French collar. The shirt, by the way, was sewn from the same material as the bride's dress. Exclusive rings made of white gold with diamonds were created by Cartier. The bride gave her husband a wedding gift - a wrist watch with a declaration of love. For her wedding, Katie chose the Clive Christian No.1 perfume for $ 2,300 an ounce. According to rumors, the bride's underwear was purchased by her in the La Bra Lingerie boutique from the Chantilly Lace Bridal collection. In addition to this, the future Mrs. Cruise purchased a night gown trimmed with ostrich feathers for $ 600. All guests received expensive Chrome Hearts sunglasses, the total cost of which was 188 thousand, as a keepsake of the ceremony. The guests were able to taste a five-tiered white chocolate wedding cake with marzipan roses. The official photographer of the ceremony was the famous Robert Evans, who worked at the wedding of Pitt and Aniston. Andrea Bocelli sang at the reception for guests and newlyweds. As a result, the cost of all events was about $ 2 million.
Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar. British actress and model in March 2007 married Indian businessman Arun Nayar. The couple planned the celebrations to take place in both England and India. In total, the festivities lasted eight whole days. First, the ceremony took place in Gostershire, in the medieval Sudeley Castle. It was attended by 300 guests, including good friends of the bride - Sir Elton John and designer Valentino Garavani. True, a day earlier, the couple officially registered at the city hall of Winchem. For the English part of her wedding, the bride wore a traditional white chiffon dress from Donatella Versace. Elton John led the bride to the altar, Liz's father did not live to see the joyful event. At the same time, the singer surprised everyone - he flew in a pink-purple helicopter directly into the courtyard of the castle. The bridal rings were made by the Chopard jewelry company, which also provided a diamond tiara that adorned the bride's head. But the second wedding took place in a few days according to all the traditions of Indian marriage and it lasted 6 days. The ceremony took place at the huge Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, where the couple rented a Maharani royal suite, costing $ 10,000 a night. In India, the event was immediately dubbed the wedding of the century, and the luxurious event was also watched by many journalists. The bride changed several times - a pink sari from Versace changed her dress from Cavalli, Liz changed 13 outfits in the end. The press reported that during the festivities, only about 600 bottles of champagne were drunk. The guests were fed with Indian dishes and ice cream. The total cost of the wedding ended up being 2.5 million.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. The English rock star and ex-Beatle married the former model in June 2002. Paul was very upset about the death of his first wife, but Heather was able to melt his heart. The ceremony took place in Ireland, at St. Salvador's Church in Monaghan, built in the 17th century. As if especially for this memorable day, the musician wrote the song "Heather", which was performed while the woman walked to the altar. In fact, the song was dedicated to the eldest daughter of his first wife. The bride's lace wedding dress was created by the designers of Eavis & Brown and cost 40 thousand dollars. In her arms, Heather carried a bouquet of two white peonies and eleven roses of the variety named after her fiance. The ceremony was watched by about 300 invited guests, including Ringo Star, Eric Clapton and Elton John, George Martin. The witness was Paul's brother, Mike, who had already performed in this capacity in 1969 during the musician's first marriage. The couple left the church to the music of the wedding march, which Paul wrote back in 1966 for the movie Family-Like. The dinner was in Indian style and consisted exclusively of vegetarian cuisine and collection champagne. Indian dancers entertained the guests with their own national music and in appropriate costumes. The festivities ended with a sumptuous fireworks display that cost the couple $ 150,000. The wedding was accompanied by unprecedented security measures. There were guards around the entire perimeter of the castle, which admitted only those who were invited and loved ones. Photos from the wedding, Paul and Heather were able to sell for $ 1,600, directing all the proceeds to charity. Yet the celebration cost them 3 million. On their honeymoon, the newlyweds went to the Seychelles. However, the marriage lasted only 6 years - Heather wanted a bright and social life, and Paul was looking for one that would replace his deceased Linda.
Liza Minnelli and David Guest. In March 2002 the most luxurious wedding on our list took place. Oscar-winning actress Liza Minnelli married producer David Guest. The ceremony took place at New York's Marble Collegiate Church. The bride's dress was created by designer Bob Mackey, it cost 45 thousand alone. There were only celebrities on the guest list. So, Michael Jackson was the friend of the groom, and Elizabeth Taylor became the bridesmaid. Diana Ross, Mia Farrow, Joan Collins, Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins, Whitney Houston, Elton John and Lauren Bacall have also been spotted. After church, the festivities continued at the Regent Wall Street Hotel. The ceremony was moderated by Tony Bennett, assisted by an orchestra of 60 musicians. Everything was lavishly decorated with flowers; the spouses did not spare 700 thousand dollars for their decoration. The $ 40,000 wedding cake consisted of 12 tiers, and each of the guests also left with a gift from the newlyweds. It was packed in a satin box labeled "Lisa and David Forever." As a result, the couple spent 3.5 million on the celebrations. However, the couple lasted only a year, while the official divorce took place in 2007.