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The 25 Most Lavish Celebrity Weddings of All Time, Ranked

The least expensive event on this list cost half a million dollars.

A wise man once sang, "Money can't buy me love"…and then he spent $3 million on a wedding. I'm talking, of course, about Paul McCartney's expensive 2002 nuptials to Heather Mills. But, their castle wedding pales in comparison to some of the celebrations listed here. When it comes to the most lavish celebrity weddings ever, there's actually a pretty wide range. Are we talking "endlessly flowing expensive champagne" lavish or "tens of millions are needed just for security" lavish?

On this list, we explore both and everything in between. From singing divas to iconic actors to literal royals, it's time to take a closer look at 25 of the most lavish weddings of all time and just what made them so expensive.

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Céline Dion and Rene Angelil

Céline Dion and René Angélil at their 1994 wedding
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Regardless of how much Céline Dion and René Angélil's 1994 wedding cost—it's been reported around $500,000—this one is certifiably lavish for Dion's wedding look alone. The singer wore a gown with a 20-foot train along with a crystal-embellished headpiece that weighed seven pounds. The couple married at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal, and the ceremony was even broadcast on Canadian TV.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at their wedding reception in New Delhi, India in December 2018
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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas celebrated their love during a multi-day celebration in Jodhpur, Mumbai, and New Delhi, India in 2018 that reportedly cost $800,000. They were married in both a western ceremony and a Hindu ceremony and had multiple receptions and other events. One of the biggest expenses was booking an entire hotel, which reportedly cost over $400,000 alone.

Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola

Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola at their wedding in June 1993
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Mariah Carey's 1993 wedding to music executive Tommy Mottola is said to have been inspired by Princess Diana and Prince Charles' 1981 wedding, which explains Carey's massive Vera Wang dress with a 27-foot train, which is estimated to have cost $25,000. Guests included Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, and Bruce Springsteen. The total cost of the wedding was $500,000 at the time, which close to $1 million today.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt

Jennifer Aniston wears a white dress and Brad Pitt wears a black suit on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in 2004
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Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are two of the most famous exes on the planet, but back in 2000 they were happily in love and spending $1 million on their wedding. They were married at a Malibu estate that was filled with 50,000 flowers and a ton of special candles imported from Thailand. Their budget also went toward a fireworks display and security, including restricting the air space over the venue. Plus, guests had to sign confidentiality agreements.

David and Victoria Beckham

Victoria and David Beckham at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards
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Soccer player David Beckham and pop star-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham spent $800,000 on their 1999 wedding, which would be over $1 million today. It was held at an Irish castle, so naturally, the pair sat on matching thrones. What else matched? Their outfits. They both wore white for the ceremony and changed into matching purple ensembles for the reception, along with their baby son Brooklyn. Their wedding cake was topped with a nearly nude sculpture of the couple, and they cut into the dessert with a sword.

Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell

Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell at the 1997 Golden Globe Awards
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Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell got married at a price tag of $1.5 million in 1993—so even more money today. The couple wed at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and had 500 guests in attendance. They did spread the wealth after the wedding was over, donating all of the flowers to a local hospital.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky at the 1990 Carousel of Hope Ball
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Elizabeth Taylor was famously married eight times, but her last wedding was also noteworthy for how expensive it was. The iconic actor married construction worker Larry Fortensky in 1991 at her friend Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Jackson reportedly paid for most of the $1.5 million wedding, which included 100 security guards and plenty of Dom Perignon champagne. While the marriage ended, there was a most lasting effect: Taylor used the proceeds from selling her wedding pictures to start the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

Elton John and David Furnish

David Furnish and Elton John at the their civil ceremony in December 2005
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Elton John and David Funish's 2014 wedding has been estimated to cost between $1.5 million and $2 million. And even at that massive price, they saved money by holding the reception at their mansion. They're said to have spent around $2,500 per guest—on things like vintage pink champagne and caviar—with over 600 friends and family members in attendance.

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren at the Golf Writers Association of America Awards Dinner in April 2002
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Like many celeb couples, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren opted for a destination wedding. The former couple wed at a resort in Barbados with an event that reportedly cost $1.5 million. They rented out the entire hotel and even booked all of the helicopters from the one charter business on the island so that paparazzi could not use them. Celebrity guests included Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan, and Hootie & the Blowfish performed at the 2004 affair.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas at the 2001 Oscars
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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones got married at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in 2000. The wedding reportedly cost somewhere between $1.5 million and $2 million, with $250,000 going to Zeta-Jones' Christian Lacroix dress. But, the couple is said to have made a lot of the money back—$1.4 million of it—via selling their wedding photos exclusively to a magazine. Because the event had to remain secretive, guests had to show invites with holograms on them, and private photography wasn't allowed.

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Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman

Jordan Bratman and Christina Aguilera at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in 2005
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Christina Aguilera married music executive Jordan Bratman in 2005 in a wedding that cost $2 million. The event included a winter wonderland-themed reception tent decorated with trees and silk tablecloths, a five-tier cake, and an afterparty in the wine cave on the estate where the ceremony was held.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Madonna and Guy Ritchie at the premiere of "Snatch" in January 2001
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Getting married in a castle is a common theme for lavish celeb weddings. Madonna and Guy Ritchie got married in a castle in the Scottish Highlands in 2000. Stella McCartney designed the pop star's $80,000 dress, and guests included Gwyneth Paltrow and Sting. Even at $2.1 million for the wedding, it was still a whole lot cheaper than their divorce.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2003
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Actor Elizabeth Hurley married businessman Arun Nayar in 2007, and they had two weddings. First, the pair got married in a castle in the English Cotswolds. As with many of these celeb weddings, Elton John was in attendance. Then, they got married again in a Hindu ceremony in Jodhpur, India, where they also held a week of celebrations. The events are said to have cost them about $2.5 million.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise at the wedding in November 2006
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When Kate Holmes and Tom Cruise got married in 2006, they spent around $3 million. (Guess it'll really cost you to wed in a 15th century castle in Italy.) Holmes wore two Armani gowns, and celebrity guests included Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, David and Victoria Beckham, and Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. Opera singer Andrea Bocelli performed and there was also a fireworks display.

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills in Glaslough, Ireland the day before their wedding in June 2002
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Paul McCartney's 2002 wedding to second wife Heather Mills cost $3 million. After a church ceremony, their 300 guests partied at a reception held in an Irish castle. Afterward, there was a fireworks display that residents of the town were able to enjoy, too.

Liza Minnelli and David Gest

Liza Minnelli and David Gest on their wedding day in March 2002
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When Liza Minnelli and her fourth husband David Gest split up after a year of marriage in 2003, they were also out $3.5 million for their nuptials. Their wedding was held in New York City, the best man was Michael Jackson, and there were reported to have been anywhere from 800 to 1,500 guests. Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole performed for the celebrity attendees, which included Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John.

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Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello

Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello at the premiere of "Magic Mike XXL" in June 2015
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Actors Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello reportedly spent between $3 million to $4 million on their 2015 Palm Beach wedding. Among the details: Vergara's Zuhair Murad dress was covered in over six pounds of pearls and 11 pounds of sequins; the venue was draped in orchids and roses; Pitbull performed; and guests were provided with IVs if they were dehydrated the next day.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin the day after their wedding in Venice, Italy in September 2014
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When George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married in 2014, they invited their guests to Venice, Italy for a wedding weekend that is reported to have cost around $4.6 million. A large amount of the expense—an estimated $3 million—went to putting up their guests in fancy hotels. Particularly lavish details include Alamuddin's Alexander McQueen dress, which reportedly cost $380,000, and the fact that they wedding party and guests had to take boats through Venice to arrive at the venue.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake at the 2010 Met Gala
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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake held their estimated $6.5 million wedding in 2012. They welcomed their 100 guests to a luxury Italian resort for a week, which would definitely be costly on its own, not to mention all of the events, activities, transportation, and food they'd need to provide. On top of that, Biel and the bridal party all wore designs by Giambattista Valli, while Timberlake and the groomsmen wore Tom Ford.

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto

Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan at the 10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Celebration in April 2011
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You know this 2013 wedding was expensive because it set a record: biggest wedding tent ever. Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto's tent was 40,000 square feet—larger than the mansion where they lived lived. The couple reportedly had 500 people at their ceremony and 1,500 more at the reception. Entertainment was provided by MC Lyte, Usher, Robin Thicke, and more. All in all, the huge wedding was said to have cost $10 million.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian at the Kardashian Kollection launch party in 2011
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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' marriage is mostly remembered for how short it was: only 72 days. But, prior to the split, it was known for being a lavish spectacle that aired on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. For this reason, it's been reported that while the 2011 wedding was worth $10 million, Kardashian and Humphries got a lot of what they used for free as it was a part of the TV show. Kardashian wore three custom Vera Wang gowns at the black-and-white themed wedding, which was attended by celeb guests, including Serena Williams, Lindsay Lohan, and Ciara.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Paris, France ahead of their wedding in May 2014

Kardashian's 2014 wedding with Kanye West was more secretive but sounds even more lavish. The wedding has been estimated to cost between $2.8 million and $12 million. The large price range can be attributed to the fact that while the wedding itself took place in Florence, Italy, the wedding event as a whole kicked off in Paris. Plus, details of the wedding involve everything from Kardashian's $500,000 Givenchy dress and a performance by Andrea Bocelli to West supposedly requesting a $478,000 marble table for the reception and a glam squad being hired to touch-up guests.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their wedding day in April 2011
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The weddings that top this list might not come as a surprise—they belong to the royals. First up, we have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who married in 2011. Their wedding reportedly cost $34 million, with $32 million of the budget being for security as crowds descended on Westminster Abbey for the event. Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen dress cost a reported $434,000, the couple had trees put inside the Abbey, and they drove off in Prince Charles' vintage Aston Martin. Many celebrities were in attendance, including Victoria and David Beckham and (naturally) Elton John.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day in May 2018
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take the No. 2 spot. Their 2018 wedding cost $45 million with over $40 million going to security. Over $1 million also went to things like barriers, waste disposal, screens, and a PA system for the crowd watching outside in Windsor. Meghan Markle's Givenchy dress cost over $200,000, and the couple reportedly spent $680,000 on food for the star-studded event, which included the wedding ceremony, a luncheon, and an afterparty that they drove to in an electric Jaguar.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day in January 1981
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The No. 1 most lavish celebrity wedding is one of the most significant weddings of all time. On July 29, 1981, around 750 million people tuned in to watch Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer get married. There were also 3,500 guests in attendance. Some of the lavish details include Diana's 25-foot-long dress reportedly costing over $100,000, 27 wedding cakes, and monarchs from around the world being in attendance. In today's currency, the wedding would have cost $110 million.

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Lia Beck
Lia Beck is a writer living in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to Best Life, she has written for Refinery29, Bustle, Hello Giggles, InStyle, and more. Read more
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