#1 PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA
The bill was $48 million in 1981, or $110 million when adjusted for inflation.
The bride was a stunning blonde pre-school teacher, who immediately became a global icon.
The groom was the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II.
The wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral was attended by dozens of royals; two million spectators; and a global TV audience of 750 million. Diana wore a puff ball meringue wedding dress with a 25-foot train of ivory taffeta and antique lace. The 27 wedding cakes and five-foot-tall main cake supposedly took 14 weeks to prepare, with a duplicate cake made in case of accidents.
#2 VANISHA MITTAL AND AMIT BHATIA
The bill was $60 million in 2005, or $66 million when adjusted for inflation.
The bride was the beautiful daughter of billionaire steel-magnate Lakshmi Mittal.
The groom was a London-born i-banker, owner of Swordfish Investments.
The wedding featured invitations mailed in silver boxes, including plane tickets and rooms at a five-star Paris hotel. Five-day festivities at a 16th-century chateau and Versailles and a temporary wooden castle. Performances by Kylie Minogue, complementary Mouton Rothschild, and designer gift bags filled with jewels.
#3 PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON
The bill will be an estimated $34 million, most of it going to security.
The bride is a 29-year-old commoner who has become a worldwide celebrity.
The groom is the oldest son of Prince Charles and the second in line to the throne of England.
The wedding will feature $800,000 in flowers, a $80,000 wedding cake, countless royals and nobles and a global TV audience in the hundreds of millions.
#4 WAYNE ROONEY AND COLEEN MCLOUGHLIN
The bill was $8 million in 2008.
The bride was a working-class British girl who started dating Rooney at age 16, reportedly going to see Austin Powers 2 on their first date.
The groom was perhaps the highest paid footballer ever.
The wedding featured a chartered flight for 65 Brits to fly to Genoa for a masked ball on a $120-million yacht. Guests divided several days between the expensive yacht and a five-star hotel. The wedding took place at a 17th century villa and reception at a medieval abbey high above Portofino.
#5 CHELSEA CLINTON AND MARC MEZVINSKY
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The bill was around $5 million in 2010.
The bride was the daughter of President Bill Clinton
The groom was an investment banker (Goldman Sachs and then G3) and childhood friend
The wedding costs included $600,000 air-conditioned tents, a $11,000 cake, Vera Wang wedding gown, and the attendance of Oprah. The rest went to delux pamper and security costs for 500 guests.
#6 LIZA MINNELLI AND DAVID GEST
The bill was $3.5 million in 2002, or $4.2 million when adjusted for inflation.
The bride was a Broadway star and the daughter of Judy Garland
The groom was a music producer
The wedding featured best man Michael Jackson and maid of honor Elizabeth Taylor, perhaps the biggest celebrity wedding ever. Entertainment included a 60-piece orchestra, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, and Natalie Cole. The couple spent an estimated $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on cake.
#7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND LARRY FORTENSKY
The bill was $2.5 million in 1991, or $4 million when adjusted for inflation.
The bride was an iconic movie star
The groom was a construction worker
The wedding was a notorious event featuring Michael Jackson as father of the bride at his Neverland Ranch. Liza Minnelli, Eddie Murphy, and Nancy Reagan (!) were in attendance. The marriage lasted an impressive five years.
#8 PAUL MCCARTNEY AND HEATHER MILLS
The bill was $3 million in 2002, or $3.6 million when adjusted for inflation.
The bride was a PETA activist and former model
The groom was the most successful songwriter in history
The wedding was an Indian-themed wedding at St. Salvador’s church in Monaghan, Ireland, featuring Indian dancers, a vegetarian feast, $145,000 worth of flowers, and $150,000 fireworks. Paul, George, and Ringo played a new song, “Heather.” The party took place at a rented castle ($40,000)
#9 ELIZABETH HURLEY AND ARUN NAYAR
The bill was $2.5 million in 2007, or $2.6 million when adjusted for inflation.
The Bride: Supermodel and movie star
The Groom: Senior VP of Tyco
The Nupitals: A double ceremony over eight days kicked off at Suderly Castle in Gloucestershire and then moved to Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. They paid $300,000 for private jets and over $100,000 for accommodations, including the $10,000-a-night bridal suite in India.
#10 CHRISTINA AGUILERA AND JORDAN BRATMAN
The bill was $2 million in 2005, or $2.2 million when adjusted for inflation.
The bride was a pop star
The groom was a music producer
The wedding featured 150 guests including Sharon Stone at the Napa Valley’s Staglin Family Vineyard. Christina paid $80,000 for a Spanish-style Christian Lacroix gown. Decorations included a winter-themed tent with white roses, silver and crystals.
#11 Folarin Alakija And Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifa
The wedding between Folarin, the son Nigeria’s richest woman, Folorunso Alakija, and Iranian beauty, Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifa, is reported to have cost £5 million.
The groom, a father-of-one, is an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer who lost his first wife to cancer.
Folarin’s new wife studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester.
The pair became engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November.
The wedding was celebrated with a lavish bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, in England over the weekend.
Regularly used as a film location, the Blenheim Palace has been seen in Hollywood blockbuster movies like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Rogue Nation, Cinderella and the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Knight.
The cost of hiring the whole Woodstock wedding venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, is only on application but hiring just the palace and state rooms costs £33,000 (N15 million).
Prices start at £300 per tier and Elizabeth’s clients include British, European and Middle Eastern Royalty, celebrities and high net worth individuals.
The wedding, which had all the trappings of opulence, has remained a topic of discourse on social media owing to the sheer display of wealth and luxury.
Their wedding story is currently trending on social media. It has emerged that the wedding had one million roses which were done by Jeff Leatham. The latter commands up to £250,000 (N114million) for flowers and has worked for the likes of Madonna, Oprah and Tina Turner.
Mr. Leatham was also the man behind the flowers at American actress, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding.
With eight tiers on their cake, they would have paid for their magnificent cake around £2,400 (N1.1million) – and that’s excluding the elaborate iced flowers and doves. This is according to wedding planners sampled by DailyMail.
Guests at the wedding were also treated to a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000(N68.2million) to hire.
Apart from the magnificent firework display in the hotel grounds later in the evening, the A-list guest list included amongst many, Victoria’s Secret Angel, Shanina Shaik.
The bride stunned in a traditional strapless white gown with lace embellishments.
She accessorised her look with a dazzling diamond necklace and white Manolo Blahniks. She later changed into a racy floor length white gown with sheer panelling.
The mother of the groom is the richest Nigerian woman and one of Africa’s richest women world with an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion. In 2014, she knocked Oprah Winfrey off her post as the richest woman of African descent in the world.