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
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.