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#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 Kim kardashian and Kris Humpries
Kim Kardashian’s wedding reportedly cost $10 million: her dress, $1 million; the cake, $6,000. She was paid $1.5 million for her photos.
During an interview she sadid, “My wedding cost $3,000. My dress was made by my mother-in-law for less than $100. My cake? $60. I made $75 at the dollar dance at my reception. Kardashian’s marriage lasted 72 days. My husband and I are on our 11,278th day (and counting)”
Money obviously can’t buy happiness, although I am constantly astounded at how the rich and famous try. I’m guessing 99.9% of you reading this can think of better ways to spend $10 million.
Just what is it Kardashian is famous for again? What could she have done that possibly would warrant all this publicity and expense?
Here’s what I found out from Wikipedia:
Kardashian was introduced to the socialite scene by Paris Hilton. In 2007, Kardashian made a sex tape and appeared in Playboy. She starred with her family in the TV reality series “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” She made a few TV appearances, one being the host of “Wrestlemania.” She owns a clothing boutique with two sisters and has done modeling and product endorsements. Her father defended O.J. Simpson at his murder trial. Her siblings are mostly models.
Am I missing something? She didn’t invent penicillin, transplant the first human heart or sacrifice her life so our country could be free. Those things are worth millions to me. How did Kardashian become so bankable that her wedding (and pending divorce) have become bigger news than the millions of Americans unable to find work or the fiscal fate of our country? Those things matter more than whether Kardashian married for money or love.
The fact is, millions of us are contributing to the fortune of this woman and her family. We are glued to the TV and tabloids, soaking up anything Kardashian. We do it for sports figures, too. This year, we saw and are seeing players and owners battling it out because the owners just cannot pay millions of dollars for their players anymore.
#5 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
#6 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 deluxe pampering and security costs for 500 guests.
#7 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.
#8 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.
#9 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)
#10 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 Nuptials: 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.
#11 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.
#12 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
The bill was $2 million in 2006, or $2.2 million when adjusted for inflation.
The bride was an actress known for Dawson’s Creek and Batman Begins
The groom was a movie star known for Top Gun, Jerry Maguire and Mission Impossible
The wedding at the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside Rome featured a five-tiered white chocolate cake decorated with marzipan roses. Cruise actually performed “You’ve Got That Loving Feeling.” They were joined by Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, David Beckham, and others. Costs included $900,000 for guest airfare and accommodations and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine.
#12 Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
The bill was $1.5 million in 2005, or $1.6 million when adjusted for inflation.
The bride was a movie star known for Zorro, America’s Sweethearts and Entrapment
The groom was a movie star known for Wall Street (pictured) and producer known for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
The wedding, right out of a spy film, featured invitations written in invisible ink and holograms — sent to guests including Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, and Michael Caine. The ceremony at New York’s Plaza Hotel was guarded by over 50 rent-a-cops. The bride’s diamond tiara cost $300,000 and her Christian Lacroix gown cost $140,000
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