The average wedding costs $33,931, according to a 2018 survey conducted by The Knot, but many celebrity weddings are anything but average. The cost of a lavish, star-studded wedding can be even higher — even in the millions, for some couples. With all the pricey weddings going on, you’ll want to take a look at how these stars match up to the most expensive royal weddings.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Cost: $1 million
Jennifer Aniston — who is one of the richest actresses of all time — and Brad Pitt have both married and split from other people since their August 2000 nuptials, but at the time of their wedding, they spared no expense celebrating their love. The actors exchanged vows on a Malibu bluff in front of 200 guests, and their ceremony included expensive details: 50,000 wedding flowers, four bands and a fireworks show, People reported. Aniston wore a wedding dress designed by Lawrence Steele, Manolo Blahnik heels and a pearl-and-Swarovski-crystal crown, while Pitt wore a tux by Hedi Slimane. The food served at the reception was top-of-the-line as well and included lobster, caviar and Dom Perignon champagne.
President Donald Trump and Melania Trump
Cost: $1 million
President Donald Trump and Melania Trump might have spent $1 million on their 2005 wedding, E! reported, but they saved on one major expense: They did not have to pay for a wedding venue because they held their reception at Trump’s own Mar-a-Lago estate, which is one of his many properties. However, they splurged on other aspects of the wedding. Melania wore a custom Dior gown that featured 1,500 rhinestones and pearls and cost $100,000, catering for 400 guests was provided by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and cost $110,000, the cake was a 200-pound Grand Marnier cake that cost upward of $50,000, and musical entertainment included performances by Tony Bennett and Billy Joel, which likely cost a pretty penny for the night.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
Cost: At least $1 million
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner got married at one of her father’s properties, the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J., so they saved on venue fees for their 2009 wedding. But that’s about all they saved on: Trump’s custom Vera Wang gown cost $50,000; her diamond jewelry and accessories cost $210,000; their wedding planner, Preston Bailey, can charge up to at least $100,000 per event; and their 13-layer cake cost as much as $70,000, E! reported. Trump tends to enjoy the finer things in life, so it’s no surprise that her wedding was no exception.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Cost: $1.5 million
Catherine Zeta-Jones — who makes bank through her acting but also through lucrative celebrity endorsement deals — and Michael Douglas wed in 2000 at a 350-guest wedding at the Plaza Hotel in NYC, where wedding packages start at $350 per person. There is also an additional $12,000 ceremony fee for use of the Terrace Room, according to Here Comes the Guide. Zeta-Jones wore a $140,000 Christian Lacroix gown and a $300,000 diamond tiara for the luxurious affair. The couple also shelled out $7,000 for a 10-tier wedding cake and $5,000 an hour for security, E! reported.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Cost: $1.5 million
Former model Elin Nordegren married golf pro Tiger Woods in a destination wedding at the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados in 2004. Woods rented out the entire resort to ensure privacy, E! reported, which he can definitely afford thanks to some successful business choices. Nordegren wore a Vera Wang gown, and entertainment for the evening included a performance by Hootie and the Blowfish and a fireworks display, InStyle reported. The couple divorced in 2010, and Nordegren walked away with a settlement estimated to be worth $100 million, TMZ reported.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Cost: $1.5 million
Madonna married Guy Ritchie at Scotland’s Skibo Castle in 2000, and the couple rented out all 51 bedrooms of the estate for five nights for the occasion. During the ceremony, Madonna wore a strapless silk gown by Stella McCartney, an antique veil, Jimmy Choo shoes and a diamond tiara. Despite their ultraromantic nuptials, the couple split in 2008.
Elton John and David Furnish
Cost: $1.5 million to $2 million
Elton John and David Furnish tied the knot in 2005, shortly after the U.K. legalized same-sex civil unions. The grooms got married in designer tuxedos worth $10,000, and treated their 600 guests to caviar and champagne, costing $130,000, E! reported. Their reception was held at their own Windsor estate, so they at least saved on venue rental fees.
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Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Cost: $2 million
Christina Aguilera married music producer Jordan Bratman in 2005 at a Napa Valley estate. The ceremony took place under a chuppah adorned with fuchsia, blush and deep red roses, and the reception was held in a winter-themed tent that featured wedding decorations made of silk cloth, white faux fur and crystals, InStyle reported. Aguilera wore an $80,000 Christian Lacroix gown for the occasion, E! reported. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last as she filed for divorce in 2010.
Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky
Cost: $2 million
Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky, who was 20 years her junior, in 1991 during a lavish ceremony at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Taylor wore a pale yellow Valentino gown for the wedding, which was worth $25,000 but was given to Taylor as a gift from the designer, People reported. Guests sipped on Dom Perignon champagne and chardonnay and dined on salmon rolls and a five-tier chocolate mousse cake. Fortensky was Taylor’s eighth and last husband. They split in 1996 but remained friends until her death in 2011.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Cost: $2 million
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ 2006 wedding seemed like a fairy tale — though their romance didn’t end up with a happy ending as they divorced in 2012. The wedding took place in a castle outside Rome, which they were able to rent for free as use of the space was given as a gift to the couple, E! reported. However, the other expenses added up. The couple paid $900,000 for their guests’ airfare, Holmes wore a custom Armani gown worth $50,000, and they served 300 bottles of wine, worth $18,000.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Cost: $2.8 million
The largest expense of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s 2014 wedding was Kardashian’s dress, a Givenchy Haute Couture gown that could have cost as much as $500,000, E! reported. The couple hired Andrea Bocelli as the entertainment for the evening, who charges at least 100,000 euros for private performances, and spent $110,000 on catering. Their wedding venue, Forte di Belvedere, cost $409,000 to rent, and they spent thousands on their guests’ hotel stays and air travel. Guests were also treated to glam squad appointments, which cost $380 per person, a splurge most people can’t even imagine.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Cost: $3 million
Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in an Indian-themed wedding in Ireland in 2002. The reception took place in a castle, which cost $40,000 to rent out, E! reported. Other items that contributed to the giant wedding bill included a private aircraft fleet, $145,000 worth of flowers, a fireworks display costing $150,000 and a four-tier chocolate cake costing $4,500. But the biggest expense to come out of the wedding was McCartney’s roughly $50 million divorce settlement. The couple’s divorce was finalized in 2008.
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
Cost: $3 million to $3.5 million
Salma Hayek married French billionaire François-Henri Pinault in Venice, Italy, in 2009. The actress got married in a Balenciaga gown and carried a bouquet adorned with crystals, E! reported. Guests were treated to a dinner catered by chef José Andrés, and a performance by Bono.
Liza Minnelli and David Gest
Cost: $3.5 million
Liza Minnelli married David Gest in NYC in 2002. Eight hundred fifty guests were invited to their Regent Wall Street Hotel reception, which included performances by the Doobie Brothers and Donny Osmond, People reported, and a six-foot-tall, 12-tier wedding cake, E! reported. The couple split only 16 months after their wedding date.
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Cost: $3 million to $5 million
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky in 2010 at the Astor Courts estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y., in front of 400 guests. The wedding cost an estimated $3 million to $5 million, E! reported, with the largest expense being the catering: St. Regis Culinary Events provided the food, which reportedly cost $750,000 alone. It helps that she’s one of the wealthiest presidential children since other wedding expenses included $600,000 for air-conditioned tents, $500,000 for flowers, $109,000 for tables, $60,000 for invitations, $20,000 for Clinton’s custom Vera Wang gown, $250,000 for her diamond jewelry, an estimated $2,000 for the groom’s custom Burberry tux, $11,000 for the 11-tier gluten-free wedding cake and at least $200,000 for security.
George Clooney and Amal Clooney
Cost: $4.6 million
George and Amal Clooney wanted to make sure all their closest friends and family would be able to attend their 2014 destination wedding in Venice, Italy, so they paid for everyone’s travel, which definitely added to the bill. That included paying for 95 hotel rooms for three nights, which totaled $3 million, E! reported. And the major wedding expenses didn’t end there. George’s bachelor dinner cost $1,750; Amal’s bachelorette dinner cost $2,000; lighting, tables and other party supplies for the event cost $300,000; flowers cost $250,000; the reception dinner cost $30,000; Amal’s custom Oscar de la Renta gown cost $380,000; George’s Armani tuxedo cost $5,000; and the Sunday post-wedding lunch cost $15,000. Plus the weekend called for lots of celebratory drinks: 250 bottles of champagne costing $50,000, 200 bottles of Grey Goose vodka costing $80,000 and 600 bottles of Casamigos tequila — but those were likely complimentary, as George was a co-owner of the brand at the time.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Cost: $6 million
Although Kim Kardashian’s wedding with Kanye West was expensive, her wedding with Kris Humphries cost even more. Kardashian’s wedding planner Sharon Sacks estimates that the couple spent $6 million on their 2011 wedding, though she told The Hollywood Reporter that Kardashian likely got deep discounts for promoting many of the vendors on her social media. Among the big-ticket expenses were a $2.5 million Lorraine Schwartz headpiece Kardashian wore to walk down the aisle, $10,000 crystal-embellished invitations and three custom-made Vera Wang wedding dresses. But the couple made a lot of the money they spent back through deals with vendors and the press. For example, People paid $1.5 million for the wedding photos, THR reported. Kardashian famously filed for divorce from Humphries just 72 days after they said: “I do.”
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Cost: $6.5 million
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake reportedly spent $6.5 million on their Italian wedding in 2012. Much of the budget likely went to the location, the Borgo Egnazia resort in the southern Italian city of Fasano, which would have required security in addition to the rental fees to keep the occasion totally private, E! reported. Another major expense was likely paying for hotel accommodations for their guests, which could have cost $1 million for multinight stays. Other expenses that could have added up to a multimillion-dollar bill were the cost of a rehearsal dinner and costs of activities for guests leading up to the event. Plus, the bride and groom’s wedding attire probably didn’t come cheap. Biel wore a custom, light pink Giambattista Valli gown and Timberlake wore a tuxedo designed by Tom Ford.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
Cost: $10 million
NBA legend Michael Jordan married Yvette Prieto in an extravagant Palm Beach, Fla., wedding in 2013. The event was planned by star wedding planner Sharon Sacks, and took place in a large tent at Bear’s Club, Us Weekly reported. Over 300 guests attended the affair, for which Prieto wore a French silk J’Aton Couture gown with Swarovski crystals. The reception tent was decorated with crystals, flowers and thousands of candles, and the party included performances by Usher, Robin Thicke and K’Jon.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Cost: $34 million
The majority of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding budget for their 2011 wedding went toward security, with $32 million allotted to keep the royal couple and their guests safe, E! reported. Other expenses included Middleton’s gown, which was designed by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton — arguably one of the best wedding dresses ever worn — and cost $434,000; two receptions costing a total of $600,000; flowers and foliage, including 20-foot-high trees, costing $800,000; and a white buttercream wedding cake and chocolate cookie groom’s cake, costing $80,000.
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