The rich and famous are known for shelling money out when it comes to wedding ceremonies. At some point, it looks like they are competing at making the biggest, most expensive wedding ever. And millionaires, even when they don't work in show-business, can make the news when they let their wallets loose. Throughout history, many ceremonies have drawn the attention of the general public. On the most recent occasions, we've been granted the privilege of following these celebrations through TV or the Internet. Let's take a look at the most expensive weddings in recent memory!
Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
The wedding that joined this British-Indian banker and the daughter of a steel magnate cost £ 47 million (US$ 78 million). And they didn't spare on the invitations: each one consisted of a box with 20 sheets of silver outlining the full programme for the 5-day long celebration. The guests could choose their food from a menu with no less than 100 different dishes. Just to give you an idea about how the money was spent, the beverages alone amounted to £ 900.000 (US$ 1.5 million).
Prince Charles and Diana Spencer
Prince Charles Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor's marriage to Diana Spencer was probably the most exciting thing to happen to the Royal family in the second half of the twentieth century. They were wed in 1981 after dating for six months. The cost of the royal wedding was estimated at around £ 27 million (US$ 45 million). The ceremony was held at St Paul's Cathedral, with more than 3500 guests. Only 120 of them were invited to the newly-wed's reception. For their honeymoon, they went on a two week cruise through the Mediterranean Sea.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton
This royal wedding cost around £ 24 million (US$ 40 million). Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor and Catherine Middleton were united by the sacred bond of marriage at Westminster Abbey before 2000 guests. After the religious ceremony, the Prince's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, offered a reception for 650 people at the Buckingham Palace.
Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar
The actress and the businessman were married in 2009. The costs of the celebrations for their union is estimated at around £ 4,2 million (US$ 7 million). The religious ceremony was held at Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe Gloucestershire, in England. The celebration lasted for 8 days and carried the couple with their entourage through Europe and Asia.
Liza Minelli and David Gest
Gest and Minelli married in 2002. The whole deal's estimated cost ran around £ 1.8 million (US$ 3.5 million). The floral arrangements alone run up to £24.000 (US$ 40,000). The ceremony took place at the Collegiate Church in the city of Manhattan and was attended by about 850 guests. To celebrate, Natali Cole and Tony Benett performed for the guests.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
The former Beatle and the model were married in 2001. The celebration's expenses amounted to £1.8 million (US$ 3 million). The 200 guests at the reception at Castle Leslie enjoyed lavish fireworks and music performance's by the musician's friends. The couple spent their wedding night on a rented yacht, which set them back an additional £ 11.500 (US$ 19.000).
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
This couple of actors' wedding cost about £1.2 million ($ 2 million). Giorgio Armani was commissioned to sew the wedding dress for the ocassion. Only 150 guests were invited to the party where the couple celebrated their engagement, which featured a performance by the Italian singer Andrea Boccelli. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes spent their honeymoon in the Maldives.
Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky
Elizabeth Taylor, the famous British-American actress married Larry Fortensky, a humble construction worker, in 1991. The wedding ceremony and ensuing party total cost is estimated around £ 1.2 million (US$ 3 million). The event was held at the Neverland Ranch, then owned by Michael Jackson. The singer also acted as best man and went through the hassle of signing all the invitations by hand and sending them himself.
Michael Duglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Duglas married in November, 2000 and the wedding celebration took place at the New York Plaza hotel. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones spent £ 900.000 (US$ 1.5 million) for the reception and the ceremony.
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss
The multibillionaire and the model got married in 2005. Their wedding and reception are estimated to have cost around £600.000 (US$ 1 million). Knauss' wedding dress was made of satin, with pearl, gold and silver details, created by Dior. The religious ceremony took place in Florida, at an episcopal church , and the guests were later transported to the actual celebration.