Weddings are the means to celebrate life and love, and are the most cherished memories of a person’s life. It is a union of two souls becoming one under the blessings of their beloved ones. It’s no secret that people tend to splurge a sumptuous amount of money on their wedding, as it’s a lifetime affair. From simple wedding ceremonies to crashing millions, every couple has their own ambitions and status.
With these lavish, on-the-top weddings, celebrities and signified people tend to attract paparazzi and media. With an average of $5,000 to $30,000 being spent on a simple wedding, couples are willing to splurge millions and billions. Here presenting a list of top 10 expensive marriages of all time, which astounded the world to the core:
Top 10 Most Expensive Marriages in the World
1. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum & Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum ($137 million)
The Arabs outdid the world with their style of celebrations and lavishness. Said to be one of the most expensive marriages of all times, Dubai ruler Sheikh Rashid knew how to woo a girl. He married her in the year 1979, and his wedding earned a rank in the list of “Billionaire Weddings” of the Forbes magazine. Said to be a 5-day affair, simultaneous holidays were declared for 5 days itself all over Dubai. Additionally, a stadium with a 20,000 spectatorship was specially constructed.
2. Seemanto Roy & Chnadano Toor and Sushanto Roy & Richa Roy ($123 million)
The marriage of Sahara owner Subrata Roy’s sons, Seemanto Roy with Chnadano Toor and Sushanto Roy & Richa Roy was a major occasion. The combined affair took place on 10th February 2004 with more than 11,000 guests appearing. Said to be one of the top ten expensive marriages in the world, the marriages consumed a whopping figure of 110 dishes, dance performances from the world famed Shiamak Davar group and much more, the wedding was more than just a bling-y affair. The key attraction was the British symphony entertaining the guests on Indian melodies.
3. Prince Charles & Lady Diana ($115 million)
On the auspicious date of 29th July 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer under the blessings of the whole world. Being an international affair, the costs touched heights. Venue was St. Paul Cathedral, London, with hefty amounts being lashed out only on security. The gleaming bride wore a white puff ball wedding gown, entrenched with around 10,000 pearls and a 25 foot long sequence of antique ivory and lace. Imagine the intensity of the royal wedding affair being channelized on a global platform!
4. Vanisha Mittal & Amit Bhatia ($58 million)
A big-fat Indian wedding: that’s what the media tagged the event. Vanisha Mittal & Amit Bhatia were married in the month of June 2004. Said to be one amongst the expensive marriages in the world, millions was spent. 1000 guests were the attendants flowing in from all over the world, and the invitations were delivered in a silver box containing 20-paged detailed itinerary about the event. The event took place in grand chateau, in Versailles. The presence of big Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai, SRK and Hollywood celebrities such as Kylie Minogue etc. were seen along with their performances.
5. Prince William & Kate Middleton ($34 million)
This was the new-age royal wedding ceremony broadcasted in 118 countries live on the internet, radio and television and was a very liberating affair of all times. The decided location was Westminster Abbey, London. The wedding was held on 29th April, 2011 with Kate Middleton wearing a white-laced gown with intricate embroidery and Prince William in his all-royal avatar.
6. Andrey Melnichenko & Aleksandra Kokotovich ($30 million)
One of the top exclusive marriages, this couple spent a lavish amount on their wedding, making it one of the lavish marriages of all times. The date of the wedding was fixed on 3rd September 2005 and the ceremony was held at Cote d’Azur, France. Several illustrious Hollywood singers like Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston were the key performers of the night.
7. Vikram Chatwal & Priya Sachdeva ($20 million)
Said to be approximately costing a future, Vikram Chatwal & Priya Sachdeva didn’t hesitate to splurge this enormous amount. Celebrated on February 18th 2006, this marriage was a ten-day affair executing at several metro cities of India, including Delhi, Mumbai and Udaipur. Even Bill Clinton was said to be the one amongst high profile list of people and celebrities.
8. Wayne Rooney & Coleen McLoughlin ($15 million)
A striking name in the reign of football, Wayne Rooney planned a perfect wedding with Coleen McLaoughlin on 12th June, 2008 in Italy. Merely the dress of the bride was embellished with crystals and pearls. Being a four-day event held in Villa Durazzo in Italy, the guests were served pizza slices during reception.
9. Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky ($4.8 million)
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the renowned American politician and former president, Bill Clinton, got married with Marc Mezvinsky on the auspicious date of 31st July 2010, with the venue being New York, USA. America’s top designer Vera Wang designed the chiffon wedding dress embellished with a rhinestone and silver belt. The list of guests includes top celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, and the security, cake, flowers and decorations took the most of budget.
10. Liza Minnelli & David Gest ($4.3 million)
Liza Minnelli & David Gest’s wedding was celebrated on 16th March 2002 at Marble Collegiate Church at the New York City. The late Michael Jackson was the honourable guest and Elizabeth was the Maid of Honour. There were marvels of performances, such as Natalie Cole “Unforgettable”, Tony Bennett’s 60-piece orchestra piece and much more.