Celebrity weddings are a source of constant fascination for most of us and every detail, from the dresses and the shoes, to the shape of the cake is eagerly digested. One of the reasons that we are so obsessed by the way famous people tie the knot is that they tend to do things on a much bigger scale than the rest of us. Big budgets, over the top dress designs and sparkling celebrity guest lists mean that we just can’t get enough of star wedding style. Grab yourself a cup of tea and take a look at the top 10 most elaborate celebrity weddings of all time:
1. Holly Valance and Nick Candy
When the singer tied the knot with her property developer beau she did it with considerable largesse at the home of a multi million pound grocery store owner in Beverley Hills with Simon Cowell on the guest list. She didn’t skimp on the dress either, which had an OTT train measuring no less than 15ft…
2. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
It was the logistics of the wedding for these two aesthetically pleasing actors that was so incredibly elaborate – the 150 guests weren’t simply ask to show up at the church on time but had to fly from the US to Germany before taking a private plane to Italy where the ceremony was held.
3. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphreys
Their relationship may have lasted just 72 days but the wedding went down as one of the most ostentatious in history. Budget-wise they pulled out all the stops with Kim’s headpiece alone costing $2.5 million.
4. Celine Dion and Rene Angelil
They married in 1994 at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal in the kind of over the top ceremony that you would expect from the big lung-ed lady. From a 20-foot train to a seven-pound crystal tiara that had to be sewn to her head, nothing was done on a small scale.
5. Kate Middleton and Prince William
No top 10 celebrity wedding list would be complete without mentioning the most over the top wedding in recent history – Kate Middleton and Prince William. Celebrations went on for several days, the entire event was televised and we all got a day off work to watch it – there’s little more elaborate than that!
6. David and Victoria Beckham
These two have been married so long now they’re practically part of the furniture, but for those that remember, this was one of the stand out weddings of the time. From a price tag of nearly a million to their insistence on ‘his’ and ‘hers’ thrones, there was nothing low key about this wedding.
7. Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal
This one may well have had the most expensive wedding in history with nuptials that cost nearly £60 million. Their endurance wedding went on for six days and included a performance by the legendary Kylie Minogue.
8. Liza Minnelli & David Gest
Married in a £2 million (ish) ceremony with Michael Jackson as the best man and Elizabeth Taylor as the maid of honour. Their wedding cake was a whopping 12 tiers and there was a performance by Tony Bennett to top off the day.
9. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin
You would expect a footballer to have a pretty ostentatious wedding day and Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin certainly didn’t disappoint. A 17th century Italian villa provided the setting for the £6 million wedding, which included a chartered flight for 65 guests from the UK and use of a multi million pound yacht for a week.
10. Prince Charles and Lady Diana
The cost of Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding has eclipsed virtually every other since, even Charles’ own son. With the bride having a 25-foot train, the event itself drawing in a TV audience of 750 million and a price tag of £110 million at today’s prices, these were nuptials on a breathtaking scale.
Whether these top 10 celebrity weddings have provided inspiration for your own special day or simply make you shudder, they’re certainly pretty spectacular. Not all of us would want to have a 15ft train or a massive TV audience, but it’s still great entertainment to watch those that do.
Written by Susana from Simply Wedding Photography in Brighton – a wedding photographer with a love of unique weddings, whether big or small.