The 10 Most Expensive Weddings of All Time in Today’s Dollars

Just about every bride and groom has to deal with the stark reality that their wedding has a budget.

The average American wedding costs about $32,000 according to the latest survey by The Knot.

While this figure has most couples holding their breath, it is nothing compared to what some of the rich and famous have dished out for their lavish weddings.

We have made it our mission to find the 10 most expensive weddings of all time and we have found them.

You will have to see to it to believe how much the most expensive wedding of all time cost!

All of the total costs have been adjusted for inflation so you can see the cost in today’s dollars.

We have also included some of the key features that helped make each wedding so, well, expensive. From top performing artists, castles and stadiums being custom built for the bride and groom, to $1.3 million dollar wedding dresses, these couples have pulled out all the stops.

Enjoy perusing the lifestyles of the million and eh billionaires!

10Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, 2014

Cost: $20 million

Who they are:

Bride: American reality star, socialite, and model

Groom: American hip hop singer and songwriter

Key features:

  • pre-wedding party at Versailles
  • performances by John Legend and Lana Del Rey
  • ceremony in a 16th-century Florentine fortress
  • a custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown

9Petra Ecclestone and James Hunt, 2011

Cost: $21 million

Who they are:

Bride: British heiress (daughter to Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone), socialite, fashion designer, and model

Groom: British entrepreneur and businessman

Key features:

  • medieval Italy town closed down just for them on their wedding day
  • performances by Black Eyed Peas ($2.5 million) and David Guetta
  • ceremony in a castle
  • a Vera Wang gown ($1.3 million)
  • an acrobatic and a fireworks display

8Sanjay Hinduja and Anu Mahtani, 2015

Cost: $23 million

Who they are:

Bride: Indian fashion designer

Groom: Indian heir and businessman

Key features:

  • 200 private jets chartered
  • pre wedding party at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel
  • performances by Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Scherzinger
  • ceremony in Jagmandir Island Palace in Udaipur, India

7Angela Yeung and Huang Xiaoming, 2015

Cost: $31 million

Who they are:

Bride: Hong Kong model, actress, and singer – nickname “Angelababy”

Groom: Chinese actor, singer, and model

Key features:

  • pre wedding photo shoot in Paris with multiple Elie Saab couture gown changes
  • custom made Christian Dior gown
  • 10 foot carousel wedding cake
  • mobile phone wedding favors
  • 5 carat pear shaped diamond ring ($1.5 million)

6Kate Middleton and Prince William , 2011

Cost: $36 million

Who they are:

Bride: British Duchess of Cambridge

Groom: British Prince and Duke of Cambridge

Key features:

  • security totaling in $32 million – leaving $2 million for actual wedding stuff
  • Alexander McQueen gown made by Sarah Burton
  • performance by Ellie Goulding
  • televised ceremony with 2 billion watchers from around the world
  • ceremony in Westminster Abby with luncheon at Buckingham’s Palace

5Andrei Melnichenko and Aleksandra Kokotovic, 2005

Cost: $37 million

Who they are:

Bride: Serbian fashion model and former Miss Yugoslavia

Groom: Russion industrialist and billionaire

Key features:

  • on the Cote d’Azur in France
  • performances by Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera

4Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia, 2005

Cost: $74 million

Who they are:

Bride: Indian daughter of billionaire steel-magnate

Groom: British bred owner of Swordfish Investments

Key features:

  • invitations mailed in silver boxes including plane tickets and 5 star Paris hotel rooms
  • five days of celebrations at the Palace of Versaille in Paris
  • a wooden castle built just for the wedding
  • performances by Kylie Minogue and Shah Rukh Khan
  • designer gift bags filled with jewels for their 1,000 guests

3Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Princess Salama, 1981

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan via Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court

Cost: $119 million

Who they are:

Bride: UAE philanthropist

Groom: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

Key features:

  • a stadium constructed from scratch for the wedding and their 20,000 guests
  • a 7 day affair
  • gifts delivered to the bride from the groom throughout the week by 20 camels decked out in jewels
  • the couple visited the towns of their country on horseback with food and other goods for their people

2Prince Charles and Lady Diana, 1981

Princess Diana and Prince Charles Royal Wedding Via Flickr

Cost: $127 million

Who they are:

Bride: English daughter of Earl Spencer

Groom: Crown Prince of England and second in line to the throne behind his mother, Queen Elizabeth II

Key features:

  • 27 cakes that took 14 weeks to prepare
  • at least 3,000 guests at the ceremony
  • more than 700 million televised viewers and 2 million spectators for the wedding parade, which included a glass coach for the wedding couple

1Khadija Uzhakhovs and Said Gutseriev, 2016

Cost: $1 billion

Who they are:

Bride: A dentistry student in Moscow

Groom: Russian son of an oil tycoon

Key features:

  • performances from Jennifer Lopez, Sting, and Enrique Iglesias
  • custom made dress by Elie Saab worth over $25,000 and weighing about 28 pounds due to all the beading and embellishments
  • jewel box wedding favors
  • fireworks display
  • upscale Moscow wedding venue with just about every inch covered with flowers and lights

Credits: Buzzfeed, Business Insider, Refinery29, CBS News, Business Insider, The Richest, Most Luxurious List, Wonder Woman, Like to Discover, Wikipedia, Forbes, My First Class Life

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