Most expensive celebrity weddings: from Princess Diana and Prince Charles to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West04/22/2021
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Let’s face it, weddings are costly. But for some lucky A-listers, money isn’t really an issue.
From incredible Westminster Abbey ceremonies to fairytale Italy nuptials, the super-rich love to splash the cash on making their special day as memorable as possible – and stunts such as booking private jets for your entire guest list obviously come at a huge price.
But which loved-up couples had the most expensive taste? And how much do famous faces really end up spending on saying 'I do' in seriously glamorous locations?
Here are some of the most pricey celebrity weddings to have ever taken place…
Prince William and Kate Middleton
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Let's start with two of our favourite royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding took place in London at Westminster Abbey and the bill reportedly came to a whopping £26 million.
On the iconic day, Kate stunned the nation in her show-stopping Alexander McQueen gown – which is thought to have cost £250,000 alone. According to reports, Kate's parents were the ones to pay for her beautiful dress, while the Royal Family covered most other costs.
William and Kate had quite the guest list with key members of the royal family – including, of course, Queen Elizabeth – rubbing shoulders with famous faces such as Sir Elton John and You Had Me songstress, Joss Stone.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
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It’s hardly shocking that Kim and Kanye threw one of the most lavish weddings, seven years before announcing their split.
The couple wed in May 2014 in a ceremony that is rumored to have cost them a staggering £2.1 million.
Kim and Kanye went to the extra special effort of flying their guests to Florence in Italy, before getting hitched at the stunning 16th century Forte di Belvedere.
Chrissy Teigen, Serena Williams and Steve McQueen were just a few of the famous pals who joined the pair and Chrissy's husband, John Legend, entertained the guests with a private performance.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
More recently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent millions on their special day in May 2018.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in front of the cameras at Windsor Castle for a hefty £35.1 million.
After the televised ceremony, Idris Elba was the DJ for the couple’s private reception and guests included James Blunt, Oprah Winfrey and James Corden.
Meghan famously wowed the world with her stunning custom Givenchy dress by Claire Waight Keller, estimated to have cost £387,000, and paired it with Queen Mary’s tiara.
But the question on everybody's lips is who footed the bill for the royal wedding, before Meghan and Harry jetted off to live in the US? The royal family paid for the ceremony, including reception costs and finishing touches like the incredible flower displays.
A statement released by Kensington Palace at the time read: "As was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards."
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Money was no issue for singer Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel when they tied the knot in October 2012.
While the day cost less than the royal weddings, Justin and Jessica spent a cool £4.9 million on their big day.
The couple tied the knot in Puglia, Italy, at the breathtaking Borgo Egnazia resort in front of guests including Andy Samber, Timbaland and Jimmy Fallon.
Jessica made her way down the aisle in a haute couture Giambattista Valli pink gown while Justin rocked a Tom Ford suit.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles
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When it comes to pricey big days though, nobody comes close to matching the cost of Princess Diana and Prince Charles' extravaganza.
The 1981 ceremony was watched by an estimated TV audience of 750 million people and is thought to have cost a staggering £57 million.
Diana’s wedding gown was intricately embroidered with sequins, 10,000 pearls and frilled lace, putting the cost of the dress at £11,000, alone.
The couple also splashed out a huge amount of cash on their safety, with Charles and Diana said to have spent £490,000 on security for their wedding, which was held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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