17 of the Most Lavish Weddings of All Time
If you think Donald Trump and Melania Knauss were extravagant when they spent about $1 million on their 2005 nuptials – and they were – theirs was almost subdued compared to other wedding showstoppers.
Still, the 350 guests including Barbara Walters, Regis Philbin, Hillary Clinton (?) and Heidi Klum drank Cristal champagne and ate a seven-tier wedding cake. Billy Joel and Tony Bennett performed.
It sounds like a night to remember, but it has nothing on these completely over-the-top, epitome of extravagant weddings. (And if you think that the amount celebrities spend on their weddings is indicative of how much they love one another, keep in mind that few last more than 10 years.)
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas: $1.5 million
The 2000 wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas included a star-studded guest list (Goldie Hawn, Jack Nicholson and Meg Ryan among them), performances by Jimmy Buffett and Art Garfunkel and a $250,000 Christian Lacroix gown.
While it might seem pricy, it turned out that the couple wasn’t out too much after all. They shrewdly sold the rights to publish the wedding photos to OK! Magazine for $1.4 million.
Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell: $1.5 million
The funny man and the model spent $1.5 million when they married in 1993 at NYC’s famed Plaza Hotel.
The bride wore a gown with a 12-foot train and a tulle veil adorned with Austrian crystals and pearls. After the ceremony, 500 guests including Prince, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis dined on lobster in a flower-drenched reception hall.
The pair divorced in 2006.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes: $2 million
Opera legend Andrea Bocelli performed at the 2006 nuptials of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, held at an Italian castle with the entire wedding party clad in Armani, including 7-month-old daughter Suri, who was carried down the aisle by her half-brother Conner. Holmes wore a pearl-encrusted dress with off-the-shoulder sleeves.
The traditional Scientology ceremony included a star-studded guest list including Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy.
There was a towering five-tier cake surrounded by white roses as well as a meal including risotto, sea bass and 300 bottles of wine.
A fireworks display capped it all off, but the fireworks didn’t last forever. The couple known as TomKat divorced in 2012.