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    Top 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings

    It’s no surprise that no expense is spared when it comes to celebrity weddings. All bets are called off for this special day and special care and planning are thrown in. It usually means destination weddings, six-figure wedding gowns, spending insane amounts of money on security to keep paparazzi at bay, and a bunch of other expensive details.

    The once-in-a-lifetime event for celebrities goes down in history with many onlookers registering every little detail. So let’s take a deep dive into the top 10 most expensive celebrity weddings of all time. The list includes royal couples – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton – to Hollywood duos like George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, among others.

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    Prince William and Kate Middleton

    Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge
    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    When you’re a member of the royal family, you either go big or go home. The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton cost $34 million, and most of the sum went to security, as per Insider. The royal couple married in Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, on St. Catherine’s Day, with the day declared a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. Estimates of the global audience for the wedding ranged around 300 million or more, whilst 26 million watched the event live in Britain alone. Middleton’s wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

    One of the most expensive royal weddings
    One of the most expensive royal weddings

    Another royal wedding, and this time it was bigger than the last. Following suit of what seems to be a family tradition, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent about $40.1 million alone on security for their wedding. In total, the special day cost around $42.8 million. In preparation for the wedding, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, baptized Markle and confirmed her into the Church of England on March 6, 2018. The private ceremony, performed with water from the River Jordan, took place in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. The marriage ceremony was held on May 19 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

    Prince Charles and Princess Diana

    The Royal Couple
    The royal couple

    Who could forget Princess Diana’s 25-foot train – the longest in royal history made by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for Alexander McQueen? While the cost of the dress is unknown, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s total wedding cost was an estimated $48 million. However, the ‘fairytale wedding’ ended with a divorce in 1996 after 15 years of marriage.

    Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

    Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
    Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

    The $3 million dollar wedding’s highlight wasn’t the famous Hollywood couple but the Italian castle location. On November 18, Holmes and Cruise were married at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano. It is said that the entire celebrity wedding party wore Armani. It also reportedly took 350 hours to place every single crystal for Katie Holmes’ ceremony gown. But, the great romance came to an end in 2006 after six years of marriage.

    Liza Minelli and David Gest

    Liza Minelli extravagant wedding
    Liza Minelli’s extravagant wedding

    Minnelli married David Gest, a concert promoter, on March 16, 2002. The celebrity wedding approximately cost $3.5 million with a guest list of 850 people. Elizabeth Taylor served as the maid of honor, and they even had a 60-piece orchestra. The couple’s love however didn’t last as the two split after one year of marriage in 2003.

    George and Amal Clooney

    The Hollywood "It" couple
    The Hollywood ‘It’ couple

    George and Amal Clooney’s Italian nuptials weren’t inexpensive. They spent $3 million on housing alone for all of their guests. The couple was officially married on September 27, 2014, at Ca’ Farsetti. In total, the wedding cost around $4.6 million.

    Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky

    Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky
    Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky

    The pair got married on July 31, 2010, in an interfaith ceremony in front of 400 guests at the Astor Courts estate in New York. The celebrity wedding reportedly cost $3 million. Since Chelsea is the daughter of a former President, security was a high priority for the couple, and they spent $250,000 to keep the event under wraps from wandering eyes.

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

    Hollywood’s favorite couple got married on October 19, 2012, at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy. Did you know that Jessica Biel took an untraditional route and wore a pink custom Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress when she walked down the aisle to marry her love, Justin Timberlake? That decision alone is said to have cost $100,000, which is just a fraction of their $6.5 million special day.

    Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto

    Michael Jordan got married to a model
    Michael Jordan got married to a model

    Over 300 people attended the basketball legend’s wedding in Jupiter, Florida. Usher and Robin Thicke were just some of the people that performed at the celebration. It’s estimated that the grand event cost around $10 million.

    Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

    Paul McCartney second wedding
    Paul McCartney’s second wedding

    The second wedding for Paul McCartney and Heather Mills was held at a remote castle in Glaslough, Ireland. It cost the couple a whopping amount of $3 million. Over 300 friends and family attended the ceremony that strictly catered only vegetarian options to its guests. In 2003, the couple had a child, Beatrice Milly. Though sadly, they separated in April 2006 and divorced in March 2008.

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