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16 Outrageous Celebrity Wedding Cakes Slideshow

16 Outrageous Celebrity Wedding Cakes Slideshow

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

In September 2012, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively had a very private wedding in South Carolina — there were only 35 guests in total. Their impressive wedding cake was showcased in the winter issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and was made of sour cream and vanilla cake with peach-apricot preserves and Earl Grey-milk chocolate buttercream by Maggie Austin Cake. And as if the magnificent cake wasn't enough, other desserts offered that night included s’mores bars, fruit tarts, and strawberry shortcakes.

Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney

In 2006, Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney tied the knot during a traditional ceremony in Pasadena, Calif. They chose Layers Cake Design Studio as their wedding cake maker, and, with the input of some friends, opted for a five-tier white cake with raspberries. Cross commented that the cake was "delicious and the size of the Eiffel Tower."

Mariska Hartigay and Peter Hermann

For Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann’s Santa Barbara, Calif. wedding in 2004, Very Different Cakes made a 7-foot-tall, six-tier chocolate and vanilla wedding cake that was topped with an ornate Swarovski crystal topper, showcasing the bride and groom’s initials. Each bright (and seemingly suspended in mid-air) floating tier was painted in orange, magenta, and green with butterfly and flower designs.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

In 2009, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Sylvia Weinstock created a 70-inch, 13-layer cake for the occasion. "Each layer was ringed with flowers," Weinstock said. "We had lisianthus, roses, peonies, lilies of the valley, baby's breath — all in the coloring of whites, creams, pinks ivory, and flush tones." Since they had 500 guests to accommodate, Weinstock made a cake that could suit a variety of tastes with several flavors, like chocolate, carrot, almond, and a yellow cake.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ Italian wedding in 2006 was one of the biggest events of the year. During the celebration in a 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, the couple shared a five-tiered white chocolate mousse cake that was decorated with white marzipan roses. Each tier was accented with white pearl detailing.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were married at New York City's Plaza Hotel in 2000 and had a luxurious wedding reception. They chose celebrity cake designer Sylvia Weinstock for their 6-foot-tall wedding cake that towered so high that they were forced to remove the top two tiers to fit it through the ballroom doors. The impressive 10-tier confection was made of vanilla and buttercream, and decorated with thousands of edible flowers.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss-Trump

In 2005, Donald Trump and Melania Knauss-Trump exchanged their vows in an unquestionably extravagant ceremony in Palm Beach, Fla. They chose pastry chef Cedric Barbaret to create their 200-pound, seven-tier Grand Marnier chiffon cake that was adorned with 3,000 sugar roses. They also sent their guests home with individual chocolate sponge cakes that were filled with chocolate truffle, and topped with a single edible rose.

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey

For their 2002 wedding, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson asked Sam Godfrey of Perfect Endings bakery to make a five-tier cake with white buttercream icing and cake flavors like pound cake with raspberry filling, carrot cake, and red velvet cake. Lachey’s German chocolate groom's cake was decorated with a bear's claw representing Cincinnati, his favorite team, on the big day.

The couple divorced in 2005.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

In the summer of 2010, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in an over-the-top ceremony at the Astor Courts Estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The couple opted for a gluten-free wedding cake as a testament to their healthy eating-habits and to the bride’s celiac disease.

The cake’s design was kept under wraps by La Tulipe Desserts until it was unveiled at the reception. Estimated to have cost $11,000, the white, nine-tier, 500-pound, 4-foot tall creation was made of a vanilla sponge cake and dark chocolate mousse. The intricate design featured vanilla fondant on each tier that was decorated with approximately 1,000 sugar flowers including roses, orchids, and calla lilies.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

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Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married in "the wedding of the century" back in 1981. The couple served 27 wedding cakes made by chef David Avery of the Royal Naval Cookery School. The official cake stood 5 feet tall and was decorated with royal icing featuring the Windsor coat of arms and the prince’s coat of arms, as well as roses, lilies of the valley, and orchids. The second layer was preserved, and was later used as Prince William’s christening cake.

In 2008, a single slice of the main cake was sold at auction for $1,830. The cake was described as having white icing, and a sugar onlay of the royal coat-of-arms in gold, red, blue, and silver, including a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray. In 1998, a similar piece of cake was sold for approximately $26,000 at auction shortly after the princess’ death.

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince

In 2011, Kate Moss tied the knot with Jamie Hince in a wedding that was featured in Vogue with pictures by celebrity photographer, and the couple’s friend, Mario Testino. Their Peggy Porschen cake of choice was a six-cake pyramid with each cake in a different flavor.

The decorations included hanging sugar lily of the valley blossoms and white roses gracing the top as well as the base of the entire dessert. The couple was thrilled with the result, exclaiming, "Peggy's cake was beautiful. The perfect wedding cake! It was so delicious, there wasn't a crumb left..."

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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On April 29, 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot, and the celebration was the biggest event of the year. Two cakes were made for the occasion: a main wedding cake and a groom’s cake (an American tradition), commissioned to celebrity British cake maker Fiona Cairns (who has also designed cakes for Bono and Paul McCartney) and British cookie-makers McVitie's, respectively.

In an interview with CNN, Cairns talked about the Duchess of Cambridge’s input on the cake design: "I've been very much learning from her… For example, the bridal rose symbolizes happiness, the oak and the acorn symbolize endurance... and we have a long list. We haven't made Sweet William yet but we will." The chosen flavor for the eight-tiered cake was a traditional British fruit cake that was decorated with hundreds of white sugar flowers and reportedly cost $80,000.

The groom’s cake was made of 1,700 classic tea cookies and used around 37 pounds of chocolate — not surprising, considering the 600 guests that it needed to serve.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Although their marriage didn't last, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries certainly knew how to throw a lavish wedding party. Their chocolate chip black-and-white cake was ordered from Hansen’s Cakes in Los Angeles, and towered at 6 feet tall. The eight octagonal tiers alternated in flavors between marble cake and chocolate buttercream with white chocolate chips and vanilla cake with chocolate chip filling. Their cake was estimated at $10,000, and was inspired by the royal wedding earlier that year.

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker

In 2007, Eva Longoria married French NBA star Tony Parker in an opulent ceremony in Paris. Their extravagant red wedding cake was created by Perfect Endings bakery in Napa, Calif., and reportedly cost $40,000 after they had it shipped from California to France on a first-class plane ticket.

The five-tier cake was filled with raspberry preserves and white buttercream. In an In Style Weddings feature, design details were revealed: The cake was covered in 1,200 bright red sugar roses, large red and gold bows at the base (a traditional French inclusion), and a quilted pattern adorned the entire confection.

Liza Minnelli and David Gest

In 2002, Liza Minnelli and David Gest tied the knot at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Their extravagant wedding included a 60-piece orchestra and A-list musician attendees like maid-of-honor Elizabeth Taylor, as well as friends Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, and Natalie Cole.

Their $40,000 towering Sylvia Weinstock cake was art nouveau-inspired, featuring white, black, and red accents, along with sterling-silver-leafed stripes. Red and purple sugar roses with green leaves adorned the entire 12-tier wedding cake that was filled with chocolate buttercream.

Cookies with pictures of the couple (who later divorced in 2007) were offered as mementos.


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


Outrageous Celebrity Weddings

In honor of the latest Kardashian to walk down the aisle, we rounded up our picks for the ten most outrageously expensive—or just plain outrageous—celebrity nuptials.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: November 18, 2006

The $2 million price tag—including $900,000 for guest airfare to the 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome and $180,000 for 300 bottles of wine—may not be a staggering number by celeb-nuptial standards, but the guest list (which included John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, and Victoria Beckham) had a particularly unusual addition: Scientology leader David Miscavige, who served as Cruise’s best man during the 20-minute “Double Ring” Scientology ceremony, which was reportedly capped off by a three-minute kiss. Afterward, Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, Mark Ronson deejayed, and the guests enjoyed a 15-minute firework display.

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar: March 3, and March 9, 2007

Not one, not even two ceremonies would do for this couple—who had a civil ceremony in Gloucestershire with just two witnesses, followed by a large blessing party at Sunderly Castle (Elton John arrived via helicopter), and finally an Indian wedding at the Umaid Bahawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. Hurley wore Versace with a Chopard tiara for the first ceremony and a couture sari from the designer for the Indian festivities. The epic eight-day wedding reportedly cost 2.5 million, including $300,000 in private jets and $100,000 in accommodations for 300 guests—namely Valentino, Donatella Versace, and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The couple split in 2011.

Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky: October 6, 1991

Any wedding at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch certainly qualifies as over-the-top, (not to mention the $1.5 million dollar price tag) but the wild and weird doesn’t stop there. Fortensky, Taylor’s seventh husband, was a twice-divorced construction worker whom she met while they were both battling drug dependencies at the Betty Ford Center (they toasted mineral water at the reception). And as a 100-man security force stood guard, the 160 guests including Nancy Reagan, Liza Minnelli, George Hamilton, and Macaulay Culkin, had run of the amusement park.

Liza Minelli and David Gest: March 16, 2002

As one of the world’s ultimate entertainers—it’s no wonder that Minelli’s guest list hit 1,000 and the bill came in at $3.5 million dollars (including $700,000 on flowers and $40,000 on a 12-tied wedding cake). She wore a Bob Mackie for her fourth walk down the aisle as guests including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hasselhoff, Robert Goulet, Lauren Bacall, Tito Jackson, and Mickey Rooney looked on. Bridesmaid Cindy Adams called it, the “night of 1,000 facelifts.” The couple divorced one year later.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss: January 22, 2005

In true Trump fashion, the $1 million wedding at the Trump Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort made quite a splash—particularly thanks to Melania’s $100,000 Dior by John Galliano gown featuring a 13-foot train, 1,500 crystals and pearls, and weighing in at 60 pounds. Guests, including Rudy Giuliana, Barbara Walters, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, were treated to Billy Joel singing “Just the Way You Are,” a 200-pound cake, 36-piece orchestra and food from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock: July 29, 2006

Who would expect anything less from this duo? After breaking off an engagement once in 2003, they were “married” on a yacht in Saint-Tropez (though it wasn’t made legal until August 3 at a Beverly Hills courthouse)—she wore a low-cut lace Heatherette dress, he sported a white tee and Detroit Tigers baseball cap—that is, until she changed into a white string bikini and sailor cap and he went shirtless. Not notable for extravagant costs, but perhaps for what wasn’t spent on the wedding garb. They divorced four months later.

Céline Dion and René Angélil: December 17, 1994, and January 5, 2000

Dion first met her manager, Angélil, in 1980 when she was 12 and he was 38 and they married 14 years later in her native Canada. She wore an enormous seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 Austrian crystals (it had to be sewn into her hair for support) and a gown with a 10-foot train that took more than 1,000 hours to create. And if one wedding (and giant headpiece) wasn’t enough, the couple renewed their vows in 2000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an Arabian-themed event. She wore an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy-designed metal dress and gold crown, and the reception featured belly dancers, snake charmers, and even camels—enough for Oprah to feature it on her Fantasy Weddings episode the same year.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev: February 18, 2006

In a 10-day celebration that spread across Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi, six hundred guests—among them Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, and P. Diddy—from 26 countries were ferried about on private jets and wined-and-dined in Chatwal fashion. Chatwal and model/actress Sachdev’s affair cost a staggering $20 million dollars or $4 million for each year they were married—the couple split five years later.

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: January 3, 2004 Britney Spears and Kevin Federline: September 18, 2004

It was a year of weddings for Spears. First, she married Alexander, a friend from her hometown, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. After a night of partying at Ghostbar at the Palms, they rode to the chapel and were escorted down the aisle (she wore torn jeans and a baseball cap) by the hotel’s limo driver. Her record label, Jive, quickly issued a statement that the couple, “took a joke too far by getting married.” The partnership was annulled 12 hours later.

Spears turned around in September of the same year and married Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony. Guests were treated to a cash bar, chicken wings, ribs, and mini cheeseburgers, and given sweat suits embroidered with “pimps” for the guys and “maids” for the girls. Spears filed for divorce in 2006.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries: August 20, 2011

NBA-star Humphries (who shares a first name with Kardashian’s mom and manager Kris Jenner) proposed to the reality starlet with a 20.5-carat ring after six months of dating. At their black tie Montecito, California nuptials, Kardashian will be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang gown while mom Kris will be sporting her new mini-face-lift, which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (much like the rest of the wedding preparations).


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