6 of the most costly weddings on the earth

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is one of the most expensive weddings of all time (Photo: Getty Images)

From Doris Lam

May 18, 2021

From private Beyonce concerts to a million dollar security team, we list some of the most expensive weddings of all time

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It’s no secret that weddings can get expensive. For a one-off celebration, many people are willing to spend as much as it takes to create a wedding of their dreams. While few people can afford to throw a lavish wedding straight out of Crazy Rich Asians, the sky’s the limit for the ultra-rich in the world to create a wedding with extravagant details, couture dresses, and Michelin-worthy meals .

According to a 2021 study, the average couple budgeted around $ 22,500 for their big day – but how much are the rich and famous willing to spend to make their special day memorable? Here we list some of the most expensive weddings of all time.

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Rumored costs: $ 48 million (approximately $ 137 million today, adjusted for inflation)

Date: July 29, 1981

The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, often referred to as the “Wedding of the Century”, took place on July 29, 1981 in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The legendary wedding was attended by 3,500 guests and watched by 750 million people on television.

In a truly regal fashion, the princess’s dress was a sight to behold – designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for Alexander McQueen, with a 25-foot train, 153-yard veil, and 10,000 pearls. To complete the dress, the wedding shoes were made of silk and decorated with 542 sequins and 132 pearls.

It’s not cheap to have a royal wedding. In addition to the usual wedding expenses, an additional $ 600,000 was spent on increased security due to a potential threat from the Irish Republican guerrillas.

Rumored costs: $ 100 million

Date: December 12, 2018

The wedding of Isha Ambani (daughter of Mukesh Ambani, the tenth richest man in the world) and Anand Piramal (son of Indian billionaire Ajay Piramal) brought two of the most famous Indian families together in 2018.

Many of the celebrity family friends had traveled for the occasion, including Hillary Clinton, Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Ariana Huffington and former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee for a private Beyonce concert. To top it off, the Ambanis also donated enough food to feed 5,100 people for four days as a token of appreciation for the city of Udaipur.


Sushanto Roy (Photo: India Times)

Rumored costs: $ 75 million

date: 2004

The chairman of Sahara India Pariwar, Subrato Roy, organized a wedding for his sons Sushanto Roy and Seemanto Roy back in 2004. With a guest list of 11,000 visitors, the family served weddings to guests and 150,000 homeless people in over a hundred different kitchens.

Rumored costs: $ 45.8 million

Date: 19th May 2018

All eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when the couple tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel in 2018. While the bulk of the cost was spent on security, a significant amount went into the PA system, which opened the chapel to the public, staff costs, decor, and also Meghan’s Givenchy wedding dress, priced at $ 549,939 estimated were transferred.

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Photo: Indian Celebrity Events

Rumored costs: $ 55 million

Date: 2004

The six-day wedding between Vanisha Mittal, the daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal and investment banker Amit Bhatia, currently holds the official title of “most expensive wedding” in the Guinness World Record. The wedding included a reenactment of the couple’s advertisement and an engagement ceremony at the Palace of Versailles.


Photo: Getty Images

Rumored costs: $ 34 million

Date: April 29, 2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding took place in 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London, where the couple had Prince Harry and Kate’s sister Pippa as their best man and maid of honor.

An estimated 24 million was spent on security alone, while 4 million was spent on flowers. Celebrity guests like the Beckhams were invited, as well as Ellie Goulding, who performed a cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ for the couple’s first dance.

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