Saturday Surprise: Most Expensive Weddings

“On average, US couples spend $24,066 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $18,050 and $30,083. This does not include cost for a honeymoon or engagement ring.” -http://www.costofwedding.com/

Wow, that sort of makes my wedding budget look teeny weeny. Mr. Wondermous and I are looking to come in under $5,000 sans honeymoon (doing a CO mountain overnight or two and save for a trip for our 1st anniversary). Granted, I do have a few advantages considering I am a planner/designer, but when it comes to weddings, you can have a beautiful wedding on any budget. I’ve done events from $2,000 on up to $500,000 and both events were just as memorable for the clients as a million dollar event.

Speaking of million dollar events, I thought I would share a few of the most expensive weddings on record. Let’s start at the bottom with Donald Trump and Melania Knauss’ million dollar fete. Melania’s dress was 20% of the budget and the Grand Mariner cake weight over 200 pounds.

Next, we inch a little bit higher towards the most expensive wedding ever. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ $2 million wedding took place in Italy at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle. An interesting side note: the family of my former supervisor (Vice Chancellor of Advancement) at the University of Denver, owns Odescalchi Castle. No, she did not secure an invitation to the wedding. Anyhoo, the bridesmaids’ attire was designed by Giorgio Armani (as was the bride’s) and Andrea Bocelli sang during the ceremony.

Here we have a mere $5 million wedding: Chelsea Clinton to Marc Mezvinsky. Chelsea followed the growing “two dresses” trend: one more formal dress for the ceremony and a more casual dress for the party afterward. Chelsea’s dresses and those of her bridesmaids were designed by Vera Wang.

In February 2006, hotelier Vikran Chatwal and model Priya Sachdev married in a $15 million affair that was spread out over 10 events and three Indian Cities: Mumbai to Udaipur and Delhi. “Fifty thousand kilos of flowers were shipped in from Holland, Bangkok, and Calcutta, and 3,000 candles were burned. They went through 65,000 meters of fabric.” -http://nymag.com/relationships/features/16368/index1.html

Finally, I present to you the most expensive wedding on record at $78 million, the wedding of Vanisha Mittal (daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal) and investment banker Amit Bhatia. This wedding took place at Vaux le Vicomte, a 17th-century chateau in France, in 2004.

While us mere mortals may not be able to spend $1 million plus for our weddings, our weddings will be just as beautiful and our memories just as cherished.

Source for list: http://www.elistmania.com/juice/10_most_expensive_weddings/

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