With This, I Thee Wed
Their fabulous rings aside, these celebrities took indulgence to the max on their special day.
Gilded Thrones and a Gold Crown
Victoria Adams and David Beckham The former Spice Girl, now fashion designer, wed the footballer at an Irish castle in 1999, in a celebration estimated at £500,000 ($1.05 million). In keeping with their royal theme, they sat on matching gilded red velvet thrones during their reception, and the bride wore an 18-carat gold crown set with diamonds.
The thrones were among the possessions the couple put up for a charity auction last year after they sold their family mansion, in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, dubbed “Beckingham Palace”. The crown, made by Irish jewellery designer Slim Barrett, was estimated to be worth between £18,000 and £25,000 at a separate auction, but it failed to find a buyer.
Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin You might have expected a more lavish banquet at a wedding celebration that cost around £5 million. But pizza and champagne were the main items served at the reception after the footballer wed his childhood sweetheart at a 17th-century Italian villa in 2008.
The couple did, however, splurge on the bride’s three Marchesa gowns and on their friends – they chartered five planes to fly more than 60 guests from the UK to Italy, where they partied for days on board a £75,000-a-day yacht. Wayne also spent £400,000 to have Coleen’s favourite band, Westlife, serenade them on their big day.
Luxury Portable Loos
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky She’s the only child of Hillary and Bill Clinton, the former Secretary of State and the former President of the United States respectively, so no expense was spared for her wedding to the investment banker in 2010. The total cost was believed to be around US$3 million ($3.8 million).
And nothing but the best portable loos would do for the guests – they reportedly spent $15,000 on at least four trailers with porcelain toilets and urinals, hot running water and piped music. Dubbed “America’s royal wedding”, it was held at a private estate overlooking the Hudson River in New York.
70,000 White Orchids
Beyonce and Jay-Z The music power couple’s wedding was held at the rap mogul’s luxury penthouse in New York in 2008, which was decorated with dendrobium orchids specially flown in from Thailand. The fresh flowers reportedly cost US$500,000. The two have been fiercely private about their relationship, even keeping quiet about the wedding ceremony itself – Beyonce released a video showing her wedding gown only three years after.
Tiara Made of 2,000 Austrian Crystals
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden The television personality and fashion designer married her rocker beau at her father’s sprawling estate in Beverly Hills in 2010 (she’s the adopted daughter of music superstar Lionel Richie). Nicole had dreamed of having a real elephant at her wedding for good luck since she was a young girl, reported People magazine. The bigger surprise: Joel wasn’t in the know about the giant addition to the wedding and was just as bowled over as the guests. Celine Dion and Rene Angelil The songbird married ed her long-time manager in 1994, 14 years after they first met (when she was 12 and he was 38). Her bizarrelooking tiara, which weighed 3kg, was made of 2,000 Austrian crystals – and the headpiece had to be sewn into her hair to keep it in place. Other over-the-top details: a silk gown embellished with hand-sewn pearls that took 1,000 hours to complete, and which came with a 6m train that had to be attended by her eight sisters, who served as her bridesmaids. The wedding in Montreal, Canada was broadcast live on Canadian television.