With This, I Thee Wed

Their fab­u­lous rings aside, these celebri­ties took in­dul­gence to the max on their spe­cial day.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Sl Clinic Special - BY TRIXIA CARUNGCONG

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.

Pizza

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

Ele­phant

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.

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