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While Hollywood weddings seem to comprise unlimited budgets, extravagant venues and the finest dining, even superstars can’t buy love! Let’s look at some of the memorable celebrity weddings over the past twenty years.
Whether you’re looking for wedding reception venues or ceremony ideas, chances are you’ve read about some of the extravagant Hollywood weddings that have taken place. Let’s face it, a celebrity wedding is a major event and since budgets are practically not an issues, superstar receptions are luxuriously lavish.
Let’s take a look at some of those A-list nuptials that have made it on the list of most expensive weddings. We’ve factored in things like wedding reception venues, décor, catering and of course the dress.
Some of the Most Expensive Hollywood Weddings Over the Past Two Decades
Many a celebrity sells exclusive rights to certain media outlets to cover their big day. Take Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky’s wedding in 1991 at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch. They sold their wedding photos to People magazine for a cool $1 million and then donated the money to charity. And Heather Mills and Paul McCartney sold their 2002 wedding photos to whoever wished to pay the asking price of $1600. They donated the proceeds to various pet charities.
Some celebrity couples really do relish the limelight, even on their big day. Liza Minnelli and David Gest wed in 2002 in Manhattan, bringing the city to a complete stand still as limo after limo dropped of major celebs like Diana Ross, Mia Farrow and best man Michael Jackson at the church.
And when Sony Music headman Tommy Mottola wed Mariah Carey in 1993, Mariah paraded for photographers in a Very Wang ivory silk creation complete with 27 foot train and a diamond tiara. She was attended by 50 flower girls and walked down the aisle accompanied by a boys’ choir.
When Dayanara Torres and Marc Anthony renewed their vows in 2002 in San Juan, they choose the Cuartel de Ballaja as their wedding reception venue. This was an usual choice, being an 1850s Spanish garrison, but if you’re looking for different wedding reception venues and money is no object, it’s one to consider.
Castles seem to be a recurring theme for star studded wedding reception venues. Both Ashley Judd and Madonna got married at the Skibo Castle in Scotland and Katie Holmes wed Tom Cruise at the private Odescalchi Castle in Italy in 2006. Arun Nayay wed Elizabeth Hurley in a castle – twice!
The backyard is actually another popular wedding venue for celebrities. Tori Spelling and Charlie Shanian married in 2005 in Tori’s father’s back yard. The famous TV producer, Aaron Spelling, allowed the couple to enjoy their big day on his 56 000 foot Beverly Hills estate. Famous couple Elton John and David Furnish celebrated their union in 2005 at the estate of John Windsor where guests were sheltered by a couple of massive marquees. Even Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt had a backyard wedding. When they wed in 2000 it was on TV producer Marcy Carsey’s Malibu estate. And business mogul Donald Trump married Melania Knauss in Trump’s Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago in 2005.
Besides lavish wedding reception venues, it seems celebrities enjoy recruiting their famous buddies for help on their big day. Madonna sought the help of designer Stella McCartney when it came to designing her wedding dress and Tom Cruise made use of his pal Georgio Armani for bride Katie Holme’s not one, but two, wedding gowns.
Celebrities don’t skint on fine dining either. Tori Spelling’s big day was catered by major celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. The menu comprised delectable herb-crusted rack of lamb.
Liza Minellie, no stranger to entertainment herself, and David Gest has their guest entertained by Natalie Cole singing “Unforgettable” and Tiger Wood’s wedding guests got to rock out to Hootie and the Blowfish.
No matter the wedding reception venues, lavish meals and unlimited budgets, though, even celebrities can’t buy guarantees. Nearly half of the couples mentioned here split up proving that not even Hollywood’s money can buy love.