If you don’t have oodles of money to burn then all you need is love to get married. But not when you’re up to your neck with tons of money, you need love plus a whole load of style to get married, with a hefty sense of panache and extravagance.
Now, if you define extravagant as “recklessly wasteful” or “unrestrained” then read on, and find out the top expensive brides.
Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola
The year was 1993 when Mariah Carey tied the knot with Sony Music big boss Tommy Mottola. Mariah walked down the aisle all bedecked in an ivory silk confection by Vera Wang. She wore a diamond-covered tiara. Yup, diamonds, baby! Her wedding gown had a 27-foot train and she had fifty – that’s five, zero flower girls that tended her while the New York’s St. Thomas Church’s boy’s choir sang as she walked the bridal march. Four years later, the couple divorced.
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Up the famous and fashionable city of New York, Chelsea Clinton marched down the aisle to exchange wedding vows with boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky in a private ceremony. It was in July 10, 2010 when Chelsea finally donned her $15,000 Vera Wang wedding gown with rhinestone sash circling her waist. Celebrities gazed her special event and few of them are Oprah Winfrey and Madeleine Albright. Among the 400 guests is also Barbara Streisand who watched her walking down the aisle with her father. The occasion has an estimated $5 million cost.
Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky
In 1991, 59-year-old Oscar-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor and 39-year-old construction-worker Larry Fortensky exchanged “I do’s” at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The eight-time bride wore a pale yellow Valentino gown tagged at $30,000. It was a lavish wedding and People magazine reportedly paid $1million for exclusive coverage of their wedding. Taylor donated the money to AIDS research. The wedding was ill-fated and ended in divorce in 1996.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Castles are a persistent theme in celebrity weddings. Perhaps it has something to do with fairy-tale romance. In 2006, the couple tied the knot in a private castle in Bracciano, Italy – the Odelscalchi Castle. The said castle rents for $50,000. Katie chose Georgio Armani to design her wedding gown – beaded and decked out with Swarovski crystals and lace. Rumor has it that Kaye spent a whopping $3,000 on her lingerie. Now, that’s extravagant. The couple divorced in 2012.