Most expensive celebrity weddings after Beckham’s £15m bash – from Ecclestone to Kardashian

Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding to Nicola Peltz had everyone talking at the weekend.

As well as the star-studded guest list, the epic outfits and the stunning location, it was the cost of the lavish affair which had tongues wagging across the globe.

The three-day celebration in Palm Beach, Florida is rumored to have cost £15 million, The Sun reports.

The bride was decked out in a custom-made Valentino gown which she flew personally to Italy to be fitted for, there were 500 guests including Spice Girls, Williams sisters and some of the who is who of the Hollywood A-list and a stunning setting was the cherry on top.

But while the price tag for the Beckham-Peltz’s wedding was one that would make most of our eyes water, it’s nothing out of the ordinary for some of the richest people on the planet.

Celebrity weddings tend to be a lavish affair so we’ve taken a look at some of the most pricey.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, around £30 million

The UK’s future King and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton met here in Scotland when they were at the University of St Andrews.

They said their vows at Westminster Abbey in 2011 in a ceremony which drew comparisons with Prince Charles’s wedding to Princess Diana at St Paul’s Cathedral 30 years earlier.

As Kate stepped out of her wedding carriage she showed off a handmade lace and satin gown with a nine-foot train carried by her sister Pippa.

The beautiful gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, cost around £250,000 at the time – with Kate’s parents Carole and Mike jogging the bill.

Among the guests at the ceremony were the Beckhams, jazz singer Joss Stone and film director Guy Ritchie.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, £34.6 million

William’s little brother and the former Suits actress had a similarly expensive shindig.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in a star-studded ceremony at Windsor in 2018.

Meghan arrived at Windsor Castle in a simple but stunning boat-neck gown designed by Clare Wright Keller for Givenchy, rumored to have cost just over £200,000.

The bride was also wearing Queen Mary’s bandeau tiara, a bejeweled headpiece on loan from The Queen.

For the evening party, Meghan slipped into another beautiful white halter neck gown designed by Stella McCartney, before the pair drove off to meet their guests at Frogmore House in a Jaguar e-Type.

Guests at the wedding included Idris Elba, Oprah Winfrey and Elton John.

The Queen hosted a lavish sit down lunch before an evening party, organized by Prince Charles, which included dancing, live music and themed-cocktails.

As well as the food and booze, there was a huge security bill for the celebrations which was picked up by the taxpayer.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, £9 million

Reality TV star and entrepreneur Kim’s third wedding was to rapper Kanye in 2014.

They had been pals for years before they began dating and Kanye had long coveted the Keeping Up star.

It wasn’t long before Kanye popped the question.

While the wedding ceremony took place in Florence in Italy, the two-leg wedding celebration began in Paris, where the couple rented out the Palace of Versailles for their rehearsal dinner.

Guests were then whisked off to Florence in private jets for the ceremony the following day – before being put up in The Four Seasons Hotel.

Kim’s lace Givenchy wedding gown was reported to have cost nearly £400,000 – and even her Balmain heels had a price tag of £31,000.

And it wasn’t just Kim wearing a designer gown – with the couple’s then 11-month-old daughter North West wearing a Givenchy dress too.

The pair said their vows in front of an enormous 20ft flower wall adorned with white roses and peonies – which cost around £100,000.

Guests were serenaded by veteran opera singer Andrea Bocelli, whose performance could have cost up to £1 million alone.

Sadly, the marriage wasn’t to be and the pair have since split. This month, Kim Kardashian was declared “legally single” in divorce proceedings.

Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt, £12 million

James was married to Petra Ecclestone between 2011 and 2017

Petra Ecclestone’s wedding to businessman and art collector James Stunt in 2011 was thought to have cost around £5 million.

But while giving evidence in a German fraud trial, Petra’s billionaire tycoon father Bernie revealed the celebration had actually cost closer to £12 million – much to his shock as he was footing the bill.

The lavish Italian ceremony, which took place in a medieval castle, looked like something out of a fairytale. But it seems fairytales aren’t particularly cheap.

On the day, Petra stunned in a custom-made Vera Wang bridal gown, and the guests were entertained by a special set from the Black Eyed Peas, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr Ecclestone said at the trial: “When it was suggested how much they would be spending on drinks, I thought it was absurd and I managed to upset my daughter and my wife.

“Then she spent in excess of £12 million on my daughter’s wedding which I did not know about until afterwards.”

Despite the enormous price tag of the wedding, the marriage didn’t work out and Petra and James divorced in 2017.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, £5 million

The former N’SYNC member married his beau Jessica Biel in a destination wedding in Puglia, Italy in 2012.

Although there is some speculation around the price tag of the bash, it is rumored the wedding cost £5 million ($6.5 million).

At the time, HollyScoop reported the pair had spent £1 million just to secure the venue in the south of Italy – the ultra-exclusive Borgo Egnazia hotel.

The pair kept the guest list relatively intimate for the wedding (for a celebrity party, anyway), flying out 80 of their closest friends and family to Italy.

As the pair said their vows, Biel wore a dress designed by Giambattista Valli while Timberlake sported a Tom Ford tuxedo – which no doubt added to the cost of the ceremony.

Although there’s no doubt the ceremony cost a pretty penny, some sources suggested it didn’t quite hit the £5 million mark.

Regardless of the cost, the guests were treated to a stunning Italian party and were even treated to a bottle of high-end locally produced olive oil in their hotel rooms.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, £3.5 million

Another couple who opted for a destination wedding in Italy was George and Amal Clooney, who tied the knot in 2014.

The pair, who had originally met in Italy, decided to return to a place that means so much to them for their big day – ensuring their guests would be flown out to join them in the romantic city of Venice.

And their star-studded guest list included plenty of Hollywood royalty, including Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Emily Blunt.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour and supermodel Cindy Crawford were also in attendance.

The bride’s Oscar de la Renta gown is reported to have cost more than £300,000 – and she slipped into a second dress by the same designer for the evening bash.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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