Posted on 17 July 2009.
When it comes to professing one’s love, one can go to any lengths. Speaking in materialistic terms, this often translates to opulent and grand weddings after which the bride and groom live happily ever after. These are the ten most lavish weddings ever to have taken place.
1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum (1979)
Listed by Guinness as the most expensive wedding ever, over 20000 guests were invited to a specially built stadium where the marriage was held. The entire city of Dubai had been celebrating for one month before the wedding. Today such as extravaganza would cost almost $100 million.
2. Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal (2004)
The daughter of the world’s richest Indian and Britain’s most wealthy business tycoon, L.N. Mittal could not have got a more lavish wedding ceremony. Reportedly, it around $90 million was spent to hold a six day long affair in a French chateau. Kylie Minogue was paid $520,000 for a 30 minute long performance (that’s $300 for a second)!
3. Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly (1956)
The wedding between the prince and the Hollywood superstar of the 50s was once called the ‘wedding of the century’ – she got a 10 carat ring and a Rolls Royce while the prince distributed jewels to his friends and subject.
4. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein (2004)
Arab weddings have held unbeatable records when it comes to weddings and this one proved the fact once again. A similar seven day event was planned out in a custom built stadium and the final bill amounted to just $44 million. This is enough to feed all of Dubai for a couple of years.
5. Prince Charles and Diana Spencer (1981)
A wedding in the English monarchy can never be short of lavish and so was the Charles and Diana affair in 1981. The wedding was broadcasted on national television and almost 750 million people watched it. This might have caused the couple to become nervous – both of them mixed up their vows.