Weddings are among the most anticipated events in everyone’s lives. Although ceremonies and traditions may differ from culture to culture, almost all weddings are basically the same. It is a momentous occasion where two persons unite and become one in the eyes of men and God, a celebration of life and love, the start of a lifelong commitment.
Wedding ceremonies can be simple and subtle. But for the elite few, weddings should be lavish and grand. Such displays of extravagance can sometimes break the proverbial ceiling and set all time records. The average wedding cost in the United States is about $25,200. American couples ideally spend somewhere between $18,900 and $31,500.
But for the couples listed below, $1 million is not enough to cover all the bases. Check them out.
(Just recently, the Kanye West-Kim Kardashian wedding is now listed as one of the most expensive ever, with costs amounting to an eye-popping $18 million. The weddings ranked below, does not include the “Kimye” event.)
#10 Christina Aguilera & Jordan Bratman – $2.2 million
Music siren Christina Aguilera and music label executive Jordan Bratman got married in 2005. Aguilera and Bratman, then aged 24 an 27 respectively, held the ceremony in a tent erected in the middle of a vineyard in the Napa Valley. The wedding came after Bratman’s very romantic proposal where he filled a hotel room with rose petals, balloons, and gift boxes, one of which contained the ring.
Aguilera wore an expensive Christian Lacroix gown when she walked the aisle. However, the couple had a tumultuous phase five years later. They attempted to reconcile for the sake of their son Max, who was then aged two. But they split anyways and divorced in 2010.
#9 Elizabeth Hurley & Arun Nayar – $2.6 million
British model-actress Elizabeth Hurley tied the knot with Indian businessman Arun Nayar twice. The first was in 2007 which was held at the Sudeley Castle in England. The second time was at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, which was done in accordance to Nayar’s Hindu tradition. The couple even flew in Elton John to perform.
4 years later, the couple split right after images of Elizabeth kissing Australian cricketer Shane Warne circulated. The subsequent divorce proceeding is probably one of the fastest. The judge only took 92 seconds to determine that their marriage had “broken down irretrievably”.