10 of the Most Exuberant Celebrity Weddings in the UK
UK sporting hero Andy Murray tied the knot with his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears over the weekend. The pair had a private service in Dunblane Cathedral in the Wimbledon winner’s hometown. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a list of the 10 most outlandish celebrity weddings in the UK.
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10. Posh and Becks
Rumour has it that Pock and Becks’ wedding cost just over half a million pounds. Compared the rest of these celebrity weddings, that sounds quite frugal!
The pair wed in 1999 at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, where they sat on golden thrones. Victoria wore a dress by Vera Wang and Elton John flew in especially to sing and play for the couple. We’re happy to see they are still going strong after 15 years of marriage!
9. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Estimated to have cost a cool £1m, Madonna and Guy Ritchie tied the knot in Skibo castle in Scotland. Madonna wore a dress by Stella McCartney, and Guy wore a traditional kilt in his clan tartan. The couple booked the entire estate for their guests. The guest list included Sting and Trudie Styler, who introduced the couple. Their marriage lasted 8 years, not bad for celebrities!
8. Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar
The British actress and socialite married business tycoon Nayar in a lavish ceremony. The wedding lasted an entire week and spanned two countries. It began in an English castle and ended with a Hindu ceremony in Nayar’s hometown of Jodhpur, India. Elton John reportedly gave Hurley away. Costing approximately £1.7m, the couple only lasted four years before they divorced.
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7. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
These two chose a castle in Ireland as the venue for their ceremony. The extravagant affair involved Indian dancers, a massive vegetarian feast, and even fireworks. The couple spent their wedding night on a £13m yacht. The whole thing cost about £2m but didn’t cost McCartney as much as the divorce. Six years later, the couple split and he had to give Mills about £35m in their divorce settlement.
6. Coleen and Wayne Rooney
The couple celebrated their nuptials in style with a four-day party on a private yacht in Italy. The costs racked up, as 65 guests were flown in on five private jets. Even though the pair served pizza at the reception, the total bill was approximately £5m.
5. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
This is the most recent marriage on the list. Notorious ladies man George Clooney married lawyer, activist, and author Amal Alamuddin in 2014. They tied the knot at a star-studded ceremony in Venice. Their lavish but private festivities cost around £8m. The guest list was full of celebrities like Matt Damon and Bill Murray.
4. Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt
The daughter of Bernie Ecclestone had one of the most lavish ceremonies of all time, costing £12m. Entertainment alone cost a couple of million. Eric Clapton, The Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta performed at the wedding. The couple’s nuptials took place at Odescalchi Castle in Rome.
3. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
Mittal, who is the daughter of the fifth richest man living in Britain, didn’t have any old wedding. The ceremony, which took place in France, cost a reported £41m. The affair involved extravagant gifts for each of the 1,200 guests. At the reception, Kylie Minogue performed during a fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.
2. Charles and Diana
This was definitely one of the most famous marriages of all time. Charles and Diana may not have had a happy ending but they had a fairytale wedding. Over 750 million people watched the live broadcast of the wedding. Diana arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral, where there were 3,500 guests, in a glass coach. The couple had 27 wedding cakes and the whole event cost around £75m with inflation.
1. Prince William and Kate Middleton
Will and Kate’s ceremony will go down in history as the ultimate fairytale wedding, and it tops our list of the 10 most outlandish celebrity weddings. Between 122 and 176 million people around the world watched the ceremony on TV live. The wedding holds the Guinness World Record for the “Most Live Streams for a Single Event.”
A million people lined the street as the couple approached Westminster Abbey. There were 1,900 guests at the wedding, including David and Victoria Beckham. Afterwards, Wills and Kate kissed for the crowds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The massive security measures contributed to the ultimate cost of around £23m.
Did you enjoy counting down the 10 most outlandish celebrity weddings in the UK with us? While not all of these celebrity weddings had happy endings, they sure were fun.
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