10 Most Expensive Wedding Records

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If you’re starting to think or whine that you’ve been spending too much on your wedding, then this post is for you. Check out these 10 most opulent wedding records that are sure to blow your mind. Remember to read until the end as we’re saving the best for last.

10. Most Expensive Divorce

10. Most Expensive Divorce

Spending on fancy weddings for dogs and cats is crazy. But so is shelling out millions for marriages that are bound to break up. Or is it?

It’s all over the news, divorcing millionaires and billionaires can be shattering but it comes with its perks. Anna Murdoch got $1.7 billion after breaking up with Rupert Murdoch, her husband of 30 years. This used to be the costliest breakup before the Rybolovleva's.

Elena Rybolovleva has ended her 26-year marriage with the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovleva on grounds of infidelity. A Swiss court favored her, slashing her ex-husband's wealth by half. According to the ruling, the divorce payout should be $4.8 billion - easily the most expensive divorce settlement known to the public.

9. Most Expensive Dog Wedding

9. Most Expensive Dog Wedding

Phet and Ploy’s nuptial is not the snazziest pet wedding on record (but it surely was the costliest cat wedding in history). The pups Hope and Chilly set that record as confirmed by Guinness World Record officials.

At a budget of $250,000, a ritzy wedding for the clueless dogs was held at Jumeirah Essex House, New York in July 2012. The canine pair were tying the knot for the benefit of the Humane Society of New York.

The pet owners and organizers didn’t skimp on the wedding essentials. They spent $6000 on the couple’s wedding outfits, $5000-worth of sushi was rolled for 300 guests (pups and their owners). There was a five-tiered wedding cake, a $15,000-dollar orchestra and $30,000-worth of fuschia orchids. It was the grandest muttrimonial celebration ever.

8. Most Expensive Cat Wedding

8. Most Expensive Cat Wedding

The PURRfect union of glaucoma-affected Siamese cats, Phet and Ploy, is the world’s most expensive cat wedding.

Their owner spent $28, 000 to show that feline love deserves a celebration. Phet, the groom, came in pink tuxedo with lacy cuffs while the bride, Ploy, came in a glamorous pink satin gown. The bride arrived on a helicopter while the groom turned up in a Rolls Royce.

More than 500 guests witnessed them exchange meows for vows and custom-made gold rings. Thais believe that starry-eyed cats like Phet and Ploy can bring them good fortune. Consequently, the couple got gifts worth $60,000 - enough for their honeymoon trip and visit to the vet.

7. Most Expensive Wedding Gift

7. Most Expensive Wedding Gift

$22 million dollars for a 20,000-seater stadium is so far the priciest wedding gift ever. It was given by the groom’s generous and wise parents.

The beloved son was none other than Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and the stadium was a customized venue for his wedding with Princess Salama in 1981 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The wedding celebration had so many guests that it spanned a week. It looked like a national feast more than a nuptial. The wedding present was just perfect.

6. Most Expensive Wedding Singer

6. Most Expensive Wedding Singer

Famous stars can perform at your wedding for $2 million.

That’s the average rate of Elton John or Jennifer Lopez. If you want Madonna, Justin Bieber, or Justin Timberlake to entertain your family and friends, a million dollars will do.

You’d want to avoid the most expensive wedding performer if you’re on a budget. However, if you and your husband are avid fans of Rolling Stones, there’s no way around it. It will cost you a whopping eight million dollars to ask them to play at your big day. Yes, they’re the highest-paid wedding performers at $2 million for every member: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts.

5. Most Expensive Wedding Cake

5. Most Expensive Wedding Cake

Wedding cake prices are rising but you don’t hear some groups complaining. Instead of asking for a bargain, they even asked for the priciest wedding dessert for their big event. The most someone has ever paid on a wedding cake was $46,638,990. No kidding!

And here’s more, it’s not the cake for the royal couple - theirs was only worth $78,473. That was easily surpassed by the National Gay Wedding Show’s diamond-encrusted wedding cake last March 3, 2013.

Tim and Jules Smith worked on this sweet record-setting masterpiece for five days and the guests marveled at it.

4. Most Expensive Bridal Bouquet

4. Most Expensive Bridal Bouquet

Jewels on wedding gowns are fairly common - ergo pricey - but gems to replace flowers? Quite unusual.

There’s one impressive wedding bouquet that’s made up of 99 gems and a beautiful star-shaped ruby. It’s the most extravagant wedding bouquet in the world but no bride was ever allowed to toss it away. It’s not even for sale.

The said bouquet still sits charmingly at 44 Le Ngoc Han Street in Ha Noi, Vietnam. It’s a symbol of eternal love and rightfully so, as a bridal bouquet made of gems won’t wilt unlike traditional flowers.

3. Most Expensive Wedding Dress

3. Most Expensive Wedding Dress

You can find a decent bridal gown for $1000, or maybe less if you’re a pro bargain hunter.

Yet some brides, especially famous personalities, would rather splurge on gowns made by famous designers. Princess Diana’s Victorian wedding dress cost $150,000, Duchess Kate’s Alexander McQueen was worth $434,000 and Catherine Zeta-Jones Christian Lacroix was valued at $140,000.

But none of these glamorous gals own the priciest wedding dress. In fact, the most expensive wedding gown was just used for a bridal show. The creators were Renée Strauss, a bridal couture designer and Martin Kartz, a renowned jeweler. Together they came up with a wedding dress with 150 carats of diamonds worth $12 million.

2. Most Expensive Wedding Ceremony

2. Most Expensive Wedding Ceremony

It would be tough for Mariah and James to top the most expensive wedding in history, which was the nuptial of Khadija Uzhakhovs and Said Gutseriev last March 2016.

As a happy father to the groom, Mikhail Gutseriev, an Ingush-Russian oligarch, foot the bill for the grand celebration that racked up $1 billion.

Spectacular fireworks, roomful of flowers, a haute-couture wedding gown you cannot lift by yourself, a wedding cake as big as a room, lavish gifts to guests and live performances from J. Lo, Enrique Iglesias, Sting and Elton John were just a few of the items Gutseriev splashed out on.

As for couples in the US, they spend an average of $30,433 for their big day.

1. Most Expensive Engagement Ring

1. Most Expensive Engagement Ring

Guys are expected to buy an engagement ring that costs three times their monthly income. So it really didn't come as a surprise that Mariah Carey’s fiance, the Aussie billionaire James Packer, gave her a $10 million diamond ring. The diva was beyond euphoric.

Mariah proudly flashed her stunning emerald-cut diamond while veteran jewelers gasped in surprise. With the world’s costliest engagement ring on her finger, could she ask for more?

Maybe, she could try setting a record for the most expensive wedding celebration.

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