While most people are on a wedding budget, the super-rich can dazzle us with opulent dresses that cost a small fortune.
A celebrity wedding always attracts a great deal of media coverage. There’s nothing fans love more than a peek into celebrity personal lives and lavish finances. While most ordinary people opt for a modest wedding dress that they’ve saved months or even years for, the super-rich can dazzle us with opulent dresses that cost a small fortune.
The old saying goes that some people have more money than sense. While this notion may be unfair and reductive in some cases, we wonder why there are still a disproportionate number of celebs so intent on wearing jewel-encrusted grandiose dresses that in some parts of the United States roughly cost as much as a mansion of land. But hey, celebs are puzzles at best, and when they have the money to spend then they have more power. Read on to find out the most expensive celebrity wedding dresses ever, in order of dollars spent.
10 Madonna – $ 81,250
In 1985 Madonna met actor Sean Penn at the height of her fame and they married just 6 months later. She wore a stunning ruffled gown that sold for $ 81,250 in 2014.
Unfortunately, they had a toxic relationship as Penn was extremely jealous and frequently accused his wife of cheating on him, so they divorced 4 years later.
9 Jessica Biel – $ 100,000
Apparently, Jessica Biel and husband Justin Timberlake are in love with each other after recently welcoming baby number 2 during quarantine. The beloved couple married in 2012 and Biel went against tradition by wearing a pink dress by Giambattista Valli. The gorgeous ruffled dress cost a staggering $ 100,000.
8th Melania Trump – $ 100,000
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In typical Donald Trump fashion, his wedding in 2005 to the third wife Melania (née Knauss) was a grandiose affair. The entire wedding reportedly cost $ 2.5 million and many A-listers were in attendance, including Sean Combs, Shaq, and Anna Wintour, to name a few. For her special day, Melania wore a bespoke sleeveless Dior dress that cost $ 100,000, though that was probably just pocket money for the billionaire businessman.
7th Elizabeth Taylor – $ 187,931
Elizabeth Taylor was the original diva and loved living a life of expensive diamonds and immense luxury. Like many celebrities past and present, Liz was often a giveaway, which is why she didn’t pay for her first wedding dress.
She wore the beaded, body-hugging dress that MGM Studios had presented for her 1950 wedding to celebrity Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, Jr., the great-uncle of Paris and Nicky Hilton. The elegant garment was sold at auction for $ 187,931 in 2013.
6th Princess Diana – $ 209,206
Royal weddings are always opulent occasions and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles remains one of the most iconic. There’s no denying that Diana was a fashion icon, and she wore a beautiful silk and antique lace dress that even featured a 25-foot train. Essentially a dress suitable for a princess.
According to today’s calculations, the dress cost £ 151,000 (about $ 209,206), making it one of the most expensive royal wedding dresses of all time.
5 Kate Middleton – $ 346,000
Likewise, the 2011 wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William was one of the biggest events of the 2010s. The price of Kate’s Alexander McQueen gown far exceeded the price of her husband’s late mother, Princess Diana, at £ 250 (around $ 346,000).
With most of the royal family’s money coming from taxpayers, the wedding was largely publicly funded, but it is reported that Kate’s parents paid the bill for her dress.
4th Amal Clooney – $ 380,000
When she married longtime bachelor George Clooney in 2014, human rights attorney Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin) ran out of everything. She wore a beautiful and classy Oscar de la Renta dress that went perfectly with her slim body.
The formidable dress cost a staggering $ 380,000, but given that George had finally found Mrs. Right 21 years after his first marriage broke up, perhaps he felt that Amal deserved nothing less than the best.
3 Salma Hayek – $ 434,000
Yes, you read that right: Salma Hayek’s Balenciaga wedding dress cost a shocking $ 434,000. But if your husband is a French multimillionaire, this prize is literal pocket money. When she married François-Henri Pinault, CEO of multinational Kering, in 2009, it was not surprising that it was a high-end ceremony.
2 Kim Kardashian – $ 500,000
We’d expect nothing less than a flamboyant wedding from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. They thrilled the fans with their elaborate ceremony in 2014, at which Kim’s dress cost an unbelievable half a million dollars.
While the two are in the process of getting divorced, which will also be very costly, some Team Kanye fans have asked him not to reunite with the reality TV star after he was seen with his wedding ring.
1 Serena Williams – $ 3.5 million
Tennis superstar Serena Williams tops the list of the most expensive celebrity wedding dresses of all time. In 2017, she married internet entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, and has also donated huge sums of money to remarkable causes. Obviously, both Serena and her boyfriend have deep pockets as her Alexander McQueen dress cost a staggering $ 3.5 million.
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Antonia is a writer and lives in London, UK. She’s a massive film and TV nerd who’s always quick to offer up random trivia about her favorite media. As a graduate of Queen Mary University and UCL, fashion, cats, books and vegan food are other passions.
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