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Four most expensive weddings of all times

By Faeza
26 October 2015

With South African television audiences talking all things weddings, following the launch of Four Weddings South Africa recently on Lifetime (DStv channel 131), we thought it would be fun to look at the Four Most Expensive Weddings Ever! Here they are in descending order:

4.  Prince William & Kate Middleton

Following in the footsteps of his parents, Prince William had a much anticipated and publicized wedding that was watched around the globe. With 1,900 people at the ceremony, 600 at a luncheon hosted by the Queen and 300 for a dinner hosted by the Prince of Wales, plus a R5,5 million wedding gown, R1 million wedding cake and close to R11mllion worth of flowers the final bill was said to be in the region of to R460 million.

3.  Vanisha Mittal & Amit Bhatia

There was no doubt that India’s richest man would throw a lavish wedding for his daughter Vanisha Mittal when she wed banker Amit Bhatia in Versailles. The destination wedding celebration which included chefs flown in from India and a performance by Kylie Minogue at the reception was said to have cost a cool R1 billion.

2.  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makotum & Princess Salama

This 1981 wedding fit for royalty required the construction of a stadium from scratch to accommodate the 20,000 guests. Back in the day the wedding costs were estimated at R600 million but translate to about R1,4 billion with fluctuation rates today.

1.  Charles & Diana

Decades after this much watched event and even after the marriage fell apart, the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer remains the most expensive wedding of all time. The R650 million (adjusted to close to R1,5 billion according to inflation rates) celebrations included 3,500 guests at the ceremony, 120 at the reception, 120 for a family breakfast, 27 wedding cakes and televised coverage for an estimated 750 million people worldwide.

Cheap by comparison ...

More recently, celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian’s union to rapper Kanye West was cheap by comparison having cost somewhere between R300 million and R400 million with celebrations in Italy and France over an entire weekend, a custom Givenchy gown and flowers worth over R1 mllion!