Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Wedding Flowers Cost More Than Her $5 Million Engagement Ring

Music industry legends Beyoncé and Jay-Z are undeniably one of the world’s most powerful couples. Not only are they super successful and wealthy, but they’re also powerful in terms of their love.

They’ve been together for over 16 years, which is basically an eternity as far as celebrity marriages go. They’ve been through rough times together like any couple, but they’ve been able to overcome them and have come out stronger together than ever. 

The pair got married in 2008, and by all accounts, the wedding was a luxurious, exclusive affair as to be expected by two people who have reached the status of American royalty. You might expect that the wedding cost them a lot of money, even in the millions — but you’ll be shocked to hear how much Beyoncé and Jay-Z spent just on their wedding flowers.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s relationship

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z first met when Beyoncé was still a teenaged superstar and one-third of musical group Destiny’s Child. Fans couldn’t help but speculate whether or not the two were an item, especially after successful musical collaborations like on Jay-Z’s hit “’03 Bonnie and Clyde.”

The pair could have been dating long before this — although they’ve both denied it — but they finally stepped out in public as an official couple at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have hit some rough patches in their relationship. In 2005, rumors that Jay-Z was cheating on his superstar girlfriend with another famous and beautiful musician, Rihanna, started making their way through the tabloids. These allegations were never proven, but Beyoncé and Jay-Z did split up for a while during this time.

Although the couple has faced other periods of alleged infidelity, and Jay-Z has actually admitted to cheating, their love prevailed and the world breathed a sigh of relief. Now, they’ve been married for 12 years, have three children together, and are worth over an astounding $1 billion together as a couple.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s expensive wedding

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As one might expect from a couple worth over $1 billion, Beyoncé and Jay-Z did not hold back when it came to planning their wedding. If you were expecting that, being who they are, Beyoncé and Jay-Z booked a fancy European venue and hosted hundreds of people to celebrate their love, you thought wrong!

They kept it very low-key with just a couple dozen of their closest friends and family and got married in Jay-Z’s penthouse. This makes sense for a couple who’s notoriously private about their personal lives!

Although they kept it an intimate affair, that didn’t mean that the couple didn’t go all out when it came to splurging on luxury details to make their wedding really special. One of the most expensive things that were present at the wedding was what Queen Bey was wearing on her finger: her engagement ring.

Jay-Z really went all out when he decided to ‘put a ring on it’, and chose a Lorraine Schwartz 18-carat diamond that is estimated to be worth $5 million. Shockingly, though, this wasn’t the most expensive thing that the couple spent money on for their wedding!

Wedding flowers worth millions

Fans everywhere were shocked when they found out that Jay-Z spent an unbelievable $8 million on the wedding flowers alone. Apparently, Beyoncé had 70,000 of her favorite flower, white dendrobium orchids, flown in for the wedding all the way from Thailand, which explains the cost.

We can’t imagine what Jay-Z’s penthouse must have looked like surrounded by thousands and thousands of orchids. Even though it was intimate, the wedding sure doesn’t sound like it was lacking in style. Hey — if you’re as wealthy as Beyoncé and Jay-Z are, flowers seem to be as good of a thing as any to spend money on!