These 15 Ridiculously Expensive Celebrity Weddings All Ended in Divorce
Back in the day, weddings were simple. Couples exchanged their vows, ate a little cake, drank a little somethin’ somethin’, guests tossed rice and that was it. These days, the average wedding costs over $30,000, and that doesn’t include the honeymoon. Cue the champagne fountain, cascading flower curtains, and late-night food truck.
Needless to say, weddings are trendier than ever, and there are no signs of them stopping. If you think the average couple pulls out all the stops, you can imagine celebrities know how throw down the red carpet on their wedding day.
Strangely enough, no matter how much a couple spends on their wedding, be it celebrity or ordinary, it doesn’t guarantee a happy marriage. For these 15 celebrity couples, spending an arm and a leg on their big day may have been a curse. From least to most expensive, these celebrity weddings ended in the big D.
15. Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola, $500,000
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Back in June of 1993, Mariah Carey and big-time music executive Tommy Mottola tied the knot. Fit for royalty, the $500,000 affair was major. Carey dawned a puffy-sleeved, Vera Wang dress estimated to cost $25,000, topped with a 10-foot veil. The guest list was riddled with the top brass of the music industry with attendees such as Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, and Ozzy Osbourne.
So what happened? After divorcing in 1997, Carey publicly claimed that Mottola was extremely controlling. Allegedly, she had to ask for permission to leave their home. Mottola, on the other hand, claims Carey’s accusations of his controlling behavior were absurd and untrue.
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14. Tori Spelling and Charlie Shahnaian, $1 million
The Great Gatsby-themed nuptials between Tori Spelling and Charlie Shahnaian back in 2004 was nothing short of “perfect”, according to Shahnaian. Quite opposite of an intimate affair, the million-dollar, 350-person, black-tie extravaganza obviously had a champagne fountain and was catered by the one and only Wolfgang Puck.
A match made in heaven? Not so much. While filming a movie, Spelling had an affair with Dean McDermott. And just 15 months after their fabulous wedding, Spelling and Shahnaian divorced in 2006. Spelling and McDermott are now married and parents of five children.
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13. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, $1 million
Okay, in all seriousness, who didn’t love Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston together? Besides quite possibly being the most beautiful couple to ever grace the red carpet, they seemed adorable and nearly perfect. It was in July 2000 that Aniston and Pitt tied the knot in Malibu, California. With flowers, multiple bands, and fireworks galore, the wedding seemed like a very classy affair.
After almost five years, the couple’s marriage ended in divorce in 2005. Although Pitt claims he didn’t engage in an affair with “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” costar Angelina Jolie, the on-screen couple certainly shared a chemistry. Throughout the process, Aniston remained impressively composed when discussing the split with media outlets.
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12. Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, $1 million
These two wasted no time running to the altar. In September 2009, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom married just one month after dating. The $1 million shindig aired for the world on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, where Kardashian rocked a Vera Wang dress.
Fast forward a few years, and viewers looked on as Kardashian and Odom separated and eventually divorced in 2015. Why? Odom publicly battled with drug use and allegedly cheated on Kardashian.
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11. Madonna and Guy Ritchie, $1.5 million
In a Scottish castle, Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s $1.5 million wedding was kept very hush hush. An intimate and top-secret celebrity wedding is pretty hard to pull off, but the couple managed to do it. The December 2000 nuptials remained intact until their divorce in 2008.
Madonna later opened up about the couple’s split, claiming, “There were times when I felt incarcerated.” The famous performer didn’t feel creatively supported by Ritchie.
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10. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, $1.5 million
On October 5, 2004, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren were married in Barbados at the Sandy Lane Resort. After the $1.5 million wedding, the couple went on to live a pretty lavish lifestyle together. Nordegren gave birth to two children, but in late 2009, the couple’s marriage began to publicly unravel with claims Woods had engaged in nearly a dozen extramarital affairs.
Woods and Nordegren’s divorce became final in 2010, and Nordegren quickly removed herself from the spotlight. Notably, Nordegren received a $750 million settlement with the divorce, along with an agreement that the couple’s children would not be exposed to Woods’ many women.
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9. Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell, $1.5 million
It was in 1993 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City where Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell tied the knot. The couple spent a whopping $1.5 million and hosted 500 guests for the soirée. Murphy and Mitchell reportedly spent $25,000 on the cake alone.
Despite all the glitz and glamour of the wedding day, Mitchell filed for divorce in 2005 on grounds of irreconcilable differences. The divorce became final in 2006.
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8. Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky, $1.5 million
The British actress and beauty Elizabeth Taylor was married more than a handful of times. Eight to be exact. Taylor and Larry Fortensky tied the know in October 1991 at Michael Jackson’s famous Neverland Ranch. The wedding was estimated to cost $1.5 million, for which Jackson supposedly foot the bill.
While many thought Taylor’s eighth wedding would be the one that stuck, Fortensky just couldn’t handle the limelight that followed Taylor. The couple went their separate ways but remained friends until Taylor’s death in 2011.
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7. Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman, $2 million
Two million dollars, 150 guests, and an $80,000 wedding gown later, Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman were married in California’s Napa Valley. The couple shared one child together but didn’t last very long. Aguilera and Bratman divorced in 2011.
Aguilera opened up to People in an interview stating that the two had grown apart, and she didn’t want to face another five years of living in an unhappy marriage.
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6. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, $3 million
Anyone that tuned in to Oprah or watched entertainment news recalls seeing Tom Cruise jump up and down on Oprah’s couch, declaring his mad love for Katie Holmes. Bottom line about that whole charade — it really freaked out a lot of people. Nevertheless, Holmes and Cruise married one another in an Italian castle in 2006. The affair was estimated to cost nearly $3 million.
After nearly six years of marriage, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise. Cruise later admitted in a court deposition that one of the reasons Holmes left the marriage was because she wanted to protect their daughter from Scientology, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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5. Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar, $2.5 million
Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar, multi-million dollar heir to an Indian textile business, were married not once, but twice, in 2007. One wedding took place in an English castle, the other in Nayar’s hometown in India, and $2.5 million later, the couple still wasn’t able to keep it together.
In 2010, Hurley was caught sharing a smooch with Australian cricketer Shane Warne at a very public cricket match in London. Hurley and Nayar inevitably divorced in 2011.
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4. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, $3 million
After meeting at an event in 1999, Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills began dating. In 2002, the couple became married on the grounds of an Irish castle. The entire affair was estimated at costing $3 million. McCartney and Mills shared one child together, daughter Beatrice.
Unfortunately, in 2008, McCartney and Mills split. McCartney calls the entire marriage “the mistake of the decade.” Mills, on the other hand, walked away with a $30 million settlement. She was “very, very, very pleased” with the way the split shook out.
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3. Liza Minnelli and David Gest, $3.5 million
Michael Jackson as best man, Tony Bennett with a 60-piece orchestra, and 500 guests easily racked up the tab on Liza Minnelli and David Gest’s wedding to $3.5 million. The 2002 star-studded event may jar memories of the insanely messy kiss that sealed the deal between the two.
Nevertheless, the extravagant wedding didn’t work out. But the couple didn’t just go their separate ways, Minnelli and Gest aired their dirty laundry for the world to hear. From assault allegations to Gest accusing Minnelli of exposing him to herpes, it’s fair to say this coupling was doomed from the get-go.
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2. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, $10 million
It’s common knowledge that Kim Kardashian lives a lifestyle far more lavish than the average Joe. But when it comes to events, Kim Kardashian knows how to pull out all the stops. Kardashian and Kris Humphries started dating in October 2010, and by May 2011, Humphries had proposed marriage with a $2 million ring. Clearly, on the fast track, the couple spent $10 million marrying in August 2011 in front of 450 guests.
The couple quickly realized they had bit off more than they could chew, splitting just 72 days post-marriage. Kardashian officially filed for divorce three months after their marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
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1. Prince Charles and Princess Diana, $110 million
Adjusted for inflation, the wedding between Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana is estimated to have cost $110 million. The marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer took place on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Hundreds of millions watched as the royal wedding unfolded on television.
Unfortunately, Princess Diana and Prince Charles didn’t live the fairytale so many had hoped. In 1992, the couple announced their separation. The divorce became final in 1996. Stories later surfaced around the not-so-happy marriage with infidelities on both sides.