It is said that the happiest wedding is the one which is full of love. “Money is not important”, is the old adage; unfortunately, money has turned out to be the number one factor if you want a tremendous wedding – a wedding that you will remember forever.
Not many people can afford an extravagant wedding – even the rather well off would struggle to organize a wedding with a difference. The ideal elegant and luxurious wedding is rarely affordable for most people.
Have you ever asked yourself who on earth is so rich that they can afford to spend millions of dollars just for the ‘most important day of your life’?
Vanisha Mittal’s father is the fourth richest man in the world. She is expected to become the second most powerful woman in the world when she inherits the family businesses. Her wedding took place at a five-star hotel in Paris on May 10th 2009. There were more than 1000 sophisticated guests who spent 5 days in France, celebrating day and night. The ‘icing on top of the cake’ was the appearance of the pop singer Kylie Minogue who entertained the VIP guests. A grand total of 60 million dollars was spent on the five-day wedding. Amazing?
Perhaps the only wedding which could possible compare to Vanisha’s is the wedding of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. His wedding with Princess Salama is considered to have cost the couple the sum of 45 million dollars. The couple married in 1981 – when 45 million dollars was worth considerably more than it is now, due to inflation. The wedding was rather impressive to say the least and each cent spent was definitely worth it; 20 000 people were invited for the celebration which continued for more than 7 days. A special stadium was build especially for the grand feast and guests.
Donald Trump is probably among the top 10 famous Americans. However, his wedding with Melania Kraus is definitely one of the top 5. The couple got married in 2005 and the ceremony was even more extravagant than expected. Guests of the wedding were A-listers such as Bill and Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani. The guests were entertained with a live performance from Tony Bennett. A lasting impression was left by the abundance of 10 000 flowers, which provided the exotic atmosphere at Palm Beach, Florida.
The wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes was most definitely not as impressive as those above but it also deserves a mention. The event was evaluated at 2 million dollars, far less than those previously mentioned. However, it took place at a six-century castle in Italy. Katie wore an Armani wedding dress and the surprise guest was Andrea Boccelli, who sang a special song for the just-married couple.
These were some of the most breath-taking wedding parties in the world, taking their own place in history. Only the future will tell us what we can expect and how much more money people will spend on the most special day of their lives.