BROOKLYN Beckham’s wedding to Nicola Peltz is set to be one of the most lavish affairs the showbiz world has ever seen.
The 21-year-old groom has been eyeing up the luxury Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia – where Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot – and it comes with a hefty price tag of up to £3million.
The wedding unites two super-rich families, with 25-year-old Nicola’s dad Nelson said to be worth £1.3billion and Brooklyn’s famous parents, David and Victoria Beckham estimated to be worth £335million – so no expense will be spared.
The cost of the nuptials will vastly overshadow the £500,000 spent by Posh and Becks when they tied the knot in Ireland in 1999, famously posing on gold thrones at the reception.
Even though theirs was considered one of the most extravagant celebrity weddings at the time, the cost equates to a relatively modest £1.1million in today’s money.
But the Beckham-Peltz ceremony will have to go a long way to outdo some of outrageously excesses of celebrity weddings in recent years – from Kim Kardashian’s £105,000 flower wall to Petra Ecclestone’s reception wine at £4,000 a bottle.
Here we count up the cost of the most extravagant celebrity weddings of all time.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – £32million
When: May 2018
Guests: George Clooney, Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, Idris Elba, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, James Corden, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Elton John
The royal wedding was watched by 2billion people around the world and cost a whopping £32million.
Experts at the company Bridebook say the bulk of the costs – around £30million – was spent on security, with Windsor being shut down for the day and a heavy police presence throughout the town.
Other costs included £232,810 on a PA system to convey to the public what was happening in St. George’s Chapel, £128,714 for private contractors, £3,845 for staff travel and expenses and £14,000 on flags and banners.
On the day, the former Suits actress wore a bespoke gown designed by the French house’s creative director, Clare Waight Keller, along with a custom-made veil totalling an estimated £390,000.
Flowers, food and drink accounted for another £500,000 and there was the added cost of hiring Idris Elba as the celebrity DJ and British cellist prodigy Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
While the taxpayer footed the bill for security, the private wedding costs were paid by the Royal family.
Kate Middleton and Prince William – £26million
When: April 2011
Where: Westminster Abbey
Guests: Victoria Beckham, David Beckham, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Sir Elton John, Pippa Middleton, The Queen, James Middleton, Rowan Atkinson, Joss Stone
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey, with the day declared a Bank Holiday.
The future king’s wedding came in at £8million less than his little brother’s with £23.7million being spent on security.
The budget for flowers is thought to have come in at £800,000, with ten trees brought in to line the aisle.
Kate paid for her own Alexander McQueen gown, which is thought to have cost £330,000.
The wedding was followed by a carriage procession throughout London to Buckingham Palace, where a five-course meal was served to guests along with two Fiona Cairns wedding cakes costing £61,500 each.
Entertainment was provided by Ellie Goulding – who sang a cover of Elton John’s Your Song for the couple’s first dance.
Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt – £12million
When: August 2011
Where: Lake Bracciano, Italy
Guests: Princess Eugenie, Sarah Ferguson, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, David Arquette, Flavio Briatore
Petra, daughter of Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone, tied the knot at the stunning Odescalchi Castle which reportedly cost £310,000 to hire.
The 22-year-old bride arrived at the venue in a vintage Rolls Royce driven by professional race car driver Jean Alesi, and wore an £80,000 Vera Wang wedding gown.
Drinks at the wedding included Château Pétrus wine, which costs £4,000 a bottle.
But the biggest outgoing was the topdraw entertainment – with the heiress splashing £2.6 million for The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and David Geutta to perform.
Dad Bernie later revealed that he was shocked by the cost of the wedding and said he didn’t find out the true cost until afterwards.
Sadly, the couple divorced after six years of marriage.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – £9.5million
When: May 2014
Where: Florence, Italy
Guests: The Kardashian-Jenner clan, Scott Disick, Steve McQueen, Serena Williams, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jaden Smith
Even the rehearsal dinner for the Kardashian-West union was lavish – taking place in the Palace of Versailles in Paris.
Guests were then flown on private jets to Florence for the wedding, at 16th century Forte di Belvedere, which cost £325,000 to hire.
Kim’s Givenchy gown is said to have cost £380,000 and her Balmain shoes were £30,000.
She spent a further £50,000 on a ‘glam squad’ to get her looking her best on the day, and pictures were taken against a huge 20ft flower wall, which cost a mind-boggling £105,000.
The 200 guests dined on food prepared by top chefs Annie Féolde and her husband Giorgio Pinchiorri, whose restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri charges £70 for a plate of pasta.
Kanye also shipped in a 230ft Calacatta Vaticano marble table which had to be hoisted in by crane in 22 pieces at a cost of £380,000.
The £7000 vanilla and berry wedding cake was 7ft tall and was decorated with gold leaf.
John Legend, Lana Del Rey and Andrea Bocelli, who charges a minimum of £110,000 a gig, were on hand to provide the music.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel – £5million
When: October, 2012
Where: Puglia, Italy
Guests: Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Timbaland
The Hollywood A-listers also tied the knot in Italy, booking the luxury Borgo Egnazia Resort – the venue that Brooklyn is eyeing.
The five star venue boasts 28 villas in its ground, costing them around £770,000.
Jessica, then 30, wore an £80,000 pink Giambattista Valli gown to walk down the aisle and was serenaded by groom Justin, then 31.
The Italian designer, a friend of Jessica, also dressed the bride and groom’s mothers.
The couple’s 100 lucky guests got to spend the week at the resort and the entertainment bill came in at £77,000.
Justin Timberlake told Hello magazine: “It was a lot to ask of them to travel, so we figured we’d give our guests a good party!”
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin – £4.6 million
When: September 2014
Where: Venice, Italy
Guests: Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford, Anna Wintour, Rande Gerber, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Anna Wintour, Bono, Bill Murray
Wedding destinations don’t get more romantic than Venice, and George and Amal really pushed the boat – or gondola – out for their nuptials.
The Hollywood star, then 53, wed British human rights lawyer Amal at the Aman Canal Grande Hotel – and splashed out £2.3 million on their guests’ hotel suites alone.
The couple reportedly spent £192,000 on flowers, £44,000 on booze and £23,000 for a five-course dinner.
Amal wore a scarlet Alexander McQueen dress for the rehearsal dinner, and a £300,000 Oscar de la Renta wedding dress to walk down the aisle.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra – £2.4million
When: November 2018,
Where: Jodphur, India
Guests: Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, Jonathan Tucker
Meghan Markle’s pal Priyanka gave her own wedding a royal feel by getting hitched in a palace – the 347 room Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodphur.
Booking out the whole venue for a five night stay is estimated to have cost the couple £365,000.
The nuptials lasted almost a week, with a Christian ceremony and a Hindu ceremony.
The celebrations featured a performance by the Jonas brothers – who presumably came free – a huge floral canopy and an 18-foot tall wedding cake.
Beyoncé and Jay Z – £3.2 million
When: April, 2008
Where: New York
Guests: Solange Knowles, Tina Lawson
Music mogul Jay-Z was sparing no expense even before the wedding – forking out on a £4million an an 18-carat engagement ring when he decided to ‘put a ring on it’.
The wedding itself was very intimate, taking place in Jay-Z’s penthouse apartment in New York with 40 close friends and family, and the bride’s dress was designed by mum Tina Lawson.
But that didn’t stop the couple spending a fortune, forking out £400,000 on a marquee erected on the roof of the penthouse and flying in 70,000 of her favourite flowers, white dendrobium orchids, from Thailand.
The famously private couple asked guests to leave phones at home so few details emerged at the time, but Beyonce shared her wedding photos in a music video three years later.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish – £1.2 million
When: December 2014
Guests: David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Ed Sheeran, David Walliams, Donatella Versace, Sharon Stone
The Rocketman rocker wed his longterm partner David Furnish as soon as the legalisation of same-sex marriage allowed – and no expense was spared.
The pair wore £4,000 Armani suits and tied the knot with diamond bands worth £185,000,
The 600 guests at the ceremony, at Sir Elton’s luxury Berkshire home, toasted the happy couple with £92,000 worth of Laurent-Perrier vintage pink champagne.
Then they enjoyed a £100,000 meal including caviar, which cost £7,500 alone.
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With a huge wedding fund, we’ve no doubt Brooklyn and Nicola will do their best to throw the most impressive wedding of all time.
We just can’t wait to see what’s in store.
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