MONEY MONDAY: Most Expensive Wedding To Date

The spectacle that was Kim K’s wedding last summer (and subsequent divorce or will it be an annulment?) got us to thinking… what is the most expensive wedding to date?

MONEY MONDAY: Most Expensive Wedding To Date

Amit Bhatia & Vanisha Mittal (Photo from

Well, it seems that American couples have nothing on the Europeans and the Indians!  Supposedly, Kim K spend (or received product placement endorsements) totaling $10 million for her second trip down the aisle.  Liza Minelli reportedly spend $3.5 million on her ill-fated marriage to the wacky David Gest.  Paul McCartney also spend that kind of money for his second wedding (and then a whole lot more to get out of it!).

The son of a New York hotelier, Vikram Chatwal married model/actress Priya Sachdev in February 2006 during a 10-day celebration spread across three Indian cities (Mumbai, Udaipur and Delhi) and reportedly cost $20 million.  Six hundred guests from 26 countries attended the nuptials and were flown in on private chartered jets.

Russian billionaire and founder of MDM Bank Andrei Melnichenko tied the knot with former Miss Yugoslavia and Serbian model Aleksandra Kokotovich in September 2005 at Cote D’Azur, France for a reported $30 million.  Rather than having a church soloist or your cousin Debbie sing at the wedding, this ceremony included performances by Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston, both of whom were flown in on private jets and given an estimated $3.6 million each to perform.

But the most expensive wedding to date?  Vanisha Mittal (daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal) and investment banker Amit Bhatia.   It took place at Vaux le Vicomte, a 17th-century chateau in France, in November 2004.  A reported $78 million was spent on this elaborate wedding!!!  The wedding went on for five days and included extravagances such as invitations sent out in a 20 page silver book, 100 different dishes prepared by a top Calcutta chef, a wine tab of $1.5 million and 1,000 guests.


Written by theBrideScoop Editor

Claudia Antony Zompa is Editor-in-Chief of theBrideScoop. All the articles written by me are my own opinions and may or may not reflect the opinions of the other writers at theBrideScoop.

Claudia has been planning events, weddings and far flung vacations around the globe for her friends, family and colleagues since she was in college. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of theBrideScoop, Claudia is owner of Chicago-based event planning company AS YOU WISH focused on creating magnificant weddings, fabulous social events and outstanding galas and fundraisers.

Claudia has a bachelor degree in business administration from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from The University of Chicago. She is a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). She is a Founding Board Member of Wish Upon A Wedding – Chicago Chapter and a Founding Member of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association.

MONEY MONDAY: Most Expensive Wedding To Date

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