Weddings tend to be a costly affair. And if you’re someone famous marrying another one famous, then the word ‘costly’ is probably at a different level. But sometimes, cost goes beyond the cash.
- Princess Ayako of Takamodo and Kei Moriya, Japan
Sometimes cost can’t be measured in money. When Japanese Princess Ayako of Takamodo decided to marry commoner Kei Moriya, she sacrificed her royal status in the process.
Abiding by the Japanese Imperial House’s rules, women who marry non-royals must give up their title in the royal family.
So she did, marrying Moriya, who is an employee at major Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen KK.
The couple wed on October 29 at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
Now a commoner herself, she receives a lump sum of USD 950,000 for living expenses.
Some observers expressed doubts at the marriage. Many criticised what they felt was an ‘archaic, sexist, law’, that’s because men who marry non-royals are allowed to retain their place in the royal family.
On the marriage, Ayako expressed, ‘I am awed by how blessed I am, I will leave the imperial family today, but I will remain unchanged in my support for his majesty and her majesty.’
Well, once a princess, forever a princess.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, UK
As one royal leaves, another enters.
Probably nearly every major news outlet on Earth had something to say about UK’s most glamourous wedding on May 19.
From Prince Harry rebellious red-beard, to Meghan Markle’s half-a-million dollars Givenchy gown.
A total of USD 40 million was spent on the event, with the majority – 37 million, going towards security.
Of course, seeing as most came directly from the pockets of tax-payers, the UK public had a vigorous debate on how those millions could have been put to better use.
Supporters however, pointed out that their big day had injected nearly USD 100 million back into the economy.
That’s because close to 50,000 Americans lined the roads along Windsor to witness the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
After the event, the shopping and feasting began. Watering-holes and restaurants were given special permission to open till late, and retailers in London estimated a whopping USD 75 million sales increase, thanks to frenzied shopping sprees.
- Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra
Until the Ambani-Piramal wedding, this celebrity wedding was the most buzz-worthy wedding of the year.
One Direction’s Nick Jonas and Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra had their week-long big bash in New Delhi, India. And boy, was there much to talk about. First, there was the Western wedding, then a traditional Hindu ceremony. But all everyone could focus on was the 5 metre wedding cake, and Priyanka’s near 23 m long veil.
Well, the wedding took place at the luxurious Umaid Bhavan Palace in the royal state of Rajasthan.
The couple booked out the entire palace, costing them an estimated USD 461, 000. The high price is because the palace is the sixth-biggest private home on Earth. One night’s stay in its Grand Presidential Suite can set you back by over USD 7000.
The extravagance doesn’t stop there. The palace even created a helipad just for their wedding, to transport guests to and from the venue, by helicopter.
The 25 year-old entertainer and 36 year-old actress first met in 2016 through a friend, and got engaged in July 2018.
- Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal, India
Call it the clash of the tycoons. It’s the most expensive wedding of the year, just 10 million less than Prince Charles and Princess Diana. You know, that one.
One’s the daughter of Asia richest man- oil and telecom tycoon Mukesh Ambani, the other’s the son of billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal.
The wedding extravaganza of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal is being priced at USD 100 million.
In the past week, their pre-wedding festivities even included performances by international superstars such as Beyonce.
And their guests list? Among the many guests include politicians like Hilary Clinton and steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, all of whom will be put up one of five five-star hotels nearby.
The main ceremony is held at the patriarch’s home. That itself is a pricey venture – the world’s priciest home, at over USD 1 billion, to be exact. The Antilia is a 27-storey home in Mumbai city boasting features such as multi-level gardens and three helipads.
And when all that is over, the newlyweds will move in to their splendid USD 64 million diamond-themed mansion in Mumbai.
How much did your wedding cost?