More of the world's most luxurious weddings

WHAT MATTERS MOST - Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez (The Freeman) - February 12, 2020 - 12:00am

Weddings are often held as a platform to display wealth. While more than half of the world's people are suffering due to hunger, disease, and wars, some of the super-rich royalties, business taipans, moguls, and monarchs are spending crazy amounts for weddings that often end up in divorce.

Yesterday, we wrote about eight of history's outrageously luxurious weddings, including that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana costing $110 million, and other heirs and heiresses of filthy-rich Indian businessmen and Middle East royal monarchs, including the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle costing $43 million. Today, we shall continue to provoke envy, outrage, or amazement among our readers. We start with the ninth most expensive wedding in history, Elizabeth Taylor's second wedding with Richard Burton (the two wed, divorced, then wed again), which cost $26 million the second time around. Elizabeth married eight times to seven different men. She must be given an award for her tremendous faith in the sacrament of matrimony.

The tenth most expensive, costing $25 million was that of Prince Rainier of Monaco and American actress Grace Kelly, complete with a 10.47-karat diamond ring and a gown costing $70,000, and seven weeks aboard expensive yachts. Number 11 is the 2008 wedding of Beyonce and Jay Z costing $20 million with a $5 million diamond wedding ring. Numbers 12 and 13 are the successive weddings of TV reality show actress Kim Kardashian to two different men. The first to Kris Humphries cost $10 million but the marriage lasted only for 22 days. She later married Kanye West and spent $15 million, with 200 guests in Paris. The wedding gown was designed by Givenchy and Andrea Bocelli surprised the bride by singing while she was walking down the aisle.

David and Victoria Beckham wed in a castle in Ireland and spent $12 million which included $10 million worth of wedding rings. Liza Minnelli spent $8 million when she wed her fourth husband David Gail, seven years younger, and had Michael Jackson as the best man. The 850 guests included Donald Trump and Elton John, among the rich and the famous. But the marriage lasted only 16 months. Paul McCartney was criticized for marrying Heather Mills while he was still grieving the death of his first wife. But he spent $5 million for a wedding inside a castle in Ireland. But in no time, the marriage ended in divorce, and the wife got a $30-million divorce alimony. Not bad, darling. Elton John spent $4 million when he married his young boyfriend David Furnish in 2005, although same-sex marriage was only legalized in the UK in 2014.

Tom Cruise spent $3 million when he married Katie Holmes but they divorced later. President JFK married Jacqueline Bouvier when he was still a senator. For 1,500 guests, JFK's family spent $3 million. Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas spent $2.5 million, equal to what Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston spent. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher spent $2.5 million. Our own Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista reportedly spent $1 million dollars when they wed in Balesin. I don't believe the amount though. That is not verified and I am sure that the good governor of Sorsogon would deny it and just giggle at what the Google people reported. I know Chiz and he is not that profligate or ostentatious.

I have only two points to make in writing about luxurious weddings. First, that the marriage is much more important than the wedding. Second, how can people splurge on millions for a one-day affair when, for years, millions of people are dying of hunger, disease, and wars all over the world?


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