According to Business Insider, the average cost of an American wedding in 2018 is $33,391. Yikes. For some people, that’s an entire year’s salary blown in just one day. It’s enough to make some people want to elope and put that money towards a down-payment on a house, instead.
Nevertheless, for the rich and powerful people in the world, weddings that cost tens of thousands of dollars would never be lavish enough for their taste. Get ready to clutch your pearls because the cost of these 40 luxury weddings will knock your socks off. We still start with the “cheap” six-figure weddings- all the way up to ceremonies that cost over $100 million.
40. Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Madonna needs no introduction. However, some readers may need to a reminder that Guy Ritchie is the acclaimed director. He is known for his early 2000s movies Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and the Robert Downey Jr. hit film, Sherlock Holmes. The power couple married shortly before he rose to prominence in 2000, spending an estimated $2.1 million on their extravagant nuptials, which would be well over $3 million today. The couple booked an entire Scottish hotel for the wedding due to Ritchie’s British nationality and heritage. Madonna reportedly spent at least $80,000 on a wedding gown designed by friend Stella McCartney.
The couple only ultimately remained married for eight years, but they had one child together and adopted another. Here is an unusual turn of events from many other celebrity divorces. Usually, the man pays out an extraordinary sum as in Paul McCartney’s split from Heather Mills. However, Madonna was worth far more at their divorce and reportedly paid millions to Ritchie in the separation. While Ritchie’s career has stalled somewhat from its heyday in the early 2000s, he is still releasing film and television productions. Madonna continues to tour and release new albums as well as working on other creative projects.