11 Over-the-Top Celebrity Weddings We Love
KIM & KANYE
Private jets, an international entourage, a famed chateau and a 16th century fortress … who would expect anything less from Kardashian and West's May 2014 extravagant weeklong wedding celebration, which started with Paris pre-parties (including brunch with legendary designer Valentino and a rehearsal dinner at Versailles!) and elaborately ended with the Givenchy-clad bride, 33, and groom, 36, saying "I do" in Italy.
NICOLE & JOEL
Sure, every guest was special at the December 2010 wedding of Richie, 29, and Madden, 31, which took place at the Beverly Hills estate of the bride’s father Lionel Richie, but one really stood out: an elephant. The pachyderm was among the 155 guests invited to the Versailles-inspired fete. "Nicole getting an elephant and not telling me is typical of our relationship," the groom said of Richie’s whimsical good-luck charm. "But if there's one time I want her to have the craziest thing she wants, it's the day we marry."
SEAN & ALEXANDRA
That's a lot of "likes"! After making billions from Napster and Facebook, Parker spent a reported $9 million transforming the Ventana Inn in Big Sur, Calif., into a fairy-tale dreamscape for his June 2013 wedding to Lenas. Did we mention the $1 million of floral arrangements, a fake Hollywood set with waterfalls, bridges and ruins, and elaborate backdrops that included a gated cottage and $600,000 stone gate? Parker, 33, even hired an Academy Award-winning costume designer to dress the 300 wedding guests!
KATY & RUSSELL
No one expected the outrageous Perry, 25, to have a traditional American wedding, and she didn't disappoint. At her October 2010 nuptials to Brand, 35, in northern India, she pulled out all the stops to entertain guests: a chatty parrot who told fortunes; a safari, where participants witnessed baby deer, blue bulls, jackals and jungle cats running in the wild; and a spectacular Bollywood-themed show complete with acrobats and jugglers.
JUSTIN & JESSICA
Following their five-year courtship, Timberlake, 31, and Biel, 30, said "I do" during a long weekend wedding at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy, in October 2012. The festivities, attended by A-listers like Jimmy Fallon and Andy Samberg, included a beach party with live music and fireworks, nonstop food and drink, and a groom who serenaded his bride with an original song as she walked down the aisle in a petal pink couture gown. "It was magical," the groom told PEOPLE. The bride called it "a total fantasy experience."
KIM & KRIS
She may be planning extravagant Paris I dos with Kanye West but it's not the first big blowout wedding for Kim Kardashian, 30. Back in August 2011, she and NBA star Humphries, 26, tied the knot at a Montecito, Calif., estate and reportedly spent $2 million on flowers, wore $10 million of borrowed jewelry and invited 400 guests! – all captured for an E! reality-show special.
TOM & KATIE
Sparing no expense, Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 27, threw a spectacular affair in December 2006 in a converted 15th-century armory in Italy's medieval Odescalchi Castle. There were flag bearers dressed in Renaissance garb greeting arriving guests, tenor Andrea Bocelli serenading the bride and groom with Italian love songs and a breathtaking fireworks display that exploded in the night fog to classical music. "It was a wall of lights cascading down from the balconies like water," said guest Leah Remini. "It was so beyond what your mind could compute."
MICHAEL & YVETTE
When NBA legend Jordan wed Prieto in April 2013, a whopping 500 guests witnessed their nuptials at an Episcopal church in Palm Beach, Fla. Later, another 1,500 family and friends joined the couple for the reception under a 40,000-square foot tent – the largest in wedding-tent history, according to the Huffington Post – at the Bears Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course community in nearby Jupiter. And the wedding cake? Seven luscious white rum tiers decorated with crystal broaches.
DIANA & CHARLES
It was a fairy-tale wedding come to life. For her July 1981 nuptials to the future king of England, the 20-year-old princess bride arrived at London's majestic St. Paul's Cathedral in a glass coach wearing a massive silk-taffeta dress with a 25-foot train and her family tiara. Each of the 3,500 attendees received a gold-embossed, hand-addressed invitation. Later at the reception, a total of 27 wedding cakes were served!
KATE & WILLIAM
With all the pomp, circumstance and pageantry befitting the future king and queen of England, with choirs singing in majestic unison, Prince William, 28, wed Kate Middleton, 29, at London's Westminster Abbey in April 2011. In front of 1,900 invitees (among them foreign dignitaries, fellow blue bloods and a sprinkling of celebrities), the couple turned their love affair into a world affair with millions of TV-watching well-wishers celebrating too. While the wedding wasn't the most over-the-top royal celebration, the numbers were impressive: Kate's wedding dress cost $70,000; the flowers $800,000; and the eight-tiered wedding fruit cake with white icing and 900 sugar paste flowers added up to $80,000.
ELIZABETH & LARRY
Just because it was her eighth trip down the aisle didn't mean Taylor, 59, was going to go the city hall route. When she swapped vows with Fortensky, a 39-year-old construction worker, in October 1991, she chose her close pal Michael Jackson's 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, Calif. Instead of doing the Electric Slide, guests enjoyed bouncing on trampolines and going on rides in Jackson's private on-site amusement park.