The World’s Most Expensive Wedding Gowns
A wedding gown is the most memorable attire a woman can ever wear. It’s that dress you only wear once but end up having hundreds of photos with it. You will see yourself wearing that same dress many years from now. So, of course, you want it to be great. And, it’s that dress you wear as you say your vows and as you marry the love of your life. No wonder many brides go over and beyond just to find “the one”, even if it meant paying a hefty price tag.
Indeed, most brides consider their wedding dresses as one of the most important factors of their big day. It plays such a big deal that many are willing to spend thousands of dollars in this piece of clothing. Here in Australia alone, brides spend around $2,659, depending on where you buy it from.
Then, some take it further by paying hundreds and thousands of dollars with some even spending MILLIONS on their wedding dresses. Yes, many brides pay such a huge amount for one dress they’ll only be wearing once!
9 Most Expensive Wedding Gowns and the Brides Who Wore Them
- Catherine Zeta: $140,000
Michael Douglas’ bride wore a custom ivory Christian Lacroix wedding dress with touches of beads made by hand. And, this is paired with a flowing lace train and a diamond tiara that is said to cost significantly more than this dress!
- Diana Spencer: $115,000
The world watched as Princess Diana and Prince Charles tied the knot in 1981. And, who could ever forget the now-iconic ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown that Princess Diana wore? It was beautiful with more than 10,000 pearls and sequins sewn with gold thread. On top of that, it had a 25-foot train and 153-yard tulle veil. No wonder it costs as heavy as it weighs!
- Elizabeth Taylor: $187,931
Elizabeth Taylor wore a beautiful Helen Rose gown on her wedding with Conrad “Nicky” Hilton in 1950. This same gown was auctioned in London in 2013 and it sold for a whopping $187,931!
- Marie-Chantal Miller: $225,000
Marie-Chantal Miller married Prince Pavlos in true royal fashion with her long-sleeve traditional dress that costs as much as $225,000. It was a pearl-encrusted Valentino dress with a 14-foot Chantilly lace train and a tulip-shaped front. Reportedly, this dress took four months and about 25 people to make!
- Mariah Carey: $250,000
Mariah Carey is known for her lavish taste. So, it’s no wonder that she chose a wedding gown by Valentino that costs $250,000. However, when she and James Packer broke off their engagement, this dress didn’t get its time to shine. But, she did show it off to the public through one of her music videos… only she did so by setting her gown on fire. Yikes! That’s $250,000 turned into flames… or ashes.
- Amal Clooney: $380,000
Amal Clooney didn’t just capture the heart of one of the most famous bachelors in town, she also got to wed with the last wedding dress Oscar de la Renta created. So, to speak, her wedding was historical. Her off-the-shoulder lace dress was beautiful and it comes with a hefty price tag of $380,000. It became so popular that it was even temporarily featured in an Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts.
- Kate Middleton: $434,000
In 2011, Kate Middleton married Prince William in a wedding dress that is perfect for royalty. Her classic gown had lace sleeves and a full skirt, and it was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. This was completed with a 9-foot train and silk tulle veil.
- Kim Kardashian: $500,000
When Kim and Kanye – KimYe – tied the knot in 2014, it’s safe to say they went all out. And, this includes their expenses on Kim’s custom-made couture Givenchy wedding dress which cost them $500,000. It had long sleeves, sheer back panels, fishtail bottom, a trumpet silhouette, and a long lace train.
- Victoria Swarovski: $1,000,000
What do you expect a jewelry heiress’ to wear for her wedding? Crystals, of course! 500,000 crystals to be exact… well, because a few thousands wouldn’t just be enough, right? Her custom-made dress weighed over 100 pounds and it had a 20-foot train and another 26-foot veil. So, it’s not surprising that it costs as much as ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
Choosing Your Wedding Dress
Now, you don’t need to spend the same amount as the ones mentioned above. Well, not unless you’re a princess, actress, or an heiress. You can have the wedding gown of your dreams without spending more than you have to.
If like us, you want quality but in need to stick to a budget, there are other avenues where you can find “the one” without going overboard. For example, you can go couture too, you just have to find the right local designers who don’t charge as much as internationally known brands. Judith Valente, for instance, was a known name in Melbourne for bringing couture and affordable wedding dresses. Surely, like her, there are many designers in your area that can make you the dress you want without breaking the bank!