A bride wants nothing more than to look and feel beautiful on her wedding day, and celebrities are no different. Of course, they can spend a bit more money on their gowns, resulting in customized creations that are both gorgeous and expensive.
From Serena Williams’s $3.5 million Alexander McQueen dress to Grace Kelly’s iconic $60,000 Helen Rose gown, here are some of the priciest and most fabulous wedding dresses of all time.
Nicole Kidman: $20,000
When Nicole Kidman wed country music star Keith Urban in 2006, she wore a gorgeous Balenciaga creation, designed specifically for her by Nicolas Ghesquière.
The dress cost $20,000 and featured puffed sleeves on the shoulders, and was trimmed with delicate ruffles. According to Kidman, “It’s the most exquisite dress, and it is so beautiful.”
Nicole Richie: $20,000
Nicole Richie married Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden in 2010, wearing a beautiful long-sleeve Marchesa gown, complete with “Nicole Richie & Joel Madden” embroidered on the inside of the sleeve.”
While it was a statement dress walking down the aisle, the custom gown was not cheap, costing Richie a whopping $20,000.
Kate Middleton: $400,000
Kate Middleton might have worn one of the most gorgeous custom pieces of all time during her wedding to Prince William. The gown was designed by Sarah Burton and featured hand-cut, individually-applied English and French Chantilly lace roses, daffodils for Wales, thistles for Scotland, and shamrocks for Ireland.
The custom gown cost a whopping $400,000.
Princess Diana: $115,000 – $150,000
In 1981, Princess Diana stunned the world in her gorgeous custom Victorian-style gown. Her dress featured puffed shoulders, 10,000 pearls and sequins, a grand 25-foot-long train, and 250-yards of lace, tulle, and ivory silk taffeta.
The dramatic gown is timeless (even if puffy shoulders and shoulder pads aren’t!) and cost between $1115,000 and $150,000.
Kim Kardashian: $25,000 Each
During her wedding to Kris Humphries in 2011, reality television star Kim Kardashian had a selection of Vera Wang dresses she chose from for her big day. The thing is, each of the designer’s gowns cost $25,000 (and she had a few!).
The iconic dress she chose to wear down the aisle was strapless, and she opted to wear a halo headpiece, giving her look a very bohemian vibe.
Victoria Beckham: $100,000
Spice Girls star Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, married professional soccer player David Beckham on July 4th, 1999, wearing a stunning Vera Wang-designed gown.
Her silk pleated ball gown was strapless with a sculpted neckline and featured a 20-foot train. Of course, Posh Spice topped the look off with an 18K-gold tiara! The dress itself cost $100,000.
When the Queen of Pop married Guy Richie in 2000, she looked like a queen. The two were married at Skibo Castle in Scotland, and Madonna wore a stunning Stella McCartney dress.
Made of ivory silk, the gown featured a corset bodice and full-length skirt. Madonna wore an Edwardian diamond crown and a vintage lace veil to tie everything together. The dress cost $80,000.
Grace Kelly: $60,000
When actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, she wore an iconic gown designed by MGM seamstress Helen Rose. It featured long sleeves, a high neckline, a full skirt, 100 yards of silk net, and 25 yards of silk taffeta.
When everything was said and done, the dress cost $80,000.
Tori Spelling: $50,000
Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling wed Charlie Shania in 2004. Their wedding cost a solid $1 million while her dress was $50,000. A stunning Badgley Mischka gown, the flapper-inspired piece was hand-sewn and adorned with loads of beadwork.
The full-length gown was fitted and had a certain charm that only Spelling could pull off.
Kim Kardashian: $2.1 Million
When Kim Kardashian married Kanye West in 2014, she upped the ante from her previous wedding, opting for a dress way over her original $25,000. For her second wedding, Kim went with a $2.1 million Givenchy dress designed by Riccardo Tisci.
The mermaid gown was backless and featured a modest train and a very long veil.
Dianna Agron: $20,500
Known for her work on Glee, Dianna Agron is also noted for wearing one of the most expensive celebrity wedding gowns ever. During her marriage to Mumford & Sons guitarist Winston Marshall in Morocco, Agron wore a gorgeous Valentino Fall 2016 off-the-runway dress.
An alternative to a traditional white gown, Agron paired the dress with a beautifully embellished headpiece.
Christina Aguilera: $30,000
For her $2 million wedding budget, Grammy Award-winning artist Christina Aguilera spent a whopping $30,000 on her gown. Designed by Christian Lacroix, the Spanish-influenced dress was anything but simple.
Featuring a whole lot of lace and ruffles on the train, one can only hope Aguilera danced the Flamenco at the reception.
Catherine Zeta-Jones: $140,000
When Catherine Zeta-Jones married Michael Douglas in 2000, she looked regal. She wore a Christian Lacroix gown, hand-beaded with an exquisite train flowing behind her.
The actress opted for an updo, held in place by an embellished tiara. Taking the headpiece out of the equation, the gown alone cost $140,000.
Nicky Hilton: $77,000
According to hotel heiress Nicky Hilton, her wedding gown was inspired by Grace Kelly. The custom Valentino haute couture gown featured a high lace neckline, long sleeves, a fitted bodice, and a full skirt.
To add a little shimmer, the dress also featured hand-embroidered crystals. Adding on an antique cathedral-length lace veil, Hilton’s look cost $77,000.
Katie Holmes: $50,000
Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise in 2006, wearing a simple yet elegant Armani gown. The mermaid gown had subtle embellishments throughout and a cold shoulder, showing off the actress’s neckline.
Even though it was a simple piece, the gown was still Armani and was not cheap, costing a solid $50,000.
Amal Clooney: $380,000
Amal Clooney held nothing back when she wed actor George Clooney in 2014. The two were married in Venice’s city hall in Italy, and Amal wore a stunning Oscar de la Renta gown.
An off-the-should dress with yards of lace and a long, sheer train and matching veil, Amal looked gorgeous in the $380,000 piece.
Victoria Swarovski: Over $1 Million
Swarovski crystal heiress Victoria Swarovski did not mess around when it came to her wedding dress. The Michael Cinco design featured 500,000 Swarovski crystals (naturally) and featured a 26-foot long, lace-edged veil.
With all of the embellishments, the gown wound up weighing a staggering 100 pounds and cost a little over $1 million.
Paris Hilton: Over $25,000
While there is no actual price point on Paris Hilton’s custom Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, it is said to have cost over $25,000. A stunning gown, it featured a high neckline and long sleeves, both carefully embroidered to resemble flowers.
The fitted bodice fell into a large ballgown skirt, made of 20 layers of tulle!
Serena Williams: $3.5 Million
Tennis star Serena Williams wore a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen princess ball gown and veil to wed Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian in 2017. According to Williams, the ball gown was completely not her style, but she fell in love with it and wanted to wear it on her big day.
The gown was no cheap purchase either, costing the professional athlete $3.5 million.
Salma Hayek: $613,034
Salma Hayek wed French billionaire François-Henri Pinault in 2009, wearing a custom Balenciaga wedding gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere. The stunning gown was embellished with numerous jewels on the bodice and featured a full, crumpled silk skirt.
Hayek opted for a short veil, no doubt to bring more attention to the beautiful $613,034 dress.
Katharine Hepburn: $27,000
In 1928, actress Katharine Hepburn married Philadelphia socialite-businessman Ludlow Ogden Smith. The actress opted for something a bit out of the ordinary for her big day, especially for the time.
Hepburn wore a cream-colored velvet dress on her wedding day, complete with black embroidery on the neckline and sleeves. The dress cost $27,000.
Jessica Simpson: $30,000
When singer Jessica Simpson wed Eric Johnson, the day was lavish, to say the least. The entire celebration cost a whopping $1.4 million and lasted a solid 96 hours! Her dress spared no expense either.
Simpson wore a Carolina Herrera dress that reportedly cost the star a nice chunk of change, $30,000.
Liza Minnelli: $45,000
For her 2002 wedding to David Gest, Liza Minnelli wore a custom Bob Mackie gown. The sleeveless, off-the-shoulder gown featured a tulle overlay, boned bodice, and had a generous embellishment of silver-tone bugle beads, pearls, glass, and beaded fringes with pearl teardrops.
The intricate piece was not cheap, coming in at $45,000.
Elizabeth Taylor: $25,000
For her eighth and final marriage to Larry Fortensky on October 6th, 1991, actress Elizabeth Taylor wore a pale yellow lace Valentino gown and sported a deep tan. The star-studded event included 160 of Hollywood’s finest, including Nancy Reagan, Brooke Shields, and Liza Minnelli.
Taylor’s last wedding gown cost $25,000.
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy: $40,000
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy reportedly had two private fittings in Paris, France, to ensure her dream wedding dress was perfect for her big day. She opted for something very simple, a Narciso Rodriguez gown that was a solid silk-crepe color and fit her like a glove.
The gown cost Bessette-Kennedy a large sum of $40,000.
Pippa Middleton: $52,000
Pippa Middleton opted for a soft and pretty wedding dress for her English countryside wedding. Designed by Giles Deacon, the dress featured a high neck, cap-sleeves, a corset bodice, and a whole lot of lace.
Her entire look had a romantic feel, a perfect look for a wedding day. The dress cost $52,000.
Jennifer Aniston: $50,000
The marriage between Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt was the wedding of the new millennia, and the actress wasn’t holding anything back. For her big day, Aniston wore a stunning Lawrence Steele gown adorned with glass beads, a low back, and a simple veil.
The dress reportedly cost the actress $50,000.
Chelsea Clinton: $20,000
For her 2010 wedding, Chelsea Clinton wore a Vera Wang-designed gown. The strapless dress featured yards of ivory silk that was gathered on the skirt and tulle pleated diagonally across the bodice.
The defining feature, though, was the silvery embroidered waistband. The beautiful wedding gown cost Clinton a whopping $20,000.
Kim Zolciak: $58,000
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak wore three different wedding dresses during her big day. But the most expensive was a $58,000 gown by Baracci Beverly Hills.
The extravagant dress had a large ruffled skirt, embellished bodice, and weighed a whopping 32 pounds! All in all, her three gowns cost a bit over $1 million.