It’s said you never forget the day you got married – and with the average wedding costing around £24,000, you’ll probably never forget the price. But have you ever wondered what your wedding would look like if you won the jackpot? We’ve rounded up the ten most expensive wedding venues in the world…
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Spread over 50 acres of lush gardens on the bank of Lake Pichola, this wedding venue is straight from the fairy-tales. But with one room costing around £5,000 per night – you’d be looking at £30,000 for accommodation alone for an average wedding of 60 guests. And that’s before the wedding breakfast…
One & Only Reethi Rah Resort, the Maldives
A room alone in this Indian Ocean paradise will set you back an eye-watering £4,000. But once you consider the sparkling clear waters, lush tropical greenery and the romantic backdrop of the sun setting over the ocean as you’re joined in holy matrimony, you may just be tempted to part with your cash.
Hotel Caruso, Ravello Italy
A true epitome of romance, this former 11th century palace on the cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi Coast boats a variety of wedding packages for the blushing bride and her groom-to-be. Couples can choose from a poolside ceremony with canapés and a firework display to a ballroom four-course banquet costing €190 per head plus VAT – and that’s before the £3,000 room charge.
Little Palm Island, Key West
If you have a spare £115,000 lying around, you could have your very own private island wedding. It will require a 22 per cent service fee and a minimum of three-night stay on the island, with room costs starting from £1,000 per night. Pricey, but for the cost, you get to say ‘I Do’ anywhere on the island, will be the only couple to marry on the island that day and have the assistance of your own wedding planner to ensure your day goes perfectly.
Chateaux Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, France
This spectacular French estate would host a wedding that’s fit for a king and queen – if you can afford to splash out £40,000. For the price you’ll get to celebrate into the night with your own exclusive nightclub in the estate’s orangerie.
Musha Cay, Bahamas
Looking for an intimate wedding? For a whopping £1,300 per person, you can host your big day on this private Bahamian 150-acre island. The nearest populated island is over ten miles away and the island’s waters are out-of-bounds for outsiders, meaning absolute exclusivity. Sugar-sand white beaches, azure-waters, and not an outsider in sight.
The Plaza, Fifth Avenue, New York
Joining the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas and Eddie Murphy, couples can marry at this iconic New York venue with legendary views over Central Park for £550,000 plus tax and a 23 per cent service charge. Here you can marry under the elegant canopy of the ballroom or in the opulent Terrace Room where the ceiling is adorned with Italian Renaissance-style paintings.
Odescalchi Castle, Italy
Another favourite among the A-listers – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tied the knot here in 2005 – this majestic Italian castle is the perfect location for a grand wedding of up to 1,000 guests. The roof gardens in particular are stunning, with sweeping views over beautiful Lake Bracciano. Prices vary depending on guests, but usually range around £33,000.
Richard Branson made a grand entrance to his wedding on his island on a helicopter and you can do exactly the same, should you have around £42,000 to spend on your wedding location, and want to say your vows in the privacy of your very own island. The island sleeps 28 but can host up to 100 for a wedding.
Mandarin Oriental, New York
One of the most luxurious hotels in Manhattan can host your special day for £225 per person, plus tax, plus a 22 per cent service charge per person. In return for your money you¹ll get magnificent backdrops of Central Park, the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River through three 18-foot high walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the ballroom.