These famous personalities spared no expense for the intricately crafted gowns they wore to their weddings; one dress even cost $3.5 million.
Weddings are known for being pricey events. From hiring suppliers to purchasing a fitting bridal gown, the total cost of tying the knot is no small matter. In fact, a 2022 survey from The Knot found that the average wedding dress sells for $1,900 (roughly Php 106,000 today).
Now imagine purchasing a custom bridal gown from one of the world’s leading designers or luxury fashion houses. As expected, the cost of a single dress would only compound.
That said, many of the world’s famous personalities spared no expense to do just that. After all, a wedding is a very special occasion—so why not go big and make it extra memorable? Below are five of the most valuable celebrity bridal gowns to date:
Serena Williams ($3.5 million)
Williams didn’t just break records as a consecutive Grand Slam winner in the world of tennis; she also broke them with her lavish wedding gown, which cost a jaw-dropping $3.5 million. Yes, you read it right: the bridal dress is the most expensive one in the world thus far.
Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the regal gown featured a sweetheart neckline and sophisticated cape. Williams wore the piece when she married Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, back in 2017.
To make things even more extravagant, the valuable gown wasn’t Wiliams’ only piece. She also had two different outfit changes throughout the evening.
Priyanka Chopra ($2 million)
Much like Williams, actress and producer Priyanka Chopra also wore different gowns during her 2018 wedding with singer Nick Jonas. These included a traditional piece by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee for their Indian ceremony, and a Ralph Lauren gown for their Christian ceremony. The Ralph Lauren piece sported heaps of shining Swarovski crystals, which is probably why it cost an impressive $2 million.
Victoria Swarovski ($1 million)
Speaking of Swarovski, Victoria Swarovski—heiress to the multibillion-dollar jewelry brand—also donned an opulent gown during her own wedding in Italy. Created by Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco, the custom-made piece had more than 500,000 crystals. It also featured paillete and laser-cut flowers, as well as a six-meter train.
Kim Kardashian ($500,000)
Media personality Kim Kardashian wore a magnificent bridal piece when she married rapper and ex-husband Kanye West in 2014. Her couture Givenchy gown featured a trumpet silhouette and long lace sleeves that exuded elegance. The gown cost an estimated $500,000.
Salma Hayek ($434,000)
Actress Salma Hayek shined during her 2009 Venetian wedding with CEO of the Kering group, François-Henri Pinault. Her Balenciaga gown, designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, featured a V-neck bodice and puffed skirt that looked divine. The piece cost $434,000 and was worn in front of A-listers like Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz.
Kate Middleton ($400,000)
Members of the royal family are celebrities in their own right, given their immense public image. Millions flocked to their TVs to witness the fairy-tale wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in April 2011, which was quite the spectacle in and of itself.
Kate also wore a gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Fit for a royal, the dress cost roughly $400,000, and featured a full skirt, handmade lace, and a gorgeous eight-foot train.
Banner photo via Instagram @priyankachopra.