The most expensive wedding dresses in the world: where do we even begin? From a diamond-encrusted gown to some of the most iconic celebrity wedding dresses ever, we count down the top 17 most expensive wedding dresses to ever be made.
17. Jessica Biel
In 2012, Jessica Biel married Justin Timberlake while wearing a breath taking, pale pink custom gown by Giambattista Valli. The soft layers of this stunning dress billowed around the actress like clouds of delicate candyfloss. This unique creation cost the couple the equivalent of £77,000, but looking at the photos of the blushing bride, it was obviously worth every penny.
16. Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham's 1999 wedding to footballer David Beckham was like something from a fairy tale. They married at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, and the ex-Spice Girl's Vera Wang dress was the epitome of every young girl's dreams. The strapless corset bodice flowed out into a huge skirt, that eventually tapered into a 20-foot train. The champagne satin gown came at a huge price, but when your wedding costs half a million pounds, £77,000 for a dress is nothing! To complete the fairy tale scene, Victoria wore a gold and diamond encrusted tiara atop her iconic bobbed hairstyle.
15. Petra Ecclestone
Petra Ecclestone married businessman James Stunt in a romantic ceremony near Lake Bracciano, Italy. The bride's father, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclsetone, spent a massive £12 million for his beloved daughter to have a perfect day, £80,000 of which went towards her dress. From the few photos that have been revealed, we know that Petra wore a traditional white strapless gown by Vera Wang, with a tiara and veil topping the heiress' tousled blonde curls.
14. Melania Trump
Back in 2005, Melania Trump married the current US president Donald Trump in a lavish ceremony that cost around £800,000. The Slovenian model's dress cost a tenth of this price, but at £80,000, her dress was still a massive splurge. The sleeveless, hand-beaded Dior creation was made from 300 feet of white Duchesses satin, with an oceanic, 16-foot veil. Melania's gown took an exhausting 550 hours to be embroidered, but all this hard work finished with an incredible result.
13. Princess Diana
Arguably one of the most famous wedding dresses of all time, the beautiful gown Princess Diana wore in 1981 is said to now be worth an estimated £110,000. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the gown was made from pure ivory silk taffeta and hand-woven antique lace. More than 10,000 pearls and sequins were sewn into the fabric using gold thread. A 25-foot-long train, puffed up sleeves and shoulder pads completed this dress fit for a princess as incredible as Diana.
12. Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones married Michael Douglas back in 2000, but, like the famous couple themselves, that £110,000 Christian Lacroix gown will never be forgotten. Catherine's custom-made, hand-beaded, ivory satin gown was well worth its six-digit price. With a gorgeous low-cut bodice, flowing Chantilly lace train, and a diamond tiara framing her pulled-back bun, the Welsh actress looked effortlessly regal.
11. Coleen Rooney
Coleen Rooney married footballer husband Wayne back in 2008. The bride wore a stunning(ly expensive) £230,000 dress by Georgina Chapman. The WAG kept her look simple on top with a strapless satin bodice and sheer veil pinned to the back of her tight ballerina bun. However, the skirt of Coleen's dress fanned out beneath her in countless layers of carefully arranged frills and pleats.
10. Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge's beautiful gown quickly became a member of the wedding dress hall of fame. Reportedly costing £250,000, this timeless piece definitely deserves a place on this list. Designed by Alexander McQueen, this incredible creation was completely custom made by Sarah Burton, with lace details produced by the Royal School of Needlework. Inspired by Victorian corsetry, the sheer lace sleeves, soft v neckline, and nipped in waist beautifully displayed the Duchess' slender frame. The nine-foot train, a silk tulle veil and luxurious fabrics, such as English Cluny and French Chantilly lace, made this dress truly worthy of being worn by our gorgeous future Queen.
9. Giovanna Battaglia
Fashion royalty Giovanna Battaglia wore four - yes that's FOUR - different dresses throughout her idyllic wedding in Capri. We don't know the exact price of the gown she chose to wear for saying her vows to Oscar Engelbert, but with Alexander McQueen's nametag it was sure to be an incredibly expensive piece. The extravagant creation featured a tight strapless bodice covered in lace flower appliques, below which billowed a skirt made from what must be millions of white downy feathers. Behind the fashionista flowed a train made of the same angelic feathers, a train so vast the fashionista could have almost flown above the stunning Italian island - and away from the gigantic price that surely accompanied such a luxurious gown.
8. Amal Alamuddin
Amal Alamuddin said 'I do' to Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney in a dress nearly as gorgeous as the bride herself. The £300,000 gown hung just off Amal's slender shoulders while a French lace veil adorned her flowing dark locks. Hand embroidery, pearl detailing, intricate beading and 14 yards of Chantilly lace appliques completed this dress fit for celebrity royalty. We're sure George didn't even bat an eyelid at the price tag!
7. Kim Kardashian
In 2014, Kim Kardashian wore a Givenchy wedding gown to marry Kanye West. The whopping £310,000 dress designed by Riccardo Tisci was a surprisingly conservative choice by the usually risqué social media star. The full-length lace sleeves and sheer back panels perfectly accentuated Kim's hourglass figure. The skirt flowed down to finish in a fishtail bottom, and Kim was followed down the aisle by a long, lace train.
6. Victoria Swarovski
Heir to the Swarovski crystal empire Victoria Swarovski married property investor Werner Mürz wearing a dress embellished with no less than 500,000 crystals. This amazing gown cost a mega £700,000 and weighed a hefty 46kg. Victoria's beautiful look also featured a six-metre train and a 26-foot delicately lace-edged veil. When your family's empire is worth billions, spending three-quarters of a million pounds on a crystal encrusted wedding is nothing!
5. Vera Wang's Peacock Gown
Probably the most unique and awe-inspiring wedding dress we've ever seen, Vera Wang's Peacock Gown cost an incredible £1.15 million. Handmade by no more than 8 craftsmen, this mind-blowing dress and its long round train consists of 2,009 male peacock feathers - the number to commemorate the year it was created. Produced for the Wedding Expo in Nanjin, China, it was also rumoured that Jennifer Lopez was to wear this piece to her wedding-we're-gutted-never-happened with Ben Affleck. Have a spare one and a half million dollars lying around? You could strut down the aisle in Vera's stunning peacock creation!
4. Reem Acra's Tiffany & Co Gown
As part of her Spring 2018 Bridal Collection, Lebanese designer Reem Acra collaborated with Tiffany & Co to create a wedding gown worth a staggering £1.2 million. The dress itself is a beautifully simple design - strapless and full skirted, made from white satin with a cinched in waist. What makes this piece particularly special - and worthy of a seven-digit price tag - are the countless Tiffany & Co diamond drop earrings, sparkling dragonfly brooches and delicately embellished butterflies stitched onto it. In total, this dress is encrusted with an incredible 165 carats of diamonds, and nearly 62 carats of gemstones.
3. Yumi Katsura
In 2006, Yumi Katsura created the White Gold Diamond Wedding Dress, a creation worth a jaw-dropping £6.5 million. By far the most extravagant of this Japanese designer's 650,000 masterpieces, this gown is adorned with over 1,000 pearls, a rare five carat white gold centrepiece, and a green diamond of nearly nine carats. Although created with no specific bride in mind, you need a small fortune to be lucky enough to wear this extravagant dress on your special day.
The exact cost of Chinese superstar Angelababy's wedding dress is unknown. However, her wedding with actor Huang Xiaoming cost an incredible £24 million, so her custom Dior gown, which is rumoured to have taken five months to create, must have come with a hefty price tag. We're surprised the petite model didn't drown under the staggering 165 feet of tulle that made up the seven petticoats of her ball gown's skirt. The rest of this wondrous dress consisted of 115 feet of ivory satin organza, adorned by nearly one hundred hand-cut Chantilly lace rose bouquets, and completed with a billowing ten-foot train. A sparkling tiara perched upon Angelababy's head, finishing her princess bridal look that's straight out of any fairy tale.
1. The Diamond Wedding Gown
Topping this list of the most expensive wedding dresses is the aptly named Diamond Wedding Gown. Worth an inconceivable £7.4 million this dazzling piece, dripping in a crazy 150 carats of diamonds, was created by wedding dress connoisseur René Strauss. Displayed at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Ray in California, as well as Dubai's Fashion and Diamonds Show, this luxurious wedding gown is still yet to find a home.