20 Most Extravagant Weddings of All Time

Some of the biggest bashes in history.

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With so many weddings canceled of late, we're feeling a bit of wedding nostalgia. You think the Kardashian clan invented the grandiose, celeb-filled wedding extravaganza? Please. Here are some of the biggest bashes in history.

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Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, 1770

The couple, who are of course known for being modest and frugal, held a small get-together of 5000 of their closest friends. Marie was fitted in a demure, diamond-encrusted gown.

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King Ludwig I and Princess Therese, 1810

The young Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen (that’s a mouthful) in a crazy festival for the entire city. The several-day-long celebration was so successful that they decided to do it every year.

So essentially their wedding anniversary is now what we call Oktoberfest.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, 1946

The couple's wedding was broadcast to 200 million radio listeners with 2000 guests in attendance. Elizabeth II’s dress was adorned with over 10,000 pearls and fastened with a 15 foot train, but most famously she broke her tiara before the ceremony. The court jeweler managed to fix it in time, but geez…

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John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, 1953

There were so many guests at their Newport ceremony that it took the couple two hours to shake everyone’s hands. Also, Jackie’s dress is a swoon-worthy confection that makes my heart sing.

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Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly, 1956

A double hitter: the royal wedding of an Oscar-winning Hollywood actress. Imagine the ratings if that happened today.

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Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, 1968

Polanski and Tate's big day was a thoroughly modern event with the lovely bride wearing flowers in her hair and the groom in a Beatles-esque getup. The wedding was filled with 60’s celebrities and followed by a reception at the Playboy club. Groovy.

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Sly Stone and Kathy Silva, 1974

While most people try to trim their guest lists down to a reasonable number, Sly Stone (of Sly and the Family Stone) opened his own Madison Square Garden show by getting married in front over 21,000 fans. The couple wore gold, and invitations urged guests to do the same.

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Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, 1981

You’d think nothing could be bigger than Princess Di’s sleeves, but the world famous 1981 ceremony, watched by over 750 million people around the world, was one of the biggest events of the century.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky, 1991

Of course Liz had more than a few notable marriages, but this one was unique because it was held at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch. Classy. This was not her wedding dress, but it should have been, obviously.

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Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola, 1993

She had a six-tier wedding cake and rounded up 50 flower girls. Where does one even find so many children?

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Celine Dion and Rene Angelil, 1994

Celine wore a seven pound headdress composed of 2000 crystals when she married her manager, Rene Angelil. That's impressive, especially when you remember that Queen Elizabeth broke a normal-sized tiara before her ceremony.

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Liza Minnelli and David Gest, 2002

The star-packed event—BFFs Liz Taylor and Michael Jackson showed up late—ended up being one of the kookiest weddings of all time.

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Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, 2003

In the dawn of reality television, these alums of The Bachelorette fame managed to nab a miniseries and a three-episode wedding special. Most sitcoms don’t get that kind of wedding coverage.

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Star Jones and Al Reynolds, 2004

With a horse-drawn carriage, a 27-foot-long, crystal-laden veil, and a 60-member choir, Star Jones certainly didn’t skimp on her wedding day.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, 2005

Exclusive invitations were written in invisible ink and used holograms (sneaky!), and the Plaza wedding was guarded by over 50 police officers.

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Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese, 2005

In this small ceremony held in a Castle in Ireland, Dita’s violet Vivienne Westwood wedding gown put Carrie Bradshaw’s to shame.

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Donald Trump and Melania Knauss, 2005

Cristal Champagne, caviar, lobster, and a Grand Marnier chocolate truffle cake were all a part of this decadent reception, that just screams Trump.

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, 2006

Andrea Bocelli serenaded the crowd at Odescalchi Castle in Italy. Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Brooke Shields, and the Beckhams were all there to witness the traditional Scientology wedding ceremony. R.I.P., TomKat.

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Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayer, 2007

The couple had two ceremonies—one in Sudeley Castle and then a traditional Hindu wedding in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Elton John gave her away. Because, why not?

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Katy Perry and Russel Brand, 2010

There were elephants, and that’s really all you need to know.

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Joel Madden and Nicole Richie, 2010

She had three wedding dresses and ALSO had elephants. Lucky!

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, 2011

A wedding so magnificent that most Americans woke up at an ungodly hour to watch it. Or at least we did.

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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, 2011

Never forget.

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, 2012

This is the Italian resort JT and Jessica stayed at during their wedding. It kind of puts your Uncle’s destination wedding in Key West to shame, doesn’t it?

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