From the fairytale endings to the narrowly-avoided disasters, there’s nothing quite like a movie wedding. We all love watching couples tie the knot on the big screen, but have you ever wondered how much these extravagant ceremonies would actually cost?
Recently UKAWP owner Bernadette Chapman , dress designer Joyce Young from Joyce Young Collections, and cake designer Jeanette Moorhouse from Booootiful Cakes, calculated the cost of nine of the most popular movie weddings to see which special day proved to be the most pricey.
This article was put together by Kaleidoscope and originally down on their blog
Mamma Mia follows bride-to-be Sophie as she tries to discover the identity of her father, inviting three potential candidates to her wedding. Set to the music of ABBA, this family favourite is guaranteed to turn even the most casual viewer into a dancing queen.
Sophie’s small, boho-style ceremony takes place at the family hotel, which helped keep the costs down. As silver-screen weddings go, this one was very modest, with a total estimated cost of £4,905.
Not all weddings feature a maid of honor who’s secretly in love with the groom, although that’s not the strangest thing to happen in a movie wedding.
Despite having a stunning ceremony in Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, featuring a choir, pianist and band, this wedding comes in at a relatively low total cost. The most expensive item was Kimmy’s dress, at an estimated £11,590.
Rather than focus on the soon-to-be-married couple, I Love You, Man takes a different approach, following the friendless groom on his hilarious search for a best man and best friend.
This simple ceremony was held at the beautiful Belmond el Encanto in Santa Barbara, which took up most of the costs. The bride actually wore the lowest-costing dress from our list, costing an estimated £270.
It was the moment fans had all been waiting for – finally getting to watch Carrie and Big tie the knot. However, things don’t go quite as planned. Even if you run out on a wedding, you don’t get your money back.
The initial ceremony was held at The New York Public Library, which would cost a whopping £38,000. Carrie’s custom Vivienne Westwood gown would set you back around £18,000, however she was gifted this following a magazine shoot.
The build-up to Jim and Michelle’s big day is filled with drama, from an unfortunate haircut and destroyed flowers to dance-offs and a bachelor party gone wrong. Luckily, with Stifler to the rescue, the actual ceremony goes off without a hitch.
The happy couple eventually tie the knot at The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, one of the most lavish venues on our list, which costs a staggering £63,000.
With a hilarious cast, Bridesmaids follows the run-up to Lillian’s wedding, as her maid of honor and one of her bridesmaids compete to prove who is the better friend.
The total bill for this day comes in at £98,086, thanks to the ceremony being held at the LA Arboretum, a pricey performance from Wilson Phillips and Lillian’s Ellie Saab-inspired gown.
With eight separate festive love stories to keep track of, Love Actually features plenty of both happiness and heartache, making it one of the most beloved rom-coms of recent years.
Peter and Juliet’s beautiful wedding takes place at the Grosvenor Chapel in London. However, the highlight was the elaborate orchestra, choir, electric guitar and organ combination, not to forget the late Lynden David Hall’s fantastic performance.
At Connie Corleone’s wedding, there’s no expense spared. Which is hardly surprising, considering her father is the head of an infamous New York crime family.
This wedding takes place on the stunning Corleone family estate, saving money on location! One thing the family did splash out on, however, was hiring the late Al Martino to sing at the wedding, which compared to present day, would set you back over £150,000.
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