6 of the most expensive celebrity wedding gifts of all time
Feeling a bit skint at the thought of how much you’ll be spending on wedding gifts this year? This will have you reaching for your wallet and wincing – OurWedding counts down six of the most expensive wedding gifts, gifted to or by the rich and famous.
The couple: The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Princess Salama
The gift: A 20,000 seat custom-built stadium costing $22 million.
The story: Prince Mohammed and Princess Salama got married in 1981. The father of the groom, who was the founder of the United Arab Emirates and the then-ruler of Dubai, gave them a wedding venue as a gift – a custom-built stadium, seating 20,000 people. The wedding itself cost around $100 million and is one of the most extravagant of all time.
The couple: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
The gift: A custom Gulfstream jet
The story: Talk about public displays of affection. Not only did Cruise take his love for Holmes to the Oprah Winfrey show, complete with mad sofa-jumping antics, he also presented her with a custom Gulfstream private jet, costing anything between $14 and $20 million. The couple were married at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy in 2006 and lasted six years before parting ways in 2012.
The couple: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
The gift: La Peregrina, one of the most famous pearls in the world.
The story: La Peregrina was discovered in the 16th century and has adorned the necks of many members of European royalty. One of the most recent owners was a queen of the silver screen – Elizabeth Taylor, whose tempestuous romance with Richard Burton (pictured here on their wedding day) was the stuff of legend. Burton gifted it to his wife and Taylor commissioned Cartier to re-design the necklace, setting the pearl with pearls, diamonds, and rubies. The necklace was sold at auction after Taylor’s death, fetching $11 million.
The couple: Jorge and Sandra Mendes
The gift: A Greek island from Cristiano Ronaldo
The story: Ronaldo is famously close to his manager, who is one of the most successful agents in the world of football. When Mendes got married in 2015, he and his wife Sandra were presented with the gift of a Greek island from the loyal footballer, who also served as his best man. The prices of islands can range from a cool €3 million to the forbidding ‘available upon request’, according to Private Island.
The couple: George and Amal Clooney
The gift: A mansion in the English country side
The story: George bought the lovely $9 million country home where he and Amal spent their honeymoon and presented it to his new bride as a wedding gift. The Georgian Berkshire mansion is just an hour away from London, which is handy as Amal works as a human rights lawyer based in the city. The couple are reportedly thinking about raising a family there.
The couple: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
The gift: A vintage platinum Patek Philippe watch
The story: This one has a bit of local flavour. Brangelina have been an item for ages, but they only tied the knot in 2014, the same year they were in Gozo filming By the Sea. As a wedding gift, Jolie gave Pitt a $3 million Patek Philippe legacy watch, which she took for inscription to George Farrugia, who runs a jewellery shop near Mgarr ix-Xini. Farrugia says Jolie requested the words ‘To Roly from Nessa’ on the back of the watch – the names of the characters they played opposite each other in the film.