Not all weddings are created equal! In 2017, some newlyweds pulled out all the stops for their nuptials, incorporating everything from floor-to-ceiling floral arrangements to gold-coated wedding cakes to haute couture gowns. It surely helped that the vast majority of the brides and grooms came from relative royalty within their respective industries (or, in the case of several couples, were actually royalty).
Here’s we’ve rounded up the top 10 most extravagant, decadent wedding of the past year, ranging from wedding bells for Pippa Middleton to an over-the-top ceremony and reception for a Russian oligarch.
Why have one wedding day when you can have three? Swarovski heiress Victoria Swarovski celebrated her big day(s) with family and friends in Portopiccolo, Italy, and kicked off the festivities in high style, with a “pasta and love”-themed welcome reception that saw Swarovski and her guests all decked out in red and white. And for the actual ceremony the next day, she swapped up her ravishing, eye-catching red high-low dress for an even more show-stopping number: a couture gown by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, which included a 20-foot train and—what else? Countless Swarovski crystal embellishments.
More than six years after her older sister made history walking down the aisle at Westminster Abbey, Pippa Middleton said “I do” to her beau, James Matthews, in a much-anticipated wedding in Englefield, England. The party planner kept her look classic and elegant with a lace Giles Deacon gown featuring a high neck and short sleeves. The Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance, of course, with a photo of her carefully adjusting Pippa’s gown capturing the attention of adoring onlookers.
Seasoned celebrity wedding planner David Tutera said a few vows of his own this past April, celebrating his nuptials to boyfriend of four years, Joey Toth, in a lavish, black-tie ceremony in Los Angeles. The reality personality and his love hosted a rustic rehearsal dinner in Malibu Thursday and swapped up the general vibe with a lavish, Old Hollywood ceremony and reception two days later.
A true wealth of love here! Nigerian billionaire Folarin Alakija spared no expense when he and Iranian model Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar got married in an over-the-top ceremony in June. The pair’s nuptials, held at the Blenheim Palace in the English countryside, included a display of one million white roses and matching hanging orchids, as well as a 12-foot wedding cake that was estimated to cost close to $13,000 to produce.
Just in case you were wondering, “Hollywood” is now a wedding theme, and the wedding singer for such a fete is Lady Gaga. In July, two Russian-Armenian scions exchanged vows at the iconic Dolby Theater, better known as the venue for the Oscars. Lavish features from the big day included a Gatsby-inspired, gold gilded wall accentuated by a crystal chandelier and the couple’s names—Lolita and Gaspar—in bright lights; floral arrangements that reportedly cost half a million dollars; and a musical performance by Lady Gaga herself.
It’s no surprise that Rupert Murdoch was the ultimate father of the bride at his daughter Elisabeth Murdoch’s wedding this past July. The bride and her groom, artist Keith Tyson, got married in the English countryside in a wedding fit for (media) royalty: the couple served a 2008 version of Barons de Rothschild champagne valued at nearly $1,300 a bottle, and guests noshed on an Italian-inspired menu crafted by Michelin-star rated The River Cafe.
How to top an $8 million, 70-carat engagement ring? With a decadent ceremony including thousands of white flowers, a “floating” wedding cake and acrobats to create an otherworldly feel for your many gathered guests—and hundreds of thousands of Instagram fans. Russian oligarch Aleksey Shapovalov and model Ksenia Tsaritsina, a popular figure on Instagram, also treated their guests to a performance by their favorite rock band, Leningrad.
Flower arrangements and flickering candles were in tall order at Karen Karapetyan and Lilit Karapetyan’s lavish wedding at the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow this past September. The son of an Armenian billionaire and his social media influencer love welcomed guests to a reception with several differently decorated (and all Instagram-worthy) rooms to explore, including one with an entire wall of flowers and another with thousands of chandelier crystals hanging from the ceiling.
His Royal Highness Prince Philip of Serbia and his fiancee, Danica Marinkovic, got married in October at Belgrade’s Saborna Church, and the guest list was positively regal. Key royal family members who took part in the ceremony itself included Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and His Royal Highness of Prince Peter, who served as the Godmother and Godfather of the wedding.
Talk about star-studded! The union between two of South Korea’s biggest stars—Song Hye-Kyo and Song Joong-Ki—was full of fanfare and fans, as the duo, who met on the set of their 2016 hit drama Descendants of the Sun, exchanged vows at Seoul’s famed Shilla Hotel. There, the pair were joined by a number of A-list guests; bride Song Hye-Kyo donned a to-die-for custom haute couture Dior gown.