Its been reported through recent studies that the average Australian wedding now costs $65,000, but these are certainly not your average wedding
This is where the budget for flowers alone is $1 million, brides go as far as buying multiple designers gowns to change into throughout the day, and the cakes! They are so enormous the bride and groom need a ladder to get to the top to cut them.
She says the super-rich often try to outdo each other that their requests get more and more ridiculous. ‘There’s been requests for a monkey ring bearer and a baby elephant at the reception and we have had wedding gowns that weighed around of 30 kilograms’.
She continues ‘It’s now normal for a bride to have two designer dresses for her wedding. One gown for the ceremony and one for the reception.’
‘Celebrity florist, Karen Tran, styled a wedding for Vietnamese royalty where the budget for flowers was $1 million,’ she revealed.
Wedded Wonderland have featured some of the most opulent weddings around the world, from a 1,000-guest reception in Beirut to a Beverly Hills party where the bride’s favourite flowers were flown in from Holland. They shared some of their most memorable.
ALI AND LANA, BEIRUT
‘From Lana’s Elie Saab Couture gown to the phenomenal Louis Vuitton-inspired floral Ferris wheels which towered inside their reception venue, this wedding was jaw-dropping.
‘The couple exchanged their vows at the bride’s parents’ house in the South of Lebanon, before making a grand entrance to their reception, which was held at BIEL – one of Beirut’s biggest venue halls.
‘Adorned from top to bottom with real, white orchids on all four walls, LED lights and plasma screens, the reception was transformed into a romantic fairy-tale for their 1,060 guests.’
LARINA AND BEN, NEW YORK
‘Held in a grand New York space filled with high ceilings, trompe l’oeil paintings, gilt-edged mouldings and antique chandeliers, Larina and Ben’s big day was a celebration attended by 170 of their closest friends and family.
‘Dressed in a couture Inbal Dror gown and Jimmy Choo shoes, Larina had 10 bridesmaids by her side.
‘The reception was an opulently styled with resplendent table settings, gold-gilded crockery, antique lace linens and spectacular arrangements of white, cream and pale pink roses.’
SANDY AND ROD, SYDNEY
‘Sandy and Rod entrusted renowned Australian stylist, Jason James Design to provide the creative direction for this spectacular wedding. Held at Sydney University, the reception came complete with a custom designed 12-metre truss structure positioned over the bridal table featuring cascading ferns, roses in oranges, pinks and reds and hydrangea accents.
‘A mass of green trees created a rain forest effect at the back of the venue and terracotta hexagonal tiles, hand-painted table numbers and hand-written tags in custom calligraphy were attached to pears adorning the tables.
‘The wedding cake consisted of three bespoke hand-painted cakes, each embellished with individual gold leaf geometric shapes.’
NADIA AND SAM, BEVERLY HILLS
‘Dream bride Nadia, married her prince charming Sam in Beverly Hills, California, in a wedding fit for a princess. Her exquisite fishtail gown by Rita Vinieris, featured a layered organza skirt and detailed embellished belt and her jewellery was by Cartier.
‘The ceremony took place in the garden of the Greystone Mansion and was followed by a rooftop reception at The London Hotel in West Hollywood. Guests dined beneath the twinkling stars and were spoilt with sweeping views of the entire city.
‘Nadia had a love of peonies, however at the time of the wedding, peonies weren’t in season, so the florist ended up flying thousands of peonies from Holland.’
BRITTANY AND JUSTIN, LAKE COMO
‘This wedding was the ultimate in intimate luxury, held at a private villa in Lenno, Italy where the only access is via boat.
‘Brittany and Justin held a three-day celebration for their guests, which included a fresh pasta tasting session.
‘The bride donned an Inbal Dror gown and took her vows to the backdrop of manicured gardens and Lake Como.’