Need To Get Your Dress To A Tropical Island?

Need To Get Your Dress To A Tropical Island?

So you’ve chosen the perfect wedding dress – it’s a stunning sleeveless number with hand-made lace panelling, delicate embroidery with beads and pearls, and a trailing train that’s fit for a princess! It’s not only the dress of your dreams but you’ve chosen a dreamy pair of Jimmy Choo’s and just the right jewellery to compliment it. The excitement is palpable and we bet you can’t help sneaking a peek at it every night before bed?

Our Pick Of The Bunch: Weddings For The Uber Wealthy

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Image Credit: My Wedding Folio

As one of the most celebrated events in our lives, it comes as no surprise that weddings can be costly. But unless you’re an A-lister, a member of the royal family, or an oil mogul, you probably won’t be spending millions of dollars on your wedding day. For the most part, a normal, average Australian wedding costs anywhere from $10,000 for a simple elopement to $50,000 for a venue with food, drinks and all the trimmings.

But then there are the weddings that cost millions and even billions! While we know that money isn’t the most important thing, who can resist fantasizing about a wedding with $145,000 worth of flowers!? At Botanica Weddings we certainly can’t so we’ve done a little research to find out exactly how much the rich and famous really willing to spend on their big, lavish days. In no particular order, you’ll find the results below, enjoy the fantasy and if you’re looking for something a little more ‘cost effective’ don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here.

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Image credit: Collegetimes.com

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

In 2011, Kim and Kris spent millions in an over the top ceremony that every single magazine and entertainment company wanted to cover. The entire celebration cost around $10 million, but it’s reported that the couple didn’t end up paying for much of the bill since E! Entertainment aired their wedding in exchange for footing the bill. The pair also banked around $18 million when they sold the rights to their wedding photos. Sadly, they ended up having one of the shortest celebrity marriages ever, it lasted only 72 days and came to an end in a flurry of bad press.

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Image Credit: Bodyheightweight.com

Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman

Christina and Jordan’s wedding back in 2005 cost the pair $2.2 million. They had 150 guests there on the day including Sharon Stone the star of one of their favourite movies. The grand celebration was hosted at the Napa Valley’s Staglin Family Vineyard. It was decorated beautifully with a winter theme tent that was adorned with white roses, silver, and crystals. Of course Christina sparkled in a Spanish-style Christian Lacroix gown that on its own cost around $80,000. Squeal!

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Image Credit: The Bridal Box

Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar

In comparison, this superstar couple spent $2.6 million on their wedding. They had a double ceremony, which lasted for eight days at the gorgeous Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. After that, they moved everyone to Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Hiring several private jets cost them a total of $300,000 and over $100,000 was spent on accommodation alone. Part of that was a sumptuous $10,000 Indian Bridal Suite, which any bride would be thrilled to wake up in.

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Image Credit: Feel Numb

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

This famous pair spent slightly more, a hefty $3.6 million on their Indian-themed wedding but unlike Hurley and Nayar they left out the private jets choosing instead to hold the ceremony on the grounds of Ireland’s St Salvador Church in Monaghan, Ireland. The after party was held close by in a beautiful castle that cost them $40,000 to rent. Heather wore a lavish ivory lace gown, which she designed herself. For entertainment, their lush wedding featured Indian dancers, a ten-piece band playing Celtic Bangra and a vegetarian feast in line with the couples’ ethical stance. In total an astounding $145,000 was spent on flowers and over $150,000 on fireworks. Talk about going out with a bang!

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Image Credit: ABC News

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezinsky

The stately bill for this presidential wedding was around $5 million and we wouldn’t expect any less from the daughter of a former US president! Some of the costs included a $600,000 air-conditioned tent, a $12,000 cake and a stunning wedding dress from Vera Wang. Funnily enough, Vera even attended the wedding to ensure that her gown looked absolutely perfect on the day. There were 500 guests at the wedding and of course, one of them was Oprah.

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Image Credit: Michael Jackson Romania

Liza Minnelli and David Gest

At the time this couple’s was the biggest celebrity wedding ever to be seen with the pair spending $4.2 million on the big day. Highlights included bestman Michael Jackson who walked Liza Minnelli down the aisle, she also had Elizabeth Taylor as the maid of honour. There was a 60-man orchestra as well as more special guests like Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole. It’s rumoured that the pair spent $700,000 on flowers and over $40,000 on the wedding cake, which for 2002 was truly something.

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Image Credit: Rex Features

Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt

Petra Ecclestone married James Stunt in a medieval Italian town, which was literally closed down for their big day. The pair married in Odescalchi Castle which they hired for an eye-watering $512,000. In total, they forked out around $20,000,000 for the three-day event. Petra’s dress was designed again by Vera Wang and cost her upwards of $80,000. Guests enjoyed performances by the Black Eyed Peas as well as David Guetta while they were served vintage Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne. Acrobats kept everyone entertained and the evening ended with $165,000 worth of fireworks.

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Image Credit: Safit

Khadija Uzhakhova and Said Gutseriev

When the son of a Russian billionaire married his Russian sweetheart in 2016, the term ‘outrageous’ was redefined. It was, of course, a family funded wedding and no shortage was spared. This makes sense as the groom, Said is set to one day inherit a cool 6.2 billion from his father, Mikhail Gutseriev, an oil baron and songwriter. The wedding itself was truly lavish with Sting, J.Lo and even Enrique Iglesias performing. The venue was literally covered in flowers and the cake was as big as a truck! Khadija carried a bejewelled clutch and wore an Elie Saab gown as she stood with her husband to watch millions of dollars of fireworks explode in celebration of their love. The total price tag came in at over a billion dollars. Check out photographs here!

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Image Credit: Softsnow

Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin

In a fairytale to end all fairytales, this 2008 wedding of a working-class girl and a footballer cost a whopping $8,000,000! They had been dating since she was 16 and the wedding was suitably lavish to celebrate their time together. They hired a private plane for 65 people to fly to Genoa where they attended a masked ball on a $120 million yacht! The ceremony was split up into two stages; the first part was held in a 330-year-old Abbey beneath a Louis XVI chandelier. Then, it continued in the Riviera resort of Santa Margherita Ligure in an ornate 17th century Villa.

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Image Credit: Angela Baby Studio

Angela Yeung and Huang Xiaoming

Angela Yeung is a Chinese actress, singer, and model best known by her stage name, “Angelababy”. She was married to actor Huang Xiaoming in an out-of-this-world ceremony that cost a staggering $31 million and was a treat for the 200 guests who were present. Although Angela Yeung has been dubbed the “Kim Kardashian” of China, she spent three times what the American entrepreneur did on her big day. Some features at the wedding included a holographic castle and a ten-foot cake shaped like a carousel which took an entire month to make! Guests were more than pleased to leave with amazing goody bags which including lavish gifts like mobile phones, cosmetics, jewellery and perfume. Interestingly it’s still not confirmed that these gifts were actually from the couple. Much of the wedding was sponsored by various brands hoping for exposure and with the couple’s millions of avid social media fans we’re sure they got it!

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Image Credit: The Daily Mirror

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s$34 million Royal wedding was the most stately and widely viewed celebration of love in the last decade. The lovely couple got married in 2011 at London’s historic Westminster Abby. The ceremony was highly televised and there were approximately 2 billion people around the world watching with amazement. There were a total of three guest lists; the first list had 1,900 people who were invited to the ceremony, the second list had approximately 600 people invited to the luncheon at Buckingham’s Palace, and the third list consisted of 300 to attend a super private dinner hosted by the Prince of Wales.

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Image Credit: Shadybox.com

Vanisha MattAl and Amit Bhatia

When the daughter of a billionaire steel-magnate Lakshmi Mittal married a London born banker, the results were bound to be incredible and they certainly didn’t disappoint. The pair spent $66 million on their wedding back in 2005. The luxurious event featured invitations mailed in silver boxes, which, to the guests’ delight, included plane tickets and rooms at a five-star Paris hotel. The entire celebration lasted five days and was hosted at a Vaux-le-Vicomte, an opulent 16th Century Chateau. Lucky guests got to enjoy a performance from Kylie Minogue as well as designer gift bags filled with jewels and other luxury items.

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Image Credit: Heard Country

Sheikh MohammEd bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Princess Salama

It may be an oldy, but its still a goody! When Sheik Mohammed and Princess Salama were married in 1981 they had one of the most opulent and expensive weddings ever. The $110 million celebration lasted seven days. A special stadium accommodating 20,000 people was built especially for the day. The sheikh and princess rode on horseback through many towns in the Emirates and gave different gifts and goods to the people there. In true exotic fashion, the groom purchased 20 camels, which they painstakingly decorated with ornate jewels and embellishments.

The stadium he built for their wedding!

The stadium he built for their wedding!

The Cost Of Love Is Priceless

It must be outrageous to celebrate such an important day in this amazing way, but for us ‘normal’ folk a party of this kind is likely to be far out of reach. Reading this list does bring up a bit of envy but it also really reminds us that weddings are truly about the sacred union between two people, and the love is all that really matters. Just in case you’re wondering, it’s totally possible to throw an absolutely luxurious wedding abroad if you do it right. Botanica Weddings are the Bali wedding specialists and we can help you to do it for a fraction of the cost of the shenanigans above. Contact us here.

Nab a Gorgeous Wedding Dress Without Breaking the Bank

Nab a Gorgeous Wedding Dress Without Breaking the Bank

Every girl has fantasised about what kind of wedding dress she’s going to wear and Pinterest is chock full of dream wedding dresses that girls are pinning and sharing about. There are so many choices out there, but if marriage has been on your mind for years then you probably know exactly which one, you want. Usually, there’s just one problem with your dream dress… it’s way out of your budget

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Is a Destination Wedding Right for You?

Why A Destination Wedding Could Be Your Best Choice

Is planning your wedding taking over every waking moment of your life? 

Well you’re not the only one, engaged couples everywhere are focused like lasers on their upcoming nuptials – and understandably! This is literally ‘the biggest day’ of your life and there are a million things to do.

It’s no wonder the rest of reality begins to pale in comparison. However, thinking ‘outside of the box’ could be the answer to your endless task lists. What we mean by this is considering taking your show on the road by throwing a destination wedding.

One in four couples are now having their weddings away from their place of residence, so we thought it was high time to talk to our readers about the actual logistics of marrying in an exotic destination.

There are many, many benefits but also a few important factors to warn you about. Luckily, we’ve learned a fair bit after speaking with hundreds of couples about their weddings, so we’ve put together a few easy checkpoints to help you find out if a destination wedding is right for you.

If you’re already sure you want to marry away from home then click here for a no obligation chat with one of Botanica’s staff. We can give you an idea of cost and you can ask as many questions as you like without committing to a thing.

 Is A Destination Wedding Right For Me?

1. Your family and friends live around the world

If you and your significant other have family all around the world, a destination wedding is a great way to bring them all together in one place. They’re going to have to travel to the wedding regardless, so why not have it somewhere marvelous where they can also enjoy a little vacation?

2. You wouldn’t describe yourself as traditional

Chapels and churches are lovely, but they may not be very you? If you want something a little different, than a destination wedding could be the perfect way to do justice to your beautiful union. Plus, your location will be etched in peoples’ minds forever and immortalized in gorgeous photographs.

3. You both love travelling

Everyone loves an excuse to get away. So if you and your significant other are constantly daydreaming and planning your next vacation, why not make your special day that extra bit special by spending it in an idyllic location? How does saying “I do” on the beautiful island of Bali sound?

4. You want something small and intimate

A destination wedding doesn’t have to mean a small guest list, but it often becomes a more intimate affair, which increases the sense of connection between guests. In reality, having a wedding abroad will increase the financial and time commitments of your guests, meaning you’ll probably end up with your nearest and dearest by your side. This not only means less work but ensures no hurt feelings should you decide to leave some of your more ‘distant cousins’ off of the guest list.

5. You want to reduce costs

Not all destination weddings cost less than a wedding at home. But they often can if you plan adequately and choose the right company! As mentioned above, destination weddings often have a smaller guest list; meaning slashed costs overall. This is probably why more and more Australians are choosing to have their weddings in Bali, thereby cutting their expenses by almost half.

YES! A Destination Wedding Sounds Perfect, But Now What?

If the description above sounds like you, then a destination wedding could be on the cards. The next step is to open your laptop and start researching. To help we’ve put together a few inside tips that you should keep in mind while you’re looking around at both destinations and wedding companies. Read on to ensure that your special day doesn’t morph into a logistical nightmare.

Book a wedding planner!

Most couples flirt with the idea of booking a wedding planner, particularly because they’re a little nervous about organising everything from a distance and want the help of a professional. We are 100% in agreement and recommend you do just this.

Many resorts and hotels provide wedding planner services, but there are also some independent companies who do a great job. The planners and staff at Botanica Weddings, create magic for couples in idyllic locations. We have tons of experience with Bali and will ensure that everything runs smoothly at a reasonable cost.

Even if you don’t end up with us, a third party planner is always a good idea for couples who are feeling stressed out, or overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options to consider. But do keep in mind that wedding planner contracts are binding, so if you sign the agreement and end up unhappy with the service, there’s not much you can do.

To avoid any hiccups, ensure that you’re working with a professional, reliable and well-known team before you dive into anything binding. Ask lots of questions, and read your contract well. Be very cautious of foreign companies that ask for up-front deposits. We’ve put together a short video of questions you can ask any planners you’re considering.

Consider whether you want to sacrifice customisation for convenience

Lots of hotels and resorts offer “packages” with their own suppliers and staff. Oftentimes these provide couples with a stress-free, streamlined process but at the expense of being a teensy bit ‘cookie cutter’. While some couples might enjoy the straightforward nature of these arrangements, others prefer events they can customise and have more control over.

An ‘all-inclusive’ hotel package will often be a cheaper option, but be careful you don’t end up with unreasonable restrictions. If you’re not keen on spending time faffing about with tiny details then a package could be the right option for you. If you’re the opposite, consider asking about bespoke options in more unique venues!

Either way, make sure you find out exactly what’s included in the package you choose – and make sure it’s written in your contract. Keep in mind that in some hotels, these types of arrangements may see several weddings take place on the same day as yours.

If this is going to be a problem or if you want to have a say over everything from the meals and beverages to the decorations – go for the more “a la carte” approach with a proper wedding planning company, one that offers a range of different venues. You’ll find everything will be far more individualised.

Take an early trip to the destination

 We seriously suggest taking an early trip to the destination you have in mind, maybe several trips. If you don’t have a planner, you’ll probably spend the first trip scouting the best venues to hold your reception and dinner – as well as the best hotels for your guests. Then there are the smaller but no less important services to consider, like local caterers and florists, hairdressers and of course, makeup artists.

Note if you’re using a wedding planner they’ll be able to take care of these things for you, and they will even sample everything beforehand! Getting things perfect and having a good feel for all of your vendors is an important factor, whether it’s you or a planner doing the hard work.

Read the fine print!

Most reputable venues will require you to sign a contract that identifies the estimated number of guests in attendance. The overall costs will be based on this number and you’ll be responsible should there be a shortfall in the number of guests. The deposit you make will be based on the estimate you gave and signed for.

All the extras, such as open bar tabs, will generally be settled at the end of the event. Make sure that you’ve read your contract carefully and know exactly which expenses were paid for upfront and which are paid for in the last settlement. The last bill can often be a substantial one.

Please keep in mind that a country’s VAT may not be included in the vendor price and proposals. Sometimes these taxes end up being enormous, so enquire about any added taxes before you go signing the contract.

Don’t forget the nitty-gritty details

It’s easy to get carried away planning the look and feel of your wedding day but have you taken the time to do the tedious research about the country’s laws and customs? You’ll need to find out whether