From Prince William and Kate to Kim and Kris: Sponsored Celebrity Weddings

June 29, 2011 By:
From Prince William and Kate to Kim and Kris: Sponsored Celebrity Weddings

We complain about how lavish celebrity weddings are, but that doesn’t stop us from watching every minute of them. Weddings are usually the most expensive day in a person’s life. Considering most celebs spend several thousand dollars on a Tuesday, one can only imagine how the grand total stacks up for their wedding day.

Which is why so many celebs have no problem profiting off of their big day and/or allowing it to be sponsored. After all, they only get 4-5 wedding days in their lives. Here’s the rundown on some seriously sponsored celebrity weddings.

Prince William & Kate Middleton: No wonder the British people were so excited about this wedding. They paid at least $60 million dollars for it. And if that’s not enough, because the entire country shut down on the big day, the British economy shut down, too. The Wall Street Journal estimated the economic cost in the billions.
Aww, but it was worth it. He kissed her twice on the balcony!

Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries: The couple is asking for a $1250 serving spoon, so I’m pretty sure money is no object for this wedding. The tab so far is rumored to be at $10 million. An insider tells OK! Weekly “Kim is seriously determined to have a royal-type extravaganza.” Despite Obama’s controversial spending of taxpayer money, Americans will not be paying for this. E! will likely be picking up the tab in one way or another, with Kim making millions off of the network’s filming of her big day. And I’m betting that there will be some product placement, too. Let’s just hope Kris Jenner isn’t sitting in the pews holding up a pack of QuickTrim and smiling at the camera.

Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minillo: Because filming his love life worked so well last time, Nick Lachey plans to have the TLC Network film his wedding to Vanessa Minillo. The couple hasn’t revealed their date, but the special will air a few weeks after the wedding. I’m sure it will be beautiful and all, but I wouldn’t want my wedding being broadcast between shows like My Strange Addiction and Freaky Eaters.

Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom: They profited off of their marriage and they’re continuing to profit off of their reality show. Khloe recently claimed: “We sell our souls to E!” Hey, at least they got a good deal on them.

Hugh Hefner & Crystal Harris: Ok, so it didn’t have a fairy tale ending. But unless Prince Charming had a geriatric nurse, it didn’t have a fairy tale beginning either. The wedding was going to be broadcast on Lifetime, because there’s nothing that network’s audience loves more than an aging playboy who only surrounds himself with big breasted, blonde White women. Marrying Hef is still going to premiere on Lifetime, but Hefner says it will not have a “runaway bride” theme. Sometimes you don’t even have to get married to profit off of your wedding.

Trista Rehn & Ryan Sutter: Not only were they paid to broadcast their wedding, they were paid to find each other, too. Trista and Ryan met on The Bachelorette in 2003, and by the end of the year the couple was married. Their ceremony was broadcast as the season finale of a three-episode special called Trista & Ryan’s Wedding. The wedding drew over 26 million viewers.