Today in obvious statements: weddings can get expensive. Like, drain your bank account, surpass your student loans, crush your dreams of owning a house expensive. Hence why some couples go the route of a simple trip to city hall or an intimate backyard affair. But what if you’ve got the budget to bankroll an extravagant blowout? I asked a handful of wedding planners to dish on the most expensive weddings they've worked on — and let's just say the bad and boujee deets do not disappoint.
According to the Brides American Wedding Study, the average cost to get hitched in 2018 was more than $44,000 — that’s quite a jump from $27,000 in 2017. Interestingly, the amount spent on flowers more than doubled from 2017 to 2018. And the average amount couples shelled out for music, photography, the rehearsal dinner, and the day-after brunch all surged as well. Almost every couple in reported setting a budget for the big day, but nearly half also admitted to going over budget. So, yeah. Lots of people are going all out for their nuptials, and they DGAF.
While all weddings tend to put at least a little dent in the newlyweds’ bank accounts, some are truly on another level. You know, the kind of celebrations where the Veuve is flowing freely, the venue is an Instagram goldmine, and the guests look like they’re walking the red carpet. If you’re itching to live vicariously through such glamorous celebrations, here's the scoop on some of the most over-the-top weddings that planners have been involved in.