Kim Kardashian: Here Comes the Bride's $17.9 Million
The reality TV wedding of the year proved to be extremely lucrative for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, with the couple earning a whopping $17.9 million in deals related to their "I do's" on E! -- the network that helped make Kardashian a household name.
According to The Post, exclusive photo rights for the reality nuptials were sold to People magazine for $2.5 million. The main chunk of their multi-million payout will come from a two-part special, "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event," airing on E! in October. The Kardashians are expected to earn $12 to $15 million for the special.
Kim and Kris most likely didn't pay for any of their wedding costs, according to experts. Many of the wedding items -- such as invitations and the cake, were given to the couple for free or at a discounted price. L.A. celebrity event planner Tony Schubert told The Post, "It benefits the vendors, their goods and services [to be] shown to millions of people."
In addition to the many comped items, the floral arrangements of African white roses, tents, lighting and favors would have cost about $2 million. The delicious goodies at the reception were also free, including Kobe burgers, cupcakes and truffles, worth $750K.
The wedding celebration will continue in New York, where Kim and Kourtney film their reality show, "Kourtney and Kim Take New York."
According to The Post, Kim and Kris raked in millions for the following:
* $15 million plus profit for four-hour, two-part wedding special on E!
* $2.5 million for exclusive photos with People magazine
* $300,000 for exclusive engagement announcement with People
* $100,000 for exclusive rights to bridal shower with Britain's OK! mag
* $50,000 to have bachelorette party at Tao in Las Vegas
Stuff they got for free included:
* $15,000 to $20,000 Hansen's Bakery wedding cake
* $60,000 for three Vera Wang wedding dress and fittings
* $400,000 in Perrier Jouet Champagne
* $150,000 in hair and makeup for photo shoots and TV "home video"
* $10,000 in Lehr & Black wedding invitations
UPDATE: Although Kim and Kris said they will not have time for a honeymoon, the couple just left on a romantic European vacation, according to X17online. Mr. and Mrs. Humphries took a flight from LAX on Monday afternoon, but will be back in time to continue their wedding celebration in NYC.
Top 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings
#10 David and Victoria Beckham
July 1999 Cost: $800,000A wedding fit for royalty. Married in a castle near Dublin, the "royal" atmosphere included red velvet thrones, a spectacular fireworks display, and of course, a bridal gown and jewelry fit for a queen.
#8 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
November 2006 Cost: $2 millionThe TomKat wedding was a media spectacle that took place in Italy's 15th century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome. The entire wedding party wore Giorgio Armani, and guests dined on a five-course while opera singer Andrea Boccelli performed.
#9 Donald Trump and Melania Knauss
January 2005 Cost: $1 millionThe real estate mogul and his model wife spared no expense. The bride's Christian Dior gown took approximately 1,000 hours to make. Each of the 500 guests was shuttled by personal drivers.
#7 Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar
March 2007 Cost: $2.5 millionThe model married the Indian businessman in a celebration that spanned 8 days and two continents. The British ceremony was held in the medieval Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Festivites moved to India where the couple again wed in a traditional Hindu ceremony held in Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.
#6 Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
June 2002 Cost: $3 millionThe star-studded extravaganza included a pageant, grand feast and dazzling fireworks. An Indian-themed reception with lavish flowers, and a million-dollar designer gown to topped it all off.
#5 Selma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
April 2009 Estimated Cost: $3 millionThe actress and her French billionaire tied the knot in Venice. She wore a Balenciaga gown with a traditional veil, and held a bouquet of orchids and stephanotis with crystals. The festivities began with a carnival-style masked ball and ended with a lavish reception.
#4 Liza Minelli and David Gest
March 2002 Cost: $3.5 millionThe Oscar-winner and producer said "I do" at Manhattan's Collegiate Church.Best man was Michael Jackson, maid of honor was Elizabeth Taylor. The guests were treated to a 6-foot, 12-tier wedding cake, and were entertained by Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole.
#4 Wayne Rooney and Colleen McLaughlin
June 2008 Estimated cost: $15 millionThe wedding of television soccer pro Wayne Rooney to Colleen McLaughlin took place in one of the most romantic places in the world, Portofino, Italy, with a four-day celebration on a yacht with 64 guests flown in by private jets. The couple served pizza at the reception!
#2 Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco
April 1956 Estimated Cost: $ unknownEvery little girl's fairytale come true. The entire Monegasque population of over 3,000 was in attendance. The gown was hand made, decorated with over 800,000 sequins and 1,500 rhinestones and pearls. The Prince created a perfume in honor of his wife, and designed his own uniform that would be worn only that special day.
#1 Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
November 2006 Cost: $78 millionThe world's most expensive wedding to date is that of Vanisha Mittal (daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal) and investment banker Armit Bhatia. The wedding was held at a 17th-century chateau in France. Ceremonies went on for five days, and with over 100 dishes prepared. The 1,000 guests received a 20-page silver book invitation. The wine tab alone was a whopping $1.5 million.