FinancesOnline.com: Every bride spends a lot of time and money in selecting and buying an exquisite wedding dress. The most expensive wedding dresses in the world and we say that up to this year, topping the list is the The Diamond Wedding Gown , diamond-encrusted gown to some of the most iconic celebrity wedding dresses ever that will set you back by $12 million. Let’s count down the top most expensive wedding dresses to ever be made.
- The Diamond Wedding Gown – $12 million
- Yumi Katsura White Gold Dress – $ 8.5 million
- Peacock Wedding Dress – $1.5 million
- Danasha Luxury Gown – $1.5 million
- Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress – $388,088
- Mauro Adami Wedding Dress – $372,564
- Platinum Wedding Dress – $250,000
- 9,999 Carat Gems Wedding Dress – $158,874
- ‘Bach Ngoc Xiem Y’ Wedding Dress – $117,000
- Imperial Pearl Syndicate Gown – $100,000
The Diamond Wedding Gown – $12 million
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Success Stories: The twelve million dollars wedding gown is a highly praised piece, of course, only because of its special make. Created by Martin Katz and Renee, the wedding dress features 150 carats of diamond, making it the one and only known expensive wedding dress in history today.
Yumi Katsura White Gold Dress – $ 8.5 million
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FinancesOnline.com: Not surprisingly, this dress also remains unsold given its hefty price tag of $8.5 million. The designer Yumi Katsura made only two gowns of this type. Katsura is an accomplished craftswoman who has been in the business for 50 years. She studied fashion in Paris at Les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne. In addition, she holds the distinction of presenting her wares at the first ever bridal collection show to be held in Japan. In 1981, Katsura expanded her business into England, France, and the US to become a renowned global designer. So if you have a spare $8.5 million, think of investing in this alluring costume to make your wedding day ever so special.
O, Pish Posh!: The second most expensive wedding dress was constructed my famed Japanese designer Yumi Katsura and is made of white gold. Features of this dress include an 8.8 carat green diamond, a rare 5 carat white gold diamond, over 1000 pearls, and zari embroidery hand-stitched onto the silk and satin dress.
While Katsura has designed dresses for more than 650,000 brides, none come close to this jaw-dropping dress. A diamond centerpiece is the last addition to this dress, which has yet to find a bride (maybe because of the price tag?) who is extravagant enough to wear it down the aisle.
Peacock Wedding Dress – $1.5 million
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O, Pish Posh!: This 2009 Vera Wang creation is not your traditional white wedding dress, but it is perhaps one of the most impressive. Hand-crafted by 8 artisans who painstakingly stitched together 2,009 (a shout out to the year it was made) male peacock feathers, this dress stole the show at the Nanjin, China wedding expo. While this gown is sure to make PETA activists cringe, its royal appeal is undeniable.
FinancesOnline.com: Is it a dream dress or a nightmare? Animal rights activists are still horrified at the inclusion of the peacock feathers in this dress. An average male peacock sheds about 200 feathers each molting season. This means the designers would have collected the feathers of more than 10 birds over a year for this costume. A peacock feather has a shimmering blue and green color and resembles an eye as our picture shows. Apart from the animal rights angle, this dress may not be ideal for your wedding for another reason: In some cultures, peacock feathers are thought to bring bad luck so you may be better off investing your hard-earned moolah elsewhere.
Danasha Luxury Gown – $1.5 million
FinancesOnline.com :This dress was unveiled at the Miami International Fashion Week in 2010. It still makes headlines in 2018 and continues to be one of the most elite gowns on earth. The designers aver that their intention was not to just throw gold and diamonds to create a glaring gown. They wished to design a dazzling costume with the finest materials without making it look too overwrought or gimmicky. The result proves their point and this stunning outfit is just perfect for any rich girl’s Cinderella moment at her wedding.
Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress – $388,088
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Success Stories: This is among the most expensive dress worn by the princess. The dress and its maker were not formally announced until it was worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. The dress is known for its symbolism, design and western influence. The dress was displayed at Buckingham Palace later summer exhibition.
O, Pish Posh!: Prince Williams’ bride looked the part in this Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen) stunner. Complete with a nearly nine-foot train, this dress was constructed with the most luxurious and delicate fabrics, including French Chantilly, English Cluny lace, and ivory and white satin gazar.
This dress took months to make and is not only one of the most expensive wedding dresses ever made, but one of the best gowns in recent years. Finished with hand-stitched lace applique, Kate’s dress was exactly what we expected from the royal family.
Mauro Adami Wedding Dress – $372,564
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O, Pish Posh!: Constructed in 2008 by designed Mauro Adami, this luxurious wedding dress is made up of nearly 132 feet of platinum-colored fabric. Sewn with silk and platinum thread, the gown exudes femininity from the delicate embroidery to the gorgeous neckline.
Platinum Wedding Dress – $250,000
This comes from China, and is literally made from platinum. This dress comes with fiery red theme with an oriented design and majestic luster. There are many wedding gowns crafted from gold and silver, but this craftsmanship takes a new high. Image credit: FinancesOnline.com
FinancesOnline.com: You might have heard of wedding dresses that are embroidered with gold and adorned with precious gems. But this gown take the cake as it is made with platinum, one of the most expensive metals in the world. The ornate oriental design adds to its charm and you can go for this gown if you wish to add an Eastern touch to your wedding.
You don’t have to settle for the traditional boring white for your bridal wear. Express your individuality and unique style with this fiery red oriental dress that is sure to be the talk of the town for a long time to come and also give you precious memories to remember when you think back about your wedding as the years go by.
9,999 Carat Gems Wedding Dress – $158,874
Though this dress was designed and made way back in 2007, it continues to occupy a place in the list of most expensive wedding dresses in 2018. The precious gems that make up this gown are sure to grow in value as the years go by. So if you are a millionaire or a billionaire, consider investing in this dress not only to make your wedding grand but also as a fail-proof investment that can boost your net worth in the future. Source: FinancesOnline.com
Success Stories: Designed in the year 2007, this expensive dress went on display at the store in Shangrao, Jiangxi, China. The dress comes with high quality material, and values the precious stones uplifting the fabric. This design is crafted with 10,000 carats.
‘Bach Ngoc Xiem Y’ Wedding Dress – $117,000
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O, Pish Posh!: Yet another Asian creation, this dress hails from Vietnam and is constructed of white silk and satin. Only for the seriously wealthy bride-to-be, this dress is embellished with 222 diamonds and 100 rubies. On display at the Ruby Plaza in Hanoi, anyone who sees the dress in person is bound to be impressed.
Imperial Pearl Syndicate Gown – $100,000
The model in the picture wearing this dress is Mary Joe Connolly, who was a photographer for King Features Syndicate. Image credit: FinancesOnline.com
O, Pish Posh!: The last dress on our list of the most expensive wedding dresses ever was constructed in the 1950s by eight dressmakers over a span of two months. While it’s at the bottom of our list at $100,000 that is still more than most brides will ever spend on a dress and was widely expensive by 1950s standards. Weighing 27 pounds, this gown is made from silk and satin and is adorned with more than 100,000 pearls.
There are a handful of celebrity dresses that are said to be among the most expensive, but the price tag is kept under wraps. From Princess Diana’s 1981 head-turner, to the dress Grace Kelly wore in 1956, to Victoria Beckham’s strapless number, and Melania Knauss’ satin dress covered in pearls and crystal rhinestones, the dresses that didn’t even make our list are as impressive as any.
Princess Diana’s 1981
The Princess dress. Although it’s hard to put a price on such an extravagantly iconic dress, Princess Diana’s silk creation was reported to cost $115,000.. Source: home.bt.com Image credit: All Things Princess Diana – WordPress.com
Grace Kelly’s in 1956
Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress for her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco was considered one of the most extravagant of the time. Made with 100 yards of the finest silk with 25 yards of taffeta by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, the $8,000 price tag would cost around $68,000(£50,000) today.. Source: home.bt.com Image credit: Pinterest
Victoria Beckham’s strapless number
VERA WANG DRESS – VICTORIA BECKHAM – R1.1 MILLION ($100,000)… Source: Pinterest
Melania Knauss’ 1999
Melania Knauss’, future Mrs. Donald Trump, wedding dress cost $200k, 13 ft train, and yards of white satin weighing in at 50 pounds..Source: Pinterest
Wikipedia: Weddings performed during and immediately following the Middle Ages were often more than just a union between two people. They could be a union between two families, two businesses or even two countries. Many weddings were more a matter of politics than love, particularly among the nobility and the higher social classes. Brides were therefore expected to dress in a manner that cast their families in the most favorable light and befitted their social status, for they were not representing only themselves during the ceremony. Brides from wealthy families often wore rich colors and exclusive fabrics. It was common to see them wearing bold colors and layers of furs, velvet and silk. Brides dressed in the height of current fashion, with the richest materials their families’ money could buy. The poorest of brides wore their best church dress on their wedding day. The amount and the price of material a wedding dress contained was a reflection of the bride’s social standing and indicated the extent of the family’s wealth to wedding guests.
In the early 1900s, clothing included a lot of decorations, such as lace or frills. This was also adopted in wedding dresses, where decorative frills and lace was common. For example, in the 1920s, they were typically short in the front with a longer train in the back and were worn with cloche-style wedding veils. This tendency to follow current fashions continued until the late 1960s, when it became popular to revert to long, full-skirted designs reminiscent of the Victorian era.
Later, many people assumed that the color white was intended to symbolize virginity, though this was not the original intention: it was the color blue that was connected to purity, piety, faithfulness, and the Virgin Mary.
WHAT IS A WEDDING DRESS OR WEDDING/BRIDAL GOWN?
VOWS Bridal Outlet: Colors have different meanings and a blue wedding gown suggests femininity andpurity, plus it symbolize stability, security and lifelong loyalty. White: White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
FinancesOnline.com:This tradition started with Queen Victoria who wore a white silk-satin and lace gown when she married Prince Albert in 1840. This dress shocked traditionalists as at that time white was considered a color of mourning and a red gown was usually worn by royals for their wedding. However, Queen Victoria’s white wedding dress struck a chord among women and this color has become the preferred choice for a wedding dress the world over.
The wedding dress in western culture has an interesting evolution and history reveals BBC.com. Contrary to popular thinking, the color white does not connote purity and many celebrities such as Gwen Stefani, Dita Von Treese, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, and Anne Hathway have bucked the trend and followed their own style by choosing their wedding dresses in another color. Fashionistas have used the occasion of their wedding to make their own unique style statement. For instance, Audrey Hepbern wore a mini dress and head scarf, while Bianca Jagger adorned a white suit on their special day.
The global bridal wear market is driven by the popularity of the institution of marriage and the fact that millennials have reached marriageable age. Strategyr.com reports that the worldwide bridal wear market is predicted to exceed more than $73 billion by 2024. However, the rise of online stores has proved to be a dampener to the prospects and profits of conventional brick-and-mortar stores such as bridal salons. After their wedding, many couples hit a beach resort for their honeymoon. This means there is a good market for practical and beach-friendly honeymoon costumes.
Now that you know the fascinating facts behind the history of the wedding dress and its current market size, let’s take a look at the most expensive wedding dresses that have been designed for the styles and deep pockets of millionaires and billionaires.