Married-for-TV? 8 of the most expensive reality TV weddings ever, from Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, to Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn and Real Housewives’ Teresa Giudice and Kandi Burruss

Reality stars who had fantastically lavish weddings including, from left: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, Paris Hilton and Carter Reum, and Christine Quinn and Christian Richard. Photo: @MTVLA/Twitter, @Paris Hilton/Facebook, @thechristinequinn/Instagram
Whether it’s a Kardashian birthday bash or a party to launch a Real Housewife’s latest venture, no one puts on an event quite like a reality TV star. And if there’s one occasion when reality TV goes all out, it’s a wedding.

But which reality TV nuptials were the most outrageous? These are some of the most extravagant and expensive to make headlines the world over.

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1. Katie Price and Peter Andre, 2005

Katie Price and Peter Andre. Photo: @Famous Weddings/Facebook

The over-the-top wedding of Katie Price and singer Peter Andre is regarded as one of showbiz’s most outlandish. The ceremony was held at Highclere Castle later Downton Abbey’s filming location – and the British glamour model wore a Barbie-pink tulle and satin gown, complete with seven-metre train and glittering pink tiara.

Price and Andre tied the knot at Highclere Castle, more famous as the setting for Downton Abbey. Photo: Downtonabbey_official

The groom was no less embellished, donning a white tuxedo studded in Swarovski. Beyond their outfits, outrageous highlights included the Cinderella-style horse and carriage that carted the bride to the venue, a 10-foot chandelier, and thrones for the bride and groom. Per The Mirror, on an episode of Loose Women, Price admitted the event cost an unbelievable £1 million (US1.18 million).

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Katie Price and Peter Andre’s wedding carriage. Photo: @Sweet Hollywood/Facebook

“It was that extravagant,” she said, “I remember people just chucking Swarovski crystals onto the tables. We had a carriage, we had a tunnel, special lighting, pink carpet … I mean, what didn’t we have?!”

2. Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett, 2009

The Wilkinson and Baskett families at the wedding of Kendra and Hank. Photo: @Celebrity Weddings/Facebook

Draped in a US$20,000 duchesse-silk dress with over 55 yards of fabric and 1,200 crystals, Kendra Wilkinson married her football player beau Hank Baskett on the self-titled show, Kendra.

The bride and groom get playful for the cameras. Photo: @All Girls Next Door/Facebook

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Aside from the expensive dress, the former Playboy Mansion resident was seen in US$795 Louboutin heels and about US$100,000 worth of diamonds.

Wilkinson’s ex, Hugh Hefner. Photo: @All Girls Next Door/Facebook

The high-profile wedding was held at the famed Playboy Mansion with Wilkinson’s ex, Hugh Hefner, seated in the second row. So anticipated was the event that paparazzi helicopters circled above. The late Playboy mogul even enjoyed the bride’s second dance.

3. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, 2011

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Photo: @MTVLA/Twitter

For Kim K’s hyped wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries, a four-part special was produced. The series documented the run up to the big day, the surrounding drama, as well as the actual wedding, which, as per Insider, cost US$10 million.

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A candid moment at the wedding of Kim Kardashian and former NBA player Kris Humphries. Photo: @LAM Confidential/Facebook

Included in the hefty price tag was Kardashian’s Vera Wang gown and 1,000 bottles of limited-edition fragrance created for the event. There was also a US$20,000, eight-foot tall replica of Prince William and Kate’s wedding cake, which weighed over 270kg.

Kim K and blink-and-you’ll-miss-him-hubbie Kris Humphries. Photo: @SheSoMajor/Facebook

Though the expenses of the wedding were widely reported, what has perhaps been most remembered is that the Kardashian-Humphries union lasted just 72 days.

4. Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, 2011

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo. Photo: @Nick and Vanessa Lachey/Facebook

Though Nick Lachey’s first marriage to Jessica Simpson was famously documented in a reality series, his second wedding to former Miss Teen USA Vanessa Minnillo was extra extravagant.


The Love is Blind host couple had their wedding captured in a TLC channel documentary special, a secret island getaway for the bride and groom and their small party of 35 guests.

Richard Branson hosted Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo’s wedding on his private island. Photo: @Nick and Vanessa Lachey/Facebook

The couple reportedly invited their guests to the four-day island extravaganza not with traditional invitations but rather plane tickets to their Caribbean island venue. Where exactly did the pair say “I do”? Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island!

5. Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, 2014

Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker met on the set of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Photo: @latashawright/Instagram
When Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss tied the knot with Todd Tucker, the entire celebration was filmed for a five-part wedding RHOA spin-off, Kandi’s Wedding. Burruss had met Tucker filming on the Housewives while he was working as a line producer.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss. Photo: BravoTV

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An In Touch magazine post-wedding interview divulged that the US$400,000 fairy tale ceremony was inspired by Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America movie. Burruss explained it was “an homage to Africa, where we first met [filming RHOA in Cape Town]”.

Even the cake was blinged up for the wedding of Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker. Photo: BravoTV

Expenses on the big day included the bride’s custom US$20,000 dress with 12-foot train as well as a US$2,500 seven-tier cake. There was even an actual lion to welcome guests on arrival.

6. Christine Quinn and Christian Richard, 2020

The wedding of Christine Quinn and Christian Richard. Photo:@thechristinequinn/Instagram

Christine Quinn is known for making a grand entrance, which was indeed the case when the property agent married tech billionaire Christian Richard.

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Quinn had her wedding take on a gothic feel, wearing black throughout. Photo: @thechristinequinn/Instagram
Anything but conventional, the glamorous star of Selling Sunset wore a black wedding dress and opted for a gothic-themed wedding spectacle that featured black swans, black champagne, horse-drawn carriages, fireworks and special effects that blew fake snow as the bride walked down the aisle.

Per Insider, the wedding bill came to a whopping US$1 million.

7. Paris Hilton and Carter Reum, 2021

Paris Hilton and husband Carter Reum. Photo: @Paris Hilton/Facebook

The Hilton heiress is known for living life large, or as she says “sliving”. No stranger to documenting her life on reality TV, Hilton and Carter Reum’s three-day wedding was captured in the 13-episode series, Paris in Love.

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Both ceremony and reception took place at the 15,000 sq ft former Bel-Air estate of Hilton’s hotel magnate grandfather. Though costs of the festivities haven’t been disclosed, it certainly ran into the millions. Hilton had several outfit changes, with her Oscar de la Renta gown worn for the nuptials costing more than US$25,000 and her Jean Dousset diamond ring clocking in at US$2 million.

Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Photo: @Paris Hilton/Facebook

There was even an Alice in Wonderland bridal shower complete with champagne vending machine. On the guest list were Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie and Paula Abdul, while Kim Petras and Demi Lovato both performed.

8. Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas, 2022

Luis Ruelas kisses the bride, Teresa Giudice. Photo: @mrsjillzarin/Instagram

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice recently wed Luis Ruelas at a lavish ceremony. Despite cameras being present, per People, the wedding will not be aired on the upcoming RHONJ season but rather receive its own dedicated TV special, with details to be announced.

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Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas dance at their recent wedding. Photo: @mrsjillzarin/Instagram

Not only did the table-flipping Real Housewife’s dream wedding boast circus and burlesque performers, pyrotechnics, endless amounts of flowers and an electrifying drumming set, it was attended by over 200 guests, including fellow Housewife royalty Alexia Echevarria Nepola, Dorinda Medley, Jill Zarin, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks, Chanel Ayan and Ashley Darby.


While an exact price tag for the event hasn’t been revealed, it was an exorbitant affair. Per E News, Giudice’s sky-high bridal hairdo alone cost US$10,000, requiring over 1,500 hairpins to keep the follicular fantasy in place.

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  • Katie Price and Peter Andre had a Cinderella coach and used the castle from Downton Abbey while Richard Branson lent his private island to Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo
  • Kim K had a replica of Prince William and Kate’s wedding cake while Teresa Giudice’s nuptials will feature in a spin-off Real Housewives series, just like Kendra Wilkinson’s