As far as exclusive wedding locations go, saying your vows as the sun dips beyond the Indian Ocean is as pretty as it gets - and will also cost you a pretty penny.
We have a look at the ten most expensive wedding venues in the world:
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India: Spread over 50 acres – including a wild-life sanctuary with wild deer - over-looking the stunning Lake Pichola and surrounded by Lush Gardens, this is a wedding venue lifted from the pages of a fairy-tale. Although it doesn’t have the facilities to host a traditional Indian wedding, it holds post-wedding celebrations but with just one room costing around £5,000 per night the cost of a wedding may bring about acute shock.
One & Only Reethi Rah Resort, the Maldives: Simply renting a villa in this Indian Ocean paradise will cost an eye-watering £4,000. Once you consider the sparkling clear, warm, protected waters, lush, tropical greenery and the fact that you can say your ‘I Dos’ as the sun dips beyond the ocean you may just be tempted to part with your money.
Hotel Caruso, Ravello Italy: Couples choosing to marry at this Amalfi Coast hotel can choose from a variety of wedding packages, from a ballroom four-course banquet to a poolside ceremony with canapés and a firework display. Summer room-rates can approach £3000 while wedding prices vary.
Little Palm Island, Key West: If you have a spare £115,000 you could have your very own private island wedding. It will require a 22 per cent service fee and a minimum three-night stay on the island where rooms cost £1000-plus per night. For the cost you will be able to say ‘I Do’ anywhere on the island, will be the only couple on the island to marry that day and have the assistance of a wedding planner to ensure you do have the perfect day. You can also marry with hiring out the whole island if you have a small amount of guests, although in this case under-16s are banned.
Chateaux Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, France: If you want to be the king and queen of the castle on your wedding day you can splash out £40,000 and do just that at this French estate, designed by the very team who would go on to design the Palace of Versailles. You can say your vows in the 17th century style gardens, or host your loved ones in one of the romantic ballrooms.
Musha Cay, Bahamas: For £1,300 per guest you can host your big day on this private Bahamian 150-acre island. The nearest populated island is over ten miles away and the island’s waters are out-of-bounds for outsiders, meaning absolute exclusivity. Sugar-sand white beaches, azure-waters, not an outsider in sight may all just be worth the eye-watering price tag.
The Plaza, Fifth Avenue: Joining the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas and Eddie Murphy, couples can marry at this iconic New York venue with legendary views over Central Park for £550,000 plus tax and a 23 per cent service charge. Here you can marry under the elegant canopy of the ballroom or in the opulent Terrace Room where the ceiling is adorned with Italian Renaissance-style paintings.
Odescalchi Castle, outside of Rome, Italy: Marrying here you will join the likes of Martin Scorsese and Isabella Rossellini and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The majestic castle a few kilometres from Rome is a beautiful location for a grand wedding holding up to 1000 guests. The roof gardens in particular are stunning, with sweeping views over Lake Bracciano. Prices vary depending on guests but usually range around the £33,000.
Necker Island: Richard Branson made a grand entrance to his wedding on his island on a helicopter and you can do exactly the same should you wish and have around £42,000 to spend on your wedding location and want to say your vows in the privacy of your very own island. The island sleeps 28 but can host up to 100 for a wedding.
Mandarin Oriental, Columbus Circle: One of the most luxurious hotels in Manhattan can host your special day for £225 per person, plus tax, plus a 22 per cent service charge per person. In return for your money you’ll get magnificent backdrops of Central Park, the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River through three 18-foot high walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the ballroom.
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