As we all know, it’s not hard for wedding budgets to spiral out of control.
It starts with a longer-than-anticipated guest list. Then there’s accommodation for out-of-town relatives. The perfect but over budget wedding dress, an exorbitantly priced cake, wanting flowers that are out of season… the list goes on.
But a wedding that comes in at AU$8.4 million as Folarin Alakija and Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar’s did last weekend? Now that’s one hell of a commitment ceremony.
Held at Blenheim Palace (the birthplace of Winston Churchill, no less), the reception reportedly included approximately $1 million in flower arrangements created by celebrity stylist Jeff Leatham, a 3.56-metre wedding cake, a five-course sit-down menu, a performance by Robin Thicke, and naturally, a fireworks display to round out the evening.
Oh, and did we mention guests included Australian model Shanina Shaik and her partner DJ Ruckus?
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Discussing the wedding with Harper’s Bazaar earlier this week, Bridebook.co.uk founder, Hamish Shephard, said, “Venue hire would likely be up to $190,000 with the bespoke marquee with marble floor and production around $250,000 on top. The spectacular endless flowers by Jeff Leatham are likely to have cost at least $256,000. With food and drink, Robin Thicke (at $190,000) and all the other items for the big day, including the dress, on top, the wedding will have no doubt cost more than $1.3 million and potentially several million more.”
But it seems Shephard’s estimation was incredibly conservative, with the final cost now being estimated at a much, much higher price tag.
According to the Daily Mail, Alakija, who is a UK-based entrepreneur and the son of a Nigerian oil tycoon, and Ghaissarifar, an Iranian-born model and bioengineer, became engaged last year.
In addition to their incredible weekend festivities, the pair also celebrated their love with a traditional Nigerian ceremony in November.
Ho, hum, back to my basic b**ch Pinterest board I go.