For Kim Kardashian and Kanye West the most important day of their lives finally came, well for Kim Kardashian it was the third time, but for Kanye West it was his first experience walking down the ‘pricey’ aisle. The cost of Kimye’s wedding didn’t just start on isle, rather the star-studded guest’s began their celebration with the couple during the weeklong festivities in Paris and Florence, Italy.
There’s just one real question then that’s at the top of everyone’s mind: How much did the fabulous foreign affair cost? People magazine breakdown the estimated costs for us and list the items included in the multimillion-dollar event breakdown, thus far…
In Paris, guests who began arriving around May 19 stayed at Hôtel George V, a luxury five-star hotel offering rooms starting at $750 a night. Once the party headed to Florence, guests stayed at least a night at either the St. Regis or Four Seasons. Both offer rooms for about $885 a night. Multiply all that by roughly 200 guests and the hotel price tag could be more than half a million dollars. That’s not to mention the family’s luxe Villa San Michele accommodations in Florence, which cost at least $1,800 a night per room.
Among the wedding activities list was a private bachelorette dinner for the bride and her closest girlfriends at Hôtel Costes, home of one of Paris’ top restaurants. With prices up to $190 a plate, that dinner alone comes in at nearly $4,100 – probably much much less than the cost of the next day’s rehearsal dinner, which included a performance by Lana Del Rey (Kanye is rumored to have paid her a pretty penny to sing Kardashian’s favorite song, “Young and Beautiful”) and the subsequent guided tour of Versailles.
In order to get their guests from pre-wedding festivities in Paris to the main event in Florence, the Wests chartered two private jets. Once on the ground a fleet of 45 to 50 cars and vans shuttled them to and from the Florence airport. The price for the cars alone is estimated at nearly $70,000, gas included.
Hair and Makeup for All
Lucky guests availed themselves of a full glam team for the couple’s big day. High-end Paris-based stylist Allison Depriestre says such a service could easily cost $380 per person. For 200-plus guests that’s more than $65,000 just to get pretty.
The Breathtaking Venue
The over-the-top couple said their official “I do”s atop Forte di Belvedere, an imposing 16th-century fortress in Florence offering gorgeous views of the ancient Italian city. Kardashian and West are said to have spent more than $409,000 to rent the property for their May 24 wedding. That’s before all of the upgrades, lighting and construction needed for the grand event.
With fresh flower walls similar to the one West , the wedding’s buds alone cost a small fortune. Among the mountain of flower arrangements that arrived at the fort were bushels of tuberose, which is extremely rare this time of year, renowned for its beautiful unique scent and considered an almost sacred flower. Florists at Fiori Della Signoria, one of the city’s oldest flower shops, estimate total flower costs to be $136,000.
Top chefs Annie Féolde and her husband, Giorgio Pinchiorri, led Florence-based Galateo catering company in handling the super-tasty, super-pricey wedding menu. Considering Féolde and Pinchiorri’s own renowned Florentine restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri – where a plate of spaghetti can set you back $100 – the wedding feast was easily in the tens of thousands. Add on the couple’s 7-ft wedding cake and the price climbs even higher.
The Vogue cover couple got hitched in front of all their designer-clad guests wearing the best Givenchy had to offer. For Kardashian that meant a custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown designed by her friend Riccardo Tisci, estimated cost up to $500,000. Not to be upstaged, daughter North donned a mini matching handmade dress, which was probably a little bit cheaper.
Guests say the week’s pomp and circumstance was all worth it. As Kardashian family friend Malika Haqq told PEOPLE after the wedding, “Kanye really went all out there with his love.” As if that wasn’t obvious enough!
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