We Now Pronounce: The Most Extravagant Celebrity Weddings

As The Big Wedding hits theaters, take a look back at the most lavish celebrity nuptials. Bring on the champagne and caviar! (22 Photos)

Eileen Clarke & Samantha Chin on Apr 25, 2013 at 2:26PM

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We Now Pronounce: The Most Extravagant Celebrity Weddings

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Melissa Rivers & John Endicott

Joan Rivers went all out for her only daughter’s wedding to horse trainer John Endicott on Dec. 12, 1998, hiring event-planning guru Preston Bailey to create a Dr. Zhivago-inspired winter wonderland inside Manhattan's tony Plaza Hotel, replete with 25,000 white roses, hydrangeas and lily of the valley, and 100 birch trees -- a breathtaking setting that would be the benchmark for all future wedding "winter wonderlands." But it wasn't all pomp and circumstance on Melissa Rivers' big day: Hilariously, her mother Joan took her unaccompanied walk down the aisle as the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus belted out the Broadway tune “Hey, Big Spender." The ceremony was officiated by a minister, a rabbi, and a U.N. chaplain, and the 31-year-old bride wore an ivory satin Vera Wang gown, accented with a sable muff. Footmen in powdered wigs greeted 350 guests, who dined on lobster, Angus beef, and a five-tiered Sylvia Weinstock carrot cake. (The couple had one son and divorced in 2003.)

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