A lot of guests find wedding gifts tricky. You’ve got to choose between something practical and sentimental, avoid overdoing it, and you don’t want to feel like a bore by just throwing cash in an envelope.
Wedding gift lists make life easier for a lot of guests, but not every couple thinks to provide one and they can act more like guidelines than hard and fast rules.
That said, for those out there with more than one comma on their bank balance, it’s a slightly easier exercise. We’ve put together of the most outrageous gifts which caught our eye.
In 2011 Kim Kardashian and basketball player Kris Humphries tied the knot, and one Malaysian businessman was nice enough to deliver the new couple a brand new bright white Ferrari. 72 days later, Kim filed for divorce and eventually took sole possession of the Italian supercar (although she later donated $200,000 to charity in the face of public criticism for keeping it).
$900,000 model boat
When Princess Diana and Princes Charles wed there was no shortage of wealthy people looking for an opportunity to gain favour with the most famous family in the world. While some countries sent practical gifts (for instance, New Zealand sent wool carpeting), the Emir of Bahrain decided on a diamond-encrusted model boat. Maybe it’s just us, but for $900k the boat should at least float.
$3,000,000 vintage watch
After seven years together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married in 2014. As a wedding gift to her new husband Angelina bought a vintage 1952 Patek Philippe watch from for $3m. A jeweller claims to have inscribed the watch for the couple with the names of their characters from the film By the Sea, the film they were making when they met.
George Clooney was for years one of Hollywood’s most famous bachelors until he married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in 2014. To mark the special occasion, Clooney bought his new bride a $5m mansion in Berkshire. That guest appearance on Downton Abbey clearly got under his skin.
Only two of Elizabeth Taylor’s seven marriages were to Richard Burton, but their notoriously stormy relationship was the turning point in public focus on celebrity relationships. To mark their first marriage in 1964, Richard Burton gave Elizabeth a pearl necklace, called La Peregrina, which sold for $11m after Taylor’s death, although Burton initially paid just $400,000 for it.
$20,000,000 Gulfstream jet
Celebrated actor and Oprah couch-bouncer Tom Cruise pushed the boat out, so to speak, when he married Katie Holmes. He offered his bride to be a £20m jet complete with a crew and room for 19 passengers. Whether Katie kept the plane, or the crew, after their divorce we can’t confirm.
Likely one of the most weddings expensive ever, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi’s wedding to Princess Salama was an exceptionally lavish affair. The Crown Prince’s father, the Ruler of Dubai, decided to provide a venue for the wedding. Not unusual of course for the father of the groom to do that but in this instance the venue was a purpose built $22m stadium.
The cities of Mumbai and Tangier
In 1659, Portugal agreed to a marriage of Charles II of England to Catherine of Braganza in order to seal an alliance between the two nations. As was customary at the time, a dowry was arranged for the husband, and Portugal showed their immense gratitude for the alliance by turning over the cities of Tangier and Bombay (now Mumbai) to Charles II.
We can’t guarantee it’ll work out if you decide to throw a Gulfstream jet or a mansion on your wedding gift list, but it might be worth a try if you have any oil sheiks, A-list actors or royalty on the guest list.