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The Tale of Two Billionaire Weddings

By April 16, 2013

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The plans for Facebook billionaire Sean Parker's upcoming wedding keep getting more fantastical and more expensive. He's spending a reported $10 million dollars on elaborate sets, costumes, and lodging in Big Sur, California.. Guests will get outfitted by the Lord of the Rings costume designer, and entertained in a bespoke fantasy land that includes faux ruins, waterfalls, bridges and a gated cottage, all created especially for this wedding. We're sure the wedding weekend at The Ventana Inn and Spa will include plenty of spa treatments and outdoor activities.

Contrast that with Facebook founder (and fellow billionaire) Mark Zuckerberg's wedding last year. He and Priscilla Chan turned a backyard graduation party into a surprise wedding. They served Mexican food from their favorite local restaurant, and the decor was natural and simple.

The comments on today's news stories about Parker's elaborate wedding plans include criticisms of wasted money, and playing dressup. Yet when billionaires have a less expensive wedding, it's rarely because they plan to donate those millions to charity. Instead of just socking the money away in the bank, Parker's wedding is supporting artists and craftsmen, and creating jobs.

Last week, we saw what a $9000 wedding looks like. Now, we see the flipside with this wedding and other outrageously expensive weddings. If money were no object, what would your wedding look like? Personally, I'd start with treating all of my loved ones to a beautiful and fun vacation, and I'd bring along some incredible musicians and artists to add to the celebration. Let's be real, I'd throw in some fancy jewelry and probably an extra dress change, but otherwise my wedding would look much like it did. The things that make a wedding truly special don't cost money - it's the people who are there and the vows and ceremony that you create together.

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