The Donald doesn’t do low-key, and his wedding was no exception. His wedding to Melania Knauss is counted among the grandest weddings of all time.
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, and new First Lady, Melania Trump’s wedding still ranks among the top 10 extravagant weddings for its scale and grandeur. Trump spared no expense for his third wedding, going all out with the cake, décor, his bride’s wedding dress, and even her ring. Here are Donald Trump and Melania Trump’s wedding details for a throwback to their 2005 nuptials.
#1. The Ring
The real-estate billionaire proposed to his third wife with a 12 karat, emerald-cut Graff ring that was worth $1.5 million! Trump reportedly got the ring for half of it’s actual value because Graff Diamonds figured they could do with some publicity.
#2. Melania Trump’s First Dress
Before the wedding, Melania Trump posed for the cover of Vogue in her wedding dress made by John Galliano, from the House of Christian Dior. Worth over $100,000, the white satin Duchess gown had 300 feet of material, and was embroidered with 1500 rhinestones and pearls.
#3. Melania Trump’s Third Dress
With its 13-foot train and 16-foot trail, Melania couldn’t wear the Dior gown for the rest of the wedding. So after the ceremony, she changed into a Grecian silk tulle knee-high Vera Wang creation.
#4. The Venue
The nuptials took place at The Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by the reception and Trump’s luxurious Mar-a-Lago estate’s Versailles-like ballroom. The mansion is reportedly worth $35.0 million!
#5. The Décor
Melania Trump hired New York event designer, Preston Bailey to create (in Melania’s words) a “very classic, very white” wedding. Chairs and tables were swathed in white lace and satin fabrics, and Bailey created five-foot tall floral centerpiece candelabras. Bailey did such an impressive job that the Trumps hired him for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s wedding, as well as Eric Trump’s wedding to Lara Yunaska.
#6. The Cake
The piece-de-resistance of Donald Trump’s third wedding had to be the magnificent seven-tier cake. The Grand Marnier chiffon cake took chef Cedric Barbaret two months to design! On top of that, the guests were treated to individual cakes with chocolate truffles.
#7. The Guest List
Donald and Melania Trump’s wedding had a very high-profile guest list including Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Heidi Klum, Star Jones, P. Diddy, Shaquille O’Neal, Barbara Walters, Conrad Black, Regis Philbin, Simon Cowell, and Kelly Ripa. Among the star-studded guests were then-senator, Hillary Clinton and former president, Bill Clinton. Trump later stated that the Clintons had to come to his wedding because he donated to the Clinton Foundation.