Many people dream about one day having a picture-perfect wedding, with perfectly decorated tables and flower awnings at the end of the aisle. But every beautiful little deal usually comes with quite the price tag. With all of this, weddings can be expensive. The average wedding cost in the United States was almost $34,000 in 2018.
So…who exactly is paying these bills?
The following 5 women shared their experience about who paid for what at their weddings.
Allison Got the Wedding She Always Imagined
Cost: $40,000 Originally the budget for Allison’s wedding was $20,000, but she and her fiancé got help from both of their parents. Her fiancé was expecting a bonus at work and they decided together that they would spend that money ahead of time. Both of their parents chipped in $10,000.
Katelyn’s Bill Didn’t Include the Honeymoon
Cost: $29,775.81 With a gift of $15,000 from her dad and stepmom, Katelyn was able to subtract that amount from what she would have to pay later. Her mom paid $1,100 for her dress, her fiancé’s mom gave the couple $1,000, and the two ended up paying just over $12,000 out of pocket for their wedding.
Ashley Seems to Have Had It All
Cost: $125,000 Ashley was fortunate enough to have her parents give them $65,000 and her fiancé’s mom paid $30,000. This total was able to cover the cost of the venue, some of the catering, most of the dress, floral arrangements, the party planner, chuppah, as well as the invitations. Everything else was covered by the couple.
It’s About Who, Not How Much
Cost: $6,000 Lauren paid for almost everything. She chose her dress from a resale boutique, paid for the cupcakes and wedding cake, covered the cost of the catering and cocktails, and all of that totaled out to be $4,500. The rest of the extras were also covered by her.
Aly Doesn’t Agree With the Long-Standing Wedding Traditions
Cost: $15,000 Like the long-standing wedding tradition, Aly’s parents paid for the majority of it. She, along with her husband, paid for the DJ, the invitations, flowers, hair, and makeup.
35 Celebrities We Didn’t Know Had Such Big Families
When many people think of these celebrities, they think of their careers as models, actors, musicians, producers, and artists. However, they have a personal life as well that many people tend to overlook. It may not be easy to juggle a successful career in the spotlight along with a healthy family life, but some of these celebrities didn’t let their careers get in their way and went on to have very large families. These celebrities have families way bigger than we expected!
The Van Der Beeks
Many people recognize James Van Der Beek from his role in Dawson’s Creek, but he also plays quite a family-oriented role with his wife Kimberly.
The two have a family made up of five children with a sixth on the way. This includes an eight-year-old named Olivia, a seven-year-old named Joshua, a five-year-old named Annabel, a three-year-old named Emilia, and a one-year-old named Gwendolyn. They announced they were expecting in October 2019 and have even shown off an ultrasound!
Ziggy Marley is best known for his role as an iconic Jamaican musician, carrying on the legacy of his father, Bob Marley. However, the musician has quite a family of his own with his wife Orly.
The couple has seven sons and daughters including Daniel, Gideon, Abraham, Isaiah, Justice, Zuri, and Judah. They range in age from three years old to 30 years old. Ziggy recently shared that the family loves being together and the holidays, in particular, are a lot of fun.
The name Tommy Hilfiger is synonymous with fashion design. However, he hasn’t been too busy with his fashion career that he hasn’t made time for family.
In a previous marriage to a woman named Susie, the fashion mogul fathered four children including Kathleen, 22, Elizabeth, 24, Richard, 28, and Ally, 33. He also has an eight-year-old named Sebastian with his current wife, Dee Ocleppo, who also has a pair of sons from a previous marriage that she brought into the Hilfiger fold.
American rapper Kevin Federline is the father of six children, and with his busy social life, his hands are quite full. He has two children with his ex-fiance Shar Jackson, daughter Koli and son Kaleb.
Then Kevin and ex-wife Britney Spears have two children, Sean and Jayden. He also has two daughters, Jordan and Payten, with wife Victoria Prince, to whom he is still married.
Steve Harvey is a comedian, entertainer, and host of the Steve Harvey Show and is the proud father of seven children. Four of his children are biological from his past wives, while the other three children he adopted with his current wife.
Steve also adopted his current wife’s three children from her previous marriage and added them to his brood. He really loves children and is proud of all of them.
The Hilton family is best known for the hotel chain that bears their name. Kathy and Richard Hilton, the head of the titan of a family, have an impressive clan whose names you probably already know.
The most famous child of the pair is undeniably Paris Hilton who is now 39 years old. Alongside her, she has an older sibling, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, and two younger siblings named Barron Hilton II and Conrad Hughes Hilton. All children are heirs to the Hilton fortune.
Elon Musk is the founder of Tesla and he’s become quite a personality outside of this title as well. He’s also a father to several children.
In his first marriage to Justine Musk, the pair had six children. This includes twins, Xavier and Griffin, alongside triplets named Kai, Damian, and Saxon. The pair’s first son, Nevada Alexander, unfortunately, passed away when he was 10 months old. Musk also just had a son with a current partner, musician Grimes, and they named him pretty originally – X Æ A-12.
Creating a name for herself on the 1990 TV show Beverly Hills, 90210, Tori Spelling has created quite a family as well! Alongside husband Dean McDermott, the couple makes up a family of seven.
This includes a total of two daughters and three sons. Their daughters include nine-year-old Stella and six-year-old Hattie. The family’s sons include an 11-year-old named Liam, a five-year-old named Finn, and a one-year-old named Beau. Spelling keeps her fanbase up to date with cute family pictures and lavish birthday parties.
There are few boxers who have the same fame and notoriety as Mike Tyson. Yet, the boxer also boasts a large family across multiple marriages. Overall, he is a father of seven.
With Lakiha Spencer, he has sons Milan, aged eight, and Morocco, 10. With Monica Turner, he has 22-year-old son Amir and 23-year-old daughter Rayna. His oldest child, 29, is Mikey Lorna Tyson with Kimberly Scarborough. With Sol Xochitl, he fathers son Miguel Leon, 17, and a daughter, Exodus, who sadly passed away in 2004.
Bob Dylan is a singer and songwriter with a lot of respect in his industry. Over the years, he’s built up an impressive family as well.
With his first wife, Sara Lownds, Dylan has a total of five children. This includes biological children Jess, Samuel, Anna, and Jakob alongside his step-daughter-turned-adopted-daughter Maria. He was later married to Carol Dennis with whom he has a daughter named Desiree. It’s hard to tell if Dylan might have more children even though there have been claims as such.
From the band Hanson, Taylor Hanson and his wife Natalie Hanson have created quite a large family. They recently stated that they try to keep their love of adventure alive in the family.
In all, the family is made up of six children. This includes an even split of three daughters and three sons. Their daughters’ names are Wilhelmina “Willa” Jane who is six, Penelope “Penny” Anne, age 14, and Indiana, born in December 2018. Their sons are Viggo Moriah, 10, Jordan Ezra, 16, and River Samuel, 13.
Mel Gibson has made plenty of waves in Hollywood over the course of his career. Whether he was starring in a movie or causing controversy, Gibson has kept “father” as a title for a while now.
Hannah, Christian, Louis, Milo, Thomas, Edward, and William are from his marriage to his now-ex-wife Robyn Denise Moore. This marriage ended because Gibson was expecting a child with Oksana Grigorieva. The two had a daughter, Lucia, before breaking up. He also has a son named Lars with Rosalind Ross.
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin tied the knot back in 2012. Since then, they haven’t taken any time to slow down on expanding their family.
Alec already had his daughter, Ireland, from his previous marriage. The new couple has also added their children Carmen, Rafael, Leonardo, and Romeo who are six, four, three, and one, respectively. In 2019, Hilaria announced that she was expecting again, so there will soon be five children from the marriage plus Alec’s daughter.
Sylvester Stallone is widely known for his acting career, especially when it comes to action movies. On top of that, he fills the father role in a rather large family of his own as well.
In 1974, Stallone married Sasha Czack. The two had a set of sons – Seargeoh, 40, and Sage. Sadly, Sage passed away in 2012 at the young age of 36 due to heart disease. Stallone remarried to Jennifer Flavin later and the two have three daughters: 17-year-old Scarlet Rose, 21-year-old Sistine, and 23-year-old Sophia Rose.
Steven Spielberg is a legendary director and the name behind films such as Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Additionally, he’s a father figure in a large family.
Spielberg has a total of six children. His eldest, Max, is the only child from his marriage to Amy Irving. His current wife, Kate Capshaw, has five children with him. This includes Theo, Sasha, Sawyer, Mikaela, and Destry. Capshaw also brought a daughter named Jessica from a previous relationship into the family.
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin married his husband Jwan Yosef in 2017. Since then, the two have been expanding their family. In fact, their newest member arrived on October 28, 2019.
The newest member of the family is Renn and he joins his older sister Lucia and older brothers Matteo and Valentino, a set of fraternal twins. The couple previously shared that they wanted a big family and Martin even stated he’d love “four more pairs of twins.”
Most of us recognize Lauryn Hill from her illustrious career as a Grammy Award-winning musician but she also has quite a large family as well.
Hill has a family of six children. She has a mix of both sons and daughters including Zion David, Selah Louise, Joshua Omaru, John Nesta, and Sarah who she had with Rohan Marley. In 2011, she had her youngest and sixth child, a son that Hill named Micah.
Willie Nelson is a giant figure in the country music industry. Over the years, he’s made numerous albums but he’s found time to grow his family in between. The country musician had three children with Martha Matthews, his first wife.
This included Susie, Lana, and Billy. Unfortunately, Billy died back in 1991. When he married his third wife, Connie Koepke, he had daughters Paula and Amy. Finally, he and his current wife, Annie D’Angelo have two sons, Lukas and Micah.
If you don’t recognize the name Ciccone, you’ll definitely recognize the first-name-only moniker the singer sticks to: Madonna. The singer now has a total of six children and takes the role of being a mother very seriously.
In her marriage with Guy Ritchie, the two adopted children David and Mercy from Malawi alongside their child Rocco. She also has a child named Lourdes with her ex, Carlos Leon. In 2017, she announced on Instagram she’d be adopting again – a pair of twin girls from Malawi.
Mia Farrow is another Hollywood heavyweight with “mother” as one of her many titles. In all, the actress and model has a family including 14 children.
10 of her children are adopted while four are biological. The biological children are sets of twins Matthew and Sascha and Fletcher and Satchel (AKA Ronan). Her adopted children include Soon-Yi, Lark, Summer (AKA Daisy), Moses, Dylan, Tam, Isaiah, Gabriel (AKA Thaddeus), Quincy, and Frankie-Minh. Sadly, Lark, Tam, and Gabriel have since passed away.
Eddie Murphy is a famous comedian who has become quite the icon. His wife, Paige Butcher, is pretty impressive herself with a notable modeling career in her portfolio.
Between the two of them, they’ve welcomed two children into the world – one as recently as the end of 2018! All in all, this means that Eddie Murphie has a large family with 10 kids ranging from their baby to his 29-year-old daughter, Bria, with his ex-wife, Nicole Mitchell Muphy.
One of the biggest and most well-known families is the Kardashian-Jenner clan. The family now spans generations and each member is creating quite an exciting legacy.
Matriarch Kris Jenner has six grown children. With former husband Robert Kardashian, she has Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe while daughters Kylie and Kendall were from her now-dissolved marriage with Caitlyn Jenner. Plus, except for Kendall Jenner, each one of the children now has a child or even multiple children of their own!
Marie Osmond comes from the famous musical family, the Osmonds. She’s also created a family of her own with a total of eight children. These children span two marriages and vary in biological to adopted.
Her first husband, who she later remarried, fathered her son Stephen James Craig. With her second husband, Brian Blosil, she had seven children including five adopted children. This includes Rachael, Matthew, Abigail, Brianna, Brandon, Jessica, and Michael. Unfortunately, Michael passed away in 2010.
Billy Ray Cyrus is another famous country musician. Today, though, many of the younger generations know his family better than him.
After all, he is the father of the famous singer and actress Miley Cyrus. However, she’s only one of six children. He also has a son named Christopher with Kristin Luckey and had Braison, Noah, and Miley with Leticia – or “Tish” – Finley Cyrus. He also adopted Tish’s two children from a previous relationship named Brandi and Trace.
The Duggars hold an interesting spot on this list because they’re actually famous for their big family. The family includes a total of 19 children who all star together in the show.
The family includes Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Joseph, Jinger, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, Justin, James, Jackson, Jennifer, Johannah, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie. The family has starred in an aptly named reality show called 19 Kids and Counting as well as a TLC spinoff of the show.
Interestingly, 19 Kids and Counting isn’t the only reality show about having a big family. If you want another, look no further than the Gosselin family originally led by Jon and Kate Gosselin.
Kate and Jon Gosselin have twins Mady and Cara alongside a rare set of sextuplets named Hannah, Collin, Joel, Leah, Aaden, and Alexis. Their show was originally called Jon and Kate Plus 8. Once the couple divorced, though, Jon left the show and it became Kate Plus 8.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is a very busy dad, not just at work but also at home with five children. They all have very long names to carry with them in their young and adult lives.
Let’s start with the oldest, Poppy Honey Rosie, then came Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Buddy Bear Maurice. Jamie and his wife Jools’ youngest child also comes with many interesting names: River Rocket Blue Dallas, who is now four years old.
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, also very well-known as Sting, has six children from different wives. The two oldest children, Joseph born on 23 November 1976, and Fuchsia Katherine born on 17 April 1982, he had with actress Francis Tomelty.
With Trudie, he had Mickey, Jake, Eliot, and the youngest, Giacomo, and they all have careers in the entertainment industry. According to Sting, all his children will have to stand on their own feet as they will not inherit his handsome fortune.
Sean Combs, also known by his rapper name Puff Daddy, has seven children, and according to him, he wants at least ten children. He has four sons and three daughters, some of whom are not his biological children.
Some of his children were adopted, others are children from his previous spouses. H also has his own biological son, Justin, and twin daughters with Kimberley Porter, plus another daughter, Chance, with Sarah Chapman.
With a big brood of 13 children, Duane Lee Chapman is a very busy man. Chapman is a reality TV star and hosted the show Dog’s Most Wanted. With his first wife, La Fonda, he had two children, Duane and Leland. Then he had three children with Ann Tegnell: Zebadiah, Wesley, and James.
He then had three children with Lyssa Brittain: Barbara, Tucker, and Lyssa, and with his fifth wife Beth, he had Bonnie and Garry. The eldest child, Christopher, he had with ex-girlfriend Debbie White and he also adopted Alice’s children, Cecily and Dominic.
Jermaine Jackson, the brother of Micheal Jackson, has eight children, also with many different wives and girlfriends, and there might be more children coming! He had three children with his first wife, Hazel Gordy, named Jay, Autumn, and Jaimy.
He then had a relationship with Margaret, who gave him two sons, Jeremy and Jourdynn. Then from his relationship with Alejandra, there were another two sons, Jaafar and Jermajesty. Lastly, there is Donte, who Jermaine adopted while in a relationship with Alejandra.
The De Niros
Robert De Niro, the Academy Award-winning actor from movies like Meet the Parents and The Untouchables, also has six children. He has a son Raphael with Dianne Abbott, he adopted her daughter Drena, and he has twin sons Julian and Aaron who were carried by a surrogate.
De Niro also had another son, Elliot, from his marriage with Grace Hightower. Lastly is his youngest daughter, Helen Grace, who was also carried by a surrogate mother.
Stevie Wonder has nine children from five different women. From his first relationship, he had a daughter Aisha and son Keita. He then had a son Mumtaz from his relationship with Melody. Wonder had his daughter Sophia and son Kwame from an unknown woman.
There are also two sons from his marriage with Kai Millard Morris, Kailand and Mandla. Then he had another two children with Tomeeka Robyn Bracy—although nothing is known about the first child, the second child is a daughter named Nia.
Jude Law is the proud father of five children, and baby number six is on the way! His first three children, Rafferty, Iris, and Rudy, he had with Sadie Frost. He then had a daughter named Sophia with Samantha Burke.
Law had another daughter, Ada, with ex Catherine Harding. Today, his new wife, Phillipa Coan, is also expecting a baby. So this will increase the brood of Law kids to six.
Die Hard actor Bruce Willis has five daughters, and he is clearly a very proud father. Together with actress Demi Moore, they had three daughters, Rumer, Tallulah Belle, and Scout.
But having kids did not stop there for Bruce Willis! With his second wife Emma Hemming, he also had two daughters. Mabel Ray and Evelyn Penn were born in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He is clearly great at making daughters!
Donnie Osmond is the brother of Marie Osmond, and he also has quite a large family with five kids in the brood. All five children were with wife Debbie Osmond, named Donald, Jeremy, Brandon, Christopher, and Joshua.
Donnie and his wife were blessed with only sons. They are just the opposite of his sister Marie, who has a house full of daughters. Donnie and Debbie are now grandparents to ten grandchildren!
Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains has a total of 6 children together with his wife Chelsea Noble, whom he married in 1991. This 49-year-old actor started his career as a 13-year-old while he was still in school.
Kirk and his wife have 2 biological children, Olivia, 18, and James, 16, who are the youngest of their 6 children. They also have 4 older adopted children, Jack, 23, Isabella, 24, Anna, 21, and Luke, 19.
Russian model Natalia Vodianova, also known as Supernova, is one of those people who just loves to have a lot of children. She has a full house with 5 children: Neva, Lucas, Viktor, and Maxim Portman, and the youngest Roman Arnault.
She is not married to the father of her youngest child, Antoine Arnault, who is the son of French billionaire, Bernard Arnault. They were supposed to get married this year, but Natalia postponed the wedding because of the Coronavirus epidemic.
Canadian musician and music producer David Foster has taken part in five marriages. As such, he’s accumulated a rather large family to spend the holidays and his time off with.
Foster has five biological daughters. This includes his daughters Jordan, 33, Erin, 37, Sara, 38, Amy, 46, and Allison, 48. In addition, he is also a stepfather to Tamre Winger, Brandon Jenner, Gigi Bella, and Anwar Hadid. Since all his children are adults, he’s even a grandfather to seven more kids.
There are a few names you can’t escape in music and Mick Jagger is definitely at the top of the list. Aside from helping secure the name of The Rolling Stones, the idol is also a father.
In all, Jagger has eight children who range widely in age. His adult and teenage children include Georgia, Jade, James, Elizabeth, Lucas, Gabriel, and Karis and range from age 17 to 45. He welcomed another child with Melanie Hamrick in 2016. In addition, he has five more grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Actor Chris O’Donnell, known for roles in NCIS: Los Angeles and movies like Batman and Robin, is married to Caroline Fentress. The pair has five children together.
In all, they have three sons and two daughters. Their sons are Finley, Charles, and Christopher. Their daughters include the oldest child, Lily, and the youngest child Maeve. O’Donnell shared that they didn’t plan to have five children in their family but they were pleasantly surprised by Maeve’s arrival into the family.
You can’t talk about big celebrity families without at least mentioning the Jolie-Pitts. The family is the product of the former Hollywood power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Jolie once stated that it was interesting that her family was so big because she never “thought of myself as a mother.” Nevertheless, the duo adopted and biologically had quite a brood. Maddox, Zahara, and Pax are adopted from Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. Shiloh and twins named Knox and Vivienne are the pair’s biological children.
Marlon Brando was a famous actor and many even considered him among the greatest actors of all time. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2004 of congestive heart failure, leaving behind a rather large family.
In all, Brando had 11 children. Of those children, eight were biological and three were adopted. Their names are Christian, Simon Teihuto, Miko Castaneda, Timothy Gahan, Raiatua, Cheyenne, Myles Jonathan, Ninna Priscilla, Rebecca, Lisa, and Maimiti. His biological children came from various marriages and affairs.
The career of Rod Stewart is a highly recognizable one. As it turns out, he has an impressively-sized family as well as a long list of records.
He was with Susannah Boffey when he had Sarah Streeter who was eventually given up for adoption. Then, he and Alana Hamilton married and had Kimberly and Sean. With girlfriend Kelly Emberg, he had Ruby. He also had Renee, Liam, Alastair, and Aiden over the course of his marriages to Rachel Hunter and Penny Lancaster.
If you’re a fan of home improvement shows, you might recognize Chip and Joanna, the stars of Fixer Upper. The two are also the head of a large family with five kids of their own.
The couple has two daughters, one named Emmie Kay who is eight years old, and Ella who is 11 years old. They welcomed their youngest son, Crew, in June 2018 who joins his older brothers Duke and Drake, who are nine and 13, respectively.
When it comes to Kevin Costner, most people think of him as an actor. While this is true, he’s a father to five as well. In his first marriage, Costner married his college sweetheart, Cindy Silva.
The two had three children together, Lily, Joe, and Annie. Later, he had a fleeting relationship with Bridget Rooney that led to the birth of his son, Liam. Since 2004, he’s been married to Christine Baumgartner and the two have three children named Grace, Hayes, and Cayden.
There aren’t quite as many names in Hollywood as big as Clint Eastwood’s. Now 89 years old, the star is the patriarch of quite a large family with children in adulthood who are continuing his legacy.
The actor and director’s children range in age from 22 years old to 65 years old. This includes five daughters as well as two sons named Laurie Murray, Morgan, Kimber Lynn, Kyle, Alison, Scott, Kathryn, and Francesca. His children are aged 65, 22, 55, 51, 47, 33, 31, and 26, respectively.
Evander Holyfield is a widely-known name if you’re a boxing fan. Even if you don’t follow the sport closely, you might still know his name. He also has 11 children that span three marriages and a myriad of relationships.
This includes Ewin Ezekiel, Elijah Esaias, Evette Ashley, Eli Ethan, Eleazar Evan, Elijah Jedidiah, Eden Eloise, Eve Elizabeth, Evander Jr., Ebonne Esheal, and Emani Winter. Two are athletes just like their dad too! Elijah Esaias is a University of Georgia football player and Eleazar Evan is an aspiring boxer.
Heidi Klum is one of the most recognized models in the world. Alongside projects such as Project Runway, she is also a mother to a rather large family.
When she was married to the singer Seal, she became a mother to three children named Henry, Johan, and Lou, ranging in age from eight years old to 12. Before that, she had a daughter from another relationship named Leni, who is two years older than her closest brother, Henry.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is the proud father of quite a large brood of children, five of them to be specific. With Maria Shriver he had Katherine, 31, Christina, 29, Patrick, 27, and Christopher, 23.
All of his children work out with their fitness fanatic father, who is also a well-known bodybuilder around the world. He also has another son, Joseph who is 22 years old, not from his marriage with Shriver, but from his affair with Mildred Patricia Baena