All eyes were on Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones on November 18, 2000, as she walked down the aisle wearing a form-fitting white satin sheath by Parisian designer Christian Lacroix. Her two-million-dollar wedding tiara from Tiffany and Co., enormous Marquis diamond wedding ring, and beaded lace veil were also part of the extravagant spectacle of her marriage to Michael Douglas.
The celebration took place at the Plaza Hotel in New York, with much speculation about the couple’s 25-year age difference, and whether the union would last. Keep reading to find out more about Catherine and Michael’s extravagant wedding, their out-of-wedlock child, and lavish celebrity lifestyle.
Catherine and Michael’s May/December Romance
The couple first met at the Deauville Film Festival in 1988. According to rumors, Michael’s friends Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffiths, and Danny DeVito did a bit of matchmaking.
Catherine was promoting the “The Mask of Zorro”(1998), and Michael “A Perfect Murder” (1998). The Welsh Actress was only 29 years old and had already appeared in several musicals, both in London’s West End and on Broadway. She also played the lead role in the 1996 historical television series “Catherine The Great.”
The 54-year-old Michael Douglas, an accomplished actor and producer, has followed in the footsteps of his famous father, actor Kirk Douglas. Over the years, he starred in many classic feature films including “Romancing The Stone” (1984), “Fatal Attraction” (1987), and “The War of The Roses” (1989).
Michael asked his publicist to arrange a meeting with Catherine in a local bar in Deauville. He was so smitten that he told her he was going to be the father of her children. The next day, Catherine left to shoot a film in Scotland and found a bouquet of roses from Michael waiting for her when she arrived.
One of the Most Expensive Weddings in History
Not much is known about their personal life, but Michael proposed to Catherine in December 1999 while they were on a ski trip in Aspen. The wedding at the Plaza Hotel cost between $1.5 and $2 million, making it one of the most expensive weddings in Hollywood history. The couple made some of the money back selling the photos to OK! Magazine for $1.4 million.
A 40-person Welsh choir sang at a ceremony attended by many musical guests like Jimmy Buffet and Art Garfunkel. The Hollywood A-listers there to cheer the couple on included Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Catherine Zeta Jones’s Wedding Dress Inspiration
Christian Lacroix is an innovator, museum curator, and former designer for the House of Pucci. His design for Catherine Zeta Jones’s wedding dress expressed his love of artisanal costumes. He is known for his gowns that combine drama and glamor with artisanal crafts such beads, fringe, and embroidery.
Like most of LaCroix’s haute-couture gowns, Catherine’s dress was bound to make a dramatic entrance. The gown had a hint of the Old World, including hand-embroidery and hand-hemmed details on the train and veil. The satin, sheath-style gown and train were beaded with tiny crystals and pearls. The structured, sleeveless bodice featured beaded starbursts; a couture element fit for a star.
What Was Catherine Zeta-Jones Wedding Dress Worth?
Catherine Zeta-Jones’s wedding dress cost $250,000. Her engagement ring was a 10-carat side-set marquise diamond ring set in platinum. The main diamond was surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds designed by Fred Leighton that cost $442,000.
More Details About Catherine Zeta-Jones’s Wedding Dress
The sweeping train and wedding veil made a bold and glamourous statement . The gown featured many special touches, including stardust embroidery done with luminescent thread and a unique veil with scalloped edges.
The stiff single-shoulder straps of the gown were encrusted with pearls and crystals. The structured, sleeveless bodice also featured a beaded starburst.
Do you dream of one day walking down the aisle in a glowing satin sheath with an embroidered veil and a fishtail train? If so, read on to discover where you can buy a similar dress to Catherine’s at an affordable price.
Shop for Catherine Zeta’s Wedding Dress
Finding a 90’s dress with hand-sewn beading and embroidery exactly like Catherine Zeta Jones’s wedding dress can be difficult, not to mention expensive. The same is true for Chantilly lace, which is also expensive. However, there are affordable looks available that have a similar dramatic flair.
Here’s a selection of affordable gowns with crystal beads and appliques. that will have you feeling like a carefree heiress without having to pay a high price.
The BABEYOND Flapper Beaded Maxi Dress is a sequined and beaded form-fitting gown with a chiffon kicktail that has a costume Hollywood look. It retails for $89.99.
The Aries Tuttle Silver Bling Bling Dress features crystal neck piece, silver and crystal bodies, and a crystal-beaded mermaid kick pleat skirt for $225.00-$265.00.
The Adrian Papell All-Over Short Sleeve Sequin Gown is a column-stye maxi gown encrusted with crystals with a chiffon overlay. It comes in rose blush and costs $280.00.
The Hand-made Square Neck Boning Column Sheath features the identical dress to Catherine Zeta-Jones’s wedding dress, minus any beading or embroidery but it can be customized. It retails for $484.00.
The Savannah Mille Strapless Pearl Overlay Wedding Gown is a maxi-length sheath with pearl-embellished tulle overlay and a chapel-length train for $1,850.00.
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