Las Vegas Billionaire Frank Fertitta Drops $25M on Daughter’s Wedding, Bruno Mars Headlines Reception
Station Casinos CEO Frank Fertitta spared no expense in throwing the most extravagant of weddings for his daughter Kelley. The $25 million shindig went down over the weekend at Fertitta’s Red Rock Resort.
Some 450 guests were in attendance, and several A-list celebrities took on the entertainment duties. John Mayer performed during the Friday evening rehearsal, and Bruno Mars and Seal headlined Saturday’s reception party.
Fertitta and his younger brother Lorenzo each control a 29 percent stake in Station Casinos. The two also made part of their fortune through the UFC, which they purchased in 2001 for $2 million and sold for an eye-gouging $4 billion in 2016.
The Fertittas are devout supporters of the Republican Party. They have each already donated $1 million to committees running President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
Kelley and sister Victoria run a lifestyle blog called Wilson Gabrielle. The groom is Tyler Nemiro, who according to his LinkedIn, is a senior account executive at Shopify Plus.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that vendors and employees working the wedding were required to sign non-disclosure agreements. But rumors still emerged.
The media source reports one observer saying of the Red Rock wedding venue, “More purple and white flowers than I have seen in my life.” Chef Scott Conant, who runs the casino resort’s Masso Osteria fine dining restaurant, hosted the rehearsal dinner, as well as a “hangover brunch” on Sunday.
Kelley and Tyler’s gift registry was also found online. What does one get a billionaire’s daughter? The couple’s Gearys Beverly Hills registry includes two vases, one for $18,000, and another at $13,500. Both went unfulfilled.
But someone did buy a “Sphinx Serving Spoon” for $984, an $822 “vegetable fork,” and $350 oil and vinegar set. Kelley and Tyler will also open up a $2,500 espresso machine from Bloomingdales, as well as a $1,175 vase and $300 candleholder.
A survey by wedding website The Knot found that the average wedding in America today runs roughly $35,000. That means Kelley Fertitta’s wedding was more than 71,000 times more expensive than Joe and Jane Schmos nuptials.
But Kelley’s wedding was a rarity even for celebrities. Esquire says the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spectacle “only” cost $2.8 million. And George Clooney’s wedding ran $4.6 million.
However, compared to royal weddings, the Fertittas have nothing on the British throne.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding in 1981 cost $70 million in today’s dollars. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding ran $34 million, while his younger brother Harry’s nuptials this year cost $43 million. The majority of royal wedding costs are due to security.
The costliest wedding of them all also came from royalty, but not in the UK. In 1981, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan married Princess Salama in a 20,000-seat stadium. CBS News says the seven-day wedding cost a whopping $100 million, and is the “priciest modern-day wedding to date.”
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