Big Spender: Weddings
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Big Spender: Weddings

By Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Money can’t buy love, but... can buy a really, really extravagant wedding. Say goodbye to the one-night affair that has guests leaving before midnight after a champagne toast and a couple of spins across the dance floor.

The trend today? Weddings with after-parties that greet the sunrise and lavish, four-day affairs that last longer than some Hollywood marriages.

We asked Yifat Oren, pictured, party planner to the socialites and stars, for the dish on how affluent Southern California brides and grooms are spending big for their big day beyond carats and couture. She should know: Kevin Costner, Mariska Hargitay and designer Jenni Kayne are on her client list, and most drop between $1,000 and $6,000 per guest.

Oren’s fee is about 15% of the total cost.

 (Yifat Oren)
Awe-inspiring locales

Ditch the ballroom at the Four Seasons. Instead, rent out a private Malibu mansion overlooking the Pacific for $35,000.

Or consider a 2,000-acre estate, like Cuixmala, pictured, about 100 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The estate, site of Seal and Heidi Klum’s nuptials, runs $82,000, or $114,850 including meals, for three nights.

It sleeps 72. (Cuixmala)
Pricey props

Borrow or buy furniture used in the movies or rent Philippe Starck Louis Ghost chairs, pictured, for $60 each. (Design Within Reach)
Pricey props

Cover tables in custom-made tablecloths that cost between $80 and $220. Tent interiors draped in organza or satin will set you back $20,000 to $40,000. (EnLuce Photography)
Extravagant extras

Designer Jenni Kayne had four driftwood chandeliers made for her beachfront wedding for $3,700.

Her guests boogied on a one-of-a-kind plexiglass dance floor, pictured, that covered sand, starfish, succulents and lights. Or... (EnLuce Photography)
Extravagant extras

...for a touch of the exotic, rent an elephant for $3,500. (EnLuce Photography)
Skyscraper cakes

The pastry chef at Four Seasons Beverly Hills created this towering five-layer chocolate masterpiece with white chocolate mousse filling, topped with a chocolate ganache glaze and white chocolate icing. $1,800.

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 (Yifat Oren)