Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West in Paris
Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West in ParisReuters

As celebrity star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West prepare for their lavish wedding in Florence on Saturday, here are some eye-popping facts about their nuptials.

  1. The rehearsal dinner costs £1,500 per head, with a bottle of champagne priced at £4,000.
  2. The wedding venue at 16th-century Fort Belvedere in Florence, Italy is rumoured to be costing in the region of £250,000.
  3. The wedding dress by Sarah Burton (who designed Kate Middleton's gown), has a price tag of £1.6 million
  4. Kardashian and West wanted to wed at Versailles Palace but were refused permission because they were not distinguished enough. However, the palace did authorise a private visit for Kardashian, West and their guests
  5. 100 white doves will be released on the "I Dos", while a David Blaine illusion will make the newlyweds "disappear" from the dance floor
  6. The couple have hired a Protestant clergyman for the wedding – but there are doubts about whether the ceremony will be legally binding. According to Italian officials, Kardashian and West haven't made an official request to Florence, so it may not be legally binding
  7. Security for the event will cost £1.7m, with reports that non-uniformed Italian militia have been drafted in
  8. The budget for flowers is £600,000 and a firework display will burn up £150,000
  9. Kardashian will have at least three dress changes on the big day
  10. The guest list currently stands at 3,000, which works out at £3.5m on food. The full list of guests was not announced but along with close family, music producer Rick Rubin, 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen, personal trainers Gunnar Peterson and Harley Pasternak, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary and Jennifer Aniston's hairstylist Chris McMillan were set to attend. Other guests include Lindsay May Palevsky, the daughter-in-law of multi-millionaire LA philanthropist Max Palevsky, who died in 2010. Also set to attend are Aaron Michaelson, one of the owners of the Chicago White Sox, Tracey Mills, a designer at Kanye's fashion label and Jerry Lorenzo, who designs Kanye's favourite brand Fear Of God
The Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace near Paris was one of the venues earmarked for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding
The Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace near Paris was one of the venues earmarked for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's weddingReuters