Lavish weddings, the norm for celebrity romeos

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Kim Kardashian arrives at a luxury shop in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian stroll through rue Darboy in the 11th district near Belleville as they shop on May 21, 2014 in Paris. The celebrity pair is expected to be tying the knot this weekend, fuelling speculation about the wedding's location. Florence's La Nazione daily reported that they would have a marriage ceremony in France early on May 24, before travelling to Italy for the party. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans gather to watch guests arriving, as they look inside one of the cars for Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests, at the entrance of the Chateau de Versailles in Versailles, France, west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening on the eve of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian, left, leave a restaurant in Paris, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Fans gather to watch guests arriving, as they look inside one of the cars for Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests, at the entrance of the Chateau de Versailles in Versailles, France, west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening on the eve of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Kim Kardashian, front and Kourtney Kardashian, left, leave at a restaurant in Paris, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Rap artist Kanye West exits his car as he arrives at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Valentino fashion house employees leave Kanye West's apartment after fitting in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Kendall Jenner, center, and Kylie Jenner, leave Kanye West's Paris apartment, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Kim Kardashian (C) pushes a stroller as she leaves her hotel on May 23, 2014 in Paris. Hip hop star Kanye West and reality TV celebrity Kim Kardashian are expected to tie the knot this weekend, fuelling speculation about the wedding's location. AFP PHOTO/KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S rap singer Kanye West enters his car as he leaves a luxury shop in Paris, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Fans gather to watch guests arriving, as they look inside one of the cars for Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests, at the entrance of the Chateau de Versailles in Versailles, France, west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening on the eve of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Kim Kardashian leaves a gym in Paris, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Kourtney Kardashian, left, and Kris Jenner arrive at Kanye West's Paris apartment, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Mary Jo Shannon, grandmother of Kim Kardashian, arrives at Kanye West's Paris apartment, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
U.S rap singer Kanye West enters his car as he leaves a luxury shop in Paris, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Valentino fashion house employees leave Kanye West's apartment in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
A view of Forte Belvedere in Florence, Italy, Friday, May 16, 2014. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office said Friday. The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000) and a Protestant minister will preside over the ceremony, spokeswoman Elisa Di Lupo told The Associated Press in a phone interview. Belvedere Fort was built in 1590, believed using plans by Don Giovanni de' Medici. Located near the Arno River, it offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)
A view of Forte Belvedere in Florence, Italy, Friday, May 23, 2014. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, according to a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office. The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000) and a Protestant minister will preside over the ceremony. Belvedere Fort was built in 1590, believed using plans by Don Giovanni de' Medici. Located near the Arno River, it offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills. (AP Photo/Fabio Muzzi)
In this photo taken on July 8, 2013 a couple looks at the Florence Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica, with Giotto's bell tower, left, Brunelleschi's dome, from Forte Belvedere, Italy. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will get married at Florence's imposing 16th century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office said Friday, May 16, 2014. The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000). Di Lupo said a Protestant minister will preside, spokeswoman Elisa Di Lupo said. The 36-year-old rapper proposed to the reality star on her 33rd birthday in October 2013 renting out San Francisco's AT&T Park for the occasion. There has been no explicit confirmation from either Kardashian or West. In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, Kardashian's representative Ina Treciokas said she wasn't able to comment on reports about the nuptials. (AP Photo/Francesco Bellini)
A French police car, onlookers and press gather in front of the entrance of the Wideville Castle belonging to Italian Fashion designer Valentino where Kim Kardashian, Kanye West are awaited, in Davron, 35 miles west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening on the eve of their marriage. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A picture shows the Forte Belvedere (L) at sunset on May 20, 2014 in Florence where the Hip hop star Kanye West and reality TV celebrity Kim Kardashian should organise a party on May 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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PARIS (AP) - As Romeo said: "My bounty is as boundless as the sea ... the more I give to thee, the more I have." His modern-day counterparts - the kind with deep pockets - are going all out to offer extravagant, star-studded weddings to their own Juliets.

Hip-hop star Kanye West may uphold glam-set tradition this week with a wedding to TV reality star Kim Kardashian. The office of the mayor of Florence and the Chateau of Versailles say the couple will celebrate in palatial, centuries-old venues in Italy and France. The potential bride and groom, however, are staying mum. It would be the first marriage for him, the third for her.

Despite the hype preceding celebrity wedding vows, the special moment and the after-parties are often locked in secrecy, with photographs going exclusively to the highest bidder.

And love itself is often less immortal than Shakespeare had in mind. Kardashian's second marriage to basketball star Kris Humphries lasted 72 days.

A look at some of the more glamorous celebrity weddings of late:

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THE TV MARRIAGE: Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries

There were few secrets about the Kardashian-Humphries marriage in August 2011: It was televised. Fans had to wait until October to see the two-part special on E!, but the Kardashians posted a stream of updates on their blogs and websites.

Humphries proposed on bended knee with a 20.5-carat ring by spelling out "Will you marry me?" in rose petals. Among the 440 guests at the California wedding were boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard, Lindsay Lohan and Eva Longoria.

THE FANTASY: Eva Longoria-Tony Parker

Longoria, who found fame on the TV soap "Desperate Housewives," and NBA star Tony Parker married in 2007 at a Paris church that was once frequented by royalty. It was stage two of a weekend extravaganza - all hidden from view, even by black umbrellas at the church. Stage one was a civil ceremony conducted by then-Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe. The Baroque 17th-century Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau near Paris opened its gates for the grand finale where guests swept across its marble-floored ballroom. The couple divorced in 2011.

THE FAIRYTALE: Liz Hurley-Arun Nayar

The wedding of actress-model Liz Hurley and businessman Arun Nayar began in Britain and moved through several cities in India over six days. The blessing and party in 2007 at Sudeley Castle west of London drew the likes of Elton John, arriving by helicopter, Kate Moss and actor Hugh Grant, Hurley's ex. From there the wedding moved to Mumbai for celebrations that ended at the Maharaja of Jodphur's palace for a traditional Hindu ceremony, some 60 guests in tow. Secrecy was so tight that guests' cellphones were banned, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported. The couple divorced in 2011.

THE NEVER-ENDING KISS: Katie Holmes-Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise arrived for his 2006 wedding at a 15th-century Italian castle accompanied by flag bearers in medieval costumes as he walked down a stone ramp, drums rolling. Bride Katie Holmes wore Armani and the designer was among the guests in Bracciano outside Rome, along with Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey and Victoria Beckham. Italian singer Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple, and fireworks lit the sky. Despite the lavish accoutrements, the couple exchanged vows in a former stable decorated with white flowers in a Scientology ceremony. Then came their "never-ending kiss" - so long that guests shouted for them to stop, Giorgio Armani recounted later. The couple divorced in 2012.

THE $60 MILLION BASH: Vanisha Mittal-Amit Bhatia

Bollywood stars were flown in from India along with chefs for the most opulent, secretive wedding blowout that France has seen in a long time. The Indian steel mogul Lakshmi Mittal paid 55 million euros ($60 million at the time) - then about the price of an Airbus A320 - to fete the 2004 marriage of his daughter Vanisha to investment banker Amit Bhatia, according to Paris-Match magazine. The six-day event began at the Tuileries Gardens, proceeded to the Chateau de Versailles then continued at the Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau. Some 1,500 guests from around the world received silver-encased, 20-page invitations, Indian newspapers reported.

THREE'S A CHARM: Kim Kardashian-Kanye West

After two divorces, that may be the logic for 33-year-old Kardashian, who has a daughter, named North, with the 36-year-old West. The couple, Kardashian family in tow, is in Paris this week, shopping at Givenchy.

Their expected wedding pre-party could be lavish enough for a Sun King. The Chateau de Versailles - former digs of King Louis XIV - says the couple are hosting guests there Friday evening on a private visit.

And Florence mayor's office says they'll marry Saturday at the imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort, next to the city's famed Boboli Gardens. A spokeswoman says they rented the fort for 300,000 euros ($410,000), and a Protestant minister will preside.

Kardashian's spokeswoman Ina Treciokas continues to have no comment on either plan.

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