Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z may have married under a vow of secrecy (well, they attempted to, at least), but that doesn't mean the king and queen of hip hop spared any expense on the lavish event. The groom threw a heaven-inspired gala at his 13,500-square-foot penthouse in New York City on April 4, 2008, where guests like Solange Knowles, Gwyneth Paltrow (is she the most popular girl on the wedding circuit or what?), Chris Martin, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child), Kanye West, Diddy and many more were asked to wear all-white -- no problem for Diddy, of course.
Jay-Z's former bachelor pad was decorated with 70,000 white dendrobium orchids (that's $100K worth of flowers, FYI) flown in from Thailand, with celeb DJ Cassidy spinning amongst silver candelabras under a white tent on top of the TriBeCa loft building. Guests also enjoyed a seven-course meal, but only after they nibbled on caviar, shrimp cocktail and fried chicken during the cocktail hour. Rumor has it that Granny Z did the catering: "I cooked all my Creole stuff. My favorite part was when we put all of this home cooking on that fancy china," Big Z told Giant Magazine.