Mother backs Petra Ecclestone's big spending wedding

Petra Ecclestone’s £12 million wedding to James Stunt may have made some engaged couples wince, but her mother has backed her spending.

Reporting on an interview with Grazia, Mail Online revealed that Slavica Ecclestone was unhappy with her own nuptials, so wanted to do all she could to make sure her daughter’s ceremony was memorable.

Slavica used £12 million of her own fortune to fund the wedding. But couples currently on the lookout for a wedding reception venue should bear in mind that she was left with £734 million following her split from billionaire Bernie Ecclestone in 2009.

“I don’t care how much the wedding cost, as it was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. It was worth every penny because it made my daughter happy. Who cares about money?” added the 53-year-old. Petra’s wedding included live performances by Eric Clapton, the Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta.

In contrast, Hello! described how Slavica’s marriage to Bernie was a very simple affair. They signed the relevant documents at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office without a big group of well-wishers – just Max Mosley was there as a witness.

The newlyweds followed up this underwhelming ceremony by attempting to go for dinner, but, finding it booked up, Bernie went back to work.