How Much Is Jessica Simpson Paying To Keep Her Wedding Private?
July 01, 2014
Jessica Simpson and her fiancé Eric Johnson are reportedly tying the knot this weekend. But, what precautions will they take to make sure their ‘I Do’s’ aren't invaded by unwanted paparazzi?
ET sat down with Jamie Salanga, owner of Draken Private Security, who gave us all the details about what other stars have taken in the past and how much it costs to keep their weddings private.
“Just for the security portion alone of the wedding you are probably looking at a good $100,000 to $200,000 on the low end,” Jamie revealed.
But that security fee is worth it when you consider how much some stars have made by selling their exclusive wedding shots to magazines. Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and NBA star Tony Parker made a reported $2 million for their photo back in 2007. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones also raked in the dough for their pics as well, making an estimated $1.6 million in 2000.
With so much at stake, the security teams go to extreme lengths to make sure unwanted paparazzi don’t show up. According to Salanga, they begin prepping a year in advance, hire up to 30 agents to monitor the grounds, and even sometimes collaborate with the local paparazzi.
“With the correct advanced work you can actually get local law enforcement to do a no fly zone temporarily for the wedding,” Salanga said. And their work even includes doing background checks on all the vendors. “If we have anything suspicious that we have come up in the vendors background you know then we'll just nix it right there on the spot.”
Check out the video above to hear more about the length the stars go to keep their wedding’s strictly a friends and family event, and tune in to ET tonight to see more on Jessica Simpson’s wedding plans!