The cost of fashion designer Stella Mccartney's wedding to ALASDHAIR WILLIS spiraled to $320,000 (GBP200,000) - mainly due to tight security and transportation expenses.

The pair wed on Saturday (30AUG03) at the 300-acre (120-hectare) MOUNT STUART estate on the Scottish Isle of Bute, which was constantly patrolled by a team of top security men.

Guests at the ceremony - including Madonna, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and LIV TYLER - had to travel to and from the island by ferry.

However, former Beatles legend and father of the bride Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills travelled by helicopter.

And, in keeping with her day job, it is believed Stella designed her wedding dress herself.

An insider says, "She wore a strapless, fitted dress in a yellow, lime colour. We heard she had designed it herself, with GUCCI boss Tom Ford."

01/09/2003 13:32