Don’t we all just love to read or hear about celebrities and their grand weddings? At sometime or the other such famed weddings never cease to fascinate, whether you wish to draw inspiration from them or take down notes for your own wedding, or perhaps even to gasp at the opulence of these weddings. Let’s take a look at some of the high profile Indian weddings that represent the glitz, glam and extravaganza that are associated with them! Here are the top 3 high profile Indian weddings that have been drool-worthy enough to make it to our list.
When daughter of billionaire steel king Lakshmi Mittal got married, the entire world, not just India expected the wedding bash of a life time. And indeed it was! Hosted by her father L.N. Mittal, the wedding party of Vanisha with Amit Bhatia was touted as the grandest wedding of the century! Right from the 20-page invitations well packaged in silver boxes to air tickets for over 1,000 guests from all over the world, the Mittal’s went all out to make their daughter feel like a true princess. The festivities were spread over 5 days and took place in France at many enchanting locations including a famous chateau! Performances at the event included Kylie Minogue and Bollywood’s Shah Rukh Khan who enthralled the lucky invitees. It is said that over 5000 bottles of the decadent Mouton Rothschild were opened! Top chefs were flown in from Calcutta to prepare the best Indian food. And, the bridal attire was designed by top Indian designers Tarun Tahiliani and Suneet Varma. The amount spent summed up to a whopping $55 million, far outscoring billionaire Donald Trump’s son’s wedding.
We think the next big fat Indian wedding that truly represented grandeur and sheer opulence has got to be the wedding of hotelier Vikram Chatwal with Priya Sachdev in February 2006. The week-long Chatwal wedding festivities took place across the three Indian cities including Udaipur. In fact amongst the Chatwal’s ten Indian wedding functions, one of the pre-wedding parties took place at Udaipur’s grand Shri Niwas Palace. Yet another party, the Fantasia Masquerade Island Party, albeit more fun than the rest, was held on Jagmandir Island, while the Mehndi function took place at a farmhouse owned by the Chatwals in an undisclosed location! So much grandiosity already and the actual wedding party had not even arrived! Well, quite obviously the wedding party was one than can only be described as ‘larger than life.’ Flowers like tulips and lilies were flown in from abroad, along with the best cognac and cigars. The famous and highly versatile dancer Shiamak Davar got the crowd in the mood. Invitees to the Chatwal wedding included corporate big-wigs like Lakshmi Mittal and SP Hinduja, prime minister Manmohan Singh, celebrities like Naomi Campbell , Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Nayar and Preity Zinta, as well as Bill Clinton and Deepak Chopra! Private jets, the most expensive decorations and high profile invitees are just some of the aspects that can be used to describe this elaborate wedding.
Next up on our list of Indian high profile weddings is the Arun Nayar-Liz Hurley wedding. Although, the couple were said to have secretly tied the knot in a civil ceremony in England, they made sure to throw a lavish bash when they came down to India. Interestingly, Elton John, Hurley’s good friend, walked her down the aisle at their English wedding. But the Big Fat Indian Wedding is what really awed the world. The event took place over six days in Mumbai and Rajasthan. The wedding celebrations at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace had the works- right from white horses, walkways lined with millions of red chili peppers and thousands of pretty flower petals. Other parties included a poolside lunch at the picturesque 17th-century Balsamand Lake Palace, that was followed by party at the Nagaur Fort. An army of celebrities in the form of Elle Macpherson, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Velentino, Kate Moss and Elton John. Liz donned a Tarun Tahiliani-designed pink sari that set her back around $7,500. And, the couple spent their wedding night at a Jodhpur Palace-turned-hotel, the suite of which costed around $10,000!
If extravagance is the price people (read: celebrities) must pay to prove their love, then so be it!