They say marriages are made in heaven. But weddings are definitely planned on earth! All over the world, the wedding day is considered a special day. While most people today prefer a simple affair’ there still exists people who want to put in lot of money and make the entire celebrations a grand affair. How does India fare? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest marriages in India!
Gaurav Assomull and Kajal Fabiani
Did anyone say destination wedding? Well, we heard you. This grand wedding between the CEO of the Marigold group and the famous designer Kajal Fabiani took place in Monaco. The cost of the wedding was 450 crores. Luxurious hotels were hired all around the place. The highlights of the wedding were a Sangeet performance by Sukhbir and the reception night entertainment provided by Akon. The couple got married in 2011… and divorced in 2016. Yeah, not the happy ending we were looking for either.
Vikram Chatwal weds Priya Sachdev
Well, this was definitely the kind of wedding that you see in movies. Vikram Chatwal, an American hotelier and actor and Priya Sachdev, an investment banker and model, definitely look scintillating. It was a multi-location wedding conducted in Udaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. The guests were flown in, in private jets. Naomi Campbell, King Khan, Lakshmi Mittal, Prince Nicolas of Greece and the son of the late Shah of Iran also attended the event. The cost of the event was 100 crores, which adds up when you look at the fact that 50,000 flowers and 3,000 candles were used just to decorate the venues. Alas, this wedding too did not end well. The couple got a divorce and Priya Sachdev went on to marry Karishma Kapoor’s ex-husband Sanjay Kapur.
Mallika Reddy and Siddharth Reddy
Another grand event with costs running into 100 crores, this was definitely a star-studded place to be. Real jasmines were used to make chandeliers for the wedding of GVK Group’s GV Krishna Reddy’s granddaughter Mallika Reddy. Amitabh Bachchan attended the wedding and it is said that it had the most exquisite designer wear under one roof. Among other stars, Sridevi and Boney Kapoor came in with their daughters too.
Brahmani Reddy and Rajeev Reddy
Speaking of the Reddys, this one happened when it was a difficult time for a lot of us. We were standing in line to give up our 500rs notes whereas the Reddys were having a 500 crore wedding. The mining baron and former Karnataka minister, Gali Janardhana Reddy, ensured that no one would forget the wedding of his daughter Brahmini, with Rajeev Reddy.
Set design was definitely a big element in this wedding, thus making it one of the unique biggest marriages in India. Mr. Reddy hired Bollywood set designers to come up with one of its kind mandaps and settings. The setting includes building King Krishnadevaraya’s palace, Lotus Mahal, Mahanavami Dibba, Vijaya Vittala Temple. Brahmani wore a Rs 17 crore saree on her wedding day. Further, accessorizing it was jewellery worth Rs 90 crore.
Abhinav Jhunjhunwala and Prerna Sarda
Another wedding of Big Daddys’ children is that of Abhinav Jhunjhunwala (son of Reliance Anil Ambani group’s VC) and of Prerna Sarda who is the daughter of the famous jute Baron from Kolkatta Ghanshyam Sarda. They got married in 2016, a marriage costing 526 crores, making it one of the biggest marriages on the list! Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar were some of the big names to show up for the wedding.
Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal
An engagement ceremony at the Palace of Versailles and a wedding at the 17th century Chateau Vaux le Vicomte, with performances by Kylie Minogue amidst fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. Well, who ties the knot in such a way? The daughter of India’s richest man, of course. Lakshmi Mittal, the steel baron, spent lavishly on the wedding of his daughter with UK’s largest independent cement supplier, Hope Cements owner’s son, Amit Bhatia. Therefore, the inflation-adjusted cost of the wedding (since it happened way before in 2004), is 450 crores.
Designers Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma and the Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla pair would design the outfits of the bride, bridegroom and all the family members. Since no Indian wedding is complete without the wedding thumkas, ace Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan would coach the family members. This wedding ranks as the third most expensive in the world! Thus, this is a suitable addition to our biggest marriages list. However, biggest marriages are not necessarily the happiest. It seems that the couple has separated in 2014. Further, they have three children and are considering a divorce. But there is no sure news yet.
Nikhil Nanda and Shweta Bachchan – one of the earliest biggest marriages of India (and Bollywood!)
Nikhil Nanda is Raj Kapoor’s grandson but also the JMD for Escorts Group and definitely one of the wealthy Indian men. It is no surprise that Amitabh Bachchan would marry his only daughter, Shweta to him. While financially stable, he was not too far from Bollywood and this helped Papa to keep an eye on him while he was growing up. They had a quiet wedding ceremony in 1997 and a grand reception later on. And, the two are still together.
Vivek Biyani and Tanushri Dhoot
Another business family wedding, this time it was the combination of the Videocon kid Tanushri Dhoot with son on Kishore Biyani of the Future Group (and big bazaar fame), Vivek Biyani. The wedding happened in 2011 and was an event of great envy. It is one of the biggest marriages because it had guests from the world of business, cinema, sports and politics. Further, the wedding happened at Turf Club, Mumbai and SRK himself performed at the Sangeet!
Well, that’s it for our list of the biggest marriages. Do you have any Indian marriages in mind that should have gone in this list? Comment and let us know!
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