Before you read this, we are going to need you to do something for us. Take a deep breath, go to your happy place and throw back to that wedding bucketlist you made in your childhood. All the romantic fantasies that you prophesied for your big day, remember them? Now open your eyes and watch all those dreams pale to a shadow in front of the biggest, most lavish weddings that money can buy.
From Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter’s Palais de Versailles blowout to Adel Sajan’s Dil Dhadakne Do-themed cruise wedding, these affairs are the height of first world-ness. Love them, hate them, you know you’ve ogled at them.
Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
What does a price tag of Rs 240 crore fetch you in the wedding market? For starters, a guestlist headlining Shah Rukh Khan, performances by Kylie Minogue and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the luxury of being the only private event to have ever been conducted at the Palais de Versailles. Steel mogul Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter Vanisha’s wedding has charted history as the second most expensive wedding in the world, and with good reason.
Sanjay Hinduja and Anu Mahtani
UK-based millionaire and secret Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani binge-watcher Sanjay Hinduja decided to tie the knot with fashion designer Anu Mahtani in Udaipur, but don’t let the lack of a foreign locale deceive you.The lavish nuptials, billed at 147 crore rupees, flew down the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Scherzinger who were applauded by an audience starring Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Preity Zinta among others.
The guests were chauffeured around exclusively in BMWs, the bride was dripping head-to-toe in Manish Malhotra and the 16,000 wedding party was reportedly showered in rose petals. Just in case you were wondering where the phrase big, fat Indian wedding originated from.
Brahmani and Rajeev Reddy
While you were sweating out your body weight in ATM queues during the demonetisation spell last year, mining baron Janardhan Reddy’s daughter Brahmani was drowning too — but under the weight of her Rs 17 crore Kanjeevaram sari and Rs 90 crore worth of jewels.
The guests weren’t doing too badly either — after receiving personalised wedding invites via LCD screens (that reportedly cost a whopping Rs 5 crore), they were fed in utensils crafted out of pure gold and silver. After drawing the ire of the cash-strapped masses, the hosts tried to downplay the Rs 500 crore bill to just 30 crores. The math speaks for itself, but let’s just say that you won’t ever catch us turning down an invite from the Reddy household.
Adel Sajan and Sana Khan
When you’re talking about the wedding of the heir to one of the richest men in the Middle East, we weren’t exactly expecting a frugal affair. But Adel Sajan’s wedding to model Sana Khan probably outdid their own expectations with a Dil Dhadakne Do-themed wedding on a cruise that set sail from Barcelona to Cannes.
Badshah dropped some of his sick tunes onstage while Malaika Arora Khan, Shilpa Shetty Kundra and others dotted the crowd. Oh, and Michelin-starred chef Fabio Cucchelli whipped up a 13-tier wedding cake that towered 3.5 metres over the wedding party. Pretty decent for a paycheque of Rs 200 crore, yes?
Sonam Vaswani and Navin Fabiani
When your daddy is the richest Indian in the Gulf, your wedding can exclude literally nothing, including the hashtag #SoNavSoFab. The wedding party pre-gamed at Palais Ferstel in Vienna before living it up in Belvedere Palace for the main ceremony. The happy bride wore Manish Malhotra and uncut diamonds and was serenaded to her happily-ever-after by singing sensation Bruno Mars.