Five of the most expensive Indian weddings

Anant is the youngest son of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, chairman of international conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited and one of the richest men in the world.

1. Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal: 7 billion rupees ($86 million)

Mukesh Ambani, whose net worth is estimated to be $42 billion, left no stone unturned to give his only daughter a wedding to remember. With celebrations spread across Udaipur, Lake Como in Italy and then at the Ambani home in Mumbai, the star-studded celebrations in 2018 were reported to have cost 7 billion rupees.

Wedding invitations came in a Dolce & Gabbana box, adorned with pink and gold lace and detachable chains that could be worn as jewellery.

Beyonce was rumoured to have been paid $15 million for a 45-minute appearance, which featured a number of costume changes. Meanwhile, the wedding bash in Udaipur, known for its palaces, had the who’s who of Bollywood in attendance, from Priyanka Chopra Jonas to Salman Khan.

2. Sushanto Roy and Seemanto Roy’s double wedding: (5.54 billion rupees)

Before his fall from grace, former Indian billionaire Subrata Roy was known for throwing lavish parties and socialising with Bollywood stars and cricketers. The founder and chairman of then multibillion dollar conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar went all out for the wedding of his only children, sons Sushanto and Seemanto, who both tied the knot in a double ceremony in 2004.

Sushanto married Richa Ahuja on February 10, while Seemanto got hitched to Chandini Toor on February 14.

The fairy tale wedding at the Sahara Stadium in Lucknow featured lavish decorations. Spread across a week, more than 11,000 guests were in attendance, including a host of Bollywood celebrities and sports stars. Also noteworthy was a simultaneous ceremony that Roy hosted at the venue for 110 women who could not afford their own weddings.

3. Brahmani Reddy and Rajiv Reddy: (5 billion rupees)

Criticised for throwing a lavish wedding for his only daughter in the midst of a cash flow crisis in India, mining baron and former politician Gali Janardhana Reddy’s 5 billion rupees party made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2016.

The five-day celebration held at the Bangalore Palace for Reddy’s daughter, Brahmani, and husband Rajeev Reddy, the son of Hyderabad business tycoon Vikram Dev Reddy, culminated with a wedding ceremony attended by 50,000 guests, including Bollywood stars and politicians.

4. Shristi Mittal and Gulraj Behl: (5 billion rupees)

Taking a cue from his brother, steel tycoon Laksmi Mittal, Pramod Mittal also left no stone unturned for the wedding of his daughter, Shristi Mittal, to investment banker Gulraj Behl in 2013.

Held in Barcelona, the three-day celebration had 500 guests and included a menu catered by Spanish celebrity chef Sergi Arola, as well a 60kg, six-tier wedding cake. About 200 butlers and cooks were flown to Spain from India and Thailand for the occasion.

5. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia: (2.4 billion rupees)

Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal threw what was then the biggest wedding bash ever known for his only child, daughter Vanisha, as she tied the knot with London banker Amit Bhatia in 2004.

Held across various locations in Paris, the six-day celebration featured a performance by Kylie Minogue, as well as Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Renowned Bollywood poet and writer Javed Akhtar even scripted a play that was performed by the Mittal family at a pre-wedding ceremony.

Following an engagement party at the Palace of Versailles, the wedding was held at the 17th century Vaux le Vicomte palace. More than 35 craftsmen were flown in from Mumbai to erect a mandap, or the stage where the wedding ritual is performed, on a pond in the sprawling gardens of the estate, India Today reported.

Elephants made of fibre glass, minarets and a huge reception hall done up in pink were also put up, with florists flown in from the Netherlands. The evening ended with special fireworks launched from the Eiffel Tower.


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