If you’ve ever witnessed and been a part of an Indian wedding, you’ll know exactly why they call them ‘big fat Indian weddings’. With functions spread over a few days and surrounded by plenty of guests, an Indian wedding cannot be complete without any show-sha! There are some Indians who were not just the talk of the town but the nation! Here’s a look at India’s 7 most expensive and extravagant weddings.
1. Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal
When India’s richest industrialist, Mukesh Ambani’s daughter got married to the Piramal scion, Anand Piramal, the whole world took notice! They had a fairytale engagement at Lake Como in Italy, extravagant pre-wedding functions in Udaipur (that included more than 200 charter planes ferrying guests to the destination) and a beautiful wedding in Mumbai. Not just Indian celebrities, this wedding was attended by the former First Lady of the US, Hillary Clinton and Business Tycoon Henry Travis.
Cost: $100 Million
2. The Sahara Wedding: Sushanto Roy and Seemanto Roy
With 11000 guests and a double wedding, Sushanto and Seemanto Roy’s wedding was sure to make the headlines. Indian businessman and chairman of Sahara India Pariwar, Subrata Roy, made sure his sons’ get their dream wedding. He organized 110 different cuisines, private jets for his guests, got 101 underprivileged girls married and fed 150,000 beggars on this day!
Cost: 552 crore
3. Sanjay Hinduja and Anu Mahtani
UK-based billionaire, Sanjay Hinduja and designer Anu Mahtani had a star-studded wedding in Udaipur. Dressed in Manish Malhotra ensembles and being entertained by none other than Jennifer Lopez this is one wedding we wish we could have been a part of.
Cost: 147 crore
4. Brahmani and Rajeev Reddy
Karnataka mining baron Janardhana Reddy’s daughter Brahmani married P Rajeev Reddy, the son of a Hyderabad-based industrialist, in a lavish Bangalore wedding. The ceremonies were spread over five days and were attended by 50,000 people. Did you know, Brahmi’s wedding trousseau alone consisted of a saree worth ₹17 crores?
Cost: 500 crore
5. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia
Vanisha Mittal, daughter of one of the world’s richest men, Lakshmi Mittal, kicked off her wedding with banker financier Amit Bhatia in Paris. The wedding was held at the magnificent Vaux le Vicomte estate with Bollywood celebrities entertaining the guests with their performances.
Cost: 240 crore
6. Shristi Mittal and Gulraj Behl
A Euro Extravaganza, the wedding of Shristi Mittal and Gulraj Behl was held in Barcelona. An army of 300 chefs and butlers were flown down from Thailand and India. Helicopters hovered over the venue to capture the perfect wedding shots of the couple and their guests.
Cost: 500 crore
7. Lalit Tanwar and Yogita Jaunapuria
When Congress leader Kanwar Singh’s son, Lalit tied the knot with former independent MLA Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria’s 26-year-old daughter Yogita, the groom got a chopper for tilak-shagun! Can you believe it? This 250 crore merger of two affluent families was graced by Bollywood celebrities.
Cost: 250 crore
8. Sonam Vaswani and Navin Fabiani
With guests like Bruno Mars and Manish Malhotra, Sonam Vaswani’s wedding with Navin Fabiani was a dream wedding. Adorned in a choker of uncut diamonds and Manish Malhotra ensembles, this wedding, held in Belvedere Palace, Austria was straight out of a fairytale!
Cost: 211 crore
9. Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta
Early this year, the oldest son of Asia’s richest man, Akash Ambani got married to Shloka Mehta, the daughter of diamond tycoon Russel and Mona Mehta. Their pre-wedding functions took place in Switzerland while their wedding was held in Mumbai with Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Ranbir Kapoor and others as baraatis and artists like Chainsmokers and Coldplay as entertainers. Nita Ambani made sure to welcome her daughter-in-law with much love and diamonds. She gifted Shloka a beautiful diamond necklace that alone was worth ₹300 crore! Need we say more?
Cost: We’re still guessing!
10. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
The netizens went crazy when Indian cricket team’s captain, Virat Kohli and Bollywood actor, Anushka Sharma’s hush-hush wedding images were released. The power couple were dressed in Sabyasachi ensembles and tied the knot in the second most costliest resort in the world in Tuscany, Italy.
Cost: 100 crore
11. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone
This list would be incomplete without the Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone wedding. It was held at Lake Como, Italy followed by three receptions – one in Bangalore and two in Mumbai. The couple had both – traditional Konkani and Sindhi style weddings. Did you know, the couple also wore custom-made gold embroidered designer footwear to their wedding?
Cost: 77 crore