8 Big Fat Indian Weddings That Made Our Jaws Drop With Their Extravaganza
For us Indians, weddings are a grand affair. There is a reason why our weddings have truly earned the title — ‘The Big Fat Indian Wedding.’
The sangeet, the Mehendi, the baraat, the décor, the lavish food spreads, the mandap, the fireworks, the fineries, the rituals, the venue… We love all the flamboyance and grandiose that defines a typical Indian Shaadi.
And these fat weddings get bigger and fatter when it involves famous personalities. The lavish celebrations are so grand and extravagant that they often become the talk of the town.
We bring to you some of these most memorable high-profile Indian weddings that made our eyes pop out of our head with their luxuries and extravaganza.
Kajal Fabiani & Gaurav Assomull
This high profile wedding was the most searched on the internet as everyone wanted to know the details of this over-the-top Sindhi affair which was held in Monte Carlo.
Gaurav Assomull and Kajal Fabiani’s wedding was one of the grandest Indian destination weddings. The festivities were spread over four days and luxurious hotels were booked all over Monte Carlo for guests who were specially flown from across the globe.
A youngsters’ party was organized at Monte Carlo’s Indian theme lounge – The Buddah Bar, which was followed by a welcome party for all the guests at Grimaldi Forum. The sangeet which was held at Salle Empire of the Hotel de Paris had a performance by Sukhbir and the popular band Fabba.
The traditional Sindhi wedding finally took place on the stage of the Salle Garnier of the Opera de Monte-Carlo and the guests at the wedding were treated to a four-course dinner and a hip hop concert by Akon.
Well, this was indeed the fattest Sindhi wedding of all time.
Priya Sachdev & Vikram Chatwal
The couple may have separated, but their flamboyant wedding celebrations are still talked about.
In fact, the marriage of American hotelier and former actor, Vikram Chatwal and model and investment banker Priya redefined a luxury wedding.
It was an ostentatious affair, which was spread across ten days in three Indian cities – Mumbai, Udaipur and Delhi. The wedding that took place in 2006 was attended by more than 600 people from 26 countries and included notable guests such as steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, model Naomi Campbell, Patricia Velásquez, rapper P Diddy, HRH Prince Nikolaos of Greece, Bill Clinton, and several Indian celebrities.
About 50,000 kilos of flowers and 3000 candles went into the decoration of the wedding venue.
Jaw dropping, ain’t it?
Sushanto Roy & Richa and Seemanto Roy & Chandini
The double wedding of Sahara Chief Subrata Roy’s sons Sushanto and Seemanto Roy still remains to be the most expensive Indian wedding ever.
Known to living life on a grand scale, Subrata Roy spent about 550 crores to make his sons’ special day a memorable one.
The Sahara chief had the marriage venue — the huge Sahara Auditorium in Lucknow—decorated with torch-lights, lamps, marshals and prism glasses.
Celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Anil Ambani, and Mulayam Singh Yadav acted as hosts and welcomed the wedding party. The guests were treated to a lavish spread with about 101 different cuisines from all over the world.
Other highlights of this grandiose wedding affair were the dance performances by Shiamak Davar group and performances by a British Symphony Orchestra who played popular Indian tunes. The seven vows of Indian marriages were inscribed on the pillars of the gateway. The marriage was attended by over 11,000 guests from the world over.
Furthermore, the festivities were not just restricted to the elite class, but Subrata Roy got 101 underprivileged girls married on this occasion and also served food to about 150,000 beggars.
Nayantara Kothari & Shamit Bhartia
The grand wedding of Dhirubhai Ambani’s eldest grandchild Nayantara and K K Birla’s grandson Shamit Bhartia obviously was the talk of the town given the lineage of both the families.
Nayantara's mother Nina Kothari is Dhirubhai Ambani's daughter and to celebrate the happy occasion, Mukesh Ambani hosted a pre-wedding soiree at his 27-storied residence, which was attended by the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar, A R Rahman, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and other Bollywood celebrities.
The grand wedding was held in Chennai, where Nayantara’s parents Nina and Shyam Kothari reside. The celebrations were held at the ITC Grand Chola, a sprawling ground and the Kothari Mansion in Nungambakkam High Road.
The Kotharis and Bhartias kept the event very private and didn’t disclose the details of the wedding, however, some relatives and guests including Amitabh Bachchan tweeted about the wedding — ‘It can’t get bigger than this- A R Rahman performs live at a wedding, first time ever.’
Bride Nayantara wore outfits created by top designers of the country like Tarun Tahiliani and Abu-Sandeep. The venue was decorated with flowers from all over the world and a delicious spread was prepared by the best vegetarian chefs from all over India.
Akshata Murty & Rishi Sunak
The marriage of Bangalore-based Narayana Murthy’s daughter to British citizen Rishi Sunak was definitely the most talked about wedding in Bangalore, but more for its simplicity than grandeur.
Though the wedding guests list comprised of prominent names like — Azim Premji, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Anil Kumble, Nandan M Nilekani, Captain G.R. Gopinath, Prakash Padukone, Syed Kirmani, Girish Karnad among others — the co-founder of Infosys Technologies, N R Narayana Murthy kept the celebrations traditional and simple.
The venue for the pre-wedding puja was Chamaraja Kalyana Mantapa, Jayanagar, Bangalore and the wedding reception venue was the Ballroom and Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore.
The attraction of the wedding undoubtedly was the pure vegetarian traditional spread.
Vanisha Mittal & Amit Bhatia
The wedding of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia was one of the most lavish affairs the world had seen.
The location was the breathtaking Palace of Versailles, and the invitation for the wedding was sent out in a 20 pages silver book. Additionally, chefs were flown in from across the world to prepare the lavish spread of over 100 dishes and the most expensive wines were served to the guests.
Furthermore, stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Kylie Minogue, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Juhi Chawla, Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee performed at the exquisite wedding and the dance sequences were choreographed by Farah Khan.
It was one of those star-studded weddings that made you wish that you were part of it.
Shristi Mittal & Gulraj Behl
No stones were left unturned for the marriage of Lakshmi Mittal’s niece Shristi Mittal.
The big fat wedding took place in Barcelona, Spain at the National Museum of Catalan Art atop a hill. In fact, it is said that three-day wedding celebrations of Mittal’s younger brother Pramod’s daughter, were grander than the over-the-top celebrations of Vanisha in France.
Over 200 chefs and butlers were flown in from India and Thailand to serve the elite guests at the wedding and the wedding cake was a six-tier construction weighing 60 kilos.
Shvetha Jaishankar & Raghu Kailas
Ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi’s ex-wife’s wedding was undoubtedly the talk of the town. Mainly for two reasons, one — it took place a day after Mahesh Bhupathi walked the aisle with actress Lara Dutta and two — for its grand celebrations.
The celebrations for the lavish wedding of Shvetha Jaishankar and Chennai businessman Raghu Kailas was spread over three days. The love birds even set up a closed group on a social networking site and titled it — ‘Our big phat Tam Brahm wedding.’
And it indeed was a big fat wedding with the festivities starting with the Mehendi ceremony, followed by an intimate wedding ceremony for which the bride, Shvetha wore antique temple jewellery and the traditional nine yards saree worn by Tamil brahmin brides.
This was followed by a luxurious reception for over 1,200 guests which was held at Valliammai Hall.
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