In one of our earlier post, we say how celebrities make some quick (and good) money performing at events such as weddings, so can you imagine how much the wedding itself would cost if you have SRK performing at the event?
Most rich families don’t mind spending a few crores on their son/daughter’s grand wedding nowadays, and in some cases (the ultra-rich) it can even be excess of 100 crores! Although they do believe in the institution of marriage, for the elite class, marriage is also another occasion to network with the best and also to live up to their own brand name, and that’s another reason for the huge spending on such lavish weddings.
These luxury weddings last for a few days, with the following being some of their highlights:
- Wedding in some exotic destination
- Have lavish sets, usually based on some theme, and it could resemble some popular location, such as Venice or Sun City
- World cuisine for the guests, you will be amazed at the variety of dishes available. Chefs are flown in from various countries
- Last but not the least, several celebrities from the film industry perform at these events, and renowned choreographers not just dance during the functions, they also choreograph the dance sequences for participants who take part in the Sangeet.
Here are some of the most expensive marriages that took place in recent times, most of these weddings are of the sons’/daughter’s of big industrialists/businessmen.
Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta Wedding
Akash is the oldest son of India’s wealthiest man and top boss of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani. The bride, Shloka Mehta, is the daughter of Russell Mehta, a wealthy diamond merchant and managing director of family-owned company Rosy Blue.
The grand post-wedding celebration was attended by almost all of the Bollywood.
Isha Ambani & Anand Piramal
Reliance Industries’ top boss Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani and son of industrialist Ajay Piramal (of Piramal Group), Anand tied the knot in a big, fat wedding. The pre-wedding ceremonies were held in Udaipur, the lavish bash saw a live performance from American pop sensation Beyonce. The wedding ceremony at Antilia, was attended by former US First Lady Hillary Clinton, and the who’s who of the worlds of business, showbiz and politics.
Billionaire Businessman Yogesh Mehta’s Son’s Wedding
Yogesh Mehta, a billionaire businessman in Dubai got his son married in Florence in Italy. The marriage lasted three days in a five-star hotel located near the Arno River, and around 140 crore rupees (around 25 million USD) were spent on the lavish marriage. Yogesh Mehta wanted to use elephants during the wedding (for some of the functions) but his request was turned down by the local Animal Welfare department in Italy.
Billionaire Ajay Gupta’s Sons Wedding
Billionaire businessman-politician, Ajay Gupta’s son Kamal got married to Palak Jain (daughter of Delhibased businessman Ajay Jain) recently in Turkey at Antalya’s Mardan palace, a world heritage site, overlooking the Bosphorous river. Take a look at the highlights.
- Hrithik Roshan, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Arijit Singh, Mika Singh, Honey Singh (over 20 Bollywood celebrities) added the glam touch to the destination wedding. 100 dancers, singers and acrobats added to the extravaganza
- 100 chefs flew from Rajasthan who prepared cuisines from across the world , 50 photographers and videographers, a team of 20 event managers were called to cover the event.
Srishti Mittal & Gulraj Behl
Srishti Mittal, niece of steel tycoon ‘Laxmi Mittal’, tied the nuptial knot with Gulraj Behl, in Barcelona. The main wedding ceremony was held at the National Museum of Catalan Art atop a hill. Over 200 chefs, butlers and assistants were flown in from India and Thailand. The wedding bill? Around Rs. 500 crore!
Vanisha Mittal wedding
Vanisha is steel baron Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter, and her wedding was a six day extravaganza in Paris. At Rs. 240 crore (in the year 2004), it was one of the most expensive Indian wedding at that time, with several rich and powerful people attending the big affair. Choreographer Farah Khan choreographed all the performances, Pop diva Kylie Minogue’s performance fetched her 200,000 pounds (for half an hour act). SRK was paid 300,000 pounds (performed a spoof/skit).
And before you start assuming that these guys are wasting their money, you may also look at the brighter side. Most of the money actually goes to businesses/people who’re associated with the event, mostly those in event management and the hospitality industry. So its money-making opportunity for event managers, set designers, various artists, fashion designers, jewelry makers, hotels, and so on, whenever such events happen.
Subrata Roy’s Son’s Wedding
Sahara chief Subrata Roy’s sons, Sushanto with Richa, and Seemanto with Chandni, took place in Lucknow (2004) at the Sahara auditorium. It was a Rs. 552 crore affair with no dearth of glamour, glitz and style in the weddings.
Mallika and Siddharth
GV Krishna Reddy’s (GVK Group) granddaughter Mallika’s wedding with Siddharth, son of Indukuri Syam Prasad Reddy (Indu Group) was a grand Rs. 1000 crore affair, held in Delhi, and one of the most expensive Indian weddings. Bollywood celebrities SRK, Priyanka Chopra, Mallika Sherawat performed at the wedding.
Tanwar Wedding: Lalit and Yogita
The wedding of Lalit (son of congress MP and businessman Kanwar Singh Tanwar) and Yogita Jaunapuria incurred an expense of Rs. 250 crore. Wedding guests were presented with an expensive shawl, safari suit with 2,100 cash and a silver coin. Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia performed at the wedding.
Vineeta and Muqit Teja
U.K based billionaire Pramod Agarwal’s daughter Vineeta and her fiance Muqit Teja had a grand wedding in Italy’s sea side city of Venice. Around 800 guests were entertained at the luxurious San Clemente Palace hotel and resort on the private 17-acre San Clemente Island. Pop star Shakira also performed at the wedding, which was attended by the likes of Mittal (Indian billionaire). How much did the wedding cost? Approximately Rs. 130 crores.
Kajal Fabiani and Gaurav Assomull
Socialite Kajal Fabiani’s marriage with Gaurav Assomull (CEO of luxury purveyor Marigold Group) was held in Monaco (near France). The Mehendi ceremony was held at hotel hermitage and the Sangeet (in the evening) was held at Salle Empire at the Hotel de Paris. The wedding happened at Salle Garnier and the post wedding treat was at Casino Atrium. Hip hop star Akon (who also sand ‘Chamak Challo’ song in Ra One) performed at the wedding. The total cost of the wedding was Rs. 44 crore.
Payal Bansal and Deepak Kanodia
Indian real estate developer Basant Bansal, planned his daughter Payal’s wedding in Istanbul, Turkey at Mardan palace, Antalya. Celina Jaitely and Eesha Koppikar performed at the wedding. The overall cost of the wedding was around 2 million Euros.
Dubai Real Estate Billionaire Rizwan Sajan son has grand wedding
Dubai based real estate billionaire Rizwan Sajan (of Danube Group) hosted a royal affair for his son’s wedding in 2017.
Rizwan’s son, Danube’s Group Director Adel Sajan and former beauty queen Sana Khan tied the knot on a luxury cruise liner (on a four-day European voyage).
Top Bollywood celebrities like Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Gauhar Khan, Dia Mirza, Malaika Arora attended the wedding.
The wedding theme was based on the film ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’. Guests boarded the luxury cruise liner at Barcelona in Spain. The four-day European journey covered scenic locations like Marseilles (France), Cannes(France) and Savona (Italy).The guests were treated to several themed parties, musical performances by Bollywood’s best and more.
Rizwan Sajan was at Number 7 on the Forbes list of Top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE. In the past, Indian celebrities like Sunil Gavaskar, Juhi Chawla and Shilpa Shetty have been brand ambassadors of Danube.
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Mining baron spends Rs. 500cr on daughter’s wedding, cash strapped Indians angry
Mining baron Janardhana Reddy recently spent Rs. 500cr (80million dollars) on his daughter’s wedding. Cash strapped Indians angry at ‘Obscene display of wealth’.
In the past, there have been several big fat Indian weddings, but this one raised several eye-brows…because of its timing.
At a time when cash-strapped Indians are queuing up for hours at ATMs to withdraw cash (Indian government banned high value notes), Mining czar Gali Janardhana Reddy splurged a staggering amount of money on his daughter Bramhani’s wedding with Hyderabad business baron Rajeev Reddy.
The politician spent around 5billion rupees (Rs500cr or 80million dollars) on designer sets, bespoke jewellery, celebrity performances, etc. The hi-profile wedding drew the attention of all, including income tax sleuths.
Mr. Reddy spent almost a crore rupees ($150k) on the digital video invitation alone.
Watch: Janardhan Reddy’s daughter’s digital wedding invite!
Critics in India described the event as an “Obscene display of wealth”. Several ministers did not attend the wedding fearing a backlash.