In India, weddings are not just a union of two souls. They are a full-blown event where money flows faster than the speed at which everyone rushes to the dance floor when Sukhbir’s Ishq Tera Tadpave plays. At least that seemed to be the case with these truly expensive Indian weddings, none of which cost less than ₹100 crores:
1. Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal: ₹700 crore
In 2018, when the daughter of India’s richest business tycoon married a business scion, the world sat up and took notice. Hard not to, when the wedding was spread across 3 places (Udaipur, Lake Como in Italy, and Mumbai), the guest list included former First Lady of the US, Hillary Clinton, and over half of Bollywood, and the festivities included a performance by none other than Beyonce!
2. Sushanto Roy and Seemanto Roy’s double wedding: ₹554 crore
The notorious chairman of Sahara India Pariwar, Subrata Roy, hosted one hell of a double wedding in 2004, for his sons, Sushanto and Seemanto. From flying his guests on private jets to marrying 101 underprivileged girls, to serving over 100 cuisines to his 11,000 guests, Subrata Roy definitely left no stone unturned in making the double wedding a memorable and lavish affair.
3. Sanjay Hinduja and Anu Mahtani: ₹140 crores
Stars like Malaika, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer & even Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Lopez performed at the wedding, while delicacies from 16 different countries were served and BMWs chauffeured the guests (16,000) around.
4. Brahmani and Rajeev Reddy: ₹550 crore
When mining baron Janardhan Reddy hosted the wedding of his only daughter in 2016 (yes, in the middle of demonetization), he
spared no expense, quite literally. The wedding invitation card included an LCD screen, the bride wore a Kanjeevaram saree worth ₹17 crores and jewellery worth ₹90 crore. Over 50,000 guests attended the festivities, with the wedding venue designed to resemble the ruins of Hampi.
5. Shristi Mittal and Gulraj Behl: ₹500 crore
Steel tycoon Laxmi Mittal’s niece, Shristi Mittal, had a ‘big, fat, Indian wedding’ to rival most big, fat Indian weddings when she married investment banker Gulraj Behl in a three-day extravagant affair in Barcelona.
500 guests attended the wedding festivities, after signing a confidentiality agreement. Apart from this, over 200 butlers and cooks were flown in from India and Thailand, while Michelin-star chef Sergi Arola prepared the culinary spread and the couple cut a 60-kg, six-storey-cake.