A-list celebrity guests, accommodated in seven star hotels, treated to most exotic cuisines, utterly amazing venues, marvellous designer outfits, heavy jewellery, and immense media coverage; by now you must have understood that we are talking about the jaw-dropping expensive marriages of Bollywood. Our superstar couples certainly leave no stone unturned to make their holy union a memorable one.
So, take a look at some of the most famous B-town couples, who left everyone from the industry and outside awe-struck with their ultra-expensive wedding affairs.
1. Vivek Oberoi and Priyanka Alva
The opulence-crazy couple got married in a splendid style in 2010, at the lavish Alva farmhouse, near Hebbal Lake, in Bangalore. Bollywood star, Vivek Oberoi and Priyanka Alva, daughter of former Indian politician Jeevraj Alva, had a royal theme to their big day. Even before the wedding functions started, they had everyone’s attention with their opulent wedding cards. Their wedding invite was a limited-edition piece; the two-tiered box contained an expensive Ganjifa artwork, which made it a collector’s item.
One of the grandest and classiest Bollywood weddings saw the couple appearing as prince and princess. Everyone was heard gibbering about the Karnataka and Punjabi style wedding, ostentatious food lawns with palm trees, prodigious catering arrangements, and how gorgeous the couple looked in their designer dresses. When it comes to the mandap decoration, sky was the limit. Decorated with 25,000 Swarovski crystals, imported flowers brought in from Czechoslovakia and Italy, and rangolis made by professionals, the wedding venue showcased the affluence and royalty that goes with the rich and famous.
2. Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra
The wedding of Bollywood actress, Shilpa Shetty, and London-based businessman, Raj Kundra, was an over-the-top majestic ceremony for its pompous, lavish and unforgettable royal affairs. They got married on November 22, 2009, at Bawa’s Villa in Khandala. Be it mehendi, sangeet or the wedding, the ceremonies were enough to display the royalty of this celebrity couple.
Apart from awe-inspiring wedding decorations, it was Shilpa’s outstanding Kundan jewellery with uncut diamonds and emeralds from Anmol Jewellers that surely raised a lot of eyebrows. Her engagement ring came with a hefty price tag of 3 crore, and generated a lot of buzz. And why not; after all, it was a staggering masterpiece. For the wedding functions, Shilpa wore outfits by ace designer, Tarun Tahiliani, while the groom chose designer-duo, Shantanu and Nikhil, to dress him up. Reportedly, Shilpa splurged 50 lakhs on her bridal saree, designed by Tarun Tahiliani that had as many as 8000 Swarovski crystals embellished on it. Furthermore, the reception held at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Mumbai for their elite guests from the B-town, was another show of their incredible budget. The famous duo went all out for their splendid wedding with a nine-tier gasp-worthy cake, which was rumoured to weigh around 80 kilos. Well, considering the name and recognition the couple holds, it is an all-in-all fair game.
3. Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan
This was one lavish ceremony that was meant to go in the history of B-town celeb weddings. Not all the details about Abhi-Ash wedding have been disclosed, but as per the reports, the cost for this larger-than-life event was incredible. The gorgeous blue-eyed actress, Aishwarya Rai, tied the knot with Abhishek Bachchan, on April 20, 2007, at the Bachchan bungalow, Prateeksha. It was a regal ceremony filled with their closest friends and family. Though their wedding was a low key affair, it was still a lavish celebration. It included many of Bollywood’s and politics’ big names like Anil Ambani, Karan Johar, Amar Singh, and more.
From pujas and ceremonies, to vibrant outfits and jewellery, this ‘statement-making’ marriage still has us and B-town talking. Having prime designers, Neeta Lulla, and Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, the bride and the groom looked splendid in expensive wedding outfits. Aishwarya’s wedding date saree was embellished with stunning red and gold zari.
Their reception feast, which had the chefs from the Taj Hotel, to serve a scrumptious combination of Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines, was another money-guzzling arrangement. We are sure the large part of the budget went on security too.
4. Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s wedding on October 16, 2012, took the concept of ‘pomp and show’ to another level. The celebrations and merriment was never-ending for their five-day long nuptial ceremony. Celebrities from royal families and the world of sports and politics made the royal wedding a stunning spectacle with their mighty presence.
Everything was a splurge for this pair, and most of the expenses were doled out on couple’s custom-made outfits for various rituals. They made headlines with their designer outfits and Nawabiandaaz. Of course, Kareena’s mother-in-law, Sharmila Tagore’s sharara that she wore for her wedding, was beautiful and priceless.
The invitation card for the post-wedding reception, Dawat-E-Walima, with the royal Pataudi emblem embossed on it was also amazingly special. The fabulous reception hosted by Saif AlI Khan’s mother Sharmila Tagore, made the paparazzi go wild. The reports also mentioned that two five star hotels in Gurgaon were booked completely, with a helipad. There is no wonder that even the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and his family was sent an invite.
5. Genelia D’Souza and Riteish Deshmukh
The cute couple pulled out all the stops to have a gala wedding and make their big day an affair to remember. The cash that the lovebirds Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh dropped on their nuptials were off-limit. Their wedding on February 3, 2012, was held in a grand and high-class Maharashtrian style. After this, the couple went on to formalise their wedding with Catholic rituals in a church. It was a grand five-day affair; and the actual wedding was held in the Taj Lands End hotel, Mumbai.
There was a star-studded mehendi, preceding a similarly grand sangeet and a magnificent wedding. In this wedding, everything from the booked five star hotels and lavish spread to celebrity guests and the attires of the lovely couple became the talk of the town.
It was a swish luxury restaurant booked for the guests, which made their marriage even dreamier. They gave an awesome edge to their outfits cementing their position as stars. The ceremony was simply sparkling with B-towns’ big names like Bachchans, Kapoors and Khans. The exact cost that went into the entire wedding has never been calculated, though looking at the affair, it is quite certain that it would have been an ultra-luxurious one.
6. Avantika Malik and Imran Khan
Imran Khan married his childhood sweetheart, Avantika Malik, on January 10, 2011. Their glamourous affair turned into a glitzy wedding that was nothing short of spectacular. Celebs and stars from every field came to attend their elaborate wedding functions. Reports also suggest that the family especially had chefs flown in from Lucknow to prepare traditional delicacies.
From mehendi and wedding to the star-studded reception, everything was magnificent. What upped the costs further was the fact that their wedding invitation cards came with special swipe cards to enter the venues. Their expensive and lavish reception was held in the Taj Lands End hotel. And, who’s who of the B-town was there in attendance, like Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan, and Sachin Tendulkar, with Imran’s mammu jaan, Aamir Khan, looking after the guests personally. Reports also state that Karan Johar was the unofficial wedding planner for Imran and Avantika’s wedding.