If you’ve ever attended an Indian wedding, or atleast seen one in a movie, then you know why ‘big’ and ‘fat’ describe the entire affair perfectly. Amidst traditions set in stone and food from every possible corner of the world, each wedding aims to be more extravagant (and costlier) than the rest.
Seriously, we can’t have it any other way.
To add to the wide-eyed look you’re probably sporting right about now, here are a few more bafflingly expensive Indian weddings.
The One With The Twins (2004)
Who: Sahara chief Subrata Roy’s twins Sushanto and Seemanto
How Much: 552 Crores
Where: Sahara Shaher, Lucknow
Woah: Roy got 101 underprivileged girls married on the same day and food was distributed to one and a half lakh beggars. Big names like Amitabh Bachchan, Mulayam Singh, Anil Ambani and Aishwarya Rai attended the festivities.
The One With The Helicopter (2011)
Who: Congress Minister Kanwar Singh Tanwar’s son Lalit
How Much: 250 Crores
Where: Delhi, India
Woah: Lalit received a Bell 429 helicopter from his in laws. 15,000 people were invited to the wedding and each guest was gifted Rs 11,000 as shagun.
The One That Covered 3 States (2006)
Who: Hotelier Vikram Chatwal
How Much: 100 Crores
Where: Mumbai, Udaipur and Delhi
Woah: All 600 guests that attended the wedding were flown in via private jets. Naomi Campbell, Shahrukh Khan, Lakshmi Mittal, Prince Nicolas of Greece and the son of the late Shah of Iran were among the guests at the lavish wedding.
The One With The Royal Palace (2004)
Who: Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter Vanisha
How Much: 350 Crores
Where: Palace of Varsailles, France
Woah: The only private function held at the palace was graced by a performance by Shah Rukh Khan, Kylie Minogue, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Juhi Chawla, Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee.
The One On An Island
Who: UK based Billionaire Promod Agarwal’s daughter Vineeta
How Much: 130 Crores
Where: St. Clemente Island, California
Whoa: Agarwal booked 17 acres of the island for the wedding which featured a performance by Shakira.
That’s a LOT of money to spend on a party. But hey, maybe they were coerced.