A-list celebrity guests, accommodated in seven star hotels, treated to most exotic cuisines, utterly amazing venues, marvellous designer outfits, heavy designer jewellery, and immense media coverage. By now, you must have understood that we are talking about the jaw-dropping and overly 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 awestruck with their ultra-expensive wedding celebrations.
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 celebrations. 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.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan
The ‘King of Bollywood’, Shah Rukh Khan married Gauri Chibber, a Punjabi Hindu, in a traditional way. The ceremony was held on 25 October 1991, after a six year courtship. In those days, Shah Rukh wasn’t a much successful actor, but he managed to spend over 1 crore on his wedding. This is basically his love marriage.
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 themed wedding. 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.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna
Akshay has long been in love affairs with a number of fashion models and Bollywood actresses. But finally, he announced his marriage with actress Twinkle Khanna, the daughter of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. The two stars married of 17 January 2001. Their son named Aarav was born in September 2002. Akshay spent over 3.5 crores on this wedding.
Hrithik and Suzanne
This wedding was considered to be the most heartbreaking especially since Hrithik became Bollywood’s most adorable and loved celeb. Regardless of the what happened next, the couple seemed to have made the perfect wedding couple.
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 amount of cash that the lovebirds, Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh dropped on their nuptials was 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.
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.
Avantika and Imran Khan
Imran Khan announced his wedding with his ladylove Avantika Mallik. The couple invited various Bollywood celebrities on this occasion. Imran and Avantika’s mehendi ceremony took place at Avantika’s parent’s farmhouse in Karjat. The baraat was arranged at the Taj Lands End hotel of Mumbai. The estimated cost of this wedding was 5.2 crores.
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, films and politics made the royal wedding a stunning spectacle with their mighty presence.
Arpita and Aayush
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s sister, Arpita has recently wed with Delhi based boy Aayush Sharma. Salman arranged royal settings for the VIP guests. The most lavish part was when the guests including the President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were entertained in the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, and 60 exclusive rooms were booked. The wedding was held on November 18, 2014, and Salman spent around 5 crores on it.