Have you ever witnessed an Indian wedding? If yes, then surely you’ll know why they call it a ‘big fat Indian wedding’. Indian weddings are celebrations like any other festival with all the zeal and excitement. It is a wonderful union of two souls where they commit to spending the rest of their lives together. India is a diverse nation, due to which weddings vary from region to region. Along with that the rituals and ceremonies held in weddings also vary.
However, there are extraordinary and vibrant ceremonies that can be glimpsed at most weddings. These brimming and sprightly ceremonies include Mehendi, Haldi, and Sangeet. With the completion of all the events, then comes the wedding day. It consists of a momentous celebration of religion and culture.
A destination wedding has broadened the boundaries of marriages. Rajasthan is at the center of attention to all those who are about to tie a knot. For all your dreamy imaginations, Rajasthan indeed is a perfect fit to have a royal and extravagant destination wedding. In Rajasthan, forts, ancient Palaces, gardens, Havelis, scenic lakes, and likewise many more can be taken in for backdrop.
Here’s a countdown of rich Indian weddings held in Rajasthan. Moreover totally redefining the ‘big’ and ‘fat’ of Indian weddings:
Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani’s Wedding
Venue: Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani tied the knot at Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur on February 22, 2004. The marriage backdrop was the majestic Jag Mandir, where all the rituals took place. Marriage functions like weddings and reception were also organized on the lawns of Jag Mandir Palace. Delhi-based designer, Manav Gangwani designed all the wedding costumes. It was also an intimate affair with about 81 guests. There was a royal charm to the venue when decorated with shimmery lights and adorable flowers.
Arun Nayar and Elizabeth Hurley
Venue: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Indian businessman Arun Nayar married actress Elizabeth Hurley in a glorious wedding. The nuptial celebration then lasted for about a week. On 7th March the wedding took place. It was followed by a party of course hosted by the couple the very next day. The couple also hosted a party at Balsamand Palace, 5kms from Jodhpur. In fact, on that very day, a night party was hosted at Nagaur Fort. The fantasy wedding concluded with a post-marriage party on March 9 at Mehrangarh Fort. It was a personal affair with not more than 200 guests.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s Wedding
Venue: Aman-I-Khas Resort near Ranthambore Tiger Santuary
The couple tied the knot at Aman-I-Khas resort close to Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary on 23rd October 2010. It was a regal affair with at least 80 guests. The decore was themed to Northern Indian for the backdrop. The day before themarriage day, the couple hosted a Bollywood-themed party. Katy and Russell wore Indian outfits for the party. However brightly lit resort with lamps and trees and flowers illuminated with lights made it look splendid. During the ceremonies, traditional Indian music was played with sacred Vedic chantings. Otherwise, the marriage rites were performed by Christian Minister and Katy’s family friend.
Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev’s Wedding
Venue: Sri Niwas Palace, Udaipur
Priya Sachdev is an Indian businesswoman and Vikram Chatwal is a hotelier and actor. The couple had a great pre-wedding bash at Sri Niwas Palace. The couple decided to celebrate their nuptials with extravagant parties at different venues. Some of the gala-parties were at Lake Palace Hotel, Devigarh Palace, and Jagmandir Palace. Approximately 400 guests were present at the wedding and enjoyed qawwali and soothing ghazals. The wedding guests also included Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra
Venue: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas tied a knot on December 1st, 2018 at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. The nuptials of two big stars of the world was just another fairy tale. The 4-day long wedding ceremonies included White wedding, reception, mehndi, haldi, sangeet, and Hindu wedding. Priyanka donned the red wedding lehenga designed by Sabyasachi. Umaid Bhawan was filled with the warmth of golden light and also red and gold color making across the entire decor.
Neil Nitin Mukesh and Rukmini Sahay
Venue: Radisson Blu Palace Resort and spa, Udaipur
Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh tied the knot to Rukmani Sahay on February 9, 2017. Shores of Fateh Sagar Lake definitely gave an elegant look. The extravaganza started with a grand engagement and cocktail event. The entire décor was done in a royal English vintage garden theme. Mainly decorated with open-air tents, flowers, and silk drapes. Three-day long wedding affair ceremonies consisted of Mehendi, Haldi, and Sangeet. However, the wedding was surely a mood maker. The celebration also included activities like rain dance, football, and volleyball.
Anand Parimal and Isha Ambani
Venue: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Anand Parimal, an Indian Industrialist married Isha Ambani, daughter of Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani. The duo tied the knot on December 12, 2018, t the former’s Altamount Road residence, ‘Antilia’. The grand wedding begins with the 2-day pre-wedding carnival at The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur.
The star-buzzed Palace and the starry night set the stage on fire also with their performances. The Ambanis also arranged the private concert by the American pop-star Beyonce. According to reports, more than 100 chartered flights flew to and from Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport. Also, the Ambanis fed food to 5100 people from Udaipur, three meals a day for four days.
Rajat Tokas and Srishti Nayyar
Venue: Zenana Mahal, Udaipur
Television actor Rajat Tokas married his girlfriend Srishti Nayyar at Zenana Mahal, Udaipur. The TV serial star Rajat made a grand entry on elephants. The wedding was surely a royal affair. It was a three-day-long celebration starting from sangeet at Chunda Palace. Mehendi ceremony at Shiv Niwas Palace and the wedding at Jag Mandir Palace. Not many television actors were invited to the wedding.
Shriya Saran and Andrei Koscheev
Venue: Deogarh Mahal, Udaipur
Actress Shriya tied the knot to Russian boyfriend Andrei Koscheev at Deogarh Mahal, Udaipur. Indian traditional ceremonies took place for the wedding celebration. The white floral decor with chandeliers and candles lit the night. The sangeet night, enamored with foreigners truly enjoyed the traditional Indian wedding.
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