Money to splash
The weddings of celebrities or high-profile individuals are among the most glamorous and elaborate around.
You can expect an extravagant affair, with anything from an exclusive venue to diamond-studded shoes. For them, money is no object.
A Bollywood fairytale in France
Estimated cost: US$78mil
Said to be one of the most expensive weddings the world has ever seen, the grand nuptials of Vanisha Mittal, 23, daughter of billionaire steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, to investment banker Amit Bhatia, 25, took place in June 2004 over a period of five days in some of France’s most famous settings.
Around 1,000 guests from all over the world received 20-page-thick, silver-encased invitation cards to the lavish event, which included feasts at the world’s best hotels, partying at fancy nightclubs, top-of-the-line Kristal champagne, exclusive performances by Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan and pop kitten Kylie Minogue, and a splendid fairytale wedding at 17th century Vaux le Vicomte, described as the “finest chateau and garden” in France.
Apparently, it took Lakshmi Mittal over a year to get the requisite permission, as this was the first time the palace allowed a private function to be held there.
Estimated cost: US$2.5mil
One wedding was not enough for model-actress Elizabeth Hurley, 41, and businessman Arun Nayar, 42, as they wed in two lavish ceremonies with festivities spanning eight days.
The first league of their marathon celebration was set in the medieval Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, England attended by some 300 guests, before the couple flew off to Mumbai for the Indian leg of the festivities, held at Meherangarh Fort, a lavish 18th century palace in Rajasthan.
The groom trotted down the aisle on a horse amongst a backdrop of thousands of orchids and daffodils flown in from the Netherlands, dancing white horses and walkways lined with millions of red chillies. Female guests were dressed in pink saris while the men wore Kesariya safas, all of which were chosen from a shop opened by the wedding couple a few days before the event.
Malaysia’s ‘Wedding of the Year’
Estimated cost: RM12mil
The wedding of Malaysian pop darling Siti Nurhaliza, 27 and businessman Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa, 47 – said to be Malaysia’s 2006 “Wedding of the Year” – was held in September 2006 at a lavish garden-themed reception.
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s hall was spectacularly decked in fresh roses and white carnations while white drapes and green creepers adorned the ceiling.
Siti’s gowns included a RM50,000 Khoon Hooi cream Italian duchess silk gown studded with South Sea Pearls worth RM400,000, a diamond-studded Radzuan Radzwill songket kebaya paired with a RM2mil diamond-studded platinum tiara, a RM35,000 Michael Ong off-white and pink Christian Lacroix lace Swarovski-studded gown with a matching RM1.5mil pink sapphire ruby tiara, a Radzuan Radziwill traditional Malay attire encrusted with diamonds and Swarovski crystals, and custom gowns by Indonesian designers Natrah Hisham and Ana Avanti.
Most of the items were sponsored by various companies and individuals.
Simple yet costly
Estimated cost: RM3.5mil
The wedding of Datuk Roslan Hashim, 49, and Pahang royal Puteri Shahanaz Hazlin Hamdan, 24, took place with less fanfare at Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Ahmad Shah, Kuantan, also in September 2006.
Gifts for the bride included RM444,444.44 in cash, RM22,222.22 in dowry, a BMW 320i worth RM250,000, a RM150,000 jewellery set, a 20-carat diamond ring worth RM20,000, a RM25,000 Rolex watch, and other designer items.
The bride reciprocated with 20 trays of gifts which include a Rolex watch worth RM84,000, a wedding ring and other designer items.
The couple filed for divorce a year later.
source: the star online