The Most Spectacular Weddings 2011

Three weddings which India’s rich and famous refer to as the decade’s most spectacular weddings– Steel Baron Laxmi Mittal’s daughter’s wedding in Paris, the twin celebrations Diamond magnate Vijay Shah hosted for his son and daughter’s wedding in Antwerp. And the most glamorous wedding Rashmi Mehta organised for his daughter Grishma in Mumbai. If the three weddings set the benchmark, every year more weddings make big news and set a new standard for opulence and innovation. WeddingSutra presents the most spectacular Weddings 2011.

Destination Hyderabad
Mallika Reddy & Sidharth Indukari@ GMR Arena, Hyderabad

Amitabh Bachchan was the star guest and the glitterati tweeted that it was the best-organised private extravaganza. Fashionistas commented that they had never seen so many people in the most exquisite designer wear under one roof. Pinky and Sanjay Reddy of GVK Industries organised a dream wedding for their daughter, and there was so much buzz about the wedding not just in Hyderabad, but all over India.

The GVK Reddy Family

The Wedding Makers
Invitation cards- Entertainment Design Company, Wedding Management- E Factor, Entertainment- Wizcraft, Hospitality- Percept, Style Direction- Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, Decor for at-home functions- Dinaz Noria, Bride and Groom’s attire- Abu-Sandeep, Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani and Shantanu-Nikhil, Gifts for select guests- Sarees by Sabyasachi and Satya Paul, Mallika’s make-up- Mickey Contractor, Performances- Vyas Brothers, Dance Choreography- Remo, Photography and film- Badal & Raja Jain, Candid Photography- Joseph Radhik

Big Indian Wedding in Venice
Vineeta Agarwal & Muqit Teja@ San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort, Venice

Seven years after they hosted their eldest daughter Anjani’s spectacular destination wedding in Udaipur, London-based billionaires Bina and Pramod Agarwal hosted their second daughter Vineeta’s wedding in Venice. With celebrations at the most exotic locales, magnificent decor by Sumant Jayakrishnan and acts by international sensations like Shakira, the three day celebration with over 800 guests was referred to as one of the grandest destination weddings.

Shakira@ The Big Indian Wedding in Venice

The Wedding Makers
Wedding management- Seven Steps, Decor Design- Sumant Jayakrishnan, Food consultant- Ritu Dalmia, Catering- Munna Maharaj and Federico Salza, Photography- Badal & Raja Jain

Power Wedding
Avantika Malik & Imran Khan@ Taj Lands End, Bandra

Imran Khan’s marriage to Avantika Malik (daughter of CNBC head honcho Vandana Malik) was an intimate affair, but the wedding reception saw the most powerful personalities of business and bollywood. The pre-wedding functions were at Avantika’s farmhouse in Karjat, the registered marriage at her home in Pali Hill and the grand Black & Silver theme wedding reception at Taj Land’s End.

Avantika and Imran with his uncle Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

The Wedding Makers
Invitation cards- Uttara Shah, Bride and Groom’s attire- Manish Malhotra, Varun Bahl

Match this- Monte Carlo
Kajal Fabiani and Gaurav Assomull@ Salle Garnier of the Opera de Monte-Carlo

Mumbai Society darlings Kajal Fabiani and Gaurav Assomull’s wedding made big news—thanks to their exotic wedding venue—Monte Carlo. While the Sindhi community around the world exchanged notes on the dream wedding which Billionaires Kamal Fabiani and Madan Assomull organised for their daughter and son, the wedding managers Monte Carlo Weddings and Percept were besieged with requests from the media for pictures and more information on the hottest destination wedding, the highlight of which was a performance by Akon.

Fabiani- Assomull Marriage in Monte Carlo

The Wedding Makers
Pre-wedding party- Taj Mahal Palace & Hotel, Wedding management- Monte Carlo Weddings, Hospitality- Percept, Performances- Sukhbir and Akon, Bride’s wear- Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, Suneet Verma

While the GVK Reddy may have made front-page news, the most grand and regal wedding, we hear was organised by a family who safeguard their privacy fiercely- the Jains of the Times of India Group. Trishla, the only daughter of Meera and Sameer Jain wed Satyan Gajwani at Jagmandir, Udaipur— in the most romantic & regal settings put together by Udaipur’s luxury properties and 360 Degrees, the event management arm of the Times of India Group.

GVK Reddy’s set to host the Grandest Wedding

Sanjay and Pinky Reddy with their daughter
Mallika and son Keshav

When glamorous socialite Pinky Reddy or her parliamentarian father Subbirami Reddy send out an invitation, India’s most powerful people drop everything to mark the date on their calendar. Little wonder the wedding of Pinky Reddy’s daughter is a much-awaited event and expected to be the most spectacular wedding of 2011. Mallika, the 21 year old daughter of Pinky and Sanjay Reddy is engaged to Sidharth Indukuri whose family runs Indu projects, the Hyderabad-based Infrastructure company; this is an arranged match and the big day is in June.

Last year, when Sanjay Reddy’s nephew (his sister Shalini Bhupal’s son) Krishna married Dia, the daughter of a Mumbai-based diamond tycoon, the wedding was referred to as the hottest Society Wedding of the year. The functions included a pre-wedding celebration at Chowmohalla Palace with performances by Sonu Nigam, percussionist Sivamini, Louis Banks and Hariharan. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the event in the form of a poetic narration, written and narrated by Poet Iqbal Patni. The wedding was at Mumbai’s Cooperage ground and the post-wedding party at the Taj Falaknuma Palace where the decor was designed by Tarun Tahiliani. We hear that for Mallika’s wedding, GVK Reddys, popularly known as Hyderabad’s first family, are inviting between 6 and 7,000 guests, and the three main events, all to be managed by three different event management companies will be held at an expansive ground.

The billion-dollar GVK Group run by father-son duo GVK and Sanjay Reddy have several business interests, one of them is GVK Airports which undertook modernization and expansion of Mumbai and Delhi Airports. GVK Reddy’s wife Indira Reddy takes care of the group’s hotel business—they co-own 5 Taj Properties. Pinky Reddy manages the family’s charities and social responsibility initiatives. Considered every designer’s darling patron, Pinky is known as much for her down-to-earth nature as her high-flying lifestyle. The couple have two children, Mallika who has just returned to Hyderabad after completing studies in London and son Keshav, 19 who is studying in the US.