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Akash Ambani’s pre-engagement party in Goa, Sonam Kapoor’s ‘cool’ nuptials in Geneva – Weddings that will make headlines in 2018

When the groom-to-be is heir to India’s richest business empire, and the bride is the daughter of a billionaire diamond merchant, you can be sure there will be a lot of buzz and ‘When-Where-What’ queries around their wedding. Quite unexpectedly, Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta’s pre-engagement party was a quiet and intimate affair with around 50 guests. While many believed the location in Goa would be the Ambani home in Goa or the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa (owned by Mukesh Ambani’s sister’s family) the chosen venue was the Taj Holiday Village in Goa, well-known as an idyllic family vacation resort.

The bride-of-the moment Sonam Kapoor who was expected to wed in Rajasthan in March is finally tying the knot with beau Anand Ahuja in May, and the location, as per media reports, is Geneva, Switzerland!

Destination Rajasthan

Sonam has been keeping the media guessing since the second half of 2017. Key media, including WeddingSutra, reported that she was getting married at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Later, there was news that London would host the nuptials (she went there only for a Christmas vacation). Now, reports have emerged that the starry wedding will take place in Geneva.

According to inside sources, Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja were keen on getting married at the very exclusive Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. However, early this year, they contemplated taking a final decision after Sonam’s cousin’s wedding at Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE. This month, they decided to move away from Rajasthan and go to Geneva.

The date and venue for the Ambani-Mehta wedding celebrations are not formally announced yet. Sources say the wedding may take place at one of the exclusive hotels run by The Oberoi group in Rajasthan (in all likelihood The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur) and the post-wedding celebrations may be held between the Reliance-owned Jio Gardens or The Oberoi, Mumbai.

Formal Engagement Party at Antilia

The Ambani-Mehta engagement bash will be held at Antilia, the Ambani residence, at Altamount Road tonight and is expected to be a glitzy affair with over 160 hand-picked guests. Wedding insiders share that some of the top names in wedding design and decor may be involved in orchestrating the celebrations – they include Punit Jasuja who runs New Delhi-based Second Floor Studio, Dinaz Noria of 3D Hyderabad and Gurleen Raheja of Gurleen M Puri, Mumbai.

The Switzerland Story

Business and Bollywood circles have been talking in hushed tones about why these two prominent families hosting the landmark weddings of 2018 will keep it simpler than expected due to the recent developments. Sonam Kapoor’s aunt Sridevi Kapoor passed away suddenly in UAE in February, while Ambani’s close relatives Neeshal Modi and Vipul Ambani, who are connected with Nirav Modi in professional capacities, have been in the eye of a storm. Incidentally, Nirav Modi is also related to Shloka Mehta’s mother, Mona Mehta. The Ambanis, sources say, were initially considering a big, fat wedding at St Moritz in Switzerland, and are now looking at a winter wedding in Mumbai or Rajasthan.

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