When it’s a wedding of two scions from India Inc’s Billionaire Club, you can be sure it will be the most talked-about affair in society circles. Last month, Arjun Kothari, son of Chennai-based Nina Kothari (sister of Mukesh and Anil Ambani) wed Anandita Mariwala, daughter of industrialists Anjali and Rajen Mariwala (of Marico Industries). The who’s who of Mumbai and Chennai were present at the functions held across different venues – Ambani residences Sea Wind in Cuffe Parade and Antilia in Altamount Road, the Reliance-owned Jio Gardens in Bandra Kurla Complex, NSCI Dome Worli and Richardson Cruddas in Byculla. According to insiders, both the families roped in designers from all over India to design and execute the traditional, mesmerizing functions – the wedding planner was Aarti Manocha of Milestones to Memories who put together and managed this grand affair; the decor designers were Sumant Jayakrishnan and Punit Jasuja from Delhi, Surabhi Bhowmick from Jaipur, Heena Patel from Vadodara, and Larly Bahl from Mumbai. Punit Jasuja designed the wow decor for both the sangeet and wedding and guests have been referring to them as the most trend-setting designs for 2020. Sources say the Ambanis favorite event managers- Seven Steps (a division of Seventy Event Management Group) and Bangalore-based DNA Networks were also involved in managing some of the events.
(left) Anandita Mariwala and Kokilaben Ambani; (right) Anandita Mariwala and Arjun Kothari
The daughter of late Dhirubhai Ambani was married to Chennai businessman the late Bhadrashyam Kothari who ran his family’s sugar and petroleum business. Nina Kothari is known to be extremely media-shy and usually socializes with a circle of close friends only. Nina and Bhadrashyam Kothari’s daughter Nayanatara married Shamit Bhartia, son of Delhi newspaper baron Shobhna Bhartia in 2012 in Chennai. Nayantara was the first grand-child of Dhirubhai Ambani to wed, and the celebrations were, of course, a scintillating affair held at different venues including the Kothari home and ITC Grand Chola.
Social Media and Guest Protocol
In one of our not so recent blog posts, we talked about how there is no such thing as a private wedding anymore, thanks to the guests’ excitement to share images on social media. In the case of Kothari’s and Mariwalas, very few guests shared snippets on what happened where or who wore what. At a very few destination weddings, when the hosts are extremely private, they request their guests not to share anything on social media (in the case of another top Chennai industrialist, the family’s tech office even set up a monitoring cell at the Jodhpur hotel to ensure guests do not check-in or create hashtags).
Guests at the Kothari-Mariwala wedding were, of course, free to click photos, however, except for a few posts by cousins of the bride or groom, very few guests posted videos or photos. A few members of the B-town were invited but the press were requested not to click photos in keeping with the family’s need for privacy.
Non-Disclosure Agreements with Vendors
With a huge team (over 1,250) deployed across the event venues, Ambani homes, and airports for duties including decor and production, entertainment coordination, hospitality & logistics, all vendors were briefed not to post any information or images. In a very rare instance, every member of all the teams honored the request of the Mariwala and Kothari families making this an exclusive affair to remember.
Nita Ambani and Isha Ambani Piramal
Shloka Ambani and Radhika Merchant
B Town at the Kothari Mariwala Reception