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.

Aamir Khan hosts grand reception for nephew Imran Khan

It was a much-awaited event in Mumbai’s social calendar, after all the host was Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan. The star-studded affair to celebrate the marriage of Imran Khan and Avantika Malik was held at Bollywood’s favourite wedding venue-Taj Lands End. Bollywood stars from different generations, top politicians and bureaucrats, industrialists, sportstars and socialites were there to bless the newly-weds. The Thakerays, Sachin Tendulkar and Ambani brothers were also there.

Avantika in a gold-and-pink lehenga, Imran in a black bandhgala by Manish Malhotra

Priyanka Chopra in a Manish Malhotra churidar kurta. Kareena’s black and silver sari is oh-so-bollywood

Katrina in a beige Tarun Tahiliani lehenga that we have seen her wear before, Sonakshi in a flowy white Anarkali and pulled back hair

Madhuri Dixit and Deepika Padukone are pink, shimmer and sparkle

Gauri looked chic and elegant in green, accessorized with her arm-candy husband

Sussanne Khan Roshan in a Ritu Kumar tunic. Twinkle Khanna in a deep pink ensemble, accessorised with a gold neck-piece

Haven’t seen Gul Panag look this good in a saree, this shade of green totally works for her. Sushama Reddy is pretty in pink

Kiran Rao is wearing an Anamika Khanna net saree with a purple rosette Kurti- the silhouette just doesn’t sit right on her petite frame. Preity Zinta in a churidar kurta by her favorite designer, Manish Malhotra

Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan wore their favourite designer- Sabyasachi. Koel Puri in a funky Manish Arora lehenga

The newly-weds with their family members and actress Sarika

Yesteryear superstars Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu made a rare appearance

Anjali and Sachin Tendulkar

Avantika and Imran’s Wedding Photographs

Bollywood heartthrob Imran Khan married Avantika, daughter of CNBC television head-honcho Vandana Malik at a quiet registered wedding at Imran Khan’s maternal home in Pali Hill, Mumbai. Among those who attended were Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao, Aamir’s ex-wife Reena and his children Junaid and Ira, Aamir Khan’s cousin Mansoor Khan and wife Tina. Avantika and Imran then hosted a quiet dinner for close family and friends at Taj Lands End, Bandra. The bride and groom both wore Manish Malhotra creations. Avantika was dressed in a light grey lehenga choli with a red border and gold work and Imran in a black bandhgala.

The newly-weds then arrived at Imran’s house in Pali Hill in a black Porsche decorated with white “Just Married” flags. The just-weds and their close family and friends now begin a three day vacation at the JW Marriott, Khao Lak Resort & Spa, Thailand.

Imran and Avantika’s sangeet and mehendi

Hear the sound of millions of hearts breaking- the most eligible bachelor of Bollywood, the oh-so-gorgeous Imran Khan gets one step closer to being hitched. His Mehendi-Sangeet ceremony was held at Avantika’s family farmhouse in Karjat with many from Bollywood in attendance. Avantika looked ravishing in a red lehenga by Manish Malhotra and the dashing Imran wore a blue sherwani by Karan Johar-Varun Bahl. Aamir also chose a Karan Johar-Varun Bahl sherwani and Kiran wore a lehenga from her favorite designer Sabyasachi. Mumbai’s most popular celebrity Mehendi artist Usha Shah decorated the bride and her guests hands.

The guests seen at the ceremony included Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Kunal Kapoor, Danish Aslam, Shahana Goswami, Karan Johar, Fahad Samar and Simone Singh, Ritu Shivpuri, Minissha Lamba, Ashutosh Rana, Chetan and Anusha Bhagat.

B-town set for Avantika and Imran Khan’s Shaadi

Here are more details on the wedding of film corporation heiress Avantika Malik, and popular actor Imran Khan.

Wedding card by Uttara Shah
The card is a combination of a colorful mela fan which is for the Mehendi and pre-wedding party (happening at the Malik’s Karjat farm on 8th Jan) and the wedding reception invitation, a yearly planner for 2011. The actual page on Jan 10th has the invitation. The theme for the wedding is black, white and silver. Both of these along with chocolates and pot pourri are contained in a black box

Wedding events
Friday, 7th January– Mehendi and Haldi ceremony hosted by Aamir Khan’s mother Zeenat at Marina Apartments, Union Park, Khar
Saturday, 8th January– Mehendi and Pre-wedding party
Monday, 10th January– Court marriage and post-wedding party at Taj Lands End
January end– Aamir and Kiran to host a high-profile reception in Mumbai

Lucknowi Delicacies
For the Mehendi and pre-wedding party the cooks are from a traditional family with a lineage of over 200 years. They’ve cooked for Nassir Hussain’s family for more than five decades, and the 22-member team, will be in Karjat with their vessels and spices. The menu is expected to feature Kakori, Shammi, Ghutwa, Boti and Sheek Kababs, apart from Nawabi kormas and biryanis. For the vegetarians, the food is from Mumbai’s famous restaurant Khyber.

Wear by Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Varun Bahl
Imran Khan is wearing creations by Varun Bahl and Manish Malhotra. Avantika will wear a Manish Malhotra lehenga for the wedding, and a Shantanu-Nikhil gown for the reception. Imran’s mother Nuzhat will be in a Sabyasachi sari and aunt Kiran Rao will be wearing a Sabyasachi lehenga.

Special Marriage Act
According to sources, the wedding will be registered under the Special Marriages Act, and not under the Hindu or Muslim law. Imran’s father Anil Pal, is a Bengali now living and working in the US. Anil Pal and Nuzhat separated when Imran was just over a year old. Nuzhat later married Aamir’s co-star Raj Zutshi.

Bollywood Marriages in 2011

Imran Khan marries Avantika Malik early next week and there’s excitement and buzz about many more Shaadis in B-town.

Avantika Malik and Imran Khan
On Saturday, 8th January the Mehendi function takes places at the Malik familys farmhouse in Karjat. On Monday, Avantika and Imran will be at the Marriage Registrar’s office after which they are hosting a party at the Taj Land’s End. After the newly-weds return from their honeymoon, Imran’s uncle superstar Aamir Khan will host a grand reception. Watch this space for more details on the wedding celebrations.

Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi
WeddingSutra first broke the news on Lara and Mahesh’s beach wedding in Goa. The beautiful couple are marrying at a Taj property in February this year and over two hundred guests are attending the celebrations in the land of fun, sun and sands.

Ritika Jolly and Sammir Dattani
The talented actor got engaged to his long-time sweetheart at a stylish ceremony at Tote, Mumbai on December 19. An MBA by qualification, Ritika earlier worked in the corporate sector and is now keen to make a career as a Bollywood script writer. According to the buzz, the cute-looking couple are planning a grand wedding sometime in March 2011, but the dates will be finalised depending on Sammir’s film shoot schedule.

Lisa Ray and Brett Wilson
Actress/ model Lisa Ray is marrying Canadian businessman Brett Wilson (53), though the couple haven’t announced the wedding date yet. Brett, like Lara is also a cancer survivor, having successfully battled an advanced stage of prostate cancer. Fifteen years older to Lisa, the good-looking Brett is the father of three young adult children and also known as the generous dragon on CBCs hit business reality show- Dragon’s Den. The wealthy merchant banker slowed down his highly hectic lifestyle, to spend more time on his most passionate priorities: his family and friends, traveling the world with his children, and to support various support groups to help cancer patients.

Another glamorous couple is tying the knot. Big Boss actor Sameer Soni has announced that he will marry Neelam Kothari sometime in January or February. According to reports, this will be a low-key affair. This is the second marriage for the model turned actor, and the actress turned Jewellery Designer. Sameer was earlier married to Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar, and Neelam was married to a UK based businessman.

Black, white and silver theme wedding for Avantika & Imran Khan

Actor Imran Khan will usher in the wedding season in Tinseltown. He ties the knot with Avantika Malik at a court wedding on January 8, 2011. The other functions include a colorful mehendi at their Karjat farmhouse and a black, white and silver theme celebration on January 10. Select guests have received the invites, presented as a yearly planner for 2011, designed by Mumbai’s sought-after high-end invitation card designer Uttara Shah. Delhi designer Varun Bahl is designing Imran Khan’s wedding outfits. Avantika will wear a Manish Malhotra lehenga for the wedding, and a Shantanu-Nikhil gown for the main wedding function.

Avantika and Imran on their engagement day

Imran Khan gets engaged

Actor Imran Khan got engaged to Avantika Malik at his family’s sprawling farm house in Karjat. Imran looked dapper in a black sherwani and ivory silk kurta designed by Varun Bahl and Karan Johar. Avantika chose an unusual velvet lehenga, in blue and gold. What was really disappointing was her unconventional choli—which did nothing to flatter her personality or figure. The bride’s mother also wore a velvet lehenga—we heard Varun Bahl designed the bride and her mother’s ensemble too. Imran’s uncle Aamir Khan, his wife Kiran Rao and other family members and close friends attended the engagement. Aamir’s ex-wife Reena Khan also made a rare appearance. So what do you think of Avantika’s ensemble?