Estimated Cost: $100 million
Last December, Isha Ambani (the daughter of India’s and Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani) married Anand Piramal (the heir of the Piramal Group) in a wedding with opulence that took people’s breaths away. It started with the wedding invites, made of two-tier floral boxes with precious stones and necklaces, costing $4,000 each. The Ambani’s booked 100 chartered flights, and pre-wedding celebrations saw all the five-star hotels in Udaipur reserved for guests, along with 1,000 luxurious cars.
Guests covered the gamut of India’s top businessmen, sportsmen and Bollywood celebrities, and international guests included Hillary Clinton and Henry Kravis. Beyoncé was booked for a private performance. To offer gratitude to the host city, the Ambanis donated three meals a day to 5,100 residents in Udaipur for four days and set up a crafts bazaar.
But, remember, that was just the pre-wedding celebration. The actual wedding reception was held at the Ambani residence — the $2 billion Antilla, the world’s most expensive home — located just a quick plane ride away in Mumbai.