An Indian wedding is the very epitome of grandeur. Irrespective of the people's backgrounds, a wedding is seen as a momentous occasion that brings people together and promises a bevy of fun-filled days.
However, all this grandeur works very differently when Bollywood weddings are considered. Rather than the incessant beats of the dhol on the loudspeaker, you have hushed up invitations sent to close relatives and industry friends. The media is breaking their back trying to find a single shred of information about the secretive proceedings.
Why is it that despite weddings being such a joyous and loud occasion for the general public, there is a difference in how Bollywood weddings are held? It’s almost as if the news comes out of nowhere, and suddenly people scramble to find juicy tidbits about the soon-to-be-wed couple. Take the big three among the recent ones, such as Virat-Anushka, Vicky-Katrina, and Nick-Priyanka. The festivities could have put Diwali to shame.
Indian Celebrity Weddings: The Ins and Outs
Lately, this trend of festive Bollywood weddings has become much more commonplace, with more and more celebrities adopting destination weddings and the quintessential Sabyasachi bridal lehenga.
Bollywood Sabyasachi brides have almost become fashion icons since their styles inspire millions of Indian brides to adopt similar styles. The recent Kiara and Sid wedding reinforced just how massive the grip celebrity weddings have on us.
Designers such as Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Manish Malhotra have been the picks for recent Bollywood brides. While it is true that Sabyasachi has the most brownie points for the most Bollywood actress wedding lehenga, Manish Malhotra is not far behind, having designed Alia Bhatt’s Mehendi outfit.
This trend of having designers make celebrity wedding dresses is not new, but it has certainly become more amplified. Let us look at some of the most popular Bollywood weddings in recent years.
1. Virat-Anushka: When Cricket Met Bollywood
There’s nothing India loves more than cricket and Bollywood. And when these two came together for a wedding of the decade, the celebrations were nothing short of frenzied.
The couple tied the knot in Tuscany, Italy, on December 11, 2017. They wanted it to be a private affair, and there was considerable hype among the media to find bits and pieces of their wedding proceedings. Anushka wore a gorgeous Sabyasachi bridal lehenga, and the overall pastel theme of the wedding was nothing short of romantic.
Upon returning to India for their reception, the couple held two events. One in Delhi, where their guests and distant relatives were invited. Their next reception was in Mumbai, where their professional acquaintances were invited. Overall, it was one of the grandest weddings in the history of Bollywood weddings.
2. Ranveer-Deepika: India’s Film Sweethearts
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s fairytale wedding at Lake Como, Italy, has been among our favorite weddings. The couple got hitched on November 14, surrounded by friends and family.
Owning up to their respective traditions, the couple held two wedding ceremonies- one held in Konkani style, the other according to Sindhi traditions. For the Konkani weddings, Deepika chose a beautiful Kanjeevaram piece from The House Of Angad and went back to Sabyasachi for her Sindhi wedding outfit.
Deepika was among the richest Bollywood actress at this time, and the wedding attracted a lot of hype for all the good reasons. The Sabyasachi bridal lehenga Deepika chose has become a staple for traditional-style bridal outfits ever since.
The couple’s heartwarming love story, secret engagement, and fairytale wedding at an Italian villa truly heightened the glamour of Bollywood weddings. Upon returning to India, the couple held a reception to which their industry friends and acquaintances were invited.
3. Nick-Priyanka: When West Met the East
Who doesn’t dream of marrying an exotic lover from a foreign land? This dream came true for two people when Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra decided to tie the knot on December 1, 2018.
Again, honoring their traditions, the couple decided to have two wedding ceremonies. The phrase were held on December 1 at the majestic Umaid Bhavan Palace in Rajasthan. Priyanka rocked a custom-made deep red Sabyasachi lehenga with millions swooning over it. This came to be one of the most popular Bollywood actress bridal lehengas.
They had a second white wedding to honor Jonas’s Christian background. Priyanka wore a stunning Ralph Lauren gown which made Jonas swipe a tear when he saw her walk down the aisle. A dream come true for Bollywood weddings!
4. Katrina-Vicky: A True Celebration of Love
The Sixth Senses Fort Barwara saw Bollywood A-listers Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal get hitched on December 9, 2021. This was a very momentous wedding because both Katrina and Vicky were national crushes, so they indeed broke quite a few hearts when they joined theirs in holy matrimony.
They had a traditional Punjabi wedding ceremony where Katrina wore a beautiful Sabyasachi red lehenga, honouring the groom’s Punjabi roots.
They did not have a white wedding but held a ceremony to honour Katrina’s mother’s British roots. Instead of a white gown, the bride wore a custom-made Sabyasachi nude saree that looked ethereal. Fans were overjoyed to see pictures of the happy couple on their most memorable day. This remains one of the most beautiful Bollywood weddings to date.
5. Alia-Ranbir: A Star-Studded Family Wedding
Bollywood superstars Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor come from families who have been ruling the industry for years. Their wedding was a star-studded affair with the nation’s sweetheart- Alia, finally marrying her dream man.
Sabyasachi, India’s go-to Bollywood wedding designer, was once again responsible for creating a beautiful pastel masterpiece for the bride and the groom. They got married in a traditional Punjabi ceremony.
The unification of two Bollywood clans through this wedding was nothing short of a stunning affair. There was extensive media coverage for the event, and fans across the world extended their best wishes to the happy couple.
Bollywood weddings are the very definition of festive. Other couples, such as Patralekaa-Rajkumar Rao, Neha-Angad, and so on, have also held beautiful wedding ceremonies where, lo and behold, Sabyasachi was the man responsible for every stunning wedding lehenga.
6. Kiara-Sidharth: A Filmy Love
Longtime sweethearts Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra tied the know on February 7, at Jaisalmer’s Suryagarh Palace Hotel. Kiara chose a soft pink sequined Manish Malhotra piece that looked stunning against the backdrop of the venue. The couple showed stunning on-screen chemistry on the sets of Shershaah and have been quite secretive about their relationship status for a while.
Fans were overjoyed to hear about their wedding ceremony, and the pictures from the event truly reflect how happy the young couple is. Sidharth Malhotra updated a post on Instagram, jokingly saying: “Ab humari permanent setting ho gayi hai”.
As Bollywood yet again welcomes a new couple in Kiara and Sidharth, we look forward to seeing who else gets hitched soon. We wish the heartiest congratulations to the Shershaah duo.