Lavish Ambani wedding: Everything you need to know about Anant & Radhika’s grand celebration.

The highly anticipated wedding of Anant Ambani, son of India’s richest businessman Mukesh Ambani, and Radhika Merchant is finally here. The couple is set to tie the knot in a grand ceremony following months of extravagant pre-wedding festivities that grabbed headlines worldwide.

Who are the soon-to-be-weds?

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Anant Ambani, the younger son of Mukesh and Nita Ambani, is a successful businessman himself. He holds directorships at Reliance Industries (RIL) and Reliance Foundation. Radhika Merchant, daughter of Viren Merchant, CEO of pharmaceutical giant Encore Healthcare, is a trained classical dancer and serves on the company’s board alongside her sister.

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The Fairytale Wedding Extravaganza

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The wedding festivities, a true reflection of the Ambani family’s affluence, began four months ago in their hometown of Jamnagar, Gujarat. The star-studded event boasted an impressive guest list with global icons like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Ivanka Trump in attendance. Renowned artists like Rihanna and Diljit Dosanjh kept the guests entertained,while the Ambani family themselves joined leading Bollywood actors on stage for a spectacular performance.

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Luxury Cruise & A-List Guests

The celebrations didn’t stop there. In June, the Ambanis treated their guests to a luxurious cruise across Europe, with stopovers in Rome, Portofino, Genoa, and Cannes. The cruise boasted its own set of enthralling performances by artists like The Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry, and Andrea Bocelli.

 

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The wedding itself, adhering to Hindu customs, will be a multi-day affair. The ‘Shubh Vivah’ (wedding ceremony) is set for July 12th, followed by ‘Shubh Aashirwad’ (blessing ceremony) on July 13th. The grand finale, a wedding reception named ‘Mangal Utsav,’ will be held on July 14th. To ensure smooth traffic flow during these festivities, the Mumbai Police has issued a special traffic advisory for the area around the Jio World Convention Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), the designated venue for the wedding.

Speaking of the venue, the Jio World Centre is a behemoth, spanning over 18.5 acres – an area 12 times larger than a FIFA football field! The extravagant venue boasts five modular halls, 25 meeting rooms, and a massive ballroom, offering ample space for the opulent celebrations.

The guest list for the wedding is a true testament to its global scale. Bollywood A-listers like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and many more will be gracing the occasion. The guest list also extends beyond Indian borders, with international celebrities like the Kardashian sisters, John Cena, Luis Fonsi, and Rema expected to attend. Political dignitaries like former US Secretary of State John Kerry, former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Boris Johnson, and presidents and prime ministers from various countries are also on the invite list.

A Wedding Steeped in Luxury

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The Ambani family has reportedly chartered private jets to fly in guests for the wedding, with estimates suggesting over 100 private planes will be used for the event. Adding to the grandeur, pre-wedding performances by Rihanna and Justin Bieber reportedly cost millions of dollars. Factoring in the cruise, private jets, security, and other logistical costs,estimates suggest the total wedding expenditure could exceed a staggering $320 million.

This extravagant wedding promises to be a spectacle unlike any other, solidifying its place as one of the most talked-about events of the year.

Take a look at the best-dressed celebrities from the festivities in Mumbai so far:

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