You’ve surely heard about the cruise wedding that took place this month, when Dubai-based tycoon Adel Sajan married his sweetheart, former beauty queen Sana Khan, in the style of the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’. Well, it just so happens that the Bollywood-theme wedding has made it to the list of the most expensive weddings in the world with over Rs 200 crore spent on the festivities.
Hosted by Adel’s father, founder and chairman of the Danube Group, Rizwan Sajan, the four-day wedding was set aboard an international cruise liner that sailed across Genoa, Barcelona, Marseilles to Cannes and back. The 1,000 guests on board included Bollywood stars Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Shamita Shetty, Dia Mirza, Juhi Chawla, Sushmita Sen, Malaika Arora, Gauahar Khan, Hussain Kuwajerwala, Rohit Roy, Gurmeet and Debina and many more. The wedding also featured performances and songs by rapper Badshah, the duo Vishal Shekhar and Meet Bros.
It all began with a specially designed ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ ship-moulded wedding invite with an itinerary designed like a boarding pass. In fact, there was a theme for every function during the voyage, which was orchestrated by wedding planners Wedniksha. Wedding collaterals like doorknobs, keycards, coasters, paper napkins, fruit platters, welcome flowers and customized towels were specially created for the event.
Guests were greeted with welcome performances, customized Harrods hampers flown from London, and fresh flowers in their rooms on all four days.
More than two tonnes of flowers were flown in from across the world to decorate the cruise for the wedding, including 1,000 special tulips from Holland, 20,000 red roses and 1,000 hydrangea flowers from Ecuador.
The ship hosted the top 75 chefs from India with an extravagant menu from delicacies across the world, including a traditional banana leaves lunch. A 13-tiered, 3.5 meter towering wedding cake for Adel and Sana was also designed for the white party by Italy’s top cake maker and Michelin-star chef Fabio Cucchelli.
Keeping the celebrations going round the clock, the wedding hosted five different bars serving – but naturally – the best liquor from across the globe. In addition, a team of 42 beauticians and hairstylists were flown along for the guests as per the themes along with a six-person team for tying turbans for the baraat ceremony. The bride and groom wore garments designed by Neeta Lulla, one of India’s top designers.
The baraat for Adel was held over the decks and featured water rockets and a performance by synchronized swimmers. Father of the groom, Rizwan Sajan later said, “The effort and planning to create this one-of-a-kind celebration took over a year and we are extremely delighted with the results.” He also said he had a wonderful time hosting all the guests and hoped that they had all gone back with memories for a lifetime.
We’re sure the guests agree.