When you ask us what is the highlight of 2018, we believe Bollywood weddings have sealed the deal undoubtedly. Claiming the prize by a humongous margin, we reckon no story or controversy comes close to the amount of buzz all the star-studded weddings have managed to cause. Safe to say, 2018 was truly the year of larger-than-life marriages. From Sonam Ahuja's-Anand Ahuja's glam-a-do affair to Deepika Padukone's-Ranveer Singh's intimate wedding till Nick Jonas's-Priyanka Chopra Jonas's royal celebration, we call these events out for anything short of grandeur. And, for the contemporary touch, they all have curated ship names! (Cheesy, but we love!)
While the romantic in us does dig for a good love story, we have to admit this year was a bit of an overdose for us. But we're definitely not complaining! Besides, one can only dream and take inspiration from these events for our own one day...(we hope!)
Deepika PAdukone-Ranveer Singh
After dating for 6 years, the Padmaavat co-stars, or as the fans call them, DeepVeer decided to make it official in Lake Como, Italy. The wedding was an intimate affair where only close friends and relatives of the couple were invited. With a dress code for every function, the couple wore only Sabyasachi creations at their ceremonies. Be it Mehendi, the Konkani wedding or the Anand Karaj ceremony, the outfits for the newlyweds was custom-made to meet their needs and expectations while suiting their personalities.
Deepika wore an exquisite silk saree for the Konkani wedding while Ranveer donned a curated white-gold kurta for the ceremony. Similarly, detailed and coordinating outfits in a splash of pink and red were sported by DeepVeer for the Anand Karaj ceremony. From shahi pagdi to the curated shawl, from her double dupatta till the blessings on its border (Sada Saubhagyawati Bhava), everything was painstakingly detailed for Bollywood's most awaited wedding.
If the grand wedding wasn't enough, the couple had 4 reception parties in 3 cities, including a star-studded party for the industry folks. Labels like Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Manish Arora, Zuhair Murad, and Rahul Gandhi-Rohit Khanna were seen on the couple. Ooo, the wedding party where they channeled the inner gothic in them was definitely a highlight!
Al in all, a very dreamy affair we must say!
Sonam K Ahuja-Anand Ahuja
Sonam was never the one to shy away from the media when speculations got on the rise regarding her relationship with London-based businessman, Anand Ahuja. After dating for a brief period, Sonam announced that she's getting hitched and we couldn't have been happier for her!
But her wedding was going to be nothing short of a sartorial affair and needless to say, we weren't disappointed. From wearing a custom Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla creation at her sangeet, wearing an ethereal red lehenga by Anuradha Vakil, we love all the ensembles the fashionista bride wore at her wedding. The deal breaker: her stunning and diffrent from the rest, traditional maathapatti (headgear) with her wedding ensemble.
The actress donned a rather non-dramatic Anamika Khanna creation for her reception, making everyone do a double take for such a simplistic pick than her grand Cannes' inspired outfits. The ensembles were so elegant that we wish we could get married ourselves. Well, that sob story for another day!
You go gurl, SoNand for the win!
Priyanka Chopra -Nick Jonas
When global domination met a worldwide top-selling artist, also now known as our 'National Jiju'! Priyanka Chopra's and Nick Jonas' love story ignited at the Met Gala last year, when they posed for a frame together, both in Ralph Lauren creations. We dearly thank the couture designer to be the cupid in this love story as now we have a Hollywood meets Bollywood romance to witness and rejoice.
With a royal affair spread over 4 days at Umaid Bhavan, Jodhpur, NickYanka left no stone unturned to make them stop and stare! The couple wore custom Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla at their Roka, Mehendi and Sangeet and we were mesmerized. (Would you look at Nick?*heart eye emojis*)
From wearing custom Ralph Lauren creations at the Christian wedding, till wearing custom-curated Sabyasachi ensembles at the Hindu rituals, NickYanka and their larger than life ceremonies stole the limelight.
Like DeepVeer, Nickyanka too, had 3 receptions in 2 cities, including one for the folks of tinsel town. The bride was seen wearing Falguni Shane Peacock, Sabyasachi and Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla ensembles for her round of receptions while Nick wore custom-made suits for the ceremonies.
Well, Hollywood meets Bollywood and we couldn't be more ecstatic!
Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal
Talk about ending the year of weddings with a bang! With an engagement party in Lake Como, Italy, to celebrating Sangeet and Mehendi in Udaipur to having a big fat shaadi in Mumbai, Isha Ambani's and Anand Piramal's wedding was a flow and show of regality, sophistication and wealth.
The bride chose Manish Malhotra ensembles for her Sangeet and Mehendi, while she walked like pure grace in a dreamy Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla creation for her wedding - a stunning lehenga from AJSK paired with her mother Nita Ambani's 35-year-old wedding saree, converted into her bridal red duppata.
Isha stunned in a Maison Valentino creation at her pre-wedding festivities. But what took us by utter surprise was the fact that the International label created the only lehenga they've ever made for the bride's reception in Mumbai.
Well, it is the Ambani's, what else did we expect?
Neha Dhupia-Angad Bedi
This one was a bit of a shocker! One fine day, we see the social media exploding with pictures of the couple from their Anand Karaj ceremony and we were drowning in mixed feelings and so many unanswered questions. While Neha stunned in this baby pink Anita Dongre creation, Angad looked like his handsome self in this Raghavendra Rathore Sherwani.
Simplicity, and elegance rolled in one.
Been the best of friends for so many years, the happily married couple is now blessed with a baby girl. Well, talk about happy endings...*deep sigh!*
Saina Nehwal-Parupalli Kashyap
When the pride of India fell in love! Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap tied a knot just recently and in vogue, if we may! From wearing a Shantanu-Nikhil creation at one of the wedding parties to gracing a Sabyasachi creation at their reception, Saina stunned while celebrating her big day, while she kickstarted a new phase in her life.
When calling for the newlyweds, congratulations are in order for the to-be-wed couple, Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta. After the couple had their engagement festivities in Mumbai, the duo will soon announce when they will seal the deal. Well hopefully soon!
Till then, Bhaiya aur Bhabhi ko badhai ho, badhai!
Well, family and friends, laughter and tears, love and life, gotta love shaadi season!