Laish weddings have have always caught the attention of the world. Also more specially when it was the daughter of the world’s third richest man then.
Yes! We are talking about Steel King Lakshmi Mittal daughter’s wedding – one among the expensive weddings in History . In 2004, the wedding was the most talked about event in France.
The marriage, however, lasted for a mere 10 years.
Vaux-le-Vicomte marriage venue
A 17th-century Vaux-le-Vicomte castle designed by King Louis XIV finance minister was the venue for the tycoon’s 23-year-old daughter Vanisha Mittal’s wedding.
Palace of Versailles engagement venue
The engagement of Vanisha Mittal with Amit Bhatia happened in 2003 at the Royal Palace of Versailles in France. The bride’s father, infact, requested the French Royal Family to grant it as a Venue.
The Palace has very historical significance in French history considering that it was the witness to the French Revolution during the period of Louis XVI
Gathering of Bollywood in Paris
In this expensive Indian wedding, popular celebrities from Mumbai to Manhattan were involved. They included Bollywood stars, designers, entertainers, henna artists or famous cooks.
The Guardian claimed that it was attended by some 10,000 guests from around the globe.
The famous Indian choreographer, Farah Khan, from Bollywood was engaged to teach dance steps with her team at the wedding.
Australian Singing sensation, Kylie Minogue, was also roped in with a huge sum of money. Noted lyricist, Javed Akhtar, was hired to write a play (acted by Mittal family) for the Mittal Family in ‘Sangeet Ceremony’.
Juhi Chawla, Rani Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan were paid Rs 2.5 crore for performing a spoof on Mittal Family. In the same event, Aishwarya Rai – a popular bollybood actress, also had a dance performance.
The famous Indian chef from Kolkata, Munna Maharaj, was called to Paris, to prepare cuisines for the wedding guests.
2nd Most Expensive Wedding in History
The fat Indian wedding event continued for six days and the French government was also involved in the event. The marriage was the talk of the town for the entire Paris city.
At that time , $60 million (now Rs 428 crores according to now) was spent on this marriage.
It was, then, dubbed as the second most expensive wedding in history.
French Media Critized the wedding
The marriage also earned a huge criticism from the French. The local media described the wedding as ‘vulgar wedding in Versailles’.
The French people were not aware of the Mittal’s wealth and success in steel business. To them Mittal was an ‘Upstart’ i.e. an arrogant person who has earned a fast money.
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal Wealth Growth
Lakshmi Niwas is among the world’s top richest person born in India and residing in Britain. The ‘steel magnate’ is the chairman and CEO of the world’s largest steelmaker Arcelor Mittal.
He was born on June 15 ,1950 in a small village in Churu, Rajasthan.His family had moved to Kolkata from here. Then Mittal went to London.He was the third richest person in the world in Forbes’ 2005 list.He was the first Indian to make it to the top ten list.
About Vanisha Mittal
Vanisha Mittal was born in 1980 in London.
After taking up management studies from business school, she joined the family business.
Vanisha joined board of directors of her father’s company.She was married to Delhi-based investment banker and businessman Amit Bhatia.
However, both of them got divorced in 2014.