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A wedding is a holy ritual, in which two individuals commit themselves to each other, promise to be in love and stay with each other till death does them apart. With the world turning into a global village, more and more people are looking forward to getting married as per cultures and traditions other than their own. Indian weddings or vivah is one such tradition which has seen a big rise among a number of people from around the world.
And not just Indians or NRIs, more and more people from other countries too are showing their love in Indian weddings. We have compiled here, a list of Hollywood celebrities, who decided to tie the knot or renew their vows as per Indian traditional wedding. Take a look!
American singer and songwriter, Katy Perry (then 25 years old) tied the knot with English comedian, activist, and actor Russell Brand, 10 years senior to her. The much-touted spiritual couple decided to take their vows before a Christian minister and a long-time friend of Katy’s family amid the majestic ambience of Arman-I-Khas resort in Rajasthan. Katy and Russell flew with their guests, around 80 close friends and family members from around the world weeks before their big day. Their private wedding ceremony was a part of week-long series of celebrations.
The couple’s wedding invitation was grand, with an elegant silver-white card announcing their wedding, accompanied with a bottle of wine. For the D-day, the venue was decorated as per Indian royal culture, with a mix of marigold flowers and beautiful white lilies. A night before the wedding, the couple had a Bollywood themed party for their guests. Russell was dressed up in traditional kurta-pyjama, while Katy donned a pretty red saree, and the guests matched them with their typical Indian ensembles.
Then Hollywood's hottest pair, Katy and Russell got married on October 23, 2010, at the luxury resort outside the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary. It was like a typical Indian wedding, where the groom walked in, with his relatives sitting atop an elephant leading the baraat. Even the bride made a grand entrance, as she arrived on another elephant. She stepped in amid the enchanting instrumental piece comprising of the sitar, tabla, santoor, nagadas and vedic chanting.
The German supermodel, Victoria’s Secret Angel and actress, Heidi Klum, got married to R&B singer and songwriter, Seal on May 10, 2005, in a traditional white wedding at a beach in Mexico. Ever since then, every year on their anniversary the couple renew their vows amid close friends and family. But, the reason why they made it to this list is the grand Indian wedding celebration, which they held in 2008, to mark their third wedding anniversary. The couple had also visited the Indian city Varanasi, which inspired them to renew their vows as per the Indian traditional way. A close friend of Seal revealed that the singer was mesmerised by the Vedic chanting he heard around the city.
The couple then decided to hold a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on their third anniversary. They managed to create a mini-banaras at the Costa Careyes Beach, Mexico. The ceremony was conducted by Pandit Shailesh Tripathi, who was specially flown in from Varanasi to solemnise the couple’s vows. It was a typical Indian wedding setup, complete with motif decorated mandap amid marigold floral decorations, and guests wearing traditional Indian dresses like banarasi sarees, lehenga, sherwanis and kurtas. Heidi was dressed up in heavily embroidered bridal red lehenga-choli and odhani, which she paired up with exquisite jewellery- a maang teeka, matha patti and suhaag ki choodiyan. Seal, on the other hand, looked dapper in an ethnic black sherwani.
The occasion started with Ganesh Pujan as per Hindu traditions followed by Navgrah Puja, and saat pheras. Heidi’s parents also performed the kanyadaan (a ceremony to mark the giving away of the bride), and paon pujai (where the groom’s feet are washed).
After seven years of marriage, the couple decided to separate and finally in 2015, the divorce was filed.
English model and actress, Elizabeth Hurley and Indian textile heir Arun Nayar began dating in 2002, and five years later on March 2, 2007, the couple tied the knot in England. Indian business tycoon Arun Nayar and Elizabeth’s wedding liaison was a much-publicised event, of which Hello! Magazine bagged the rights. The couple married in a lavish British-style wedding ceremony on March 2, 2007, at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, England. Later a second ceremony was also conducted as per the Indian traditions. The Indian wedding for the couple was held in Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India. The estimated cost of the couple’s eight-day long celebration spanning over Europe and India amounted to $2.5 million.
Their Indian wedding was held in the early hours of the morning, under the traditional Indian setup. Before the wedding ceremony, Elizabeth had a traditional mehendi ceremony, for which she chose a pink saree and completed her look with a statement neckpiece and matching metallic maang-teeka. For the wedding day, Elizabeth looked nothing less than a perfect Indian bride, in her crimson pink bridal lehenga which had golden embroidery and she teamed it with diamond jewellery. She was accompanied by her son Damian throughout the wedding, who was also decked up in traditional ivory-golden bandhgala which was an exact copy of his step-father Arun Nayar's wedding attire. The wedding celebrations saw fireworks, fire dancers, as well as an act of the Indian dhol walas, a typical fixture at all Indian weddings.
Their wedding saw a series of parties and celebrations, followed by a beautiful performance by the bride and groom, marking the end of the eight-day long event. For their wedding performance, Arun wore a silver-white bandhgala which was complemented by Elizabeth’s matching lehenga choli.
American actress and cookbook author, Padma Lakshmi finally settled in matrimonial bliss with world-renowned British Indian novelist, Salman Rushdie on April 17, 2004. Theirs was a colourful monsoon wedding in Manhattan, which was held at the New York Studio building. The bride (then 25 years old) was dressed in an ethnic South Indian purple saree and a backless choli, while the bridegroom (then 56 years old) looked dapper in a black sherwani and silver-grey stole. The wedding décor was kept as per South Indian traditions, and the mandap was built using rajnigandha flowers. Their wedding ambience was a mix of both Hindu and Muslim traditions. They took vows from the Rig Veda, and at the venue, Sufi songs were being played in the background.
Padma Lakshmi’s bridal ensemble was low on the jewellery quotient, but her overly ornate jooda pin caught the most attention from the guests. Salman Rushdie slipped in a diamond wedding ring on Padma’s fingers and knelt down to slip in her sandal in classic Cinderella style. Later for the reception, the duo changed into yet another set of ethnic wear, as Padma Lakshmi picked an ivory embroidered Luca Luca outfit with statement jewellery. Complimenting her, was her husband Salman, who went in for beige and white bandhgala.
Later, the sad news was that three years later, the couple got divorced as their marriage was all about mere insecurities and jealousy.
So, now we know, how crazy people are around the world to get married in the Indian culture and tradition and we all should be proud of our culture. All you guys, stay tuned with us to know more interesting Indian weddings related stories.
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