Weddings in India are mostly a larger-than-life affair. And when it is a celebrity, opulence and grandeur are but expected in every bit of the nuptials — from trousseau and food spread to themes and the venue.
Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput
However, considering the hype and fanfare surrounding their D-day and prying eyes of the paparazzi, several film celebs have been opting for low-key ceremonies at exotic locations, better known as a destination wedding.
The latest example is Shahid Kapoor, who will reportedly get hitched to Delhi college student Mira Rajput in Greece on June 10. Earlier, there was speculation that the ‘betrothed’ couple will exchange wedding vows in the scenic island of Bali.
hitlist takes a look at Bollywood celebrities who tied the knot in a faraway land or at just the perfect distance from media glare…
Marooned on an island
Kunal Kapoor tied the knot with his longtime sweetheart Naina Bachchan on February 9 this year. The couple opted for a lavish beach wedding in the island nation of Seychelles in the presence of their immediate family and close friends.
Kunal Kapoor wed his girlfriend Naina Bachchan in Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean
Rani Mukerji wed YRF chief Aditya Chopra on April 21 last year in the romantic countryside of Italy. It was a complete family affair with only a handful of special friends, including Karan Johar, present on the occasion. Far away from prying eyes of the paparazzi, Rani shared the news of her foreign-themed “fairy tale” wedding through a media statement the very next day.
Rani Mukerji had a hush-hush wedding with Aditya Chopra in the Italian countryside
Raveena Tandon got married to film distributor Anil Thadani at Udaipur’s Jag Mandir Palace, which is located on an island in the scenic Pichchola Lake. The Bollywood influence at this wedding just could not be missed, as the palace was decorated like a movie set and the couple’s closest friends from the industry flew down to the city to be part of their D-day.
Anil Thadani and Raveena Tandon tied the knot at the Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur
Big day on the beach
Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi said ‘I do’ in Victorian style at the erstwhile Portuguese fort of Aguada, Goa, on February 16, 2011. They had a specially decorated shamiana set up on the premises of a five-star hotel near the Candolim beach on the 16th century fort. The venue overlooked the Indian Ocean, offering a breathtaking backdrop to the knotty affair.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta got married at the Fort Aguada in Goa
Just next door
Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra exchanged wedding vows on November 22, 2009 at a farmhouse in Khandala owned by the actress’ friend. The mandap was decorated with flowers and bells for the marriage, which combined the rituals of the Mangalorean bride and the Punjabi groom, with the vows being exchanged according to South Indian tradition. Pre-wedding rituals like mehndi and sangeet were conducted as per Punjabi tradition.
Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty exchanged wedding vows in Lonavla
Video: Bollywood celebs and their destination weddings