1. Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Vittal, June 2004
The most expensive wedding to go down in history at a US$ 61 million price tag belongs to billionaire heiress Vanisha and her banker husband, Amit. Their wedding oozed opulence unlike any other – the 11-day festivity kicked off with an engagement party at the Palace of Versailles, dinner at the Jardin des Tuileries and the wedding at The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte baroque palace.
The daughter of Lakhsmi, CEO of the world's biggest steelmaker, made an entrance on a bejewelled chariot and emerged in a Vera Wang wedding gown, among numerous other dresses. 1,000 lucky guests were flown to France on 12 private jets and put up at Le Grand InterContinental Hotel, while the couple had their very own makeshift castle built in Saint Cloud. Bollywood superstars and international luminaries were in attendance, with performances by Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Kylie Minogue, who sang amidst a backdrop of fireworks and the Eiffel Tower.