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Move over B-Town (Bollywood) weddings, and welcome to B-Club (Billionaires Club) nuptials where no request is considered too small, and no detail can be overlooked. India’s top wedding planners and bespoke service providers share that B-Club weddings almost always include guests arriving on private jets or chartered planes, privacy is given top preference (hotels, wedding planners and service providers have to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements), and bespoke luxury services are made available that take care of all the special requirements of guests.When VVIP guests arrive on their private jets, and power networking sessions are planned somewhere between the sangeet and the reception, you know it is a wedding of a member of the Billionaire’s Club (B-Club). Take a look at what goes into planning B-Club nuptials, and how India’s top wedding makers are catering to this discerning set.
Many members of India’s business families typically go to the same schools (think Cathedral and John Connon School, Dhirubhai Ambani International School and Ecole Mondiale World School in Mumbai; Doon School in Dehradun, and Modern School in New Delhi). Many of them also graduate from the same Ivy League colleges. As a result, B-Club marriages become a sort of reunion for old friends, and more importantly, business contacts.When it comes to catering for B-Club events, top companies such as FoodLink, headed by Sanjay Vazirani, has served up world-class cuisine at VVIP Indian weddings everywhere from India to Italy. Many B-Club members prefer to fly in their personal chefs to rustle up familiar dishes or serve them especially when they attend destination weddings, instead of relying on the hotel’s staff.

OMAN CHAPTER

Set in the middle of an exquisite garden between the dramatic Al Hajar Mountains and the Sea of Oman, the massive Al Bustan Palace offers picture-perfect outdoor and indoor backdrops for dazzling weddings. With a spectacular lobby and impressive ballrooms, this gorgeous Ritz-Carlton property has become a name to reckon with in the wedding venues sphere. The other jewel in Muscat’s crown is the sprawling Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa which comprises three hotels in one complex, each with its own distinctive attractions such as ballrooms with crystal chandeliers, the scenic Turtle Beach, and standout architecture.

Who Wed Here: 
Vaibhav Sood, managing director of the New Delhi-based Eros Group, married jewelry designer Nazuk Bardeja at a stunning wedding ceremony at Al Bustan Palace. Hyderabad-based jewelry designer Bunty Bajaj hosted her son Samarth’s wedding to Sasha Rawal at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in December 2015. Billionaire businessmen such as GVK head Sanjay Reddy attended the Rawal-Bajaj wedding, as did Bollywood stars Sonam Kapoor and her father Anil Kapoor.

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UAE CHAPTER

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace boasts of 85 hectares of beautiful gardens and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal in Abu Dhabi is another regal structure in the UAE capital. Its design was inspired by the Italian Renaissance aesthetic. It offers a private beach for seaside weddings, alongside sprawling ballrooms and gardens with the backdrop of the grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

Who Wed Here: 
Mumbai-based businessman Atul Nishar, who founded Hexaware, wed his daughter Devangi to Saharsh Parekh, son of Kolkata-based stockbroker Utsav Parekh at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal in February last year. Anushka Rajan, daughter of billionaire Abhijit Rajan, MD of Gammon India, tied the knot with Abbishek Doshii at the Emirates Palace in February this year.

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THAILAND CHAPTER

The luxurious Shangri-La Chiang Mai in Thailand is a magnet for Indian-origin billionaire families residing in South East Asia. Its tranquil ambiance and world-class amenities offer a destination wedding experience with a difference.

Who Wed Here: 
Hong Kong-based businessman Dhiraj Wadhwani and Sheryl Buxani tied the knot here in September 2013. Sheryl hails from the established and elite Buxani family who sell high-end diamonds and jewelry under the Temptations brand. Anand Jain, the owner of Jaicorp Limited, also hosted his son’s wedding in Chiang Mai which was attended by members of the Ambani family.

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GOA CHAPTER

This luxury resort in Goa is spread over 28 acres of verdant gardens and is flanked by a beach where guests can unwind and relax with the waves lapping their toes. Its distinctive Indo-Portuguese palace-style architecture includes regal rooms, spacious banquet facilities and beautiful lawns for magical sunset weddings.

Who Wed Here: 
Karan Adani, son of billionaire Gautam Adani wed Paridhi Shroff here in February 2013. Paridhi is the daughter of Cyril Shroff, who is the co-owner of one of India’s top law firms. In December 2016, Isheta Salgaocar, daughter of Raj and Dipti Salgaocar, wed Neeshal Modi, younger brother of jewelry baron Nirav Modi. The Salgaocars are one of Goa’s most established business families. A part of this wedding’s celebrations was held at the Grand Hyatt and was attended by Mukesh and Anil Ambani who are Dipti Salgaocar’s brothers.

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JODHPUR CHAPTER

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rajasthan which is managed by the Taj Group of Hotels, is one of the world’s largest private residences and includes a private museum and marbled squash courts. Close by lies the well-preserved Mehrangarh Fort which is a popular venue for royal dinners and luxury soirees.

Who Wed Here: 
Deepak Parekh, chairman of HDFC Bank, hosted his son’s wedding here in November 2014, and it was attended by top industrialists, corporate heads, and society titans. Priyanka, daughter of billionaire diamond and jewelry king Mehul Choksi, wed Akash Mehta here in 2011.

HYDERABAD CHAPTER

A regal structure dating back to the 19th century, the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad,Telangana
is also the Hyderabad residence of Princess Esra belonging to the Asaf Jah Dynasty of Hyderabad state by marriage. Offering a grand view of the city from its elevated ramparts, this hotel is close to iconic landmarks such as the Charminar.

Who Wed Here: 
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s sister Arpita wed New Delhi-based businessman Aayush Sharma here in October 2014. The star reportedly booked the entire hotel to ensure the privacy and security of VVIP guests, including top stars, politicians, and businessmen.

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CHENNAI CHAPTER

Located just 8km from the Chennai domestic and international airports, the ITC Grand Chola is a majestic structure that has hosted many glittering society weddings in Chennai over the years. It offers service apartments, banquet halls, and world-class dining spaces.

Who Wed Here: 
Nayantara, daughter of Chennai-based Bhadrashyam and Nina Kothari, wed Shamit Bhartia, son of Shobhana Bhartia, chairperson of The Hindustan Times Group in January 2014. Shamit is the grandson of noted billionaire KK Birla. and some of their wedding functions were held at the hotel. Nayantara’s maternal uncles – Mukesh and Anil Ambani – made up the glittering guest list.

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