Indian weddings: Big, loud and glamorous

Indian weddings are often more a display of wealth and status than a celebration of a couple's union

"Papa, Buy Me The Eiffel" - this was how Outlook, an Indian weekly, headlined its report on an Indian steel magnate's daughter's opulent 2004 wedding at France's Palace of Versailles. Since then, Mr Lakshmi Mittal's splurge of around US$60 million for his daughter's nuptials had been the gold standard for an Indian wedding.

Cut to December this year and all that opulence now seems lacklustre - faded not with time but outshone by the wedding of Ms Isha Ambani.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'Big, loud and glamorous'. Print Edition | Subscribe