Indian weddings and lehengas make for a truly grand spectacle of opulence and vision. In their flowing entrails, lehengas do up the Indian bride in such a mesmerising medley of hues that encompass each of the distinct emotions that signify the sanctity of the institution of marriage. No less prominent in their wedding tales have been Bollywood celebrities and uber rich brides who also don such lehengas that are outrageously expensive. But which among them is the absolute winner in being the most expensive lehenga in the world? Let’s find out!
Hands down the richest bride in India when she tied the knot with Anand Piramal, Isha Ambani also had to her good fortune the honor of donning probably the most expensive lehenga in the world. An extremely regal ivory and gold creation by top designer duo Abu Jani- Sandeep Khosla, the heritage piece isn’t just a specimen in craftsmanship; it also is as much a revelation in its worth. Speculated in the media to cost an unbelievable 90 crores of rupees, the crystalled and sequined lehenga has been a really delicate work of art. Handcrafted to perfection, the sixteen panelled ghagra also is all the more unique because the accompanying dupatta was in fact mom Nita Ambani’s wedding saree. With such well thought of elements in its folds, we sure commend this is one really priceless lehenga ever!
The fashionista of Bollywood, Sonam Kapoor is known for her style sensibilities, if not anything else. In her essence therefore as a style icon, it’s no wonder that Anil Kapoor’s darling daughter chose something quite extravagant as her wedding trousseau. The diva however took the route lesser trodden as she ditched the Bollywood biggies in favour of textile revivalist Anuradha Vakil. The bespoke bridal red and gold lehenga with classic traditional motifs was a masterpiece in itself, having taken some six months to craft. The gorgeous bridal ensemble also came at as staggering a price as Sonam reportedly shelled out some 70- 90 lakhs rupees to shine like the star on her special day.
In being the wedding that set off a tizzy in the celebrity circuit, Anushka Sharma’s dreamy marriage to cricketer Virat Kohli had been quite a spectacle. And indeed an extraordinary spectacle it was. No less extraordinary was Anushka’s bridal lehenga, which is easily one of the most spectacular- and expensive- in the world. Ditching the traditional red for a pristinely pretty blush pink, Anushka’s Sabyasachi pick was one that dressed her up in ethereal beauty. In its pretty floral elegance and bedazzled dreamy allure, Anushka’s lehenga very well began to define desi bridal trends which is quite fitting for a dress that cost a whopping 30 lakhs!
Given Bollywood’s fetish for Sabyasachi creations, it is no surprise that so many leading ladies chose the designer to look their ravishing best on their wedding day. And among the bevy of starry ladies is actress Amrita Puri who also picked a floral ensemble to celebrate the auspicious occasion with loads and loads of fragrant prettiness. The gorgeously embellished ivory lehenga made Puri look like the bride of the millennium, with all the added elements like beads and sequins and crystals and pearls further enhancing the delicate silk shimmer of the divine beauty. Quite a statement making piece, the gorgeous ensemble rounded up off for some 20 lakhs.
Her link up to Nick Jonas was as much a case for speculation as was the grand Nickyanka wedding. And global personality Priyanka Chopra sure lived to all that buzz in her Indian wedding attire as well. The drama of her enormous trail Christian gown behind, Chopra embarked on the path of conjugality the desi way in a red lehenga. The intricately embroidered dress was once again a masterpiece by Sabyasachi, that which at INR 18 lakhs can well contend to be the most expensive lehenga in the world. In her aura, Chopra sure carried off that regal, luxurious look in the way only she can in all her princess charm!
Another of the much anticipated weddings of tinsel town, the Deepika Padukone- Ranveer Singh nuptials might have been an uber private affair but the celebrations were no less extravagant. Equally stunning was Deepika’s bridal Sabyasachi lehenga, which at INR 12 lakhs is one of the most expensive in the world. Quite a unique pick, Padukone looked enticingly beautiful in the lehenga which stood out for its dupatta that came inscribed with chants on its border. The simple yet gorgeous maroon colored ensemble made Deepika look like a queen, much like her many historic portrayals in Bollywood.
Another refreshing diversion from the red trend that dominates bridal fashion was seen in actress Asin Thottumkal’s wedding. In her golden and beige lehenga that once again was the handiwork of Sabyasachi’s brilliance, Asin shone out effortlessly. The exquisite 7 lakhs worth lehenga was a fine specimen in its subdued glam and definitely counts among the more expensive and elegant wedding dresses in the world.
Going the traditional way on her wedding day was Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar whose red lehenga might not be the most expensive in the world but is surely no less captivating. A Manish Malhotra creation, the stunning red- gold ensemble bore brilliances of the designer’s style sensibilities and also held warmth of the duo’s long term association in the film industry. What’s perhaps the most enticing part about this gorgeous outfit is that it a fairly reasonable pick at 4.5 lakhs, that easily looks some couple bucks more extravagant.