Everything we know about the last big fat Ambani wedding

Anant Ambani, Radhika Merchant's wedding, scheduled for July 12, will feature 3-day pre-wedding festivities on March 1

Entertainment Desk February 23, 2024

After a year-long engagement, Indian billionaire businessman Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani’s son Anant Ambani is set to tie the knot with Radhika Merchant, daughter of industrialist Viren Merchant, as reported by Indian media outlets.

Scheduled for July 12 in Mumbai, the prelude to the impending wedding unfolds with a three-day celebration in Jamnagar from March 1 to 3. Intensifying the hype, the guest list is accompanied by a meticulously curated nine-page event dossier and wardrobe guide making rounds on the internet. This comprehensive package, inclusive of a detailed visual mood board, has been distributed to invitees and offers a preview of the elaborate celebration awaiting guests in Jamnagar.

Poised to be a glamourous affair, various international dignitaries including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Morgan Stanley's Ted Pick have been invited to the occasion. From a high-profile guest list to chartered flights and themed nights, here’s everything we know about the last big fat Ambani wedding.

Chartered flights for a star-studded roster

International dignitaries, Bollywood celebrities, and other VIPs are set to arrive in style in the Ambani family-arranged chartered flights and will be transported to the enchanting town of Jamnagar, a town in north Gujarat. The gesture underscores the grandeur and opulence associated with the upcoming nuptials in signature Ambani fashion.

According to News 18, many more VIPs aside from Zuckerberg, Pick and Gates are expected to be gracing the celebrations in Jamnagar. Some names generating buzz right now include Disney CEO Bob Iger, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, Adnoc CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and EL Rothschild chair Lynn Forester de Rothschild.

Travel guidelines specify that guests should carry no more than one hand luggage and one piece of hold luggage whereas for couples, three suitcases in total is the sweet spot.

Themed nights and dress codes

The pre-wedding festivities come with a meticulously detailed event guide, outlining specific instructions for the guests. March 1 marks the commencement of a three-day extravaganza, boasting a carefully curated theme for each day. Kicking off the festivities is 'An Evening in Everland' on Day 1, promising a classic rendition of an ‘elegant cocktail’ party.

Day 2 will be 'A Walk on the Wildside,' possibly designating a whimsical ‘jungle fever’ dress code. This outdoor event, set amidst the Ambanis’ animal rescue center in Jamnagar, will see guests donning comfortable safari attire. By nightfall, the day is set to progress into 'Mela Rouge,' a vibrant celebration of culture where attendees will showcase their favourite South Asian attires.

Day 3 will witness a double delight with 'Tusker Trails,' an outdoor affair immersing guests in the natural beauty of Jamnagar, followed by the grand finale, 'Hashtakshar,' where guests don 'heritage Indianwear' for a memorable conclusion to the festivities.

Personalised services and comfort first

Ensuring a luxurious and stress-free experience for the guests, the Ambani family will provide their distinguished attendees with laundry services, saree drapers and other requested assistance. Despite the detailed dress code, the guidebook for guests underlines the family’s emphasis on comfort who “would like” everyone in attendance to “enjoy each moment to the fullest and make beautiful memories that last a lifetime.”

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