Wedding Article

More than the Usual Weddings

By Maraya Bien

Ever since the creation of the concept of matrimony, millions of weddings have already been celebrated all throughout the world. It is therefore, inevitable that most weddings end up sharing numerous similarities and likeness.

But then again, there are those that truly stand out from the rest.

The World's Most Expensive Wedding

If you think your wedding was expensive, wait until you find out how much Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal paid for his only daughter's to Amit Bhatia: a cool $60 million. How extravagant could the wedding have been for it to cost that much, you ask?

Take a look:

  • The invitation consisted of twenty pages and had a silver box for an envelope.
  • The Indian businessman paid for the accommodations of the wedding's 1,000 guests in a 5-star hotel in Paris.
  • The celebration lasted for 5 nights, the last of which, dubbed "Bollywood Night" featured a professionally-produced movie about the couple's love story.
  • Parties were held at the Palace of Versailles (the first time a private function was allowed to be celebrated there), the Jardin-des-Tuileries, one of the world's top hotels, the Georges Cinq and in a wooden castle erected in Parc de Saint-Cloud just for the event.
  • The wedding souvenirs were goodie bags filled with expensive jewels.
  • International pop star Kylie Minogue was hired to perform in a private concert for the couple and their guests.

Versailles Court Honneur

An Inter-Specie Wedding

As if marrying someone from another culture wasn't complicated enough, rock concert producer Sharon Tendler just had to wed someone belonging to another species. Last December 28, 2005, the British millionaire married Cindy, a 35-year-old male bottle-nosed dolphin held in captivity at the Dolphin Reef dolphinarium in Israel. It was just like any other wedding, except instead of waiting at the altar, the groom waited for his bride while submerged in water and surrounded by his fellow dolphins who acted as best-men.

According to Tendler, their "love story" began 15 years ago when she first visited him at the dolphinarium and that their feelings developed gradually though the 2-3 visits she made a year.

The couple's "married life" was cut short however when Cindy died only after 6 months of marriage.

Dolphin Reef dolphinarium in Israel

A Very Long Wedding Celebration

We've all been to a wedding that lasted for several hours, but what about one that was celebrated for 90 days?

Between June to September 1904, the five children of Malaysian Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah all got married. Being the first batch of his children to wed, it seemed only appropriate to the Sultan that the weddings be celebrated in a grand and lavish manner.

Large amounts of rice, fowl, cattle and other basic necessities were brought into Alor Star, the place where the celebration was held, to feed the large number of invited guests. Each district in Malaysia were also ordered to build a residential area, created in their own district's unique design and style, in Alor Star to house the guests.

Wedding Made (Almost) In Heaven

Last July 2005, Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa, became the first couple to get married on top of the world, Mt. Everest's peak. Although others have attempted to get married on the top of the mountain, the Nepalese couple were the first to have been able to successfully do so.

The couple and their companions, the two were part of the Rotary Centennial Everest Expedition, only stayed on the top of the mountain for 10 minutes, just enough time to say their quick "I dos" and take some pictures.

Mt. Everest

The World's Shortest Wedding Ceremony

(WARNING TO FUTURE BRIDES: Don't let your impatient grooms read this, they might ask to have a similar wedding ceremony.)

Rev. Robert E. Coté, an officiant from Los Angeles, California, may have performed the world's shortest wedding ceremony. According to the official, when he arrived at the wedding site, the bride and groom, who were the only ones present, asked him to perform the "shortest ceremony you can do." To comply with the request, instead of the usual custom of asking the bride and groom separately if they "take __________ as your lawfully wedded wife/husband?', he just asked them at the same time. After he got a quick and unified "I dos" from the two, he stated "OK, you're married."

According to Rev. Coté, when he reenacted and timed the event after arriving home, he clocked in at four seconds.

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