86 butlers, 150 chefs and a parachuting ring-bearer: Inside Gupta son's 'eye-popping' three-day wedding in Turkey

By Kirstin Buick
26 April 2016

Ajay Gupta spared no expense for his son Kamal Singhala Gupta's nuptials at the exclusive Mardan Palace in the Mediterranean city of Antalya.

It's been hailed the "Indian wedding of the year" in Turkey's society pages – and for good reason.

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Ajay Gupta spared no expense for his son Kamal Singhala Gupta's nuptials at the exclusive Mardan Palace in the Mediterranean city of Antalya.

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The lavish affair lasted three days and three nights, and involved 150 chefs, 86 butlers, 50 photographers, over 100 musicians and acrobats and a horde of security personnel to cater for some 600 guests from the UK, Dubai and South Africa, according to reports.

The wedding ring was parachuted in to the rind ceremony.  facebook.com/themardanpalace The wedding ring was parachuted in to the rind ceremony. facebook.com/themardanpalace

Kamal's bride Palak wore several elaborate traditional Indian outfits over the course of the 72-hour celebration.

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The opulent Mardan Palace Hotel was effectively shut down for the event.

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Four different spots in the hotel were reportedly cleared out and redecorated in 10 days by no less than 15 different party planning companies. The lighting system was set up by a 40-person team from the UK.

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The hotel's pool – said to be the biggest in Europe – was covered with a platform and transformed into a wedding stage, where over 100 singers, acrobats and dancers performed.

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The Daily Sabah reports that the Baraat, the traditional marriage procession to the wedding venue, was "eye-popping". The procession took a whopping one-and-a-half hours – but luckily there were fireworks and shows to entertain the throng of guests.

The total cost of the wedding has reportedly exceeded 10 million euros (R163 million).

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Sources: Mail & Guardian, Hurryiet Daily News, Daily Sabah

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