In the past, we’ve been blown away by many lavish and incredibly expensive celebrity weddings, but as lavish as they were, none of them ever came close to a billion dollar mark. Apparently, there are people who make more money than our darling celebrities and are willing to spend a large chunk of it to create the wedding of their dreams, the kind that would take the internet by storm and give the Kardashians something to worry about. When Said Gutseriev, 28, and Khadija Uzhakhova, 20 got married on Saturday 26th March 2016, the wedding bills ran up to a jaw-dropping fist-clenching $1 BILLION, but the bills wasn’t theirs to foot, the grooms dad- oil tycoon Mikhail Gutseriev who according to Forbes has a net worth of $6.3 billion took full responsibility of the lavish event.
The groom studied archaeology and geology in Harrow and University of Oxford and afterwards assumed the position of a director in one of the father’s businesses while the bride is currently a first year dentistry student at the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry.
Lets take you through a pictorial tour of the lavish star-studded billion dollar Russian wedding;
Guest which numbered up to 600 arrived the venue- Safisa upscale banquet hall in Moscow via chauffeured vehicles including a number of Rolls Royce and were all welcomed personally by the bridegrooms father. The man must love weddings.
The banquet hall which is luxurious on its own was taken to a new level of extravagance with flower and light decorations covering up the entire space including the ceiling, walls, and pillars, the result was a perfect fairy-tale scene.
The bride wore a bespoke Ellie Saab gown which was completely covered in bling and as a result weighed 28 pounds, as seen on an Instagram video, the bride needed help walking around. The gown was reportedly flown in from Paris and cost a whopping $26,000. Her outfit was completed with a diamond tiara, drop earnings, necklace and an embellished handbag. According to Russian Tatler, her make-up was done by Irina Mitroshkina and her hair was by stylist Anna Timofeyeva.
The wedding cake was as expected, a gigantic 9 tier cake covered with white and pink flowers and crowned with a star and crescent to symbolize the family’s faith in Islam.
As stated previously, the event was star studded and featured performances from Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Sting. J Lo performed some of her songs including Get right, If You Had My Love, and Dance Again. The pop star changed into several outfits including a black tailored suit, a sparkly silver jumpsuit, and bejewelled leotard. Some of the outfits were criticized on social media as being too revealing for a muslim event.
Iglesias was dressed casually in a black tee, blue jean and baseball cap. He entertained the guest and couple with Bailando. Among other artists to perform at the wedding was multiple Grammy winner, Sting.
A lavish event indeed but it’s far from over, the celebration continues in the next weekend in London strictly for family and close friends. Apparently the grooms father isn’t done spending on his son and daughter in-law. The next event is said to feature performances from Beyonce and Elton John.
While many were blown away by the fairy-tale wedding some described it as a ‘a feast at time of plague’. The bride’s hometown Ingushetia is one of the poorest regions in Russia. Numerous comments online suggested the family would’ve used the money to better the lives of citizens rather than waste it on vanity, apparently they seem unmoved as a second event is imminent. Happy Married Life to the couple!