There was nothing subtle about Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s love story once it was made public this past summer. From the couple’s Instagram-worthy roka engagement ceremony in Mumbai in August to their over-the-top, four-day celebration into December, every moment of the newlywed pair’s love story seemed to exude marital bliss.
Which makes the two-month timeframe within which they planned everything feel extra, well, extra. According to The Knot’s Real Weddings Study, the average length of engagements among surveyed couples was somewhere around 14 months, meaning that most brides and grooms had a little over a year to plan out their big day.
By contrast, Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26, managed to pull off plans for a welcome party, a Mehendi, a Sangeet, a Hindu wedding ceremony, a Western ceremony, and a Bidaai in the span of less than six months, not to mention planning a bridal shower, separate bachelor and bachelorette parties, and every other detail in between.
“One thing you should know is that [Chopra’s] wedding was not planned months in advance or anything; it was barely a two months heads up, which is a tight window frame for a bride,” Ami Patel, Chopra’s longtime stylist, told Vogue India. “It was a bit of a challenge, but Priyanka’s always thrown challenges at me, so I wasn’t surprised.”
Not that the pair had to go it alone. The superstars had a whole team behind them helping to work out the details of their destination wedding. The entire wedding weekend was planned by Sandeep Khosla and Aditya Motwane, founder-owners of Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla and Motwane Entertainment & Weddings, respectively. The seasoned duo also, importantly, had a hand in designing Chopra’s Mehendi and Sangeet looks.
The pair’s Western-style outfits were largely provided by their longtime friend, Ralph Lauren, who incidentally also styled them both for the 2017 Met Ball, where they made their first red carpet appearance.
Lauren also custom-designed Chopra’s wedding day look, a semi-sheer, long-sleeve gown that was a “hand-beaded and hand-embroidered dress featuring floral and scroll motifs, lace-effect tulle appliques, scalloped sleeves and a high-neck collar,” according to People. Though there hasn’t been an exact figure released about how much such a dress would cost, it should be noted that it marks the first time the designer has custom-designed a wedding gown for anyone outside his own family. (This, in contrast to the average amount brides spend on a wedding dress: $1,509).
Chopra and Jonas also had 12 bridesmaids and groomsmen each, more than the average number of five that most couples have at their weddings, and invited a total of 225 guests, a significantly higher number than the 136 guests that attend most weddings.
And though there hasn’t been a concrete figure denoting how much the couple spent on their wedding in total, it’s likely safe to assume that they spent more than the average couple did in 2017 ($33,391), especially given that they hosted a majority of the festivities at the Taj Uwaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, which stretches across 26 acres of land and boasts 347 hotel rooms. How’s that for over-the-top?
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