So let’s start with what seems like the first important wedding of the year 2018, which is of Milind Soman. The model-turned-marathoner tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Ankita Konwar, who is also equally a fitness enthusiast by the way, on April 11th 2018 in Alibaug. They were heavily criticized because of the age gap that they had because he is 52 and she is only 26. But they were obviously not bothered about these trivial things that were happening around them and instead they were very busy setting new trends. Did you know that Milind and Ankita decided to plant saplings of trees, one for each of the guests who attended the wedding? Imagine if every couple would implement this, this year we would have taken the biggest step towards reversing environmental damage. You know, given the many big fat weddings that took place this year. But anyways coming back to their wedding, after 3 months of the traditional Assamese wedding they went to Hawaii for their honeymoon after which they exchanged their wedding vows again in a barefoot wedding at Santiago de Compostela in Spain on July 11th amidst the woods and a serene waterfall in the backdrop. Now that’s some wedding!
Chiranjeevi Sarja and Meghana Raj
Then coming down south, the Kannada film industry’s leading actors Chiranjeevi Sarja and Meghana Raj got married in a church on April 29 and had a Hindu wedding on May 2nd at the palace grounds in Bengaluru. Chiranjeevi and Meghna were friends for 10 years before their wedding and Meghna supposedly said that “Chiru and I always knew we’d end up with each other. He was my 4:00 a.m. friend.” Now that’s something, being married to your best friend no? Sweet!
Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja
Now let’s come to the first big Bollywood wedding of 2018, obviously Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja. On May 8, after dating each other for 4 years they got married and what I read on an online portal is that cupid decided to target Anand first resulting in him proposing Sonam within a month of meeting her. While Sonam took her own sweet time waiting for the arrow to strike. And not to mention it being Sonam’s wedding, all her dresses that she wore at her wedding, mehndi sangeet and reception made headlines. All of them were so pretty.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
And from an extravagant event to another, let’s go to the royal wedding. The royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place at Saint George’s Chapel in Windsor on the 19th of May 2018 and after the service the couple travelled around Windsor in a horse- drawn carriage providing an opportunity for members of the public to see them and also join in with the celebrations. Just like in those Disney cartoons we grew up watching. Uff! What a sight it would’ve been, hai na?
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
Then came our baby’s wedding. Whether Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin got married or not was a huge confusion in the middle but later it was confirmed that they did indeed get married in September at the New York City Courthouse. And what actually confirmed the marriage to most of the world was the post that Bieber posted. A photo of him and Baldwin with a simple caption “my wife is awesome” and that’s all that needs to be said. And after the denial phase that Baldwin was going through, she changed her name on Instagram to acknowledge their marriage. Now she is called Hailey Rhode Bieber. Before their marriage they were having an on-off relationship for years. But you know what, if you actually ask me, I always liked him with Selena Gomez. I don’t know why they just seemed perfect for each other. But our thoughts here don’t really matter, do they?
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh
Now let’s talk about my favourite wedding of 2018!! Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, both of whom I love, tied the knot on November 14th and 15th in Italy after a dating period of 6 years. The first wedding on the 14th followed the Konkani tradition. The best south Indian chefs were flown from India for the function. And the food was supposedly served on banana leaves according to the reports that I read. And then the second wedding day on the 15th, followed the North Indian tradition. The photos for which were revealed only quite later by the couple on their social media handles. And after these two days, the couple were busy hosting receptions for friends, family and colleagues. And here’s to wishing them a lifetime of the same energy, happiness and togetherness.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
But DeepVeer weren’t even done with all their functions, when #Nickyanka which is Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, tied the knot on the first and second of December. They had a Christian wedding on the first day where Priyanka and Nick wore costumes custom-made by none other than Ralph Lauren and everyone obviously knows about Priyanka’s 75-foot long veil. It was all over social media. And they also had an 18-foot tall cake that obviously left many drooling. Then the second day was an Indian Hindu wedding in Jodhpur where the Chopras and Jonases had a sangeet face-off. I can imagine how Bollywood that would’ve been. Like I wish someone took a video and posted it online so I could like watch, you know!
Quentin Tarantino and Daniella Pick
But anyways going forward someone else who decided to get married in 2018 is Quentin Tarantino. Yes, the director who is an inspiration for many, is officially a married man now at age 55. On November 28th of 2018, he married his 35-year-old long-time girlfriend Daniella Pick after a romantic wedding ceremony in Los Angeles. And did you know there were only 20 people for the wedding and that it is a very intimate and private affair? But you are probably wondering why he never got married before, no? And what I found is, that in 2009 when he was asked why he never married before, Tarantino said that when “I am doing a movie, I am not doing anything else. It’s all about the movie, I don’t have a wife, I don’t have a kid, nothing can get in my way.” So now what I am thinking, is his marriage a way for him to indicate that his film career is going to end? But I guess we’ll have to wait and watch, you know!
Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap
Now coming closer to the end of our list, the last month of 2018 also saw that coming together of two Indian sports celebrities. Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap, both badminton players and Commonwealth Games medallists. They tied the knot in a traditional ceremony in Hyderabad, in the presence of family members and close friends. And just like in sports movies both met in 2005 when they both were training under Pullela Gopichand. So he is basically their love godfather I’m guessing. But according to the articles I read, I don’t think their marriage was very comfortably placed. Because what I read was that they got married on the 16th of December because from 28 onwards Saina Nehwal was gonna be very busy training and you know going for her matches and all that so she had to basically sandwich her marriage between training and match schedules. So it looks like the real match is going to be between her personal life and her career. Let’s hope it all goes well though.
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus
And now, our 2018 ended with the news of the very very gorgeous Liam Hemsworth getting married to a Hannah Montana-turned-wrecking-ball-turned-back to herself Miley Cyrus. And guess what, the Malibu fire which would usually ring a negative bell in anyone’s head was actually after which Miley Cyrus was sure that she actually wanted to get married to him. And this was because Liam saved Miley’s animals during the fire. Obviously after a gesture like that, anyone would’ve fallen flat for the guy. And him being Liam Hemsworth obviously helped the falling. How could you not fall? But anyways the “aww” factor is still left be said. And here it is! Miley recreated her parents wedding. In 1993, her parents also got married at home in Tennessee and also had a super laid back wedding and also posed for a photo in their living room, just like Miley and Liam. Now that’s like the perfect combination of parent and child goals as well as couple goals! Arre wah Miley Cyrus well done!