Celeb presence at Weddings: How much does it cost?

By A Correspondent
When we think or talk about the last wedding we attended, don’t we usually talk about who all attended- besides of course talking about the bride and groom. And at a wedding there are so many whispers when a powerful looking or well-dressed guest walks in. Who is he? Who is she? While many families go out of their way to invite their celebrity or VIP friends for their family wedding, there’s a section of families who go a step further-they invite celebrities for a fee! Today’s HT Café has featured a story on how much Bollywood celebs charge to attend a wedding.

The writer of the article in HT Café posed as a wedding planner and called the secretaries of the stars to get this information. And this isn’t the fee for dancing at the venue — it’s just for attending as a guest. Here are the mind-boggling figures. Salman Khan and Hrithik charge between Rs.1 and Rs.1.25 crore. Actresses Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopda, Sonam Kapoor charge around Rs. 40 lakh, while Ameesha Patel, Minisha Lamba and Manisha Koirala’s fee is between Rs. 6 and Rs. 10 lakh. There are couple deals too. Saif-Kareena  and John-Bipasha charge between Rs. 75 lakh and a crore while Shilpa Shetty-Raj Kundra’s fee is Rs. 50 lakh. Those who don’t want to spend a whopping amount can hire stars like Neha Dhupia, Dino Morea and Mugdha Ghose who charge Rs. 4 lakh each.

Which makes us wonder? A recent wedding in Delhi saw so many yesterday and today’s superstars in attendance. Everyone was asking “who are Gurpal Chawla and Sumeen Singh”? We presume that they both hail from super-rich families in Delhi. But since the bride, groom and their families have no direct Bollywood connection does it mean the  families spent some crores just to fly down the ten-fifteen Bollywood stars?

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