10 Best Bags and Bling of the Ambani and Merchant Pre-Wedding Celebrations

The pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant were a grand affair, featuring bejeweled fashion, exquisite jewelry, and of course, a sprinkling of luxurious handbags.

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The festivities, which spanned three days in Jamnagar, Gujarat, began on March 1st, with over 1,500 guests in attendance. Notably, the guest list included a diverse mix of Indian attendees, Bollywood superstars, and elite guests from the United States. This eclectic blend created a vibrant atmosphere as everyone came together to partake in a weekend full of festivities. 

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Among the star-studded guest list were Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg, Ivanka Trump, Bill Gates, Sunder Picha, and Karlie Kloss, all in attendance at the celebration. Rihanna also graced the event with a live performance. Guests wore custom jewelry with traditional polki motifs and intricately designed diamond sets. 

Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg. Image courtesy: British Vogue

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Image courtesy: @ivankatrump

Bill Gates. Image courtesy: @voompa

Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner. Image courtesy: British Vogue

Rihanna. Image courtesy: British Vogue

We take a look at some of the exquisite highlights of this extravagant event.

Luxurious Handbags 

During the pre-wedding event, handbags took on a subtle yet significant role, showcasing rare and coveted pieces. As guests adhered to a meticulously detailed nine-page dress code for the entire weekend, the handbags seamlessly complemented the extravagance of the affair.

Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding festivities for Day 2 commenced with the ‘Walk on the Wildside’ activity. Guests visited Vantara, the Ambanis’ animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

Injecting a playful touch into the style, both guests and hosts followed the ‘Jungle Fever’ dress code, with lively animal prints and vibrant palettes adorning every silhouette. All eyes were on the bride-to-be, Radhika Merchant, who chose a custom-made Dolce & Gabbana blue leopard-print dress. Complementing the look was the incredibly rare and coveted Hermès Mini Picnic Kelly 20 in white Swift leather, finished with palladium hardware.

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On day 3, during the Tusker Trails event held within the Vantara premises, attendees enjoyed a brunch with a picturesque view of the animal conservation center. Embracing the ‘casual chic’ theme of the day, Shloka Mehta stood out in her stylish ensemble, opting for an Oscar de la Renta lattice-embroidered leather midi dress. Complementing the green theme, she finished the outfit with a Hermès Mini Kelly 20 in Matte Gator, Jaune Borgeon.

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For the next event, lunch at an elephant orphanage, Isha Ambani, opted for a casual yet sporty look – with a custom JODI set. The look was completed with layers of colorful jewelry, and last but not least, a cherry red Hermès Kelly Doll. 

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​​During the weekend’s events, Natasha Poonawalla made distinct style statements, but our focus was on the handbags. Natasha enhanced her ensembles with several noteworthy bags, including the Chanel Birdcage Minaudière from the Métiers d’Art 2020 collection, and the eye-catching golden Dolce & Gabbana Box Orologio Barocco bag.

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Image courtesy: @natasha.poonawalla

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Bejewelled Fashion & Exquisite Jewels

During the festivities, guests adhered to a meticulously detailed nine-page dress code for the entire weekend. Aside from the ‘Jungle Fever’ theme, attendees were expected to don traditional Indian attire to the main events. Guests were requested to wear ‘Dazzling’ dress one night, while ‘Heritage Indian’ was a theme for another. 

Radhika’s attire for the first night included a blush pink custom Versace dress worn by Blake Lively to the Met Gala in 2022, complemented by bespoke jewelry from Parthiv Mehta. This marked the start of a blend of couture, tradition, and luxury in their memorable pre-wedding celebrations.

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Blake Lively wearing Versace at the 2022 Met Gala

Isha Ambani, the sister of the groom, unveiled a wearable work of art in the form of a stunning jeweled top. Adorned with intricately detailed polki, ruby, diamonds, and emeralds, this exquisite piece not only showcased some of her personal collection but also incorporated new jewels sourced from Gujarat and Rajasthan. Each precious gem, meticulously hand-sewn onto the garment, contributed to the creation of an original masterpiece.

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Here’s a further glimpse into Isha Ambani’s extravagant wedding wardrobe. . .

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Nita Ambani, the mother of the groom, graced the occasion in an opulent Emerald Set valued at an astonishing $60 million. Complementing this exquisite necklace, Nita adorned herself with coordinating diamond earrings, a sizeable 6.5 million solitaire ring, and a dazzling set of bangles embellished with diamonds and emeralds. 

The show-stopping 52.58-carat Mirror of Paradise ring was sold by Christie’s auction house in June 2019, for $6.5 million.

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The Mirror of Paradise/ Image courtesy: Business Insider

Image courtesy: Business Insider

Among the attendees, Ivanka Trump made a striking appearance in a series of stunning ensembles crafted by Indian designer Manish Malhotra. In her array of show-stopping outfits, was a two-piece ensemble, featuring an intricately embroidered skirt paired with a sparkling crop top. Ivanka complemented the white outfit with a beautifully crafted Maang Tikka and dazzling emerald jewelry.

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Image courtesy: @ivankatrump

Rare Timepieces

Groom-to-be Anant Ambani showcased a selection of his most exclusive timepieces during the weekend, offering a glimpse into his extravagant collection. These watches made such an impression that even Mark Zuckerberg confessed, “You know, I never really wanted to get a watch, but after seeing his, watches are cool,” in a video circulating on social media.

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Among Anant’s curated timepiece choices for the weekend events was the Richard Mille RM 56-01 Tourbillon Sapphire – a limited series of 10 models, reportedly carrying a price tag of $2.2 million. Subsequently, Anant Ambani opted for a series of ultra-rare Patek Philippe watches, including the Grand Complications Sky Moon Tourbillon in 18k gold, valued at $2.7 million, and finally, the ornate 5990 Nautilus in white gold set with diamonds and rubies.

Richard Mille RM 56-01 Tourbillon Sapphire. Image courtesy: Richard Mille

Patek Philippe, Grand Complications Sky Moon Tourbillon in 18k gold. Image courtesy: Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe 5990 Nautilus in white gold set with diamonds and rubies. Image courtesy: Patek Philippe

Not to be outdone, the bride-to-be also adorned herself with an exceptionally rare timepiece. Radhika chose the Vacheron Constantin Égérie moon phase watch, adorned with diamonds, exemplifying the fusion of couture and jewelry in the realm of timepieces. Crafted in white gold with a 37mm diameter, the watch’s case boasts a lavish display of diamonds, totaling 1377 white diamonds.

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Vacheron Constantin Égérie moon phase watch in diamonds. Image courtesy: Vacheron Constantin

Now we’ve looked at some of the finer details of the Ambani pre-wedding, here are some more special moments and showstopping outfits caught on camera.

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Image courtesy: @manishmalhotra05

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Image courtesy: British Vogue

This was just the pre-wedding ceremonies. . . all eyes are on the big day – July 12, 2024.

Published: March 12th, 2024
Updated: March 12th, 2024

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