Vienna Fast Becoming Venue for Big Fat Indian Weddings
Sajjan Jindal among leading Indian industrialists flocking to Austria’s capital to host grand weddings of their children
Vienna: Austria’s capital city, home of the legendary composer Mozart and the magnificient Schoenbrunn Palace, may soon be known as the go-to destination for the ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’.
Leading industrialists are flocking to Vienna to host grand weddings for their children. Among them is Sajjan Jindal, who has planned grand three-day wedding festivities for his son Parth, who weds his school sweetheart Anushree Jasani.
The wedding is on a scale rarely seen in Vienna. Around 1,000 guests are expected to arrive and almost all five star hotels in the city have been booked. “Of the 1,000, 800 are guests and the rest are support staff like chefs. The main wedding ceremony is likely to take place at Belvedere Palace, which is one of the palaces of the former royal family of Austria. The palace has now been con- verted into a museum and also an event location,” said a person aware of the development.
Another person involved said that this will be the grandest wedding that the city will host. “The last time the city hosted a big wedding was of Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko in December 2015 but that had about 180 guests,” said an employee at a hotel has been booked for the wedding of Jindal scion.
The Jindal wedding will be followed by the wedding of another Indian entrepreneur, which will be relatively low-key with about 120 guests. Air India, which has launched a direct flight between Delhi and Vienna, said that it is witnessing a surge in bookings for May and June. The Austrian travel industry feel that these marriages will establish Vienna as a destination wedding option for India’s rich. “May and June are the two preferred months for marriage in Vienna. May stands for love in Europe and about 80% of Austrian couples also try to get married in May. This marriage will set probably a trend to make Vienna a destination wedding option for the rich of India,” said GoeorgeVictor Kutschera, director-business development at Robinville Intech, a company representing various cities in Europe.
( The correspondent was in Vienna at the invitation of Air India.)
A view of the Vienna skyline