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As the year draws to a close, it is time to look back and reflect on the tumultuous ride 2021 took us all on! While our society still reels from the devastating effect of the second wave, love has kept us grounded and offered solace in the hours of need.

Indeed 2021 was the year we witnessed the power of love and hope – with couples culminating years of love into bonds of matrimony. From star-studded events to honest goodness real-life fairy tales – 2021 has a bit of love for everyone.

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite moments from the year!

Best 2021 ShaadiSaga Real Weddings

Fairytale Romance

Actors RajKummar Rao & Patralekhaa Paul tied the knot after a decade long romance! In a wedding that is fit for any fairy tale, the gorgeous couple caused a near Instagram riot with their breathtaking photos and the love for each other that is apparent in the captured images! A day wedding in Chandigarh with both bride and groom donning Sabyasachi outfits!

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Love is Love

In a sparkling move, Supriyo Chakraborty and Abhay Dange held a promising ceremony, pledging their eternal love and devotion to each other – a first for the state of Telangana! Even though the law does not recognise the legality of same-sex marriages yet, these two wanted to share their love with friends and family. Truly, an inspiring moment for the members of the LGBTQI community.

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Bold in Grey

Actor Dilip Joshi aka Jethalal’s daughter made waves when she sported her natural look of grey hair for her wedding. Her decision to not cover up her greys is a bold move against the high standards of beauty set by societal pressure for brides! Her move also sends a strong message to want would-be brides out there who stress and panic over covering up every ‘imperfection.’ We applaud her choice and hope more brides follow suit!

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The Swag Bride

Actress Ankita Lokhande tied the knot with her beau Vicky Jain in Mumbai and sported many a drool-worthy outfit at each celebration! For the wedding day, both bride and groom wore Manish Malhotra outfits, complementing each other and looking fabulous! Even though Ankita had suffered an injury before the wedding, she danced her heart out and it was a joy to see her tie the knot!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Backyard Wedding

Aarsh and Gurtaj suffered numerous postponements because of the pandemic. A 2020 wedding that finally took place in August ’21, the celebrations were intimate but gorgeous! From a swanky mehendi ceremony on a yacht to the Sikh ceremony in the home garden – it was a true dream wedding! Despite having to plan the wedding from scratch multiple times, Aarsh and Gurtaj put together a simple yet elegant affair with décor inspirations for all of us!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Be my Bae

Actor and comedian Varun Thakur got hitched to his long-time partner, Nikita, in an elegant ceremony. The bride donned a gorgeous pink pastel lehenga by Anita Dongre complimented by the groom’s sherwani designed by Kunal Rawat. These two looked pretty as a picture and we are here for pastel coordinated outfit couples!

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Love Spin

Cricketer Shradul Thakur got engaged to his girlfriend Mittali Parulkar in a gorgeous ceremony in Mumbai. Having managed to capture the fair lady’s heart, Shradul was overjoyed to begin a new chapter in his life posting on his Instagram with the caption – “The beginning of forever.” The deep love these two share is quite evident in the captures of the ceremony, taken by our very won ShaadiSaga vendor, The Wedding Story.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Nobel Love

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai tied the knot with Aseer Malik in an intimate ceremony. The 24-year-old activist and all-around badass woman commemorated this new chapter in her life by announcing it on her Instagram with the caption, “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.” The pictures are simple yet sublime and we wish her the very best!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Starry Night

Celeb couple Aditya Seal & Anushka Ranjan tied the knot culminating in a four-year courtship. The celebrations were attended by A-list guests from the film fraternity and the pictures are just mesmerising! Amongst the attendees were Alia Bhatt, Krystal D’Souza, Vaani Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Athiya Shetty and others.

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Glamorous Udaipur

A gorgeous wedding in Udaipur blew our socks off with the glitz and glam! Simar Rana and Abhimanyu Malik put their best fashion foot forward and the bride outclassed everyone in her dazzling and elegant lehenga collection. We want to steal some ideas for this fab wedding! Shot by ShaadiSaga favourite Gautam Khullar Photography, the memories are truly fantastic!

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Surprise Nuptials

Actress Shraddha Arya tied the knot with Beau Rahul Sharma in a surprise wedding! They managed to keep a tight lid on the news until the last moment, and then we were all flooded with gorgeous images and snippets from the wedding ceremonies! It was a three-day event in Delhi and the pictures by ShaadiSaga vendor The Glam Wedding, are to just die for!

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Recycle with Love

Fashion influencer Tarini Manchanda went beyond creativity for her wedding and repurposed her family heirlooms for her wedding day! She got hitched to her long-time partner Archit Chenoy and she was no conventional bride: her wedding sari had elements of her great grandmother, Nani, and mother making it truly unique! Styled by ShaadiSaga vendor, Doll You Up by S - Tarini looked divine!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Intimate Affair

Punjabi actor-singer Parmish Verma and his ladylove Guneet Grewal tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony in Surrey, Canada – the bride’s hometown! Many eminent Punjabi singers like Roshan Prince, Akhil & Sharry Maan graced the celebrations with their presence! The pictures are breathtaking with emphasis on the bride’s lehengas!

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Glow up in Goa

Celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist Daniel Bauer got hitched to his beau Tyrone Braganza! The celebrations were two-fold: with the wedding ceremony in Frankfurt to the party in Goa – it was a mesmerising and heart-warming event!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Kashmiri Beauty

Swati and Abhishek got married in a gorgeous Kashmiri ceremony celebrating not only their family tradition but their love of the peaks that brought them together! Having fallen out of contact after college, Abhishek reached out to Swati with a trekking trip and the rest is history!

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Captured

ShaadiSaga’s own Megha Israni, founder of Israni Photography & Films tied the knot with beau Yash Bhatia in a lavish celebration. And you better believe that the pictures are fantabulous!

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Fashion Fiesta

Fashion and luxury blogger Hanna S Khan got married to long-time partner, Sharukh Merchant in a lavish and glamourous wedding celebration in Jaipur. She also became the first Indian bride to don a custom design by Elie Saab!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Dil Dia

Actor Dia Mirza surprised everyone by announcing her nuptials with her boyfriend Vaibhav Rekhi! The two had been dating for over a year but had been tight-lipped about their relationship. The news took over social media like a storm, and we were gasping in delight at the gorgeous pictures from the intimate ceremony!

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Mansion Madness

Bollywood heartthrob Varun Dhawan and his childhood sweetheart Natasha Dalal tied the knot earlier in the year. They had plans for a destination wedding in Thailand but the pandemic put a hold on those plans. The location was moved to the sprawling Mansion House in Alibaug and the pictures are just divine!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Love Actually

Actress Angira Dhar’s wedding with actor and filmmaker Anand Tiwari surprised everyone on Instagram when she dropped the announcement with a bevvy of fantastic pictures! An intimate wedding ceremony at home, beautifully captured by ShaadiSagar vendor WhatKnot Wedding Photography!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Joy in Jaipur

A destination wedding in the middle of the pandemic? That is exactly what Rhea and Avik managed to pull off in May! After having postponed an Istanbul wedding from 2020 to 2021, they finally settled on Jaipur and organised the most opulent wedding of the season. From fabulous décor by Janki Desai's Altair team along with amazing clicks by Reels and Frames with unconventional bridal outfits – this wedding had it all!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Last-Minute Change!

Planning a pandemic wedding is no easy feat and when the venue needs to be changed barely a month before D-day, the tension skyrockets! Krishna and Rohit, however, managed to pull off a beautiful wedding ceremony despite all the hurdles at Aamby Valley City. The images captured by ShaadiSaga vendor Knotting Bells will give you an inkling of this gorgeous wedding! 

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Earth Love

Mitika and Ridhesh wanted to celebrate their love rather than put on a show for guests and did just that with their zero-waste, eco-friendly wedding! Held at the lush Gir Forest, and designed and shot by ShaadiSaga vendors To The Aisle and Snapped Studio, this wedding was what dreams are made of!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Lockdown Romance

Mehak and Harsh met during the lockdown on a dating app and the rest is history! Their wedding was a fabulous celebration of their whirlwind romance, gorgeous outfits, and fantastic pastel décor. Captured by ShaadiSaga vendor, Cupcake Productions, the memories are simply sublime!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Personal Touch

Environmentalist Rhea Chhabria tied the knot to longtime beau Divish's in a fabulous Udaipur wedding. Their whirlwind romance of over a decade culminated in a gorgeous celebration!  From the hand-painted invites by the bride to the green theme of the celebrations, this wedding was completely drool-worthy!

💖 Read the whole story here!

New Trendz

Fashion stylist and film producer Rhea Kapoor tied the knot with her longtime partner Karan Boolani in an intimate ceremony at her home in Mumbai. The guest list included only immediate family and close friends: Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Masaba Gupta and Kunal Rawal amongst others. They also gave the multi-day celebrations a miss and the entire affair took place over a single day!

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Childhood Sweethearts

Meghna Sahijwani and Jai Bhattacharya tied the knot in a dazzling summer wedding in Goa. They met each other in class 8th and have been together since! This long-time romance culminated in a Pinterest inspired pre-wedding shoot as well as amazing pictures from the ceremony by ShaadiSaga vendor Knotting Bells.

💖 Read the whole story here and here!

Designed by Moi

When designer Sanjana married Yash in Jaipur, everything about the wedding was awe-inspiring: from the self-designed outfits to the pin-worthy moments captured! Their wedding was truly magical and mesmerising!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Divine Minimalism

While we all wait on tenterhooks to see Alia Bhatt tie the knot, her friends are making headlines with their sartorial style. in the meantime, Alia’s school friend, Meghna Goyal got hitched to her beau Karan Soman. Meghna is the founder of a famous vacation-wear label and her bridal outfit was contemporary and minimalist!

💖 Read the whole story here!

A Scoop of the Year

Known to many as the host of Scoopwhoop’s Unscripted, Samdish Bhatia surprised everyone by announcing his marriage to long-time girlfriend and singer, Vedi Sinha. It was an intimate celebration of their love, attended only by family and close friends.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Two Panditains to Tango

In a whirlwind romance that began as childhood sweethearts, Medha and Akshay tied the knot in a remarkable celebration! Not only was it a destination wedding in Udaipur, shot by ShaadiSaga’s ShutterDown Photography, but they also eschewed traditional gender norms and opted for two Pantitains to marry them off.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Mom Magic

When bride Kirat Kaur’s wedding images hit the internet, shot by ShaadiSaga’s Through the Barrel, we were all charmed by her elegant sharara set but even more so with her dupatta! She reused her mother’s wedding dupatta and not only added elegance to her outfit but also love and nostalgia.

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Yami Surprise

Yami Gautam surprised everyone by announcing her marriage to director Aditya Dhar on the ‘gram! The Vicky Donor actress posted pictures of the wedding ceremony saying that it was an intimate ceremony attended by loved ones.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Picturesque Nuptials

High school sweethearts Paven and Gopi tied the knot in a lively and fun wedding in hometown Vancouver. From the décor to the food to the outfits – everything about this wedding was glamorous and reflected this romantic couple’s eclectic style!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Love in Delhi

Mehak Dhawan and Rumit Khullar tied the knot in a loving and intimate ceremony in hometown Delhi. Mehak is an anchor and Rumit is a banker – their whirlwind romance for over four years has now a satisfying conclusion! Though they had wanted to get married long ago, they only took the step once they were well-established in their respective careers. The wedding was captured by ShaadiSaga's own Studio BIR.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Finally, Together

Fashion influencer Juhi Godambe tied the knot with her long-time beau Siddharth Jain after dating for over 12 years! A big fat Indian wedding was planned but due to the pandemic, they had to postpone the celebrations for a quieter time. Finally, they did the deed this year and the celebrations were perfect!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Comedy Double

Comedians Sugandha Mishra and Sanket Bhosale tied the knot earlier this year in Jalandhar. From a mesmerising palki entry to glamorous outfits – this wedding had it all!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Shuttle-Locked

Badminton player Jwala Gutta got married to Tamil actor Vishnu Vishal and gave us all #bridegoals! Her outfits are fantastic and varied styles! From an experimental lehenga to traditional saree to regal outfits – her wedding wardrobe is one to bookmark!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Palace Wedding

Bollywood Producer Nidhi Dutta married filmmaker Binoy Gandhi back in March in an extravagant wedding held at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. The celebration lasted three days and many B-town celebs attended including Arjun Rampal, Raveena Tandon, Amrita Singh, fashion designer Manish Malhotra, Athiya Shetty, amongst others.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Love Story ‘21

Actor Harman Baweja tied the knot with Sasha Ramchandani in an intimate wedding ceremony. The Anand Karaj ceremony took place in a Gurudwara in Kolkata with family and loved ones. It was a beautiful ceremony and we are here for the gorgeous pictures!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Bowled over

Cricketer Jasprit Bumrah tied the knot with girlfriend and TV news anchor, Sanjana Ganesan in an intimate and dreamy ceremony in Goa this year. The Anand Karaj was simply wonderfully made magical by the bride and groom’s fantastic outfits.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Songs of Love

Celeb due Rahul Vaidya and Disha Parmar tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Mumbai. In a season of intimate weddings, the romantic duo stepped out of the norm and threw smashing parties to celebrate their love.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Vineyard Vows

A fabulous summer in the vineyards of California witnessed the wedding of Neha and Amit! Having met at the University of California San Diego, theirs was not an easy romance and yet they persevered! From a boho mehendi ceremony to the gorgeous red lehenga the bride donned for the wedding – it was an event for the memories!

💖 Read the whole story here!

Foreign Romance

Akriti and Arun met while studying in London almost a decade ago and formed a connection so deep it followed as they moved back home to Delhi. It was a truly Delhi wedding – with luxurious celebrations at the ITC Maurya and The Imperial Hotel.

💖 Read the whole story here!

Disaster Averted

In a tale that seems like fiction, Prakriti and Rohit’s wedding was not only spectacular but has enough drama and intrigue to satisfy Bollywood scriptwriters. Just two days before the ceremony, the bride visited a nearby salon in Chandigarh for some much-needed TLC. The beautician accidentally spilled steaming hot water on her face and in panic, put a damp cloth over the affected area. The bride did not lose her cool and managed to get medical aid in time. But she did not let this get in the way of her fabulous wedding – the photos are proof of her indomitable spirit!

💖 Read the whole story here!

What-an-Entry!

When professional make-up artist Shivani tied the knot with her beau Sajan, she made sure all her instructions were followed to the letter! She had a vision and she wished to see its fulfilment! Having pre-arranged an entry song with the DJ, she wasted no time in having her displeasure known when her wishes were not carried out. In a video that went viral on Instagram, Shivani is seen emphasising the fact that her wishes were clear and meant to be followed! We salute her spirit and wish the very best to the happy couple!

💖 Read the whole story and video here!

Wedding of the Year

Amidst rumours, speculations, gossips and whispers came the wedding of the year – the marriage of actors Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif broke our Instagram feeds! The dazzling couple got hitched in utmost secrecy leaving us to deal with juicy tidbits from here and there and unveiled the gorgeous pictures after the ceremony was done. The love that this duo share is visible and indeed, their wedding celebrations have given us all #weddingoals.

💖 Read the whole story here, here, and here!

Final Words

This year was tumultuous but we saw love emerge and chase away the shadows time and time again. Here's hoping for a bright New Year and a fantastic wedding season!

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Stories We LOVED From These 2021 ShaadiSaga Real Weddings

by Maggie S.

Stories We LOVED From These 2021 ShaadiSaga Real Weddings