My big fat “Borat” billionaire wedding: Why wasn’t MY father a Kazakh oil-igarch?
Billionaire’s son Said Gutseriev, 28, married 20-year-old student Khadija Uzhakhovs in Moscow this weekend in a jaw-droppingly lavish affair, rumoured to have cost up to $1 billion.
Held at the luxury Moscow restaurant and banqueting venue Safisa, which was dripping with fairy lights and decked with wall-to-wall fresh flowers, the wedding set a new bar for extravagance.
The young bride arrived in a beaded gown with a billowing skirt by Elie Saab, whose wedding dresses range from £5,000-£18,000. Her bespoke gown was reported to have cost between $1 million USD or 25 million roubles – £692,000 or £256,000.
Her dress was imported from Paris and reportedly weighed 25 lbs (almost two stone) because of the huge train and heavy embellishment and the bride needed the assistance of several people to carry her train and help her walk upstairs.
Meanwhile, guests travelled to the grand nuptials in a fleet of luxury cars including Rolls Royces which were seen lined up outside the venue ahead of the ceremony.
The entertainment also did not come cheap, with Jennifer Lopez – who was reported to have been paid $1million for singing for Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the president of Turkemenistan in 2013 – jetting in to give the moneyed crowd in an energetic performance in a series of skimpy outfits.***
The couple’s 600 guests dined on European cuisine and sushi and the wedding cake was a lavish nine-tier creation, decorated with elaborate white icing and layers of pink floral garlands, topped with a star and crescent moon as a show of the couple’s Muslim faith.
And guests were presented with a delicate gold box engraved with the couple’s names and date of the wedding as a thank you gift.
But the extravagance of the occasion is surely fitting for the son of Kazakh-born Mikhail Gutseriev, a Muslim born in the Caucasus, who is thought to be worth $6.2 billion (£4.3billion).
The self-made man who now calls Russia home ensured he gave his public school-educated son a day to remember.
Posted by Charlotte Allen