The Big Day goes behind the scenes of the extravagant multi-billion-dollar Indian wedding industry

A big family wedding may be off the cards for most of us during the pandemic, but Netflix‘s new show is set to offer some inspiration for when we can plan extravagant nuptials again.  

The Big Day takes viewers behind the scenes of the prodigal world of Indian weddings, exploring the lavish and historical traditions. 

The new series follows 12 couples as they plan and put together all the details for their special celebrations.

From Jaipur to New Delhi, the series shows teams of wedding planners pulling out all the stops to create the perfect day, from stunning locations, over-the-top sets and bespoke parties. 

The Big Day takes viewers behind the scenes of the extravagant world of Indian weddings. Pictured are California-based couple Nikhita Iyar and Mukund Chillakanti, who opted for a very lavish ceremony

The Big Day takes viewers behind the scenes of the extravagant world of Indian weddings. Pictured are California-based couple Nikhita Iyar and Mukund Chillakanti, who opted for a very lavish ceremony

The Big Day takes viewers behind the scenes of the extravagant world of Indian weddings. Pictured are California-based couple Nikhita Iyar and Mukund Chillakanti, who opted for a very lavish ceremony

Power couple Ami Pandya and Nithin Zacharias (pictured) plan their big day together on the show

Power couple Ami Pandya and Nithin Zacharias (pictured) plan their big day together on the show

Power couple Ami Pandya and Nithin Zacharias (pictured) plan their big day together on the show

From Jaipur to New Delhi, we see teams of wedding planners pulling out all the stops to create the perfect day

From Jaipur to New Delhi, we see teams of wedding planners pulling out all the stops to create the perfect day

From Jaipur to New Delhi, we see teams of wedding planners pulling out all the stops to create the perfect day

Pictured is one of the lavish venues which was used for a wedding, complete with long decorated tables

Pictured is one of the lavish venues which was used for a wedding, complete with long decorated tables

Pictured is one of the lavish venues which was used for a wedding, complete with long decorated tables

Ami and Zacharias got married on the show and their story shows them learn the value of progression and togetherness

Ami and Zacharias got married on the show and their story shows them learn the value of progression and togetherness

Ami and Zacharias got married on the show and their story shows them learn the value of progression and togetherness

The series looks at two couples every episode and starts with the most lavish which was created for California-based couple Nikhita Iyar and Mukund Chillakanti.

Their wedding in Chennai is all about the details, as they aim to create a big day that honours their cultural heritage. 

The show follows the pair as they fly back to India from the US to plan, whilst also enjoying a series of glamorous parties during the lead up to the wedding. 

The episode shows guests enjoying their lavish rehearsal dinner which was set up as an outdoor ball – complete with the couples’ initials projected in lights onto a giant wall.

The venue also boasted a superimposed waterfall running behind a large Buddha statue printed with the hashtag ‘MuksGotNiked’. 

The episode featuring Nikhita and Mukund's wedding shows guests enjoying their lavish rehearsal dinner which was set up as an outdoor ball - complete with the couples' initials projected in lights onto a giant wall (pictured)

The episode featuring Nikhita and Mukund's wedding shows guests enjoying their lavish rehearsal dinner which was set up as an outdoor ball - complete with the couples' initials projected in lights onto a giant wall (pictured)

The episode featuring Nikhita and Mukund’s wedding shows guests enjoying their lavish rehearsal dinner which was set up as an outdoor ball – complete with the couples’ initials projected in lights onto a giant wall (pictured) 

Nikhita and Mukund's wedding (pictured) in Chennai was all about the details, as they aimed to create a big day that honoured their cultural heritage

Nikhita and Mukund's wedding (pictured) in Chennai was all about the details, as they aimed to create a big day that honoured their cultural heritage

Nikhita and Mukund’s wedding (pictured) in Chennai was all about the details, as they aimed to create a big day that honoured their cultural heritage

Nikhita and Mukund also threw an Alice in Wonderland tea party (pictured) with flowers flown in from China in the lead-up to the actual wedding

Nikhita and Mukund also threw an Alice in Wonderland tea party (pictured) with flowers flown in from China in the lead-up to the actual wedding

Nikhita and Mukund also threw an Alice in Wonderland tea party (pictured) with flowers flown in from China in the lead-up to the actual wedding

Nikhita and Mukund also threw a 'Victorian' dinner (pictured) with the tables adorned with Fabergé-style eggs and waitresses dressed in ballgowns

Nikhita and Mukund also threw a 'Victorian' dinner (pictured) with the tables adorned with Fabergé-style eggs and waitresses dressed in ballgowns

Nikhita and Mukund also threw a ‘Victorian’ dinner (pictured) with the tables adorned with Fabergé-style eggs and waitresses dressed in ballgowns

Nikhita and Mukund set up a carriage for people to take photos in at their flamboyant tea party

Nikhita and Mukund set up a carriage for people to take photos in at their flamboyant tea party

Nikhita and Mukund set up a carriage for people to take photos in at their flamboyant tea party

Another evening, Nikhita and Mukund laid on a Bollywood movie night (pictured) with paparazzi snapping pictures of the guests as they made their way into the venue

Another evening, Nikhita and Mukund laid on a Bollywood movie night (pictured) with paparazzi snapping pictures of the guests as they made their way into the venue

Another evening, Nikhita and Mukund laid on a Bollywood movie night (pictured) with paparazzi snapping pictures of the guests as they made their way into the venue

During the pre-wedding event guests were treated to performances from flame throwers, musicians and traditional dancers.

Explaining why she spent so much money to create such a special evening Nikhita says: ‘It’s about making them happy so that they can then bring a nice camaraderie sort of feeling to the event and you can celebrate together.’

The couple also threw an Alice In Wonderland tea party with flowers flown in from China in the lead up to the actual wedding as well as a ‘Victorian’ dinner with the tables adorned with Fabergé-style eggs and waitresses dressed in ballgowns. 

Another one of the couples featured on the show are Aman Kapur and Divya Khandelwal (pictured). The eco-conscious pair threw a sustainable wedding in Jaipur, where everything was locally sourced

Another one of the couples featured on the show are Aman Kapur and Divya Khandelwal (pictured). The eco-conscious pair threw a sustainable wedding in Jaipur, where everything was locally sourced

Another one of the couples featured on the show are Aman Kapur and Divya Khandelwal (pictured). The eco-conscious pair threw a sustainable wedding in Jaipur, where everything was locally sourced 

The location for Aman and Divya's big day was at Bishangarh Fort (pictured) with dramatic views over the surrounding countryside

The location for Aman and Divya's big day was at Bishangarh Fort (pictured) with dramatic views over the surrounding countryside

The location for Aman and Divya’s big day was at Bishangarh Fort (pictured) with dramatic views over the surrounding countryside

Nikhita is pictured in her extravagant wedding gown during one of the ceremonies

Nikhita is pictured in her extravagant wedding gown during one of the ceremonies

Nikhita is pictured in her extravagant wedding gown during one of the ceremonies

Aditya Wadhwani and Gayeti Singh's modern ceremony shows how different religions can come together in marriage (pictured together)

Aditya Wadhwani and Gayeti Singh's modern ceremony shows how different religions can come together in marriage (pictured together)

Aditya Wadhwani and Gayeti Singh’s modern ceremony shows how different religions can come together in marriage (pictured together) 

Aditya and Gayeti's wedding celebrated their wedding and gave viewers a glimpse behind the scenes

Aditya and Gayeti's wedding celebrated their wedding and gave viewers a glimpse behind the scenes

 Aditya and Gayeti’s wedding celebrated their wedding and gave viewers a glimpse behind the scenes

Another night the couple laid on a Bollywood movie night with paparazzi snapping pictures of the guests as they made their way into the venue.   

Another one of the couples featured on the show are Aman Kapur and Divya Khandelwal. 

The eco-conscious pair threw a sustainable wedding near Jaipur, where everything was locally sourced. 

The actual location for the big day was at Bishangarh Fort with dramatic views over the surrounding countryside.

Perfectionist Divya’s wedding consultant explains in the episode how the planning was a ‘logistical nightmare’.

The series finishes with Tyrone Braganza and Daniel Bauer's same sex marriage which is held at a German-style church (pictured)

The series finishes with Tyrone Braganza and Daniel Bauer's same sex marriage which is held at a German-style church (pictured)

The series finishes with Tyrone Braganza and Daniel Bauer’s same sex marriage which is held at a German-style church (pictured) 

Tyrone and Daniel (pictured) experienced the first same-sex Indian wedding to be aired on Netflix

Tyrone and Daniel (pictured) experienced the first same-sex Indian wedding to be aired on Netflix

Tyrone and Daniel (pictured) experienced the first same-sex Indian wedding to be aired on Netflix

Episode two of the Conde Nast India-produced show follows the modern Indian 'millennial' bride Pallavi Bishnoi and her husband Rajat Swarup (pictured together)

Episode two of the Conde Nast India-produced show follows the modern Indian 'millennial' bride Pallavi Bishnoi and her husband Rajat Swarup (pictured together)

Episode two of the Conde Nast India-produced show follows the modern Indian ‘millennial’ bride Pallavi Bishnoi and her husband Rajat Swarup (pictured together) 

Pallavi Bishnoi (pictured) strove for more equality within the tradition of her celebrations

Pallavi Bishnoi (pictured) strove for more equality within the tradition of her celebrations

Pallavi Bishnoi (pictured) strove for more equality within the tradition of her celebrations

Episode two of the Conde Nast India-produced show follows the modern Indian ‘millennial’ bride Pallavi Bishnoi and her husband Rajat Swarup.  

Their wedding was a new take on Kanyadaan, a traditional ceremony dating back to the 15th century that centres on ‘giving away the bride’. 

However the episode focuses on Pallavi’s efforts to strive for more equality within the tradition of the celebrations, with her speaking to priests about embracing a more modern style. 

The series finishes with Tyrone Braganza and Daniel Bauer’s same sex marriage which is held at a German-style church, and Aditya Wadhwani and Gayeti Singh’s modern ceremony which shows how different religions can come together in marriage.

The Big Day is available on Netflix now. 

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