Inside a £59m wedding: You won't believe your eyes

There were 50,000 guests, 3,000 security guards and 300 police officers

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Inside the £59m wedding

These incredible images show the inside of one of the most expensive weddings ever.

At a cost of £59 million, the Hindu wedding of Brahmani Reddy and her fiancé Rajeev Reddy is thought to have cost more than Kate and Wills', which is thought to have cost 'just' £20 million.

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Former politician-turned-mining mogul Gali Janardhan Reddy has picked up the tab for the five-day celebration that has welcomed a staggering 50,000 guests and employed some 3,000 security.

A host of Bollywood stars are also expected to perform at the ceremony - which began today at the sprawling Bangalore Palace in southern India.

Gold-plated invitations with LCD screens showing video of the soon-to-be happy couple were sent out to guests.

Inside the £59m wedding

According to reports in India, the short video showed the bride wearing a series of fancy dresses while the groom was flanked by five white horses.

A total of eight Bollywood directors were hired to help create sets and direct the ceremonies.

Those lucky enough to be invited will be ferried around in luxury bullock carts before dining in a purpose-built village.

Inside the £59m wedding

A total of 3,000 bouncers and 300 police officers have also been hired to ensure the event goes off without a hitch.

The wedding is estimated to have cost nearly £60 million, with some of the cash being spent on:

- Gold-plated invitation cards, fitted with LCD screens: £118,000
- The bride's wedding sari: £2 million
- Bride's jewellery: £10.5 million

Inside the £59m wedding

Startling footage of some of the celebrations on day one shows dancers in colourful outfits parading on stage to loud music.

Guests cram around the stage with their cameras out - in scenes similar to a pop concert.

Mr Reddy reportedly claimed he had mortgaged properties in Bangalore and Singapore to raise money for the wedding and that all payments were made six months ago when planning started.

Inside the £59m wedding

Despite this, the eye-watering cost of the ceremony has left many in his country raging with fury - especially at a time when the government announced an overnight ban on 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in a crackdown on illegal cash holding.

The move has hit hardest on low-income families who desperately rely on the cash economy.

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