From a NY Daily News report: They didn’t close any roads or airspace, but when it comes to raw numbers, a Jersey Shore wedding outdid Chelsea Clinton’s – big time. Welcome to Shweta Parikh and Nirav Patel’s wedding in Lakewood, New Jersey.
While around 500 guests assembled in Rhinebeck for Chelsea’s big day, 650 people gathered in Lakewood over four days, where the scale and spectacle rivaled the very best anywhere.
The venue? Lake Terrace Hall, the location of chasunos throughout the year and the recent Rubashkin asifa that drew 7,000.
The groom was decked out in a gold and red sherwani and entered the affair on a white horse adorned with bells, a bejeweled headpiece and a beaded saddle.
The hall was filled with thousands of rose petals and orchids flown in from Thailand. The wedding canopy was made of silk patterned with thousands of crystals.
At dinner, there were fifteen entrees, like paneer makhani (a cheese and tomato vegetarian dish) and malai kofta, (cheese and dried fruit dumplings in gravy), accompanied by 3,000 pieces of naan bread and 1,500 pieces of poori bread for guests to mop up their plates.
Guests flew in from all over the world — 11 states and 5 countries.
Parikh, 27, and Patel, 29, both first-generation Indian-Americans living in New Jersey, first met in 2002.
Patel is a pharmaceutical sales manager from Garwood.
The wedding by the numbers:
• 900: Number of people on the guest list
• 650: Number of people who attended the wedding
• 125: Family members in attendance
• 7,580: Miles traveled by groom’s grandmother, who flew in from Gujarat, India
• 61: Length of the wedding, in hours, from Thursday night to Sunday morning
• 20,575: Venue size, in square feet
• 3,000: Pieces of naan served at Saturday’s dinner
• 1,500: Pieces of deep fried poori bread served at Saturday’s dinner
• 1,200: Pieces of jalebi desserts served at Saturday’s dinner
• 3,000: Pieces of deep fried lentil balls served at Saturday’s dinner
• 4,500: Forks used at Saturday’s dinner
• 4,000: Teaspoons used at Saturday’s dinner
• 1,000: Knives used at Saturday’s dinner
• 2,500: Glasses used at Saturday’s dinner
• 1,200: Cups of tea served at Saturday’s dinner
• 200: Approximate number of songs played by the DJ on Saturday