Venice has long been a popular spot for destination weddings, but the coming weekend's 3-day wedding extravaganza for the daughter of Pramod Agarwal, a UK-based billionaire, promises to raise the bar for over-the-top Venetian nuptials. The wedding will take place on the 17-acre private island of San Clemente, which is home to the San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort. (In earlier incarnations, the island served as a mental hospital and a sanctuary for stray cats.)
According to WeddingSutra.com, the bride and groom--Vineeta Agarwal and Muqit Teja--will have 800 guests. The ceremony and reception are being organized by teams of wedding planners and chefs from India. Entertainment will include performances by Shakira and a "grand show" on day 3 of the festivities.
For more information about the wedding, see WeddingSutra's report. And to learn more about the venue, read our illustrated San Clemente Palace Hotel review, which includes a page on the hotel's wedding and honeymoon facilities.
Update: The San Clemente Palace was shut down in fall, 2012. With luck, the hotel will find a buyer in the future, but for now, cross it off your list of destination-wedding venus.
Bottom photo: San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort