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A wedding in the making

entertainment Updated: Jan 05, 2011 15:02 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times
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On Saturday morning, actor Imran Khan will revisit his engagement venue with fiancée Avantika Malik, this time for celebrating their last weekend as an unmarried couple. The Malik family’s farmhouse at Karjat will play host to the couple’s pre-wedding celebrations over the weekend.



Black and gold dominate the invitation card’s design. It was sent to the guests in specially designed boxes with another box of dark chocolates. The invite also has a swipe card that provides directions to guests to the venue and a diary for 2011, marked ‘a year to remember.’



The

mehndi

ceremony will be conducted on Saturday evening. Families are expected to don traditional outfits created by fashion designer Varun Bahl. The food menu boasts of Lucknowi delicacies. “The cooks invited for the wedding are from the traditional family, which has a lineage of over 200 years. They’ve cooked for Nassir Hussain’s family for more than five decades on numerous occasions,” says our source, adding that the 22-member team, comprising five head chefs, has already arrived in the city, armed with their vessels and spices.



The cooks, at the moment, are sourcing chicken and mutton from the finest places in town. The buffet is expected to feature

Kakori, Shammi, Ghutwa, Boti

and

Sheek

Kebabs, apart from

Nawabi kormas

and

biryanis

. For the vegetarians, food has been outsourced from Khyber restaurant.



Manish Malhotra has designed the couple’s ethnic wear for the

sangeet

that will happen later in the night. The groom’s invitee list comprises guests like Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Paudkone, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor and Genelia D’Souza, apart from the assistant directors and other crew he’s worked with.



Imran’s mother Nuzhat will be in a Sabyasachi sari while aunt Kiran Rao has opted for a lehenga by the same designer. Uncle Aamir Khan’s plans are still a secret.



The couple and the families will be at the Marriage Registrar’s office on Monday morning to complete the wedding formalities, followed by dinner at Taj Land’s End.