Get ready for the first Bollywood wedding of 2011. On Monday, January 10, actor Imran Khan ties the knot with long-time girlfriend Avantika Malik. The wedding ceremony itself may be a family-only affair, but there’s also a star-studded mehandi party and a wedding bash in Thailand on the cards.
On Saturday, the couple will host a mela (carnival) themed mehandi cum pre-wedding bash at the Maliks’ farmhouse in Karjat on the outskirts of Mumbai. Cooks who’ve served Imran’s family for over five decades, will be flown in from Lucknow. The registered marriage will take place at Imran’s house — with a black, white and silver-themed ceremony. This will be followed by a dinner at Mumbai’s Taj Lands End.After this, the party will move to Phuket, Thailand, for a beachside celebration. Designers Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra, who are designing outfits for the beach ceremony, reveal, "It is a sunset wedding, so we’ve designed a scarlet gown for Avantika."
Designer Varun Bahl is designing one of the wedding outfits, while Manish Malhotra is designing Avantika’s wedding lehenga. The invite for the pre-wedding bash has been designed by Mumbai-based designer Uttara Shah. The box with the invite has chocolates and a swipe card. “The invite is designed like a 2011 planner, personalised with names. They were clear that they did not want a traditional wedding card,” says Shah.
Among the invitees are filmmakers Danish Aslam, Punit Malhotra, Kunal Kohli, actors Genelia D’Souza, Sonam Kapoor, Shruti Seth, Kunal Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. Deepika Padukone is cutting short her London vacation with beau Siddharth Mallya to attend Saturday’s bash. “The wedding is going to be one mad party,” says Seth. “I’m really looking forward to the wedding. I wish them all the best,” says Kohli.