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Wedding invite extravaganza

entertainment Updated: Nov 22, 2010 00:46 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Wedding invites in Delhi are getting more extravagant than you thought. Sample the gifts that are coming with invitation cards this wedding season: air tickets with hotel accommodations, private butlers, precious watches and platinum rings, instead of the traditinal sweet boxes or dry fruits.

Praneeta Kochhar of Luxury Weddings, a wedding planning company, says, “Many of my clients are ready to spend upto R40,000 for each wedding card.” Kochhar says, “Recently, a bride's family sent a silverware


with a toy


and idols with the


card. Platinum rings went with the


invite. The wedding card was sent with a copper sculpture, studded with semi-precious stones.”

Wedding planners say that with the trend of thematic weddings, invites are getting more customised. People send gold hookahs for a




, a Swarovski-studded flute for a Radha-Krishna theme wedding or an antique pen with an ostrich feather for a Jodha Akbar theme wedding. Destination weddings have the most lavish invites. A wedding planner, on condition of anonymity, says, “I recently organised a wedding, where the couple sent air tickets for the destination where they were geting married. It was a Bollywood theme wedding, so the invite included vouchers to shop at a high profile showroom at big discounted rates.”

The planner says, “There were also cards attached, that informed of the hotel stay with a private butler, usher and sightseeing plans.” “Many people place the invites in big silver or gold boxes,” says Anway Bhoite of Dreamz Kraft. “There are clients, whose budgets go up to lakhs for every card. One client sent precious watches with each card,” adds Bhoite. Swati Pandya Sood of Bollywood Secrets, a wedding planning company, says, “A client recently sent a chest of seven drawers with different items in each drawer. There was a pashmina shawl in the top drawer!"