International celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John are expected to wear turbans, kurtas, saris and other traditional Indian attire during the marriage ceremonies of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar in Rajasthan in March.
The wedding ceremonies on March 9 will be preceded by English nuptials at the Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire on March 3. An elaborate 'orientation pack' has been prepared for the couple's celebrity friends to ease them into Indian dress and rituals.
Women attending the wedding have been told that they will be expected to wear pink saris for part of the celebrations. At other times, their outfits should range from 'glamorous casual' to 'glamorous and fabulous'.
Male guests including David Beckham and Elton John will have to wear turbans and kurtas in orange, according to instructions in the orientation pack. The guests have also been advised to bring along essentials such as mosquito repellents.
Hurley and Nayar have written to their friends that they are opening their own private wedding 'shop' at the Hilton Towers Hotel in Mumbai, which will be stocked with saris, turbans, kurtas and bindis. Guests will be able to buy appropriate attire for the six-day celebrations taking place in Mumbai and the desert in Rajasthan.
The couple's letter says: 'Please don't panic ... all Indian clothes can be bought when you arrive in India, where they will be much nicer,' according to a report in the Evening Standard.
The report adds that Hurley has been busy looking for saris to buy to stock the shop, where tailors will be on hand to alter garments. Hurley will reportedly wear a 4,000 pounds pink sari. The traditional celebrations will begin with two nights of parties in Mumbai.
The dress code for the first night is stipulated as 'glamorous casual' and for the second it is 'very glamorous/black tie'. There will be more parties in Rajasthan, including a 'mehendi' ceremony.
On the day of the wedding, March 9, the report says that the groom and his male friends will wear turbans and white kurtas for a pre-wedding horse ride. For the ceremony itself, guests will be expected to wear 'glamorous and fabulous evening dresses' in either Indian or Western style. The final event is another dinner back in Mumbai the following day.
It is not known whether Hurley's former boyfriend Hugh Grant will be among the guests, the report says and adds that while Grant remains friends, friction between Hurley and his current partner Jemima Khan may keep him away.