The date for the next big, fat Indian wedding is set and there are no prizes for guessing the venue.
Britain’s actress turned beachwear designer Elizabeth Hurley and Indian businessman Arun Nayar will tie the knot at Udaipur’s 18th century Devigarh Palace next February, a report in The Observer claimed.
The city of lakes came under the global spotlight during the lavish wedding of Manhattan millionaire Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev at which the international jet set flaunted their finery.
The Hurley-Nayar wedding promises to be a similar affair.
The wedding ceremony will be a traditional Punjabi affair with the turbaned groom arriving on a white horse with the baarat on camels and elephants, hotel sources told the daily. The wedding guests — including Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, Pamela Anderson and Hurley's former boyfriend Hugh Grant and his partner Jemima Khan — will be accommodated at Udaipur’s famed Lake Palace hotel.
Nayar proposed to Liz at the Devigarh last November and since then they have been intent on a wedding there, the report said. The Devigarh, an exclusive boutique hotel, offers the last word in opulence — four staff members for every suite, haute cuisine, and a car and chauffeur for each guest.
But that doesn’t seem to be enough for Hurley. Not content with the hotel's first class reputation for cuisine, she plans to fly out three specially hired Michelin starred chefs from London to create a series of menus for the wedding.
The report said that an as yet unnamed magazine will sponsor the event.
It said a pre-wedding party will be held on November 9, again, at the Devigarh.
The report said Liz, who has a five-year-old son by Hollywood producer Steve Bing, is planning another, smaller, wedding in the UK. Hurley’s agents in the UK and US declined to comment.