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Glamour meets tradition at Russell, Perry's wedding

Russell Brand and Katy Perry want to include everything that is Indian in their 'big fat jungle wedding' this weekend -- jumbos, camels, snake charmers and mouth-watering delicacies.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Ranthambhore
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2010 10:05 PM IST

Russell Brand and Katy Perry want to include everything that is Indian in their 'big fat jungle wedding' this weekend -- jumbos, camels, snake charmers and mouth-watering delicacies.

Around 100 guests have already started arriving for the celebrity duo's marriage at the Aamn-i-Khas resort in Ranthambhore, a source said.

The couple, all set to wed according to Hindu rituals, are staying at tent number six in the resort along with some close friends. Others guests are putting up at top-end venues in the Ranthambore area -- Sher Bagh and Oberoi Vanyavilas.

The gala reception will take place on Sunday at the Rambagh Palace hotel in Jaipur, according to the source.

The menu is a gastronomer's delight. Though the food will be primarily continental, ethnic Indian cuisines like 'baajre ki roti', 'sarson ka saag', 'gur' and Rajasthani delicacy 'rabari' will be dished out.

Today, two elephants went inside the wedding venue, which is being closely guarded from the paparazzi camping outside, the source said. There are also some camels inside.

The celebrity couple has also invited local musicians and snake charmers to entertain their high-profile guests including R&B superstar Rihanna, who is the best friend of Perry.

The walls of the resort have been covered with black screens and no one is allowed near the vicinity, not even journalists. Locals working inside the resort are being provided with special identity cards and mobile phones are not allowed.

Some 40 luxury cars have been roped in to take the high-profile wedding guests around the city. The booking is till Monday.

Brand, 35, was yesterday seen sporting a henna design on his hand, which is traditionally done by a bride, as he and some of his friends went for a safari ride.

Brand and 25-year-old Perry will, however, have to keep a check at the merriment as the local authorities have issued warnings that no loud music will be aloud after 10pm because it will disturb the wild animals in the Ranthambore National Park.

The couple will reportedly party on an 'East meets West' themed reception which will see performances by rap mogul P Diddy and Indian classical dancers.

Perry got engaged to the "Arthur" star in Jaipur over New Year eve and decided to tie the knot the Indian way.

The British comedian will ride a bedecked horse, escorted by a procession of elephants and dancers.

After getting married in India, the couple will still need to have a civil ceremony in the US for their union to be recognised there.

While the "Rude Boy" hitmaker has revealed that she will wear a Stella McCartney creation, many of the invited friends and family will be decked up in Indian fashion with henna tattoos and bindis.

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