Arpita Khan, the sister of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is tying the knot with Aayush Sharma at Taj Falaknuma Palace today. The celebrations commenced last evening with a Mehndi at Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills. As reported by WeddingSutra last week, half the guests have been put up at Taj Krishna and the others at one of the 60 Rooms of Taj Falaknuma Palace. The wedding ceremony and post-wedding sangeet cum reception on the lawns of Taj Falaknuma Palace will be a fairly intimate affair with just over 300 guests. But it’s the security that is huge at both venues. Salman’s personal bodyguard Shera has brought in a big team of bouncers from Mumbai, then there are the Taj security teams, and a huge contingent from Hyderabad Police, making it a posse of over 600 security and policemen, almost double the number of guests. The security at Taj Krishna is strict, though the hotel is not closed for outsiders. Taj Falaknuma Palace is out-of-bounds today and tomorrow, unless you are a wedding guest or part of one of the wedding organising teams.
According to Wedding Designer & Stylist Rachana Lucknowala the décor at last night’s Mehndi was traditional Indian floral, while for the evening nuptials it is pink and English inspired. “The wedding will be a typical Punjabi wedding, but for the décor, Arpita wanted the Palace arches to be the highlight—so the décor is modern & understated with natural hues and silver elements. After the pheras, the guests will proceed to the lawns for the sangeet cum reception where the décor theme is black, red and gold.”
While Arpita and Aayush’s family members will be putting up performances at the Sangeet, singing sensation Mika will also be performing there.. The menu for the brunches, lunches and dinner include a wide range of Indian and world cuisine. But for the main dinner tonight it is going to be Hyderabadi cuisine like Biryani and Pathar Ka Gosht.
The Wedding Makers
– Venue Management- Girish Sehgal (General Manager Taj Falaknuma Palace) and team
– Wedding Styling and Décor- Rachana Lucknowala (Vivaah/ Party Cruisers, Mumbai)
– Wedding Day Logistics & Co-ordination- Aditya Motwane (Motwane Entertainment and Weddings, Mumbai)
– Wedding Invitations- Entertainment Design Company (EDC)
– Bride & Groom’s Wedding Wear- Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla
Photos Courtesy- Manogna Reddy