Look who are the international celebrities who will wear turbans, kurtas, saris and other traditional Indian attire during the marriage of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar in Rajasthan in March 2007. Well, none other than the like of David Beckham, Victoria Beckham and Elton John.
The wedding ceremonies on March 9 will be preceded by an English-style wedding at the Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire on March 3.
An elaborate ‘orientation pack’ has already been prepared for the couple’s high-profile friends to make them easily fit into the 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 outfit should range from ‘glamorous casual’ to ‘glamorous and fabulous’ – whatever that specifically means!
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 suitable attire for the six-day celebrations taking place in Mumbai and the desert in Rajasthan.
The couple’s letter of invitation reads thus: “Please don’t panic ... all Indian clothes can be bought when you arrive in India, where they will be much nicer.”
Reports say Hurley has been busy looking for saris to buy to stock the shop, where tailors will be on hand to alter garments. Hurley, it is said, will wear a pink sari costing 4,000 pounds.
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 March 9, the first day of the wedding, the groom and his male friends will wear turbans and white kurtas for a pre-wedding horse ride. The final event is another dinner in Mumbai the following day.
It is not known whether Elizabeth Hurley’s former boyfriend Hugh Grant will be among the guests. Report says that, while Grant and Hurley remain friends, friction between Hurley and Grant’s current partner Jemima Khan may keep Grant away.