Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani Grand Wedding Ceremany on 29th June, 2012 in Juhu, Mumbai
Bride's parents' guestlist
The film families of B-Town will be in attendance. The Bachchans, the Kapoors, the Khans and the Chopras, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, Shatrughan Sinha and his family, Anil Kapoor and his family, Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta, Rekha, Dimple Kapadia, Bipasha Basu, Celina Jaitly, Fardeen and Zayed Khan and their families, Shilpa and Shamita Shetty, Vashu Bhagnani and family, Harman Baweja, John Abraham, Dino Morea and Nandita Mahtani, Raveena Tandon, Vidya Balan, Riteish Deshmukh and family.
The wedding invitation
The invitation comes in a golden box with the initials 'E' and 'B' intertwined on the cover. There are separate invitations — all in gold — for the sangeet, mehendi, wedding and reception. The box also contains motichoor laddoos made of pure ghee and dry fruits, especially selected by Bharat. The box also contains a Radha-Krishna painting (both Esha and Bharat are Krishna bhakts) that the couple sourced from an American painter.
Sangeet (June 25) Venue: A suburban five-star hotel.
Guestlist: Select friends from B-Town, family and close friends. In total, there will be about 200 people, including Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal and Hrithik Roshan.
Decor: Red-and-black colour scheme with a retro touch, flashing disco balls et al! Dress: Esha will wear a traditional ghagra-choli in orange, red and indigo with gold zari work, designed by Rocky S, while Bharat will wear a blue velvet sherwani with gold zari work designed by his close friend Simone Khambatta. A special dance act has been put together by Esha, Ahana and Karan (Mani Ratnam's assistant), where both families will dance. While Hema will dance to her famous Dream Girl song, Esha will perform on tracks like Tauba Tauba and Dhoom Macha De, and Dharamendra's Yamla Pagla Deewana will also be played.
Mehendi (June 28)
Venue: Hema Malini's bungalow in Juhu.
Guestlist: About 150 women, including Esha, Ahana and Hema's friends from B-Town.
Decor: Traditional South Indian, with lots of flowers, incense and diyas.
Dress: Esha will wear a mango-coloured lehenga-choli designed by Neeta Lulla, while Bharat will wear a yellow and brown sherwani with a waistcoat. Mehendi artist Veena and her team will design Esha and Bharat's mehendi, after which Bharat will give Esha gold bangles specially selected by his family. In the evening, there will be a mehendi party at a suburban club with a DJ and Punjabi nagadas.
Wedding (June 29)
Venue: A temple in Juhu at 7.30 am.
Guestlist: Only family.
Decor: Deep gold-and-red colour scheme with marigolds, roses, and jasmine adorning the canopy. The pillars will be wrapped with floral garlands and silk drapes in coordinating colours. Plantain trees will be put at the doors of the hall and mango leaves will line the doorways, along with decorative clay pots known as pallikais.
Dress: Esha will wear a traditional silk Kanjeevaram sari in red and gold with heavy traditional South Indian jewellery. Hema had specially flown to Chennai to pick the wedding sari. Neeta Lulla, who designed Esha's wedding outfit for her character in Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, has reworked the sari and blouse for the occasion. While South Indian weddings usually have the groom going bare-chested wearing only a lungi, Bharat will wear a white sherwani with zari work and a turban designed by Neeta. The ceremony will take place at 7.30 am in traditional South Indian style, as it's been Esha's dream to be married in a temple.
Reception (June 30)
Venue: A suburban five-star hotel.
Guestlist: The reception will be attended by nearly 1,000 people, including Hema and Dharamendra's political, social and spiritual contacts, apart from their B-Town friends. Hema is leaving no stone unturned to ensure it is one of the grandest weddings of the year.
Decor: European style with a white colour scheme — including white flowers, drapes and candles. The food has been specially selected by Esha and her close friend and chef Shilarna Vaze, and will have all kinds of cuisines, including Indian, Thai, Chinese and Continental.
Dress: Esha will wear a rose pink corset blouse with a mermaid-cut ghagra richly embellished with Swarovski crystals, designed by Rocky S, while Bharat will wear a grey tuxedo with a white shirt designed by Simone. A week after the wedding, the couple will take off for their honeymoon to an undisclosed destination for a month.