Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are all set to kick off the Bollywood star wedding season today with the first of their two wedding ceremonies in Lake Como, Italy.
The first wedding will be a traditional Kannadiga ceremony. A source revealed to the publication that, “Since Deepika is a South Indian and Ranveer is of Sindhi-Punjabi origin, the two families decided to follow customs practised by both communities.”
The second wedding function will be one honouring Singh’s origin. “The next day will see the couple solemnise their relationship as per the customs of a North Indian wedding (Anant Karaj),” according to the same source. They further added that the celebrations will be followed by an intimate party on November 15.
Finally, the couple will host a reception, reportedly at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai, for all their industry friends, as well as a reception in Deepika's hometown Bengaluru on November 21.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee has reportedly designed the Como leg of the couple’s ceremonies, including the stunning outfits that both Ranveer and Deepika will be seen wearing. Given that Singh has an eclectic taste in fashion, fans are waiting to see how he will bring it into his wedding ensembles, with Mukherjee’s creations.
The Lake Como ceremonies are open to only the closest family members and maybe some friends, the Mumbai reception will be a much larger event. “Given her deep bond with Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan who had launched her in Bollywood, Deepika was certain that she wants them by her side on the auspicious day. The couple also considers Aditya Chopra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali their mentors,” the source was quoted saying. Others expected to be at the reception include Arjun Kapoor along with the Kapoor family, including Sonam, Anil, and others; Alia Bhatt, a friend and co-star of Singh’s; Karan Johar; Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas; Zoya Akhtar; Abhishek Bachchan; the Ambanis; Sabyasachi Mukherjee; Shahid and Mira Kapoor; and Karisma Kapoor, among others.
The couple has asked their guests to not get any gifts for the reception, instead become a part of a larger cause. They have given their B-Town friends the opportunity to make donations to Deepika's non-profit organisation The Live Love Laugh Foundation - that spreads awareness about mental health.