Udaipur, the city of lakes, is no stranger to lavish destination weddings, but this time it gets bigger than ever. Isha Ambani, daughter of billionaire Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani, and her fiance; Anand Piramal, are hosting their pre-wedding celebrations in the city this weekend. And if the guest list is anything to go by, the festivities will be "grand".
Don't believe us? Well, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just landed in the city on Saturday. Ms Clinton made a desi-style entry wearing a maroon and blue kurta and black linen pants.
A video, shot outside what appears to be the venue of the pre-wedding party, showed Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani receiving the former US first lady with a hug and a bouquet of lilies. The three were all smiles as they posed for photographs and were seen chit-chatting with each other.
Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita received the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, today in Udaipur.— NDTV (@ndtv) December 8, 2018
Ms Clinton arrived today to attend the pre-wedding celebrations of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal.#IshaAmbaniWeddingpic.twitter.com/DK1LOATkGH
The celebrity line-up for the two-day pre-wedding bash, to be two held at two venues in Udaipur -- Oberoi Udaivilas and City Palace, started off with the newly-wed Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas who held a five-day wedding ceremony at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.
Others in attendance include Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his wife and daughter Ziva, Sachin Tendulkar and wife Anjali, Zaheer Khan and wife Sagarika, Bollywood celebrities like Aishwarya Rai and husband Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor among many others. Some are also expected to arrive today, the final day of the pre-wedding party.
Beauty Glowing, Drape Flowing, Isha looks Mind-Blowing ! Kalpana Shah Styling @ambani.isha for her wedding preparatory events. To be Bride, Charming @shloka_akash_ambani in the frame draped by Kalpana as well. #ambaniwedding #ambani #ishaambani #shlokamehta #anandpiramal #weddingoftheyear #neetaambani #kalpanashahsaridrapes #saristyle #sareedraping #beauty #saribeauty #sareelove #drapeinstyle #isha
The pre-wedding bash is to be followed by mehndi and sangeet ceremonies that are also expected to take place in Udaipur. The couple's sangeet ceremony, expected to be a gala affair, would have performances of Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, and AR Rahman among others, according to reports.
Even before the pre-wedding bash, the Ambani family had arranged an unique "Anna Seva" where they fed 5,100 people, majority of them with special abilities, three meals in Udaipur. The Ambani's, in a statement, said, the "Anna Seva" would be held from December 7-10.
The Ambanis - Mukesh, Nita Ambani, Ajay and Swati Piramal, Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal were seen serving people at the function.
Social media photos of the venues -- the Oberoi Udai Vilas and City Palace, showed that they were decked up for grand celebration.
Over 100 chartered flights are expected to land in Udaipur news agency Reuters reported quoting sources.
"The event will have many visitors from abroad, so customs and immigration counters have been set up at the airport and will remain active for the next five days," the airport source was quoted as saying.
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Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal were engaged at a lavish ceremony in September in Italy's Lake Como. Anand proposed to Isha at a temple in Mahabaleshwar earlier this year. It was followed by a private party in May.
The couple will get married on December 12 at Antillia, the Ambani residence in Mumbai.
Here's a look at celebrities at Udaipur: