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Raveena lives her dream at bedecked royal wedding venue

By Anil Sharma, IANS

Her dream of getting married like a princess is about to come true -- actress Raveena Tandon has arrived in this city of lakes for her wedding.

Come Sunday and Raveena will marry her friend and film distributor Anil Thadani in the erstwhile royal city in Rajasthan.

And the arrangements are certainly no less than that befitting a princess. She will tie the nuptial knot at Jagmandir, an island temple and palace in Lake Pichola.

Crockery is being flown in from France while special wedding chairs are being prepared for the couple. Silver stools on which the marriage ceremony will be performed are being given the final touches.

Boats to carry people from the groom's side to the wedding venue will be decked up and decorated with flowers.

The marriage, a complete non-alcoholic affair, will have a touch of traditional Punjabi culture - as Raveena is a Punjabi - but with a Rajasthani backdrop.

Though the ceremony will be a family affair, with around 162 people attending the wedding, the guest list includes top film stars like Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri, Rani Mukherjee, Govinda and Salman Khan.

Industrialists Subrata Roy and Gautam Singhania, politician Amar Singh and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia are also likely to attend.

Raveena and the groom arrived in the city Wednesday amidst great fanfare. There was a lot of rush among the people to have a glimpse of the actress at the Udaipur airport.

Raveena's family had already arrived in the city a few days earlier to oversee the marriage arrangements.

Her brother Rajeev Tandon has been quoted as saying that Raveena once dreamt of getting married like a princess. "She once said she wanted to marry like a princess from Rajasthan, with its beautiful palaces in the backdrop."

"So we decided on Udaipur as the venue," he added.

The wedding venue, Jagmandir, was built by Maharana Karan Singh in the early 1600s. The late king Maharana Jagat Singh completed its magnificent construction and lent it his name.

In 1623, Prince Khurram, who later became Emperor Shahjahan, sought refuge there. His stay at Jagmandir is said to have inspired the Mughal ruler to build the Taj Mahal.

Today Jagmandir, owned by the HRH group of hotels of the erstwhile Udaipur royalty, is continuing the tradition of hospitality and serves as a venue for mega weddings.

A sangeet sammelan, or musical programme, will be held Friday, followed by a henna ceremony Saturday at the pool site in Shriniwas Palace.

And then Sunday, Raveena will marry - princess style!

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