Patna: Bihar former chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son, Tej Pratap Yadav will tie the knot with Aishwarya Rai, daughter of former minister Chandrika Prasad Rai today. The high profile wedding is a major event in Patna with nearly 20,000 guests to be in attendance reportedly. With pre-wedding rituals being already underway and celebrations galore, the wedding is being touted as one lavish affair.

Distinguished guests

There has been confirmation that Rahul and Priyanka will be coming to attend the wedding. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is also among the dignitaries invited from across the country. We hope to receive many more confirmations of a visit by the end of the day. The big fat wedding will have as many as 50 horses and 7,000 guests. Rooms in top hotels and guesthouses have been booked to accommodate these guests and VIPs who are invited to attend the Bihari wedding.

The wedding will be a grand affair and will be held at the city’s veterinary grounds and the preparations have already begun. Pandals have been set at the house of Rabri Devi where pre-wedding rituals will be conducted as well as at the residence of Chandrika Rai, where the marriage will take place in a traditional way.  The marriage ceremony will be solemnized in the august presence of high profile leaders, politicians and celebrities at the Veterinary College ground.

Menu at the wedding

According to a report by Hindustan Times, 100 cooks will be preparing dinner for guests. The catering head, Manoj Bhatia said that cooks and helpers from Punjab, UP and Bihar have been engaged to prepare the dishes. To be included in the list of original cuisines, Amritsari Kulcha, Agra’s Paratha and Bihar’s own litti-chokha will be served to guests. The feast to be arranged on more than 100 stalls to avoid queues, said Bhatia.

The wedding dress

Bihar-born designer from Motihar, MA Rehman, had been given responsibility to prepare designer wedding dress for the groom. “We have stitched two sets of kurta-pyjama for Tej Pratap. One is sky blue with white pyjama while the other one is light brown with white pyjama,” said Rehman.

While the ideal wear for Aishwarya is likely to be in light colours. A source from Rai’s family said that the bride’s family had shopped mostly in Patna and Delhi, picking up the bridal wear from local designers.