Liz Hurley's Wedding

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    Happy couple: Liz and Arun

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    As she walks down the aisle to marry Indian businessman Arun Nayar, Miss Hurley should be confident that she has been coiffured, manicured and buffed to perfection.

    Four make-up artists, three hairdressers, two on-call wedding planners, one personal assistant, a photographer and a stylist will make sure of that. Not to mention three outfits and a lighting crew





    Preparations: The giant marquee has been erected in the grounds of Sudeley Castle
     
  2. Anne Williams, county superintendent registrar for Gloucestershire, is said to have conducted the proceedings in one of the castle's licensed rooms, joined by a second registrar.

    A team of security guards has been surrounding a huge marquee at the stately countryside location.

    Shops and restaurants in the nearby town of Winchcombe have displayed good luck signs and put out balloons.
    The actress refused to reveal any details of her plans, but the Rev John Partington, 50, vicar for Winchcombe, said he would be leading a "celebration" of the couple's marriage.


    Mr Partington, vicar for the parish church of St Peter, said: "Like any couple about to be married, I gather they are very excited. "I am officiating at the celebration of the wedding.

    They wanted a nice private ceremony and they wanted to use Sudeley Church, so that is what they are getting."

    Sir Elton John and fashion designer Donatella Versace are among high-profile guests believed to be attending the bash, which is being hosted by Ms Hurley's close friend, Henry Dent-Brocklehurst, whose family own the castle.
    Ms Hurley, the £1 million face of fashion chain Monsoon, owns a nearby country home at Barnsley, near Cirencester, where she has started a small scale organic farm.
     
  3. THE VENUE
    Elizabeth and Arun will marry at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, the family seat of the bride's close friend Henry Dent-Brocklehurst.
    A huge marquee has been erected in the grounds, to keep out any inclement weather. It also protects an exclusive contract with Hello! magazine said to be worth between £2-5million. Many of the guests will be staying at Barnsley House, a country house hotel where suites cost up to £475 per person per night. The chef Graham Grafton has been lured from Le Caprice in London and there's a spa with six treatment rooms, a sauna and a hydrotherapy pool. Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have, needless to say, already bagged the principal suite, which includes a widescreen television, a Bose home cinema surround hi-fi system and televisions in the bathroom.


    THE GUESTS
    Something of a sore point, since besides Sir Elton and Donatella Versace, there is a lack of A-List attendees. It's a big deal for Elizabeth because of her equally big deal with Hello!
    The magazine's paymasters are expecting a good turn out in return for their multi-million pound investment.
    Society friends such as Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine will be there. Prince Pavlos of Greece is also expected, along with his wife Marie-Chantal and their four children.
    David and Victoria Beckham, however, will not be there. David has football commitments in Madrid, but Victoria's reasons are harder to ascertain. There are rumours of a fall-out prompted by Elizabeth's remarks about Victoria's painfully slim frame to friends. Then there is Lili Maltese, the lady of the castle, who was upstaged at her own 1998 wedding to Dent-Brocklehurst when Elizabeth turned up in a scarlet silk dress slashed to the waist and exposing her leopard print knickers. Will she dress for revenge?
     
  4. THE RECEPTION
    Organised by Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, younger halfbrother of the Earl of Snowdon and owner of events company Bentley's Entertainment, it should be a spectacular party. And given that he is being paid £250,000 for his troubles, one would hope so.
    But who will be taking the official photographs? Celebrity photographer Mario Testino - famous for shooting glamorous images of Diana - is expected to be the man for the job.
    According to the invitations, the reception will be hosted by 'Mrs Roy Hurley' - Elizabeth's mother Angela. Her father died in

    THE ENTERTAINMENT
    Sir Elton John is expected to do a turn for his favourite lady.
    "I've heard that he's going to sing Your Song, with a few modified lyrics," says a guest.
    "But Elizabeth isn't really into music, so I shouldn't imagine she's put it at the top of her list of priorities."
    And for those who prefer outdoor pursuits there will be the option of a spot of light pheasant shooting in the morning.

    THE FOOD
    A 'medieval style banquet' including smoked venison, guinea fowl with sage and poached pears will be served. The same meal was served to Henry VIII's sixth wife, Catherine Parr, when she lived at Sudeley. Elizabeth will surely be ravenous, having starved herself for the past fortnight.
    Initially she was following a sensible diet (which for her constitutes not letting a scrap of food pass her lips after 4pm), having told friends that being too skinny would make her look older so she wanted to have "a hint of curve".
    For the past fortnight, however, that has gone out of the window. "She's down to one meal a day," says a source. "But she has allowed herself the odd fresh organic vegetable shake."

    PS: IF YOU THOUGHT ALL THAT WAS LAVISH...
    On Sunday the guests will board a late-night Virgin flight to Mumbai, for two nights of celebrations, and then on to Rajasthan for another 72 hours.
    The Indian ceremony is said to be taking place in the sandstone Umaid Bhawan Palace, near Jodphur. There will be a mendhi - or henna - ceremony, in which the women have their hands and feet decorated.
    There will also be a moonlit dinner with traditional dress and another black-tie dinner, before the actual Indian wedding on March 9. The wedding parade will feature elephants and white horses, while Elizabeth will be dressed in a £4,000 sari created by designer Tarun Tahiliani. There is a post-wedding black-tie dinner before the guests fly home
     
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    Operation extravagance: Preparations for the wedding at Sudeley Castle
     
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  7. Fabulous info Prada, thanks!
    I cannot wait to see her Versace dress, i'm sure it will be truly fabulous!
    xxxRosexxx
     
  8. Wow!!! I can't even imagine what it would be like to be in a wedding like that let alone be a guest. I would love to see pictures of the inside of the tent. Thanks Prada
     
  9. You`re the best Prada!
     
  10. yay! i can't wait to see pics. I love liz. and i think it's great that hugh is supposed to be there.
     
  11. oh my... she looks gorgeous in a sari
     
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  13. [​IMG]Guests including Elton John and his partner David Furnish will be staying in the picturesque village of Barnsley, where accommodation has been booked for them at The Village Pub and neighbouring Barnsley House
     
  14. WINCHCOMBE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 3: Indian businessman Arun Nayer arrives at Sudeley Castle for his marriage to actress and model Liz Hurley on March 3, 2007 in Winchcombe, England.
     
  15. [​IMG] People wander around the village of Wichcombe, the venue for the marriage