Why the couple invited friends by sending text messages
picture: Viral Bhayani
Neelam Kothari and Samir Soni have tied the knot, but the couple didn't send out formal wedding cards to the guests, instead inviting them through SMS.
"We didn't get any wedding cards printed...thank god! We had no time to get cards done. Initially we planned to invite only 35 people - that list finally went up to 200. We just SMSed all our close friends. Everyone who mattered to us was at the wedding," said Neelam, who got married on Jan 23.
Neelam and Samir's friends who attended the wedding included the entire Kapoor family - Jeetendra, Shobha, Ekta and Tusshar. Also present were Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Sanjay Suri, Sophie Chowdhary and Rahul Roy.
The turn-out was a hundred percent though there was no formal invitation.
"The whole process of getting the cards printed, then addressing them and couriering them is so cumbersome. We were spared that," said Neelam, 42.
She featured in movies like 'Ilzaam', 'Love 86', 'Khudgarz', 'Hatya', 'Aag Hi Aag' and even teamed up with Aamir Khan in 'Afsana Pyaar Ka'.
Feeling married to Samir is no different for Neelam than what they shared before.
"We waited a long time to get married. He came with his baggage. I had mine. While we sorted these issues out, we got a chance to know one another even better. So I guess the most radical change after marriage is that I shift from my own home in Khar to Samir's place in Seven Bungalows," said the actress who now works as a jewellery designer.
To the couple's delight, the auspicious moment for the 'saat pheras' coincided with the sunset by the poolside at the Taj Lands End.
Neelam and Samir are not planning honeymoon right now.
"The honeymoon has to be put off because she has her work and I've mine to take care of. But we're off to Shirdi on Jan 26) to seek God's blessings. We feel in marriage we've reached at a natural and inevitable culmination to our relationship," said Samir who has been active on both small screen and movies.
The 42-year-old recently featured in the reality show 'Bigg Boss' and the movie 'I Hate Luv Storys'.
Both have been married earlier, Neelam to London-based Rishi Sethia and Samir to Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar (who's now married to Rahul Roy).