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Nikaah – The Muslim Wedding
12th April, Hyderabad
THE VENUE Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik's nikaah took place at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad on April 12th, 2010.
THE OUTFITS Sania was dressed in a red sari that her mother wore 25 years ago at her own wedding. Shoaib wore a dapper black sherwani designed by the renowned designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil.
THE CUISINE Besides Hyderabadi biryani, they had a couple of Pakistani dishes to make sure the groom felt at home.
THE GUESTS It was a private affair with only 70 members, all relatives and close friends of the couple.
HIGHLIGHTS The two families surprised everyone on the morning of the wedding by, announcing through their PR, that the wedding has been preponed.
13th April, Hyderabad
THE VENUE The mehendi, an exclusive all-ladies function, was held on April 13th at approximately 10:30am at the bride's home in Banjara Hills.
THE OUTFITS Sania wore a stunning bright pink anarkali.
THE CUISINE For the mehendi, dishes like biryani, halwa, dahi murg ka saalan, salad, dum ka chicken and baigan ka subji were served.
THE GUESTS It was an all-ladies function attended by Sania and Shoaib's close female family and friends.
HIGHLIGHTS Famous mehendi designers Sandhya and Bhavna Parekh applied Moghul style mehendi for Sania as well as her guests. While her aunt organised a small musical programme for Sania, her friends also made sure there was a 'Marfa Arabic' band playing throughout the ceremony to entertain their guests.
14th April, Hyderabad
THE VENUE The sangeet was held in Hyderabad at the Taj Krishna hotel on April 14th, 2010.
THE OUTFITS Sania wore a pink salwar khameez designed by Shantanu & Nikhil. Shoaib, on the other hand, wore an outfit gifted to him by Sania's family.
THE CUISINE The menu for the evening included a lavish spread of about seven starters, a salad counter, a kebab corner, 10 main courses and six deserts.
THE GUESTS Former tennis players Jaideep Mukherjee and Akhtar Ali were some of the guests present at the occasion.
HIGHLIGHTS The guests had a lively evening and were entertained by a sangeet show that was put together by city-based choreographer Aryan Rajput. Over 20 close friends and family members also danced to various Bollywood hits. Sania's famous uncle Talat Aziz composed and sang a special ghazal for the couple too.
15th April, Hyderabad
THE VENUE The couple held a low-key reception at the Taj Krishna hotel's grand ballroom and lawns. The venue was decorated with gorgeous flowers and golden light by the famous Hyderabadi florist and decorator, Bal Krishna.
THE OUTFITS Sania wore a red and gold khara dupatta set against cream – the elaborate outfit is one that is typically worn by traditional Hyderabadi brides.
THE CUISINE The cuisine that evening was typically Hyderabadi too.
THE GUESTS Bollywood stars, Pakistan delegates, corporate biggies, and sport stars like Firdous Ashiq Awan, N Chandrababu Naidu, Subroto Roy, Neha Dhupia and Sohail Tanvir.
HIGHLIGHTS Minister for Welfare and Population, Firdous Ashiq Awan, gifted a gold crown to the Indian tennis star on behalf of the Pakistani government and also brought along other gifts from President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
25th April, Sailot, Pakistan
THE VENUE Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza's reception was held at the Hockey Club of Pakistan, on April 25th in Sailkot, the groom's hometown.
THE OUTFITS Sania wore an embellished green and maroon sari designed by Shantanu & Nikhil, while Shoaib wore an off-white sherwani.
THE CUISINE Expert chefs prepared a combination of 'desi' and traditional Punjabi dishes that evening.
HIGHLIGHTS The budget for the reception was over a whopping Dhs415,000. The entire hockey stadium was transformed into a grand ballroom with lounge seating on the sides, hanging chandeliers, italian crystal torches and a live jazz band.
27th April, Lahore
THE VENUE The walima was held at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore.
THE OUTFITS Sania wore a light green and silver flowing gown with a semi-precious studded necklace and bangles that matched her outfit. Shoaib went western, in a dark suit.
THE CUISINE In accordance with a law recently passed by the provincial government, only one dish – chicken 'korma' with rice – was served at the wedding. This was accompanied by naan and desserts.
THE GUESTS Wasim Bari and Aamir Sohail attended the function.
HIGHLIGHTS The amazing food, even though, there was just one dish!
The sport superstar couple were off to the Maldives for their honeymoon and are now residing in Dubai at the Palm Jumeira!!