As of now, the wedding is to be held on April 15 at Taj Krishna in Hyderabad. However, the Mirzas have a back-up plan in case there is some disruption. For example, the Shiv Sena is planning to ‘boycott’ the wedding.
But in case, there is any sign of trouble, the wedding may be shifted to one of the heritage hotels in Jaipur or Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
Former tennis champs Steffi Graff and Andre Agassi head the list of Confirmed Guests. Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan, a mentor of sorts to Shoaib, is is a maybe. His ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith, who was reportedly fond of the young Pakistani allrounder, may join Imran in wishing Shoaib and Sania.
Other guests who have Reserved a Sorry-can’t do-but-wishing-the-couple-the-very-best are Kajol and Ajay Devgan (currently in Dubai), tennis ace and mentor Mahesh Bhupathi (who will be in Monte Carlo) and actor Lara Dutta who will be with her family in Bangalore. Among the invitees are Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan.
It has earlier been reported that Imran Zafar (Shoaib's Brother In Law) informed the press about the invitees to the Reception and said, "The guestlist will have cricketers Bhajji (Harbajan Singh), Viru (Virendra Shewag) and Ashish Nehra. My son (Shoaib’s nephew) is a huge fan of Team Kolkata. We will be inviting SRK. The rest of the guestlist will be decided once Shoaib returns to Pakistan. There’ll be no reception in Dubai.”
Unconfirmed reports say a sangeet of sorts is being planned in Mumbai, in which the bride’s good friend, Bollywood hottie Shahid Kapoor, will dance.
The family is said to have dispatched about 800 invitation cards, expecting twice as many guests. Sania’s father, Imran Mirza, has been busy, inviting local friends and VIPs personally.
Though the number of guests coming from Pakistan and Dubai is not known, the Mirzas are said to have reserved about 25 rooms at Novotel hotel near Shamshabad International Airport. An equal number of rooms have been booked at hotel Taj Krishna and Taj Deccan.
Meanwhile, Shoaib’s mother Noorjahan and sister arrived in the city last Wednesday and are busy shopping for the bride and bridegroom. Sania’s mother is learnt to have ordered Sania’s wedding jewellery from a Mumbai showroom.