The pair got engaged in July (the day after the bride's birthday), then said "I do" just five months later, in the ultimate star-studded affair that was arguably on par with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding. But despite the overwhelming extravagance of many events over the course of a week, Priyanka's longtime stylist, Ami Patel, revealed to Vogue India that the lovebirds apparently used only a few months of their already accelerated engagement time to map out the big day.
"One thing you should know is that [Priyanka Chopra’s] wedding was not planned months in advance or anything; it was barely a two months heads-up, which is a tight window frame for a bride," said Patel. We concur! "It was a bit of a challenge, but Priyanka’s always thrown challenges at me, so I wasn’t surprised."
Let that sink in for a moment: The opulent $500,000 undertaking, during which the pair cut their 18-foot wedding cake with a sword, came together in under eight weeks. (Even more props to the newlyweds for landing one of the most Internet-searched weddings of the year.)
Regardless of the time frame, though, Patel certainly rose to the challenge, as evidenced by the bride's multiple wedding ensembles. Kicking off the celebrations, Priyanka took to a "pastel embellished Manish Malhotra kurta set" to commemorate the puja, then later donned a colorful top and skirt by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla as part of the traditional Mehendi ceremony.
We're all incredibly well versed in one of the wedding's main attractions—that custom Ralph Lauren gown and 75-foot veil—but Priyanka also turned heads in a red lehenga during the Hindu ceremony. Tapping the talents of Indian designer Sabyasachi, Patel remarks that the bride had one specific color request. "She was very clear she wanted red, and nothing other than red would do," she said.
As for guest fashion, the couple actually set a few dress code guidelines (royal wedding much?). Per Vogue, attendees of the Mehendi had been advised to wear outfits with yellow, green, or blue hues to feed off the locale's vibe. "Rajasthan is about colour, it’s about festivities," added Patel, whose client's own look also reflected the sentiment.
With this many outfits and parties (let's not forget their multiple receptions either), Patel truly had her work cut out for her, in turn earning a wedding planning gold star in our book. How she made this happen in two months is nothing short of miraculous.