"We will have a white wedding"
Shama Sikander has revealed that she will marry her fiance James Milliron in a ‘white wedding’ in Goa on March 14, 2022.
The actress stated that the wedding will be a two-day event and that 60 guests will attend.
The wedding is being held in Goa but Shama said that they had planned to get married in Turkey and had even booked a venue.
Shama Sikander and American businessman James Milliron got engaged in 2015.
They first met in Mumbai through a mutual friend.
On the wedding, Shama said: “James and I have waited for two years for this day. We will have a white wedding and it will be a two-day affair.
“We are keeping it more international because many of our relatives are settled abroad. It will be ‘India meets America’.
“I love seeing people at white weddings, but I had never thought of how I wanted mine to be.
“I love the simplicity, class and elegance associated with the white wedding.
“I don’t believe much in rituals. The only one I believe in is coming together and celebrating love.”
She went on to say that if it wasn’t for the Covid-19 pandemic, she and James would have married in 2020.
“Honestly, it was a very quick impromptu decision for us. If the pandemic didn’t happen we would have been married by now. We decided to just take the plunge now.
“We had been waiting for two years for this day and had even booked a venue in Turkey before the pandemic.
“Even now, there are travel restrictions and I don’t want my guests to go through any stress. So, we decided to change it and that’s how we zeroed in on Goa.
“Since the climate will change in a couple of months, we decided to get married in March.
“We have invited around 60 people. I wanted to keep my wedding intimate from the word go.”
“A wedding can be grand even with just close friends attending it. It all depends on how you design it, make it come to life and the memories you create.”
While the couple are preparing for their marriage, they are unsure whether James’ parents will be able to travel to Goa from the United States.
Shama continued: “They don’t even have their passports. They were trying to make them, but the pandemic struck.
“We are hoping that they make it to the wedding provided their passports are made on time.
“Unfortunately, a lot of James’ relatives can’t travel to India on such short notice. The Americans plan one year in advance unlike us. It sort of surprised me.”
At a later date, Shama and James will host a celebration in the USA for those who cannot make it Goa for the wedding.
She added: “We will have a function there, too. We love them and will miss them if they can’t make it.”
In 2020, Shama Sikander spoke about how the lockdown made her rethink her wedding plans.
She previously said: “To be honest, it (lockdown) made me rethink the spending we do on marriages. I was anyway against all the spending.
“I am not a person who wants to invite 1,000 people to my wedding.
“All the money we spend on our lavish weddings can be used for other people’s benefits.
“So, I think I’ll have a simpler wedding than a lavish one. That’s what this lockdown is teaching me. Also, it all doesn’t matter when you have a loving family and a partner.”