Plan your wedding like royals
They may not have royal blood, but more and more couples are eager to wed in the manner of erstwhile kings and queens. From ultra-luxurious venues to ancient palaces and exclusive elements, it’s a royal celebration after all
The big fat Indian wedding has taken on a whole new meaning for the modern Indian couple, who has realised that there is more than one way to host a grand celebration. For some, the grandeur of the location speaks for itself, whereas for others, making a grand entrance is all that’s needed. Couples are defining the grand celebrations—from stunning floral arrangements to exaggerated acrobatic acts and memorable entertainment performances—their way.
Spectacular locations and breathtaking décor were the highlights of Sareena Dayaram and Manav Gupta’s wedding. Following Gupta’s surprise proposal in Bali (Indonesia), F5 Weddings was enlisted as their official wedding planner. At Fairmont in Jaipur, the guests were welcomed as per Rajasthani customs; to the beats of large nagada drums and ravanhatha(traditional Rajasthani folk instruments). The highlight of the wedding was the sangeet, which took place at the grand Jaigarh Fort. “In keeping with the locale, the theme for this evening was Indian royalty. Guests were treated to a red carpet welcome along with an entourage of horses, elephants, nagadas-tutaris (historically used when kings walked in) and showering of rose petals. The entire pathway leading to the main garden area was lit up with mashaals(Indian torches) and at every turn, there was a performance by different folk artists. Langa singers, fire hooters and ghoomar dancers displayed the rich and vibrant culture of Rajasthan,” says Ajay Modgil, Founder, F5 Weddings.
London-based couple, Mehak Kansal Ohri and Deepak Ohri, wanted an entertainment-packed wedding. The couple chose Dusit Thani Hua Hin for the convenience of their travelling guests. “The couple wanted the experience of a royal wedding, so much so that guests were chauffeured in private luxury cars to the reception. There were about 15 different performing troupes and acts planned across the three-day celebration—from fire dancers to aerial and circus acts. The bride’s entry was befitting a fairy tale, as she arrived in a boat filled with dry ice. From hand-painted invitations to silver crockery as return gifts, every aspect of the celebration demonstrated sophistication,” says the couple’s wedding planner Vikram Mehta, Managing Director, Mpire Weddings.
For a celebration soaked in extravagance and indulgence, head to the Palazzo Versace Dubai. The Palazzo Versace Dubai with its Arabian architecture is reminiscent of a 16th century Italian palace. The stunning entrance is marked with high ceilings, scenic gardens and artistic Italian furnishings that are characteristic of the Versace lifestyle. While one can choose between indoor and outdoor venues, the magnificent Gala Ballroom, exquisitely decorated with chandeliers, has a private entrance with a beautiful staircase. Couples can even opt for the traditional three-course meal or a selection of assorted delicacies, which is served in Versace tableware and glassware, for an all-round extraordinary gastronomic experience. What more? From the seclusion of their private balcony or terrace, guests can soak in serene views of the Dubai Creek or surrounding Culture Village.
Traditional weddings are often imagined to be dull and tedious, but Ahmedabad-based fashion designer Anoli Shah’s wedding to Arjun Udani, Co-founder and Director, The Great Brown Think Tank, was one for the books. Shah states, “We wanted a place that would be convenient for our guests and families. When we visited The Ananta Udaipur, we instantly fell in love with it. Located on a hill, the hotel had enough rooms to accommodate all our guests. More importantly, it’s been a dream of mine to get married against the backdrop of majestic hills! Even though we had a sangeet night, we decided to host a traditional qawwali night with performances by professional sufi singers. Bedecked in orange and gold colours, the décor featured illuminated tents for guests to sit back and enjoy the soulful music.”
MODERNITY MEETS TRADITION
Jai Sajnani and Deepshika Odhrani’s wedding was every bit a modern-day celebration, yet infused with tradition. Sajnani, Co-founder of Stallion Bespoke, Dubai, wanted to host their nuptials at a destination where their families could easily mingle with each other. A trip to Siem Reap (Cambodia) led them to consider the beautiful Sokha Siem Reap Resort and Convention Centre. Each wedding ceremony had a different theme and décor. The pheras were a beautiful blend of old and new elements. Odhrani shares, “The setup surpassed our expectations, especially the floating mandap mirroring the Angkor Wat temple. It was decorated with lights and garlands!” Their Enchanted Garden-themed reception venue saw strands of fairy lights and floral arrangements on tables. The stage was decorated with fresh flowers and bright light, while the entertainers set the stage on fire with their performances.