You will not believe how much these Indian Weddings cost!

The Big Fat Indian Wedding is not just talk of fiction.The festivities, colours, cheers and the fact that they last for days on end are just some of the things which make Indian Weddings very unique.

Weddings in India are extremely sacred and an occasion where not only two people but two families get married, and some don’t miss the chance to go at it with everything they have got!

We count a few which will make your jaw drop.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev

Expense: 100 crores!

The Chatwal family arranged for private jets to pick up their guests from different corners of the world. Naomi Campbell, King Khan, Lakshmi Mittal, Prince Nicolas of Greece and the son of the late Shah of Iran also attended the event. 

Vinita Agarwal (UK Billionaire Pramod Agarwal’s daughter ) and Muqit Teja

Expense: 130 Crores

UK-based billionaire, Pramod Agarwal chose the 17 acres of San Clemente Island for his daughter’s wedding. It was an extravagant affair with the major highlight being Shakira’s performance at the wedding.

Lalit Tanwar and Yogita Jaunapuria

Expense: 250 Crores!

Congress Minister Kanwar Singh Tanwar’s son, Lalit’s wedding to Yogita Jaunapuria took place in 2011 in Delhi. The son of the minister received an outrageously expensive wedding gift, which was a Bell 429 helicopter from his in-laws.

Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia

Expense: 350 Crores

Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter, Vanisha got married to Amit Bhatia in 2004 in Versailles. The wedding was held at the Palace of Versailles and it is the only private function ever to have been held there. Shah Rukh Khan, Kylie Minogue, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Juhi Chawla, Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee performed at the wedding and the dance sequences were choreographed by Farah Khan.

Srishti Mittal and Gulraj Behl

Expense: 500 crores

Lakshmi Mittal’s niece, Shrishti Mittal’s wedding took place in Barcelona at the National Museum of Catalan Art atop a hill. Over 200 chefs, butlers and assistants were flown in from India and Thailand. The wedding cake was a six-tier construction weighing 60 kilos.

Subrata Roy’s son’s weddings!

Expense: 552 Crores!

 

The weddings of Subrata Roy’s sons, Sushanto with Richa and Seemanto with Chandini took place at the Sahara Auditorium in Lucknow in 2004. The wedding dresses were from famous designers like Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The venue was luxuriously decorated with mashals , torch lights, wax lights and prism glasses. There were 110 types of dishes from across the world. Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kapil Dev, Anil Ambani, along with several other famous celebrities were present at the event.

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This couple handcrafted their entire wedding…Insane DIY ideas! Their cute dog was their Videographer.

When wedding photographers Cathy and Sebastian decided to tie the knot, they knew what they wanted. The couple got married in August last year and from the get go, the one thing that they focussed on was to enjoy the entire process and on making everything they needed by themselves!

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Says Cathy, their wedding was relaxed, DIY and focussed on their friends and themselves and their Pinterest mood board was their main source of inspiration.

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Cathy and Sebastian’s wedding ceremony was unique and was neither religious nor civil.It was guided by their friend Oscar who played a game with all guests singing an old song from their childhood called El Anillo (The Ring). Between each verse, their closest friends would read something to them and the song would continue.Then at the end, they exchanged Vows and Rings!

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The catering was from Roberto Galvez Banqueteria, but amazingly by the guests themselves. Guests brought along desserts, salads and other amazing dishes to create a potluck. After lunch, guests grabbed a blanket and created a massive picnic dessert area of sorts.

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If their wedding wasn’t already unique enough, the cherry on the cake was added by the bride’s homemade dress and the fact that their pet corgi, Leica was the videographer 😀

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“We made almost everything by our own hands. We silkscreened table cloths, made concrete chandeliers and did all the floral arrangements. Also, we hired and hung all the Tuscan light bulbs and the pendants at the venue. For my wedding dress, I had bought a dress from Modcloth, but it didn’t fit me so I redesigned it with my friend Natalia. In the end, we only kept the top of the dress and were very lucky to find the same colour in a fabric store in Santiago for the bottom. I also made my headpiece with some crin flowers (a technique that uses horse hair to make the flower shapes)” says Cathy

The couple saved money by picking a venue which had never hosted a wedding before. It was a risk but luckily it worked out!

“The best thing about planning our wedding was being together, doing things for our friends and knowing that everybody was going to have such a good time that day”, she concluded. “The worst thing was not knowing who was going to be there or not, right up until the last minute we had guests confirming if they were coming or not!”

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They advise future brides and grooms to try to enjoy the whole process. Enjoy every single thing about the wedding day, even the things that go wrong.

The laughter you’ll have together about it, days or months after the wedding, is amazing.

In retrospect, there was nothing they could have done differently. It turned out better than all that they thought it could be!

Check out the video made by the very cute Leica!

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This Wedding story will make you smile :)

We all love wedding stories and the way the story is narrated plays a big part.

We stumbled upon this gem by a company called Coconut Weddings. A studio which provides high quality Wedding Filmography services.

Check out this video for a sense of the magic they create!

The wedding story of Tess and Arjun, chronicled beautifully!

This amazing video has been shot at Jenny’s Club in Coimbatore, which seems to be a fantastic place if you plan a destination wedding.

Now that you have settled down and are feeling awesome, you can check out some more of their work. Their Youtube channel is https://www.youtube.com/coconutweddings !!

5 Wedding Photographers who are re-inventing the art every day!

For time immemorial, wedding photographs have been something you cherish and are a happy place any time you want to visit.

They incite nostalgia and remind you of what you felt when the photograph was clicked taking you to a magical place filled with wonder, telling you life is good wherever you are at this moment.

With the advances in technology, wedding photography has transformed into being an art and the artists (photographers) out there are constantly pushing the envelope to deliver on their promise of creativity and magic.

We profile 5 such geniuses and give you a glimpse of their work!

WeddingNama

WeddingNama truly believes that every love story is a fairytale in itself and something to be treasured amongst the noises of everyday life. They put their heart into collecting the special moments and presenting this fairytale for everyone to see!

Founded by the husband-wife duo Ankita Asthana and Akash Agarwal, WeddingNama specializes in luxurious wedding photography, destination weddings and wedding films with an artistic & personal touch. They shoot love stories!

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You put in so much effort to make sure every little thing is perfect for your wedding. They put in as much effort to make sure that every little detail has been captured & immortalized in the form of photographs & films bound in luxury because you deserve nothing but the best.

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Classy, elegant, international are the words you associate with WeddingNama when you first look at their work!

Knots and Vows

Knots & Vows was born of love & passion for Photography & Cinematography in the late monsoon of 2009.

Since then, Wedding Photography & Cinematography is more a way of life than work for Alistair , Kevin and Jake.

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Their style of photography is ‘Candid’ & ‘Photojournalistic’ which means that capturing those hidden moments at the right time that others oversee is everything.

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For them, being a good wedding photographer requires few very essential traits. Most important is sharing a good rapport, making the couple comfortable, being like a fly on the wall during the shoot yet come up with brilliant shots consistently.

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For them, the reward is the smile that we see on your face when we watch you flip through the memories they create for you.

The Wedding Story

If you were to ask Pooja Choudhary, Chief Creative Director for India, The Wedding Story are simple storytelling filmmakers that started with the idea of documenting and integrating life memories in a wedding film.

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The bride and groom’s memories from birth to the day of their wedding are interwoven along with the cinematic footage of the wedding and that becomes a legacy film that the families cherish for a lifetime. Sounds precious, doesn’t it?

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Their clients love them because of the way they bind, intercut and present the highlights of their life in a story format blended with their wedding footage!

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The Photo Diary

The Photo Diary invented itself from this very humanistic as well as the contemporary art of videography.

The art of reconnoitering and scripting human emotions in the form of colorful and monochrome images is what keeps them ticking!

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For them, capturing the tender look in the eyes of a bride on the wedding day is an art. They are on the lookout for all those candid expressions and gestures, which go unnoticed otherwise amongst people celebrating their lives.

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Anoop Padalkar Photography

With 7 years of experience behind the lens, Anoop Padalkar is the young Turk amongst the best, and his clients second that.

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For Anoop, weddings are all about emotions and colors which he tries to maximize on through all his work.

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With his friendly nature, he does not let you feel as if he is a photographer at the wedding but works as a part of the family.

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For us, wedding photos are what give us the beautiful love story we live everyday and these 5 are great storytellers! Hai na?

This amazing resort is perfect for a destination wedding even if you want to marry underwater!

Nestled on the beaches of Havelock Island in the Andamans, Munjoh Resort is truly a treat!

Munjoh has a literal meaning – “mine”. They are not part of a chain, mass-produced and standardized.They offer a handcrafted bouquet of personalized experiences.

They are an ecological and environment-friendly establishment who is passionate about providing their guests with the best in service and offering everything from Garden Cottages to Luxury Villas.

The Blue Beetle Cafe serves an assortment of Continental, Oriental and Indian cuisine.Sea food caught mere hours and a few hundred meters away is their specialty. They of course also have an extensive vegetarian menu prepared with the freshest local produce.

One of the most exotic locations in the world for stunning beach weddings, the beach weddings are customized according to the guests needs.

They have a ready roster of photographers and they can source the freshest flowers from the florist network daily! You can customize your menu to the minutest details for your big day.

A beach banquet under the stars with the best in Food and Drink would be an experience to remember which can be followed by retiring to a well-decorated suite for newlyweds!

The most unique feature is their ability to help do underwater weddings, they have their very own dive shop with state of the art equipment and experienced & friendly staff, certified and trained by the international ‘PADI’ & ‘SSI’ association.

Getting married under turquoise waters filled with beautiful coral gardens and its colorful residents- from starfish to giant clams and mysterious turtles to dugongs and angelic manta rays would be an experience in itself!

Says Simran, who married her beau Hiren at  Munjoh resort,” Right from the onset we were certain that we didn’t want a run of the mill wedding. We both have respect for traditions but both felt that Indian weddings tend to be an unnecessarily drawn out affair. Something that just didn’t appeal to us. Since our location was so stunning, a lot of our activities were centered on the beautiful beach where we got married”

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Although Simran warns,”The islands are still fairly untouched by commercialization so there are actually no decorators available there!  I anyway dislike a lot of decoration and wanted the kind of more organic stuff that was around when my parents got married. Simple genda and mogra decoration, which the resort staff pulled off beautifully!”

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She adds,”As a token of thanks, we took everyone scuba diving after the wedding. In fact one of my cousin’s proposed to his girlfriend under water, he had a ring and everything! And we arranged for champagne for them when they got out”

Image Credit: Varun Suresh

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We thank Simran for sharing her experience and wish her a happily married life with Hiren.

Such hidden treasures are what make’s one thankful for nature and this beautiful resort is one which can offer you the wedding of your dreams and a lot more!

You can find them on Beach No.5 at Havelock Island and Mr.Ravi from Munjoh Resort will be more than happy to be of service. He can be reached on -+919474296200.

So if you are planning a destination wedding, give Munjoh a shout, we are sure you will be amazed!

You will not believe how this Indian bride blended her Indian tradition with her husbands Texas Charm!

When Priya Sambasivan met Ryan Foster through OkCupid, the first meeting lasted 7 hours! The connect was so strong, it seemed like a glove fitting over one’s hand. In Priya’s words,”The date felt like a long, slow exhale of breath I’d been holding for years”.

“We just fit together,” says Ryan. “We had similar values and philosophy of living but enough differences to help each other grow. She laughed at my stupid jokes, and my jaw dropped when I saw how beautiful she was.”

Two years later, the couple was tying the knot at the Hamilton Station Vineyards in North Virginia and it is just amazing how they blended each others culture and tradition within their wedding!

Everything from Priya’s dress to the wedding ceremony to the food was just fabulous as seen in the photos 🙂

The Bride getting ready! We love the color of the Lehenga!

Notice the Lehenga and the Boots to go with it! 🙂

The brides decorated hands and her Maang Tikka and Jhumkas

A closer look at the brides Texas Cowgirl Boots

The beautiful bride ready!

The Brides feet decorated with Mehendi 🙂

The set-up for the ceremony, a fusion between an altar and a mandap!

We love the floral decor leading up to the mandap!

The Priests altar replaced by a traditional looking Mandap.

The handsome groom with his parents 🙂

Priyas uncle from India was kind enough to chant the shlokas!

The Jaimala Ceremony

And also,”you may now kiss the bride!”

The buffet included a lavish spread of Indian foods and the globally famous Texas Barbecue! The wedding favours were cutely decorated boxes with Macaroons!

We love how the colour has been coordinated with Priya’s outfit 🙂

It’s the time to party!

The slipper-hooks are adorable!

The Lovely Wedding Cake!

Self Serving Water and Lemonade Station!

And the rest is history, Priya and Ryan are off to Scandinavia for their honeymoon and we can not get enough of the pictures from their beautiful wedding!

The Happily Married newlyweds!

We wish the newlyweds a great and prosperous married life together!

Photos by: Kurstin Roe Photography

Event Planning & Design: Bellwether Events

Flowers: LynnVale Studios Llc

Table Rentals: Barnes Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables  Chair & Rug Rentals:

Chair & Rug Rentals: Something Vintage Heirloom Rentals & Styling

Bride’s Gown: Maharani Fashions

Hair & Makeup: Lori Nansi

Henna: Henna Harmony

Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear

Music: Van Petty for MyDeeJay

Catering: Woodlands Restaurant and Hill Country BBQ

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Stationery: Invitations by Ajalon

Transportation: Dulles Limo

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Inside Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception!

Yes!  Pippa Middleton, the world’s most famous bridesmaid is married to financier James Matthews and unlike what everyone imagined, this was not a royal wedding but the one Pippa envisioned and specifically designed. And we have some beautiful photographs thanks to her florist Drojde Verda.

“They said all along they wanted it to be a private family wedding at home in the beautiful countryside with their closest friends and family.”

British designer Giles Deacon created a custom masterpiece of a gown which was stunning, to say the least.  Little Prince George was the pageboy and Princess Charlotte was the bridesmaid.

Princess Kate recited the prayer during the ceremony at St.Marks Church in Englefield and the wedding program featured a drawing of the church sketched by Kate herself.

After the church ceremony, the 150 ceremony guests filed into the nearby Englefield House for a midday reception, where they dined on mini haggis, deer carpaccio with mushroom, fresh langoustine claws and asparagus with Hollandaise sauce.

An afternoon break preceded the evening celebrations which were held in a glass palace shipped all the way from Belgium. 350 guests including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in attendance

Guests sipped champagne while watching a light show filled with projections of Middleton and Matthews’s love story on the side of the Middleton family home and tennis pro-Roger Federer took on William and Harry in a doubles game of Ping-Pong.

And what an evening it was!

Our favourite picks for your Sangeet and Wedding Music!

With wedding season in full swing, it is time to dance till you drop. This post is about our picks of songs you can use to make your wedding/sangeet as memorable as can be!

Let’s begin with some high energy tracks for your Sangeet:

The “Gulabo” song (the movie Shaandar) is perfect to start with. This peppy yet not too jarring song will act as the instant mood setter for the evening.

The “Galla Gudiya” song (the movie Dil Dhadakne Do) with its punjabi dance masti flavour will be great for performing in a group or for a couple like chacha-chachi or mama-mami performing on stage.

The “Kar Gayi Chul” song (the movie Kapoor and Sons) has a hint of mischief and flirtatious fun. The young cousins of the bride and groom can get the guests grooving for the fun-filled evening with the help of this song.

The “Chittiya Kalaiyan” song (the movie Roy) is a foot tapping number with appreciation for feminine beauty and is a instant hit with all the women. The pretty bride or her cousins dancing on this number makes for a great idea.

Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hain” song (the movie Khoobsurat) will heighten the enthusiasm quotient among the relatives and guests. Even if there’s no performance planned on this song, it will definitely attract enthusiastic and spontaneous dancers on stage or on the dance floor.

With the excitement hitting the roof, the next best suggestion definitely is “Dj Wale Babu Mera Gana Chala De” and when it plays no one will be able to resist the dance floor!!

Sunny Leone’s “Baby Doll” song definitely deserves mention here. With a solo or a young girls group performance on this, the Sangeet hall will definitely be buzzing with high octane energy.

The “Afghan Jalebi(the movie Phantom) song with its peppy foot tapping Arabic theme music, is an instant hit with the crowd and a cousins performance on this number will definitely make the energy levels hit the roof.

The “Tu Meri” song (the movie Bang Bang) buzzing with energy is perfect for the young crowd to get their groove on.

The “Badtameez Dil” song (the movie Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani) is needless to say meant for a power packed performance by the bride and groom’s friends and cousins. Such a song will get the foot tapping and hearts racing.

For the Mumbaiya tapori fun song, we have the “Tu Mere Agal Bagal” song (the movie Phata Poster Nikla Hero). Performance on this song will definitely be hilarious to watch.

Our picks for the best romantic songs!

The “Sab Tera” song (the movie Baaghi) is a very soothing romantic number which will be heart warming if performed by the bride and the groom.

The “Pehla Nasha” song (the movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander) is an evergreen song loved through out generations. This song creates an ambience of love like no other song.

The “Samjhawan” song (the movie Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya) is again an enchanting love song perfect for the new couple.

The “Pehli Nazar Main” song (the movie Race) of Atif Aslam with its melodious and scintillating rhythm, makes it a good choice for a close dance by the couple.

The “Rabta” song (the movie Agent Vinod) sets a soothing Sufi love environment. It can be used as a dedication from the bride to the groom. Also a popular song for Bridal Entry.

The “Teri Or” song (the movie “Singh is King”) will look very romantic if performed by any couple on stage.

The “Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi” song (the latest album with Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor) is a remix of an evergreen romantic song of the 1990s. It will make for a cute dedication from the groom to his bride.

Do let us know which one is your favourite 🙂

Disclaimer : We do not claim to own rights to any of the music spoken off in the above post and adequate licenses need to be acquired to use the same on your big day.

Sonam and Hamir

The textbook definition of a wedding is – the ceremony or celebration of a marriage. According to us our wedding is a celebration of not only our marriage but the celebration of unity of both our families who reside in various parts of the city, country, and the world.

We – Sonam & Hamir, met initially in 2003, and no, it was not love at first sight. We did not hear about each other for the next few years, when suddenly one day, Facebook suggested that we should be friends. We started chatting on Facebook and MSN messenger. One sunny afternoon we finally decided to meet.

After this, Hamir had to leave for the UK for work. This is when we started our Blackberry chats, which were great, but it would get frustrating not to see each other. Though Skype made things easier, the time difference was killing us. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder which was true for us.

From then, we believe that no matter what happens, we both will be there for each other in our happiness, sorrow, anger, excitement, loneliness and victories. It has been a lovely experience being with him.