Sep 3, 2012 Destination Weddings
Ask any Indian wedding planner what comes to their mind when they think of Sheraton Hua Hin, Thailand and they’ll say ‘lots of Indian weddings happen there’. Most affluent Marwaris from Kolkata would have attended atleast one celebration there, while Sindhi NRI’s may know atleast one person who has got married there. Sheraton Hua Hin celebrated their fifth anniversary in grand style, and since they set up in 2008 they have hosted over 50 Indian weddings- some intimate, and some extravagant. Popular Dubai based Wedding Planner, Rimjhim chose the resort for her daughter Shradha’s destination wedding in 2010, and she has executed many other weddings there. According to Rimjhim, the resort’s big strength is their ability to be flexible and accommodating when it comes to specific shaadi requirements. Plus the different spaces they offer for different celebrations, “it’s something most Indian clients want”, she explains adding “and Sheraton Hua Hin have a fantastic banquets team who understand just what we want”.
Shaadis with a Thai Touch
Bangkok-based Wedding Planner Nipunika Singh tells us more: “I have managed weddings all over Thailand, but the first venue almost every client, be they from Singapore, Hongkong, India or Dubai ask about is Sheraton, Hua Hin. They may consider Phuket, Khao Lak and Bangkok, but not without checking on the availability of this contemporary resort style property in Hua Hin.”
Moulin Rouge, a popular theme for parties at the nightclub Black
The typical size of a wedding party is between 100 and 500, and besides India the maximum wedding clients are from Hongkong, Dubai and UK. Typically the welcome party, mehendi celebrations and pheras take place at one of the lawns by the pool or the seaside. The Grand Ballroom is usually the venue for the sangeet, and the post-celebration party is at the nightclub- Black. While they have chefs who specialize in Indian food, some wedding planners prefer to bring their own cooks from Kolkata, Mumbai or Delhi for preparing desi khana, while the resort’s own chefs whip up a spread (quite often vegetarian) of Thai, Japanese, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese and Mexican specialities. A few well-heeled Indians may complain they have been to Sheraton Hua Hin more than once, and wouldn’t want to go to the same venue for a destination wedding again. But from what we visualise, the resort and their teams several strengths will ensure that their business from Indian weddings will only grow in the years ahead. As Nipunika quips: “Sheraton, Hua Hin has got the wedding formula just right, and many wedding clients may prefer a tried and tested venue instead of an all-new venue”.
Elegant and intimate, grand and extravagant affairs at Sheraton, Hua Hin
Here, you’ll see grooms arriving on an elephant, vintage car, decorated buggy car, tricycle or horse.
Nisha & Jiten got married at the Sheraton, Hua Hin in Thailand. Their magical journey started with the Spanish welcome dinner night by the pool (at Sheraton) and ended with the winterland themed reception at Dusit, the space by the beach. The events were inspired from different cultures and regions of the world and gave guests a glimpse of the love Nisha & Jiten share and their eternal desire to trot the globe. With performers like Mika, Adnan Sami, DJ Sharad and Marco, guests were grooving on the dance floor till wee hours every day.
Mili and Sid Ghosh, the celebrated US-based wedding photographers & cinematographers well-known for their Bollywood Chic-style wedding albums and films shared with us the wedding film.
Click here to read what Nisha wore for the different functions
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Memories in Motion
Dec 26, 2011 Destination Weddings
It was dubbed as the grandest Engagement and the venue was Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, one of the most popular spaces for Indian celebrations in Thailand. Dubai-based billionaire Ramesh Ramani’s son Nisarg, got engaged to Nupur Sakaria, and the wow affair was managed by Dubai’s ace Wedding Planner Rimjhim Bhagchandani.
The 300 guests who came from Dubai, Bangalore and Mumbai were mesmerized by the grandeur of an engagement ceremony. One of the guests quipped: “I’ve attended several big fat weddings, but never have I seen such a spectacular engagement ceremony. Every function was wow, but what made the celebration spectacular was the energy with which the Ramani family celebrated, and the efforts they took to ensure each and every guest had a great time. Not to forget the highly enthusiastic groom Nisarg who was personally involved in planning everything over so many months”!
Welcome lunch- Thai carnival
Engagement- Touch of Heaven
Post-engagement party- Las Vegas
Day 2 lunch- Hawaiian pool party
Day 2 dinner- Arabian Nights and a performance by Sophie Choudry
Day 2 post-dinner party- Paris by Night
Nupur and Nisarg at the Welcome lunch and Thai Carnival, The ‘Touch of Heaven’ theme engagement
Nupur and Nisarg entering the venue for the ‘Casino comes to Hua Hin’ party- a Las Vegas style youngsters night.
(Left) Nupur and Nisarg at the Hawaiian Pool Party at the Beach Lawns. Nupur is wearing a gown by Jyotsna Tiwari and Nisarg a creation by Delhi-based designer Deepak Chabria, (Right) Nupur in an ensemble by Parul Grover
The couple enter the Grand Ballroom for the Arabian Nights theme dinner.
Sophie Choudry entertains the audience. The Paris by Night theme party
The Wedding Makers
a) Decor & Design, Entertainment & Production, Hospitality & Travel by Rimjhim Bhagchandani and Team (email@example.com)
b) Continental Food by Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Indian Food by Saras, Bangkok
c) Music- DJ Chetas from Mumbai & DJ Sash from Dubai. Musician-Violinist Sandeep S Thakur
d) Bartenders- www.flamingtrio.com
e) Nisarg’s wear by Deepak Chabria. Nupur’s wear by Jyotsna Tiwari and Parul Grover. Makeup by Reema Sablok
The Ramanis run Dubai-based BRR Jewellery. Nisarg schooled in Bangalore and Ooty and now works in his family business. Nupur, a Fashion Design graduate is from South Mumbai. The wedding is in Mumbai on 9th and 10th February, and the post wedding celebration is in Dubai.
Photographs by Nikhil Kapur (www.nikhilkapur.com)
Tags: BRR Jewellery, Deepak Chabria, DJ Chetas, DJ Sash, Hua Hin, Jyotsna Tiwari, Nisrag Ramani, Nupur Sakaria, Parul Grover, Ramesh Ramani, Reema Sablok, Rimjhim Bhagchandani, Sandeep S Thakur, Saras, Sheraton
Dec 14, 2011 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Nisarg Ramani, the scion of BRR Jewellers, one of the leading jewellery houses in Dubai is getting engaged to Nupur Sakaria from the illustrious Sagar Gold & Bullion Jewellers family, Mumbai. The engagement celebrations are on 20th and 21st December at the Sheraton Resort and Spa, Hua Hin, Thailand. The invite is an air ticket and over 300 guests are flying in from all over the world. Seven exotic theme functions will be held over two days, featuring creative talent and inspiration from different countries- Thailand, Romania, Egypt, Dubai, India and UK. The event is being managed by Dubai’s well-known Wedding Planner Rimjhim Bhagchandani.
The grand wedding and reception is in Mumbai next year, after which there will be a spectacular post-wedding ceremony in Dubai. Watch this space for more!