Bali, the holiday hot-spot is now well-known as the perfect locale for Indian weddings. Home to most of Indonesia’s Hindus, Bali boasts of the most magnificent settings for special celebrations—an intimate wedding, a romantic celebration or a big fat spectacular Indian wedding. For wedding vendors/ specialists the Indian wedding market is obviously a hugely lucrative market and some of them are much sought-after both by Indians who live in Indonesia, and Indians hosting their destination wedding there. Jakarta-based Samara Melwani profiles four of them.
Wedding Planner Innayat Khupchandani: A highly experienced and respected Wedding Planner, Innayat planned his own wedding in Bali three years ago. Innayat helps with everything– concept, venue, design, decor, flow of event, hospitality, transportation, staff, entertainment, fireworks, sound and lighting, alcohol, gift baskets, souvenirs, wedding cards and favors.
DJ Danny Dinani: The resident DJ of almost all Indian weddings in Bali. Danny has performed in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, Philippines and China, but he lives by the words– ‘eat, pray, love & get married in Bali’. He specializes in mainstream RnB, house and bollywood music and one of his own popular remixes is Jai Ho (Electrophonic Mix). What’s more, he provides all kinds of AV equipments including sound & lighting system, LED screen, rigging truss, generators, band and other backline equipments. For more information, visit www.danditinc.com his mixes are free for download at http://rmx.danditinc.com
Decor Queen Dina Touwani: From regular styles like Contemporary Indian, European classic, Rustic Chic, Vintage, Minimalist to unique and creative themes like James Bond, Super Heroes, Shanghai Tang and Venetian masquerade, Dina has done it all. Having worked with Preston Bailey as his local floral manager for several events, Dina has worked at most 5 star resorts and private villas in Bali, transforming their outdoor spaces, chapels or ballrooms into something magical.
Food by Queens Tandoor: No Indian wedding is complete without desi khana and fortunately, Bali has Queens Tandoor. Originally from Jakarta, this Indian owned restaurant serves the yummiest vegetarian and non–vegetarian dishes, and their Indian desserts fare is amazing.
Editors Note- Samara shares some insights on the role of wedding experts, wherever they may be: “An Indian wedding’s ‘to-do’ list can be never ending and no wedding expert can ensure the wedding family remains stress-free but the wedding people featured above can certainly ensure you’re less hassled and you have more fun on the wedding day.”
Lighting effect at Rock Bar, Ayana Spa & Resort, Bali
Mandap setup at the Water Garden, Conrad, Bali
Sangeet setup, Ayana Spa & Resort, Bali
This month, Mumbai’s super-rich will be in Phuket for the wedding celebrations of Divya Dhadda and Abhinav Daga at the JW Marriott.
Since Phuket’s luxury resorts are attracting high profile Indian weddings, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is making special attempts to get more Indian weddings there. The grandest wedding to be held there was at the Banyan Tree Phuket, the most upmarket of Laguna Phuket’s resorts. Nagpur industrialist Manoj Jayaswal hosted the most “wow” wedding for his daughter Swatee’s marriage to Lalit Tayal. Over 700 guests flew in to Phuket to experience a fairy tale wedding fiesta with live performances by Roopkumar and Sonali Rathod, Sayali Bhagat, Shveta Salve among others.
While Indian industrialists host the glittery, super-grand affairs to present a ‘Desi Traditions’ meets ‘Thai Style Entertainment’, many Sindhi and NRI families host intimate dos, where the bride and groom exchange vows on the pristine white beaches in the presence of hundred to three hundred guests. According to Wedding Planner Divya Chadha, who runs the company AKA: A Klass Apart, hosting an intimate wedding at Thailand can be more economical than hosting a wedding at a five-star hotel in India. She says: “At most times of the year, Thailand is around 30% cheaper in terms of room rentals and banqueting rates. There, one gets much more value for money spent since they have an exotic range of flora which would cost double in India. There are excellent musicians, performers and entertainers too, to suit different budgets.”
Last month, Mumbai designer Kiran Gidwani married Mauritius businessman Anup Tolaram at the newly opened JW Marriott, Khao Lak Resort near Phuket. This was followed by a White Wedding at a Chapel at the Laguna in Phuket. Thanks to the Sindhi diaspora— Phukets resorts are now better equipped to host Indian weddings and a host of artists specialise in servicing the demands of Indian weddings. Says Jakarta based Samara Melwani who got married at the JW Marriott, Phuket last year. “Besides Marriott I checked three other properties in Phuket—the Sheraton, Le Meridien and Indigo Pearl. I liked all of them, but the Marriott had already hosted many Indian weddings—so I was confident their Wedding Planners could do a great job with planning my Wedding, which they ultimately did.”!
Nagpur’s Swatee Jayaswal wedding was the most expensive be held in Phuket
Samara Melwani’s wedding at the JW Marriott– a Foam Party and the Traditional Festivities
Kiran Gidwani’s wedding at Khao Lak Resort and the Chapel at the Laguna