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Power Weddings this Season

The season’s line-up of high profile shaadis started off in October with a destination wedding in Chantilly, France. Gokul Agarwal, scion of RNA Builders married Shloka, a lifestyle journalist, whose parents are Devangana and Vijay Chhabria (owner of Sea Palace Hotel, Colaba).  The 300 plus guests stayed in different hotels in the lace town and the celebrations began with a ‘Moulin Rouge’ theme sangeet at Le Musee du Cheval, where guests turned up in lace gowns, furs and masks. Day two was an Indian-theme night at an airport hangar where singer Mika performed. The main wedding ceremony was held at a magnificent castle.

Shloka and Gokul ChhabriaShloka and Gokul Agarwal

Last month, Mumbai was talking about two big ‘Bank’ weddings. Both were not big, fat weddings though. HDFC Bank Chairman Deepak Parekh’s son Siddharth wed his English-American girlfriend Claire O’Neil at an intimate celebration in Jodhpur. The functions included the Sangeet at Mehrangarh Fort, the Christian wedding at the Balsamand Lake Palace, and traditional Indian nuptials at Umaid Bhawan. The groom, an Entrepreneur and his bride, who works with the Taj Group of Hotels both wanted a private ceremony and the wedding was managed by Divinity Weddings from Mumbai. The guest list was small and all were requested not to give any wedding presents and donate to the charity Apne Aap Women’s Collective.

ICICI Bank head-honcho Chanda Kochhar opted for a good ol’ home town celebration for her daughter Aarti’s marriage to Aditya Kaji. The functions all elegant dinners with the who’s who of corporate India in attendance were held at Taj Mahal Palace, Taj Lands End and The Trident. Nita Ambani who is close to the groom’s family hosted a garba theme celebration at Antilla.

Aarti Kochhar and Aditya KajiAarti Kochhar and Aditya Kaji

AA The Grooms mother and bride's parents with Nita and Mukesh AmbaniThe groom’s mother and bride’s parents with Nita and Mukesh Ambani

Delhi is talking about the big, fat wedding of Pallavi Lodha, daughter of Parasmal Lodha (part-owner of Peerless Finance) and Rahul Jain, son of FIEM Group’s Dr JK Jain. The pre-wedding functions were held at the Lodha’s 150-acre farm at Chattapur where singers Arijit Singh and Atif Aslam performed. The main wedding ceremony was held at a former PM’s sprawling residence.

Jaipur was witness to a ‘starry’ celebration when corporate head-honcho Sunil Alagh and actress Maya Alagh’s daughter Anjori, also an actress wed Delhi businessman Rohit Goyal. The celebrations were held at Samode Palace, Samode Bagh and ITC Rajputana and co-ordinated by Svaha Wedding & Special Events. Over 300 guests including Hrithik Roshan and Zayed Khan were there at the three-day celebrations. DJ Aqeel a close friend of the bride’s brother-in-law (Sameer Nair, Group CEO of Balaji Telefilms), kept the guests grooving till the early hours at the finale party.

If its a celebration in the family of Bollywood’s favorite couturier Manish Malhotra we needn’t tell you that it sparkled with star guests. Or that the bride wore the most mesmerizing Manish Malhotra ensemble! The ace designer’s niece Rriddhi wed Tejas Talwalkar (from the Talwalkar fitness chain family) and K Jo, Rekha, Sridevi, Urmila Matondkar, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna and Priyanka Khanna were there. All the celebrations (Sangeet, Pheras and Reception) were held at JW Marriott and styled by Gurleen M Puri.

Manish Malhotra4 Rridhi and TejasTejas Talwalkar and Manish Malhotra’s niece Rridhi

GuestsSridevi & Boney Kapoor, Rekha, Sidharth Roy Kapoor & Vidya Balan at the wedding

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decor 2Venue- JW Marriott. The decor for Sangeet, Reception (Banquet Hall) and Wedding (pool-side) by Gurleen M Puri

A blog post on glittering weddings will be incomplete without a mention of the ’21 Carat Weddings’ i.e. of the scions of most well-known Jewellers and Diamond Merchants. Delhi’s Hazoorilal Jewellers hosted the most spectacular celebration in Udaipur and Delhi with each event being styled by ace couturiers and managed by a different event companies. Mumbai’s TBZ family on the other hand hosted a private celebration at Grand Hyatt, Goa. Between this month and next, some of the biggest diamond merchants from India and Belgium are hosting weddings at the city’s newest mega wedding hot-spot- NSCI, Worli

Weddings 2015
The society wedding of 2015 is expected to be that of NRI business magnate Sanjay Hinduja with designer Anu (Mahtani) Mirchandani. According to a relative of the groom, the to-be-weds and their closest friend, a prominent Mumbai socialite are working with the finest talent from the world of weddings to make the Udaipur celebration a truly magnificent affair. After the 3-day celebrations at different venues like Jagmandir Island Palace, The Zenana Mahal and City Palace, the celebrations will continue in Mumbai with a reception at a South Mumbai hotel. In fact the same Udaipur venues hosted a very high profile wedding between November 21st and 24th. Ambika Patni, the daughter of the late IT business magnate Narendra Patni wed Scott Kennedy (from President Kenney’s clan) and guests flew in from over 20 countries for the celebrations at Zenana Mahal and Jag Mandir.

When interior designer and top art collection Kavita Singh and her husband Jasjit Singh (MD of Associated Capsules) hosted their son’s wedding at Umaid Bhawan Palace, The Gipsy Kings were flown in from South of France to perform live, and it was billed as the wow wedding of the year. Now their daughter Nandini Singh is engaged to Tariq Premji, son of of IT Mogul Azim Premji. But this time the Singhs have decided to keep it simple and low-key, much like the way billionnaire Premji known for his austere lifestyle would like it too; most likely the nuptials will be held close to Mumbai, in February or March 2015.

Power Wedding Makers

Decor & Design- Q Events by Geeta Samuel, Gurleen M Puri, Dhun Cordo, Vandana Mohan
Event Planning- Aditya Motwane (MEW- Motwane Entertainment & Weddings), Divinity Weddings, Seven Steps (Seventy EMG), Cox & Kings (Wedding Division)
Catering- Chef Hemant Oberoi (Taj Group), Sanjay Vazirani (Food Link), Puneet Sikand, Virender Handa (Creative Cuisines)

Inside the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

Its the destination where the country’s most stylish brides are heading to this weekend- the 2014 Vogue Wedding Show that showcases the latest and most personalized services from the bridal and wedding world.

Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra and more of India’s top bridal couturiers all under one roof. Brides-to-be and their mothers deciding on elaborate jewellery sets, sister of the bride frantically clicking dressing room pictures for review later. A packed masterclass on bridal trends by Vogue’s fashion director Anaita Shroff Adajania and wedding trends by Wedding Designer Vandana Mohan. An open bar by Diageo and an elegant high tea by the Taj Palace, New Delhi. Here are some images of Day 1 and Day 2 from the most exclusive, luxurious and stylishly curated Indian wedding exhibition. Captured by Vinayak Das of Photo Tantra for WeddingSutra.com.

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Ensembles by Sabyasachi

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Begani Jewels

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Manish Malhotra with visitors

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The Vogue Team- Oona Dhabar, Priya Tanna and Priyanka Khanna

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Watch this space for more photos from the Vogue Wedding Show 2014@Taj Palace, New Delhi.

Photos Courtesy- Photo Tantra

5 reasons you must be at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

The Vogue Wedding Show is a three-day bridal extravaganza, curated by Vogue showcasing the best, latest and most exclusive services in the bridal world. Many WeddingSutra readers are looking forward to attending this show, and for many others who want to know what makes this show truly special, here’s more

- Personally meet and interact with the country’s leading bridal wear designers. All your favorites, from Sabyasachi Mukherjee to Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra and JJ Valaya, Monisha Jaising all under one roof.

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Tarun TahilianiBrides-to-be in creations by Tarun Tahiliani. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

Manish MalhotraA bride-to-be in a creation by Manish Malhotra. Photo courtesy- Dev Purbiya

- A private and exclusive viewing of India’s most exquisite jewellery. Look out for the coveted collections of Begani, Rose, Nirav Modi, Amrapali, Anmol, Raj Mahtani and many more.

Begani JewelsBegani Jewels. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

- Access to master classes with industry experts sharing insights and tips on décor, makeup, skincare and wellness. Meet and consult with leading names like Vandana Mohan, Malavika Kohli, Rod Anker, Namrata Soni, and many more.

- Grooms can browse through the latest menswear collections from leading designers and indulge in special master classes on lifestyle trends, malts and more.

- From unique gifting ideas to luxury watch brands, the country’s best wedding makers to bespoke menswear, all this and more at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

We asked ace Wedding Designer Vandana Mohan who is closely associated with the show to share a wedding planning tip she’d like to share with WeddingSutra readers. “Before I share a tip I typically ask 100 hundred questions”, quips Vandana. “The first question I am often asked by most brides-to-be is- ‘how can you make my wedding truly different’. And my answer is, its not me or any other wedding specialist who can make your wedding different. Its upon you, your fiancé and your families to make it different. It is natural for every bride to be confused– initially she may not know what she wants, or many choices may leave her bewildered. But my one tip to every bride-to-be is- you must have a dream for your wedding. Dream big and then figure out what you like and love, and then go ahead and enjoy the journey.”

The Vogue Wedding Show is being held for the second time at a destination that has been the perfect venue for glittering wedding celebrations since many many years- Taj Palace, New Delhi. So if you’re there make sure you meet the Taj Hotel teams who work with you to give unique experiences- unique menus designed for each ceremony, gorgeous choices for indoor and outdoor banquet rooms, beautiful accommodations and the expert catering team that thrives on making every detail of the event extravagant, elegant and lively.

With a week left to go, register now, to be invited for the country’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza.  Guests are requested to call on 9920274470 or visit www.vogueweddingshow.in for more information.

THE VOGUE WEDDING SHOW 2014
Date: August 1-3, 2014
Destination: Taj Palace, New Delhi

Love and Laughter

Model, actor turned Executive Producer Shaana Levy met Mumbai Entrepreneur Uraaz Bahl through a common friend, and when the strikingly handsome couple decided to tie the knot it didn’t take them too much time to finalize on their wedding venue. The warm and vivacious person that she is, she wanted a place that is royal and pampering, her heart was set on a Jodhpur wedding and the magical weekend wedding was held at Umaid Bhawan Palace.

The Kenya born daughter of a Swiss-Hungarian father and Gujarati mother and London bred Uraaz (who happens to be Parmeshwar Godrej’s nephew) started off their wedding planning by chronicling their romance and courtship on an elegantly designed website, and after finalizing a few more wedding details, they got in touch with Vishal Punjabi of The Wedding Filmer to capture their celebrations of love. Vishal Punjabi was thrilled to hear about their wedding theme: “The wedding theme wasn’t inspired by a color, place or film; the theme was titled ‘laughter’ . Because that’s all you see when Shaana Levy and Uraaz Bahl are together: the widest of grins, hidden, shared jokes and uninhibited displays of genuine affection.”

Their friends came in from as far as Mexico, and some had flown close to 48 hours to be present for the intimate 150 people affair at the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace. Their ceremony was a spiritual one, that took the best from their multiple faiths and the goodness of their friends. The guests couldn’t stop gushing about the elegant and awe-inspiring décor and how gorgeous yet natural Shaana looked in a Sabyasachi lehenga and statement jewels. We don’t need to tell you more– you can see much more in the dreamy wedding highlights film titled ‘Happily Ever After’

Wedding Details
Location- Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Wedding Planners- The Wedding Design Company/ Backstage Productions (Vandana Mohan)
Make up and Hair – Namrata Soni
Entertainment- DJ Gaurav, DJ Sunny, Freddy the Sax Player, Bamboleo Band
Wedding Cake- Confiserie Sprüngli
Photography- Bikramjit Bose, Tom Kelly, Rahul Sonkusare
Wedding Film- The Wedding Filmer

Mallya Wedding in Bali will be an intimate affair, Vyas bros to perform@ Sangeet

Laila Mallya and Samar Singh at a brunch
the duo hosted at a South Mumbai lounge

If you’re presuming Vijay Mallya is hosting an epic bash for his daughter’s wedding, you’re mistaken. Laila Mallya and Samar Singh’s destination wedding in Bali this week-end will be an intimate affair, with less than 250 guests. The wedding venue, as we had reported is the Ayana Resort and Spa (click here to read more). According to their friends the program for the three-day celebrations have all been worked out as per the couple’s wishes, and it’s a family and friends only affair. Delhi-based Wedding Planner Vandana Mohan is managing the event and decor. The Sangeet is on the 19th, Bollywood’s ace choreographer Masterji Rajendra is choreographing the family’s dance performances and singer Sandeep Vyas, a favourite perfomer at big, fat destination weddings and his brother DJ Sanjeev Vyas will be there.


(From left to right) Rajendra Masterji, Wedding Planner Vandana Mohan, Sandeep Vyas and his DJ brother Sanjeev.

Rajendra Masterji has choreographed the sangeet performances at many bollywood family weddings, like Ash-Abhi, Rinkie Khanna, Karishma Kapoor and Ridhima Kapoor. Sandeep Vyas and his DJ brother Sanjeev are much sought-after for their high-energy dance numbers@ Sangeets.

Samir Jain hosts daughter’s wedding in Udaipur, Sajjan Jindal’s daughter weds in Delhi

Two business tycoons hosted their daughter’s wedding in February. Tarini, elder daughter of Sajjan Jindal tied the knot with Vikram Handa. Trishla, the artist-daughter of Samir Jain, Vice Chairman of The Times of India group married Miami-bred, Stanford graduate Satyan Gajwani. Ace Wedding Planner Vandana Mohan managed the Jindal wedding. The pre-wedding celebrations were at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives and the wedding at the Jindal farmhouse in Delhi. The Jain wedding at Jagmandir, Udaipur, was around the same dates as the Jindal wedding, and was co-ordinated by 360 Degrees, the event management division of The Times of India group. Some of Delhi’s A-list bridal specialists and wedding vendors were contacted by both families, and they had to take the tough decision to figure out which wedding to go to. We presume many VIP guests faced a similar quandary!

When Tanvi, the younger daughter of Sangita and Sajjan Jindal got married in Florence last year, WeddingSutra published reports on how the Florence media went ga-ga over the Maharajah style wedding. Back in India, the wedding generated a lot of interest too. Many WeddingSutra visitors are enquiring if we’ll be featuring elder sister Tarini’s wedding photographs. But the bride and groom wish to keep it private, and so we have no pictures to share. We’re still trying though! Media moguls Jains also guard their privacy fiercely, so here again we have no pictures or details on the Trishla- Satyan wedding.

Fashion enthusiast Tarini ran Muse the erstwhile store in Kala Ghoda, she now lives in Abu Dhabi where Vikram manages his family business; Trishla, a poetry and literature graduate from Stanford, is Meera and Samir Jain’s only child. Her first solo art exhibition was held last year, and besides wielding the paintbrush, Trishla takes keen interest in spirituality writings and has over-seen the launch of Times weeklies Times Crest and The Speaking Tree. Satyan relocated to Delhi some years ago, he works with the Internet division of the Times of India group.

Trishla Jain (left) and Tarini Jindal

Janakpuri to Sainik Farms: BBB shows Big Fat Weddings in Delhi

Band Baaja Baraat (BBB) is a fun movie—for those who enjoy romantic flicks or like anything to do with shaadis. When we heard about the latest release by Yashraj Films with two Wedding Planners in the lead role we were excited, hoping they make a fun yet realistic portrayal on the life and times of people in the shaadi business. The film doesn’t disappoint. They are bang on when it comes to insights on how all families (wedding clients) behave—what they want (or don’t want to), their unreasonable demands and the big bollywood obsession. Equally interesting, are the insights on why so many youngsters want to be a part of the shaadi business—happy, childhood memories of weddings and the chance to eat yummy, delicious shaadi food.

Bittoo (Ranveer Singh) and Shruti (Anushka) are both from middle class families, and like all ambitious youngsters they have big dreams and aspirations. Fresh out of college they embark on a career in Wedding Planning. Shruti’s hard work and creative skills, and Bittoo’s sharp understanding of Dhanda (business) help the duo carve a niche. They quickly establish a name as the budget wedding planners in Janakpuri but Bittoo reminds Shruti that organising weddings in the budget of Rs 2.5 to Rs 5 lakh will take them nowhere, and they need a “high jump” to Sainik Farms. Luckily they gain a foothold in the space of big, fat weddings and they organise the Rs 2 to Rs 5 crore glitzy celebrations at farmhouses. But like life which cannot be a fun, happy celebration always, the film also makes a shift- to focus on Bittoo and Shruti’s differences and their relationship.

There is of course the filmi angle and the lead duo are projected as the super-creative, super-talented, super-efficient professionals. He has the ability to dance and entertain like Shahrukh Khan and manage clients as skilfully as Event magnate Wizcraft. She has the style sense of Manish Malhotra and the creative skills of decor queen Gurleen Puri. Together the duo create magic like India’s ace Wedding Planner Vandana Mohan—all this in a span of less than three years. The music is average and the sets and decor are just so-so. On the fashion front, we quite liked Anushka’s mix of Indian dresses- from dhinchak to rich and elegant worn in her official capacity as Wedding Planner at all the different locales.

Wedding Belles In Mauritius

The Grand Mauritian and Intercontinental Mauritius played host to the wedding of Amit Puri and Prita Jiwrajka between 26th and 29th November. The welcome cocktail party was held at the Grand Mauritian poolside, and what a welcome it was with an amazing fire show & dance! The ladies were dressed in their finest cocktail gowns– and it was a truly fashionable event!  The Paris House Addicts played the opening set for the party- an incredible fusion of violin, saxophone and percussion followed by DJ Zubair from Dubai.

The sangeet was held at the Intercontinental where both families put up a great entertainment show. The bride was truly ‘a desi girl’ with her well choreographed dance along with her friends; and the groom and his best men out-did themselves by making the guests gasp ‘OMG’ by dancing to the tune of Usher. Well-known duo Sajid-Wajid performed at the sangeet followed by a closing set by DJ Bosco who played until the early hours of the morning.

The wedding was a lavish affair held at the beach and poolside of the Intercontinental.  The mandap was elegant and placed at the end of the pier so that all the guests could look out towards it. The sacred ceremony was marked by a stunning display of fireworks.

The guest list included Suresh & Kavita Chellaram, Mahesh Jethmalani, Ravi & Madhu Ruia, Queenie, Esther & Raju Daswani. Mumbai-based AKA: A Klass Apart, managed by Divya & Neha Chadha handled the RSVP & Hospitality  and wedding logistics for the Puri family.  The décor for the events was handled by Delhi-based Vandana Mohan.

Daddy’s Big Day

The most successful Wedding Planners in India, are those who understand the mind of the Big Daddy. And who have ample experience in organising Big Business conferences and events. Parthip Thyagarajan of WeddingSutra.com wrote this article for Times of India Crest

Mumbai’s la-di-dah circles still talk about the dream wedding Parmeshwar Godrej organised for her eldest child Tanya Godrej Dubash, over a decade ago. Parmeshwar, for the circle was the superwoman- super stylish and talented, highly enterprising and ambitious, and a supermom who organised an affair that oozed style and elegance. Today, supermoms don’t receive credit for hosting the Great Indian Wedding. Quite often it’s an event management agency and the super successful Dads who bask in the glory. Not surprisingly, agencies who have experience in organising large business and trade conferences are leaders in the wedding management space. They may not understand the mind of the mom, but they sure know what the bride’s daddy wants. The teams work round-the-clock over several months, to organise for him a world conference scale event, so his VIP guests experience magic in a fairy tale setting.

How can any article on the Great Indian Wedding be complete, without a reference to UK based Lakshmi Mittal who showcased the Great Indian Wedding to everyone around the globe. For his daughter Vanisha’s marriage to Amit Bhatia over 1,000 guests from all over the world were invited with 20-page-thick silver-cased invitation cards. Events over five days were staged in some of France’s most famous settings.

Many celebrities including Raveena Tandon have got married at one of the Palace Hotels in Rajasthan, but the celebration hosted by US Hotelier Sant Chatwal for his son Vikram’s marriage to Delhi businesswoman Priya Sachdev was most talked about. Chatwal and Delhi-based Wedding Planner Vandana Mohan gave hundreds of guests, a never-before wedding experience spread across three cities.

South Mumbai businessman Vinod Nayar was suddenly in the limelight, when news of his son Arun Nayar’s marriage to Liz Hurley was finalised. After the much-hyped wedding in Jodhpur, Nayar was scheduled to host a post-wedding party for the who’s who in Mumbai, but word went around about the huge misunderstanding between Nayar senior and junior in Jodhpur because of which the much-awaited party in Mumbai was cancelled.

‘Bawa Villa’ a home in Khandala received national media coverage all because Shilpa Shetty got married there. The villa owner, Hotelier GS Bawa, was not distantly related to Shilpa Shetty, but Shilpa was like a ‘daughter’ to him. Bawa’s daughter Kiran Bawa was soon recognised as the ‘best wedding planner’ who in typical desi style didn’t manage a  wedding as a profession, but as a gift for someone she and her family loves.

When Swatee Jayaswal’s wedding was fixed with Bangalore’s Lalit Tayal, Nagpur business magnate Manoj Jayaswal hired Ahmedabad-based Red Events which specialises in international destination weddings to organise for approximately 700 guests, a luxury wedding experience at the Grande Laguna and the Banyan Tree in Phuket. All the Jayaswal family members glittered in the most expensive, ornate and colourful lehengas and sherwanis—the picture perfect photographs showed that the Big Indian Family can afford to host a Big Fat Wedding anywhere in the world.

Vandana Mohan – Wedding Planner for Prince Shivraj Singh’s Wedding

It’s dubbed as the Wedding of the Year. Prince Shivraj Singh, son of former Jodhpur King Gaj Singh, is marrying Gayatri Kumari, the princess of Askot (Uttarakhand) on November 18 this year. Buzz is that Richard Gere, Madonna, Kate Winslet, Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar, Prince Charles and a host of international celebrities and top Bollywood stars will be there at at the royal residence and palace hotel Umaid Bhawan. The Royal family have chosen Delhi’s Vandana Mohan, who also happens to be their family friend, as the Wedding Planner. Mohan’s other highly publicised assignments include the Priya Sachdeva- Vikram Chatwal wedding and launch of the fashion bible Vogue.

For the Chatwal wedding, Vandana Mohan managed decor, logistics and hospitality across three cities and 14 hotels. This included overseeing fourteen hospitality desks at each hotel and a fleet of 70 private cars for the three-city tour. Fifty thousand kilos of flowers were shipped in from Holland, Bangkok, and Calcutta, 3,000 candles burned and 65,000 meters of fancy fabric were used for the drapes!

The Vogue launch with creative inputs from Milan’s Paola Ricotti and production designer Sumant Jaikrishnan was on the scale of a Hollywood production. It included a restrospective of Ferragomo’s Maharani collection from their museum in Florence, a fashion show where 25 leading designers displayed their best creations alongwith collections from Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Galliano. And an after-party for 300 guests at the ‘baradari’ a large expanse overlooking the Mehrangarh Fort. The majestic Umaid Bhawan, one of the largest residences in the world was also the venue for the big fat Indian shaadi of Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar. Shivraj Singh’s Wedding in November will be special for Jodhpur not only because the Prince is marrying; it is also a celebration of his recovery since he met with a near-fatal accident in 2003 and has fully recovered after many years.