Kiran Gidwani married Mauritius businessman Anup Tolaram at the
newly-opened JW Marriott Hotel, Khao Lak. Kiran shares her
The JW Marriott is a new property at Khao Lak and we were the first
couple to host our Wedding there—the General Manager Mr. Greg Allen
and his entire team went out of the way to make it an affair to
The best thing about a wedding in Thailand is their people’s
hospitality, service and warmth. They are smiling always, they never
say ‘No’ and they have the ability to make every wedding guest feel
like a King or Queen.
Khao Lak and Chapel on the Lagoon
We chose Khao Lak because it isn’t as commercial as Phuket—and during
one of my earlier trips to Phuket—I had seen the very graceful
glass-walled Chapel on the Lagoon. I loved the Chapel so much, I
always dreamt of having a White Wedding there. Our functions included
a Sangeet at the Le Meridien, Khao Lak, the main Wedding functions at
JW Marriott and a White Wedding at the Chapel on the Lagoon.
JW Marriott, Khao Lak
Since ours was the first wedding to be held at JW Marriott my family
members had their apprehensions on how they could pull it off because
of their lack of experience. But they worked really hard to make
everything oh-so-perfect. The best thing about the resort is its three
kilometer long pool, the longest in Asia; and all our guests were
elated to have pool-access rooms.
Destination Wedding—the Challenge
Planning a Destination Wedding has its own unique challenges. Unlike a
city venue which you can visit frequently—for an international venue
you need to make more than a few trips to meet the banquet staff and
other wedding vendors too—it all adds to your time and costs. Some
people have a misconception that Thailand is a less expensive option
(vis-a-vis hosting a wedding at a five-star Hotel in Mumbai or Delhi).
Though the Thailand luxury resorts are not unreasonably priced and
some of their services like floral décor are cheaper, if you calculate
the costs of communication and travel, for yourself, family and
wedding vendors—it works out a little more expensive than organizing a
wedding with five times more number of guests in India.
Miss Christina of the Chapel where we had our White Wedding deserves a
special mention for her extreme professionalism and perfection. Thanks
to her it was truly a dream wedding. Bandra-based Picture Perfect
Studios did a great job with the wedding photographs and videos.
Makeup maestro Ojas Rajani gave me amazing looks for the different
functions. Our singers Arvinder Singh and his group brought life to
all the parties. Colaba-based Pradeep Gidwani of Gift n Décor (a store
that supplies décor and pooja samagri items) helped me immensely by
recommending good wedding vendors. Pradeep is a veritable store-house
of all information on Sindhi Weddings, and he knows more about Indian
wedding vendors in Mumbai than most event managers.
Most couples are paranoid about everything being perfect—and
unfortunately they forget to enjoy their Big Day. Don’t forget it’s
the most special day of your life and you should enjoy it to the
fullest. Forget about the last-minute hiccups or disappointments.
My Wedding Day Look
As a little girl I always dreamt of a crystal pink ghagra for my
wedding but as I grew older I began liking beautiful traditional
embroideries. More recently, I always admired every look created by
Sabyasachi so I wore his beautiful creation for my wedding function.
For the welcome dinner I wore a Monisha Jaisingh gown. For the Sangeet
and Mehendi, I wore self designed creations, and an Anjalee and Arjun
Kapoor gown for the Church Wedding. I designed Anup’s dress for the
Sangeet. For the Mehendi and Wedding he wore outfits by Sabyasachi.