A pastel carnival, a garden-themed engagement party and a regal wedding – this couple’s destination wedding in Udaipur raised the glamour bar high!
A seamless fusion of new-age glamour and tradition, Pavni and Pranv’s destination wedding enchanted the senses with its artful use of colour, larger-than-life themes and music. Planning and designing the union was WeddingSutra Favorite – Weddingline who stayed resilient in the face of challenges and gave the duo the wedding they’d always dreamed of!
How They Met
Pavni first met Pranav at a concert after-party. As the party got over, Pranav offered to drop Pavni home which led to the beginning of their bond. And, as fate would have it, their parents had also previously met on a travel tour where they’d become good friends! The weeks that followed saw the families meeting up and the couple getting happily engaged.
Chetan Vohra from Weddingline shares, “The duo’s love story was quite unique and it was only fair that we played out this entire story as the central theme. The Raffles Udaipur Resort was chosen to be the venue for the 350 guests who were invited. Additional rooms were taken at the Udaivilas and Trident Hotels and this was going to be a two-day pre-wedding celebration. This was indeed a unique case of destination pre-wedding ceremonies/engagements which they planned to celebrate with their closest friends. A celebration inspired by music – because music is how it all began. The two days were high-energy as flights were chartered, the families were driven into the hotel in a 1947 open hunting jeep to be greeted by the sounds of bugles and nagadas. The guests were then led to the jetty where a champagne brunch awaited them before they boarded the luxury boats to cross over to the island that housed the main hotel and lawns.”
Planning a large-scale destination wedding is a colossal undertaking with a plethora of minute details and big challenges. And, for team Weddingline the first challenge was the transportation of materials. Chetan shares, “The venue is on an island and the only access is by a barge for all materials. With only one Barge in service which was being used by hotel staff for baggage and their F & B material – our trucks for the event were given the least priority. This led to some delays in the set-up and had us working overtime to make sure we were ready for a day prior to a full dress rehearsal. Plus, India was also just out of the second wave of the pandemic when this brief was received. It meant many of the international artists were not available and sourcing artists from various parts of the world, getting their visas, permits and then flights into Udaipur were all a concern. But with persistence and planning, this was managed and we were able to bring in all the artists as we’d planned. The Raffles Udaipur Resort is also a hotel that is best equipped to handle 200 guests at any given time. We had additional guests coming in who were staying at other hotels. Hence we decided to bring in a supplementary crew for catering as well as service to ensure guests were given the highest levels of personalized attention.”
Chetan shares, “On the first evening, the cocktail party and tikka ceremony merged as one. This evening was named ‘jannat’ as an ode to the feeling of being in heaven when you are in love. A song by the same name was sung by Harshdeep Kaur. The decor was very floral heavy with guests entering via a stairway laden with flowers, and entering the ballroom to find large floral installations, a bar and a stage that would lend itself to many performances through the evening.”
For the ‘Garden of Love’ themed engagement, everything just had to be perfect! Chetan shares, “As the sun set, the guests walked onto the main lawn of the hotel to find a visual spectacle! A walkway led the guests into a central arena with trussing and lighting that replicated a concert seating on three sides. As the sky darkened, the lights came on and the music changed. The ‘Garden of Love’ started coming to life. Performers dressed as large birds, models on stilts with floral dresses, magicians and acrobats adorned the area, welcoming, interacting and entertaining the guests. A display of fireworks welcomed the couple as they walked in and were seated. Following this was a 45-minute musical inspired by the Cirque Du Soleil, a depiction of Pavni and Pranav and their love story.”
Chetan shares, “With Spring upon us, the afternoon threw open the perfect ambience for guests to come dressed in their pastel palettes and partake in a culinary journey of chaats and street foods from across the country. The afternoon carnival was named, ‘The Colours of Spring’. The bride and groom walked in amidst a shower of smoke confetti whilst the DJ and percussionists entertained the guests who shook a leg under the pastel canopy.”
For the big day, the team went all out when it came to displaying traditional glamour. Hosted under the starlit sky on a vast lawn, the decor featured vintage chandeliers, old-school dining tents, gilded furnishings and a huge depiction of Lord Shreenathji. The bride’s entry was heralded by cold pyros and the couple exchanged varmalas surrounded by the cheering of their loved ones. The couple then tied the knot under an open-air mandap adorned with lush foliage and white blooms.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Raffles Udaipur Resort
Wedding Planner and Décor: Weddingline
Entertainment: Harshdeep Kaur (Tikka), Harbhajan Mann (Tikka)
Photography: Badal Raja Company