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From Gorgeous Venues to a Glitter Cannon, this wedding in Rajasthan produced a treasure trove of memorable moments
Wedding Planning - Feb 5, 2019
A vibrant culture, historical venues and legendary hospitality makes Rajasthan one of the most sought after destinations for a grand wedding. Bride Sonam wanted to infuse her wedding to Mihir with the same timeless and regal essence that the desert state exudes, so she hired WeddingSutra Favorite – Elite Wedding Planner to conceptualize and execute her wedding celebrations held at Fairmont Jaipur. She shares, “The Elite Wedding Planner team was impeccable in their approach to everything – from designing the decor to making sure that even the smallest details were taken care of.”
The Elite Wedding Planner team took a year and a half to conceptualize Mihir and Sonam’s wedding which had a minimalistic and ethereal theme. Ruchita Parelkar of Elite Wedding Planner explains, “We wanted elements that were interesting and interactive, and the overall vibe of the functions had to be traditional yet modern and meaningful.”
Attended by 450 guests from around the world, the team had to ensure that all the details of the cuisine, decor, music, and entertainment were carefully managed to give the guests a truly memorable time.
The chic environs of, Fairmont Jaipur got a fairytale makeover with the splendid decor. Sonam says, “In spite of having traveled all across the globe, the royal elegance and grandeur of Fairmont Jaipur had me besotted from the very beginning, and I felt that it was a place I would love to get married in some day.” When she revisited the hotel with her fiance Mihir, she knew it was the right decision as the property’s well-appointed rooms, majestic aura, and exclusive vibe won both of them over. The hotel was booked for the three-day affair starting with the sangeet on the first day, the wedding on the second day and the reception on the third day.
Before the sangeet commenced, the guests met up on the lawn, enjoyed sparkling champagne and got to know each other. Folk artists and performers like ‘kacchi ghodi,’ ‘ghoomar’ dancers, puppeteers, and ‘magada’ players greeted the gathering with their riveting performances that was like a cultural showcase for the beautiful state’s history and local arts.
Inside the ballroom, the decor had a traditional Rajasthani feel that complemented the ballroom. Rich colors such as maroon, royal blue, and gold were used outdoors while a cool combination of white and blue decked the interior of the venue. A grand stage with Rajasthani mirror work was the highlight of the setup and took two months of painstaking work by local artisans. Siddharth Mahadevan, Nakash Aziz, Antara Mitra, and Nikita Gandhi entertained guests as they danced the night away.
The wedding was a showcase of Mughal opulence. “Fairmont Jaipur has an existing beautiful white Moghul inspired structure on their lawn. We wanted the wedding mandap to appear as if it was a part of this existing structure. The Elite Wedding Planner team did that for us, and we were delighted with the results. Our guests couldn’t make out that the mandap was not a part of the edifice!” recalls Sonam.
Their ceremony was conducted by Raju Maharaj who patiently explained the significance of each ritual to the guests. Bhawna Gada and a group from Mumbai performed the ‘lagna geet’, and a Sufi musical group from Jaipur mesmerized everyone at the wedding too.
The ‘Victorian Royal’ themed reception started as a formal event which eventually led to an informal after party where the couple’s family and friends came together smiling, dancing and making memories. The function included a cake-cutting ceremony and champagne which was served in customized glasses.
Each table featured abundant flowers and candles, and fresh blooms were suspended from the ceiling. There was a mirror dance floor and an ice bar which looked surreal when lit up. As the duo shared their first dance on their favorite song ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran, a glitter cannon added that glamorous and fun touch to the moments.
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Fairmont Jaipur
Wedding Planner: Elite Wedding Planner
Makeup Artist: Nisha Soni
Entertainment: Siddharth Mahadevan, Nakash Aziz, Antara Mitra, Nikita Gandhi, Bhawna Gada Anish Kale
Bartenders: Flaming Trio
DJ: DJ Cyrus
Photography: Anoop Padalkar
Videography: Amal Roy Films