If Mumbai is talking about the Destination Wedding in Cannes this weekend (Mumbai’s Ria Dubash and NRI Kunal Grover), two more weddings are much awaited on the calendar of the city’s glitterati and socialites. Both the celebrations will be elegant affairs, put together by the uber stylish parents of the to-be-weds. Devika and Suresh Bhojwani’s son Karan is engaged to model/ actress Lisa Haydon, and the Beach wedding is at the Taj Holiday Village, Goa. Last month, Rita and Raja Dhody’s younger daughter Nadine got engaged to textile tycoon Niraj Jiwrajka of Alok Industries and the nuptials are in February 2014.
Ace Model Lisa Haydon and fiance Karan ‘Third Eye’ Bhojwani
While the Dhodys and Bhojwanis have opted for a Destination Wedding many of Mumbai’s most eligible are tying the knot in the city itself, at all-time favorite venues like Turf Club and Taj Mahal Palace. And while Amby Valley has always been a popular destination for those looking to host a super grand wedding near Mumbai, the newer venues in Alibaug, Lavassa and Lonavla are preferred for an intimate celebration. The mid-October wedding celebrations of Namrata Narang (from the Ambassador Hotels clan) are at different hotels in the city. In November, Sravanya Rao daughter of Worli based industrialists Rajyalakshmi and Dr Vijay Paparao is tying the knot with Aditya Pittie at the Taj Mahal Palace and the pre and post wedding celebrations are at The Palladium and Turf Club. Around the same time, Priyanka Khatri, the PR & Communications Head of a Film Production House is marrying Kunjan, the co-owner of White Owl Lounge at a SoBo Venue.
Left- Designer Nadine Dhody weds Niraj Jiwrajka in February 2014. Right- Ria Dubash and Kunal Grover are getting married in Cannes
A post on high profile weddings will be incomplete without a mention of the big, fat weddings. This season some of the grandest weddings are being hosted by the city’s top builders. The seven day wedding celebrations of Rahul Shah, scion of Sumer Group of Builders commence on November 14th, and over 4,000 guests are expected at the finale wedding cum reception at The Turf Club. And between 8th and 10th December, Bandra’s top builder is hosting his daughter’s wow wedding; two of the city’s biggest wedding décor companies have been roped to orchestrate the spectacular theme events at Taj Land’s End, Grand Hyatt and The Turf Club. Watch this space for more!