This bride’s bidai in a regal doli made for an exit that was was both nostalgic and memorable

Nidhi and Varun first met at a music festival but long after the festival ended, the romantic background score played on. A few years later, they decided to celebrate their wedding at the Jai Mahal Palace. The festivities, orchestrated by WeddingSutra Favorite – IWP – Indian Wedding Planners, were a sight to behold! Partner Anant Khandelwal says, “Our vision for this wedding was to create regal magnificence and we spared no effort in trying to achieve absolute perfection. Right from palatial venues and magnificent decor to captivating couple entries and other unique details, everything contributed to this royal theme. This indeed was a once in a lifetime celebration that will be cherished not only by the two families but also their gusts.”

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

The groom tells us their story and shares highlights from their wedding.

How They Met
“December 26th, 2015, is when our story began. We bumped into each other at the music festival, Sunburn, in Goa where we were introduced to eachother by Nidhi’s brother Monish. It is said that every person crosses your path for a reason. Little did we know at that moment that we would be married a few years later.”

Wedding Venue
“Soon after the engagement, our families decided on a destination wedding in Jaipur. We wanted the venue to be very regal and Jai Mahal Palace stole our hearts! The 280-year-old, 18-acre property has three large lawns that are frequented by peacocks and various species of birds. Not only was this hotel undeniably majestic but even the staff were incredibly warm and hospitable.”

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Wedding Planning
“Our big day was planned by IWP – Indian Wedding Planners and it was a pleasure working with them. They did a fantastic job of bringing everything that we wanted to life using their expertise. The team was patient, cooperative, willing to understand our needs and eager to work with us as a family. We are grateful to have had them by our side through this journey.”

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Wedding Functions

Pool Party
“We kicked off the wedding with a smashing pool party in shades of blue, yellow and white. At the entrance, we had trellises decorated with oversized paper flowers along with wooden ladders decked with fresh blooms. The canopies featured origami birds while colorful paper lanterns were suspended from the trees. The vibrant color palette we chose was perfect for this bright day!”

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Sangeet
“The same evening we hosted a beautiful sangeet on the lawns of Rambagh Palace under the starry sky. While the decor designed for this function further enhanced the regal appeal of the venue, the stellar performances put together by our family and friends made this night absolutely unforgettable.”

Mehendi
“The next day began with a Rajasthani themed mehendi. We were escorted into the venue by Nidhi’s brothers and brothers-in-law. Holi colors filled the air and music typical of this ceremony set the tone. We also invited local folk dancers and singers and laid out an authentic Sindhi spread which took the cultural quotient of this affair up a notch.”

Sufi Night
“For the Sufi Night, Nidhi and I made our entry to the song ‘Azeem-O-Shaan Shehenshah’ in a horse-drawn chariot. The dress code was red and gold. The décor was filled with Moroccan-inspired elements – metal water jugs decorated with flowers as centerpieces, large Moroccan lamps at the entrance and sofas with bright rugs and cushions set the stage.”

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Wedding
“Pink and white were the colors that ruled our big day. We had an abundance of flowers that brought Jai Mahal Palace to life. I arrived with my baaraat on an elephant for the varmala. This was followed by a beautiful ceremony conducted by a priest who explained the significance of each ritual. These were some of the most poignant moments from all the festivities and are sure to be etched in our memories forever.”

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Nidhi and Varun, Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Advice For Couples
“Stay calm and be yourself. Be present in the moment, enjoy the pampering and feel the love that everyone will shower you with. Lastly, don’t forget to have a smile on your face the entire time.”

The Wedding Makers
Venues: Jai Mahal Palace (Pool Party, Mehendi, Sufi night and Wedding), Rambagh Palace (Sangeet)
Wedding Planner: IWP – Indian Wedding Planners
Makeup: Zorains Studio and Khowsalya
DJ: DJ Ronnie
Choreography: Vijay and Zafar

Photography: The Candid Pictures

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