Priyanka and Tarun live and work in New York. Priyanka works at Catchafire, an organization dedicated to matching professionals looking to volunteer their skills pro bono to non-profit organizations. Tarun works at American Express in their corporate pricing group. When he’s not at work, you may find him flexing his creative muscles playing his guitar, sketching, or finding any reason to spend time in nature. In their downtime, the couple enjoy going for long endless walks while stopping at book stores and cafes.
Priyanka and Tarun tell us about their Shaadi at the Prince of Wales Lawns of Taj West End, Bangalore and how they took a decision on the Wedding Planner just eight days before the wedding.
The wedding date was set early on, and we came to Bangalore six months before the wedding to scout for the venue and vendors. However, at that time, we felt that we could plan the wedding on our own with some help from family and friends. We were just too hopeful perhaps, while sitting in New York. Upon arriving in Bangalore three weeks before the wedding, we hit the ground running, and were soon exhausted. And after struggling for almost a week, we decided to hire the services of a Wedding Planner.
We got in touch with Bangalore based Wedding Planners Noor and Roseline (Wedding Tales) and after speaking to them, we knew they could understand our needs and work around our demands. Finally, everything went smoothly and thanks to the tremendous work they did, the day was truly the way we wanted it to be.
We picked Taj West End, because it truly is an oasis within the city. We first visited the venue in December and were sold on the idea– every other venue paled in comparison. It was intimate, elegant, graceful, and yet so grand. The lush green garden and the aesthetic architecture was mesmerizing. We knew our friends and family would feel the same.
Our ‘Arabian’ theme Mehendi and Sangeet took place at another city hotel so the outstation guests got an experience of a celebration at two landmark city hotels.
Wedding Planners Speak
“We at Wedding Tales love working with the Taj Group and Taj West End (TWE) in particular. It is by far the most beautiful outdoor wedding venue within the city. Priyanka and Tarun’s wedding was a whirlwind for us as we were brought in only 8 days before the actual wedding. Once we heard that the wedding & reception will be happening at TWE we were relaxed. The Prince of Wales Lawns (POWL) at TWE is an easy venue to decorate, and makes for an amazing setting and all colors go with the scenic surroundings. Since it was a day wedding ceremony we used a lot of marigolds as well as bright red roses. White china canopies for shade and white chair covers with bandhini fabric. Priyanka wanted to walk down an aisle and since it was the hot month of June, we covered the aisle with rows of marigold. We also made hand-made paper cones filled with flower petals for guests to shower the couple.
For the reception, Priyanka wanted a spectacular entrance and a subtle decor inside. The reception was at the ballroom at TWE. Since the ballroom walls are purple we used the ballroom colour as our theme, with orchid, mogra and white roses for the decor.
Priyank and Tarun state: “If you have lived in Bangalore even for a day you will know that commuting long distance is the single most harrowing experience thanks to all the traffic. But with TWE and their amazing POWL life is sure easier. And it helps that it is one of Bangalore’s oldest and most trusted hotel.”
For our new blog post series, ‘Long Distance Wedding’ we’re featuring couples living abroad who planned a wedding in their hometown in India. We want to hear your story, how you shortlisted venues and your experience with the wedding planner (if you hired one). Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your wedding photo and details (below), and we’ll get in touch if you’re selected to be featured.
Name of Bride and Groom
Where you’re based or where you were based when planning the Wedding
Where (venue + city) you got married and when (date)