Shooting his film ‘Sangam’ in Switzerland in the early 1960s, Raj Kapoor could hardly have imagined he was initiating the beginning of a long-standing love affair between Bollywood and the snow-kissed country. Over the years, the sugared Alpine ranges became the sweet spot for capturing scenes of romance and Switzerland became a real-life honeymoon hub for Indian couples too.
And what’s more exciting than anticipating the weddings of real-life stars getting real-life romances on at their weddings? We put our rose-colored glasses on and picked three properties that would work if Tehiya Narvel Events were the wedding planners. The company plans and customizes ornate Indian weddings and inspired by these, WeddingSutra editors prepared a mood board of colors and designs for Bollywood stars with stars in their eyes.
Kulm Hotel St. Moritz for Alia and Ranbir’s Fairytale Wedding
Let’s start with Alia Bhatt. Imagining her getting married is like dreaming of a Disney princess celebration. Her baby face, her vivacious personality, her sense of poise all fit perfectly in the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz whose legacy of hospitality goes back over 160 years.
A pillar of the St. Moritz community, this hotel combines solid tradition with modern day luxury. The six refined event spaces can accommodate between 50 and 500 people and provide pure Swiss ambiance for the occasion. Guests can settle into one of the hotel’s 164 luxurious rooms and suites and visit their seven restaurants, three bars, a hotel-owned nine-hole golf course and three tennis courts operational in summers and a 2,000 sq. meter spa amongst other extensive facilities. We’re not even talking about the rapturous views of the lake and snow-covered mountain peaks.
The hotel is a throwback to an earlier era of royal luxury. All it needs is an abundance of white blooms, an endless sea of warmly glowing candles and you’ll have a romantic set up like no other. A few ornate glass elements to catch the light will only add more stately character to the occasion.
Alia, are you listening?
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace for Deepika and Ranveer’s Contemporary Wedding
Deepika Padukone is the queen of cool with her air of elegant nonchalance about her. Her beau, the millennial man himself is a rock star. We imagine their wedding to be sophisticated with an edge and perfectly placed at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.
The largest hotel in the Swiss Riviera region, the lakeside Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is a marvel of Belle Époque architecture. They offer approximately 41,000 square feet of event space while their largest ballroom can easily accommodate 1200 revelers. Guests can pick from any one of their 236 well-appointed rooms and suites and travel down to no fewer than six outlets to eat, drink and be merry.
For modern yet experimental festivities, the idea would be to play to the hotel’s architecture with deep-hued drapes. Black table runners with candles in the same color offset by wildflower posies and lush foliage will bring drama and light to the evening. Daytime events, can integrate lighter colors and evoke more breezy elements from the locale.
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa for Priyanka and Nick’s Traditional Wedding
Priyanka Chopra is Bollywood’s diva with a deep reverence for her Indian roots, something she made quite apparent with her traditional Roka ceremony. So we imagine conventional nuptials at the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, a sprawling property with ample space and scope for a big fat Indian wedding.
Settled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, gazing at the most breathtaking mountains in all of Switzerland, the hotel has no dearth of sumptuous sights. Their 22 meeting and banquet rooms are designed in style and moods ranging from classic to contemporary. The grounds are home to 216 rooms including 106 junior suites and larger suites as well as five dining outlets managed by chefs who are masters of the culinary crafts.
The property ’s grand yet adaptable aesthetics are sure to work well with a palette of Indian wedding colors like pink, yellow, red and orange. Think of a mandap smothered in flowers of these hues or gradient floral chandeliers suspended from above. Wooden elements can be used as well in order to bring in rustic touches to the setup.