Trishant Sidhwani, Director of WeddingSutra Favorite – DreamzKraft, recently tied the knot with Prerita Puri and no points for guessing whom the wedding planners were!
Over several functions hosted at one of Mumbai’s most beautiful venues, across themes that resonated with the couple’s personal experiences, and hospitality that raised the bar, the celebrations were unique in every sense. With a guest list that glittered with celebrities and influences from around the globe, Trishant tells us about the unique position of playing both planner and client at your own gorgeous wedding.
How we met
“We both were pursuing our Bachelors in Business Administration at Indiana University, Bloomington and met via a common friend,” Trishant says. “In December a couple of years ago, I asked Prerita’s father for her hand and got his blessings and her ring size! Then I planned an elaborate proposal at midnight on New Year’s Eve. I’d invited all of our closest friends and she thought it was a regular NYE celebration!”
Trishant also managed to get no less than Shahrukh Khan (Prerita is a big fan) to raise a toast for them on video!
She said yes!
For the couple, the location decided itself. Trishant says, “For some of the functions, the guest list was pretty large and most were from Mumbai itself. It made sense to have the wedding here as Mumbai is also our hometown. Also, at DreamzKraft, we have the biggest inventory in all of Maharashtra at our fingertips! So we picked Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai and the decision made wedding planning for us a whole lot more convenient and we were able to do a lot more for our celebrations.”
“The most memorable aspect of planning my own wedding was definitely the fact that I could incorporate all the big and little details I wanted since I was both, the client as well as the planner!” Trishant says smiling, “It was a delightful fusion of sensibilities and we were breaking all the rules since we were the clients and didn’t need to be convinced!
Drinks were customized for the couple that was on the menu on all days:
‘Old fashion’ made with homemade bitters and whiskey and ‘Herbal martini’ made with herbal tea and vodka. The guests were welcomed with a hamper in their rooms that had tins and boxes of various refreshments, all customized with the wedding theme and their hashtag imprinted on it. Apart from this, there were personalized chocolates in every room on the Sangeet night, silver coated cardamom seeds and a scented candle as a thank you on the wedding day.”
“The theme was Vintage Chic with an Oktoberfest influence. We festooned the lakeside lawns with vintage props like antique sewing machines, rotary dial telephones, vintage leather covered books, vintage suitcases and typewriters for old-world charm. Guests were seated on cane furniture with customized cushion covers, picnic tables with green and white exotic floral runners and the main cabana with low seating arrangements and lots of throw pillows. Casual chic at its finest.
Studio Kitchen enhanced the theme with a specially curated North American and Eastern European menu featuring wood-fired pizzas, corn on the cob, tacos, grills and hot dogs to name a few! Drinq at the bar not only served the guests but hosted games, quizzes and competitions at the tables while DJ Nawed and Percussionist Jonqui kept the crowd going with their snazzy beats.”
“The color scheme was a confluence of blue pottery and Greek art piqued with lovely Indian marigold yellows for a traditional feel.
Fun elements across the venue included floral niches with cozy seating arrangements and lounges that had been beautifully carved out with lots of flowers and quirky furniture.
A dance floor, balloon shooting, ring toss games and even a crystal ball reader completed the entertainment section.
There was a central bar set up at the gazebo. At the Drinq bar, guests could walk in and pick their choice of fruit, vegetable and infused water and the bartender would mix it up for them. Studio Kitchen’s menu had mouth-watering food and featured traditional Sindhi and Punjabi food. DJ Bosco’s team kept the music upbeat and had everyone on their feet.”
This star-studded night was glorious in every aspect and the Persian themed décor was very tasteful and grand.
More than a thousand guests were in attendance and the venue was designed so that there were both spaces to move around and little social oases to relax in.
The pre-function area was prepped with florals and zari-work fabric screens. Embellished fabrics in champagne gold were an integral part of the décor throughout the venue. The ballroom was given an infinity drape look, which was extremely modern and effective. The focal point of the décor was a 40-foot gold cutout chandelier installed over the bar. DJ Ali Merchant and Percussionist Vikalp belted out amazing tracks keeping the crowd entertained and on their toes.
“The aesthetic at the wedding was that of a Modern Vintage drawing room with hints of a South Indian floral garden with kitschy Indian prints. We worked the most for this event’s detailing. Even the umbrellas for the baraat were printed with flamingoes.
The mandap was set up at the lakeside and Veedaa Scents perfumed the air.
The mandap area’s seating arrangements featured antique furniture, beaten metal vases and tall brass lamps decorated with minimal flowers. The venue was redolent with the aromas of a profusion of tuberoses, tagar jaalis, Kenya roses, palm trees and kamini patta floral arrangements.
Lounges were created with modern Indian prints in English colors, vintage props, console tables, candle stands and tall brass tumblers. The head table had floral runners in white and green with Dior chairs and swan hangings with tuberoses.
Beautiful classical music played on the sitar during the pheras and that just added to the magic that enchanted everyone.”
“This party was at the same ballroom where the Sangeet took place but the space was completely transformed by the Psychedelic Cirque Theme. Black and white geometric prints with a pop of purple stood out along while a variety of artists like contortionists, aerial silk artists, mirror men, illuminated stilt walkers, illuminated ballerinas, LED drummers, clowns with pirate dwarf sidekicks were moving about the ballroom, putting on acts for the guests. The hand-painted quirky animal statues, sculptures, and paintings placed at various spots along with the use of stylish furniture, flowers and props lent an air of mystique and beauty to the décor. It was truly an out-of-this-world never-done-before look and it was tastefully styled. The result was stunning.”
The Weddings Makers
Venue: Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel
Wedding Decor: DreamzKraft ( Priti Sidhwani)
Caterers: Studio Kitchen
Bride’s Outfits: Sharnita Nandwana (Sundowner), Half Full Curve (Mehendi), Manish Malhotra (Sangeet), JADE (Wedding), Swapnil Shinde (After Party)
Groom’s Outfits: Govinda (Sundowner and After Party), Ananke in association with Half Full Curve (Mehendi, Sangeet and Wedding)
Jewelry: Anmol Jewellers, Tatiwala Jewellers, Bherumal Shyamandas and Sons
Entertainment: DJ Nawed, Percussionist Jonqui, DJ Bosco, DJ Ali Merchant, Percussionist Vikalp, DJ Abhishek Aher, DJ AJ, Shahid Shabaz, VJ Tarang, Jea Band
Teas: The Kettlery
Wedding Scents: Veedaa
Photography: The Wedding Story