In our new series we get Real Couples to tell us about their search for the perfect venue and share tips for to-be-weds getting married in the same city.
Theirs was an ‘East meets West’ wedding. Lucknow girl Samridhi Shukla and Christopher Lehnert from Germany tied the knot in a grand wedding ceremony at the Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow. Samridhi wanted the old-school, charming ‘Maharaja-Maharani’ type Indian wedding – grand and colorful, which could compensate for her missing on the everyday essence of India in the West. Fortunately, Christopher was also in favour of the bright Indian wedding and wanted to give his German guests a slice of India. While scouting for venue options, the couple were pleased by the imperial style of Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow. The erstwhile magic they were looking for, was found in the shining marble floors, the carefully designed entrance dome and the palm gardens in the middle of two baroque hotel wings. In addition to the grand outer appearance, says Samridhi, “for an inter-caste wedding like ours, the hotel staff was very attentive and had an eye for all the details, which made it an excellent option for us.”
Within Vivanta, there were three choices for the wedding location – the pool area, the gardens, and the Crystal Hall. While the gardens would have given an exotic fresh taste with a mystical closeness to the full moon, and the colorful lighted pool area would have added a touch of modernity, the grandeur of timelessness was only achievable in the crystal hall – a room that reeks of magnificence with the cozy, red carpet feel and huge chandeliers, and can host up to three hundred people.
Red and golden were the two colors that dominated the wedding site and were used heavily on the stage, in the choice of table-covers as well as the Mandap. The Mandap was richly covered with flowers and surrounded by pillows and sofas at the edge of the hallway. Instead of going for the conventional theater seating Samridhi and Christopher decided to opt for round table seating to facilitate more interaction between the guests.
Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow only allows instrumental music to be played during the weddings, and this was perfect for Samridhi and Christopher, as the only enchanting rhythms in the air that they wanted to feel during the entire duration of their wedding was the classic Shehnai. As food is probably the most distinctive element of culture, the buffet served by Vivanta had a varied combination of Indian and European dishes, cooked with utmost care and presented in an inviting way. Live cooking counters gave guests the choice to make the food they were craving for, such as different kinds of pasta that could be combined with a plethora of vegetables, salads and a dessert bar.
All in all, the couple was overjoyed with their choice of wedding venue since the flavors of a rich, resplendent Hindu traditional wedding is what they wanted to re-create. Needless to say, the chandeliers added the extra royal touch that they were looking for. Christopher concludes, “We were extremely satisfied with the services of the hotel, the quality of staff support and cleanliness, all those elements that we wanted from a five star hotel for the five star event of our life!”
Our blog post series ‘Wedding Venue Hot Spots’ features Real Couples and their search for the perfect venue. If you got married recently and would like to be featured here please email us a few wedding photos along with the details below. Our Editors will review the same and get in touch with you for a more detailed interview:
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Venue- Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow
Photographs Courtesy- Paras Gangh