WeddingSutra’s eye in the sky takes you to destinations where the hottest soirees and power weddings take place in 2017. So here’s a round-up of where the most high-profile NRI and India-based families are traveling to, and the A-list wedding planners who are orchestrating the events.
Dubai families choose Sri Lanka, Vienna and Costa Fascinosa
Three Dubai-based Indian families are hosting the most anticipated destination weddings of 2017. The first Indian wedding to take place at the newly opened Shangri-la Hotel on the southern coast of Sri Lanka is of Disha Gangwani and Lov Sawlani from Dubai. Guests from over 20 countries are travelling to Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa, the largest resort in Sri Lanka that boasts 300 spacious rooms, including 21 suites, all surrounded by stunning tropical gardens. The beachfront resort offers one of Sri Lanka’s most extensive event and banqueting facilities, catering up to 1,000 people.
Rita and Sunil Vaswani, known for their extravagant parties at their fabulous Dubai mansion are hosting their daughter Sonam’s wedding in June in Vienna, Austria. Sunil Vaswani who tops the list of richest Indians in the Gulf runs the Stallion Group and his daughter is marrying Navin Fabiani, the son of Madrid/Mumbai based tycoon Kamal Fabiani. Last year, industrialist Sajjan Jindal hosted his son’s wedding in Vienna, while one of the most talked about Indian weddings in 2011 was in Monte Carlo where Navin Fabiani’s elder sister wed.
Dubai billionaire businessman Rizwan Sajan, chairman of the Danube group and Number 7 in the Forbes list of Top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE, is chartering Costa Fascinosa for his son Adel’s wedding to Sana. While international cruises have hosted Indian weddings, this is the first time an Indian family is chartering the entire ship for a wedding. The guests will board in Spain (Barcelona) and the itinerary will cover France (Cannes, Marseilles) and Italy (Savona).
Disha Gangwani and Lov Sawlani’s wedding is at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka; Sana Khan and Adel Sajan’s wedding is at aboard Costa Fascinosa; Sonam Vaswani and Navin Fabiani.
Wedding Weekend in Mumbai and Hyderabad
Two among India’s most well-known business personalities are hosting a celebration for the long weekend this month (January 26th to 29th). Radha Kapoor, the daughter of YES bank’s Rana Kapoor, will wed Aditya Khanna in Mumbai. Radha runs the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) among other new-age creative ventures, while Aditya is a partner at a hedge fund. And in Hyderabad, Keshav, the son of Pinky and Sanjay Reddy of GVK Group, will tie the knot with chemical engineer Veena Reddy, daughter of Chinnappa Reddy who owns a pharmaceutical company. The Kapoor-Khanna wedding celebrations will be held at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. The Reddy’s – who own the Taj Hotels in Hyderabad – are hosting the celebrations at their sprawling residence and the GMR Arena grounds.
Radha Kapoor and Aditya Khanna’s wedding is at Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai; Veena Reddy and Keshav Reddy’s wedding is at GMR Arena Grounds, Hyderabad.
Middle East Magic
The Shangri-la and The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Muscat continue to be hotspots for international destination weddings, and the Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi has hosted some grand weddings in the last three years. Next month, Abu Dhabi will again witness a very high-profile wedding on February 12 and 13 when Anushka Rajan, daughter of Abhijit Rajan who is the managing director of Gammon India, will wed Abbishek Doshii at the regal Emirates Palace. This opulent hotel with luxurious rooms and suites comes with its own 1.3km pristine, private beach, inviting pools and a private marina overlooking a natural bay. Later next month, one of Bangalore’s top builders is hosting his daughter’s wedding at Ras Al Khaimah, which in the last two years has hosted many weddings of big business families from Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.
Anushka Rajan and Abbhishek Doshii’s wedding is at Emirates Palace
Goa, Udaipur, and Seychelles
Karan Singh, CEO of Sunburn Global and son of Harindra Singh who is the chairman and managing director of Percept Limited, is marrying Mansha, a Mumbai-based surgeon on February 26 and 27 at Grand Hyatt Goa, the same venue where Karan’s sister Khushi got married last year.
Bollywood star Neil Nitin Mukesh is marrying his girlfriend Rukmini Sahay in Udaipur after which the families will host a grand wedding reception at Bollywood’s favorite five-star hotel – JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.
While these two entertainment industry personalities have chosen hot-spots in India for their destination wedding, a little birdie tells us another star-studded wedding will be taking place in Seychelles in February. “It will be an intimate affair in the idyllic location where guests can enjoy the luxury and powder-soft sandy beaches”, says his friend.
Neil Nitin Mukesh and Rukmini Sahay’s reception is at JW Marriott Mumbai; Mansha and Karan Singh’s wedding venue is Grand Hyatt Goa.
The Wedding Makers
The wedding planners managing some of these glitzy nuptials include A-list stalwarts such as New Delhi-based Vandana Mohan of The Wedding Design Company and Mumbai’s Aditya Motwane of MEW (Motwane Entertainment & Weddings). They have pulled off some of the most creative, magnificent and high-profile weddings for the elite in India and abroad in recent years. Farid Khan and Bhavnesh Sawhney of WedNiksha (a division of Wizcraft), Dhaval Chandarana of WED Gurus, Pawan Mirchandani of Horizon WIE and Aarti Manocha of MtoM – Milestones to Memories have also been booked for some of these designer weddings.
Prominent designer duo Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla who orchestrate design and styling for one or two mega weddings every year are the style directors for the Hyderabad wedding. Cineyug Celebrations, whose forte includes Event Management and Entertainment, are scripting and directing the sangeet which will include family performances, dances, and acts by A-list Bollywood stars.
Aditya Motwane, Vandana Mohan, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla