Kanchan and Piyush at Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon
Kanchan and Piyush live in Sydney and planned a wedding across hemispheres when they decided to tie the knot in India.
Our series, ‘Featured Weddings’ brings you wonderful moments from weddings held at the finest venues across different cities. Kanchan and Piyush decided to make their parents dreams come true and have their wedding in India despite being based in Australia. The bride tells us all about the long-distance planning that culminated in a beautiful four-day wedding at Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon.
Piyush and I first met when I was 17 years old and he was already in university. It was at work, at a part time job, in Auckland and I was pretty awestruck by the uni-kid showing an interest in me! We only realised how important we were to each other when I moved away to Sydney. We both felt like something was missing until Piyush decided to move to Sydney too. We dated for eight years and finally decided to get married. We now live in Sydney where I work as an accountant and Piyush is in the banking sector.
When we decided to get married, India seemed like the natural choice of location with both sets of extended families settled there.
While looking for a venue, one of the biggest factors was the capacity to accommodate our guests and families for four days. Location and convenience had to be considered and of course, food was of great importance – we wanted a variety of menus and meal plans over the celebrations without a sense of repetitiveness.
We were both very hands-on in the planning of the wedding and we also were looking for a hospitality team who would not just accommodate but, dare I say it, exceed our expectations on our detailed requirements. Vivanta by Taj fit the bill perfectly!
Our wedding was an elaborate four-day affair at the Taj Vivanta, Gurgaon. Since my family is originally from Mumbai and we don’t have a home in NCR, we all stayed at the hotel and treated it like a destination wedding.
The celebrations kicked off with a milni, a chance for our extended families to meet and greet. This was a small, informal function – an ice-breaker.
The fun started the next day with the mehndi followed by a ring ceremony that evening where Piyush decided to have his own mini-baraat! Piyush’s mum and sister performed a quick shringaar ritual on me and then we exchanged rings.
The sangeet was held the next day with a series of traditional rituals held by both sides of the family, and poojas, including a sagri and jaago. My side of the family followed our Sindhi traditions and Piyush’s family came over to join in in our festivities for a little while.
We held our wedding on the final day. It was thought through and very personal. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family and we read our vows out in English so our friends from overseas could understand the ceremony.
Piyush had hired a vintage car for our vidaai and the delightful surprise that it was, it brightened up some very emotional moments!