Pritika and Mudit, Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
A Rajasthani theme with vintage touches and a regal wedding ceremony made for one breathtaking destination wedding.
Pritika and Mudit’s wedding was a resplendent affair, with colorful décor and traditional themes that created a regal ambiance. WeddingSutra Favorite – WhatKnot, brought the couple’s vision to life by carefully incorporating all their inputs in every capture from the wedding and creatively executing a wonderful series of celebrations. The bride shares highlights from the wedding below.
How They Met
“We have known each other since we were in kindergarten. His family moved to Aurangabad from Kolkata when he was 3 years old and we grew up in the same school from that time. We have always had the same set of friends as well. Mudit is the calm to my crazy and we get along so well. Our interests match, our values match and being with him makes me extremely happy. Isn’t that what everyone wants? To live with your best friend, do fun things together and be very happy!”
The bride shares, “I always wanted a wedding in a palace and Rajasthan was obviously our first option. We chose Jaipur over the other cities due to the flight connectivity as we had guests from India and abroad coming over. In Jaipur, our biggest struggle was to find a hotel with over 200 room as we did not want to divide our guests and wanted everyone to stay in the same hotel. That’s why we chose Marriott as it was close to the airport, had enough rooms and was perfect for our stay. Our wedding venue was Taj Jai Mahal Palace because as soon as we visited it, we fell in love. It is such a stunning property and we knew that this is where we want to get married for sure.”
Pritika says, “Personalization and customization were key. We wanted to make sure every element had a personal touch. This involved a lot of effort but it was worth it. The wedding planning process was extremely fun – I actually miss the hundred meetings and thousands of Whatsapp messages and Skype calls.”
The bride adds, “Our wedding planning was an 8-month long project. Being a destination wedding and not having anyone in Jaipur made it more complicated. But we had great vendors and a lot of family support, which allowed us to pull this off while working.”
The planning was no easy task, especially as the couple was not even in the same city. She says, “We were both working long hours. Mudit was in Bangalore and I was in Aurangabad, which was a real challenge. Every night before sleeping, we had a one-hour call to discuss what we did in the day and the to-do list for the next day. We did this for 8 months!”
The couple was elated with the end results and the way the events were documented, too. Praising WeddingSutra Favorite – Whatknot, the bride says, “Aditya and his team were a delight to work with and we had a great time! They were there for every event. On the wedding day, even when it was freezing cold, they stayed right up until the end, capturing every special moment. They were super patient and easy to work with – no fuss whatsoever! Our teaser and photos have just arrived and we are in love with them!”
With close family members arriving at the location a day prior, the couple decided to kickstart the wedding festivities with a welcome dinner. They also hosted an intimate mehendi ceremony for the family and the evening was filled with special moments shared with the couple’s nearest and dearest.
The theme for this ceremony was ‘Rajasthani Carnival’. Bright hues of yellow, pink, green and orange buoyed the spirits of everyone in attendance. The bride says, “It was a colorful affair, with everything customized to match the theme. Our giveaways were bandhani (Rajasthani tie-dye fabric) dupattas, Rajasthani rings and bangles. We had a live bangle making stall as well.”
The ceremony also included performances by the couple’s friends and family members. Post the ceremony, Pritika and Mudit had a special photoshoot against a backdrop of lush greenery.
When asked about the sangeet ceremony, the bride gushed, “It was a huge affair and everyone danced their hearts out. I performed 11 dances while Mudit did 9! All our friends and family members put in so much effort and, despite having come from all around the globe, they put up a fantastic show. It was followed by an after party which was extremely fun – everyone was in high spirits.”
The latter part of the celebratory functions included three ceremonies, the first of which was the haldi. Besides the auspicious yellow, there were also bursts of red and white as the couple chose a Bengali theme. Guests were all dressed in shades of red and white. The bride gifted her 15 bridesmaids similar sarees for the occasion. The ceremony was hit, with a ton of dancing, laughter and, most of all, love.
Once the haldi celebrations wrapped up, the guests gathered to enjoy a delicious brunch. The theme for this event was ‘florals and pastels’. The groom wore a pink shirt under a bandhgala with floral embroidery. The bride donned a turquoise outfit, paired with floral kaleere. The elegant décor saw floral elements and pastel fabrics softly draped around the venue. Vintage touches, such as typewriters, gramophones, and antique telephones were added for a retro feel.
There was an instant photo-printing section along with Jenga and other games to keep the guests entertained. However, the highlight of the event was undoubtedly the band that was flown in specially from Pune by the couple. The event ended with touching giveaways of seed packets along with the words, ‘Plant these seeds and when they bloom, remember the love shared by the bride and the groom’.
The wedding was a regal affair, with red and gold dominating the décor. The wedding was a regal affair, with red and gold dominating the décor. The stunning bride wore a traditional red and gold lehenga with gold jewellery completing her striking look. The groom wore a cream and gold sherwani, a red shawl and a gold turban.
In true Bengali tradition, the bride arrived on a palanquin, covering her face with two betel leaves. Touchingly, the doli was designed and constructed by her father in his own factory. Pritika and Mudit’s varmala began as soon as the bride arrived and took place on an elevated platform with their loved ones cheering them on from the sidelines. This was followed by the traditional pheras in an emotional ceremony where Pritika and Mudit were a sight to behold.
Advice For Couples
Pritka says, “Just have fun! Trust me, it’s probably hard to believe but Mudit and I had the most fun at our own wedding. More than we have ever had at any other wedding. Yes, there were probably at least 50 things that didn’t happen as planned, but so what? You won’t get these days back and it doesn’t matter whether that one piece of décor is missing or whether you haven’t posed for certain photos. What matters is that you make the most of it and create special memories. For us, the credit goes to our parents who let us be and just have fun. They only called us when we were needed. It was perfect.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Taj Jai Mahal Palace (Wedding), Jaipur Marriott Hotel (Pre-Wedding Functions and Guest accomodation)
Wedding Planning and Decor: F5 Weddings
Groom’s Outfits: Govinda Mehta (Mumbai), Kachins Couture, Telon
Bride’s Outfits: Kalki (Mehndi), Anita Dongre, Chamee & Palak (Sangeet), Divya Reddy (Brunch), Sabyasachi (Wedding)
Makeup: Malcolm Fernandes
Mehendi: Alankrita by Raashi
Entertainment : Raushan Verma Scheme (Pune)
Choreography: Aksheeta, Mumbai
Invitations: Radhika Pitti Studio (Bride’s Invite), Artsy Design Co (Groom’s Invite)
Photography and Videography: WhatKnot