Radhika and Vedant, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mumbai
Customized fragrances as wedding favors wowed all guests at Radhika and Vedant's wedding.
From a Sufi night to a Bengali-themed haldi, Radhika and Vedant’s nuptials were creatively curated by WeddingSutra Favorite – Mpire Weddings & Events. Their wedding e-invitations were designed by another WeddingSutra Favorite – Itchha Talreja Designs. The bride shares with us some highlights of the lovely festivities.
How They Met
“Vedant and I met through mutual friends on a three-day getaway to Pune to celebrate the new year. At that point, I was still studying for my final CA exam while he had completed his engineering and MBA. We got along really well, bonded over our love for Bollywood and started going out often once we came back to Mumbai. On our first date I knew that he was the one I was going to marry. I don’t know what made me so sure about it but I just knew, and we did!
“A year and a half after we met Vedant proposed to me at Jyran at Sofitel Mumbai BKC. I wanted a very intimate proposal, and it was just that. He booked their private dining area and arranged for flowers and candles as decorations, a bottle of champagne, and a pre-set menu. It was beautiful. We are both Marwadis, so our parents too were more than happy with our decision.”
“We both had always wanted a wedding in Mumbai. While there was a small phase where I contemplated hosting our nuptials in Jaipur, we eventually agreed on celebrating our big day in our city. Our wedding and reception venue was the Member’s Enclosure at the Royal Western India Turf Club since Vedant wanted an outdoor celebration. I didn’t have any specific details in mind, so I was happy with what both the families wanted.”
“Mpire Weddings & Events were our wedding planners and the three days of our wedding passed very smoothly because of the dedication and attentiveness of their team. They took good care of all the guests and made sure everything went as per plan.
Our wedding invitations were designed by Itchha Talreja Designs, and we were very pleased with the way they turned out.”
“Vedant had always wanted a Sufi Night, so we turned our mehndi into a function that besides beautiful henna designs, also offered some great music. The idea was to keep the men entertained while women got mehndi patterns applied on their hands and feet. As for the mehndi favors we wanted to do something different, so we had a perfume counter where our guests could get customized fragrances. The decor was done by Jain Decorators, and dark colors like purple and green were used along with hookahs and other Sufi themed props. We also had a coffee station where the beverages served featured our logo in pure gold.”
“Next morning we hosted a Bengali themed haldi function to make the ceremony a little more fun. All the ladies were asked to drape their sarees in Bengali style while the men were provided with dhotis to wear with their kurtas. We gave big red bindis, alta (a red dye made using betel leaves) and bangles as wedding favors. A black and white background of Kolkata was propped up on the photo booth. Vedant, and I entered the same way as a traditional Bengali couple! Not only did the food and decor reflect West Bengal’s culture, but we even had artists perform the Dhunachi naach, which is their traditional dance holding diyas.”
“We picked a ’90s Bollywood’ theme for our sangeet, and all the performances were choreographed by Happy Dancing Feet. The Wedding Bartenders concocted some unique cocktails and shots for our guests and had them in high spirits. The decor was done by Vivaah Wedding Décor Stylist, and we went with a white and black color palette whose beauty was elevated with lush foliage, chandeliers, and lights. DJ Sandy had the younger crowd dancing to his tunes, and an astrologer and a magician kept the older guests engaged.”
“We wanted a very traditional wedding, which is why red and gold dominated the setup which was accented with white flowers. Vishnu-Lakshmi was the theme for our wedding decor, and the highlight of the setup were seven easels that lined the aisleand had a wedding vow written on each of them. Swapnil Mistry and his team created an enchanting traditional atmosphere with Vedic chants. At the dinner, the most popular station was that of Turkish ice cream where our guests enjoyed watching the server’s tricks.”
“The reception was an extension of our wedding and was hosted at the same place as the wedding. At the event, we invited Manoj Fusion Band to play their wonderful instrumental music. We also had a few blind masseuses who gave our guests foot massages. The food at this event won the hearts of our loved ones and was catered by Foodlink Banquets and Catering Ltd.”
Advice For Couples
“Wedding planning is hectic and stressful but when everything comes together, and you can see that the celebrations reflect your personality, all of it seems worth the effort. So, be involved in your wedding prep. Let your family and friends help you but make your own decisions. Also, opt for e-vites since that saves so much paper.”
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Trident, Bandra Kurla (Mehndi), The St. Regis Mumbai (Sangeet), Royal Western India Turf Club (Wedding)
Wedding Planner: Mpire Weddings & Events
Decor: Jain Decorators (Mehndi and Wedding), Vivaah Wedding Décor Stylist (Sangeet)
Caterers: Foodlink Banquets and Catering
Bride’s Outfits: SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi (Mehendi), Koesch by Kresha Bajaj (Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding)
Groom’s Outfits: Raisson D’Être by Govinda Mehta (Mehndi, Sangeet, and Wedding)
Makeup Artist: Fatima Soomar (Mehndi), Recinda Martis (Sangeet and Wedding)
Entertainment: The Soulful Raaga (Mehndi) Swapnil Mistry (Wedding), Manoj Fusion Band (Reception)
DJ: DJ Sandy (Sangeet)
Choreography: Happy Dancing Feet
Bartender: The Wedding Bartenders (Sangeet)
Wedding Invitations: Itchha Talreja Designs
Photography: The Lightsmiths