Abhishek & Tina's Wedding in Dubai, UAE
Enchanted by the notion that the heart is like a lock that can only be opened with one key, Abhishek and Tina locked their lives together for eternity in Dubai, UAE.
How we met:
Our parents have been good friends and part of the same social circle for over 15 years – our dads were cricket buddies back in the day. The parents decided to set us up mutually and we met for our first introduction on November 28, 2014 and Oh my… it turned into a 6 hour meet!!! We clicked instantly, gelled very well (like a key to its lock) and found that that our taste, in terms of food, cuisine and music, was so similar. I fell in love with his smile instantly. We opened up with great ease and the vibes were extremely positive. Having exchanged numbers, we started chatting and planned three or four meetings through a period of three weeks before we finally gave in.
The planning was stressful and smooth at the same time. Skit practices, entries, dances, lightings, DJ work – everything was being coordinated simultaneously. Both Abhishek and I were taking care of the entertainment bit (music, lights and dances) along with making time for our pre-wedding shoots. The wedding was a grand success and everyone couldn’t stop raving about it.
The idea behind the wedding was Band Baaja Baarat – no fomal settings but a lot of booze, dance and music. Abhishek arrived in a fancy three-wheel vehicle (Polaris Slingshot three-wheel motorcycle) at his Baarat. The highlight of the wedding was our entry at the Cocktail and Ring Ceremony. A lot of coordination and planning had to be undertaken in order to ensure that the execution was perfect, especially for the lighting, DJs and secret entry doors into the ballroom to set into place. We did a spotlight entry in the dark on the stage, which the guests weren’t expecting at all. It was magical and I wish I could live that day again! We also had several coordinated performances at both the Cocktail and the Mehendi & Sangeet event the following day.
Feelings on the Big Day:
I went to Delhi for my wedding shopping and Oh Boy was I glad!? It is undoubtedly a city that knows the true meaning of bridal couture.
Schedule of Events and Outfits worn on each function:
December 20 2015: Groom’s Thread Ceremony
I wore Baby Pink Amarapali – Western Saree with Silver and Purple embroidery; Abhishek chose a Peach Pink Silk Jodhpuri Suit.
December 21 2015: Mata Ki Chowki
Red and Gold Chinese collar blouse with Gold Lehenga; Red and Gold Brocade Jodhpuri suit for the groom
December 22 2015: Laadas
Short sleeveless ethnic dress for Mehendi
December 23 2015: Cocktail & Ring Ceremony
Gold Cinderella Gown, which was customised from a designer in Mumbai, Jaya Kataria; Abhishek wore a trendy dull Gold Band Galla Suit
December 24 2015: Mehendi & Sangeet
Tri-colored Lehenga Choli – Royal Blue with traces of Pink and Orange; Groom wore a Velvet Navy Blue and Maroon Pathani Suit
December 25 2015: Pheras
Rose Pink Lehenga with Blood Red borders and Gold Zardozi embroidery; He wore a Cream Sherwani with Maroon and Gold embroidery
December 26 2015: Reception
Bright Red Lehenga with Silver Stone and Zardozi embroidery; Abhishek was wearing a Black Suede Tuxedo
Venues were definitely chosen on the basis of availability, as almost 80% of the hotels in Dubai were not allowing private events during Christmas week. Vicinity was important to make sure guests get to the venue on time and easily. Also, ballroom capacity to accommodate the guests were taken into consideration. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht club was chosen in order to facilitate the Baarat in the most traditional way with the Bhangra (dance form) guys performing and the family celebrating.
1. Abhishek Thread Ceremony was held at Marco Polo Hotel Deira
2. Mata Ki Chowki – Grand Excelsior Hotel
3. Laadas – Zomoroddah Building Party Hall
4. Cocktail & Ring Ceremony – Radisson Blu Creek, Deira
5. Mehendi and Sangeet Ceremony – Four Point Sheraton, Bur Dubai
6. Pheras – Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
7. Reception – Al Bustan Rotana
Performers and Performances:
The dances were a combination of Retro vs. Modern Bollywood. For example ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ was paired against ‘Hookah Bar’ and ‘Jumma Chumma De De’ was paired against ‘Jumme Ki Raat Hai’. The highlight had to be both sets of parents performing on an item on old Samdhis vs modern Samdhis (in-laws). It started with the girl’s parents humbly perfoming to ‘Aaj hamare dil mein ajab yeh uljhan hai’ from Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, while the boy’s parents flaunted their fans and hats. This sequence blended into the modern version of ‘Aa dekhe zara kis mein kitna hai dum’ – It was absolutely spectacular! During the Mehendi and Sangeet, there were lot of group performances of the bride with her friends and sisters and the groom with his friends. ‘Gallan Goodiyan’ was the finale number, where the couple finally shook a leg together.
Few words on the photographer, videographer, hair/make-up artist, bartender and DJ:
I was extremely happy with the work of all the vendors we chose – all were absolutely excellent !!!
Advice for to-be-weds:
If you have to be involved more than required even though you’re the “Couple”, then do so because when it all turns out to be perfect …. nothing is worth more than that feeling. We as a couple were widely involved in our arrangements. Also, enjoy it as much as you can as that is the best phase of your single life !!!
Photographer/Videographer: Pooja Studio Dubai
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Sonali Mirchandani (Mumbai)
Henna Artist: Vandana Makkar (Dubai)
Bartender: Flaming Trio
DJ’s: DJ Nitesh & DJ Manoj (Dubai)