Chirag & Krupa's Wedding in Dubai, UAE
Chirag and Krupa found a perfect match in each other soon after they met. The bride tells us all about the beautiful five day wedding affair in Dubai, UAE.
How we met:
Our story was a typical arranged marriage sort of thing. We met through family and we also had a few common friends. Before his parents could come see me, he decided to add me on WhatsApp to get to know me better. I was surprised that we clicked so well and it wasn’t until 3 months had passed that we realized we were perfect for each other, and we got engaged within a month.
Since our courtship was one and a half years long, we had all the time in the world to plan the wedding. However, as always, it came down to the last few weeks where everything started properly. I started the wedding planning as soon as our date was decided. I was extremely involved with my wedding right from the menu to decor to everyone else’s clothes, the DJ, photographer, everything! It came to a point where I was getting my hair and makeup done on the morning of the wedding and coordinating with the décor people downstairs over the phone at the same time!
First things first – always note down your wedding checklist/to do list and more importantly, keep a diary. It will make life so much easier! The first thing I decided on was my wedding logo which was designed by Madi Things! I wanted to use bright colours for my logo and we finalized on a bright yellow and pink, which was perfect as it gave a very vintage feel to it. She even designed the wedding welcome notes for the guests coming from abroad.
For the Sangeet, I wanted to do something fun so we decided to hire a video booth. Instead of the usual photo booth, this one was a video booth where the guests could record a 7 second video using the props provided and a flipbook would be printed within 3 seconds. We even customised our flipbook with our wedding logo and all our guests loved the idea as they had some memory to take back home with them. Another idea I came across through my research was the wedding hashtag. It’s a hassle-free way for guests to share their photos of your wedding without directly sending them to you. My sister was the one who came up with the wedding hashtag #Krunchi which was super cute. So we spread the word by making a poster for the guests to use the hashtag, which was designed by Madi Things again. The last few weeks before the wedding day turned out to be very hectic, but it was all worth it in the end – especially when we saw the smiling faces of our family and friends who had come down just to be with us and bless us and when we saw that all that we had been planning for so long had finally fallen into place.
Feelings on the Big Day:
More than being a nervous wreck, I was a really excited bride who couldn’t wait to see how everything would turn out to be. Finally after months and months of preparation, the day was finally here. My entry as a bride was very traditional – my brothers were holding the chaddar made out of lights and kalire, while my all-time favourite “Din Shagana Da” was playing in the background as I walked down the aisle. I had my younger brothers hold out a signage saying “Chirag Jija..Here comes your bride”. It was a very emotional moment for me.
I had picked up this beautiful princess-y kind of baby pink anarkali by Anushree Reddy from an exhibition in Dubai, which I fell in love with as soon as I laid my eyes on it. I had purchased it when I didn’t even know I was going to get married! So I saved it for a perfect occasion and decided to wear it for my Mehendi Function.
I finished my wedding shopping for my functions in a span of one week! Since I had already been doing my research for quite some time, I knew exactly what I wanted and which stores to go to – I picked all my dresses from Mumbai itself. My trousseau was built during the course of a year and the trousseau shopping was done through various exhibitions in Dubai and a few stores in Mumbai as well. My entire wedding shopping was done with the help of my mom and nani (grandmother).
Our family is huge and we needed venues which could accommodate between 600-1000 people, which very few hotels in Dubai have. For the pheras, we zeroed in on Ritz Carlton, as it had the capacity and was perfect for the baraat – the entrance from the hall to the stage was long enough and apt for my entry.
For the reception, we were expecting about 1000 plus people and we had a choice of only 2-3 hotels, as not many could accommodate this capacity. We decided to go for Al Bustan Rotana in Al Garhoud.
Sangeet – Radisson Blu, Deira
Wedding – Ritz Carlton, DIFC
Reception – Al Bustan Rotana
Advice for to-be-weds:
DELEGATE, DELEGATE AND DELEGATE! Don‘t be hyper like me! Live and enjoy every minute and moment and leave the planning to anyone you can find who wants to give you a hand! This time never comes back and every minute is a memory in the making so just have a good time!
Photography/Videography: Pooja Studio Dubai
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Noreen Shehryar
DJ: DJ Jeff
Photo Courtesy: Pooja Studio Dubai