Sunday, 26 February 2017 07:51

Destination Wedding On Your Mind?

This blog post started off with a bet with my aunts that I thought I was going to lose. My mum’s three sisters are hopelessly addicted to soaps especially saas-bahu serials. When they are watching it, heaven help you if you so much as sneeze. I’m not kidding. 

So, when I got a message from my other half saying that he was okay with my plans for our destination wedding. I screamed in delight! And all hell broke loose. It took my aunts 15 minutes to understand that everything was okay. It took another 15 minutes for my mother and me to explain what a destination wedding was.  

“Surely your TV actors have destination weddings?” I exclaimed. It was followed by a vigorous shaking of heads. “These people are not like you,” said my eldest aunt waving her finger at me. “No no no - these are good boys and good girls. They have traditional weddings in their own towns.”  I was determined to prove them wrong. And it was tough as most TV actors did prefer traditional weddings. But I did stumble across these ones!

Rajat Tokas and Shrishti Nayyar 

These two had my dream destination wedding: Jagmandir Palace in Udaipur. For those of you not in the know, Rajat plays Akbar in the TV show Jodha Akbar. My youngest aunt finds him very good looking. The wedding was a four-day affair in which the palace was booked for the family. Very romantic!


Archana Vijaya and Dheeraj Puri

What happens when a Bong beauty wants to get married to her boyfriend of two years? They go to Thailand (this is the destination that my other half and I are thinking of). It was a spectacular beach wedding at Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa - about an hour away from Pattaya on Thailand’s east coast.


Nigaar Khan and Khayyam Sheikh 

My aunts were quite heartbroken when they thought that Nigaar Khan would disappear from our screens. Supermodel and TV’s favourite vamp, Nigaar got married to her Abu Dhabi based boyfriend in 2015. The two tied the knot at a destination wedding in Dubai. The wedding photos are spectacular and were released on Instagram (something that I am planning to do too).


Sanaya Irani and Mohit Sehgal

These guys got married in Goa - my all time favorite holiday place. What I loved about their destination wedding is that they got married on a private beach in January 2015. I loved the fact that they posed for photos with a beautiful sunset behind them.



Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dhiya

Why have your wedding and reception in one city? Do it TV style and have it in two. That’s what Divyanka and Vivek did. The two had met on the sets of Ye Hai Mohabbatein (I know my TV because of my aunts)! The wedding was at Bhopal while the reception was in Vivek’s hometown, Chandigarh. The photos looked really elaborate and they are a stunning couple.



Okay - I’m armed with my information now. Time to go and talk to my aunts before their serials start!

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Saturday, 21 January 2017 09:05

Why Should You have A Beach Wedding

I spent most of my childhood running around in bare feet. There was something magical about feeling springy green grass under my soles during summer or the splashing in the warmth of a puddle with my brothers after the fresh monsoon rains. 

 Of course, I’ve grown up now and graduated into stilettos and city life, but there’s still a part of me that longs for my childhood summers, nature - and wandering around in bare feet.

 On another story, my parents had been looking for a match for me for a while. “There will be no more good looking men if you wait anymore!” my mother would say.

 At that point, I had agreed to her finding someone for me just to get her off my back. 

 Two years, later, she put me in touch with Rahul, a son of a family friend. Rahul and I clicked immediately. We were both chilled out and had similar interests. More importantly (much to the shock of our families), neither of us wanted an extravagant wedding. 

 It was Rahul who came up with the idea of a beach wedding in Goa.


Rule #1: You have to be chilled out

If you guys are planning a beach wedding like we are, you can’t afford to be fussy. There will be sand on your wedding dress and between your perfectly manicured toes. 

If frills and sequins are your style, a beach wedding may not be. I’m sticking to a simple yet elegant salmon pink lehenga with golden sandals. So, skip the Swarovski sister and while you’re at it, ditch the high heels.


Rule #2: The weather is worth it

I’m a nature lover and addicted to summer. Come winter and you’ll find me clutching my blanket. What I loved about our December wedding plans is that it’s going to be warm. The sky will still be blue and we don’t have to dress in layers. 


Rule #3: You don’t want the world watching

 My mother initially hated this part but Rahul and I loved it. With a destination beach wedding, you won’t need to invite extended family and friends. A lot of people won’t be able to make it because of their busy schedules. 

If it’s a small and intimate wedding by the ocean you want, then this is for you. 

We ended up with a list of 25 people apart from family who mean the world to us. My favourite part about our wedding is that we get to spend time with our near and dear ones. If we’d gone for a traditional wedding, we’d only have a few hours to spend with them.


Rule #4: You’re up for an adventure

My family eventually warmed up to the idea of a beach wedding. From experience, it only works if your family and friends are open to doing something different.

My brothers and the other boys are excited about water sports now while the women are keen to try out massages and Goan cuisine. In fact, I heard my mother tell my aunty that the Goan beach wedding was the best idea I’d come up with!


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