ॐ | Henna & Vishal, Shangri-La, Chiang Mai, Thailand |ॐ
Vishal & I got married on the 14th of February 2015, a day I find lucky seeing as it is my grandparents anniversary as well. Since they couldn’t be there, I loved wearing her vintage pieces and remembering their day as I got married. Special thank you to our families & friends for making this unforgettable. Click below to watch the highlights of our wedding.
The Way We Met
Read all about how we met & what we thought of each other here.
Call it magic. Read about it here.
Save The Date
Our wedding stationary was inspired by our love of travel. We wanted something original and different and were very particular with the wordings & the printing quality. Ken’s Collections executed this perfectly & we ended up very pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out in the end. You can shop our exact card here.
To compliment the wedding cards, we decided to distribute gifts that had a Spanish theme to them. My family in Spain helped a great deal sourcing out goodies that were typically Spanish & delicious at the same time. Something I have not seen many people do before. El Corte Ingles is a great place to shop for things in Spain, but if you have access to factory outlets, you can buy these items in bulk, which makes all the difference, especially with 400 people attending your wedding.
At a destination wedding, most of your guests will be taking the effort of flying down specifically for your wedding. You need to keep their rooms stocked with basic necessities so that they feel comfortable. We included goody bags that had a matching shawl as we felt the guests would be able to use these after the wedding. We had the basic ‘after party junk food’ along with a Radha Krishna candle, a gold Ganesha chocolate & some other bits and bobs that made it such a fun welcome gift. Also remember to keep a wedding guide and a thank you note as a personal touch. Remember, people won’t be bringing your card to the wedding, so it is important to have a leaflet with a break down of the events & timings, the hospitality desk, hair and makeup salon schedules, map of the hotel & the key emergency contact numbers of people in charge. Also, don’t forget to include a section telling them a little about the country & what there is to do in their down time.
Appy couple were great to work with and had very easy to follow template designs that we used to set up our wedding website. We used GoDaddy and registered for www.vishalhenna.com, which is no longer live, but you can click here to view our wedding website layout, check out the gallery & get a sense of our events.
Entrance & Hospitality
It is so important to have a competent team at the hospitality desk to be able to guide guests to where they need to be and tend to their queries. Our decorator, Khun Krit, from Oriental Events decorated the entrance beautifully and it tied in with the overall theme we had going on. Around the hospitality desk, be sure to have a refreshments station with tea, coffee, water & juices, along with some light snacks for your guests throughout the wedding. We had dedicated hair stylists, makeup artists & a foot massage station to make sure that our guests were constantly feeling their best.
I personally think its really important to have signages to help direct your guest as to where and when your function will be.
Pre Wedding Photoshoot
Read all about the Janya ceremony here.
Read all about the Mehendi ceremony here.
As party favours, we had henna biscuits, Aum earrings and head pins & feather chokers.
Navghari & Ghari Puja
Read about the puja ceremony here.
Just like how I wore my grandma’s vintage wedding length for the Janya ceremony, my Mom chose to wear her vintage wedding blouse from the same set, which was incredibly beautiful.
Baile Flamenco / Sangeet
Read about our Spanish twist to your traditional Sangeet’s here.
Pink Vintage Flamenca | White Flamenca | Green Flamenca | Red Flamenca | Vishal’s Torrero: all from Spain.
All of the party favours distributed were sourced in Spain.
Read all about the Baraat ceremony here.
The Wedding Pheras
Read about the traditions involved in a Hindu wedding here.
As wedding favours, we distributed white chocolate lotuses to go with the theme of our lotus mandap & dholi & rose gold and silver heart bracelets since it was Valentine’s Day.
The Wedding Dinner
To read all about our reception, click here.
I’m usually very shy with words & so decided to surprise my husband with a love letter written by me, that I had blown up and made into my backdrop – the one and only time I’d let the world see that kind of romance coming out of me 😉
Instead of having a traditional guest book, we chose a wishing tree with falling stars where guests wrote their well wishes for us.
Bartenders Joseph B. & his team were phenomenal. They even managed to give me a bar much like George Clooney had at his reception.
The wedding would not have gone smoothly without the help of these people: Below are clickable links to take you straight to their sites, but should you want a more in-depth review on them, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.