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Newly wed, Priya Singh, speaks to us about her 'big, fat, traditional and extremely noisy Sikh wedding with typical functions and a grand ceremony that was totally worth it!' And what have we concluded after listening to her story?
That it is totally possible for you to plan your own wedding and still manage to shake a leg at the sangeet with your hubby in tow! Here are some useful notes from a composed bride who refused to be overwhelmed by the pre and post wedding pressures...
How over-the-top everyone went since Arvinder is the eldest child in his family and I, the only one!
Ring Ceremony & Sangeet
November 8, Grand Ballroom, Singapore Swimming Club
Haldi & Mehendi
November 18, Poolside Terrace, Layia Oak Hotel and Suites, Singapore
Cocktail – Sangan
November 18, Ballroom of the Dhow Palace Hotel, Dubai
November 19, The Great Ballroom, Le Meridien, Dubai
November 20, Al Khaimah Ballroom, Taj Palace Hotel, Dubai
November 21, Raffles Hotel, Dubai
It was a brilliant event attended by over 600 guests, with 11 dance performances by friends, family and professional dancers. Arvinder and I entered to the tunes of Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein Tum Bahaar Ban Ke.
My baraat lehenga and wedding anarkali outfits were Sabyasachi Mukherjee designs. My reception outfit was an Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor gown gifted to me by my mother-in-law. All the shoes were custom ordered from Thomas Chan Couture in Malaysia.
I was the wedding planner and took care of every detail. Just imagine!
We had no fixed budget as these all-out, week-long weddings are impossible to budget for, especially given the international coordination involved. We did, however, try to keep track of what was being spent, and where.
Best part of the wedding
The week after the wedding when all we did was rest and scramble on to Gmail and Facebook to check who had uploaded new pictures of us!
We probably had too many to remember but the key is to take things in stride and move on! Here are a few that took place at my wedding:
Our videographers and photographers got caught in a traffic jam on the morning of my Haldi ceremony, and the proceedings had to be delayed. But we didn't panic.
Due to a misunderstanding with hotel management, my friends were stranded in the hotel lobby on the morning of my first function as they were informed they had no booking. Their rooms were finally sorted but I ran late for my Haldi ceremony!
Two days before the functions started my mum-in-law asked me if I could go to Delhi for the but thankfully the gown fit perfectly!
5 Bridal tips:
All brides should get a superb make-up artist who they can totally depend on.
Even if you are your own wedding planner, always delegate duties and enjoy yourself.
You might forget things, errors happen but forget about them!
Keep a record and make a scrapbook of random pre-wedding events! This preserves sentimental memories of things that happened along the entire process. You'll love it later.
Always communicate openly with your partner before, during and after the wedding. It's all about the two of you, so prioritise your relationship before all else.