Indians love big weddings and more importantly, they love big destination weddings. The grandeur, massive guest list, unending parties, gorgeous clothes and beautiful ceremonies make desi celebrations very special indeed.
While the upcoming nuptials (on a European cruise, no less!) of Danube scion Adel Sajan is the talk of Dubai, not so far away in Bahrain, preparations are on for a grand wedding of another hotshot Indian industrialist.
Sources say the opulent Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain will be the hub of celebrations marking the wedding of Diya Mehta, daughter of Russell Mehta, CEO of Rosy Blue to Ayush Jatia, son of Amit Jatia, MD of Hardcastle Restaurants in the last week of April. The Jatias are the family that brought the McDonald’s franchise to India. Ayush, a New York University graduate is working alongside his dad in the family business while Diya, an alumnus of the London College of Communication, runs a lifestyle blog named ‘Madhatter Di’ featuring her experiences in wandering, styling and editing.
While some ceremonies are slated to be held at other venues, a major part of the event will take place at the Ritz-Carlton toplined by an incredible bash to be hosted by the groom’s family on the luxurious private island. Guests include business associates of both families, relatives and close friends and classmates of the bride and groom. Incidentally, the engagement in December last year was a low-key affair but the wedding will be spectacular with over 750 guests being flown in from India, Belgium, UK, USA and other countries.
Indeed, the Mehtas and the Jatias are not holding back when it comes to lavish celebrations. Those privy to the wedding arrangements have told Masala.com that around 250 event supervisors and entertainers are providing support to the event. The romantic and serene villas of the Ritz-Carlton, with views of the exquisite Arabian Gulf waters, will be home to the hosts who have also put up guests at the Royal Suites, Diplomatic Suites and other rooms. These villas are true pieces of paradise, instilling a sense of calm and isolation with connection to the hotel’s private island, restaurants and spa. Apparently, a total of 15 such villas – each laying on 450 sqm surface with stunning interiors and state-of-the-art facilities - have been booked. The lush gardens, sandy white beach and tranquil ambiance are sure to provide the perfect backdrop for the duo to exchange vows.
Meanwhile, the hotel, we hear, is also going all out to ensure the big fat desi wedding will be a memorable affair. The big day will be commemorated by a ‘Planting of a Tree’ ceremony for the newlyweds where the bride and groom will plant a tree in the lovely gardens.
So after South East Asia, US and Europe, will it be the turn of Bahrain next to become the hotspot for extravagant Indian weddings?