Real Weddings: When A Wedding Planner Gets Hitched!

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For this week’s real wedding, we have a groom giving us all the details of his fun Gujarati wedding. The best part of this story is that he is himself a wedding planner. Co-founder of Entertainment Sportz Private Limited (or ES Celebrations for short), Karan Rughani, our groom, describes the details of all that went down at his lovely wedding ceremony.

Bride and groom

Avani Surname and Karan Rughani

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We met…

Ours was an arranged marriage.

real wedding of a wedding planner

Our proposal….

Right from the first meeting, we were able to connect. That gave us a reason to meet several times over and that is how we decided we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

Our wedding theme/colours…

It was a Gujarati fun filled wedding  complete with all rituals. Since the theme was traditional, everyone was dressed in traditional Gujarati attire. I had arranged for soft traditional instrumental music which just made the event even more exquisite. Highlights of lively colours, tea lights and aromatic flowers adorned the venue that had lush green lawns. All this gave the ceremony the perfect look I had desired.

real Gujarati wedding rituals

Bride’s  dress…

Nothing beats the combination of sheer silk in pastel pink and luminous orange. I picked the same with a twist of rose gold finish on the borders of the lehenga with breezy mint green and light pink sequence silhouettes duppatta over it. I specially got it customised at one of the designers in Ahmedabad.

Bride’s  hair and make up…

It was an elegant traditional twisted bun adorned with series of jasmine flower strands for the perfect Indian bridal look. The makeup was light summery complete with a matte red lipstick.

mehendi for Gujarati wedding

My suit

It was a beige coloured Jodhpuri Sherwani having velvet embellishments around the neck. A fine combination of traditional and contemporary flavour from Manyavar.

groom's sherwani from Manyavar

What the bridal party wore

As stated above, most wore traditional Gujarati wedding wear. The men from the bride’s side wore dark pink bandhni designed safas/turbans on the head while ladies were in heavy silk sarees or lehengas.

baraat and ghori arrival

Our ceremony…

The Sangeet function gave the right start to the 2 day event which was followed by Gujarati Garba. This gave room to guests to have fun and create some lovely family memories. The next day was the wedding day that involved a bit of anxiety to be honest but it turned out to be really one of the finest days which opened a new chapter in my life. Following the wedding, we had a grand reception at VITS Ankleshwar where Avani got introduced to most of my other relatives.

We chose our photographer because…

vatsalya studio photography Gujarat

We had Vatsalya as our photographer. He captures moments that get reflected purely in the photos. I have seen his work and have worked with him-so I always knew he would be the one to capture my wedding photos.

We chose our wedding planner because…

My company ES Celebrations itself was the wedding planner. The team planned the beautiful décor and the perfect management was evident throughout the celebration. My partners, Vinee and Viral managed all the details behind the scene thanks to which I could have a stress free wedding.

bidaai of bride Gujarati real wedding

We chose our venue because…

The wedding was held in Rajkot, as Avani hails from there. This was followed by a grand reception at VITS Shalimar, Ankleshwar. The reasons why we chose these venues was thanks to their ambiance as well as luxury accommodation which was my number one priority.

Our menu…

Food is the most important aspect of any Gujarati function and the team looked into minutely. We had flavours from all across the globe-from Italian to Chinese to Indian traditional delicacies.

Our favorite part of the wedding day…

The moment when we exchanged vows stays very special for us.

Our honeymoon…

We honeymooned in Goa at the Acron waterfront Resort. I strongly recommend visiting the Arpora Night Market –such an unique experience that is totally different from Goa’s Wednesday market. You have foreign artisans as well as locals selling beautiful clothes, souvenirs, bags etc. Music live bands and restaurants are part of this market but there are also some reserved spaces all around for parties with DJs playing different styles of music around the Market itself.

Our piece of advice for other couples-to-be..

No two stories are same. So staying in pressure of being someone you are not, will just keep you away from the beautiful you. Just be you and enjoy the day to the fullest. I am sure that your true self, though imperfect,is liked by all. All the best!

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