The wedding of Anisha Raithatha and Vikas Acharya took place on 2nd July 2016 at the iconic Grovesnor House. They met at university when Anisha asked Vikas to borrow a pen, almost like a scene from a Bollywood movie. Who knew then that these two bubbly characters would get married and have the wedding of their dreams.
Photographer: HS Photography
Flowers & Decor: Floco
Outfit: Mongas (Bride) Simlas (Groom)
Mandap: Wed In Style
Cake: Creme de la Cakes
Hair & makeup: Minal Shah (wedding) Kaz Fernando (reception)
DJ: DJ Vish
Staging, dancefloor & bar: Ritzy productions
Toastmaster: Geoff Harris
Aerialists: Viva Aerial Dance
Videographer: Ryait Digital
Anisha and Vikas instantly fell in love with the Grand Room at Grosvenor House but to be honest, Anisha always wanted to get married there, even before meeting Vikas. Who wouldn’t? The beautiful high ceilings, chandeliers and amazing balcony view would make want to have a grand wedding at this venue.
What did you think of the Venue when you walked in?
Phenomenal! Elegant, grand and just beautiful!
The decor for the Hindu wedding ceremony was all about romance, serenity with a lavish clean look and the evening reception saw the room become an enchanted forest with lots of flowers. The centrepieces were a mixture of trees wrapped with flowers, candelabras, big extravagant gold vases with big bouquets of flowers and lampposts with flowers spiralling around the pole. Four VIP tables were also added with long high standing flowers with lots of candles to set the theme of the perfect wedding and with the personal touch of adding a personalised cake topper and cardboard cutouts of the couple.
Describe the food/canapés:
Delicious. Canapés were very well served - not just to one side of the room but spread out amongst all guests so that all guests had enough. Warm food served to each table & of excellent quality.The live food stands during canapés were just outstanding. The number of compliments we have received about the live food stands was shocking!! especially the pani puri stand. Something different. What did you love most about the catering? Staff were all extremely friendly, served with a smile. We were extremely busy but felt very touched when we were personally constantly being looked after by Ragamama Ragasaan. Huge variety of food and made extra effort to make us exactly what we wanted! AND the Chaiwala was amazing! Something really different and people loved it.
Memorable moments for Anisha and Vikas was dancing in down the stairs at the reception to touching and listening to the funny stories told by friends and that picture of Vikas! The Brides friends wrote a rap for Anisha and Vikas which entertained the couple and made the evening a memorable one for all. The other touches that completed the wedding reception were the Aerialists.
As a Bride who experienced the planning of a Big Fat Indian Wedding, what tips would you pass on to brides-to-be?
- Be organised
- Make lists of things you need to do and just tick them off slowly - at the start, it will seem there are lots to do but I lived by lists and it seemed to calm me [Anisha]
- Trust the suppliers - they've usually done this many many many times & are significantly more experienced than we will ever be.
- Have an idea of what you want - look at ideas online etc so that when you go to companies you can ask for what you want as well as use their ideas.
- Have a rough budget on what you want to spend for each thing as some things you will be willing to compromise & some things you won't!!
- Go for a good variety of food as that is what people remember.
- ENJOY THE DAY
And off Anisha and Vikas went on their honeymoon to Australia and Singapore.