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7 Things We Loved At This 7-Day Lavish Indian Celebrations In Dubai


“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – The Beatles

We were thrilled to watch the return of grand and luxury weddings back through the celebration of Anish & Kashika’s 7-day extravaganza at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The celebrations for #anishkashedout took shape over 10-months of detailed planning and conceptualizing journey managed by Vivaah Celebrations under the leadership of a globally renowned wedding planner based in Dubai- Rahul Kumar.

Last month, team DWP went to Jumeirah Zabeel Saray to cover the wedding. Read on to know the 7 things we loved about this exuberant wedding on our blog!

The Meticulous Details

As they say – “it’s all in the little details..” With over 70 operations executives, 100 fabricators, 12 florists, 60 chefs, 40 different menus and above all, over 35 performing artists detailing each and every part of this glamourous wedding; this 7-day celebration was truly a spectacle that was witnessed by 400 guests attending from various parts of the world.

Be it the detailed tablescapes, plush floral installations, an iconic floral sculpture bar at the reception evening, or the floral Mandap with a glass aisle or the orange-yellow hues during the Haldi ceremony, the guests were left in awe of the beautiful settings through the wedding week.

Overflowing Entertainment

If there’s one thing that we all have missed the most during the pandemic is to dance again. And this wedding witnessed a huge list of talented artists from around the globe that made the guests step out of their seats and hit the dance floor. From the legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Paris Select to Hari & Sukhmani, Fahmil Khan and Jin Flora, we loved the energy these artists brought to the event.

The showcase of the week-long celebration was the afterparty this evening. A live performance was the living legend, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who mesmerized the guests in the Royal Mughal settings at The Music Hall of Zabeel Saray. The night continued into the early hours of the morning with DJ Bosco spinning at the decks.

The Family Sufi Dinner was held at Amala – the top-rated Indian fine dining restaurant at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. With a limited number of guests in attendance, the traditional Indian culinary fare was much appreciated by the guests as they enjoyed a soulful Sufi performance by recognized local talent- Fahmil Khan.

Blend of Indian + Modern

The Indian: The Wedding Lunch at The Imperium was a typical Marwari-Rajasthani Thali with the use of traditional kitchenware and cutlery. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the specially crafted menus at every event, but this particular lunch took guests to the comfort of their meals at home, the traditional way.

The Groom’s Baraat procession was power-packed with his entourage dancing their way through a 400-meter long stretch pathway along the beach. The hour-long Baraat had the Groom sit on a Horse Chariot while the 6-piece Brass Band provided for the traditional fanfare to hype up the Baraat. The Bride entered under a blanket of flowers leading up to the Jaimala stage where the couple exchanged garlands to commemorate the evening.

The Modern: The Sangeet took place at the open green lawns of Zabeel Saray with the backdrops of the beach. Drawing inspiration from Roberto Cavalli’s bling and opulence, this event saw heavy use of crystal chandeliers, hand-blown glass elements, and deep mirror installations to truly define the theme of ‘Night Under the Stars.’ The statement piece was the immersive entrance tunnels adorned with Swarovski crystals overhead as well as the floor. The couple commemorated the evening with a Champagne Tower standing 8 levels tall where they poured their favorite bottle of champagne to rejoice with their guests. Adding the entertainment quotient to the evening was MC Abhijeet. The family performances were choreographed by Satyen Babla of DANS.

The Cute Little French Bakery

A 24-hour cute French Patisserie was set up for all days of the wedding celebration. Operational throughout the day, the pastry chefs constantly prepared and served authentic French delicacies for guests who would choose to enjoy a light bite in a truly French setting with ambiance music serenading them.

Time Traveling To Paris

We loved time-traveling to an ‘Evening in Paris’ with the Parisian Night that was held at The Music Hall in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. This event featured custom-made plush furniture and designer bars that represented a VIP Night Club. With some of the finest cigars, cheese, and wine offered on every table, this was a swanky affair! World-famous, award-winning group Paris Select was the lead performer for this event. Having flown in specially for this performance, they put up a great show that had guests asking for more. Belting out top chart numbers they wowed the audience with their power-packed performance. Elevating the experience further was DJ Bosco and the renowned percussionist Walter Scalzone.

A Soulful Time In The Amazonian-Themed Rainforest

One of the most vibrant events at this wedding was the Mehendi Bash where the venue of Plaj at Zabeel Saray was converted into an Amazon Rainforest. With dense green forest entrance walkways, artificially created waterfalls and rivers, exotic birds, tree barks and raw earth elements, this Mehendi setting was unlike any seen before. The culinary offerings at this event were unique and based on easy portion-sized bites. The beach was transformed into a game and chill zone where guests could feel the sand and sea at their feet. Live entertainment was provided by the very talented duo Hari & Sukhmani whose stylized version of folk numbers had everyone swaying to their tunes literally.

Immersive Experiences

We loved the Venetian-themed setup at the welcome dinner which was held at The Imperium at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The guests indulged in an immersive experiential tunnel displaying Italian art, sculptures and paintings from the Renaissance Era. To enhance the ambiance, interactive artists such as trained actors, hostesses and emotional catering professionals elevated the multi-sensory experience for all. Entertaining the audience with their mesmerizing voice was a local sensation- Jin Flora.

All the themes, concepts, show flows and artists were planned, conceptualized and managed by the ultra-talented team at the Vivaah Celebrations.

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for destination weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally.

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Planned, Managed, Conceptualized by: Rahul Kumar – Vivaah Celebrations
Venue: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Artists: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Paris Select, Walter Scalzone, Fahmil Khan, RJ Abhijeet, Hari Sukhmani, Jin Flora.
Photographer: Shutterdown 
Make-up Artist: Bianca Louzado