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Best ever locations to make your big day special

The Dana Villas have a view of the traditional quiet settlement of Firostefani. It also provides a beautiful wedding terrace with a sight of the Caldera…writes Lothungbeni Humtsoe

Unquestionably, getting married is one of the most romantic days of a person’s life because it allows the couple to celebrate their new beginning. The choice of a stunning location for the wedding is one approach to capturing this particular moment in time.

From picturesque mountains and sun-kissed beaches to sumptuous palaces, historic forts, and opulent hotels, these locations have everything you need to make your wedding ceremony special.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai has become the must-visit destination for holidays and now glamorous dream weddings. You can call it the most prized destination for your perfect wedding, thanks to the sunny weather, myriad activities, and posh locations. Centrally located Dubai is well-connected to have your loved ones come down for the marriage.

Al- Habtoor, Hilton, is Dubai’s best wedding venue that has a fantastic setting and a view of the Dubai skyline. Witness the star-filled skies and the beautiful gulf whilst enjoying the wedding.

Location: Al-Habtoor Hilton, Dubai

Bali, Indonesia

You fall in love with Bali in Indonesia, thanks to the beautifully vibrant culture, stunning beaches, and greenery. The best luxury hotels and resorts add to the Balinese charm. All in all, it is the perfect backdrop for getting married. Choose amongst the many resorts & hotels specially prepared for weddings and come with qualified planners to handle the details.

Location: The Cliff-Edge Cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu

Phuket, Thailand

Having your wedding in Phuket is an occasion due to the romance and intimacy attached to the venues found here. A Phuket wedding is another world, from exclusive clifftop villas to private garden setups acting as the perfect backdrops. Choose Phuket as the wedding destination. It has everything gorgeous scenery, the best facilities and accessibility. The beaches here come with luxurious facilities for couples and their loved ones.

Location: Rosewood Phuket

Santorini, Greece

When you think Greece, you think Santorini. The whitewashed coast has beautiful sunsets, scenery & weather. All are great for getting married to your loved ones. The place also comes with ancient culture and architecture. Luxurious hotels are a norm in the location.

The Dana Villas have a view of the traditional quiet settlement of Firostefani. It also provides a beautiful wedding terrace with a sight of the Caldera.

Location: Dana Villas

Italy

For romance, Italy is the country that comes to your mind. The perfect wedding destination has loads of tranquil venues complete with historical centres/castles, luxurious lakeside villas, etc. The wedding dream becomes a reality in Italy thanks to its historical & romantic charm.

Lake Como happens to be a popular place for many luxurious & expensive weddings, especially for many celebs all around the world.

Location: Lake Como

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

When you have the eternal Taj Mahal in the city, it is hard not to miss having a wedding in Agra in Uttar Pradesh. You can have a grand and stunning wedding thanks to the beautiful surroundings and great luxurious hotels dotted in the city. With one of the seven wonders here, having your dream wedding is possible.

Location: ITC Mughal

Jaipur, Rajasthan

The Pink City of Jaipur and the capital of Rajasthan has everything to offer for your perfect wedding, from beautiful backdrops & venues to tasty food. The luxurious hotels and resorts found here complete the whole picture. Jaipur is a favourite destination for lavish weddings in India courtesy of the scenic architecture, royal background, and best places to stay.

Location: Fairmont Hotel

Lake Como

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur, the city of lakes, is yet another favourite wedding destination in Rajasthan with a royal touch. You find palaces & forts here with a rich history and tradition. The natural flora and fauna charms everyone who comes here. With the perfect hospitality industry in place, everyone will find something in Udaipur while hosting and attending the wedding.

Location: Oberoi Udaivilas

Goa

The tiny yet stunning state of Goa has always been a tourist paradise and a wedding destination. It has everything from amazing beaches to great seafood and perfect wedding venues. Have the picture-perfect wedding you dreamt of in Goa. The best thing is the historical and cultural aspect which makes for a uniquely relaxing wedding.

Location: The St. Regis Goa Resort

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a favourite destination for a picturesque mountain wedding. And Manali is the hill station for the same. The snow-clad Himalayas enveloped by thick forests will stun the bride & groom and the attendees. Whatever the time of the day, hosting your wedding in Manali is a perfect idea.

Location: Citrus Resort, Manali

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Biden’s granddaughter Naomi ties knot in White House wedding

Naomi was walked down the matrimonial aisle by both her parents, according to People Magazine…reports Asian Lite News

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of US President Joe Biden, got hitched to Peter Neal in a ceremony held at the White House.

According to a report by People Magazine, the ceremony took place on the South Lawn. It was a private affair.

Naomi’s grandparents, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were both present at the historic event.

It was the first time in over a decade, that a wedding ceremony had taken place in the White House, as per People Magazine.

Not only that, it was the first time ever that the grandchild of a President in the office got married in the vicinity of the President’s House.

Naomi was walked down the matrimonial aisle by both her parents, according to People Magazine.

The new bride also carried some Lilies of the Valley with her, as a continuation of tradition from her mother’s side of the family.

The wedding celebration lasted all day.

People Magazine reported that a luncheon took place subsequently. It was attended by close family members.

An evening reception ended the series of wedding events at the executive mansion, where dessert was served and guests shook a leg.

Naomi and Peter had announced their engagement in 2021 via a post on Instagram. They were greeted by congratulatory messages and blessings in the comments.

According to People Magazine, they had announced their wedding venue earlier this year.

The last time a wedding was observed at the White House was in 2013, when Presidential photographer Pete Souza read the vows with Patti Lease at the Rose Garden.

28-year-old Naomi is a graduate of Colombia Law, while 25-year-old Peter also studied law and has formerly interned for campaigns at the White House as well. (ANI)

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Big day at stunning destination

Tourism Department on its part is supporting this new trend with all seriousness. The Department has flagged this new trend for replication on a bigger scale…reports Asian Lite News

The wedding ceremony of Rajvir and Jaspreet at Pahalgam has brought to focus the scope of Kashmir being promoted as a Wedding Destination as well, an official spokesperson said.

He said that the family travelled all the way from Canada to make the occasion memorable on the banks of Lidder surrounded all around by lush green forests.

Industry insiders say that buoyed by the confidence of a record tourist footfall many NRIs and other families are now planning their weddings in Kashmir given the romantic and nostalgic appeal the place has for people across the globe. This summer saw the grand wedding of prominent national executive at Srinagar.

Tourism Department on its part is supporting this new trend with all seriousness. The Department has flagged this new trend for replication on a bigger scale.

“Jammu & Kashmir is a beautiful place. People can come here not only to enjoy the mesmerizing locales but also to perform and celebrate their weddings at dream destinations here. In fact we are in touch with local hoteliers in this regard”, said Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary, Tourism Department.

Currently cities and destinations like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Musoori, Lonavala are the favourite wedding destinations across the country. The economic potential of Destination Wedding market in the country is pegged to be around Rs. 25, 0000 crore. With the enlisting of Kashmir as another Wedding Destination, it is all set to give tourism here a big boost.

Jammu & Kashmir in the last one year or so has seen the arrival of MICE, corporate bookings and Film tourism besides the traditional leisure and adventure tourism. Holding of destination weddings now is going to further broaden the spectrum of tourism services and products.

“In several of our meetings with local hoteliers, we have asked them to induct facilities for dream weddings and tie up with leading Wedding Planners and Event managers of the country to sell the place as a prominent wedding destination which certainly would give a big boost to the local tourism”, adds Sarmad Hafeez.

Marriages, as they say, are made in Heaven. But these are also now being celebrated in heaven (on Earth), Kashmir.

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Ambika Gupta’s tips for hassle-free monsoon wedding

Ambika, who is known for her keen interest in sustainable weddings, says during monsoons, chances of delayed flower shipments are high…reports Asian Lite News

What could be more romantic than rain when you’re in love and about to embark on a new chapter in your life? In this situation, a monsoon wedding sounds ideal, but how practical is it? Of course, during the rainy season, resorts, hotels, and vendors offer discounts, and it is easier to book popular venues, but how can we ensure that unexpected showers do not inconvenience guests and ruin the dreamy atmosphere?

Entrepreneur, founder of The A-Cube Project and luxe event designer Ambika Gupta says, “Monsoon also brings with it many logistical challenges such as delayed delivery, travel impediments and traffic snarls etc. Rain proofing your venue, ensuring the comfort of the guests and managing the seamless flow of service are some of the other challenges. However, if planned effectively, monsoon weddings can be magical and unforgettable.” Ambika shares some tips to ensure a hassle-free monsoon wedding:

Choose an indoor venue

Ambika, who has pulled off many celebrity weddings in different venues and breath-taking settings, advises an indoor wedding during monsoons. She says, “A lot of clients also opt for waterproof marquee tents, and romantic gazebos but to ensure the comfort of your guests when they arrive and leave during heavy showers can be a concern. Personalised umbrellas can be given to the guests and can even be used as part of the decor but if you want everyone present to enjoy the wedding in a totally protected environment, an indoor venue is the best bet. As a designer, I get inspired by the season, the venue, the personal story of the couple and so a monsoon wedding is the perfect opportunity to turn even an indoor space into a dream setting with decor accents that evoke romance.”

Monsoon appropriate decor

While brides get busy choosing exquisite pieces for their trousseau and weighing whether to opt for a georgette, chanderi, gota, net, or an organza outfit for a monsoon wedding, wedding or decor designers have to weigh what materials and design accents are most practical during the rains. Ambika says, “Just as it is important to consider the length of the hemlines and how moisture could affect a bridal outfit or jewellery during the monsoon, a wedding designer must weigh which materials are most appropriate and how to create and assemble installations at the venue, how to transport backdrops, furniture, and a million other things needed to create a perfect ambience.” She recommends planning in advance, the logistics of transporting materials, work force, flowers, light fixtures and more. She adds, “Rains are unpredictable but a wedding designer has to deliver every single time. I suggest that nothing be left to the last minute and every small detail be planned well in advance.”

Avoid easily perishable flowers

Ambika, who is known for her keen interest in sustainable weddings, says during monsoons, chances of delayed flower shipments are high. She adds, “It is better to source flowers from trusted local vendors during monsoons or use sustainable options like Shola flowers which are not perishable. Tropical plants, an assortment of hyper-realistic flowers made from paper or fabric can create beautiful settings as well. The point is to work with what is easily available, practical and yet beautiful.”

Plan your menu wisely

Food usually does not fall under the purview of the wedding designer, says Ambika but it has to be styled as well to become a part of the overall experience. She adds, “During monsoon, details like where the food is coming from, when it will arrive and how it will be served, are very important for a designer. That is why I always recommend synergising with the caterers so that the timelines match and we know what kind of courses are being served well in advance.” It is also important to be mindful of allergies and contamination during monsoon and serve only freshly made, piping hot delicacies rather than cold cuts, seafood and chilled salads, adds Ambika.

Mind the comfort of your guests

In the end, guests always remember how well they were taken care of or if they were subjected to unnecessary discomfort. She adds, “A lot of times, clients want to host pool parties and rain dances before a wedding. I advise them to check how many guests would be comfortable with these ideas and consider questions like will they have to carry extra sets of clothes, will they need flip flops, where will they change etc. It is also important to ensure that while arriving and leaving, they are escorted with umbrellas.” And lastly, the venue must be designed to be comfortable and must exude a sense of warmth and safety no matter how hard it is raining outside, she concludes.

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Vicky and Katrina shares pictures from Sangeet Ceremony

Celebrity couple Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif, who recently got married, have shared the pictures from their ‘Sangeet’ ceremony…reports Asian Lite News

The couple took to their respective Instagram handles and shared a bunch of pictures in a celebratory mood with their friends and family at the wedding.

Keeping up with their streak of putting common captions, they wrote, “Mehendi Taa Sajdi Je Nache Saara Tabbar.”

Vicky and Katrina shares pictures from Sangeet Ceremony

Everyone in attendance can be seen adhering to the ‘Sangeet’ theme and colour palette as they wore outfits in varying shades of green, yellow, grey and red.

Vicky’s ‘jugalbandi’ with his younger brother on what looks like high-energy ‘bhangra’ beats, spells the bond between the two brothers but what takes the cake is Vicky’s dance with his wife.

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The happy faces and dreamy pictures certainly tell the story of a royal wedding.

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Vicky Kaushal to arrive in style for Haldi ceremony

Vicky Kaushal will arrive in style at the wedding venue, riding a seven horse-drawn chariot…reports Asian Lite News

After a rocking ‘sangeet’ ceremony of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif, the traditional ‘haldi’ ceremony will be performed on Wednesday. And, sources have said that Vicky Kaushal will arrive in style at the wedding venue, riding a seven horse-drawn chariot.

Vicky Kaushal to arrive in style for Haldi ceremony

The ‘sangeet’ ceremony was held on Tuesday night.

On the request of the couple, the 700-year-old Six Senses hotel fort Barwara situated in Sawai Madhopur district, has been decorated with a heritage look as the couple wanted something natural other than the artificial decor.

Sources said Vicky Kaushal would be riding a white-coloured chariot driven by seven horses.

The security of the wedding ceremony venue is being looked after by the company of Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera. Shera’s company is looking after the hi-tech security of the wedding, said sources.

On Tuesday, in the sangeet ceremony, the bride and groom danced merrily on the trending dance songs.

The family and friends also shook their legs on the occasion. Fireworks and colourful lights lit up the fort.

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Earlier, Sojat’s ‘mehndi’ decorated Katrina’s hands. Her family and Vicky’s family members also got mehendi done on their hands. After the mehendi programme that lasted for about an hour, the sangeet ceremony started.

The entire fort has been decorated with beautiful lights and lights.

Around 50 celebrities having joined the celebrations so far and more are expected to come on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Vicky’s family all set to welcome bride with Mehendi function

Vicky’s big family is all set to welcome the bride to the family with a grand celebration…reports Asian Lite News

The stage is set for Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif’s wedding with the celebrations kicking off with a ‘Sangeet’ ceremony on Tuesday followed by the ‘Mehendi’ ceremony on December 8.

Vicky’s family all set to welcome bride with Mehendi function

Sources told IANS that the ‘Mehendi’ ceremony will see both the families in attendance, “Katrina and Vicky will celebrate the Mehendi ceremony with both sides of the family. Vicky has a big, loving and warm Punjabi family on his side and his chacha, chachi, mamaa, mami are all looking forward to officially welcoming Katrina into the family.”

It might be a very intimate affair with only 120 people attending the celebrations but, the power couple has left no stone unturned to mark their wedding celebrations with utmost grandeur, “The wedding preparations have been in full swing on his side for quite some time now. It’s going to be a joyous occasion for both sides with both their friends and family getting together to celebrate the couple’s special day!”

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“Katrina’s family has also specially flown down from London – her mom, her sisters and brother and her close group of friends. While it’s going to be a private, intimate affair, the celebrations are still going to be grand and they have spared no expense to ensure that they make their special day a memorable one!” the source adds.

The most anticipated wedding of the season will take place on December 9 at Hotel Six Senses Fort Barwara, Rajasthan followed by a reception on December 10.

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Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal wedding rituals start from today

The wedding rituals of Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif will start from today…reports Asian Lite News

The wedding rituals of Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif, who will tie the nuptial knot on Thursday (December 9) at Six Senses Fort in Sawai Madhopur, will start from Tuesday.

The couple along with family and friends reached the wedding destination on Monday night where they were welcomed with grand fireworks. They were offered garlands, and ’tilak’ was applied to their foreheads.

Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal wedding rituals start from today (Credit: Pallav Palival)

The sangeet ceremony will start from Tuesday night.

Earlier, since Monday afternoon the Jaipur airport was buzzing with activity as Katrina’s siblings and friends arrived one after the other.

On Monday night, a dozen guests came along with Katrina and Vicky Kaushal, who were given a rousing welcome at the Barwara Fort. Three luxury vehicles were arranged to pick up the family of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif to the Barwara Fort.

Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal wedding rituals start from today (Credit: Pallav Palival)

Vicky and Katrina will stay at the Barwara Fort till December 12. After marriage, both are likely to visit the temple of Chauth Mata.

As per the sources, the couple will have a ‘sangeet’ ceremony on Tuesday night which will be followed by ‘Haldi’ ceremony on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Thereafter, on December 9 will come the D Day when functions like ‘Sehrabandi’ are scheduled. The couple will take ‘phere’ at 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and then there will be dinner and poolside party at night.

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The couple will tie the knot in the ‘Rajwada’ style.

This marriage ceremony has been kept strictly private.

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Vicky-Katrina wedding preparations began at Rani Padmavati suite

Preparations for the much-hyped marriage between Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif have begun at the Six Senses Fort Barwara located in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan…reports Asian Lite News

An event management company has been entrusted with the responsibility of making all the necessary arrangements for the big day.

Accordingly, special suites have been booked for the bride and the groom at the lavish hotel. While Vicky will put up at the Raja Mansingh suite, Katrina will be staying at the Rani Padmavati suit, both most expensive suites in the hotel. The tariff for the suites is Rs 7 lakh each for one night.

Both the suites have private swimming pools and gradens attached to them, while the windows open to a grand view of the Aravali hills.

The hotel has two more suites costing Rs 7 lakh each per night, while it has 15 suites worth Rs 4 lakh. The one-night tariff for the rest of the rooms is Rs 1 lakh per room.

Security has been tightened in the entire area, and restrictions have been imposed on the movement of people.

Katrina and Vicky, along with their family members, are expected to check-in on December 6, and depart on December 11.

The wedding preparations have been entrusted to six different vendors, who will arrange flowers, decoration, security, transportation, food and jungle safaris.

For security arrangements, 100 bouncers will come from Jaipur on December 5. Rajasthan police personnel will also be deployed for the security of the VIP guests.

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The wedding programmes are likely to be held between December 4 and December 12. The two are expected to tie the knot on December 9, as per Hindu customs.

The ‘Sangeet’ ceremony will be held on December 7, followed by the ‘Mehendi’ ceremony the next day.

A special reception will be held after the wedding ceremony on December 10.

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Malala Yousafzai ties knot in UK

Malala also underlined the importance of girl’s education, calling it a ‘social movement’ and vowed that she would continue to advocate it in her home country…reports Asian Lite News.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has confirmed that she had tied the knot in a small nikkah ceremony at Birmingham home.

“Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead,” Yousafzai tweeted.

Malala wore a tea pink outfit paired with simple jewellery. Her husband Asser wore a simple suit and matched his tie to her outfit.

Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai also posted on Twitter about the news. “It is beyond words. Toor Pekai and I are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Alhamdulillah,” he wrote on twitter.

Yousafzai, an advocate for girls’ education, survived a Pakistani Taliban assassination attempt when she was just 15 years old when they shot her in the head.

Since then the Oxford graduate has become a global figure promoting education for girls. In October 2012, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for actively supporting girls’ right to education in Mingora, Swat Valley in northern Pakistan following which she left the country and shifted to Birmingham.

Malala also underlined the importance of girl’s education, calling it a ‘social movement’ and vowed that she would continue to advocate it in her home country.

At the age of 17, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to and struggle for promoting education for children. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist.

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