Divya and Nitin held their destination wedding in Hua Hin, Thailand at the gorgeous Dusit Thani Hotel. The wedding weekend spanned over 3 days with 6 events, each with its own city theme corresponding to the bride and groom’s memorable life events.
In The Bride’s Words: How They Met
I met Nitin on a girls’ night out after I quit my job to start my own business, so it was a pretty wild one. I walked into the bar and I caught a glimpse of him standing on the opposite side of the bar, staring right back at me. I turned to my friends to ask who he was because I found him very good looking.
Suddenly, I felt a tap on my shoulder and when I turned around, it was him. He started chatting me up, asking me a few questions about what I do, where I work, etc…
I really liked how genuine and charismatic he seemed, so when he asked me for my number, I gave it to him.
The next day he messaged me asking how my night was, and four days later we went on our first date. After that, we knew we had a special connection.
Starting with a Los Angeles (LA) themed welcome dinner inspired by where Nitin went to school, Hollywood decor, fun LA street signs, and beautiful lighting took over this lively outdoor venue.
After the welcome dinner, guests were taken to a Tokyo themed after-party where they danced the night away. The Tokyo theme was inspired by the couple’s love of Japanese food and sake.
Day 2 started with the Mediterranean themed mehendi party. Beautiful shades of blue, pink and purple took over the outdoor mehendi marquee.
The Mediterranean theme was inspired by their first date which took place at a Mediterranean restaurant in Hong Kong.
Nitin wore a simple kurta pajama with thread work all over, while Divya wore a white gown by Meeta Mulchandani, accessorized with gold jewellery. Divya’s bridesmaids looked beautiful in matching blue gowns for the mehendi party.
That same evening, guests made their way to the Rajasthani themed sangeet party. The sangeet decor was inspired by the couple’s love for Indian food.
Decorated in vibrant colours, the venue looked stunning and was the perfect way to incorporate the Indian culture into a destination wedding.
Kubra Sait was the master of ceremonies for the sangeet, while Meet Bros entertained guests along with Rajasthani style dancers.
What the Bride and Groom Wore
Divya and Nitin looked fabulous at the event; Divya wore a gorgeous blue Manish Malhotra lehenga, while Nitin looked handsome in a Shantanu & Nikhil ensemble.
In the Bride’s Words: The Proposal
Nitin was supposed to leave Bombay from one of his trips late at night one evening, and I never got a call from him. After a couple of hours I started getting a little worried. I called [his family] and the office – nothing. After repeatedly calling, I got tired and fell asleep.
I woke up in the morning with not a single returned phone call, and not a single message back. However, all my messages had been read on whatsapp. I was furious.
The entire morning went by with me on a ranting spree, and I was still having a rant during lunch when my nephew came up to me with a letter.
It was a love letter with a ticket to Koh Samui, the flight was departing in 3 hours. I was in tears while my entire family was in stitches. I packed my bags and off I went.
When I arrived in Koh Samui, he had arranged a car to pick me up, escorts to do my hair and make-up, and bought me a new dress with new shoes to match. I looked and felt the best I could have imaged.
I was escorted to the beach with a beautiful candlelit dinner arrangement, where he popped the question. It was just us and the ocean. I was again in tears because it was so magical.
I still remember the butterflies in my stomach from that day.
The wedding day finally arrived with the theme appropriately being Thai to commemorate their wedding destination.
What The Bride Wore
Divya chose to wear a beautiful maroon Sabyasachi lehenga for her wedding ceremony. She wore a gold and green polki necklace, earrings and nose ring, with a matching tikka. She looked regal as she arrived to the wedding and was showered with flowers.
What The Groom Wore
Nitin wore a handsome white sherwani by designer Siddhartha Tytler with gold threadwork throughout.
In The Bride’s Words: Wedding Decisions
I had envisioned a very small, beach wedding with only my close family and friends. Obviously being Indian, that is unrealistic.
There are a lot of people within our families. Nonetheless, it was more than anything I could have ever asked for. My parents and in-laws put their heart and soul into this beautiful occasion, it was heart-warming and brought us so much closer.
The final event, the reception, was decorated with glamour in keeping with a London theme. The theme was inspired by where Divya went to school.
The decor featured gorgeous florals, high table candelabra centerpieces, and a 7-tier cake. It was a gorgeous event to end a fun-filled wedding weekend.
In The Bride’s Words: Wedding Obstacles
I am the type of bride that will make sure there is a backup plan, and a backup plan for the backup plan. I could not function if I did not have a minute-by-minute break down of the three days, and details on the deliverables for each vendor.
I wanted receipts and invoices for everything. I was and am very particular. So of course, you come across some vendors who try to rip you off, and some vendors that work in a very different and casual manner – so I had to face making sure everything was delivered properly and in high-quality.
You have to definitely be on top of everyone’s case. You cannot be lenient, because then they will be lenient.
Words Of Advice From The Bride & Groom
Ask your shadow to keep your phone and constantly take photos of you with your friends/family/husband during all the occasions. She will be your personal photographer and you will be so thankful to capture those moments.
Finish making your outfits (dress, accessories and jewellery) 2 months before your wedding. It will be a HUGE burden off your shoulders.
Make sure you introduce your entire family (whoever is important for photos) to your photography team WELL before the event. Either through photographs or screenshots – you want to make sure your photographers are alert and ready to capture the right people so no one is scrambling around last minute.
The best advice I can give is make sure you get a wedding planner that HANDLES your guest relations part too. You do not want to have to pay extra for another vendor to handle 1000 email invitations and RSVPs to your guests, as well as flight information and accommodation enquires; and you certainly do not want to handle it yourself.
If you have a big Indian wedding like I did, make sure you arrange a few moments with your immediate family to take some personal family shots in your room on the wedding day. It is going to be so hectic that day, but these photos are so precious. You will look back and wish you had those.