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A Traditional Indian Wedding in Dubai…

Joanne and Karan got married on the 30th and 31st October 2014. They had a mixed wedding, with South Indian Catholic and North Indian Hindu traditions. Joined by 300 guests over a three day period this couple did nothing but laugh, smile and have a jolly good time.  I’m sharing the first set of wedding photos with you today, and first thing tomorrow morning I’ll be posting the 2nd set of wedding photos. Just because I like to spread the love 😉
The Studio - Dubai wedding Photographers - Indian Wedding in Dubai The Venue…
Bustan Rotana and Murooj Rotana in Dubai.
Number of guests…
We had around 300 people on each day.
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The Planning process…
The planning process took about 6 months to plan. We come from big Indian families, most of them based in Dubai, so it was good to get everyone to help out. Unfortunately, it means more people interfering with it all! We had a mixed wedding, South Indian Catholic + North Indian Hindu so we had a lot of traditions and ceremonies to be done within those 3 days.
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Budget…
Hard to say because it was a big Indian wedding that was 3 days long, but we tried to keep limits on everything.
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The Dress & Accessories…
Most of my outfits and accessories were bought in India. My mum would go to different shops and designers and send me pictures of everything as I would be in Dubai.
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Finding the dress(es)…
The white sari I wore to the Church ceremony was from Jashn in Bur Dubai.
The orange and blue lehenga I wore to the Hindu reception was from Soch.
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Groom’s attire…
Karan got custom made suits from Kachins in Bur Dubai.
‘I spent a lot of time visiting different tailors in Dubai to find the one I felt had the right combination of good materials, tailoring expertise and flexibility, all within a reasonable budget considering the number of suits I needed stitched.’ – Groom
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The Flowers…
30th: Lilies are my favourite flowers, so I had to make sure my bouquet had them. Plus I had purple and blue orchids to go with the theme. There were purple orchids on each table.
31st: While Hindu ceremonies do not have the traditional bouquet that is part of a Catholic wedding, flowers play an important part in ceremonies and décor. The flowers on this day reflected Hindu festive colours of marriage: red and orange.
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The Cake…
We sent our cake designs to the chefs at each of the Rotanas. The cake toppers for both cakes were ordered from Amazon UK. It was one of the few places we could find Indian bride and grooms for cake toppers.
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The Details + Décor…
For the 30th the colours were inspired by Peacock feathers, so we used lots of purple, teal, blue and turquoise.
For the 31st, we went by the traditional Indian wedding colours, red and orange.
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The Honeymoon…
We didn’t have one as we both went straight to work the week after the wedding. Every day is a honeymoon for us 😉
The Studio - Dubai wedding Photographers - Indian Wedding in Dubai Advice for other couples…
Weddings, especially Indian weddings can be quite overwhelming with so much happening, so we would suggest just taking a few moments to stand back, look into each others eyes and take it all in. Enjoy it all because it all flies by so quickly.
And look whats coming tomorrow…
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Lovely Vendors…
Photography and Videography: The Studio Dubai
30th Oct – lights, live band, MC: http://www.puremagic.me/
31st Oct – décor and flowers:  http://www.rightstarevents.com/
Music: https://www.facebook.com/djblazemc/info

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