Fairytale Sikh-Hindu Punjabi Wedding
Ankita & Manmeet
About The Couple
How we met...
Our marriage was arranged and met for the first time at a family and friends dinner that was arranged for us. We chatted at the dinner and decided to meet again the next evening alone. We got to know each other more and became comfortable with each other over time.
How we are as a couple...
We are quite an active couple. We love walking, biking and traveling a lot, which we tend to do very often. Both of us are ambitious about our careers and love the company of our family.
What marriage means to us...
Spending every day with your best friend.
How he proposed...
Manmeet, aka Ricky, was leaving for New York for his MBA the next day so we decided to spend the entire day together. After an amazing day out and dinner in the evening, he dropped me home. We decided to go for a walk before he left. During the walk, we came across a lake and those hanging trees above it, which I loved. As I walked towards the lake, I started to explain why I loved the scenery but realized Ricky wasn't with my anymore. When I turned around, I saw Ricky on his knees. I didn't know what to say, what to do or how to react. I started crying with a huge smile on my face, ran to him and hugged him tightly. He got the chance to finally ask ‘will you marry me?’ and I said ‘YES! YES! YES!' as he put the most beautiful diamond ring on my finger.
The engagement ring...
I once told him about a beautiful Cartier solitaire diamond ring and he remembered it!
PLANNING: We finalized all our wedding function dates 14 months after our Roka Ceremony (a promise for marriage). We decided to have our wedding in Amsterdam, where Ricky and I were born and brought up. We had already shortlisted venues beforehand, so after the dates were finalized, my parents and I visited the venues and quickly finalized the ones we liked. We spent the next few months shopping for the various occasions.
I would highly recommend thinking about exactly what you want. Being as precise as possible with all the wedding professionals makes it very easy for them and makes the process more efficient. .
SHOPPING: I did all my Indian clothes shopping in New Delhi, India. For my western clothes, I shopped in the Netherlands and the USA.
The wedding festivities lasted 11 days in February 2016:
- Pre-Wedding Events included Kirtan (Bride's side), Sukhmani Saabhji Paath (Groom's side), Shagun (Groom's side) and Chunni (Bride's side)
- Civil Marriage - Wednesday PM, Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche, 100 guests.
- Sangeet (Groom) - Thursday PM, Hilton The Hague, 150 guests.
- Sangeet (Bride) - Friday PM, Jules Verne Cruise by Constant in Beweging, 200 guests.
- Mehendi - Saturday PM, Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol, 250 guests.
- Wedding Ceremony - Sunday PM, Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol, +500 guests.
- Wedding Reception - Monday PM, Hilton Amsterdam, +300 guests.
A Western-style wedding where Ricky and I were legally married. This day was a highlight for us - a moment we had waited for so long. The theme for the ceremony was Disney's Cinderella & Prince Charming. We pianist and guitarist playing throughout the ceremony. I walked down the aisle to the Cinderella theme song played live by the pianist.
We exchanged rings, cut our wedding cake and had speeches. My father's speech was really touching and made me cry. Afterward, guests were served Western and Italian cuisine for lunch catered by the venue. I had a princess moment leaving on a horse and carriage with my Prince Charming! when there are bride’s girls and boys, ring exchange, wedding cake, piano men playing, papa’s speech and lunch together and finally couple leaving in a carriage with four horses. The catering was a mix of Western and Italian cuisine. All the arrangements were done by the Castle management, florists, and in-house chefs.
DECOR: Floral decor by in-house team at Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche.
ANKITA'S OUTFIT: An elegant Elie Saab Couture wedding gown.
JEWELRY: Diamond earrings.
SHOES: Jimmy Choo.
HAIR & MAKEUP: Bobbi Brown.
MANMEET'S OUTFIT: Formal suit by Oger.
Sangeet (Groom's Side)
Sangeet (Bride's Side)
We wanted to do something a little out of the box for this occasion, so we hosted it on a fabulous cruise ship, the Jules Verne by Constant in Beweging, along the famous Amsterdam canals. The evening was filled with dancing and singing performances by cousins followed by dinner.
THEME & DECOR: Chic traditional Indian theme. All the decoration was done by the cruise management and also the red carpet and beautiful vases at the entrance were by the Cruise.
ANKITA'S OUTFIT: A lacha by Sabyasachi.
JEWELRY: Diamond earrings with green stones.
MANMEET'S OUTFIT: Rohit Bal Kurta with patyala style pants.
SHOES: Louis Vuitton.
The ceremony consisted of a Sikh phere followed by some Hindu rituals. I entered to Shaayari from Aashiqui 2 and Manmeet entered to Pehli Nazar Mein from Race. Highlight for me was when Manmeet put sindoor on me. I had goosebumps. Afterward, guests were served a variety of international cuisine such as Indian, Chinese, Italian and Dutch. We danced the night away.
DECOR: We had minimal decor and kept the theme as soft hues and white for purity and classic, understated elegance. The décor and dance floor was done by V.Creations Party Service. The flower, table and hall decoration was done by in-house team at Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol.
ANKITA'S OUTFIT: As far as my bridal lehenga was concerned, I had purchased a Sabyasachi lehenga back in India, but then wondered why I wanted to wear a Sabyasachi designed lehenga for the Sangeet as well as for the wedding. She suggested wearing her wedding lehenga. I instantly fell in love with the idea. The 25 year old lehenga was customized and transformed into a modern day anarkali with zari work redon on velvet material. I visited the tailor for a trial fitting and it was perfect.
JEWELRY: Kundan jewelry set.
SHOES: Punjabi jutti from a local store in Amritsar.
HAIR & MAKEUP: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
MANMEET'S OUTFIT: Sherwani by Pure Traditional by Gaurav.
ACCESSORIES: Red pagdi with kundan stones.
SHOES: Punjabi jutti.
The Reception featured the couple’s first wedding dance, speeches by both fathers, dinner, and dance. The catering was Indian cuisine. We both entered to Jashn-e-Bahara from Jodha Akbar. Our first dance was a medley of three songs, All of Me by John Legend, Ain’t Nobody Love Me Better, and Best Day of My Life. We had three dance forms as well: Wales, Cha Cha Cha and Quick Step.
ANKITA'S OUTFIT: Dress from Frontier Raas.
JEWELRY: Diamond by Madan Jewellers.
SHOES: Jimmy Choo.
MANMEET'S OUTFIT: Suit by Oger.
SHOES: Louis Vuitton.
Tips For Brides-to-be
- Know what you want, and be as accurate as possible when communicating with your wedding professionals. Remember, this is your day!
- Don’t stress about shopping, just relax and take your time.
- Start on time and divide tasks.