When Sumit and Anisha asked us to plan their Hindu Wedding in Lake Como, our eyes lit up with excitement. Famously known as a five day affair, Indian weddings bring the most lavish and flamboyant productions to life…the gauntlet was down and the challenge was well and truly accepted.
For those who have been lucky enough to venture to India for a Hindu wedding, would have experienced the extravagance and grandeur that these colourful celebrations display. It’s always a huge honour for the family to invite over1,000 guests to join them for their special day. Many young couples, like Sumit and Anisha were keen to try something new, something more intimate but still with that wow factor. There was a sense of adventure in their spirit that brought them to Italy with a desire to share this fantastic journey with their families too.
Sumit & Anisha wanted to stun their guests with a venue with decadence, grandeur and with a unique history to it. Their story was therefore set in the picturesque Villa Erba in the North of Italy on one the world’s most famous lakes, Lake Como. Surrounded by a stunning landscape and mountains, this waterside venue ticked all the boxes for the couple.
The five day affair always kicks off with the Mendhi – the pre-wedding ritual for the Bride as they paint the most intricate henna on the hands along with all the women of the bridal party. It goes without saying that Hindu weddings have such beauty and elegance in every sense of the word.
As we move onto day two of the wedding, it goes without saying that the union of two families is a momentous occasion, and this is marked with an elaborate and traditional arrival of the groom. Adorned with a display of dancers, horses and plenty of music, this procession, also known as the Barrat, brings together the Bride and Groom for their ceremony. And yes, sourcing white horses for a Hindu Wedding in Lake Como Italy is well and truly possible.
Adorned with the most colourful and vibrant floral display, beautifully put together by Simona at Floralia, the ceremonial structure was erected on the waterside with a stunning backdrop of Lake Como in the background. The wow factor and Bel Paese left guests stunned, adding to the sense of beauty and elegance that an Indian wedding deserves.
It goes without saying that organising an Indian wedding in Italy, is a marriage of two cultures in itself. Both renowned for it’s five star focus on hospitality and food and both with strong family traditions, the Italians understand the priorities of the Indian culture, it’s no wonder that it has become the number one destination for young Indian couples for their wedding.
Wedding planning & Event Production by Raffaella Alflatt, WedinItaly.co.uk