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Exquisite Catering Trends: Elevating Food and Beverage Options for Luxury Weddings by Vivaah Celebrations

When planning a luxury wedding, every detail must have opulence and sophistication. One crucial aspect is the food and beverage selection, as it sets the tone for a memorable culinary experience. At Vivaah Celebrations, we work closely with our couples and families to ensure that culinary experiences are also paid close attention to in addition to all other aspects of your wedding celebrations.

Here at Vivaah Celebrations, we explore the latest catering trends that are transforming the gastronomic landscape of luxury weddings, offering exciting and lavish options that will leave a lasting impression on your guests’ palates.

Gastronomic Extravaganza: A Culinary Journey

Lavish weddings call for nothing less than a gastronomic extravaganza. Introduce your guests to a curated culinary journey featuring a meticulously designed multi-course menu showcasing the finest ingredients, intricate plating, and exquisite flavor combinations. Each dish should be a masterpiece crafted by renowned chefs to deliver an unparalleled dining experience. Our F&B specialists create unique dishes with styling and ensure that gastronomy is infused while elevating your guests experience.

Bespoke Live Stations: Customized Indulgence
Elevate the dining experience with bespoke live food stations that cater to individual preferences and cravings. Create interactive stations where guests can have personalized dishes prepared right before their eyes. From live seafood bars offering an array of fresh oysters and lobster delicacies to decadent dessert stations where expert pastry chefs craft intricate sweet creations, customization is critical to delighting the taste buds of elite wedding attendees.

Artistic Presentation: Culinary Masterpieces
Culinary artistry goes hand in hand with culinary excellence. Present your dishes as edible works of art, with impeccable attention to detail in plating and garnishing. From delicate edible flowers adorning gourmet salads to intricate chocolate sculptures adorning dessert tables, each plate should be visually captivating and Instagram-worthy, ensuring a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

Bespoke Mixology: Crafted Cocktails and Beverage Pairings
Elevate the beverage experience with bespoke mixology, offering handcrafted cocktails tailored to individual preferences. Collaborate with expert mixologists to design signature cocktails inspired by the couple’s preferences or the wedding theme. Additionally, it offers curated wine pairings and craft beer selections to complement the exquisite flavors of the culinary creations.

Sustainable and Organic Delights: Conscious Dining
Luxury weddings are increasingly embracing sustainability and conscious dining. Incorporate organic and locally sourced ingredients into the menu, highlighting the freshness and quality of each dish. Offer plant-based and vegetarian options that are as visually stunning and delicious as their meat counterparts, showcasing the artistry of plant-based cuisine.

Fine Elite Culinary Experiences: Cheese and Wine Tasting

Consider hosting a cheese and wine-tasting session for an exclusive experience before your guests enter your reception evening. Set up a lavish dedicated area in the pre-function area where guests can sample a curated selection of fine cheeses paired with a variety of wines. This experience allows guests to savor the rich flavors and textures of different cheeses while enhancing their palate with complementary wine choices. Hosting this tasting one hour before guests enter sets the tone for the exquisite culinary journey that awaits them.

Divine Delights: Custom-Crafted Desserts for Indulgence

No luxury wedding is complete without an array of decadent desserts. Create a bespoke dessert experience with a wide selection of delectable treats. From custom-designed wedding cakes adorned with intricate sugar flowers to interactive dessert stations featuring live dessert chefs crafting personalized sweet creations.

Elevate your luxury wedding with a selection of custom-crafted desserts that are sure to impress. Picture a grand dessert table adorned with visually stunning creations—handcrafted pastries, elegant macarons, indulgent chocolate truffles, and a show-stopping wedding cake adorned with intricate sugar flowers. Interactive dessert stations allow guests to personalize their sweet creations, creating a bespoke indulgence that satisfies every palate. These divine delights will transport your guests to a realm of sweet bliss, complementing the opulence and elegance of your special day.

Exquisite Infusions: The Art of Bespoke Tea Blends

Expand the beverage offerings with an infused tea bar, providing a unique and refreshing experience for your guests. Offer a selection of high-quality loose-leaf teas, accompanied by a variety of fresh fruits, herbs, and spices for guests to personalize their own tea creations. This interactive tea bar adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your luxury wedding.

Exotic Fruit Bar: Vibrant and Refreshing Offerings

Create an exotic fruit bar that showcases an assortment of vibrant and refreshing fruits from around the world. From tropical favorites like mangoes and pineapples to unique options like dragon fruit and starfruit, this colorful display adds a touch of freshness and healthy indulgence to your luxury wedding catering.

Overall the culinary experience should be nothing short of extraordinary. By embracing these catering trends, you can create a culinary journey that tantalizes the senses, immerses guests in luxury, and leaves an indelible impression. From gastronomic extravaganzas to bespoke food stations, artful presentation, and curated mixology, the possibilities for elevating food and beverage options are limitless. Remember your luxury wedding as a feast of opulence, refinement, and exquisite taste.

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at



Vivaah Celebrations Success Party

Establishing unparalleled supremacy in the world of weddings, Vivaah Celebrations is positioned as one of the most renowned, credible, and premium wedding planning agency in the region. With having delivered over 100 weddings in more than 23 countries, the company is led by celebrity wedding planner Rahul Kumar, who has a keen eye for finesse and perfection.

On April 29th 2023, the city was buzzing with excitement as Vivaah Celebrations hosted a grand success party to mark the end of a successful wedding season. The CEO of Vivaah Celebrations, Rahul Kumar, and the COO, Maggi Kewlani, left no stone unturned to make the evening a memorable one.

The venue for the party was the exquisite 88 Terrace, located under the majestic AinDubai. The breathtaking skyline added to the charm of the evening, and the night was abuzz with socialites, top VIPs, and influencers from the UAE and around the world.

Rahul Kumar (@rahul_kumar_dxb), Maggi Kewlani (@maggikewlani) and the Reddy Sisters (@thereddysisterss)

Rahul Kumar (@rahul_kumar_dxb), Aastha Parekh (@aasthaparekh), Maggi Kewlani (@maggikewlani) and Shantanu Desai 

Rahul Kumar (@rahul_kumar_dxb), Meenakshi Talrani (@meenakshitalrani), Khushboo Sajnani & Rahul Sajnani (@moshiuae), and Maggi Kewlani (@maggikewlani)

The guests were welcomed by renowned mixologists who whipped up signature cocktails while the DJ spun lively music.

A remarkable Claw machine was set up, which was a hit among the guests as they tried their luck to win the Vivaah Celebrations teddy.

As the guests mingled and got to know each other, the celebrations kicked into high gear with performances by dancers and entertainers. The evening was a perfect mix of entertainment, fun, and celebration, and it was evident that everyone was having a great time.

The highlight of the evening was the celebratory cake, which was a masterpiece. Rahul Kumar cut the cake, and the dancers and entertainers carried it in with a bottle of champagne to mark the occasion while sparklers lit the entire venue up.

The night continued with more activities and drinks, and the DJ kept the guests grooving to the music. The party was a grand success, and everyone who attended had a blast.

Overall, the Vivaah Celebrations’ success party celebrated the magic the team had created throughout the wedding season. From the stunning venue to the lively entertainment and the unique Claw machine, everything was carefully planned to make the night a memorable one. The party was a fitting end to a successful season, and it was evident that the Vivaah team had outdone themselves yet again.

Rahul Kumar (@rahul_kumar_dxb), Manisha Advani (@cakesandquads), and Maggi Kewlani (@maggikewlani) 

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at



Vivaah Celebrations at the Arabian Travel Market 2023

Arabian Travel Market, known as ATM, is a travel and tourism event, organized annually in Dubai to provide a platform for inbound and outbound tourism professionals in the Middle East and gives information on tourism destinations, accommodation options, tourism attractions and aviation industry in the Middle East and around the world.

Vivaah Celebrations, the renowned wedding planning and management company, had a significant presence at the Arabian Travel Market 2023 in Dubai.

The CEO Rahul Kumar and COO Maggi Kewlani, were invited to events across the city hosted by different hotel groups.

Rahul Kumar and Maggi Kewlani were invited to the glamorous cocktails reception evening at the SLS hotel. The stunning skyline of Dubai set the perfect backdrop for this magical event, which the Accor group hosted. This exclusive event saw familiar industry peers mingling over champagne, oysters, and other mouth-watering delicacies. The highlight of the evening was the impressive Champagne Tower that mesmerized everyone.

The Vivaah Celebrations team attended a networking breakfast organized by Arabia Weddings at Fairmont on the Palm the following day. The event was an excellent opportunity for industry peers to connect and collaborate over a sumptuous breakfast. The Vivaah Celebrations team used this platform to network with other event planners, venues, and tourism boards while reconnecting with friends in the industry.

After the networking breakfast, the team headed to the Arabian Travel Market at the World Trade Center, Dubai. The team spent three days at the event, meeting industry partners and exploring new business synergies with tourism boards, destinations, and venues. Rahul Kumar, CEO of Vivaah Celebrations, spoke about his unique approach to event planning and formed new connections within different parts of the world.

One of the event’s highlights for the Vivaah Celebrations team was attending the Jumeirah party. This year, the Jumeirah group hosted the Beach Edition at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The breathtaking views of the Burj al Arab and the serene sea made it a spectacular venue. Paris Select, a renowned band known for their energetic performances, elevated the evening with their electrifying show. The evening also saw some of the top Michelin-starred pop-ups from the Jumeirah group.

Overall it was a successful Arabian Travel Market 2023 in Dubai. The experiences and events were an excellent opportunity to connect with their peers in the industry and explore new business synergies.

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at



Indoor venues in the UAE that feel like Outdoor

As one of the top destination wedding planning companies based in the United Arab Emirates, we understand the importance of finding the perfect wedding venue. While outdoor venues are popular for their scenic views and natural beauty during the cooler months, the blazing heat calls for indoor venues, which still give you the same feel. 

If you’re considering the UAE for your Wedding Destination during the summer, you must consider indoor options, as you and your guests won’t be able to enjoy the outsides while it’s humid. We at Vivaah Celebrations present a few venues in the UAE that offer the same outdoor ambiance, making them a prevalent choice among couples. Here are some of our favorites;

Le Patio, Habtoor Palace

Le Patio is a stunning venue located in the heart of Dubai at the Habtoor Palace. Le Patio is a chic open-air lounge and restaurant with a courtyard vibe. The perfect venue with an open roof, which is covered over the hot months in Dubai. This venue provides a garden feel with seating, lamp posts, and beautiful lush floral walls. A perfect space that can cater to up to 250 guests for your big day. 

Wazuzhu, Zabeel Saray Palm

Wazuzhu is a beautiful indoor outlet located in Zabeel Saray on the Palm. It is designed to look like an outdoor space, with its high glass walls facing the serene ocean. This outlet has different zones which can be explored and used for your guests with a central stage. This outlet has two levels and can cater to up to 250 guests. Wazuzhu is perfect for couples who want a wedding that feels like it is outdoors without worrying about the weather. 

Dana Ballroom, Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach

The Dana Ballroom is a beautiful indoor venue in the Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach. The venue features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the sea and beachfront. The ballroom can accommodate up to 320 guests and provides a setting of luxury and drama and is accessed through a grand staircase shimmering silver, blue and cream overlooking Dana Garden and opening onto a beachfront terrace.

Levant & Nar, Intercontinental Ras Al Khaimah

Levant & Nar at Intercontinental Ras Al Khaimah is a gorgeous venue elevated in the middle of the serene waters. With daylight coming in from all sides and views of their magnificent terrace and the endless ocean, you can celebrate your big day in Ras al Khaimah. This venue offers stunning views of the sea and beachfront, making it perfect for couples who want a unique and memorable wedding experience.

Prime at Meydan Hotel Dubai

Prime is an elegant venue facing Dubai’s green royal racecourses and skyline. The sleek interior makes room for private dining rooms and a cigar lounge with fine tobacco. Prime is an elegant venue for your Big Day and offers excellent delicacies. 

The Meydan Hotel also has other venues, such as the Al Maha Ballroom, with daylight shining through, giving it an open-airy outdoor feel. 

Laslty, the Glasshouse is a unique venue located in Al Barari Dubai. The venue is designed to look like a greenhouse, with a beautiful glass roof that allows natural light to flood, creating a bright, airy atmosphere. The venue can accommodate up to 250 guests and features a lovely garden area that offers stunning views of the surrounding greenery.

Several indoor venues in the UAE offer the same outdoor ambiance, making them a popular choice among couples. Whether you’re looking for a venue with a garden or a beautiful sea view or even a racecourse. The UAE has something in hand for everyone. 

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at



When North Meets South – By Vivaah Celebrations

A union not only between two families but between two different cultures. Yes, we’re talking about when North meets South.

Our South Indian Bride fell in love with a Punjabi North Indian Man. The two families entrusted Vivaah Celebrations to ensure all was planned, managed, and executed to its best level for their celebrations. Rahul Kumar from Vivaah Celebrations, fused various aspects, traditions and rituals to this wedding celebration to ensure that both cultures were comfortable and enjoyed their events.

A memorable few days where both sides of the family could infuse their cultures was what the couple desired.

This was a three-day celebration hosted at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr- Abu Dhabi, facing the beautiful waters of the Grand Canal and the splendid grand Mosque.

As the guests started checking in, our Dhol waalas greeted them with a blast while 2 south Indian hostesses in beautiful sarees guided them to their check-in desk.

On the first evening, we hosted a serene Welcome Dinner at a gorgeous venue by the waters. Decorated with subtle fairy lights and an array of candles giving it a warm ambiance, the celebrations started on a lighter note.

As the guests entered the venue, they were welcomed with sumptuous arabian delicacies with mediterranean canapes being passed around and authentic live stations from the region.

The evening continued with a renowned duo who sang the night away as the guests enjoyed their dinner.

The following morning, guests made their way towards the Falcon Lawn for a colorful Mehendi and Haldi afternoon. This event was the pure description of North meets South. Subtly both cultures were infused through live station counters, floral selections, color schemes, and much more.

The venue was beautifully decorated with hanging tassels and other traditional ornaments. As the guests entered, they approached a cart with a variety of gifts to choose from. This included items like colorful bangles from the North to jasmine flowers for the guests’ hair from the South of India.

Our mixologists also added to the colors with their vibrant cocktails and coolers, giving flavors of India through their kalakhatta, paan, and other exciting cocktails.

There was a lot of dancing throughout this event while DJ Gautam- An internationally renowned DJ-was spinning at the decks. Soon after, our beautiful couple entered, adorned in the traditional South Indian attire, the women from both sides of the family performed on Sopana Sangeetham – an elegant form of classical music originating in the temples of Kerala. It was beautiful to see both cultures together.

The evening went on to an elevated disco-themed Sangeet. This evening featured silver mirrored disco balls and an opulent bar with a shiny glass body. Moreover, the guests were amazed by the photo booth built outside in the pre-function area of the ballroom. It all began when MC Punit took over the stage and interacted with the guests while they enjoyed their light bites and molecular drinks.

The couple made their entrance and went straight into a north and south dance-off, leading into the enthusiastic Sangeet dance performances by family and friends.

This was just the beginning of the evening; the night took a turn when our renowned international percussionist arrived and took over the floor. Walter Scalzone was the night’s highlight with his LED roaming drums on the dance floor, and his spectacular water drums show.

The evening ended with the famous paan wala serving paan to the guests, after which they danced the night away till the early morning hours.

The next morning commenced with our chirpy bride getting ready for her Big Day, the Wedding Day. The Wedding Ceremony took place at the Grand staircase with views of the iconic structure- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the backdrop of the royal fountains giving it a palatial feel.

After safa-tying for all the guests, our director Rahul Kumar got the Baraat Procession ready to begin; he led the Baraat along with our Groom in his Excalibur Vintage car. All the guests were amazed to see this rare vehicle as they danced away throughout the Baraat.

On the other hand, our COO Maggi Kewlani ensured the bride’s family was equipped and ready for the grand traditional South Indian welcome of the baraatis and Groom.

The Groom was welcomed in with the traditional brass lamps from the temples of Kerala along with pearl garlands, after which he entered the Mandap and eagerly awaited for his Maharani.

Our brides’ entry was nothing less; she looked breathtaking as she walked down the stairs holding her father’s arm alongside her bridesmaid showering rose petals. Was surreal to see this emotional sight on the Grand Staircase of Fairmont Bab al Bahr.

The rituals then began from the Jaimalas to the Wedding Pheras while colorful fruit pops were served to cool down the heat.

After the Wedding, guests made their way, enjoyed a traditional lunch, and prepared for the last event of the celebrations.

Finally, the much-awaited night arrived; the Grand Reception was a dreamy affair. Tania, our bride, was glowing in her opulent white gown as she walked in with Akash. The venue was decked up like none other, with fresh white rose arrangements giving the entire ballroom a mystical look.

The couple had their first dance, commemorated with their cake cutting and popped a bottle of champagne, and all the guests danced the night away with friends and family as DJ spun behind the decks.

All the themes, concepts, show flows, and artists were planned, conceptualized, and managed by Vivaah Celebrations.

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar, who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally.

To plan your next event, connect with us at #TheREALvivaahteam


Photography by Claude Loren 



EWPC 2023 – Ras Al Khaimah

Exotic Wedding Planning Conference 2023 – Ras Al Khaimah 

Connect – Collaborate – Celebrate 

The Exotic Wedding Planning Conference (EWPC) by Exito is a premier conference with a B2B setup, panel discussions, keynote speeches, with a lot more engaging content and networking opportunities for wedding planners, hospitality groups, tourism boards, travel experts, and other wedding suppliers from around the world, enabling them to build new business connections across the globe.

Vivaah Celebrations was privileged and honoured to be a special guest at this year’s version in Ras Al Khaimah after having successfully played co-hosts at the 2022 version in Dubai. The event was attended by our CEO Rahul Kumar and our COO Maggi Kewlani.

It was a pleasure to see EWPC hosted in the beautiful emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, where the gorgeous sea facing resort, Intercontinental Ras Al Khaimah played accommodation host. All the excursions, conferences and events took place around various venues in the emirate. 

EWPC 2023 brought together the world’s top wedding planners and event professionals. The 3-day sold-out event was an exclusive gathering of the industry’s best. EWPC 2022 brought together and connected over 200 wedding planners worldwide. 

The first day commenced with the world’s top 20 planners being spoiled with exclusive experiences courtesy Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA).

The morning started early before sunrise with a beautiful hot air balloon excursion overseeing the gorgeous emirate.

The day then continued with excursions in the emirate which concluded with a traditional dinner hosted by RAKTDA at the Ritz Carlton Al Wadi in the middle of the dunes and desert with live entertainment and delicious delicacies. 

The next day was more relaxed while our friends were flying in from all around the world. The Welcome Cocktails was held in the unique bohemian venue, Ula at the Movenpick Ras Al Khaimah. Filled with fun entertainment and delicious food, we enjoyed the evening and were happy to see the industry come together once again.

The following day began with registrations and a welcome from Rishikesh Shetty, founder of Exito and EWPC. We saw our peers on panel discussions and keynote presentations throughout the day with B2B meetings and entertainment during the lunch hours. 

The evening then transpired into the Gala Dinner at the Intercontinental Ras Al Khaimah where the APEX awards were also announced and presented honoring the excellence in different specialisations of weddings. The ambiance, food, and entertainment were all glamorous. We relished our meals on the table while mingling with our peers. 

The subsequent day, the conference resumed early. Keynote addresses, panelists, and much more took place on the final day of conferences, along with B2B meetings where planners connected with suppliers and hoteliers.  

This day saw a spectacular panel discussion with leaders of the Industry, Teddy Manuel, Nicolas Barelier, and Rahul Kumar. These individuals shared their inspirational journeys and how they reached where they are today. The audience enjoyed this panel and applauded as Rahul Kumar and others spoke about their lives and were able to engage with the crowd and ensure they could relate and be inspired by the same. 

That evening transported all attendees to the Sonara Camp for the Closing Dinner party at the Desert. Being welcomed with a refreshing towel a day champagne, the settings with the dunes was surreal while the oud player played his tunes.

During the cocktail hour, attendees mingled with each other and enjoyed the falcon show, camel experiences, and much more.

Breathtaking fire shows and traditional entertainment welcomed the guests as we headed to the main arena with delicacies stations curated by exceptional chefs and excellent hospitality.

The highlight of the evening was a spectacular performance by Kevin from a renowned band called FireandIce, bringing all the attendees to the dance floor with his phenomenal voice through.

EWPC 2023 was an exceptional experience in association with incredible partners, and every year; we look forward to the next exotic wedding planners conference. 

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at



The First Mega Wedding of 2023

The First Mega Wedding of 2023

Almost 12 months in the making, over a 1000 guests, 6 days of celebrations at 6 unique venues, more than 100 international artists and a VIP guest list – Sania and Bilal’s wedding celebrations re-define the Big Fat Indian Wedding.

Touted as ‘The First Mega Wedding of 2023’, the wedding was planned and managed by the team at Vivaah Celebrations, led by Rahul Kumar – a seasoned professional with over 10 years of experience conceptualising and creating unparalleled wedding experiences around the world.

The Fairytale wedding celebrations for Sania Mulk, daughter of Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk (Bride) with Bilal Khalid Ahmed (Groom), took shape over a 12-month detailed planning and conceptualizing. Shehzaadi Sania Mulk had a vision and a dream that Vivaah Celebrations helped her achieve and bring to life. 

The destination wedding saw guests fly in from all parts of the world; businessmen, celebrities, VIPs, Ministers, The Royal family, His Highness, and many more took part in the grand celebrations for Sania and Bilal.  

With over 40 operations executives, 50 fabricators, 12 florists, 30 chefs, 20 different menus, and many spectacular performing artists, this 6-day wedding celebration was indeed an extravaganza witnessed by over 1,000 guests attending from various parts of the world. 

To start with, the guests already fell in love with the Royal Invitation box sent to them. A turquoise box with an intricate gold design and an actual fairy tale book alongside local royal delicacies touched everyone’s hearts.  


It all began with the exquisite Chandni Raat-themed welcome dinner at their opulent residence. Guests were beautifully dressed in whites and silver to complement this bright evening. The Chandni Raat Dinner was held at The Mulk Residence in Al Barari, Dubai. A beautiful rose petal shower by our hostesses welcomed our Groom, Bilal Ahmed, and his family to commence the union of the two families.  

Our beautiful Bride, Sania, had a stunning entry with her loved ones, and bridesmaids walked in with countless gorgeous glimmering LED balloons representing the Chandni Raat theme. Our Bride made her way toward her Prince charming as the guests witnessed the spectacular dancing fountain show at their residence, which elevated the evening to the next level. MC Shobhna then continued the evening with interactive games and activities for the guests, followed by a renowned duo who sang the night away. 

The next morning, the Manjay Ceremony kickstarted the celebrations for the Bide’s side of the family. Hosted at The Mulk Residence at Al Barari, Dubai. This ‘Sheesh Mahal’ morning began as our astonishing Bride walked toward the lavish garden under her beautifully adorned flower chaadar in shades of oranges, yellows, and golds. Sania then proceeded with the Manjay rituals with her close family, where they adorned her with jewelry and showered her with tons of fresh flower petals.

The guests enjoyed using the rickshaw photo booth this morning to capture their memories. They interacted with the live clay bangle maker curating beautiful bangles by checking their wrist size and colors. The morning event ended with a Royal breakfast feast served to the guests. 

For their Sangeet evening, the venue at Madinat Jumeirah was transformed into a setting never seen before. The ‘Welcome to Agrabah’, Aladdin-themed event was one of the most exquisite events at this wedding. The Mehendi-Sangeet Bash at the gorgeous Fort Island at Madinat Jumeirah was inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights and was converted into an astonishing Ottoman Night. 

The guests were welcomed through a beautifully decorated walkway with Moroccan lamps and other local accessories. This path led them straight into the Souk Area, which was converted to Sania and Bilal’s Bazaar. Our hostesses, dressed in lavish white Moroccan gowns, greeted the guests and handed over a royal blue pouch filled with gold coins they could redeem at the Souk carts. There were several souk carts with beautiful handmade accessories, diaries, pens, pearl crafted jewellery boxes, and much more. To elevate the experience, we also had a gorgeous violinist at a height playing her beautiful tunes. On the other side, our famous Turkish Ice Cream cart had kids giggling to his tricks and parents enjoying this picture-perfect sight while having their ice cream. It definitely looked like the Agrabah Bazaar straight out of Aladdin.

After such a rich experience, the hostesses guided all the guests towards Fort Island, which was embellished with royal furniture with vibrant colors. The evening continued with DJ Gautam playing tunes to set the guests’ mood for the exciting evening ahead. Once all the guests settled in this beautiful venue with lanterns and Moroccan-themed centerpieces, their sight went straight to the stunning Menus and Agenda of the evening crafted by VC Creatives with intricate gold designs on a rich velvet print. We kickstarted the evening by introducing the star celebrity MCs of the Night. 

Celebrity Gauhar Khan, an Actress also known for her win in Big Boss, and Yasir Hussain, a star from Pakistan, got introduced to the crowd and made their Filmfare entry as they walked up the beautiful bridge of Fort Island. 

The Sangeet evening then officially began; after entertaining the audience, the lovely MCs welcomed the sisters from the Groom’s side to bring in the Mehendi Trays like pure Royalty. The women walked in and got introduced to the guests as they placed these rich gold thalis on the stage. Soon after this, our Prince Aladdin made his entry which was one of the numerous highlights of the evening. Our Prince walked in like Royalty with his LED Drum Band, SFX, and Parade of Groomsmen; no Prince walks in alone, right?

As our Groom, Bilal Ahmed, was interacting with our Celebrity MCs, a special announcement was made. Our Princess Sania was about to join us. 

As all guests were asked to make their way to all corners of Fort Island, surrounded by a beautiful water body, they witnessed a spectacular show. Our Princess Sania was arriving on an Abra (A Royal Boat) with a parade of 12 boats behind her with dancers in beautiful costumes, such a magical sight to see! 

Our Shehzaadi Sania Mulk looked stunning in her attire; she looked straight out of the movie. As she waved the guests a hello and got off the boat, we again witnessed another beautiful show by the DANS team choreographed by Satyen Babla. Sania then slowly made her way up the bridge as the sparklers rose and guests applauded and welcomed her. 

Our MCs then interacted with our beautiful couple and welcomed the entry of a famous Pakistani power couple who flew in to greet the couple and this magical evening. This glorious couple was none other than AYEZA KHAN and DANISH TAIMOORI, celebrities from Pakistan. 

This incredible evening did not stop surprising us; the upcoming act blew severyone’s mind away. Most talented Indian dancer Parvati opened the Royal Kishti performance, a Royal gift exchange between the two families. She was definitely one of the bright stars of the evening! 

The much-awaited Sangeet performances began with all the friends and family performing for the couple on various tracks, leaving everyone in a fun-filled mood as the guests picked up their Mocktails from the Royal Abrahbah Mocktail Bar decked in golds with the local tastes. 

The evening continued as guests relished some Royal Arabic culinary experiences put together by the talented food and beverage team at Madinat Jumeirah. The evening ended with the famous Laduree Cart alongside a range of vast desserts. 

Finally, the much-awaited Night arrived, The Royal Mughal Baraat Raat. Drawing inspiration from the Mughal times, the guests were welcomed by over 50 soldiers lined up on both sides of the driveway. They saluted the guests through the driveway as their car pulled up to the beautiful Asateer tent of Atlantis on the Palm where they were further greeted by native soldiers from Africa. As the guests walked in, beautiful hostesses adorned in ethnic outfits greeted them with a Salaam – a traditional gesture of respect and welcome to the guests.

The venue was decked up like none other; one could smell hundreds of fresh roses all around the beautiful arena giving a rich royal feel to the evening. The Decor was inspired by Royal Mughal Palaces with Golds and Reds and a grand stage with handcrafted beautiful water fountains on each side. This event also featured custom-made plush furniture and designer tableware representing the richness of the evening, with some of the finest culinary experiences brought straight to the table like Royalty. 

This evening saw more VIPs, as team Vivaah ensured that all protocols were implemented. Celebrities, VIP families, The Royal family, and High Highness  Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan attended this spectacular evening to congratulate Mr. Shahji Nawab Ul Mulk and the newly wedded beautiful couple Sania Mulk and Bilal Ahmed. 

Once all the guests settled in, our Celebrity MCs, Gauhar Khan, and Yasir Hussain announced the commencement of the Royal Baraat procession. Our Groom’s Baraat procession was power-packed, with his entourage dancing their way through a 120-meter-long stretch pathway along the entrance of Asateer. The one-hour-long Baraat saw talent from over the globe with shows, stunts, and different experiences for the guests to enjoy. These dancers led the Baraat as the procession followed. Finally, we could see our Shahenshah enter on his Royal Horse, along with his Kingsmen. Over a 100 performers mesmerised the crowd, and it was definitely a Baraat you wouldn’t want to miss! 

Once the groom was welcomed in, he waited eagerly for his princess to arrive. Our Shehzaadi Sania’s entrance was nothing less than a grand spectacle. Suddenly, the lights of this gorgeous venue slightly dimmed, and a soldier came running in to hand over a scroll to the MCs to announce the Royal Entrance of our Padmavat inspired Bride. Dancers entered, dancing their way in, and performed a lovely act before our Shehzaadi walked in with her Shamadaan Dancers with her 5-meter veil behind her. She looked absolutely stunning in her Mughal Wedding Dress. Her Shahenshah walked over to the centre of the floor, and they met in the middle, surrounded by alluring flowers which reflected their love for each other. He lifted her veil, and they said their vows. Bilal then took Sania up on stage to continue the evening. The sight was surreal. 

The Night had just begun, and we had breathtaking performances lined up to make this evening unforgettable. One of the most talented dancer from Pakistan, Sara Loren, gracefully performed while she took the stage and left everyone speechless which her elegance. Surrounded by background dancers complimenting her moves on Dewaani Mastani from Bajirao Mastani, it looked like a sight straight out of a movie. 

The evening continued with a beautiful ring ceremony as beautiful roses were showered on the couple as they exchanged their wedding rings. 

The Night’s finale star performer had finally arrived. A performance that everyone was eagerly waiting for. This renowned actor and singer, who is recognised not only in Pakistan but also in India, flew to Dubai to make this evening special. It was none other than the sensational singer Ali Zafar! Guests got goosebumps as he mesmerised everyone with his soulful voice. This magical night ended with the emotional Bidai ceremony of Sania. 

The next day guests gathered to Celebrate Sania and Bilal’s love at their Walima evening. Amidst detailed centerpieces, plush floral installations, and a blanket of fairy lights, the ‘Night under the Stars’ Walima Evening had the guests in awe of the surreal settings on a chilly evening at the Ritz Carlton Dubai. 

With the views to the Ain Dubai, the couple entered as the night sky shined bright and was filled with a show-stopping fireworks display as the celebrations came to an end. 

The couple had their first dance, cut their gorgeous wedding cake, and danced the Night away with friends and family as DJ Sash spun behind the decks. 

All the themes, concepts, show flows, and artists were planned, conceptualized, and managed by Vivaah Celebrations.

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar, who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at



Photo Credits: Micheal J. Scott, Delhi Velvet & Linda K. 

Setup By: Stefanie Heller – JAM Events


The Persian Poetry by Vivaah Celebrations

This Royal Persian Wedding was an amazing event at the luxurious Raffles Palace on the Palm Jumeirah – Dubai. The couple was celebrated by a large group of friends and family who flew in from around the world to be a part of the Iranian Wedding Celebrations.

Rahul Kumar, the CEO of Vivaah Celebrations along with Maggi Kewlani and the entire team of Vivaah Celebrations successfully planned, managed and delivered this lovely Iranian Wedding. This marks the foray of Vivaah Celebrations as Iranian Wedding Planners in Dubai.


Vivaah Celebrations fulfilled the couple’s dreams through conceptualizing eloquent themes, artists, unique performers, immersive experiences and much more to keep the audience enthralled. The Wedding Celebrations had a personal touch to offer each guest a memorable experience that they could cherish and remember for a long time to come. Every detail of the wedding celebration was essential and tailored to the tastes and preferences of our lovely couple.

At the opulent Palazzo Versace, we hosted a Welcome Dinner for our guests on the first evening. Guests were greeted as royalty as soon as they arrived at the breathtaking Palazzo Versace by a scintillating performance put up by an Award-winning international pianist. As the evening progressed, hostesses led the guests to Enigma, a renowned Iranian fine dining experience, where they all enjoyed wine and dinner with Persian music and elegant dances as the evening continued.

The following morning, all guests woke up to a royal breakfast at Raffles Palm before they got ready for the traditional Persian Sofreh Aghd ceremony.

The ceremony took place on the lawns of Raffles Palm facing the serene waters with the beautiful palace sitting as the backdrop of the venue. In the midst of the venue stood a gorgeous dome made of pure exquisite crystals where elements and accessories of the Sofreh Aghd were kept for the rituals. Items such as rose petals, pistachios, saffron, crystal candles, mirrors, sugar cones and much more with its own symbolic meaning was adorned in the dome. This was by far, one of the most gorgeous Sofreh Aghd ceremony in Dubai which was planned by the team at Vivaah Celebrations.

As the sunset golden hour begins, our gorgeous violinist welcomed the guests with her soft music as they had their refreshments and rich delicacies catered specially from Ladurée. Once the guests settled down, the toastmaster thanked everyone for being a part of such an important day in the couple’s life. As the violinist played her beautiful tunes, the couple entered the venue with their bridesmaids, groomsmen and adorable flower girls.

The commemorative Sofreh Aghd Ceremony is a ceremony dating back thousands of years to ancient Persia. The bride and groom sat in front of a Sofreh which is a symbolic wedding spread representing love, prosperity health and fertility. During the blessing ceremony, the wedding party held a traditional silk cloth over the head of the couple and grinded sugar cones together symbolizing sweet blessings raining down on the bride and groom. The magnificent ceremony then came to an end after the couple said their vows, exchanged rings and sealed it with a kiss.

On the third day, the guests got ready for the Royal Persian Reception Evening which took place at the Raffles Ballroom. Team Vivaah Celebrations was at work with the decor and production overnight to ensure all details were attended to as planned. The ballroom was decked up with beautiful grand blush floral installations, overhead decor concepts above the dance floor and gorgeous centerpieces cascading down from the tables adorned with candles. It was like walking into a fairy-tale.

Each plate had the guest’s name on it beautifully placed for them along with the royal dinner menu. Accompanied was a customized luxurious wedding favour that was gifted to all guests in the form of a ceramic pomegranate with customized love poems to take back with them as a momento.

The guests entered the stunning ballroom as the gates to the venue opened and they all settled in while waiting for the couple’s fairy-tale entry. The newly married couple entered with the gorgeous saxophonist leading them and they commemorated the evening by popping open a bottle of premium champagne and poured it down a tall elegant champagne tower followed by the magical first dance. The sight was definitely unreal. This was followed by a Four-Course Imperial Dinner with guests conversing as the saxophonist played her delightful music. The cake cutting ceremony took place before soon after followed by an engaging session on the dance floor with the bride’s sister performing the traditional Persian Knife dance. The cake cutting ceremony then took place followed by an unforgettable high-energy performance by a band flown in specially from Iran. They kickstarted the party and kept everyone on the dance floor till the early hours of sunrise.

All the themes, concepts, show flows and artists were planned, conceptualized and managed by Vivaah Celebrations. Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at


Vivaah Celebrations at the DWP Congress 2022 in Bali

The 8th Destination Wedding Planners Congress was held in Bali from the 27th – 29th of September 2022, and Vivaah Celebrations had the honor of attending this prestigious event. The entire experience from the curation of the events to the hospitality was phenomenal as always. 

Upon arrival at the Depensar Airport in Bali, Vivaah Celebrations along with other renowned planners who flew in from different parts of the world were welcomed with true Balinese traditions. Flower Garlands and customised refreshing coconut water was handed out at airport before being driven in private chauffeured cars which took us to the Mulia Resorts in Nasa Dua – an elite and luxury area of Bali. 

We were given a tour of Bali’s famous sculptures and landmarks by our chauffeur as we sipped fresh coconut water on the way to our hotel. 

A greeting ceremony was held as soon as we arrived at the venue, which included gently placing a beautiful flower behind your ear. We were touched by the friendly people and the abundant hospitality all around us. 

Mulia Resorts is a gorgeous property with beautifully designed rooms facing the lush tropical views of Bali. Our room was spacious, contemporary with a nod to heritage, and it had a lovely balcony facing palm trees so we could enjoy Bali’s fresh air. We were most definitely pampered by all the presents and goodies which were gifted to us by the generous team at DWP and their partners.

We were all brought to a wonderful location with a tranquil view for the Boho Chic Welcome Cocktails event the same evening. As we arrived, we were greeted with a glass of champagne and could see the sun setting over the water, horses trotting down the shore, and mermaids swaying in the pool. We were in awe of the serene sight. The venue was exquisitely decorated, which gave the night a magical feel. The event saw prominent planners and friends like Mohomed Morani (@mohomedgmorani), Aaarti Manocha (@aartimanocha), Diane Khoury (@dianekhouryweddingsandevents), Mahesh Shirodkar (@bossyshirods), Jihane from the Oberoi (@jihanemsr), Froonck (@mr.froonck), Meltem (@meltemtepelerofficial) and many more who we danced the night away with.

The next morning was an early start, we headed over to the Westin for a day full of conferences and B2B meetings. A productive day with partners, planners and hoteliers from around the world who were exploring business synergies. 

The evening then continued with the Grand Gala Dinner, which our friend and top-notch event planner in Indonesia Innayat Khubchandani (@innazcommunique) decorated beautifully.

Balinese entertainers greeted us as we entered the gorgeous site. ONEmpire band from Mumbai opened the night after our delicious three-course supper, getting everyone on the dance floor and kept them on their toes till the wee hours.

After the conference, the next day, we were driven to a stunning estate located an hour away on a surreal mountain for the afterparty. Again, outstanding performers, delectable cuisine, and great company kept the night lively. 

We bid our goodbyes the following morning and we are now getting ready for the subsequent DWP being hosted in Qatar in March 2023!

Thanks DWP team (Dwp_congress) , Sid & Prachi for a wonderful experience.

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at


In the Spotlight with Rahul Kumar – Insights on Destination Weddings

Rahul Kumar is the CEO and Owner of Vivaah Celebrations, a destination wedding planning and management company. Over his 9 years of experience, he has successfully planned, managed and conceptualized weddings in over 23 countries; Including the first ever destination wedding at Disneyland Paris. Rahul Kumar is a world-renowned award-winning wedding planner, international speaker and trainer for hospitality groups.
Maggi K. from Vivaah Celebrations has had a candid discussion with Rahul Kumar, a celebrity Wedding Planner who is known globally to share his insights on Planning Destination Weddings.

1) When is the ideal time to send out invites to a wedding?

Thankfully, the concept of ‘Save-the-Date’ has been well adapted by different cultures. This is one of the most effective tools to draw your guests’ attention to the dates of your celebration much before you may have your venues booked or celebrations planned.

As the name suggests, it actually helps your guests save the date and mark their calendars for a potential attendance at your wedding. With formal invitations to follow, you can then list out the details of the event type, venues and timings for the same at a later date.

We see 6 months out of your wedding as an ideal time horizon to send the Save the Date and about 3 months out of your wedding as the ideal time to send the formal invitations whether E-invites or Print invites.

As for wedding websites, we would much rather suggest Apps as they are easier to navigate with handheld devices such as Smart Phones or Tablets. We have seen that a neatly designed wedding app comes in more handy and increases the engagement level of your guests before and during your wedding.

2)What should your guest list ideally be for destination weddings?

The most accurate answer to this would be, invite just the right number of guests that you can give your personal attention to. However, more often, such is not the case when it comes to wedding celebrations.

We have seen that the guest numbers vary with different cultures and demographics. A couple spending for their own wedding tend to keep their guest numbers limited as they care for a much warm and intimate celebration amongst their loved ones and the people that matter to them.

On the other hand, a business family paying for their son’s or daughter’s wedding have an endless list of guests as these include relatives, acquaintances, business guests and the extended community as the celebrations here is a status determinant for the host in this case.

3)When is it ideal to book venues and vendors for destination weddings?

The most ideal period is 10 – 12 months out from your wedding. This gives couples ample time to evaluate their options for venues and vendors. In addition to being better prepared, starting early gives couples a higher power of negotiating contracts and value deals with different stakeholders.

One of the valuable advice we give our couples is to space out the wedding planning process and enjoy the journey versus a rushed approach which can cause anxieties and get stressful for the family.

4)How important is it to hire experienced professionals for a destination wedding?

It is no wonder that the professions of a lawyer, doctor and a wedding planner can be spoken of in the same breath. With a holistic and calculated approach to their craft, each one of them are able to provide their clients with the most ideal solutions to forecast and manage situations well.

Without a doubt, professionals with in-depth experience can help strategize ahead of time and define processes accurately in order to ease out the burden during the days of the events and minimize any margin of error. It is important that all stakeholders work together and are of a similar calibre to enable a healthy synergy, so everything is precise like clockwork.

5) How can a couple manage the stress of a multi-day wedding celebration?

One of the most common mistakes couples make at destination weddings, is to host their first event as a full-format formal event. This is when guests have just arrived from different parts of the world and may need some time to refresh and renew their energies before actively engaging in any high energy events. 

We highly recommend hosting the first event as an easy ice-breaker casual event where both sides of the family meet each other, friends get acquainted and gradually feel the elevating vibes.

With a multi-day celebration, it is best to build up the hype, excitement and elevate the experience from one event to the other where guests are longing to see what’s next. Having said that, we advice our couples to allow for enough rest time between events to so your guests are not fatigued and burnt out quickly or you’ll see their energies and involvement decline.

Finally, at multi-day wedding celebrations, try and keep your themes varied, food and beverage options diverse and entertainment constantly engaging as your guests may not appreciate a monotonous experience.

6) What are the key pointers one should keep in mind when planning a destination wedding?

Hosting a wedding at foreign lands comes with its own share of challenges. When planning your destination wedding, it is important to take the following into consideration:

Hire experienced professionals

It is sensible to hire experienced professionals at your wedding destination or someone who is well versed with the destination. This ensures efficiency in communications, negotiations, logistics and decision making throughout the planning process. 

Ease of Access

Pick a destination which is convenient to get to. Avoid multiple connecting flights or extremely long flying hours. You do not want your guests to hit fatigue before they attend your wedding celebrations.


When picking your destination of choice for your wedding celebrations, pay close attention to the visa criteria that your guests will have to meet to ensure that you don’t miss out on important people at your wedding solely due to visa challenges.

Uncharted Territories

Is possible, stay away from new destinations that aren’t experienced or not well-versed with the service levels required for a destination wedding. The locations and venues may be gorgeous but if the service levels are compromised, your guests wont be happy about it and they will make themselves heard. 

Multiple Visits

It is essential that you visit the destination a few times before your actual wedding celebration to make sure everything is in place and the finer details have been looked into. This will save you the embarrassment during the days of your event and you can ensure a hassle-free celebration.

Seek Support

Lastly, try and seek support from government bodies, tourism boards and local community groups to enhance your destination wedding celebrations. Such connects help with facilitating permissions, ease out restrictions, elevate your guest experiences and leave you with lasting memories of a successful and happy wedding celebration.

Stay Tuned for more series of In the Spotlight where Vivaah Celebrations speaks to phenomenal individuals on their journey.

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at




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