She Said YES! Priti Malik’s Incredible Week Long Wedding
Priti Malik’s Incredible Week Long Wedding
Today on Bride Club ME, we’re featuring the epic wedding of Virgin Radio presenter, Priti Malik. As you may recall, we featured Priti’s amazing proposal story back in February last year (if you didn’t see this, be sure to find out more below!). Well, now Priti and Jeftin are husband and wife after a week long wedding in August 2014.
This phenomenal wedding week incorporated two faiths and included both a church wedding and Hindu ceremony, along with celebrations after each event. A real ‘wow’ occasion, Priti and Jeftin planned the wedding by themselves, taking on the immense task of organising five events in four different locations with help from their fabulous friends.
Although it was a lot of hard work for them both, we think it’s fantastic that they went to such lengths to combine what was important to each other and their respective families. This wedding – or should that be weddings – certainly has it all; tradition, culture, romance, and a lot of partying!
Jeftin’s proposal took Priti by complete surprise, not least because it was LIVE on the Kris Fade Show on Virgin Radio Dubai! With thousands of people listening, Jeftin first called the station, who knew all about his plans, and then added to the excitement when he walked into the studio, got down on one knee and presented Priti with a beautiful engagement ring. There were tears as she immediately said yes, and the whole moment was not only captured live on air, but also on film. You can read more about this incredible proposal and watch the video here on Bride Club ME.
Below, Priti talks us through her spectacular wedding week, and how they managed to plan it all…
The dresses and accessories…
My church wedding dress was produced from scratch by the amazing Berna! She’s an expert at creating magical pieces. I showed her photos of what I liked and we came up with a concept and picked out all the fabrics together. I felt like a princess!
My Hindu wedding outfit was even more special. My Grandfather had left some lehngas for my sister and I in the 1990s, which my Mum had preserved throughout the years. All we had to do was make a few changes to modernise it. As I walked into the ballroom, I truly felt that my Grandfather was with me.
My other two outfits I picked up on a shopping trip in Jaipur, India.
The wedding theme…
We did not have any specific theme for our wedding events. We just wanted it to look and feel beautiful and for our friends and family to have a fabulous time!
Because Jeftin and I are from two different parts of India, we felt that it was important to incorporate the unique traditions from each region. Firstly, we had a church wedding ceremony where I wore my white gown. During this, I was presented with a sari called a Mandrakodi from Jeftin’s family, which is a tradition in Kerala where his family is from. As I am Punjabi, we also had a Sangeet party at Le Meridien Airport Hotel, which is basically just an excuse for everyone to dance all night long! This was followed by a Hindu wedding ceremony at The Conrad.
OMG the cakes! I have to say a HUGE thank you to Sugaholic Bakeshop who created our cakes for both the church wedding and the Hindu wedding. We decided to match the colours of the cake with the bridal party’s outfits, and the toppers were replicas of us on each day in the same outfits!
Most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process…
Food and cake tasting is definitely high on the list of benefits when planning a wedding. I can recall doing the tasting at the JW Marriott in Deira and just carrying on eating, even though we had already decided upon what we wanted! They also created a special cocktail for Jeftin and a different cocktail for me for our reception.
Most testing part of the wedding planning process…
Can I say everything? Since it was just Jeftin and I doing all the planning, it was a true test of our relationship, and fortunately it made us stronger. Trying to decide upon everything from venues, decorations and food, to centerpieces and flowers meant that there was a lot of pressure on both of us. We barely slept, had a lot of meetings, and were often worried about our budget. We were super involved with everything, including making our own centrepieces for one of the events! I wouldn’t say that we completely enjoyed the planning process as it was frustrating at times, but when we saw everything come together it definitely felt all the more special, and we were so proud of what we had achieved together.
Top three tips for brides to be…
♡ Make excel sheets for everything. Things can easily run over time, so make time sheets for every event and include each detail. One of my bridesmaid’s helped me create a time sheet for the girls to get ready in as well.
♡ Do trials with your makeup/hair artist. Decide the exact look for your big day well in advance so that your artist knows exactly what to do when they arrive. Also, give them plenty of time to do their thing!
♡ Don’t fret the small stuff! No one will ever know what you planned – just roll with the punches – something is bound to go wrong!
Using Bride Club ME…
I did use Bride Club ME when searching for UAE based make-up artists and I used the inspiration section for décor and styling ideas! It was very useful indeed.
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Church Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church, Dubai / Reception Venue: JW Marriott, Deira / Sangeet Party Venue: Le Meridien Airport Hotel / Hindu Wedding Ceremony: The Conrad, Dubai / Photographer & Cinematographer: Hitched in Dubai / Wedding Cakes: Sugaholic Bakeshop / Make-Up Artist: Jefferson V. Palis / Henna Artist: Vandana Makar / Light & Sound: Soundkraft and Wild Planet Entertainment / Staging & Décor: Al Mahad Events / DJs: DJ Nitesh and DJ Carlos / Bartenders/Flair Bartee: The Real Flaming Trio / Groom’s Attire: All personally designed by Varoin Marwah / Ceremony Singer: Dia Hassan (Juliana Down on Facebook).
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