Arun & Zarna’s Hindu Girona Wedding: Interview with our bride
We loved planning this 3 day Hindu wedding for our UK couple Arun and Zarna and are grateful to be able to call them friends (and bring you this interview with the bride). The planning was a lot of work and yet also a lot of fun, especially when the event days arrived complete with pool party in Lloret de Mar, Castle western wedding and their Montseny national park Mountain Hindu wedding complete with doli, barat, sangeet, colourful Mandap and Indian Pandit.
Describe your Barcelona wedding day in 3 words!
What was your favourite memory from your Barcelona Hindu wedding?
We have many but the most favourite memory for me was having all of my nearest and dearest there at every event and venue on top of a mountain at a castle and the poolside to celebrate with us as one big happy family.
Why did you chose Barcelona as your Hindu wedding destination?
Barcelona is close to our hearts and significant to us as from a young age when travelling alone this is one of the places i’d travelled and fell in love with.
What did you love most about your wedding dress? How and where did you find it?
I found my wedding dress in a local shop after searching for my dream look online and in designer magazines, I then found exactly what suited me and what I wanted in the shop as I hunted. I loved the fit and long buttoned back of my dress it was perfect. As for the Indian dress I again found what I wanted from Indian bridal magazines and online and travelled to India to have a designer create exactly what I wanted for what I’d seen. The colour contrast traditional and modern yet elegant and the fit was what I loved about this wedding dress.
If you did it all again what might you change?
If I did it again though I loved it all I wouldn’t change much maybe I’d delve deeper into confirming venues I still liked with outer I wanted as well as with all facilities I’d have needed for vendors travelling over from the U.K. as this was time consuming and costly when realising the facilities of some venues were nil but the outer look of the venue was brill so this deceiving element id probably change and learn from.
Tell us about the blooms. What was your favourite thing about your Hindu wedding flowers?
I loved the wedding bouquet being different colours accompanying a white dress it just made the dress stand out and then the white flowers accompanying the ceremony. The Indian wedding mandap fresh red Flowers accompanying gold material was amazing as this matched bride/groom colours perfectly and created that much more of a stunning perfect simplistic beautiful look of the wedding on the mountain top!
What is your advice for other couples getting married in Barcelona?
Advice to others would be to have a vision but to be prepared for changes and maybe having to spend more than you bargain for so to leave a financial buffer and potentially step in occasionally to give opinions as you don’t want to get too lost in the moment and regret later.
What cultural aspects did you include in your big day?
Being Indian we had the whole big Indian wedding with the food made by an Indian caterer from the U.K. and with the Pre wedding haldi events and prayers to go with beforehand. Our priest flew from the U.K. for all. But being British we wanted a white wedding too so we had a symbolic white wedding conducted by our very good friend who happened to set us up! We had a horse and carriage and bridesmaids and flower girls to help with the ceremony as I was walked down the aisle accompanied by my father as I wore my dream white dress!
Thanks so much Zarna,
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