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Big Fat Indian Wedding: US Suburban Hotels see Bright Spot for Business in it

Renaissance Schaumburg hosted 60 weddings last year in 2015, of which 20 were Indian weddings

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  • With summer weddings witnessing a boost, the suburban hotels have gained much priority
  • An Indian wedding comprising of 400 individuals costs up to $250,000 on an average
  • Chicago is the second city with highest Indian American population

Indian Weddings are indeed ‘Big’ and ‘Fat’! Perhaps, it is one of the expensive celebrations and on an average, weddings for Indian couples have about 400 guests and cost around $250,000, said a report by Indian Wedding Magazine. Due to huge investment and grandeur, that the wedding celebrations bring with it, the suburban hotels are therefore planning to educate their staffs on how to appeal to Indian families.

Earlier the Indian weddings were popular with Indian hotels or event management companies purely a national business, but now this business has spread its wings across the globe and is considered as one of the major businesses across several countries. With summer weddings witnessing a boost, the suburban hotels have gained much priority.

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Even though the grandeur of the Indian weddings bring smile to many, but it gets difficult for many to meet the expenses. Therefore, people belonging to middle class or lower middle class in particular, start saving for the wedding right from the birth of a child. Conditions are precarious in case of a girl child as demand for dowry is rampant in India, even after it is considered as a punishable offence in Indian Law.

Schaumburg Renaissance. Image Souce: Wikimedia Commons
Schaumburg Renaissance. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Last Week Seema Jain, director of multicultural affairs for Marriott International, was invited in Renaissance Schaumburg to witness how one can attract more business in this season. A Mehendi artist applied the henna on the hands of the employees, while Jain made them understand about Indian weddings by using some video clips from Bollywood movies. Renaissance Schaumburg hosted 60 weddings last year, of which 20 were Indian weddings, said a report.

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A mehendi artist applying mehendi on a bride. Image source: hdmehndi.blogspot.com
A mehendi artist applying mehendi on a bride. Image source: hdmehndi.blogspot.com

According to US Census, Chicago is the second city with highest Indian American population in the country. An Indian wedding of 1500 people accounts for  $2 million. To help in smooth and easy going functions, there are wedding planners who plans especially for Indian weddings.

Unlike other weddings, an Indian wedding accompanies many functions like Mehendi, Sangeet and others and hence, attracting a good deal of money from the families. A wedding of an Indian Couple attracts 3 times money from that of others.

“A South Asian wedding is actually a production,” quoted Sabrina Hans, who has been planning Indian weddings in the Midwest for more than 15 years to Associated Press. Naturally, huge profit in the business, makes it a luring option for businessmen.

-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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7 Bollywood Celebrity Lehenga to Flaunt in the Upcoming Wedding Season

Excited for the upcoming wedding season? Take inspiration from these Bollywood divas and their styles!

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Wear Celebrity Lehengas for your special day. Instagram.

New Delhi, October 23, 2017: The wedding season is knocking the doors and you must be excited to flaunt your best at the occasion. This time present yourself in the beautiful lehengas worn by Bollywood actresses and look gorgeous to make your evening a memorable one.

Look stunning like Deepika and enjoy the charming attention of all. Brace it with an exquisite piece of kundan jewellery to add up  the radiance. 

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Deepika rocks the show in this navy blue royal lehenga. Instagram.

Dazzle your wedding evening with this celebrity lehenga of Kareena Kapoor’s. A messy hairdo and matte lipstick will give you an awesome look. 

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This Wedding Lehenga of Kareena Kapoor is just superficial. Instagram.

Get the angelic look similar to the gorgeous Sonam Kapoor. Use minimalistic jewellery to add authencity to the attire.

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Sonam Kapoor in Abujani Sandeep Khosla gown. Instagram.

Get the classy chic look in this floral piece adored by Shraddha Kapoor. Pair the attire with wine red shade on your lips to enhance the look.

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Shraddha Kapoor in Floral attire at a fashion show concert. instagram

Dia Mirza ensembles this studded lehenga over a rose braided bun and nude lipstick

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Dia Mirza looks ethereal in this blue shiny gown. Instagram.

Look enticing like Alia Bhatt in this off white lehenga with a crop top or embroidered blouse for the wedding evening.

P.S: A high bun will work wonders on this outfit

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Alia Bhatt flaunting the gorgeous look. Instagram.

Get that hot and sexy look like Kriti Sanon if you are one of the besties of the Bride-Groom. This off shoulder green lehenga should be paired with beaded chandbali and minimal makeup.

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Kriti Sanon in turquoise green crop top looks ravishing. Instagram.

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Northeast is Fast Emerging as the new Start-up Destination, Says Minister Jitendra Singh

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship

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Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh. Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 16, 2017 : Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh claimed that the area was fast emerging as the new start-up destination for youngsters from all over India, an official statement on Monday.

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship and take advantage of its unexplored potential, he said, according to a DoNER Ministry statement.

Citing an example, he said in certain areas of Northeast, including states like Arunachal Pradesh, “while almost 40 per cent of the fruit goes waste on account of lack of adequate storage and transport facilities, the same can be used to produce and manufacture fresh and pure fruit juice at a much more cost-effective price”.

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During an interaction with youngsters, Jitendra Singh also pointed out that many new airports coming up at Pakyong (Sikkim), Itanagar and Shillong, which along with a time-bound plan to lay broad-gauge rail track, would bring in further ease of doing business.

“Another sector of entrepreneurship which is fast emerging in Northeast is the medical and healthcare sector.

“For years, there has been a trend for patients to shift outside the region, mostly to Kolkata or Vellore, but the encouragement given to the private corporate sector has now resulted in the opening of new hospitals within the region itself and young entrepreneurs are taking the lead,” he said. (IANS)

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Love Destination Weddings? 7 Locations in Udaipur to have the Wedding of your Dreams

An entire week of celebrations in an oh-so-gorgeous locale, away from the madness of your city life.

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It is hard to have a wedding in Udaipur that is NOT stunning. Pixabay

Udaipur, October 3, 2017 : With baraatis and band baaja in tow, the modern-day groom wears aviators and crosses lakes to get to his bride.
The bride these days no more sits coyly in rooms. Instead, she walks down royal stairways lined with exotic flowers to welcome the groom and his entourage.

A royal backdrop, stunning photos, bright colors, and lovely weather. Destination weddings are enticing, aren’t they?

An entire week of celebrations in an oh-so-gorgeous locale, away from the madness of your city life.

Not only do destination weddings ensure everyone stays at the same place, having all the more fun, and saving you all the last-moment panic attacks about absent guests, but you get to live one of the most important days of your life with everybody who is special.

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The most special day of your life should be perfect in every way! Pixabay

Now unless you have been living under a rock all your life, destination weddings would ring ‘Udaipur’ in your head at the loudest decibel possible. It is hard to have a wedding in Udaipur that is NOT stunning. From entirely Rajwada style comfort settings with cushions in a blast of fuchsia to metallic gold boho bulbs’ lighting to the breezy blue and silver décor and marigold-filled pathways around the fort in tune with the wedding, venues in Udaipur offer a surprising blend of traditional and modern wedding razzmatazz perfect for dreamy destination weddings.

The city has an abundance of gorgeous and scenic locations that should all probably be at the top of your list; we tell you why!

List of Best Destination Wedding Locations In Udaipur:

1. Jagmandir Island Palace

When history, art and weddings collide, it’s pure inspiration! Beautifully snuggled on an island in the middle of lake Pichola, Jag Mandir has an encompassing view of the City Palace, Lake Palace, the lake and the Aravali hills.

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Jag Mandir is also called ‘the Lake Garden Palace’ for its astounding beauty. Wikimedia

Imagine getting ferried to and fro the venue in decorated boats in the form of a procession; isn’t it already sounding dreamy? Beautifully illuminated with lights, the entire island as one nears Jag Mandir.

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Jag Mandir resembles a floating jewel in the middle of lake Pichola. Pixabay

The 17th century island palace is believed to have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal and rightly so! Once inside, the place transcends you to another era. It is well equipped with a fine dining restaurant, a bar and seven tastefully adorned suites and can accommodate upto 5,000 people- enough space for pre-wedding, wedding and post wedding functions.

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The courtyard of Jag Mandir Palace. Wikimedia

The picturesque Jagmandir Island Palace today plays host to an elite clientele and makes the perfect host for destination weddings and for couples who dream of regal nuptials.

2. Fort Fatehgarh

Looking for a serene wedding location in the hills? Perched on a hilltop 20 minutes outside the city, the Fategarh palace spells an old world charm and a true feel of a heritage hotel.  Adorned with poised white pillars, domes and intricately done jali screens, the place has been tastefully crafted with its graceful proportions and airy reception areas, courtyards and verandas.

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Located on top of a hilltop, Fort Fateh Garh will take your heart away at first glace.

With about 50 rooms and suites and 3 outdoor wedding lawns, the hotel is perfect for families who would want an entire palace to themselves with all its regal grandeur.

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Wedding arrangements at Fort Fatehgarh.

3. Oberoi Udai Vilas

With sprawling courtyards, rippling fountains, reflection pools and lush gardens, Oberoi Vilas mesmerizes every on-looker. But as they say beauty lies within, it is what is inside that is a complete delight. Interiors embroidered with decorative domes, hand-painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artifacts; the place is what is defined as love at first sight!

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The Oberoi Udai Vilas : what dreams are made of. Wikimedia

The site with its green lawns graciously spread all across the property, the promenade and the Chandra Mahal offer perfect venues for intricate weddings.

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A panoramic view of the lake palace Hotel. Wikimedia

4. Udai Kothi

Splendid exteriors in sparkling white, it is like you have been magically transcended to Greece!  Located at the heart of the city, this hotel has a lot of character with each room and each corner having its own style, perfect for an intimate wedding affair.  With carefully selected furniture, soft accents and décor and artistically done jharokhas overlooking a delightful view, the hotel has all the right vibes for destination weddings.

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A panoramic view of Udai Kothi

 5. Raas Leela

Tucked at the edge of Lake Pichola with a spectacular view, Raas Leela is a dream location for a sun-downer wedding!  The property opens to a marvelous, specific view of the royal lake and would be a pretty location for lakeside wedding destinations. Adorned with luxury cottages that echo the rich taste of Mughal travelling cottages overlooking the royal palaces, the venue is a fusion of modern comfort and traditional style.

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Raas Leela is a dream location for a sun-downer wedding

The venue by itself is so interesting and appealing, the décor really stands out, pictures turn out prettier and of course everything looks better with the shimmering, pearly water in the background.

6. Chunda Palace

Wonderfully tranquil and peaceful, this might be the gorgeous destination weddings’ venue you’d not want to miss!

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Chunda Palace is perfect for a small wedding with friends and family.

With a heritage and traditional appearance, Chunda Palace screams sophistication the moment you enter it.  Exteriors embellished with royal carvings and the interiors decorated with Rajasthani architecture, this hotel offers a spectacular view of the City Palace and lake Pichola.

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The interiors of the palace bear intricate and detailed designs.

The venue perfectly fits the criteria for small but strikingly royal destination weddings for a group of 200 people.

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Chunda palace has a rich heritage and traditional appearance

7. Ramada resort

Parched in the backdrop of the mighty Aravalis, the Ramada resort offers breathtaking views of Sajjan Palace, panoramic views of lake Pichola and the City Palace with all its many forts and palaces. Varying in height, the resort creates a spectacular view with its array of gardens and pool side spaces in tranquil settings.

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Corridors of the Ramada resort

The venue can be tailored according to requirements, from an intimate gathering of your closest friends and family to a formal setting for hundreds of guests.

 

Your guests will remember what the bride wore, how the groom entered the venue, and who danced to what Bollywood number. But apart from this, what makes a wedding out of the world? Undoubtedly the venue and the entire setup! Udaipur venues for destination weddings make your shaadi unapologetically quirky, complete with fun Rajasthani colors, funky décor, tasteful pool parties and finally, a traditional and glam wedding.

Check out the best of our list on venues of destination weddings and let all your sherwani and saree clad guests enjoy your five-day affair with zeal matching your own! Happy wedding!