Percept Weddings, the Strategic Business Unit of Percept ICE, conceptualized and executed one of the grandest weddings of the year for Tanya Ganwani, the granddaughter of Lal Ganwani, founder of Dubai-based Lals Group with London-based Rajiv Varma. Tanya, Founder and CEO of Burn Activewear, is the daughter of real-estate moghul Monica and Jayant Ganwani and lives between Dubai and London. Rajiv’s parents, Shobha and Moni Varma are the owners of Veetee Foods, one of the largest rice companies in the United Kingdom. The grand wedding was held in Montreux, a jewel in the Swiss Riviera, and saw over 400 distinguished VIP guests fly in from all corners of the globe to attend four days of gala celebrations.
The build up to this gala wedding commenced with an elegant and beautiful Roka Ceremony which was a small affair that only witnessed close family and friends gather at the Emirates Hill residence to bless the soon to be married couple. The intimate ceremony saw modern and traditional decor elements that added to the beauty of the gorgeous engagement celebration. While the poolside was decorated with marquee lights that read #TanysRaj and fresh petals, the rest of the area was decked in floral stings, picturesque floral arrangements, and even a concept bar.
The Wedding Celebrations in June 2018 were spread over a 4 day weekend across the palatial Fairmont Le Montreux Palace and Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, and saw over 400 guests fly in from London, Dubai, India and all quarters of the globe. Prominent VIP Guests included Rita and Sunil Vaswani, Robert Vadra, Kamal Fabiani, Rajiv and Kavita Singh, Pawan and Aneisha Munjal, Sandeep and Namto Chaddha, Pernia Qureshi, Kanika and Rishi Sanger, Sherina Dalamal and Kajal Fabiani. The clothes were designed by Dalamal, couturier Suneet Verma, Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla and Pakistani designer Faraz Manan. Celebrities and fashionistas were spotted in creations by Manish Malhotra and Suneet Verma. The gala festivities included a Welcome Dinner, Mehendi Ceremony, Sangeet, Baraat, Pheras and a grand Reception Dinner.
The gala Welcome Dinner saw the popular Music group ‘The Fellas’ serve up the perfect blend of soul, funk and hip hop thump, and saw all the guests shake a leg as they grooved to silky, soulful vocals and a vast playlist of classic and contemporary numbers.
The Mehendi ceremony was designed along a fun and colourful European style Carnival theme. With snow-laden peaks serving in the background and beautiful palm trees in front, the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace served as the perfect venue for this stunning ceremony. Vibrant flowers and vivacious carnival themed decor were used to bring the entire venue to life, with the snow-capped mountains posing as the perfect backdrop to the effervescent musical setup.
The Sangeet Ceremony
This was followed by a gala Sangeet which saw the duo host a memorable bash with talented artists Sukhbir Singh belting out his most popular numbers, the incredibly talented Asian British Music Dhol artists whip up a musical storm, followed by popular Indian rapper and music composer Badshah filling the Swiss night air with music, mirth and dance.
The Baraat was an action packed, high-octane procession along the picturesque country lakeside. The Groom was transported in a decorated vintage car with a DJ Truck and Dhol players building up the tempo. The Grand Wedding was held at the outdoor venue of the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace with the entire palatial hotel being decorated in beautiful shades of pink and white. An aesthetic mandap with pink drapes and fresh flowers stood on the massive green lawns overlooking the Swiss Alps and the tranquil lake, even as two large elephants created using pink blooms made for memorable and auspicious decor elements. Flowers in ornate vases dotted the entire venue furthering the charm of the occasion. The spectacular Wedding Reception saw the largest live band in Europe ‘Paris Select’ perform offbeat, breathtaking numbers by over 30 international artists on stage
The catering for this massive wedding was partly undertaken by the Indian Chefs Team from Fairmont, Jaipur, offering the best of both European and Indian cuisines, even as an Executive Chef from Fairmont Jaipur flew down to Montreux to curate an exclusive delightful Indian spread that comprised malpuas with rabri, samosas, cholas, parathas and masala milk. Speciality Bars presenting exotic signature cocktails created by Liquid Chefs, a specialist bar team flown in from the UK, were a big hit with the guests.
Percept Weddings commenced preparations for this beautiful wedding almost 8 months in advance. The pristine destination of Montreux was finalized in the month of January 2018 and the team visited the town multiple times during the interim for planning and execution. Percept Weddings scope of work included Event Design, Hospitality, Entertainment and Show Run, Logistics, Backstage Management, Vendor Management and Gifting. The Percept Weddings team worked around the clock to deliver a dream wedding experience that displayed the perfect harmony of charm, grandeur, mystery, romance and elegance par excellence.
The Expert Comment
Commenting on the wedding, Khushi Singh, Sr. Account Director – Experiential Marketing, Percept ICE said, “The entire wedding celebrations were the talk of the town in Montreux. Innovation and creativity of ideas was what set this wedding apart. The families of the bride and groom were extremely supportive and gave us a free hand for our creative inputs to flow and take shape. We worked over months to ensure that such a large project comprising so many global elements could be pulled off seamlessly and we are very pleased that it came off so well.”
About Percept Weddings
Percept Weddings, a Strategic Business Unit of Percept Sports & Entertainment, was established in October 2004 with a vision to provide a one stop shop that incorporates all elements that go into planning and executing the perfect wedding. Percept Weddings is the frontrunner in the business of weddings and celebratory affairs where they provide a unique experience tailored to each individual client’s requirements. The company manages everything from venue selection to curating the perfect honeymoon- and all that comes in between! The company strongly follows its philosophy, ‘Your Moment. Our Responsibility’ to the optimum with their unparalleled service and commitment. Percept Weddings holistic range of services span from assigning budgets, creating checklists, hospitality and transport supervision, proving innovative themes and unique entertainment ideas, menu planning and bar keep, amongst a host of other services.
Percept Weddings is an SBU of Percept ICE, a Percept company. With capitalized billings of INR 17.26 billion (FY’16), Percept is at an enviable leadership position in the Entertainment, Media and Communications domain with a team of over 400 people and 32 offices across India and the Middle East.