Flamboyant wedding venues latest trend in Meerut
Lavish sets at weddings has become an extremely lucrative business in the city. Realising this, people are modifying their local haunts!Updated: Sep 03, 2010 16:27 IST
Lavish sets at weddings has become an extremely lucrative business in the city. Realising this, people are modifying their local haunts!
The gates outside MK Farms, a farmhouse located outside the city limits, gives the feel as if you are entering a palace fit for kings. With more than thousand cycus trees circling its borders, the farmhouse that was renovated around five years back, resembles the Royal Palace of Mewar.
“We have tried to bring in the Rajasthani look. Even the colours that guests demand for decorations are mostly royal purple or a combination of yellow and maroon, which are traditionally Rajasthani,” shares Manoj Kumar, owner of MK Farms, adding that the chairs are also decorated according to the colour choice.
Not very far away, the recently inaugurated Rajwada farmhouse welcomes guests with a musical grand fountain located at its entrance, which has been named Cheeni Khana based upon the name traditionally given to such fountains in Jaisalmer. Use of Burghi and Dolpur stones give the building a typical Jaiselmer fort look, with tall palms swaying in the backdrop.
“The fountain is our specialty, as according to legends in Jaiselmer, oil diyas were kept around fountains and their light shimmered in ts water,” says Sonil, owner of Rajwada. He adds that their elaborately decorated Chaupal (portico) is another major attraction and has received a lot of attention in the short while since it has opened.
Another important part of such landscaping is the route leading to the wedding venue. It is generally an open area with lots of greenery on both sides. People also feel that the wedding point should be in the city limits as it is much more convenient and traveling to and fro takes less time.
Tanu Jain, a furniture showroom owner, shares, “During my sister’s wedding guests faced lot of inconvenience as the venue was in the suburbs and it started raining. I vowed then only never to go for a wedding venue far from the city. SGM Gardens, adjoining the Cantt area, fits the bill.” With shiny cycus trees, the venue looks straight out of a movie set.
Talking about their unique landscaping at SGM, owner Amarjeet Singh Nayyar, says, “We have two huge lawns and four fountains in the 1.95 acre area. Our landscaping is done by professionals from Delhi.” He adds that they maintain a nursery on the gardens premises, and their plants vary according to seasons.
“Apart from some landscaping magazines, we keep ourselves updated by making trips to other exotic wedding destinations in Goa and Mumbai and introduce the modifications at our point accordingly,” he says.
There are some wedding points in the middle of the city that enjoy people’s patronage. Hotel De Roses next to St. Mary’s School is one such venue. Their long passageway leading to a covered hall with the eating area outside provides the perfect ambience.
Owner Rahul Bathla says, “We bring changes at the venue as per the latest trends. Although open-air spots are getting popular and most guests who come to us go back very happy with our arrangements.”