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Intimate Cross-Culture Kolkata Wedding With Female Pandits & No Kanyadaan

BY Sakshi | 25 May, 2022 | 2764 views | 3 min read

What happens when a Bengali bride marries a Tamilian groom? A wedding which was unique of course, but also broke tradition. This couple made sure their wedding was unconventional in their own way, with no outdated customs like Kanyadaan and even had female panditains perform their ceremony. The verses were explained in English for everyone's benefit, and this intimate wedding had a very warm and cosy vibe. Anandiya and Vishal's wedding shot by WhatKnot Photography★ 4.7 has so many nice ideas for cross-culture weddings to imbibe!

Meet Anandiya and Vishal

I and Vishal were in the same school. We studied together since class 1. We were friends, then best friends and gradually our friendship matured into a relationship. On 26th December, he proposed to me in my favourite place, the beach and I said, yes. We tied the knot 1 year later.






From The Bride:

Vishal and I always wanted a backyard type of wedding in a pretty lawn and we found the perfect venue at the Kenilworth Hotel, with its heritage charm in Kolkata. Vishal and I got married in an unconventional way breaking all the traditions. We married through a Bengali Vedic ceremony performed by 4 priestesses who are professors in their own fields. The wedding was performed through vedic chantings and Rabindra sangeet recitals. The Rig Vedic form of wedding did not have any traditional rituals such as Kanyadaan or Bidaai. The verses were explained in English. The wedding highlighted on equanimity and equality where the bride and the groom walked hand in hand together to the mandap and also not only the groom but also the bride puts vermilion on the forehead of the groom. Through the wedding festivities we followed the three R's of conservation. Even our wedding card was made of plantable seed paper made of marigold and basil seeds.

Vendor Reviews

Photography: WhatKnot Photography

We loved them for their wonderful candid shots without interfering the functions and rituals. A team of homely young photographers, who became a part of our family and gave us wonderful memories which we will cherish for our lifetime.

Bridal Mehendi: Khushi Bridal Mehendi

Found her through the Wed Me Good App. Very reasonable in her remuneration yet highly professional.Patiently with a smiling face she put mehendi on all who wanted to. Her bridal Mehendi design was also very beautiful.

Venue: Hotel Kenilworth, Kolkata

A heritage Hotel with a pretty lawn in the heart of the city of Kolkata. Loved the hospitality and professionalism of the staff who were very accommodating to all our needs. The food was the highlight of choosing this hotel. All guests appreciated the quality, taste of the food and the hospitality of the staff.

Makeup Artist: Makeup Artist Abhijit Paul

Appreciate the wonderful work done by Mr Abhijit and his team. Did my make up just the way I wanted - simple, natural and beautiful.


Vendors: Photography: WhatKnot Photography★ 4.7 ; Venue: The New Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata; Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa; Bridal Jewellery: Tanishq, Delhi★ 4.8 ; Bridal Makeup: Makeup by Abhijit Paul★ 4 ; Bridal Wear: Kalki Fashion★ 4.2 , Taneira, Tulsi Silks Chennai★ 5 , Raa Studio; Groomwear: Manyavar★ 4.7 ; Wedding Decor: Wow Events, Kolkata; Bridal Mehendi: Khushi Bridal Mehendi★ 5

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