India's Top Wedding Planners Came Together at The Leela Ambience, Gurgaon
India’s Top Wedding planners met to celebrate a brand new beginning “It’s Possible at Ambience Island." In this event, experts threw light on the revival of big fat weddings in 2021 and more. Read to know more about this event.
The new market situation made top wedding planners come together to add a brand-new dimension to the weddings. They congregated to celebrate a brand new beginning “It’s Possible” at Ambience Island - a concept curated by The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, ADot by GNH Hotels, Ferns N Petals and Touchwood Group. The main aim was to make the wedding experience splendid for everyone. The wedding fraternity, media professionals and other topmost professionals from the industry were present in this grand wedding FAM event.
From Left - Lalita Raghav - Varun Chhibber - Deepak Saini -Vijay Arora
The Speakers and special guests at ‘It’s Possible in Ambience Island’ included Anuraag Bhatnagar -Head of Leela Palaces Hotels & Resorts, Varun Chhibber - General Manager of The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, Vijay Arora - Founder of Touchwood Group, Lalita Yadav - Vice President - FNP Gardens, Rajeev Jain - Founder of Raashi Entertainment, and Wedding Planners - Samit Garg, Pawan Mirchandani, Mareesha Parikh, Vicky Tulsyan and Rituraj Khanna. These experts threw light on the Indian Wedding sector looking at revival of the wedding industry in 2021. Further, they spoke about the Ambience Island as a stellar event space offering 3,00,000 sq. ft. of banqueting space and 1000 rooms to cater to growing demand.
Image Credits - Ramit Batra - From left - Wedding Planners Vicky Tulsyan, Rajeev Jain, Samit Garg, Pawan Mirchadani and Mareesha Parikh
A complete 360-degree solution for weddings and events
Venue - Skydeck
Anuraag Bhatnagar - Head of Leela Palaces Hotels & Resorts
Varun Chhibber, General Manager threw light on the new possibilities of exploring wedding venues. He spoke, "The extravagance of Indian weddings often falls short with space limitations of banqueting venues. Wedding celebrations of any count are possible at The Ambience Island where the cumulative area of banqueting space exceeds over 3,00,000 sq. ft. Luxury hotels come together for the comfort of stays with over 1000 rooms. Unlike any destination, The Ambience Island fulfils every aspect of your imagination of any scale. The true Indian hospitality of The Leela Ambience Gurugram completes every event with signature dining and spacious rooms and residences.”
As the event unfurled, India’s most successful wedding planners came together with the top hoteliers to speak about the future of wedding along with some pandemic concerns. They unveiled the current situation of the wedding market with some interesting revelations on the pent-up demand for weddings. We were glad to hear that wedding professionals are starting to witness a growing demand for celebrations and events. The first session with the experts ended with a live performance to keep everyone engaged while singing and grooving to the tunes of some evergreen songs. She kept everyone enthused whilst the guests enjoyed the elaborate buffet at the venue, offering myriad of cuisines, flavours, desserts, enriching mocktails and rich cocktails.
About Wedding Venues -Adot, The Ritz, The Riviera and Riviera House
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Before the commencement of the second panel discussion at Riviera House by the experts, the marcom experts from the in-house team made us walk through the surreal-theme based wedding halls. They took us to experience Adot, The Ritz and The Riviera - which are the exquisite wedding halls in the Ambience Island. ADot by GNH Hotels is one of the city’s most exquisite venues divided for conventions, weddings along with a lounge ideal for pre-wedding celebrations. Conceptualised exquisitely for grand weddings, luxury events, exhibitions and launches, Adot - wedding hall has a lavish yet dreamy setting. The tour towards the wedding halls- The Ritz and The Riviera was spell binding. These thematic wedding halls have dreamy elegant décor elements and stunning installations. The key highlight of The Riviera is the spectacular décor that makes it a perfect dreamy whimsical venue for a wedding celebrations. There was a robust line of chandeliers that added grace to the ceiling, making the venue look like a dreamy escapade. The Riviera had a fixed banquet setting of 45,000 sq. ft. area with an exquisite décor. Further, the tour around The Ritz was mesmerising. It had stunning chandeliers and beautiful backdrops. Every corner of this venue oozed out luxury as the whole space was decked with breathtaking elements, flowers, exquisite and luxe installations. Then came the second round of panel discussion that ended up with a cocktail dinner amid the top wedding planners, vendors, hoteliers, media professionals and the other experts from the wedding fraternity.
As we wrapped up the tour, we could easily say that - Indeed, “It is Possible” at Ambience Island as we had a gala time whilst experiencing huge and surreal wedding spaces here. It was amazing to witness its amalgamation of services including a luxury hotel, bespoke catering by master chefs of The Leela Gurugram. The award-winning restaurants and culinary strength cater to weddings with well-crafted experiences not only at the hotel but also extended to the multiple venues on the island. With added banqueting space of 35,000 sq. ft of on the same level, celebrations are elevated with signature restaurants, expat chefs, service design under the concept of “Once in a Lifetime”. Be it the outdoor venues overlooking the Rajokri Greens or Orbis, an exclusive lounge ideal for bachelorettes and cocktails, The Leela Ambience Gurugram ensures every celebration is a fond memory.
An Exclusive Interview with The Leela On Future of Weddings
Venue - The Royal Ballroom
The brand Leela - Ambience Island has successfully garnered the 'Largest Event Space' for Weddings tag/niche in the wedding industry. We asked Varun Chhibber for his views on this and he said, “The largest event space has always been in existence at The Ambience Island. With the evolving market, we have combined all our synergies into one offering which is a one-stop solution for any wedding. It’s Possible at Ambience Island is a plug and play solution where guests can interact with one point of contact and have every element of the event taken care of. It saves the guest the hassle of meeting different vendors for different services. The Ambience Island offers 3 lac sq. ft of banqueting space which can easily large-scale weddings, pre-wedding celebrations combined with bespoke catering by The Leela Ambience Gurugram along with the comfort of well-appointed rooms.”
On The Leela's Association with WeddingWire India
The Brand Leela has been our premium vendor and thereby we asked them about their association with us. On this Varun Chhibber said, “WeddingWire has been a strategic partner that has added value to our wedding segment across the chain. Wedding Wire is a one-stop solution for wedding related services and with its strong network, helps us connect with the relevant guest.
On the future of the wedding industry
Indian Wedding sector expects a revival in 2021 and thereby we asked Varun Chhibber on the future of the wedding industry after the pandemic and he said, “The wedding industry is gaining speed steadily, the pace is quite evident from the pent-up celebrations that are making way. Celebrations that have become sleeker and more sustainable are restoring themselves to their older format. Wedding planners are witnessing demand for events that were put on hold last year due to obvious restrictions. The pent-up demand is being received well by the industry and there is an optimistic sense of growth in the coming months. The gathering size for any celebration has definitely reduced however the opulence and planning for the big day hasn’t changed. Wedding planners and guests are evaluating options that create unprecedented value.“
How Technology supports the rise of wedding businesses post-pandemic
Venue - Skydeck
Technology plays an important role in many wedding related services ranging from pre-wedding detailing, planning and organising an event to menu selections and many such services. We asked Varun Chhibber about how Technology can support us and on this he said, “There are specific applications which assist in building the event virtually wherein one can finalise the banquet layout, set up the stage location along with other elements. With the assistance of technology, it's easier to control the safety and security protocols with guests being easily scanned for temperature with thermal scanning and heat mapping devices. Moreover, digital room keys, cashless payments, virtual interactions with wedding planners etc are a few of the many examples where technology is aiding the wedding business.”
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