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Luxury destination wedding in Dubai at Waldorf Astoria: Reviews by Sabyasachi Bride

Like most of us, our Sindhi Bride Aahana and Punjabi Groom Tarun also wished to get a fairytale Indian wedding ever since they can remember. And the best part is that they managed to get that and a lot more by hosting a luxury destination wedding in Dubai at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah.

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Aahana & Tarun’s Destination Wedding in Dubai Highlights (Video Courtesy: The MelRish Studio)

From the magical performances by Bollywood Playback singers like Lisa Mishra and Shadab Faridi to Arab-themed wedding ceremonies, and the thrill of being the Sabyasachi Bride, our newly married couple remember this affair to be the best moment of their entire lives.

Tarun & Aahana's Destination Wedding in Dubai Aesthetic Varmala Portrait
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So, hop on the journey to discover and witness the highlights of their various wedding events and read real bride reviews on venues and the vendors hired from Dubai and Mumbai.

When Aahana met Tarun

Aahana and Tarun's Post Wedding Shoot from Dubai Destination Wedding
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A quintessential of the saying ‘opposites attract’, Aahana and Tarun are polar opposites that complement and bring out the best in each other. It was Tarun, who first saw Aahana’s social media profile and fell in love with her smile, but since she was studying in Australia at the time, he waited for her to come back to Mumbai. When they did meet through mutuals, this duo got along instantly and effortlessly and both deem themselves to be fortunate for having each other as their lifelong roommates.

DAY 1

An Amazing Start to this Grand Destination Wedding in Dubai

Low-key yet Fun Traditional Haldi Ceremony 

Wanting to be able to enjoy the rest of the parties without worrying about waking up early, the couple decided to host a low-key Haldi Ceremony during the early hours of the first day. The Waldorf Astoria Dubai suite that came with a huge open balcony fulfilled their wish for an indoor-outdoor venue. Like any traditional Haldi, this event featured a lot of whites and yellows, which was evident from the beautiful flower arch, clothing, and overall venue decor. 

Aahana & Tarun's Haldi Ceremony from their Dubai Destination Wedding at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai Pictures
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Aahana's Haldi Ceremony Happy Picture from Dubai destination Wedding
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Also, what better way than get your Mehendi applied at the same time as Haldi? So, Aahana, dressed in simple yet elegant yellow traditional wear complemented by beautiful floral jewelry, got her Arabian and Indian blend of Mehendi design applied amidst all the crazy Haldi fun.

Indian-Arabic Mehendi Blend for Arab-Themed Indian Destination Wedding in Dubai
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Fun Haldi Ceremony at waldorf astoria dubai pictures

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Aahana donned in beautiful Floral Jewellery at her Dubai Destination Wedding Mehendi-Haldi ceremony
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Tarun's Destination Wedding in Dubai Haldi Portraits clicked in Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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Aahana's Destination Wedding in Dubai Beautiful Haldi Ceremony Portrait
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Aahana's Arab-Indian Bridal Mehendi Design for Destination Wedding in Dubai
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Aahana and Tarun at their Dubai Destination Wedding Mehendi-Haldi Ceremony at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Glowing Haldi portrait of Aahana at her Destination Wedding in Dubai
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Beautiful Haldi Portrait of Aahana at Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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A Venetian Masquerade-Themed Welcome dinner

How more royal and luxurious can a wedding be but to take place in the exact royal suite where most royal families usually host parties and ceremonies? So, hosted in the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Royal Suite with red lights and simple yet elegant decor, setting the vibe, this masquerade-themed welcome dinner served to give a glimpse into what lay ahead in this luxurious destination wedding in Dubai.

Dubai Destination Wedding Welcome Dinner Party Images
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Our couple wanted to wear something unique and powerful for their first grand event so they went with statement pantsuits by NM Design Studio. Also, the event oversaw some beautiful Venetian-roman live statues fanned out across the suite, servers serving delicious Lebanese and Italian cuisine dishes while adorning masks, and cutting of the grand custom-made masquerade cake to mark the beginning of this wonderful four-day affair. 

Masquerade-Themed Destination Wedding Dinner in Dubai at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Images
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Bridal Portrait captured at Masquerade Themed Welcome Dinner Party at Aahana & Tarun's Destination Wedding in Dubai
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Aahana and Tarun's Smashing Entry at Welcome Dinner
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Closeup Image of Aahana from her Dubai Destination Wedding's Welcome Dinner Party
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Classic Venetian-Roman Live Statues at Aahana and Tarun's Welcome Dinner Party at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Tarun and Aahana's Wedding Welcome Dinner Photoshoot
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Aahana and Tarun's Statement Outfits for Welcome Wedding Dinner Party
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Masquerade-Themed Wedding Cake at Dubai Destination Wedding Welcome Dinner
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Aahana and Tarun with Friends at Wedding Welcome Dinner Party
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DAY 2

Vibrant Poolside Mehendi Party

If we have to describe this Mehendi Function in a few words, then chill, relaxing, vibrant, colorful, fun, and entertaining are some words that will do the job. From relaxing massages given by experienced masseuses to alluring gift corners, fun dance performances by carnival dancers, hookah nook for youngsters, and entertaining performances by famous playback singers like Shadab Faridi, this function had it all. With the theme as ‘Carnival of Colours’ and the venue being the Infinity Pool in the Palm Jumeirah Dubai, a chilly yet refreshing breeze, colorful beach cabanas, and striking decor are some of the things that greeted the guests at this event.

Aahana and Tarun Cute Mehendi Ceremony Portrait from Dubai Destination Wedding
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Further, going with the theme, Aahana wore a stunning mirror-work lehenga designed by Abhinav Mishra and Tarun matched his bride by looking dapper in the stylish yellow kurta pajama by NM Design Studio. In addition, while our bride got her Mehendi done earlier during the Haldi ceremony so that she can fully enjoy the rest of the functions, all the wedding guests got beautiful henna applied by some of the best local mehndi artists in Dubai at this event.

Aahana and Tarun's Mehendi Party Candid Portrait clicked near Infinity Pool in Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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Tarun and Aahana Cute Mehendi Ceremony Photoshoot at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Mehendi Ceremony Portraits of Aahana & Tarun captured at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Turkish Dancers at the Mehendi Party in Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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Aahana's Mehendi Portrait from Dubai Destination wedding at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Romantic Couple Portraits with the wedding couple in stunning ethnic wear from Destination Wedding in Dubai at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Aahana and Tarun having fun with their friends at the Mehendi at Dubai destination Wedding
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Fun Turkish Dance Performance at Aahana & Tarun's Mehendi Party in Dubai
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Aesthetic Mehendi Ceremony Portrait of the beautiful couple in Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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Aahana in a stunning mirror-work lehenga designed by Abhinav Mishra for her Mehendi Ceremony at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Beachside Photoshoot at Destination Wedding in Dubai's Mehendi Ceremony at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Tarun & Aahana's Mehendi Party with Alluring Gift Corner
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Delicious Food Grilling by the Beachside at the Mehendi Party in Dubai
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Aahana and Tarun Family Portrait shot at their Mehendi Party in Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Gold Themed Glam Cocktail Night

There’s no way that this elite destination wedding in Dubai could be complete without this crazy fun Cocktail Party. Doing complete justice to this night’s theme ‘As Gold as it gets’, the Ballroom of Waldorf Astoria Dubai looked nothing less than majestic with pastel flowers, and gold and white shimmering decor elements enhancing its beauty. Rocking band performances by Shadab Faridi and Lisa Mishra, fun cocktail drinks, and several entertaining family dance performances were some of the highlights of this event that went on till the wee hours of the night.

Aahana donned in stunning Falguni Shane Peacock Cocktail Gown at her Cocktail Party in Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Meanwhile, the dazzling cocktail outfit worn by Aahana was by Falguni Shane Peacock whereas Tarun had an impeccable black and white three-piece suit by NM Design Studio, Mumbai.

Wedding Hashtag Signboard at Aahana and Tarun's Cocktail Party in Dubai
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Aahana and Tarun Cocktail Party Entry Image
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Aahana & Tarun's Gold-Themed Cocktail Party Decor Image
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Aahana glowing in her stunning cocktail gown for her Dubai Destination Wedding's Cocktail Party
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Aahana and Tarun's Entry Happy Portrait Shot at their Cocktail Party
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Stunning Look of Aahana for her Grand Cocktail Party at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Candid Shots of Aahana & Tarun from their Dubai Destination Wedding's Cocktail Night at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Tarun & Aahana Happy Portrait Shot from their Cocktail Party at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Aahana looking in a dazzling gown by Falguni Shane Peacock for her Cocktail Night before Dubai Destination Wedding
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Cute Wedding Cocktail Drinks with funny quotes at Aahana and Tarun's Cocktail Party
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Aahana & Tarun having fun dancing at their Cocktail Party at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Aahana dancing to DJ beats at her Cocktail Party in Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Lisa Mishra performing at Aahana & Tarun's Gold-Themed Cocktail Party in Dubai
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Aahana and Tarun Dance Performance Shot at their Cocktail Party in Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Amazing Dance Performance given by Aahana & Tarun's Family at their Cocktail Party in Dubai
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Turkish Dance at Aahana & Tarun's Gold-Themed Cocktail Party in Dubai
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DAY 3

An Arabic-Indian Fusion Destination Wedding in Dubai

Finally, the much-awaited day rolled around and it would suffice to say that it went nothing less than simply phenomenal. While being an Arabian themed wedding, arranged by one of the best wedding planners in Dubai, The Wedding Bridge, it followed all the sacred Indian wedding traditions. From rocking baraat dance on dhol beats to epic groom entry (well, this came with one minor change, our 21st-century groom took entry in posh Rolls-Royce instead of an old-fashioned entry on a horse). In the same vein, our bride went for the classic entry under Phoolon ki Chadar while her brothers escorted her. Moreover, this beach wedding in Dubai featured a beautiful beachside mandap enhanced with pastel flowers and Moroccan Arabic wedding decorations. This accompanied by a refreshing beach breeze made this affair all the more fantastic. 

Aahana's Gorgeous Sabyasachi Lehenga and Bridal Jewellery for her destination wedding in Dubai
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While Aahana finally made her dream of being a Sabyasachi bride come true by adorning a stunning coffee-colored lehenga, Tarun had a classic soft beige Sherwani set on by NM Design Studio for this special day.

Mesmerising Sabyasachi Bride Photoshoot before her Destination Wedding in Dubai at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Tarun's Smashing Entry in Luxury Car at his Destination Wedding in Dubai
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Sabyasachi Bridal Lehenga for Aahana's Royal Destination Wedding in Dubai at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Indian Bridal Aesthtics captured from Dubai Destination Wedding at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Stunning Sabyasachi Bride Ready for her Destination Wedding in Dubai
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Pictures of Aahana and her friend before the wedding
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Beach Destination Wedding in Dubai Family Portrait
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Tarun & Aahana's Destination Wedding in Dubai Aesthetic Varmala Portrait
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Beach Destination Wedding in Dubai Couple Portrait
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Post Wedding Family Portrait Shot from Destination Wedding in Dubai
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Bridal Candid Shot of Sabyasachi Bride from Beach Wedding in Dubai at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Post Wedding Photography of Aahana & Tarun by the beachside at Waldorf Astoria Dubai
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Classy Sufi-Themed Destination Wedding Reception in Dubai

From assorted Arabian props like camels, Arabic lamps, motifs, and majestic Sufi Performances by Turkish dancers on the rhythms of Shadab Faridi’s band, this wedding reception did complete justice to the Sufi theme that the couple had wanted. And trust us when we say, the last wedding event of this destination wedding in Dubai did end with a bang with almost everyone on the dance floor, living some great moments that they are bound to remember for definitely a very long time.

Tarun and Aahana enjoying their Arab-Themed Wedding Reception in Dubai
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For this event, Aahana wore a maroon-colored statement saree by Kresha Bajaj and Tarun looked dapper in a classy black sherwani by NM Design Studio.

Majestic Sufi Dance Performance at Arab-themed Destination Wedding in Dubai
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Arab Wedding Decorations at Aahana & Tarun's Arab-Themed Wedding Reception in Dubai
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Aahana & Tarun enjoying lively performances at their Sufi-Themed Destination Wedding Reception in Dubai
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Aahana and Tarun's First Dance at Reception after Arab-themed Dubai Destination Wedding
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Aesthetic Black and White Destination Wedding Reception in Dubai Portrait
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Shadab Faridi performing at Aahana & Tarun's Reception Party post Indian Destination Wedding in Dubai
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DAY 4

Laid-Back Post Wedding Shoot in Dubai

Making most out of their time, Aahana and Tarun followed the latest trend of having a post-wedding photo-shoot, as they didn’t get time for a pre-wedding shoot. Subsequently, they chose the Hotel Palace Downtown as the venue for this shoot because the majestic Burj Khalifa Lake is situated right next to it. Looking at the gorgeous pictures, we can certainly agree that this decision definitely worked in their favor! And finally, this event marked the end of this fantastic destination wedding in Dubai.

Tarun & Aahana's Post Wedding Photoshoot at Hotel Palace Downtown in Dubai
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Beautiful Portrait Shot of Aahana from her Post Wedding Photoshoot in Dubai
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Aahana & Tarun's Romantic Photoshoot after their destination wedding in Dubai
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Aahana's Post Wedding Photoshoot in Hotel Palace Downtown in Dubai
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Cute Post-wedding Photoshoot of Aahana & Tarun in Hotel Palace Downtown in Dubai
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Post Wedding Candid Pictures of Aahana & Tarun shot after their Destination Wedding in Dubai
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The Wedding Creators

  • Wedding Venue: Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai
  • Wedding Photographer: The MelRish Studio (Dubai) 
  • Bridal Makeup Artist: Nina Ubhi (Dubai) & Vishal Kadam (Mumbai) 
  • Wedding Planner & Decorators: The Wedding Bridge (Dubai) 
  • Wedding Cards: Artsy design Co. (Mumbai) 
  • Wedding Gifts: Dubai 
  • Wedding Entertainment: Shadab Faridi and Lisa Mishra 

‘Praise the Vendors’ feat. Bride

Wedding Venue: We made multiple trips to Dubai and saw more than 10 properties. Disheartened, we reached Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah with no thoughts or expectations. The Royal suite blew us away, it’s a 20,000 sq ft room booked only by the royal families. We loved the hotel, they were very accommodating, extremely helpful and the food was delicious. Traditional Arabic and European, to classic Indian, everything was on point. 

Wedding Photographer: Smiling faces, positive and fun. MelRish Studio team cheered me up even when I had a headache the next day from partying all night. Happy, candid photos of all our guests. We got so comfortable with them, the photo shoots were a breeze even though we’re a shy couple. 

Wedding Planner: Sachin from The Wedding Bridge in Dubai came on board last minute and pulled off a wedding of this scale effortlessly. He made everyone comfortable and our parents were very happy with his work. He’s an amazing human being, so friendly and kind. 

Bridal Makeup Artists: My cocktail look was by Nina Ubhi, who is based in Dubai, she made me look so natural. I’m a no make-up person and like to keep things minimum. She did just that and enhanced my features. Same with Vishal Kadam from Mumbai, I was blessed to have him doll me up on my main day. Forever grateful to him. His makeup on the wedding day made me so happy and satisfied. I have never looked so beautiful and it made me so confident.


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