Venue and deco: The exclusive Jenisch House at Hamburg Elbe is the location for the ceremony and the reception. For the actual wedding ceremony is a mandap (altar) temporarily erected; this altar can also be adapted to other religions than Hindu. Parts of the following reception can be done outside, in the beautiful Jenisch Park. The Elbsalon rooms are the ideal setting for a memorable wedding, they are quite plain and chaste in colour and interior and therefore the rooms can easily be adapted to the Bollywood theme. This is done through decoration with lots of saree fabrics and georgette in pink and orange and flowers in the same colours. Details in gold and/or silver give a luxurious touch to the theme: statues of Indian goddesses and gods like Lakshmi (good fortune) and Ganesh (Lord of Beginnings) are perfectly qualified for that. Even if the couple is not of Hindu religion, Lakshmi and Ganesh won’t do any harm.
Wedding attire: It depends how far the couple wants to go with the theme. The bride can choose an Indian wedding saree or another colourful dress. Also the groom can choose to wear some Indian attire or a classical suit with just some colourful elements.
Food, beverage and wedding cake: The Hotel Louis C. Jacob takes care of all gastronomic wishes and is available throughout the event. They offer for the Bollywood wedding an Indian buffet, with medium spicy (western standard) and mostly vegetarian food.
Mango-Lassi is the signature drink for the wedding; it is made from yogurt, water and mango pulp and fits with the nice orange colour nicely into the theme. Also the cake shows the theme’s colours and patterns.
Music and entertainment: A DJ plays Indian pop and film music throughout the night; especially bhangra beat, as it is such a good mood and must dance music. The show element is Bollywood dance; a dance company performs some dances for the wedding party.
Accommodation and transportation: If a cloak room is needed for example for the bride to change, there are rooms upstairs in the Jenisch House, which can be used as such.
The couple and their guests stay in the Hotel Louis C. Jacob, which is just a 5 minute walk away from the Jenisch House, therefore is no further transportation needed since guests can walk to the venue. Guests who don’t stay overnight can park next to Jenisch Park on one of plenty public parking places or they can come by waterbus to Teufelsbrück, from where they can already see the Jenisch Park.
Text by Ute Kehrs
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