Three's a charm

Arpita and Ian packed a civil ceremony, Hindu wedding and reception into one spectacular day

Arpita and Ian organised their wedding in just five months, which was even more impressive considering they crammed three events into one day – a civil ceremony, Hindu wedding and reception. Arpita explains, “Most people spread the civil and the Hindu weddings over at least two days but, because we belong to different religious backgrounds, we thought it might make one day seem bigger or more important than the other so we kept it all on one day. Plus, we didn't have to decide on a date for our wedding anniversary!”

The couple loved Ragley Hall as soon as they laid eyes on it, and discovered that it would be the perfect venue for their three events. “It had separate rooms for the civil wedding and Hindu ceremony, and space outdoors for a marquee reception.” Arpita and Ian chose a royal blue theme for their civil wedding to complement the rich reds and golds of the venue's Red Saloon room. Their Hindu marriage, which took place in the Great Hall, was a feast for the eyes with an abundance of breathtaking colour. Arpita recalls, “We wanted an elegant, sophisticated day that would stand out, so we spent a lot of time and effort on getting the small details right. There was a lot to think about and it was stressful at times, but it was worth it in the end.” Here, Arpita explains how it all came together…

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I wanted to get married somewhere grand with beautiful surroundings. The Great Hall at Ragley Hall was spectacular; the perfect setting for the Hindu wedding.


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My dad drove me to the venue in his new Jaguar XF. He'd been planning to buy one for a while and the wedding gave him a great excuse!


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For the civil ceremony, I wore a fishtail dress to accentuate my figure. I accessorised with a tiara and navy blue and white roses in my hair.


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My bridesmaids wore three-quarter length royal blue dresses from Very, and the ushers' cravats were royal blue to tie in with our civil ceremony colour scheme.


Three's a charm: Image 5aI had three different make-up looks for the day. My civil ceremony make-up was quite natural, with nude lips and light eye make-up and lashes.

Three's a charm: Image 5 My bouquet was elegant, with yellow nutans, white roses, crystal blush calla lilies and three peacock feathers.


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We chose a large, ornately carved wood mandap for our Hindu celebration, which we'd not seen before at any other wedding. It has since become a popular choice for a lot of Hindu nuptials.


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Ian wore a three-piece suit with tails from Moss Bros with a navy blue cravat and a slightly different waistcoat to the ushers.


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I had much heavier bridal make-up for the Hindu wedding. I was sceptical at first as, although Indian brides are usually heavily made-up, it can be overpowering, but it looked great in the pictures.


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Traditionally, saris are worn with heavy jewellery. I wore a statement asymmetrical diamond necklace with matching earrings and gold bangles, a diamanté head tikka and Indian hand jewellery.


Three's a charm: Image 10aI am Bengali so I wore a traditional red banarasi sari for the Hindu ceremony, which we bought in India. It was very beautiful and heavily embroidered with zardosi.

Three's a charm: Image 10 My favourite memory from the day was entering the Great Hall for the Hindu ceremony, carried aloft by four male family members. It was a truly grand entrance!


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"My brother and I hosted an Olympic-themed quiz at the reception as our wedding took place in summer, 2012. Every table was named after a different Olympic venue and finalists were awarded an engraved gold medal. It took a lot of organisation but it was very memorable.” – Ian


Three's a charm: Image 12aOur photographer, Clive Blair, was exceptionally good and very professional.

Three's a charm: Image 12 My favourite outfit was the lengha I wore for the reception. It was bold and beautiful. I managed to find a matching turquoise necklace, earrings and head tikka.


Three's a charm: Image 13aI'm a chocoholic so a chocolate cake was an absolute must.

Three's a charm: Image 13 My parents organised a spectacular firework display as a surprise. It lasted for around 12 minutes.


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Indian weddings are loud and upbeat and involve plenty of dancing. A friend recommended our DJ, who played a mixture of music from cheese to Bollywood.


Arpita and Ian's contact book

Bride's dress
Mi Amor Bridal

Divine Musiq

Pyrotex Fireworx

Wm Wheat & Son

Hair & make-up
Zens Bridal

Fews Marquees

Clive Blair Photography

Ragley Hall


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