Welcome Lunch

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

Exactly 3 years from today - 5th July 2016. It was a wonderful afternoon. It wasn’t raining and there was a bright sun shining in the sky during the monsoon season. If that counts as a wonderful weather, you know what I mean. Well, according to the forecast, I was expecting rain on all the days of our celebrations. I couldn’t help but wonder if our weather forecast would ever be as accurate and optimist as this year's BJP election polls in India.

We had a lovely setting in one of the restaurants, which was set in the serene surroundings away from the hustle bustle of the check-in counters. Since it was a welcome lunch, we wanted everyone arriving in Thailand to feel the vibe of this country, hence, our welcome lunch décor and menu was Thai themed. With beautiful purple umbrellas’s to flowers and Thai ornaments to compliment the space, we served lunch and gave them time to reunite with other guests while the planners were rushing and allocating rooms to everyone. One of the things with destination weddings is that the guests generally get very impatient to check into the rooms. Throwing a welcome lunch helped divert their minds and gave the hotel enough time to prepare the rooms to ensure smooth room allotment. Well, some guests still ‘tsked’, because its kind of their job, isn’t it?

Honestly, planning your wedding gives you guide on how to react and behave at other’s wedding. You should try planning yourself one to know the efforts the family puts in to throw the most extravagant wedding functions. Anyhow, I had decided to put my mehendi during the welcome lunch, so that way I wouldn’t be stuck in my room or bored out of death for those 4 long hours. I had guests coming and meeting me all the time and interacting with everyone there was so much fun. I had my mehendi on hands and legs finished without even noticing that I had spent 4 hours in getting that on. Also this was the plan so I could enjoy the mehendi function the next afternoon.

Celebridey Highlights:

· Welcome lunch is a great idea to distract your guests from late check-in hassle

· Applying mehendi before your actual mehendi function allows you to move around and enjoy your events

· Having my mehendi put during welcome lunch helped me keep calm through the long and tiring process

· Thai theme offered so many different flavors and gave our guests a feel of being in Thailand for an Indian wedding

Watch out the space for some insights into a crazy cocktail night before the wedding...

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