Jessica and Sid’s Destination Wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

While incorporating a bit of the local culture in a destination environment has been popular for a few years now, a new trend is on the rise… brides and grooms are increasingly bringing their own personal culture and religion to the destination! LUXE has seen an influx of Hindu and Sikh weddings over the past few years, with groups going to the Caribbean to celebrate with the happy couple of upwards of 120 guests!

Destination couples these days want the best of both worlds: the gorgeous and pristine setting of a beach resort with the ocean as their wedding backdrop, in addition to all of the cultural traditions that would be included at a local wedding at home.

Having a traditional Indian wedding ceremony in a destination country is entirely possible, although many of my brides and grooms discover that an element of flexibility is required, especially because these wedding traditions are so incredibly detailed. From the garlands of flowers adorning the bride and groom, to the white horse the groom traditionally rides in on, and the covered ceremony area, Hindu and Sikh weddings are multi-faceted and a fun challenge for destination wedding couples!

Jessica and Sid were one of my most recent Hindu weddings performed at the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The ceremony colors were a vibrant splash of red and gold, which worked perfectly with the tropical flowers available in the region, and the traditional post-ceremony meal was a simple affair of appetizers and drinks under the ceremony tent. The wedding party’s traditional saris were a gorgeous parade of colour and a perfect compliment to the tropical surroundings. An important lesson for brides and grooms who are considering a cultural destination wedding?  At the end of the day the true cultural elements are often simply brought with the presence of family and friends.

All photos are courtesy of the very talented Michael Steingard. Here is some information about the couple and their gorgeous wedding. Happy reading…

About Jessica and Sid
Occupations:
Bride: Tax Accountant, Groom: Equity Sales
How they met: Although we were not high school sweethearts this is where we first met. We became a couple almost 10 years later, it was truly fate!
What attracted Sid to Jessica: Her beauty, charm, grace, wit and intelligence.
What attracted Jessica to Sid: Incredible personality, a great sense of humour and an eye catching smile!
Engagement story: A year and a half after we had been dating,Sid planned a day of relaxing treatments for two at a luxurious spa.  Afterwards we went for dinner at a romantic restaurant where we were seated for two in a private elegant room.  We were surrounded by candles red roses, great food and an overall perfect ambiance.  After dinner Sid surprised me with a thoughtful movie which included all of the great memories we have shared together over the past couple of years.  He ended it with a video clip of us in Paris when he told me he wanted to marry me some day…It was a magical evening.

The Wedding Day
Wedding date: January 9, 2010
Number of Guests:
35
Jessica’s
 most memorable moment: Walking down the aisle and seeing Sid, I realized after this moment we would officially be husband and wife, what a great feeling!
Sid’s most memorable moment
: The wedding ceremony could not have been more beautiful, but not as beautiful as my lovely bride.
Advice to others
: Brides and grooms often get caught up in the numerous requests their families make.  Remember, you need to do what makes both of you happy and everyone else who loves you will support the decisions you choose.  Our families were hesitant at first at the thought of a destination wedding, and now they look back and rave how wonderful everything turned out!
Wedding song:
Until the end of time – Justin Timberlake & Beyonce
Fave wedding detail:
Everything about the ceremony from the chair covers and tent to the appetizers served afterwards.
Most unexpected moment: During our first dance there was a glitch in the sound system and our romantic song switched to a T-Pain song, so jokingly we started to dance to it!
Honeymoon: Australia and New Zealand
The day in three words: We can sum it up in two!  Perfect and Unforgettable

Wedding Info:
Ceremony location:
Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana – garden gazebo
Reception location:
Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana – Cafe Paris
Bridal gown:
red and gold Indian attire
Bridal party attire:
Pink Indian attire
Groom’s outfit:
Ceremony – traditional Indian attire, Reception – Black Armani suit
Favours:
Samsung digital frames
Music:
Double AA, a DJ from Toronto made us a fantastic CD to take with us
Flowers:
tropical mixture

Fun Stuff
Astrological Signs (Jessica) and (Sid):
Gemini & Virgo
Wedding Colors:
red and gold
Most romantic moment:
This trip was all about family friends and fun, the romance kicked in as soon as we left for the airport heading to Australia and New Zealand!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH LUXE DESTINATION WEDDINGS: Luxe did a fantastic job planning our wedding.  Our wedding planner, Rebecca, was a dream come true, she spent countless hours planning and researching which resulted in a flawless event.  Preparing for a Hindu wedding in another country was tough as we had numerous unusual requests and not to mention the language barrier with the resort!  Rebecca worked closely with the resort to ensure 100% of our requests were fulfilled.  She was extremely organized and creative, thank you Rebecca!

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Comments(19)

  1. Ginger April 10, 2010

    Great post! I like your blog, and am a regular follower. I will return satuarday!

  2. Walter May 29, 2010

    My fiance and I are planning a Hindu wedding in Punta Cana as well. We are wondering how the Hindu pundit service was arranged. Was the pundit flown in from the bride/groom’s home city or was a local DR pundit hired? If you have any information regarding hiring a DR pundit that can perform at our service (Feb 2011), please email us at walterchang80@gmail.com. It would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Tara May 31, 2010

      Hi there, in many cases the pundit is flown in to perform the ceremony. Certain islands with a Hindu community, such as Jamaica, have local pundits that can perform traditional ceremonies, but in the case of this particular wedding in the DR, the couple brought with their own pundit. Best of luck with your upcoming nuptials!

  3. Walter May 29, 2010

    My fiance and I are planning a Hindu wedding in Punta Cana as well. We are wondering how the Hindu pundit service was arranged. Was the pundit flown in from the bride/groom’s home city or was a local DR pundit hired? If you have any information regarding hiring a DR pundit that can perform at our service (Feb 2011), please email us at walterchang80@gmail.com. It would be greatly appreciated!

  4. Zeena Patel September 13, 2010

    Hi,
    My Fiance and I are planning a Hindu wedding, destination unknown as of yet, and was wondering as the bride did you fly in your indian make up artist? Did you get your henna done at your destination? Also did you fly in your photographer and videographer, the pictures turned out really beautiful. Any information would really help. Thank you.

    1. Tara September 14, 2010

      Hi Zeena,
      We would be happy to answer all your questions. Let us know if you need any help with your planning as well… contact us directly at contact@luxedestinationweddings.com for more information.

  5. Zeena Patel September 13, 2010

    Hi,
    My Fiance and I are planning a Hindu wedding, destination unknown as of yet, and was wondering as the bride did you fly in your indian make up artist? Did you get your henna done at your destination? Also did you fly in your photographer and videographer, the pictures turned out really beautiful. Any information would really help. Thank you.

    1. Tara September 14, 2010

      Hi Zeena,
      We would be happy to answer all your questions. Let us know if you need any help with your planning as well… contact us directly at contact@luxedestinationweddings.com for more information.

  6. zach March 5, 2011

    Good day, I was looking for Jessica and Sid’s Wedding – Punta Cana, DR Luxe Blog while i encountered this blog. Thanks for sharing this wonderful facts. With thanks!

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  11. Chandni March 3, 2014

    Awesome pictures!!! I would like to know event planner name and package deal. I cant suppose to find hindu marriage destination packages.

    1. Tara March 4, 2014

      Hi Chandni,
      LUXE (us!) were the event planners for this event. Feel free to email us directly at contact@luxedestinationweddings.com for more information about planning your upcoming destination wedding. Thanks for the interest.

  12. Tara March 4, 2014

    Hi Chandni,
    LUXE (us!) were the event planners for this event. Feel free to email us directly at contact@luxedestinationweddings.com for more information about planning your upcoming destination wedding. Thanks for the interest.

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