How was Kajal Aggarwal and Gautam Kitchlu’s grand wedding planned? All questions answered



a group of people wearing costumes: Image posted on Instagram by Kajal Aggarwal.


Image posted on Instagram by Kajal Aggarwal.

Kajal Aggarwal and Gautam Kitchlu’s wedding was nothing short of a dreamy affair as the couple married at a plush hotel in Mumbai on October 30. Everything about the grand wedding made headlines as Kajal trended all throughout the week.

Ambika Gupta, a wedding designer from South India, is responsible for the beautiful decorations and planning every aspect of the celebration.

WHAT WAS THE THEME OF KAJAL’S WEDDING?

Kashmir to Kanyakumari was the theme of Kajal’s wedding. Speaking of the preparations, Ambika said that all protocols were in place since the event was organised in the wake of the novel coronavirus crisis.

“Kajal and her family were extremely particular about safety and we rigorously followed all protocols without compromising on the aesthetics and the keen eye for detail they wanted. We observed Covid-19 precautions as specified by the Maharashtra government. 60-70 guests and members of the crew who were present at the wedding had to go through health clearances beforehand,” Ambika said.

HOW WAS AMBIKA SELECTED FOR PLANNING KAJAL’S WEDDING?

It was Kajal’s sister Nisha who decided to assign the responsibility of planning the wedding to Ambika.

“It was completely serendipitous. Kajal’s sister Nisha took a brief look at my portfolio, and after a few calls and meetings, we were on,” Ambika said.

WHAT WAS KAJAL’S IDEA OF HER WEDDING?

“Not a flashy person herself, Kajal wanted her wedding to be understated but elegant. Keeping that in mind and noticing their roots in the respective cultural legacies that she and her husband share, I came up with the complete idea. During the question-answer round, Gautam told me that he is from Kashmir and hence I came up with the Kashmir to Kanyakumari theme and we brought it all to life in just over 35 days,” Ambika said.

HOW WAS KAJAL’S WEDDING PLANNED?

Inspired by diverse cultural references, Ambika designed the concept of a Brijwasi Krishna Bagh. It was a Radha and Krishna-themed puja held at Kajal’s home where the divine bond was depicted against a pastoral backdrop evoking Vrindavan with swings. A floral arch dotted with pink peonies, origami birds and brass bells hanging from trees were also installed. Peacock feathers and flutes were also there.

HALDI AND MEHENDI

For the Haldi and Mehendi celebrations, Soufflé S’il Vous Plaît, an otherwise tropical French bistro at Churchgate was transformed into a Kitsch Mandi as a tribute to the artisans of India affected by the coronavirus crisis.

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A post shared by Kajal Aggarwal (@kajalaggarwalofficial) on Oct 29, 2020 at 4:13pm PDT

“Kajal wore a specially handcrafted weave by Madhuraya Creations , which is an initiative to support weavers and revive traditional crafts. She has a soft spot for the unsung weavers of India and her wedding was the perfect opportunity to give back to them in some way,” Ambika said.

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A post shared by Kajal Aggarwal (@kajalaggarwalofficial) on Oct 28, 2020 at 6:00pm PDT

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The future of fashion and retail with Rahul Mishra, Amit Aggarwal & Devangi Parekh

Rahul Mishra, Amit Aggarwal and Devangi Parekh came together for a recent YFLO session and a confluence of their views made for an interesting insight

A Rahul Mishra creation


One is a couturier who has shone bright internationally year after year as he took Indian crafts to newer shores, while another is a designer known for his modern sense of aesthetics — we just learnt how much he disliked the word “futuristic”! Meanwhile the third is a Wharton business grad who took bespoke labels online with a foresight in e-commerce. Together, they discussed all things fashion and business and the convergence of the two in order to be able to script a success story. Rahul Mishra, Amit Aggarwal and Devangi Parekh came together for a recent YFLO session and a confluence of their views made for an interesting insight into the world of fashion and retail. Why did Alexander McQueen refer to Paris as unforgiving and whether we can look forward to a neo-Flapper age after Covid-19, akin to the Roaring 20s after the Spanish flu? This and much more were discussed through the following excerpts: 

Rahul Mishra

Creativity vs business
Designers have always been under a lot of pressure to create because of the saying that we are as good as our last collection. But I had decided before the pandemic itself that I would do only two collections a year. I think if designers look at fashion as an art form, they will stay grounded as a true artist can never have any sense of pride in his work because in his mind, he knows how far he is from the goal he has set for himself. When that happens, you know that you have to keep working and that too in a conducive environment. In fact, I have been already sketching for my next haute couture show in January for Paris. I looked at my last collection and of course don’t want to touch that again because Paris can be very unforgiving — even Alexander McQueen had said the same about Paris! If one’s signature idea lasts too long, then the creative director of that fashion house gets replaced. Having family support is very important. But our profession is just 25 per cent of our lives — the rest is everything else in your life.

Post-pandemic retail

When I returned from Paris in March after a trunk show, I quarantined myself and by the time that got over, the lockdown had started here. Except for all the bad things that have happened due to the pandemic in the world, I think I enjoyed the idleness because I have been so busy in the last two-three years. I learnt a little of film-making and French — it’s not like Emily in Paris because everyone in the last six years did speak to me in English but now, I am trying! (laughs) Collection-wise, it gave me a new narrative and I was one of the first few to showcase in May-June for the

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Kajal Aggarwal Reveals Gautam Kitchlu’s Non-Filmy Wedding Proposal Sealed The Deal

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kajal will make her digital debut with a Tamil web series ‘Live Telecast’. Helmed by Venkat Prabhu, the show revolved around television producers who get more than they bargained for while trying to capture paranormal activities on camera. It will release on Disney+Hotstar. She is also set to make her comeback in Bollywood with Sanjay Gupta’s gangster drama Mumbai saga. The film also stars Emraan Hashmi, John Abraham, Suniel Shetty and Rohit Roy.

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