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Percept Weddings recreates mystique and charm for the Wedding of the Year in Budapest
10 September, 2015

Percept Weddings, the Strategic Business Unit of Percept Sports & Entertainment, conceptualized and executed one of the biggest weddings of the year for Indian-born, British-based business magnate Lord Swraj Paul’s grandson, Akhil Paul to his Pakistani-origin fiancé Bisma Mowjee. The wedding was themed around the 2014 Hollywood box-office hit "The Grand Budapest Hotel". The splendid wedding was held in the stunning city of Budapest, Hungary, and the magnificent celebrations spread out over three wonderful days.
Percept Weddings handled a series of events that started from the Welcome Dinner on Day 1 followed by the Mehendi and Sangeet ceremony on Day 2, finally culminating with the Wedding Ceremony on the last day. The Museum of Ethnography was the venue for the Welcome Dinner which saw over 600 guests in attendance. The decor for the dinner was minimalistic, filled with rich Hungarian textiles, beautiful velvet drapes, elaborate centrepieces, mirrored cocktail tables and dramatic candelabras all over. A four-piece Hungarian band set the tempo for the evening and was followed with some fun dance music dished out by a live DJ that brought everyone to groove on the dance floor. Traditional Hungarian and Indian food served added to the delight of the evening. 
The Mehendi ceremony and luncheon was held at the KIOSK restaurant – a metropolitan meeting point. The Mehendi showcased a gypsy vibe, with life-size dream catchers and pin wheels adding fun and fiesta to the venue. It was a fun, colourful and vibrant affair with a live dholki beat and a DJ charting out some fabulous tunes. The afternoon saw other ancillary acts including a live Caricaturist and a Henna artist. A wide assortment of Canapés and some amazing cocktails added to the flamboyance. There were live counters of Indian street food like Chaat and Dosas. It was a sublime feeling as guests stood along the picturesque River Danube and feasted on some glorious Indian street food! 
The Sangeet held on the same evening saw the theme of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" come to full glory. The Hungarian Railway Museum in Budapest, Magyar Vasúttörténeti Park Alapítvány was aptly chosen as the venue. The whole museum was filled with vintage carriages, time logs, balloon chandeliers and rotating steam engines. The guests arrived in a vintage steam engine with station masters escorting them into the venue. The whole adventure of a bygone glorious era of train travel was captured with this vintage fun twist. The evening saw performances from various artists like the Beat Band which flew in from London, The Light Balance LED Dance Troupe from Ukraine which was followed by a live DJ. Both the families put up some spectacular power packed performances, increasing the fun multi-fold. Global cuisine prepared by top ranking celebrity chefs won rave reviews. The Sangeet saw everyone partying till the wee hours of the morning.
The wedding ceremony was held at the Savoy Terrace followed by an elaborate reception at the Lions Court. The groom arrived on a horse chariot with the Baarat following him and dancing to the tunes of the DJ along the river leading up to the castle. The ceremony itself saw a beautiful combination of Hindu and Muslim rituals. A shorter version of the Pheras was presided over by Lord Swaraj Paul who donned the role of a pandit to perform the wedding ceremony for his eldest grandson. The bride’s grandfather also recited verses from the Quran. Beautiful fireworks were seen across the river horizon during the exchange of the rings which marked the end of the ceremony. The gala Reception at Lions Court saw an elaborate set with popular Bollywood singer Atif Aslam added to the delight of all the guests present with his melodious tunes. A global multi-cuisine buffet was served up and relished by everyone present.
Commenting on the wedding, Khushi Singh, Vice President – Business Development, Percept Weddings said, “The entire wedding celebrations were the talk of town in Budapest. The venue by itself had many challenges which had to be overcome and a lot of study and research went into making it a mega wedding. Innovation and creativity of ideas was what set this wedding apart. Unusual out of the box themes, plans and designs made this a dream come true fairy tale wedding. The family themselves were very supportive and gave us a free hand for our creative inputs to flow and take shape. In a nut shell it was a very large project and we are very pleased that it came off so well.”
Percept Weddings commenced preparations for this beautiful wedding almost 9 months in advance. The destination was finalized in the month of January 2015 and the team visited Budapest numerous times during the interim for planning and execution. The Percept Weddings team worked around the clock to deliver a dream wedding experience that displayed the perfect harmony of mystique, drama, charm, grandeur and elegance par excellence.