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Majalah Indonesia Tatler - Edisi 9/2019
9 September 2019

Majalah Indonesia Tatler - Edisi 9/2019

The Samba Wedding that lit up social media for days can already be touted as Indonesia’s wedding of the year, if not that of all of Southeast Asia. / Foto : Edith Emeralda

Indonesia Tatler
Imagine attending 10 wedding events in a total of four days filled with ceremonies and four nights packed with dancing spread out between two resorts in Bali’s Nusa Dua area. Meanwhile, invitees include hundreds of extended family members, topcharting stars and singers, and VVIP friends to the count of almost a thousand from all around the world, not to mention the finest food, drinks, transport, and more.

For Amit Jethani, the main organiser of The Samba Wedding, the challenge in executing Sanjana Hiranandani- Punjabi and Amrit Punjabi’s union was not about organising a majestic, colossal wedding worthy to be made into its own Crazy Rich Asians book, but rather how to do it above and beyond expectations. The name itself, as one might guess, was inspired by the couple’s love of the Brazilian dance and all the festivities that come with it; however, it also stands for the bride and groom’s name in the first three letters and the island of Bali in the last two.

Such scale is no sweat for Amit who planned his own wedding to Amrit’s sister, Kharisma, eight years ago in Hawaii. Amit also planned his own brother’s wedding three years ago, and has organised many morachi, Diwali festivals, and other parties for his extended families. “We had the same team who did my wedding, and for The Samba Wedding we had to do something different and out of the box,” Amit said. “It took 10 months to prepare the whole thing, and time flew by even faster after we booked The Apurva Kempinski Bali.” Fitting everyone into the Kempinski proved to be impossible, which was why some guests and events spilled into the nearby Westin Resort Nusa Dua.

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