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culture club. a vibrant indian wedding at victoria warehouse, manchester – varsha & rosh

August 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Ahead of our BIG-CITY-WEDFEST-17 wedding fair event at the super-cool Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, this weekend, we’re sharing another fabulous wedding that recently took place at the venue.

Bride Varsha and groom Rosh quickly fell in love with the unique urban venue and knew it would be the perfect setting for their Indian wedding, in terms of both character and capacity.

To personalise their day, they fused elements of their culture with the heritage of the venue for a bright and beautiful wedding, complete with both industrial and glamorous touches.

Following their celebrations, Varsha says the venue is ideal for those “looking for a relaxed atmosphere with helpful and friendly staff who want to understand your ideas”. So, if this sounds, and looks, right up your street, you need to register here to attend our BIG-CITY-WEDFEST-17 this Sunday 11am to 4pm, FREE ENTRY!

The event will provide an ideal opportunity to meet the area’s top wedding suppliers while viewing this amazing venue and picturing how your Victoria Warehouse big day could look. In the meantime, let’s see how Rosh & Varsha did it…

With images by 2 Ducks Galleries.

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varsha says: We got engaged while in Caernarfon, North Wales, for my birthday weekend, in March 2016. We arrived and the weather was lovely and we spent the day walking around the town. We woke up Saturday morning and the weather had turned from sunshine to a full storm. We braved the weather and went out for the day but we weren’t able to do the stuff Rosh had planned. We then got a call in the afternoon from the restaurant Rosh had booked for the evening to say that they were cancelling all bookings.

We ended up going to a pub for dinner and the setting was lovely with old beams and an open fire. When we got back to our hotel Rosh insisted on giving me my birthday present early. He gave me a photobook with pictures from all the things we have done together. On the back page was the proposal, when I looked up I saw Rosh on one knee with the ring and I couldn’t believe it. It was a complete surprise.

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We got married 13th May 2017. Our ceremony and reception was at Victoria Warehouse at Salford Quays, Manchester. Being Indian we had a strict criteria of venue, which limited our options. We needed a venue that can accommodate the large numbers, an Indian caterer and, most importantly, an open fire used for the ceremony. After weeks of searching venues they were either out of our price range or unsuitable. Rosh saw Victoria Warehouse on the internet and he was very excited about the venue as it very much suits his personality. We went to look at it in person, it was perfect for us both and suited our style. It was completely different to any venue I have seen for an Indian wedding and the staff were very helpful an accommodating to us both and we both instantly fell in love with the venue.

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We didn’t really pick the theme, the venue was the theme. I think when you have a venue like ours with all the character and personality you really just follow the background. We just kept everything industrial and rustic and tried to blend our Indian culture into that.

The venue was full of atmosphere though a bit dark, so we added our Indian heritage with the colour scheme of bright hues. We had every colour you can think of!

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I had two outfit changes for the wedding day. I never really dreamt of a white wedding dress so I chose to keep with the theme of the day and fuse Western and Eastern styles together. For the morning Hindu ceremony, I stuck to traditional colours. I wore a red, ivory and gold Lehenga (a contemporary sari that is a skirt and top with rather than a long piece of material) with lots of intricate embroidery. I didn’t want a traditional outfit so this fitted the theme.

For the afternoon civil wedding, I wore another more contemporary style Lehenga that was custom designed for me with the help of my sister, Roshni. It was very pale green and a pinky/peach colour.

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Rosh designed a custom-made Sherwani (traditional Indian suit) for the wedding. His suit was made using the colours of my outfit so that they matched. For the civil wedding he wore a navy blue suit with a grey waistcoat.

I ordered the bridesmaids saris from India. They wore these for the whole day as I was wearing a lehenga for the whole day.

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The groomsmen wore traditional Sherwani’s with the matching shoes and turban, for the evening they changed into navy blue suits with a matching tie to Rosh. We wanted to keep it pretty informal since the venue wasn’t a formal setting.

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In terms of transport, Rosh’s sister, Sheetal, and brother in-law, Kushal, hired a car for him to arrive at the venue and then take us back to his the next day.

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We used Kerry from 2 Ducks Galleries, to capture our day. We actually met her at a wedding fair at Victoria Warehouse. We saw a couple of her pictures and fell in love with them. She managed to capture the atmosphere of the day in her pictures. I would certainly recommend her.

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As the venue was so industrial we wanted to keep flowers to a minimum. I carried in a bouquet of artificial flowers of pale pink and ivory roses with pearl jewels.

Since the venue was full of character and personality we didn’t want to hide it behind too much decor. We used Qube Events as our stylist as they had experience working with Victoria Warehouse and they understood our concept. We kept it very simple with a white carpet down the aisle, with a row of candles on either side and a canopy of fairy lights leading to the main stage with a back drop of lights. We then used the same candles in the evening as our centrepieces with multi-coloured orchids in little bowls. I made some flower arrangements myself using artificial flowers placed in old jars and bottles.

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We made our own favours. We wanted them to match the wedding so that guests could take a piece of the day away with them. We got multi coloured fragrant votive candles in little jars, Rosh designed and printed some gift tags and me and my sister wrapped a ribbon on them and added the tag.

We chose a simple, white three-tier cake that had white orchid detail (to match the table centrepieces) running down one side. The cake ribbon matched the wedding favours and we had a wooden cake topper that I designed and had shipped. The cake was made by a lady Rosh knows who does it as a hobby. Shame we didn’t get a taste!

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Being Indian we went for Indian food. Rosh’s family have a tradition that they cannot serve meat on the wedding day so we had to go with a vegetarian menu. For the lunch menu, we kept it traditional with an eight-item thali that had some curries with sides, rice, puris and sweet. For the evening, we wanted a more contemporary Indian menu so we picked a selection of Indian street food with a buffet style dessert table, it was quiet fun watching some of our guest trying to figure out how to eat them.

We used Bolton Halwa Centre to do all our catering. We did lots of food tasting and they were the best. I think if you are having a vegetarian only menu, a caterer who only cooks vegetarian food has an advantage. They also understood our concept and were very good to deal with. They were also given really good reviews by Victoria Warehouse.

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Entertainment-wise, we hired a DJ for the evening; who perfectly married Bollywood hits with songs from the charts. He kept the dance floor full at all times – I would recommend DJ Billy Blitz to anyone!

As entertainment during the interval between the Indian wedding and civil wedding, we used the venue’s cinema room to play a Disney classic and we had a massive wooden crate of popcorn with small popcorn boxes for guests to help themselves to.

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After our wedding, we would absolutely recommend Victoria Warehouse to other couples! They were brilliant with us from the first viewing and throughout the wedding build up. Without their constant attention to detail the day would not have run so smooth. If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere with helpful and friendly staff who want to understand your idea, then they are the place to book.

I loved every single minute of our day. It was my perfect day. I loved the Hindu wedding. They involve everyone in the family and we were lucky enough to have family and friends from all over the world (USA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada) who all played a part in the wedding.

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For our honeymoon, we went to Sri Lanka for ten days, then the Maldives for five days. We wanted an adventure but we also knew we would be exhausted from the wedding so we needed to make sure we relaxed and recharged the batteries. We did a tour of Sri Lanka starting at the capital, Colombo, and finishing with a Safari in the south east of the island. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in culture as the country is still developing its tourist identity.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, make sure you plan your day with a small break where you can both spend a little time together away from all the busy demands of the wedding. We had 30 minutes where we sat down on our own had a drink of champagne away from everything, including the photographer, to just absorb the atmosphere. It was perfect to have this time together and really take in the day.

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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