Taking Vows with Champagne

Weddings in India are becoming more and more lavish by the year. Champagne is slowly making it's way in the wedding scene now to add an element of sophistication!

By: Gaurav Bhatia – Luxury Expert

Posted on: September 10, 2010

“Champagne is the only drink that leaves a woman more beautiful after drinking it and a man more witty.” - Marquise de Pompadour

Clinking champagne flutesGreat love affairs start with Champagne.

A wedding is an affair to remember and nothing says celebration and decadence like a bottle of Champagne. India is the land of decadence. Few know and celebrate luxury like we do – and this is clearly visible in our grand wedding traditions. From flying in khansamas (traditional feast cooks) from Lucknow to put together a lavish Awadhi spread or weavers in Kanchipuram hand-crafting a bespoke sari for the bride or putting on your old jadau jewels that your great grandmother wore, Indian weddings are indeed the epitome of luxe and celebration in its purest indigenous form.

If there’s a wedding, it must have Champagne. The extravagance of the quintessential über luxury wedding must be complemented with Champagne, along with delectable gastronomy and elegant décor – true luxury.

I remember seeing bottles of Moët & Chandon lying neatly together – dark green with a hint of crimson and gold, on the eve of my wedding. My father insisted on nothing else. The bottles glistened in the evening light like emeralds. It wasn’t packaging, it was jewellery.

To me, Moët & Chandon is luxury in a bottle – a fabulous story of Champagne since 1743. Grapes carefully handpicked from the vast vineyards of France, blended masterfully by the Chef de Cave and magically infused with delicate bubbles, then aged somewhere in cellars that date back to more than a couple of centuries. And drunk by greats like Napoleon Bonaparte among others.

Champagne is truly about a sense of drama, excitement and discovery and an ideal tribute to the celebration of marriage.

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From elegant and sophisticated to decadent and indulgent, Champagne is always versatile, and lends itself to gastronomy, creating a mélange of rare resplendence. While traditionally, Champagne at weddings was de rigueur to toast the happy couple, today, it has become an expression of sharing the joie de vivre and a statement that a wedding represents. As Oscar Wilde said, “There is no such thing as too much Luxury.”

Today, in the quest for a wedding like no other, people even start by sending Moët bottles with the wedding card! Quite an evolution from the traditional mithai ka dabba (box of sweets). A Champagne invitation sets the tone right and informs the guest subtly that this one will be a wedding to watch out for!

Others choose to make a statement with an elegant Champagne bar at the venue with the champagne being served in all its splendor and grandeur. Many top wedding planners in Mumbai and New Delhi offer this elegant option to add a sparkle to the celebrations.

Food and wine? So how do you add an edge to your menu? Ever thought of creating an exclusive Moët & Chandon paired-menu, created by the Head Chef of the House of Moët & Chandon? Well, it can be done for you! Your hotel or caterer can work with the Chef in France to create an exclusive menu for you. Elegant Moët & Chandon menus on the tables will be a surprise few would expect! Picture a service ritual, with the wait staff in sharp black uniforms accompanying the dinner to heighten the drama. Champagne can be beautifully paired with Indian food as well.

Limited edition bottles like Magnums are of course the ultimate statement. Or a Rosé wedding! A kind of ultimate luxury, gleaming with all its facets, as glamorous as can be, the Rosé is sheer seduction!

A Champagne wedding is a translation of one’s lifestyle and a discreet ode to fabulousness! A symbol of pleasure, splendour and spectacular fêtes.

No matter how you perceive marriage, one thing is for sure and no one said it better than Napoleon Bonaparte himself – “In victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need it.”

Gaurav Bhatia Luxury ExpertA self-confessed luxury addict, Gaurav Bhatia is a luxury expert. Him being invited to speak at the International Herald Tribune Luxury Conference is proof enough of that. Creative, spirited and bon vivant, he loves to travel, collect antiques, and celebrate life with gastronomy and Champagne.

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