Real Weddings

A Harry Potter-themed banquet wedding, with a Sorting Hat!

Janani Murali Dharan, 26, and Shoban Rahulapaskaran, 27, captured the magic of the Harry Potter universe with a sophisticated wedding celebration that was full of witty props, games and dancing in between.
 

We met while working in the same department at Changi General Hospital, and started talking when we were both in charge of the same patient. Feelings blossomed soon after!

Shoban proposed to me at Terrace Garden, one of my favourite places Singapore. He prepared a scrapbook of our memories that was beautifully aligned with the chapters and quotations in Harry Potter, and the engagement ring was tied to middle of the book, under the chapter called the “Unbreakable Vow”. 

As a Harry Potter fanatic, that was really amazing. Shoban also booked a hotel room that night, where I was surprised by a small party with all our closest family and friends. 

The Harry Potter stories were a huge part of our childhood, so we wanted them to be part of our wedding. The aim was to have an evening that was relaxed, intimate and sophisticated, with the dining area set in the same way the Great Hall was in the books. 

Janani wanted lilies to be part of her bridal bouquet as it has a significant meaning in Harry Potter. 

The younger guests received personalised Hogwarts student cards, while the older guests got Hogwarts staff cards. 

A Snitch fondant and an actual train tunnel were just some of the amazing details of their two-tiered semi-naked rustic red velvet cake with buttercream.

It was a memorable – and rather surreal – experience to see our guests entering the venue, and heading over to the prearranged house tables with their Hogwarts student and staff cards in hand, as soundtracks from the Harry Potter films played in the background. 

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 A guest having fun with The Sorting Hat – one of the many Harry Potter props. 

The wedding programme resembled the Quibbler – a wizarding magazine from Harry Potter. 

Janini’s lace halter gown was designed by her friend, Jeanette Khoo, and created by Wedding Crafters, who then added their own ideas. For a Harry Potter touch, a philosopher’s stone was draped across the back of the dress!

The talented bride created a Snitch-inspired ring box that held their wedding bands. 

“We were elated that we were finally married and that we were able to enjoy the moment after months of planning.” 

We had a small solemnisation ceremony, followed by a few games, surprise performances, and a dance floor to end the night!

The atmosphere was lighthearted and full of laughter, with people just having a good time! I think most of our guests had a great time with all the Harry Potter decor and props around the venue.

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Wedding Checklist

Venue

Kent Ridge Guild House (6779-1811)

Wardrobe

Gown and suit: Wedding Crafters (www.weddingcrafters.com.sg)

Hair & Makeup

Saydanar Makeup Artistry (www.saydanarkhin.com)

Photography

Samuel Goh Photography (www.samuelgoh.com)

Wedding Stylist

8dec (www.8december.com)

Bouquet 

Meadows & Clouds (www.meadowsandclouds.com)

Cake

The Frosted Chick (www.thefrostedchick.com.sg

Special Thanks to 

Jocelyn Kwan, who did a great job with my nails that included the Deathly Hallows sign, Koh Pei Li from 8Dec, Jeanette Khoo whose random dress sketch was brought to reality, and all our friends and family who helped us.


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