Celebrating destination weddings with Novotel

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Manish Pathak, F&B Manager, takes us into the enticing world of weddings with modern, extensive and versatile sea-facing banqueting facilities at Novotel Visakhapatnam

What are the generic trends that you are seeing for weddings in India?

A lot of people are opting for inclusion of technology in their weddings, like setting up a classy fog-screen magic curtain to make the wedding eye-catching and using projection mapping. Kindly share the capacity of event spaces at the resort. Our extensive, modern and versatile sea-facing banqueting facilities with 11 dedicated conference spaces can cater up to 1,250 guests and large weddings with up to 4,000 guests with ease. We have 11 dedicated meetings rooms with flexible options of venues like Coral Hall with capacity of 220 pax, Pearl with capacity of 50 pax, Summit with capacity of 20 pax, Eureka (boardroom) with capacity of 20 pax, Nautica with capacity of 200 pax and Avenue with capacity of 468 pax. V-Convention, one of the largest conventions in the state, facilitates ‘Auto Expos’ and ‘Vehicle Launches’. The 11,200 sqft magnificently designed hall has modern equipment. A few USPs include – over 56,000 sqft of indoor and outdoor space; sea-facing meeting rooms and banquet areas; meeting spaces with natural light; and dedicated parking space (for 350 cars and 500 bikes) with an exclusive banquet entry.

Can you share the details of vendors that you utilise for weddings?

Our courteous and committed team takes care of every detail to ensure guests have a hassle-free and memorable time. We have two empanelled vendors. Razzmatazz is a national meeting and event management company with a fully staffed office in Visakhapatnam. It also has representative units at Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin, Bhubaneswar, Goa and California, USA, while our other vendor, Roshanlal Entertainment, is a pioneer in sound and visual effects for all sort of events.

What are the weddings that have been lined up for the resort? We are lined up with at least eight destination weddings for 2020. how is Visakhapatnam developing for M!CE?

The concept of a wedding is evolving from a social function involving more than 1,000 guests to a microcosmic bonding of families. Nowadays, couples prefer to make it an intimate gathering with a small group of 100 to 150 guests and later give a final reception back home for all other guests. For M!CE, Visakhapatnam is coming up with largest international convention centres. The city has immense potential to emerge as a leading hub for meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions with world-class exhibition centres, shopping malls including a multiplex, leisure/amusement zone and multi-cuisine food courts.