The celebrations are in full swing at Yuvraj’s place considering the hottest cricketer of India is all geared up for the second innings of his life. The wedding excitement has also kicked in now that Hazel Keech’s family is here too! And since most of them have never been to India before, the feeling of getting married to the love of her life is finally settling down and the bride-to-be cannot deny that.
In an exclusive interview with Hazel Keech, we spoke to her about her wedding planning journey and here’s what she told us!
“Half of the time, Yuvi was busy playing cricket. He obviously had limited capacity and time. So it has been pretty crazy and stressful to find a bunch of people we could have been happy with. And luckily, we got you guys, the perfect team for planning our wedding. It’s very difficult to find people you can actually rely on; people who can understand that this is something so personal and at the same time people who are not trying to fleece your money. ShaadiSaga has been a great team on whom we depended!” said Hazel.
According to Hazel, Yuvraj initially started being very involved but it really took a toll on him with his Ranji trophy games, one day rests in between and his constant travellings. So while he was busy playing matches, Hazel along with her mother-in-law took over. Yuvraj did take the last few games off but most of the times, things were fixed between his trainings, meetings and physiotherapies.
Yuvraj and Hazel had originally decided to do a bit of both. “We are both very simple and quiet people. But when I say ‘quiet’ I mean intimate. You cannot expect Yuvraj to be quiet, after all he is Punjabi! We initially had planned it to be intimate; the Goa section was supposed to be very private with just 100 people, the Chandigarh wedding was also supposed to be very intimate with 100-150 people. We have kept functions that are bigger and grander for people who would come to meet and greet us, people who we have to call. We had a nice mix of both but now with all the information in public, everything is doubled (even the security) as things have gone a little out of hand. And although we are simple people at heart, we have not been able to have that moment or time for ourselves for any of the functions,” told Hazel.
She has also never seen or been to any Sikh weddings. She is slowly learning what a path (Sikh prayer) is, the way one says ‘Waheguru’ and touches their head on the floor. “I am still very confused. The only thing I know is that they have really good prasad", said Hazel.
Hazel told us, "Chandigarh has been kept very Punjabi; Goa has been kept a little more western with that hint of Mauritius and Delhi is kept as desi as it can be. “People have Alice in Wonderland themes but we definitely don't."
Hazel said, “Mauritius is very beachy. We had originally thought of doing a function in Mauritius because my mom is from Mauritius. But it became too much as we had to do Chandigarh and Delhi. If we did Mauritius in the middle our budget would have gone berserk. Plus, it would have become a two-week wedding and already it is a 10-day wedding. Hence, I thought Goa because it has also got that beach feel and the Goan music is a lot similar to Mauritian music. I have tried to make it as cultural as I can to make a Punjabi see what a Mauritian wedding is really like.”
Hazel has always wanted to go to Hawaii whereas Yuvraj has been confused between Bora Bora and Maldives. But now there’s another twist in the story as he has thrown in Australia in the mix. “I would still stick to Hawaii because I love to surf and over there it’s quite easy. So, I am desperately trying to get him along the ocean with me and surf. But that’s a different thing. When Yuvi is playing cricket, he works so hard but when he is on a holiday, he wants to do nothing. He becomes a vegetable. So we are having a little bit of a discussion between us whether to be adventurous or be very very lazy,” said Hazel.