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Planning the Wedding of your Dreams

So you’ve finally met the man of your dreams, he loves you too and you decide to ride towards the castle in the sunset together. After the initial excitement has settled, it’s time to thinking of logistics like setting a wedding date and planning the special occasion. Now what’s a big, fat Indian wedding all about without the accompanying chaos, right? WRONG. While it’s fun going through menu tastings with caterers, supervising flower guys, generator chaps and lighting companies, chasing blouse tailors and tracking airport and train station pickups, it might be wiser these days to enlist experts so you can sit back and enjoy the most special day of your life.

“Much as couples would like a hand’s on approach to planning, it’s really important to not overload yourself. You can’t be managing things right up to and through the wedding” says wedding planner Niveditha who works with her husband Nishanth and partners Namrata and Madhushree to create wedding wish fulfilment for their clients.They like planning weddings, have complementary competencies and want solutions for clients to be just a call away. So we asked them for some expert advice.

Image courtesy:Niveditha Nishanth

Image courtesy: Crimson and Cherry

Q.THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN CREATING A CHECK LIST?

  • SCALE-Once you’ve set the date, think about what kind of wedding you want to have- small and intimate, or a large guest list with family expectations, networks and wish lists to be accommodated? The trick then is to negotiate sensitively and arrive at a balance.
  • STYLE– Are you considering a traditional ceremony in a convention hall, a simple event, an alternative arrangement at an unusual location or a fancy destination wedding? The wedding date and time of year will determine your venue and facilities-an open air wedding will be risky in July. An alternative location may not have a full-fledged set up. Your style choice will therefore impact the next big decision:budget.
  • BUDGET: This is the wish list vs.reality mapping of expectations and choices-vendors, décor design and all extras will then be decided accordingly. Fixing an approximate budget helps establish a blueprint of boundaries.
  • TIMELINE& SCHEDULE: Work backwards and in parallel, keeping an eye on deadlines. Don’t postpone or leave things for the last minute; finalise when you have to! Delegate to family or hire a professional. Don’t think you can do it all yourself.

Q.BUT WHY DO I NEED A PLANNER?

Contrary to popular opinion, hiring a wedding planner can actually make your wedding a cost effective exercise. “Wedding planners are industry experts. We anticipate the unforeseen, trouble shoot-fire fight in emergencies and look after all the not-so-fun parts so you can have the fun! ” says Niveditha. They can also:

  • save time on research-so you have time to do other important things.
  • negotiate better with vendors- so you get better deals.
  • help make your vision a reality
  • understand the larger picture, focus on details and handle technicalities.
  • handle unforeseen situations, create a quick fix or find alternatives.
  • be held accountable
Image courtesy: Niveditha Nishanth

Image courtesy: Crimson and Cherry

 

Q. WEDDING TRENDS FOR 2016?

  • Unexpected venues: vineyards, heritage sites, estates, ancient temples, and natural locations
  • Minimalism: pared down details, elegance and no overstating. Brides also want a lighter trousseau they can wear after the wedding.
  • Mixing traditions with fun: Be conventional, but add a little quirky if you like.
  • Western influences: having a wedding registry to handle gifts, first dance with your father kind of traditions are also creeping in.
  • Experimental colour palettes: No more just maroon and gold apparel and décor. Brides want to express their individuality.
  • Photography is becoming key: drones, elaborate sets, pre-wedding shoots at locations, more candid photography.
  • Technology: one client couple created an app for hospitality logistics and information.

QHow would you translate our theme for August; `the spirit of freedom” into a wedding plan?

  • Incorporate small elements that define your personality.
  • Don’t yield to peer pressure if you want originality.
  • Be individualistic. It is your wedding after all.

Q.ANY LAST DO’S AND DON’TS?

  • Do be the one to draw the larger picture and de-brief or pass on expectations.
  • Do retain traditions, but add some of your own personal ideas to make it individualistic.
  • Don’t expect everything to be perfect. Do make allowances and be realistic.
  • Don’t stress. Do enjoy the journey leading up to your BIG day!

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Want expert advice? Contact Niveditha, Nishanth, Namrata and Madhushree at: info@koskii.com

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