Band, Baaja, Baarat…and, add to that, loads of confusion, heaps of chaos, and piles of planning. That is when a wedding planner, who specialises in the ‘art’ of planning a wedding, saves the (big) day. These master organisers can make a wedding ‘memorable’ in the real sense of the word. They promise to do everything with sheer perfection — from the décor to the dining requirements, and from organising venues to vendors. Of course, the key lies in employing the services of the best in the business. The business of wedding planning, though very big around the world, was mostly unknown in India the country till about the late 1990s, when the first of the players began emerging.. Since then it has grown by leaps and bounds. Experts estimate the wedding planning industry to be worth more than Rs 1000 crore in billings annually. Here’s a listing of some of the leading names in this fast growing business:
Marry Me: The brainchild of Candice Pereira and Jarret D’Abreo, this wedding planning company undertakes every type of wedding, be it a lavish one or an intimate affair. Marry Me marries Indian tastes and tradition with contemporary touches successfully. What’s more, they also have a store called Marry Me – The Store, which has an array of beautiful gifts, packaging, stationery, décor, et al, curated by the brand’s creators. House of Flowers by Marry Me completes the experience, with classic and romantic yet modern-styled floral arrangements.curated by the brand’s creators. House of Flowers by Marry Me completes the experience, with classic and romantic yet modern-styled floral arrangements.
Know more: www.marrymeweddings.in
One of India’s top five wedding planners, Aditya Motwane of Motwane Entertainment & Weddings (MEW) brings to his weddings and events 15-plus years of experience, along with a lot of flair and flamboyance. This is the name behind the Jindal and Jasani nuptials in Vienna, Bajaj and Zaveri wedding in Udaipur and Jaipur, Mehta and Khemlani nuptials in Florence, Grover and Khilnani wedding in Venice. Hinduja and Mahtani wedding in Udaipur, and Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma’s wedding in Hyderabad and Mumbai. In early August, MEW was awarded one Gold and three Silvers at the Great Indian Wedding Awards (GIWA), 2016 in Jaipur.
Know more: www.motwane.co
Spearheading one of India’s leading wedding planning companies, The Wedding Design Company (WDC), Mohan makes all those beautiful wedding fantasies come alive. She and her team concentrate on every little detail, and have an incomparable sense of aesthetics. From creating prints and stitching cushions, to making the celebrations truly grand…WDC does it all.
Know more: www.wdcindia.com
Wizcraft’s wedding wing, Wednishka offers an array of services, including beautifully-designed personalised invites, sophisticated décor with internationally acclaimed exquisite floral work. Among the many weddings organised by Wednishka, the nuptials of Shaan Jethwani (CEO, Eurostar Dubai) and Kanchan Wednishka, the nuptials of Shaan Jethwani (CEO, Eurostar Dubai) and Kanchan Asija, which had celebrations spread across four venues, namely Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, The Ritz Carlton and JW Marquis, in Dubai, is one of the most noteworthy events.
Know more: www.wedniksha.com
The Weddings & Special Events division of events management company Seventy EMG, Seven Steps organises sophisticated, special, and creative weddings across India and Europe. They are known for designing exquisite invitation cards and collaterals for their exclusive list of clients. The attention to detail, original and personalised approach, and many more attributes are some of the reasons why they have a prestigious list of clients, such as Bina and Pramod Agarwal, Ashok Kurien, the Belgian Royal Family, Mihika and Karan Javeri, Jay Mehta, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao (for Imran Khan), for whom they have organised wedding events and lots more.
Know more: www.sevensteps.co.in
Ankita Chugh Weddings (AGC):
Spearheaded by Ankita Chugh, who comes with more than seven years of experience in the industry, AGC has the expertise to organise any wedding, right from a Royal wedding to a trendsetting theme affair, with equal amounts of elegance and élan. Winner of two Golds, one Silver, and one Bronze at GIWA 2016, AGC constantly updates itself with what’s new and trending in the world of weddings, and uses it all very effectively in their breathtaking functions.
Know more: www.ankitachughweddings.com
Red Events Weddings: The wedding division of Red Events India, this wedding planning company has organised more than 700 weddings across India and the globe in its 16-plus years. It has been appointed as the official wedding planner by Macau Tourism, Malaysia Tourism and Thailand Tourism for organising Indian weddings in their respective countries. Three of the weddings planned by Red Events Weddings were aired on NDTV’s show, The BIG FAT Indian Wedding. Some of the biggest nuptials organised by Red Events Weddings include the coming together of the Suzlon Group and Tanti Family in Udaipur, Gundecha Builders and Gupta Synthetics in Pattaya (Thailand), Dhoot Infrastructure and Saboos Jewels in Aamby Valley, and Kataria and Patni Families in Udaipur.
Know more: www.redeventsindia.com
Headed by Noureen Morani, this branch of Cineyug lives up to the name and popularity of its 30-plus-year-old parent company. Known for taking care of the smallest of details, from the check-in and checkout of the guests and bus arrangements, to organising grand receptions, Cineyug Celebrations excels in pre-wedding functions, too. The chosen wedding planner for big names, including the Goenkas, Jewellery Designer Payal Shah from Hong Kong and Diamond Magnate Nihar Parikh, and Priyanka Chopra’s brother, Siddharth and Kanika Mathur, to name a few, this wedding planner is known for executing some of the most unique themes.
Know more: www.cineyugcelebrations.com
Divinity Weddings: The brainchild of Erina DeAbreu and Natasha Katgara-Gocal, Divinity Weddings marries simplicity with elegance. The wedding planner has organised a number of celebrity weddings, including that of Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha, RNA Buinders’ Gokul Agarwal and Shloka, and the nuptials of business icon Gautam Adhikari's daughter, Urvee, and son, Ravi. One of their most memorable celebrations was the wedding of Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapoor, which, at that point of time, was their first South Indian wedding, where they had to marry South Indian elements with some Punjabi flavours.
The Wedding Co.:
Chief Wedding Planner, Barkha Athania, and her team at The Wedding Co. come together to blend modern concepts with traditional elements. Athania’s background in interior designing and hospitality adds to the final products. Further, The Wedding Co. adds the best of technology to complete the experience. This wedding planner has now created its own fully customisable mobile app, which allows clients to have their own social media network at the touch of a button. Clients can track who has accepted their invites and also make their content available online and offline, with real-time tracking as part of the features.
Know more: www.theweddingco.in
Var Vadhu: With Neha Arora as CEO and Partner, and Partners, Manoj Gopalani, Aditya Mehra and Daryl Sheldon, Var Vadhu is one of the most sought-after wedding planners in India currently. It has organised some of the most high-profile weddings, including that of Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani, Ahana Deol and Vaibhav Vohra, and of members of a number of big business families. From a ceremony in Indian and international metros, to untouched virgin spaces, Var Vadhu can make every dream come true.
Know more: www.varvadhu.net
Part of Impresario Event Management Ltd., Parinaya is known for organising grand weddings for Indians as well as clients abroad. Their special bridal workshops are a favourite amongst the brides. This season, Parinaya intends to invite clients to explore the beauty of its state, Kerala. It doesn’t intend to only promote Kerala as an ideal wedding destination, but also hopes for guests to explore its beauty as tourists. The government is also backing them in this move.
Know more: www.parinaya.in
Founded by JP Yaduvanshi in 2006, this wedding planner keeps in mind the client’s budget, tastes, and the minutest of details. What makes MyShaadiWale truly different is that it donates a part of its proceeds to Kanyadaanindia.org, which works towards education and in helping organise wedding for the poor and needy. They are soon launching Epic Wedding Films for their clients, where state-of-the-art film cameras and talented cinematographers from the film industry and expert technicians from the music industry will marry fun with films.
Know more: www.myshaadiwale.com / www.myshaadiwale.in
‘Love’…that is what the Italian word ‘L’amore means. And, with such a beautiful name, one cannot even begin to imagine the amount of romance that this company will bring to its wedding. Gunjan Bansal, the Founder of L’amore Weddings, first launched the company in the US in 2011, and it rapidly grew into one of the best international wedding planning companies in the world. Their expertise lies in organising destination weddings, theme weddings, and the typical Big Fat Indian wedding.
Know more: www.lamoreweddings.com
This new-gen wedding planner is an online community that presents to clients a list of authentic and trustworthy vendors from your city through real-time recommendations. Founded and spearheaded by Ginni Kohli, WedWise pretty much redefines how the typical bookings and process of selection of vendors, etc. took place. WedWise TV, India’s first wedding infotainment YouTube channel, creates videos and visuals where wedding professionals educate, inform and prepare to-be-weds about the challenges that follow the announcement. What’s more, WedWise recently launched an absolutely free of charge offline consultancy service for prospective brides and grooms who are looking for the right vendors, such as venue, caterer, photographer, make-up artist, etc., for their wedding in their budget. This service is available across India.
Know more: www.wedwise.co.in
Neeta Raheja: This mastermind started out when the entire concept of ‘wedding planning’ was rather alien to most Indians. It wouldn’t be incorrect to term her as ‘one of the key founders of the industry in India.’ Raheja owns Very Truly Yours (VTY), a successful PR and communications company, which further has VTY Bespoke Weddings, an event and wedding management division under it. She has planned a number of celebrity and million dollar weddings and created some of the grandest functions ever.
Know more: As Raheja’s website is currently under construction, she can be contacted on www.neetaraheja.contently.com / www.twitter.com/neetarahejavty