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5 Wedding Professionals Share Time Management Tips

When it comes to weddings, timing is everything. You can’t miss out on a deadline as there are no retakes of the D-day. We talked to 5 wedding professionals who share their tips on how they manage their time and their personal strategies for timely deliveries.

Tanveer and Inderjit, Founders, Colorblind Production (New Delhi)

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Colorblind Production is a renowned New Delhi based production house that makes top-notch wedding films.

“Making wedding films has been a busy but fun ride. We do everything in-house (shooting, editing etc.) where we always try to understand and back each other. We take ample time (8-12 weeks as mentioned in the contract) from our clients so that they get the best quality. It includes our buffer time so there is no rush and the creative outcome is as per the client’s satisfaction. We always expect our clients to be involved in the film making cycle. We ask them about their song selections or any particular treatment they might be looking at so there aren’t any synching issues between the expectations and deliverables. This in turn saves a lot of time in terms of re-edits.”

Rachana Lucknowala, Founder, Vivaah Wedding Décor (Mumbai)

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Vivaah is a wedding décor and design company specializing in theme events and set-ups for large scale events at indoor spaces like city hotels, and large outdoor venues.

 “If one is considering a career in the wedding industry—one needs a very supportive family. Because our busiest days are often the holidays, we have a lot of client meetings over the weekend, and many auspicious days are on Bank Holidays—which means we can’t be with the rest of our family on the days when they are home. Also, there are two things I advise all professionals, those who work with me, and those thinking of a career in the wedding industry- a) you need to be extremely fit, and take care of your diet. If one is in-charge of some set-up, he/she can’t even think of taking leave on a wedding celebration day. b) Planning in advance is of paramount importance but this is an industry where clients demand a lot of changes, and one has to be extremely knowledgeable about their job (in my case décor and set-ups) to immediately inform the client what changes are possible, and what cannot be changed (keeping clients budgets and the venue timelines in mind). After all, every client wants an immediate response, and here we may not always have time to return to office and consult the seniors or the team and revert.”

Aditya Mendiratta, Candid Photographer (New Delhi)

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Aditya Mendiratta is a New Delhi based photographer who does fashion and wedding photography.

“At weddings, where I shoot with 1+ photographer(s), I make sure our cameras are synched to the exact date and time so that the pictures can be put in correct order without spending endless hours on it. I try and reject the bad shots during the breaks in the shoot to save time. When it comes to editing, I follow batch editing for the shots taken in the same area with the same light. Till now, I have never crossed my promised delivery time.”

Priyanka Singhal, Designer and founder, Trims and Tassles (Meerut)

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Trims and Tassles is an online fashion store, which specializes in anarkalis and pre-wedding dresses. They are based in Meerut and their clientele include brides-to-be and those looking for ethnic wear for weddings & celebrations.

“On-time delivery has always been a primary concern for us as it is the foundation of trust. To address that, I do a lot of pre-planning and estimate the delivery time of every order. I also maintain a ‘To-Do’ list on daily basis that not only puts the tasks in perspective but also eliminates the worry of missing out on anything. Delegating the right task to the right person is also a key factor in getting things done on time. I manage my invoices, accounts, and set reminders on my phone, which saves a lot of time and keeps me updated. The clients also usuallyhelp in the process with gentle reminders and staying patient when required, and add value by being specific about their requirements.”

Keyur Patel, Founder, Prasang Events and Entertainment (Ahmedabad)

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Prasang Events and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is an event management company known for managing the most spectacular weddings. They have managed the grandest weddings in their base town (Ahmedabad), all over Gujarat and destination weddings in Rajasthan, Goa and abroad.

“We use technology heavily and that saves us a lot of time in coordinating and sharing details with clients and vendors, easily and quickly. We use a software for maintaining meeting logs so every meeting held with the client is logged in with specific pointers so that the people assigned to handle the job are aware at all times about the new brief or change in requirements. This has reduced our paper work and face-to-face meetings are fewer.The pictures from the venue are shared through different messaging platforms so that I can have a look at the proceedings even when I am traveling or busy in office.  We also use a hospitality software where clients can put down every requirement, right from the number of inserts in the card to how many rooms to book. They can also put in every guest’s details with respect to what gift to give, what room to allot so the calculation-recalculation hassle is eliminated and there is no room for error. Most people would think ‘wedding planning’ is an art, but for us most of it is a highly streamlined process with a lot of help from technology.”

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Lakmé Absolute Bridal Beauty Trends – Berry Lips

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Berry lips is the sexiest trend this season. It may look like a bold shade but there’s a shade of berry for every skin tone. The key to wearing a berry lip is to keep the rest of the face fresh and glowing.

Makeup Artist Ojas Rajani demonstrated how to make a statement with berry lips on Bride-to-be Dhwani Shah at WeddingSuta on Location. Ojas used Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Berry Cherry for a rich and creamy berry look. The lip brush in the Gloss Stylist is great for precise application so your lips never look messy.

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Destination Wedding Venue- Indana Palace, Jodhpur

When it comes to Destination Weddings especially those that exude royalty and an old-warm charm– Rajasthan is the front runner in India. Poonam Gundecha, Director, Indana Palace Hotel talks about destination weddings in Rajasthan, and why Indana Palace is a perfect venue for those seeking a modern, luxurious venue in Royal Rajasthan.

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On trend– the ‘Destination Wedding’
Today’s brides and grooms prefer to celebrate with their close friends and don’t want too big a guest list for their wedding. And since destination weddings are the in-thing, they always look for fresh ideas and experiences– especially for pre-wedding functions– to make travelling to their wedding worth it for their guests.

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Many couples I meet are also looking for lavish, extravagant ‘old-world’ settings, with a combination of modern and Western entertainment, menus and décor. Here at Indana Palace, we are known for blending these two worlds together, and it is a characteristic that is especially apparent in the weddings we tailor for our clients.

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With Jodhpur in full swing as a wedding destination, we plan to carry the unique experience forward to Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, and Nagpur.

Destination Jodhpur
Jodhpur is a city with a sense of history and the splendour of an era gone by. And, while it offers the same regal splendour as Jaipur, it is more open, and less densely populated, making it easy to reach any spot within 10-15 minutes. No wonder, it is becoming increasingly popular as a wedding destination for those who want to infuse their wedding with a grand royal fairy tale vibe.

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The backdrop– Indana Palace, Jodhpur, where a royal past meets a modern present
Located close to Umaid Bhavan Palace and the Mehrangarh Fort, Indana Palace offers glorious views of Jodhpur. The city’s royal past is echoed in the architecture and interiors, while the services and amenities are truly modern. It’s an ideal backdrop for those looking for a fairytale wedding experience– from the most intimate mehendi function to a lavish wedding reception for over 2000 guests, we’ll do it all just the way our guests want it.

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Spots to tie the knot – celebration venues and guest accommodation
Indana Palace Jodhpur offers an unparalleled destination wedding experience. The 76 tastefully furnished rooms and 12 themed suites offer lavish and comfortable accommodation for the wedding party and guests, along with a host of fine dining options, multi-faceted banquet facilities and leisure facilities.Spa and salon services help everyone look and feel their very best for the big day.

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As for the main event, the sprawling 10,000 sqft. banquet hall (perhaps the largest in Jodhpur) opens up to a 40,000 sqft. manicured lawn, and provides spectacular panoramic views. The beautiful Inner courtyard makes a perfect outdoor setting for truly magical wedding vows and pheras as well.

A concierge wedding– Customised wedding packages
Our wedding concierge services help ensure the big day is as imagined. And our packages are tailored to the host’s requirement– including special cultural and traditional needs. For more information visit

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Ace makeup artist Nisha Sablok takes Bride-to-be Ruchi Beauty Shopping with Lakmé

Many brides-to-be want to know what regime they should follow so they glow naturally and look stunning in the days leading up to their wedding. Bride-to-be Ruchi Desai from Mumbai asked us the same question when we interacted with her on email. So WeddingSutra and Lakmé decided to take her shopping for beauty products with help from ace makeup artist Nisha Sablok.

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Ruchi’s Top Skin Concerns
Ruchi was concerned about her dry skin and a small scar due to a recent break out. Since her wedding is in February, Nisha advised her to see a dermatologist so the scar can be treated. She told her to keep the skin moisturized to avoid dryness and drinking 2 litres of water helps keep pimples away!

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Nisha’s Top Makeup Picks for Ruchi
“Since she has big and lovely eyes, I wanted to accentuate her features and highlight the eyes”, says Nisha who created a look suited for her Sangeet or Reception. She demonstrated how to achieve a black brown, smokey eyes look. She began by using Lakmé Face Stylist No 4 as the base as it went well with Ruchi’s skin tone. For the eyes, she first used the Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Shimmer as the base before applying the gel liner. This shadow can be used as a wet shadow as well as for a nice and intense look, advises Nisha. Over the brown shadow, she applied the Black Gel Eye Liner to create smokey eyes. She used the gel liner for this look as it lasts a long while, hence it is perfect for Sangeet functions that go on for longer hours. Then, she applied the Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara on her eyelids. To finish the eyes, she applied the Lakmé Absolute Ultimate Kohl- Nisha’s favorite kohl, it does not smudge at all, and is waterproof. She finished the look with Bare Beige Lipstick on Ruchi’s lips, adding the perfect nude lips to compliment the smokey eyes look.

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Inside Nisha’s Beauty Bag
Nisha loves the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate pencil as it glides beautifully across the eyelids, and the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets mascara, which is ideal to create a fuller look and adds triple the volume to the eyelashes as compared to some other brands of mascara. The Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist Lip Glosses are really intense and smooth any my favorite is Berry Cherry.

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Ruchi’s Beauty Shopping Experience
With a little over two months to go for my D day, WeddingSutra’s beauty shopping was exactly what I needed. I was delighted to know that makeup artist Nisha Sablok was going to assist me with my beauty shopping and suggest products from the Lakmé Absolute range. She started by asking me about my daily makeup routine and recommended some changes. I have always been fascinated with smokey eyes and wish to wear that look for one of my wedding functions and hence, I didn’t shy away from trying that look.

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She began the makeup lesson by first applying a foundation, and emphasized the importance of using the correct foundation. All this while, I was afraid to use a foundation thinking it wouldn’t suit me as I couldn’t find the perfect shade. But she applied the Lakmé face stylist no. 4 and it suited my skin tone perfectly. She then moved to my eyes. I was really surprised how a little bit of concealer under the eyes instantly freshens them up. Keeping in mind my big eyes, the elongated eye liner that she gave is something I am going to try on a daily basis. Having gone too heavy on the eyes, she then suggested something light and simple for the lips and cheeks. She dabbed some natural blush and lip gloss and I was ready for a glamorous night out. I was the lucky one who not only got my makeup in place but also my hair. She completed my look with a perfect messy bun.”

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What I Learnt about my Beauty Regimen
The biggest misconception I had was that using a foundation would make my face look cakey; thanks to this experience I found my perfect shade. I have already purchased the Lakmé Absolute Ultimate Kohl and love the way it adds oomph to the eyes. Also, I love trying different shades of lipsticks and here I discovered the bare beige lipstick and the natural look it gives, exactly what I always look for.”

If you would like to go Beauty Shopping with Lakmé in Mumbai please write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the following details. Selected lucky winners will be notified via email: Your name, contact number, link to your FB profile, wedding date and a one paragraph write-up (4 to 10 lines) on why you are looking forward to this experience.

Location- Lakmé Absolute Salon, Bandra
Nisha Sablok- +919821501144
Photographs Courtesy- Parag Gopale

Rooms with a View – Loft Villa at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa

Boracay is what nature built for romantic escapes. And the Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa is easily the island’s most luxurious and romantic destination. The peace and solitude here takes your breath away as the clear blue waters from Puka Shell Beach fan out to meet the sky in an endless expanse.

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Presidential Villa ocean view

You have 219 rooms, suits and villas to choose from but our favorite here is the Loft Villa. These two storied villas are perched high on the hillside with stunning views of the azure waters and the sunset at the horizon. This luxury one-bedroom villa features living area downstairs, a bedroom upstairs, pergola, outdoor shower and infinity pool – a perfect recipe for a lovers’ getaway.

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StyleSpotting with Tanishq and Mumbai designer Riddhi Majithia

As part of our series ‘STYLESPOTTING WITH TANISHQ’, our editorial team goes in search of stylish bridal looks with Tanishq to some of the most exciting new bridal designers in the city.

For our latest StyleSpotting feature, we chose Mumbai based designer Riddhi Majithia. Her bridal collection is vibrant and chic featuring a mix of unique colors and interesting details. Here is how we styled two of her creations with some exquisite bridal jewellery from Tanishq.

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Sangeet Elegance
Navy blue sets an elegant tone for this full skirted lehenga ensemble with antique gold embroidery, peach dupatta and lime green choli. We paired it with an exquisite Kundan neckpiece from Tanishq with  teardrop polkis at the base and partaj engraving on the surrounding petals.

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Accessorize it with a chaand bali tikka, a gold studded clutch, smokey dramatic eyes, coral lips and loose soft curls twisted on one side- and we have a bride who knows how to mix elegance with glamour.

Merriful Mehendi
Our favourite hue for brides in all seasons, this embellished lehenga in fuschia is a lovely choice for the Mehendi. Wear it with a V-shape necklace from Tanishq’s bridal collection featuring stunning phool patti engraving in gold with Polki.

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Style your hair as a one-sided messy fishtail braid, go for subtle eye-shadow, dark blue liner and hot pink lipstick and look every bit the dazzling bride all-ready to adorn her hands with Mehendi.

Photographs by- Rahul and Vibhuti (The Lightsmiths)

Holiday Packages at Lakmé Salon

Get ready for your vacation with Lakme Salon’s Pre-Holiday Packages

Lakmé Salon offers three holiday packages, that depend on your travel destination; Beach Bum, Snow Queen and City Glam. Priced between Rs. 1700 and 2500, you can now travel in style without emptying your pockets!

Ditch the socks, and give your toes a makeover for those beach flip flops with a pedicure! Complete the look with bright neon colours and your nails are beach-ready! Beach Bum is for those of you who prefer to soak up the sun, and are off to the beach to escape the dreary winter. The package, with its chocolicious masque is for those of you who like to relax and start the holiday a little earlier.

Prep your skin and hair for the snowy winter dryness with the Snow Queen package. Treat yourself to a Lakmé Gloss Intense Hydrating Ritual that will hydrate and moisturize your skin, giving it a natural glow before you go! Snip away split ends and tangle-prone flyaways that cause painful knots and dry hair! (It will also look super cute in those holiday photos.) There’s also Protein Restore treatment that will nourish hair from root to tip, making it look not just healthier, but shinier too.

Lastly, the City Glam package ideal for those jet setting to another city, comprises of a quick glow masque to enhance your radiant facial features. A glowing face will pair well with the ultra-chic look you have planned for the trendiest clubs and the hottest parties you’ll be attending.

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Available at over 220 Lakmé salons across the country, these packages offer a whopping 15% discount than taking individual services! All you have to do is show your travel/ticket booking to get that pre-holiday pampering. So before you hop onto that flight, pencil in your pre-holiday package appointment at a Lakmé Salon near you!

With WeddingSutra On Location- Astha Priyamvada

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra On Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Monisha Jaising’s store in Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the final of the four-part series, bride-to-be Astha Priyamvada shares her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Monisha Jaising’ Studio.

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“I visit WeddingSutra.com frequently and it is fascinating to read about the experiences of Real Brides, from bridal looks to their wedding planning journey. I got to know about ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ while browsing through the Editor’s Blog, so I wrote in and was pleasantly surprised when I got the invite for the next WeddingSutra on Location at Monisha Jaising’s studio. I have always admired Monisha’s unconventional bridal outfits, and I was quite excited about spending an entire day at her studio.

The studio in Mumbai’s charming Pali Hill precincts is a large and beautiful store, located right in the middle of a quiet residential area. After the initial round of introductions, I spent some time with team WeddingSutra to tell them more about my wedding and personal style, after which we looked through Monisha’s bridal collection. They were patient while I went through the trials, encouraging me to pick something which I love while at the same time guiding me on what might suit me best. After trying some options, we decided on an unconventional light green and gold lace lehenga, with a heavily embroidered choli in a blend of pink, green and antique gold. It was paired with a hot pink net dupatta with intricate polki and lace work.

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After the attire was decided I was introduced to makeup maestro Ojas Rajani. I have always preferred minimalist makeup, and I usually wear eye pencil and lip gloss only, so I left it to her to create a look that would complement the outfit and my skin tone. An hour later I was stunned! I loved the look that Ojas had created – especially the glittery highlight on my eyes.

Azva’s excellent craftsmanship was clearly visible in the heavy choker style necklace that was selected for me. Exquisitely carved kangans and a beautifully crafted maang tikka completed the look.

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The photo shoot was the next adventure. Ever conscious of the camera, posing does not come naturally to me. Aditi was really patient and made me feel at ease. After a couple of shots, I was relaxed and started enjoying myself.

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All in all, the entire experience was like a roller coaster ride- filled with special memories and amazing new experiences. Thank you Team WeddingSutra for putting it together so seamlessly!”

Astha’s look

Astha exudes a soft and subtle beauty, so Ojas decided to give her a a subtle and elegant look to compliment her personality. .Ojas started with the feather-light Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Golden Medium shade to create a base that made her features look more dewy, soft and young. She highlighted her cheekbones with Lakmé Absolute Moon-Lit Highlighter. To defineAstha’s beautiful eyes, Ojas gave a emerald jeweled tone with Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Shadow in Jade Pearl shade and used Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner in Gypsy Green instead of a black eye pencil. She finished by sculpting her eyebrows to give a 3D effect. Ojas kept her lips muted with one coat of Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in Pink Pout. Finally Astha’s hair was styled with middle parting, soft waves and extensions to complete the look.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look.

*Location and Date – to be decided, City – Mumbai

Astha@WeddingSutra On Location
Outfit– Monisha Jaising
Jewellery– Azva (available at Gehna Jewellers, Bandra)
Makeup & Hair– Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management– Anshu Kalwani & Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by– Photosynthesis by Aditi

WeddingSutra hosts special preview of Zoya’s new Rajputana Collection

WeddingSutra hosted another ‘Bridal Beginnings’ event in association with Zoya, for brides-to-be to celebrate the launch of Zoya’s most exquisite and grand collection of the year- Jewels of the Rajputana.

Celebrating the most royal of cultures, Zoya’s Rajputana collection pays tribute to the magnificent legacy of the Rajputs. Camels, kotah painters, the golden desert, swirling skirts, mirror work, colorful turbans, intricate leather work and the culture’s noble and courageous history, have all have served as muses to design Zoya’s latest majestic collection, crafted with the finest polki in unique settings, exquisite handcrafted enameling & also embellished with precious stones.

The brides-to-be had an enjoyable evening as they got the opportunity to get hair makeovers by the Lakme Absolute Salon team, after which they spent time admiring each and every piece from Zoya’s latest collection. At this intimate evening, the special guests exchanged notes on wedding preps and shared recommendations on makeup artists and hot-spots for bridal buys, candid photographers, new venues for destination weddings and more. And while Jewelry was the highlight of the event, brides-to-be were also treated to a delectable high tea spread and presented with bridal makeover vouchers exclusively designed for them by Lakme Absolute Salon.

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Photos Courtesy- Suvriti Gupta (Nimitham Wedding Photography)

India’s Wedding Industry- 10 Women Entrepreneurs Speak (Part 2)

Our earlier post 10 Women Entrepreneurs got us many emails from entrepreneurs, as well as young women fascinated with the world of weddings. A 23 year old pursuing her MBA in Delhi wrote: “Till now I was only thinking of how to prepare myself for a career in wedding planning but thanks to your post I realized there are a host of other opportunities in the wedding industry.” In our earlier post we had mentioned, beyond wedding planning and management, the wedding industry attracts many creative and talented professionals of all ages and from all cities. Take for example the increasing number of women wedding photographers in India. Kanupriya Sindhu, Head of Products at Canvera, an online photography company says: “Over the years, we have seen a change in what people expect out of wedding photographs. From the more staged-looking group photos of yesteryear the focus has shifted to more candid-looking shots that bring out the emotions and essence of a wedding. Women photographers appear to be a natural fit in the new scheme of things, bringing a more connected and personal perspective to the table. Also, during some moments like when she is getting ready in the room, many brides feel more comfortable with a woman behind the lens. The data we have bears this out. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of women photographers in the business today, as compared to, say, five years ago.”

In our second feature here, we again speak to ten creative entrepreneurs to know more about how they started and their work around weddings.

Aayushi Sachdeva and Kanishka Sonthalia, Wedding Photographers (The Wedding Salad), Mumbai

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The Wedding Salad was founded in December 2012 after we photographed a close friend’s wedding as a gift to her. Everyone really appreciated the photos and requests started pouring in; we then decided to team-up and pursue wedding photography professionally.
What we love most about our job
Doing something you love, is really the best part of any job. What drove us to cover weddings is that each wedding is a whole different ballgame, with each experience being so different from the other. It challenges us to approach each wedding with a fresh perspective and constantly try to bring something new to the palette.
The busiest work months
November to February, when most weddings take place.
The toughest and the best part of working from home
When you’re working from home, you have the liberty to work the way you want to. At the same time, considering the fact that we have such erratic work timings, when not on a shoot, it sometimes becomes difficult to maintain a work-life balance.

Shruti SharmaMakeup Artist (Makeup When You Wake Up), New Delhi

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I always dreamt of a career as a Makeup Artist. My near and dear ones advised me to pursue it as a hobby only, and continue with my stable career in a PR (Public Relations) agency. But then, I just knew I would take the plunge someday. I started doing makeup for my friends and slowly started getting paid for it.
What I love most about my job
Creating a very individual and unique look for each bride is what I find exciting! It is a physically laborious job and by end of the day I am exhausted, but it is extremely satisfying to create a look that a bride is pleased with and also I feel happy to be have played my part in the most important day of a bride’s life!
The busiest work months

Weddings in the North are an all-year affair but November to March is the busiest period.
The toughest and the best part of working from home
The best part is that you save precious time by not commuting. Having my own set-up enables me to meet with more clients at my home office. The tough part is switching to home mode as working from home is pretty much a 24/7 job.

Sowmya Raghavan, Wedding Decor Designer (3Productions), Bangalore


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Becoming a wedding planner/ decor designer was never my plan. I went from a degree in physical therapy to organizing concerts and music festivals and finally to wedding planning. I fell in love with all the organizing, chaos and adrenaline behind weddings and I am grateful to the industry that has taught me so much.
What I love most about my job
The creative outburst with weddings is endless. This combined with an ability to gain my client’s trust gives me all the creative space I need. My job has given me an in-depth knowledge on decor, set ups, production and all the technicalities behind it. I love looking at a space and lay-outing it with the perfect mathematics and transforming it with elements that makes the event an experience. There is a great requirement of people with technical knowledge for execution. For this, one needs to have a sense of design, math, and a certain degree of an engineer’s brain. To add to this, I also love the process of selling, negotiation and strategic marketing.
The busiest work months
I am usually busy through the year. But March, October and July are less busy months.

Bunty Mahajan (Deliciae Patisserie), Mumbai

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Baking interested me ever since I was a child. After I got married and moved to Mumbai, I started making my kids birthday cakes in different characters. I then started supplying to Clubs and started doing birthday and other cakes for friends and family under the name ‘Gold Crust’. I completed many courses at Le Cordon Bleu and in Paris, London, Singapore and New York as well. Deliciae Patisserie was formally incorporated in 2004 when Arjun Bajaj of ‘Out of the Blue’ approached us to set up a dessert cafe. I have improvised ever since and entered many of the different patisserie segments. Today, we specialize in customized cakes and wedding cakes.
What I love most about my job
From the very beginning, I have been passionate about baking. I do not look at is a job. However, what I love most is the room for creativity, both in terms of taste and design.
The busiest work months
We are busy throughout the year since birthdays are not seasonal, and we do a lot of customized birthday cakes. That said, the month before Diwali is very busy with corporate gifting. Also, November to February is busiest due to wedding cakes and wedding gifting.
Wedding and festive exhibitions I have participated in
Araaish Wedding Trousseau 2013, Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) 2013 and Araaish 2014.

Srishti and Kavita Kapur (Floral Art), Mumbai

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My mother Kavita Kapur has more than 20 years experience in the field of Ikebana (Japanese Art of Floral Arrangements). In 2002 she started Floral Art and it has now grown into a beautiful venture which caters to large-scale custom designed floral décors and gift packaging. I studied Graphic Designing from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, but developed more interest in my mother’s business, so I joined her after completing 5 degrees under Sogetsu School of Ikebana (The Modern school of Ikebana).
What we love most about our job
We both enjoy the experience of multi-tasking- marketing, production and interacting with different clients in India and abroad.
The busiest work months
It starts with the festivals in August- Raksha Bandhan, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Christmas, and is busy until the wedding season in February.
The toughest and the best part of working from home
To follow a proper schedule can be a challenge, but the best part is that we are more relaxed and within our comfort zone. And its easier to manage both home and work.
Wedding and festive exhibitions we have participated in
Araaish, Crescent Moon, Divalicious in Mumbai & Dubai, Times Glitter and many more

Parnika Jain, Fashion Designer (House of Marlyn), Jaipur

Parnika_LRHow I started
As soon as I graduated from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi in 2012, I had a vision for my own label, but I needed to get a few essential things in order. I started with a small workshop close by my house and started experimenting with fabrics and embroideries. Soon, I started getting orders, and then I got the chance to stock on ASOS.com, one of UK’s largest fashion retailers, and everything started falling in place. Since then, I have grown and kept increasing my team.
What I love most about my job
I have always been a creative child and I love getting my thoughts on paper in any form of art, mainly through sketching and doodling. 
The busiest work months
October, November and December are the busiest.
The toughest and the best part of working from home
The best part of working from home is that you’re working from a comfortable environment. Also, my work doesn’t need to stop; for e.g. if I get a great idea for a design at 12 AM, I can quickly rush to the studio and render sketches! The toughest would be when you have a lot of work pending and at the same time family commitments. It can get distracting, but you need to know how and when to prioritize.
Wedding and festive exhibitions I have participated in
In November I participated in ‘The Pink Post-It’ in Chandigarh; the response was encouraging.

Reshma Morani, Jewellery Designer (ZEMA Jewels), Mumbai

Reshma Morani 2_LRHow I started
After completing my jewellery designing degree in Mumbai, I started out with at-home exhibitions for which I’d invite relatives and friends. The response was so good that it motivated me to pursue my passion further. I went on to do a post-graduate diploma from GIA, New York and from then on there was no looking back. I currently own a bespoke boutique where the focus is on personal interaction. I spend a lot of time with each bride, understand her requirements, and ensure that her vision of wedding jewellery comes to life through my designs. We also design jewellery for the mother/sister of the bride, as their daughter/ sister’s wedding is such an important event in their lives too.
The busiest work months
June to January are the busiest months in terms of designing and delivering jewellery for weddings.
The toughest and the best part of working from home
The best part of having a studio close to home is that you are just a call away and always accessible. The tough part- there is no distinction personal and work time.

Wedding and festive exhibitions I have participated in
I have participated in many festive and wedding exhibitions like Times Glitter, Times Glamour in Mumbai and shows in Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta. However, now I prefer doing private shows in different cities as it allows me one-on-one time with clients and potential clients.

Bianca Louzado, Makeup Artist, Mumbai

Bianca L_LRHow I started
With a double major in Chemistry and Food technology, I thought I would pursue a career as a dietician in the Health and Wellness industry. Being very inclined to fashion I entered the world of modelling which soon led me to become a VJ at channel [V]. Wanting to see more of the world, I joined an international carrier as a flight attendant, but all along I felt something missing. Through my teen and college years, I had a passion for one thing- ‘Make-up’ and it was my late father who encouraged me to pursue this dream and learn the art. A couple of professional courses later, I set up ‘Bianca Louzado – Creative Make-up and Hair Design’ in the year 2010.
What I love most about my job
Destination weddings I have to say! Where I can continue my love for travel to luxurious places like Macau, Paris, Dubai and Thailand. I enjoy interacting with people from different places, and I’m even happier when my clients become my friends for life. Also, the satisfaction of seeing my bride happy after a visible transformation is unparalleled to anything else and gives me a sound sleep.
The busiest work months
Its from October to May. However, in the other months we are busy with our other portfolios viz. TV Commercials, Editorials and Feature Films.
The best part of working from home
The best part is that my business involves two things- my phone and 24 X 7 internet both of which I can access from the comfort of my home, so I can easily alter my schedule and spend time with family.

Ritu Seksaria, Fashion Designer, Mumbai

Ritu Seksaria_LRHow I started
I never wanted to be a designer, I designed clothes only for myself and friends started appreciating my work. Then I started designing clothes for others and there was no looking back. Now designing has become the most integral part of my life.
What I love most about my job
Making a wedding outfit is like creating a memory for life. Being a part of the most memorable day of the bride’s life is the best part about my job.
The busiest work months
The fashion industry is very demanding, you can never rest for more than a few days as you are creating new designs or delivering orders for the next season. However, the months June and July are a little relaxed.
Wedding and festive exhibitions I have participated in
Araaish Dubai, Bridal Asia, Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) Mumbai and Parampara Kolkata. Besides these I have held independent previews of my new collection, and organised in-store events with different designers, stylists and makeup artists.

Noopur Badkar and Anisha Elavia, Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Organizers (Final Fling), Mumbai

Final_Fling_019_LRHow we started
Final Fling is the result of a common passion two childhood friends shared – Noopur Badkar, a finance graduate from Kingston University, London & an Anti-Consumer fraud expert and Anisha Elavia, a PR executive with a post graduate degree in Journalism from NDTV. Both left their corporate jobs to pursue a dream – to create fun experiences for people. It all begun at Noopur’s wedding, when Anisha with some besties planned an evening of fun for Noopur before she tied the knot. “After lots of planning and options the big evening arrived. And even though we had a fantastic evening, which we aren’t going to forget in a long long time, we just wished someone could have planned it for us. And this brought to set-up ‘Final Fling’ which specialises in pre-wedding events.
What we love most about our job
Final Fling allows us to not only plan out fun events but also to do something unique and stylish. It allows us to bring our creative side to the fore and there is a strong sense of fulfilment when we see our clients enjoy their single-hood ‘Final Fling’ style, before they tie the knot.
The busiest work months
Final Fling is a new start up and is still in the nascent phase. We are yet to explore all months around the year, but it will certainly be the pre wedding season i.e from September to March. But to have a fantastic pre-wedding bash one does not have to wait till just before their wedding.
The toughest and the best part of working from home
Both of us being foodies, the toughest part of working from home is our never dying need to indulge and experiment with our meals. Coffee breaks become longer and every little achievement is a point of celebration. On the other end, we both believe that we give our best at work when we are ourselves, and as a new start-up what better place to be ourselves than in the comfort and security of our own homes.

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