The most successful Wedding Planners in India, are those who understand the mind of the Big Daddy. And who have ample experience in organising Big Business conferences and events. Parthip Thyagarajan of WeddingSutra.com wrote this article for Times of India Crest
Mumbai’s la-di-dah circles still talk about the dream wedding Parmeshwar Godrej organised for her eldest child Tanya Godrej Dubash, over a decade ago. Parmeshwar, for the circle was the superwoman- super stylish and talented, highly enterprising and ambitious, and a supermom who organised an affair that oozed style and elegance. Today, supermoms don’t receive credit for hosting the Great Indian Wedding. Quite often it’s an event management agency and the super successful Dads who bask in the glory. Not surprisingly, agencies who have experience in organising large business and trade conferences are leaders in the wedding management space. They may not understand the mind of the mom, but they sure know what the bride’s daddy wants. The teams work round-the-clock over several months, to organise for him a world conference scale event, so his VIP guests experience magic in a fairy tale setting.
How can any article on the Great Indian Wedding be complete, without a reference to UK based Lakshmi Mittal who showcased the Great Indian Wedding to everyone around the globe. For his daughter Vanisha’s marriage to Amit Bhatia over 1,000 guests from all over the world were invited with 20-page-thick silver-cased invitation cards. Events over five days were staged in some of France’s most famous settings.
Many celebrities including Raveena Tandon have got married at one of the Palace Hotels in Rajasthan, but the celebration hosted by US Hotelier Sant Chatwal for his son Vikram’s marriage to Delhi businesswoman Priya Sachdev was most talked about. Chatwal and Delhi-based Wedding Planner Vandana Mohan gave hundreds of guests, a never-before wedding experience spread across three cities.
South Mumbai businessman Vinod Nayar was suddenly in the limelight, when news of his son Arun Nayar’s marriage to Liz Hurley was finalised. After the much-hyped wedding in Jodhpur, Nayar was scheduled to host a post-wedding party for the who’s who in Mumbai, but word went around about the huge misunderstanding between Nayar senior and junior in Jodhpur because of which the much-awaited party in Mumbai was cancelled.
‘Bawa Villa’ a home in Khandala received national media coverage all because Shilpa Shetty got married there. The villa owner, Hotelier GS Bawa, was not distantly related to Shilpa Shetty, but Shilpa was like a ‘daughter’ to him. Bawa’s daughter Kiran Bawa was soon recognised as the ‘best wedding planner’ who in typical desi style didn’t manage a wedding as a profession, but as a gift for someone she and her family loves.
When Swatee Jayaswal’s wedding was fixed with Bangalore’s Lalit Tayal, Nagpur business magnate Manoj Jayaswal hired Ahmedabad-based Red Events which specialises in international destination weddings to organise for approximately 700 guests, a luxury wedding experience at the Grande Laguna and the Banyan Tree in Phuket. All the Jayaswal family members glittered in the most expensive, ornate and colourful lehengas and sherwanis—the picture perfect photographs showed that the Big Indian Family can afford to host a Big Fat Wedding anywhere in the world.
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This month, Mumbai’s super-rich will be in Phuket for the wedding celebrations of Divya Dhadda and Abhinav Daga at the JW Marriott.
Since Phuket’s luxury resorts are attracting high profile Indian weddings, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is making special attempts to get more Indian weddings there. The grandest wedding to be held there was at the Banyan Tree Phuket, the most upmarket of Laguna Phuket’s resorts. Nagpur industrialist Manoj Jayaswal hosted the most “wow” wedding for his daughter Swatee’s marriage to Lalit Tayal. Over 700 guests flew in to Phuket to experience a fairy tale wedding fiesta with live performances by Roopkumar and Sonali Rathod, Sayali Bhagat, Shveta Salve among others.
While Indian industrialists host the glittery, super-grand affairs to present a ‘Desi Traditions’ meets ‘Thai Style Entertainment’, many Sindhi and NRI families host intimate dos, where the bride and groom exchange vows on the pristine white beaches in the presence of hundred to three hundred guests. According to Wedding Planner Divya Chadha, who runs the company AKA: A Klass Apart, hosting an intimate wedding at Thailand can be more economical than hosting a wedding at a five-star hotel in India. She says: “At most times of the year, Thailand is around 30% cheaper in terms of room rentals and banqueting rates. There, one gets much more value for money spent since they have an exotic range of flora which would cost double in India. There are excellent musicians, performers and entertainers too, to suit different budgets.”
Last month, Mumbai designer Kiran Gidwani married Mauritius businessman Anup Tolaram at the newly opened JW Marriott, Khao Lak Resort near Phuket. This was followed by a White Wedding at a Chapel at the Laguna in Phuket. Thanks to the Sindhi diaspora— Phukets resorts are now better equipped to host Indian weddings and a host of artists specialise in servicing the demands of Indian weddings. Says Jakarta based Samara Melwani who got married at the JW Marriott, Phuket last year. “Besides Marriott I checked three other properties in Phuket—the Sheraton, Le Meridien and Indigo Pearl. I liked all of them, but the Marriott had already hosted many Indian weddings—so I was confident their Wedding Planners could do a great job with planning my Wedding, which they ultimately did.”!
Nagpur’s Swatee Jayaswal wedding was the most expensive be held in Phuket
Samara Melwani’s wedding at the JW Marriott– a Foam Party and the Traditional Festivities
Kiran Gidwani’s wedding at Khao Lak Resort and the Chapel at the Laguna
Dec 13, 2009 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Dr Pritam Munde’s wedding was a traffic-stopping affair. Jesse Randhawa and Sandip Soparrkar’s simple wedding at ISCKON Temple, Juhu. Nagpur’s Jayaswal family hosts a lavish wedding in Thailand, post wedding receptions to be held in Delhi and Mumbai.
Dr Pritam’s (BJP politician Gopinath Munde’s second daughter) wedding was a traffic-stopping affair. As over a thousand VVIP’s headed towards the SSPMS grounds in Pune, traffic came to a stand-still in the area. Thousands of other guests attended this Royal Maratha wedding, managed by Wizcraft. There was a show of special crackers from Belgium and while disciples of Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan performed. The catering was done by Sanjay Vazirani of Foodlink, who recently catered for Shilpa Shetty’s wedding in Khandala.
Jesse Randhawa and Sandip Soparkar’s simple wedding was held at ISCKON Temple, Juhu. Jesse looked pretty in a beige and brown princess style lehenga by AD Singh. She teamed it with traditional gold jewellery. Sandip wore a sherwani by Deepak Shah.
Swatee Jayaswal is the daughter of Nagpur based business tycoon Manoj Jayaswal. Her wedding in Thailand was an opulent and ostentatious affair. Swatee’s makeup for all the functions was done by makeup maestro Ojas Rajani who tells us more: “Swatee called me to do her makeup for all the functions – the engagement in Nagpur, the wedding and pre-wedding parties in Thailand and I’ll also be doing the make-up for the post-wedding reception in Delhi and Mumbai. Ojas tells us that Swatee’s dream wedding wear was designed by three different Delhi-based designers- Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor, Tarun Tahiliani and Ecru by Ankur Batra. Ojas will share the pictures with us soon. Watch this space for more!