back to your roots when you plan a wedding' states Gurlein Manchanda,
who's best known for organising Tanya Godrej's splendid wedding.
From resplendently elaborate receptions to
intimate, fun-filled and nostalgic ceremonies, Gurlein Manchanda
organises them all. Some of her clients include the Godrejs, Singhanias,
Hindujas, Poddars and the Mittals. The ace wedding manager talks
about wedding styles and advises to-be-weds to adopt a common sense
approach to wedding planning.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
A wedding is the most important event in a couple's life. A true
style wedding means creating a personal environment to share with
the people whom the family is close to and also making every single
guest as welcome and comfortable as possible. For us, a wedding
is an occasion where the bride and groom want to exhibit their individuality
by creating a fantasy that captures their imagination and work with
them to make that day the most memorable in their lives.
We attempt to create a couple's signature wedding that is uniquely
theirs to fit their personality, taste and style. And the challenges
lies in ensuring that a consistent style is woven through every
aspect of the wedding- invitations, the actual ceremony, attire,
flowers, décor, table top design, reception formats and menus, music,
cakes, thank you notes, photographers and gifts.
believe that a good wedding does not have to be expensive; it has
to be different. The warehouse of our décor is in our mind and that's
why each of my clients gets something different and exciting on
every single occasion. 'Naturals' are my favourite theme. I always
try to work with bamboos, canes and tropical flowers all of which
transform any wedding venue into a beautiful natural garden. I also
pay very special emphasis to lighting. In my opinion, the key to
use lighting is to use it as a décor rather than use it to light
GO BACK TO YOU ROOTS
When to-be-weds plan their wedding, I always tell them to 'go back
to roots'. The most beautiful artefacts can be found in India. We
often get awed by glittering new halls, five-star venues and sprawling
grounds. And we often forget the old as gold venues. The settings
of old homes, the serene atmosphere of temples and churches, the
fabulous food at a gurdwara langar. all make for fantastic wedding
venues. And with very little effort you can create magic.
don't need to hire decorators alone to jazz up your wedding venues.
Instead, tap the creative skills and talents of the ladies in your
family. Request your grandparents, grand uncles and grand aunts
to lend you their antique furniture, old artifacts and rich fabrics.
You could use them to create wonders. When you travel to the interiors
of India, look out for pillars, ganpatis, bells and fabrics. They
could all come handy when you plan a wedding.
My favourite wedding venues in India include-
Old Portuguese homes in Go a
in Panvel, Khandala, Mehrauli and Gurgaon
U.S. Club at Colaba, Bombay
Club in Mahalaxmi, Bombay
beautiful old, abandoned temples in the South