WEDDING PLANNERS It may still be more likely for us to see a wedding planner in the movies than on the mandap in India, but for those who can afford it, a planner may be just the calm voice needed to handle the emergencies and ruffled emotions that are the masala for a great Indian wedding.
Nikhil Bhide – The Wedding Planner Wedding consultants and planners, their services include arranging destination weddings in exotic locales of India such as royal palaces, wildlife sanctuaries, adventure destinations and pristine beaches. They take care of all aspects of your wedding arrangements and work within your earmarked budget to deliver a perfect cost effective wedding. They also help plan honeymoons all over the world and will take care of everything including flights and hotels booking. B-109, Saideep 1, Sindhi Society, Chembur (98207-45404, www.nikhilbhidetheweddingplanner.com)
Knot Forever KnotForever is a Mumbai-based wedding management company, established in 2003 to meet the growing demand for professionally managed weddings. Besides organising the Sangeet, Cocktail and Wedding ceremonies at different venues, their services involve personally
welcoming guests at the airport, arranging hotel transfers, organising guided and chauffeured tours within Mumbai, fashioning a ‘doli’ (palanquin) from flowers which was used to seat the bride in the traditional ‘bidai’ ceremony after the wedding and designing a special information book to the best of restaurants, shopping, nightlife and sight seeing in Mumbai for the benefit of the outstation guests. Post-wedding organisation includes working closely with the selected travel agent for guests who are traveling onwards throughout the country. 303 Panju Mahal, Bandstand, Bandra (W) (98202-33012, www.knotforever.com)
Marry Me-The Wedding Planners To ensure a stress free big day, Marry Me’s Wedding Planning Services range from creating a budget, wedding checklist, providing ideas, helping choose the right wedding vendors, and much more. They also assist with complete trousseau planning, shopping and packing. They take care of travel and hotel bookings, and specially designed tours for guests covering sightseeing, personal shopping and nightlife in and around the city. 5AA Pali Hill, Near Learners Academy, Bandra (W) (65248821, www. marrymeweddings.in)
Be image conscious The camera’s digital, so why shouldn’t the album be too? Putting your wedding photos and videos online means that you’ll be spared from having to politely smile as your third cousin watches footage of him ogling the “third cousin from the girl’s side”. It will also allow more guests to view the images at their convenience and even save copies for themselves without pestering you for prints. While photo-hosting sites like Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa and Shutterfly offer basic caption-and-upload features, specialised wedding sites fall into two categories: free and paid. The free ones obviously offer fewer features, perhaps a limited bandwidth that allows for only low-resolution pictures, a limited hosting time and limited options to interact with your guests. Our tip: Upload the video on to YouTube and create a Gmail account with the couple’s name as the username, fill the inbox with wedding pictures and email your friends the password. All comments go into the reply sections and, with over 7,000 MB of storage on Gmail, the pictures have a home for ever.
18 The Wedding Planner April - May 2010