The Wed­ding Plan­ner

Gone are the days when cou­ples posed for pic­tures, when trum­pets crooned as back­ground mu­sic in wed­ding videos and when the groom en­tered the shamiyana on a horse! SIM­PLY MUM­BAI tells you what’s in vogue in the wed­ding cir­cuit.


SIM­PLY MUM­BAI tells you what’s in vogue in the city’s wed­ding cir­cut.

Wed­dings have un­der­gone a com­plete over­haul with new themes, vin­tage cars, royal des­ti­na­tions and per­son­alised me­men­tos that peo­ple can take home!

In the theme of things

Wed­ding plan­ners are flooded with re­quests to jazz up and per­son­alise wed­dings based on the cou­ple’s pref­er­ences in pop cul­ture. Whether it is movies, colours or even out-of-the-box art­work, the bride and the groom are not afraid to ex­per­i­ment. White as snow: White is the cur­rent favourite for pre-wed­ding func­tions. The clean, gleam­ing white dé­cor is per­fect to make a sim­ple yet op­u­lent state­ment. Ask your guests to dress ac­cord­ing to the theme and opt for a ubiq­ui­tous sil­ver or gold em­bel­lish­ment to ac­com­pany the am­bi­ence. It pre­pares the guests for other vi­brant and colour­ful func­tions that will fol­low. Ar­tism: Up your hip­ster cred by choos­ing an art theme for your dé­cor, which can in­clude life-size flower in­stal­la­tions, 10-feet tall glass vases and what have you. Th­ese el­e­ments not only make for fun photo ops, but add a dash of wow into any func­tion.

“I have done a wed­ding where I have made a grid en­tirely of rib­bons,” says Aditya Karandikar of the renowned Red Box Pro­duc­tions, a Mum­bai-based or­gan­i­sa­tion of wed­ding con­sul­tants, which pro­vides per­son­alised endto-end wed­ding so­lu­tions. The Great Gatsby: Get on a time

Whether it is movie- based themes, quirky colours, or even out- of- the- box art­work, the bride and the groom are not afraid to ex­per­i­ment

ma­chine and let your hair down in flam­boy­ant par­ties like they did in 1920s Amer­ica. “This is el­e­gant, classy and can also in­clude a lot of fun el­e­ments,” says Candice Pereira of Marry Me Wed­dings, a com­pany that fo­cuses on one wed­ding at a time. Vin­tage props like can­de­labras, pearls, crys­tals, lush blooms, se­quin and rich bro­cade fab­rics and tas­sels are must-haves for this theme. “The photo op can in­clude a theme-based dress code that should in­clude pearls, feather

head­bands, bows, sus­penders and top hats!” Pereira ad­vises. Ma­haraja Magic: Royal fam­i­lies are known for their grand wed­dings. Ex­cept now, you too can cre­ate the royal am­bi­ence with the help of wed­ding or­gan­is­ers. If you want to go be­yond the reg­u­lar el­e­ments like em­bel­lished royal chha­tris and Ra­jasthani styled dé­cor, com­pa­nies like Red Box Pro­duc­tions can help you get a de­signer or an artist to de­sign a sig­na­ture wed­ding theme. Py­jama Party: Af­ter par­ties make

Af­ter par­ties make for a per­fect break if you are tired of heavy lehen­gas and gaudy jew­ellery. Most wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions to­day are fol­lowed by a con­tin­u­a­tion party for the younger in­vi­tees.

for a per­fect break if you are tired of heavy lehen­gas and gaudy jew­ellery. Most wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions to­day are fol­lowed by a con­tin­u­a­tion party for the younger in­vi­tees. Pereira of Marry Me Wed­dings says that a fun op­tion for th­ese af­fairs is the good old py­jama party. It’s com­fort­able, care­free and an in­ter­est­ing con­trast to the rest of the func­tions.

Pic­ture Per­fect

The D-day snaps: “There are essen­tially two kinds of re­quests from cou­ples for photographs: one is the ex­tremely dra­matic larger-than-life va­ri­ety and the other is the can­did va­ri­ety,” says Joseph Rad­hik, a sought-af­ter wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher who has shot wed­dings across the world. The for­mer is the tra­di­tional kind, which you have seen in ev­ery wed­ding al­bum. The lat­ter, how­ever, is the cur­rent rage. Rad­hik claims the pho­tog­ra­phers are in­vited to

For cou­ple shoots, the lat­est trend is to do a pho­to­shoot a few days be­fore and/or af­ter the wed­ding. Make sure you get plenty of sleep and trust your pho­tog­ra­pher to know the right an­gles.

the wed­ding and told to blend in with the crowd to cap­ture peo­ple and their moods with­out them know­ing. “It is like hav­ing a friend at the cer­e­mony with a pro­fes­sional cam­era,” he says. Be­fore and af­ter: For cou­ple shots, the lat­est trend is to do a pho­to­shoot a few days be­fore and/or af­ter the wed­ding. For th­ese shoots, make sure you get enough sleep and trust your pho­tog­ra­pher, since he knows your an­gles the best. The ideal time for a shoot like this in Mum­bai is early morn­ing and at sun­set. The pho­tog­ra­phers be­lieve this is when the roads are empty and the city looks best. “I pre­fer to take shots of the cou­ple in min­i­mal make up, with hardly any poses. I try to cap­ture them just do­ing their thing; maybe just go­ing for a walk on Ma­rine Drive,” says Rad­hik. Reel life: Wed­ding video styles have also changed in sev­eral ways. In­stead of pre-recorded shehnai tunes as the back­ground score, you can now get the lat­est Bol­ly­wood tracks de­pend­ing on your per­son­al­ity and pref­er­ence. You can have a pre-recorded video di­ary, black and white slow-mo shots of the bride get­ting her makeup done, or a can­did film of evey­rone danc­ing at the wed­ding. From arty tight shots of mehndi on the bride’s hands to out of fo­cus shots of the cou­ple in a lov­ing em­brace, pho­tos can come to­gether beau­ti­fully if you hire com­pa­nies like The Wed­ding Filmer, set up last year by a group of 20some­things, which are mix­ing the con­tem­po­rary and the tra­di­tional to make videos that fit the clients’ story, back­ground and kinks.

Style file

Colour crazy: While most brides are still lean­ing to­wards red as their main choice for the big day, out­fits for other func­tions are un­der­go­ing a se­ri­ous rev­o­lu­tion. “I can now call ‘un­con­ven­tional’ a trend in bri­dal wear,” says ace

If you want to get the tra­di­tional look, get a spin on it by wear­ing a half-length lehenga com­bined with a ful­l­length lehenga in­side. Go fash­ion for­ward at your wed­ding!

fash­ion de­signer Payal Sing­hal, who, with stu­dios and bou­tiques in Mum­bai and New York, has dressed the likes of Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Aish­warya Rai. For the sangeet cer­e­mony, cock­tail and re­cep­tion, don’t shy away from colours like pur­ple, coral, pea­cock blue, pas­tels, me­tal­lic or ivory with some ac­cents. Sil­hou­ette sagas: Go fash­ion for­ward at your wed­ding by adopt­ing dif­fer­ent styles and sil­hou­ettes. Even if you want to go with a tra­di­tional look, get a spin on it by wear­ing a halflength lehenga with a full-length lehenga in­side. “The lehenga- sari is another huge trend. While a sari makes you look ma­ture, a lehen­gasari is trendy and adds a young touch,” says Sing­hal. Gown town: “Peo­ple have started in­clud­ing gowns in their wardrobe for cock­tails and desti­na­tion wed­dings,” Sing­hal says. A sim­ple lehenga-choli out­fit could be fused to­gether to make a stun­ning gown and can be heav­ily em­bel­lished with em­broi­dery to keep it tra­di­tional. Lo­cal favourites: You can rarely go wrong with a 5-star ho­tel. The pop­u­lar picks for wed­ding sea­son in

Ev­ery­thing in place

the city are the Taj in Co­laba, The Hy­att in Vakola and if you are look­ing at a smaller guest list then go for The Taj Vi­vanta in Fort. If you are slightly more ac­com­mo­dat­ing and are invit­ing over 2,000 peo­ple, choose open grounds like Turf Club or CCI. But if you want to go truly tra­di­tional, the plan­ners at Red Box Pro­duc­tions even or­gan­ise wed­dings at Iskon Tem­ple. Off-beat lo­cales: Wed­ding in Mum­bai are no longers ob­vi­ous. They are get­ting more off-beat and in­ti­mate. “We have had some beau­ti­ful wed­dings planned at old colo­nial bun­ga­lows,” says Pereira of Marry Me Wed­dings. In case your bud­get does not al­low you an elab­o­rate beach wed­ding in Goa, Pereira can get you a pri­vate villa with a pa­tio over­look­ing the sea to give you a sim­i­lar serene am­bi­ence, mi­nus the smell of dried fish.

Desti­na­tion dilem­mas

Typ­i­cally yours: Re­cently, bother of Bhavesh Chel­lani, founder of Monks Me­dia Works, got mar­ried in Goa in an ex­ten­sive three-day af­fair. The func­tions in­cluded a beach party, a rain dance event and unique hos­pi­tal­ity el­e­ments for guests such as mas­sage lounges. “A desti­na­tion wed­ding should have a slice of the cul­ture of the area. Peo­ple want the at­mos­phere,” says Chel­lani. For Goa, mu­sic by lo­cal bands, fenny bars and sou­venirs like a shell neck­lace for each guest is typ­i­cal and fun. Coun­try cor­ners: “In In­dia, the most sought af­ter des­ti­na­tions are Goa and Ra­jasthan. Both work in dif­fer­ent price points and also ap­peal to clients based on what they are look­ing for—a fun beach wed­ding or an el­e­gant, palace or fort wed­ding,” says Pereira. You could also ask Pereira to or­gan­ise a wed­ding at a spot that is in­creas­ingly gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity: the Falaku­nama Palace in Hy­der­abad. She can set up a re­cep­tion din­ner on a 100-seater ta­ble and can en­sure all the guests are treated like roy­alty. Fly away: “Thai­land and Mau­ri­tius are still pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions for wed­dings,” says Neha Goyal of Marigold Events, a web­site that pro­vides lat­est trends, scoops

“In In­dia, the most sough-af­ter des­ti­na­tions are Goa and Ra­jasthan. Both work in dif­fer­ent price points and also ap­peal to clients based on what they are look­ing for.

on celebrity wed­dings and cou­ple pro­files to in­spire those plan­ning their wed­dings. Koh Sa­mui in Thai­land, Dubai and Italy are also favourites. “I once shot a wed­ding in which 15 peo­ple were on a cruise, and the wed­ding cer­e­mony was con­ducted once the ship reached San­torini in Greece,” says pho­tog­ra­pher Rad­hik. Desti­na­tion wed­dings can be dif­fi­cult to ar­range by one­self, so do call up a wed­ding plan­ner to help you with the lo­gis­tics.

En­try point

Quit horsing around: The trend th­ese days is to re­place the ghodi with a swanky vin­tage car. Cruise into your wed­ding in style as your baraat fol­lows in a Buick. “Cars from be­fore the 1940’s are very pop­u­lar and most clients have an affin­ity to con­vert­ibles,” says Ab­hishek Singh of Vin­tage Hires. Prices are ne­go­tiable based on the car, the lo­ca­tion and avail­abil­ity.


Brides th­ese days are un­con­ven­tional. They are not afraid to ex­per­i­ment with their D-day out­fits.



Can­did photography, off- beat lo­cales and quirky des­ti­na­tions and venues are rage of the sea­son.


“The ideal times for a shoot in Mum­bai is early morn­ing and sun­sets. The roads are empty and the city looks its best,” says pho­tog­ra­pher Joseph Rad­hik.

A gown can still be kept tra­di­tional by fus­ing it with a choli. Or it can be heav­ily em­bel­lished with em­broi­dery.


An emerg­ing trend in wed­dings is re­plac­ing the ghodi with a swanky car.


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