The Wed­ding Plan­ner

GET­TING MAR­RIED? SIM­PLY HY­DER­ABAD SUG­GESTS WAYS TO PLAN THE PER­FECT WED­DING

India Today - - SIMPLY HYDERABAD INSIDE - BY MONA RAMAVAT

Get­ting mar­ried? SIM­PLY HY­DER­ABAD sug­gests ways to plan the per­fect wed­ding

From re­cep­tion pedestals that ro­tate to wed­ding mo­ments that over­whelm. From per­fect skin care to per­fect­ing dance moves, a check­list of things to do be­fore your D-day.

Mak­ing mem­o­ries

Gone are the days when brides and grooms stood in those clas­sic poses for clichéd wed­ding al­bums. Cou­ples th­ese days find can­did wed­ding photography, which of­fers much scope for cre­ativ­ity. Ravi Stu­dios of pho­tog­ra­pher D Ravin­der Reddy and Vil­lart Stu­dio are known for their imag­i­na­tive ideas. And those who love can­did photographs go to Thiru­ven­galam Reddy or Thiru of The Can­did Pic­tures, who opened shop in Hy­der­abad as an ex­ten­sion of his as­so­ci­a­tion with As­pect Pro­fes­sion­als at Ban­ga­lore, about three years ago. He is known to do off­beat shoots, cap­tur­ing nat­u­ral mo­ments aes­thet­i­cally dur­ing pre-wed­ding cer­e­monies, at the wed­ding it­self and post the wed­ding too. Cou­ples are shot in beau­ti­ful lo­cales, at re­sorts in the out­skirts. Lesser known pic­turesque des­ti­na­tions around town are ex­ploited to the hilt. If you have the time and in­cli­na­tion, Thiru will also take you out­side of Hy­der­abad to frame you at some great lo­ca­tions. He re­cently pho­tographed a bride from Delhi and a groom from Hy­der­abad at Araku Val­ley. Vil­lart 2332 7351 Ravi Stu­dios 23411122 The Can­did Pic­tures 9492886655 Clique Stu­dio 9000622007

Colour me per­fect

Makeup and jew­ellery may have toned down, but bri­dal mehendi has never been more elab­o­rate. Start­ing from an inch be­low the edge of the blouse right up to the fin­ger­tips, it is pure artistry that a bride de­sires for her big day. Pop­u­lar mehendi artist Bhavna Parekh has honed the art over the last 32 years. In­tri­cate and de­tailed sde­signs are still pre­ferred by brides, she says. The themes have, of course, changed over the years. Clas­sic de­signs in­clude mo­tifs like shehnai, Gane­sha, bride and groom

and the palan­quin among oth­ers. The raas leela of Radha and Kr­ishna has been a hot favourite. For the feet, flo­ral and pea­cock in­spired mo­tifs are more pop­u­lar. Another hot trend is the ex­tra em­bel­lish­ing on the mehendi with pearls, kun­dan or Swarovski stones. Glit­ter and nail paint out­lines to the mehendi pat­terns are sought af­ter too. Bhavna Parekh 9849010805

Set­ting scene

If it’s a slice of his­tory you want your wed­ding re­cep­tion to be set in, what could be a more beau­ti­fully quaint and ro­man­tic venue but the Chowma­halla Palace? Promis­ing an aura of the past, em­bel­lished with pris­tine mar­ble and an­tique chan­de­liers, it’s just per­fect to cre­ate that breath­tak­ing back­drop fit for a re­splen­dent wed­ding. The Taj Falaknuma Palace—with its piece-de-re­sis­tance din­ing ta­ble that can seat a hun­dred and one guests—is per­haps one of the classi­est venues for a wed­ding in the city. En­ter­tain your gath­er­ing at the Dur­bar Hall, which is an ar­chaic ball­room from the Nizami era or go all out at the sprawl­ing lawns, once meant for the roy­alty! It may not be a real palac, but looks just as stately. Gand­harva Ma­hal is spread over five acres with elab­o­rate stone ar­chi­tec­ture to recre­ate an am­bi­ence in­spired by the palaces of roy­als. For a more con­tem­po­rary wed­ding, there’s Leo­nia Re­sorts, which is a cur­rent favourite among Gu­jaratis in town. Chowma­halla Palace 24522032 Taj Falaknuma Palace 66298585 Leo­nia Re­sorts 66404455 Alankrita Re­sorts 08418-309999 Leo­nia Re­sorts 6640 0000 Gand­harva Ma­hal 9393530143 Di­naz No­ria 9848013527

Body beau­ti­ful

Look­ing great on your wed­ding day starts with healthy skin. And this, of course, can­not be an overnight mir­a­cle. Treat your­self to the ex­pert hands of ther­a­pists who know what works best for your skin. The bride and bride­groom spa pack­ages at Aura spa, The Park, are good op­tions for pre-wed­ding skin care. Su­rur-e-Dul­hana for brides is a five-day pack­age which in­cludes a salt scrub with a crys­tal face heal­ing rit­ual, head mas­sage and re­hy­drat­ing body wrap, be­sides a tra­di­tional ub­tan treat­ment and a bright­en­ing fa­cial. For bride­grooms, it’s called Mas­rath-e-Dulha and the pack­age con­tains sim­i­lar treat­ments, be­sides nail care and an in­vig­o­rat­ing body mas­sage. You could to spread them over a month with prior con­sul­ta­tion and ap­point­ments. The fa­cials at Angsana Spa at the Golkonda Re­sorts and Spa, es­pe­cially the mir­a­cle eyes-treat­ments that gets you rid of dark cir­cles, are good pre-wed­ding skin rit­u­als. Jiva Spa at Taj Falaknuma has in­ter­est­ing cou­ple spa pack­ages. Taj Falaknuma Palace 66298585 The Park 23456789 Angsana Spa 3069 6969

Dress to im­press

A wed­ding out­fit that will catch ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion is ev­ery bride’s de­sire. Some­times it takes just a mo­ment to know what works for you. If you are wowed by it, there’s ev­ery chance that who­ever sees it will be too! You can­not go wrong with names like Tarun Tahil­iani, Sabyasachi Mukher­jee and Anand Kabra. How­ever, if you want the same ef­fect with­out spend­ing a for­tune, turn to Shra­van Ku­mar and Ganesh Nallari who will present you with an ex­tra­or­di­nary cre­ation de­pend­ing on your bud­get and taste. Shra­van is also known for recre­at­ing a new out­fit from an old sari in band­hani or Kan­jee­varam one per­haps with a com­pletely rein­ter­preted look.

De­signer duo Preeti and Vaishali bring in a fresh look to their bri­dal line this sea­son with in­ter­est­ing gota work. De­signer Aditi Bhoopal’s de­signs are in­spired by her deep-rooted Hy­der­abadi sen­si­bil­i­ties as she brings in from old-world Nizami charm into her zardozi work and kun­dan em­broi­dery blended with sub­tle thread work. While the clas­sic ‘kairis’ and ‘pan pattis’ are quite pop­u­lar, her favourite seems to be the pretty par­rots she uses ex­ten­sively. This sea­son, she’s work­ing with fun and vi­brant col­ors which com­ple­ment the all time fa­vorite gold. The hues vary from bright fuch­sia and sun­shine yel­lows to light lime greens and corals. Aditi ad­vises that the jew­ellery must com­pli­ment the colour and em­bel­lish­ments of out­fits. Di­a­monds may work bet­ter with a brightly se­quined blouse and an un­cut set will go beau­ti­fully with vin­tage in­spired em­broi­dery. If your out­fit has a heav­ily pat­terened neck­line, you may not even need a neck­lace. Just wear­ing a pair of charm­ing chand balis may do the trick! A pe­tite bride should keep in mind not to let the sil­hou­ette or em­broi­dery over­whelm her frame, Aditi ad­vises. Smaller mo­tifs on a stream lined lehenga will help add height visu­ally rather than a vo­lu­mi­nous out­fit. A taller bride can carry off heav­ier em­broi­dery and wider ghera with ease. Shra­van Ku­mar 23214403 Ganesh Nallari 9985753773 Preeti and Vaishali 9885125633 Aditi Bhoopal 9848933033

A per­fect day

Or­gan­is­ing a wed­ding, be it a big bud­get one or even some­thing on a smaller scale, can be quite over­whelm­ing. But if you have a plan­ner who can take care of ev­ery­thing, fam­i­lies of the bride and groom can re­lax and en­joy th­ese spe­cial mo­ments more thor­oughly than if there is a con­stant men­tal check­list they are deal­ing with. Rach­not­sav Events has been a player in the in­dus­try for some time now and are known to han­dle huge bud­get wed­dings with ease. The rel­a­tively newer Wed­mantra and Pink Pagdi are end-to-end so­lu­tion providers and will take care of

A PE­TITE BRIDE MUST KEEP IN MIND NOT TO LET THE SIL­HOU­ETTE OR EM­BROI­DERY TO OVER­WHELM HER FRAME

ev­ery­thing from the in­vites to venue dé­cor to han­dling guest trans­port and cater­ing, or­gan­is­ing re­turn gifts be­sides sev­eral other el­e­ments that com­plete a wed­ding. Among the newer lot is also chore­og­ra­pher turned-wed­ding-plan­ner, Shruti Gupta, who does in­ter­est­ing the­me­based wed­dings and win­ner sangeets. Film in­spired sangeet themes like the Dil­wale Dul­haniya Le Jayenge or Chen­nai Ex­press or some­thing in­spired by Bol­ly­wood char­ac­ters like Munnab­hai MBBS or Chul­bul Pandey seem to be her spe­cialty. Another area where she scores is the stage dé­cor rang­ing from dra­matic ideas like a ro­tat­ing stage for sangeets to those lit up with rice lights and lamps. Rach­not­sav Events 23350241 Pink Pagdi 9490952252 Wed­mantra 8886677733 Shruti Gupta 9866186131

King-sized plat­ter

The more elab­o­rate and de­lec­ta­ble the fare at your wed­ding, the hap­pier your guests will go back home. Va­ri­ety is the key with wed­ding cater­ing too and ex­otic el­e­ments al­ways add to the unique­ness of your wed­ding. While im­ported fruits like Chi­nese ap­ples and Thai guavas cut freshly and served for dessert used to be a talk­ing point at one time, it’s al­most the norm th­ese days at most wed­dings. In­ter­na­tional cuisines that go be­yond Ital­ian and con­ti­nen­tal are big hits too. Guests look out for sushi and canapés or cheese­cakes and sor­bets that they are used to at fine din­ing places, at wed­ding spreads too. Gau­rav Cater­ers is an in­dus­try leader when it comes to veg­e­tar­ian wed­ding cater­ing. They cus­tom make the menu to in­clude a good va­ri­ety even for smaller wed­dings. Their chaat plat­ters are pretty pop­u­lar while they can whip up an en­tire wed­ding spread with­out onion or gar­lic or even pota­toes and car­rots for strictly Jain pref­er­ences! The cater­ing arm of Fu­sion 9—known for its ex­per­tise in in­ter­na­tional cuisines is a pre­ferred choice for many too. Gau­rav Cater­ers 9885101010 Fu­sion 9 9848968658

BRI­DAL JEW­ELLERY

TH­ESE DAYS IS ALL ABOUT FIND­ING THAT ONE STATE­MENT PIECE THAT IS EX­CLU­SIVE

All that glit­ters

Think wed­ding and how can jew­ellery not be in the top five items on your bud­get­ing list, if you are not wear­ing your fam­ily’s heir­loom jew­ellery, that is. It might be a good idea to match your out­fit to your jew­ellery, rather than the other way round if you have a heavy piece in mind. Bri­dal jew­ellery th­ese days is all about find­ing that one state­ment piece that’s ex­clu­sive, goes with who you are and is as spe­cial as your spe­cial day.

Mor Jewellers of­fers neck­pieces in in­tri­cately crafted Bel­gian cut di­a­monds, ru­bies and pearls that look heavy but are not un­man­age­able. Trib­ho­van­das Bhimji Zaveri’s (TBZ) de­tach­able range of jew­ellery is a good in­vest­ment since you can al­ways have a heavy piece for the wed­ding day and make the same one a much sober af­fair for other oc­ca­sions. You could also go in for de­signer jew­ellery that will com­ple­ment a fu­sion out­fit. De­signer Suhani Pit­tie’s jew­ellery in sil­ver makes for stun­ning style state­ments. Mor Jewellers – 23405786 Trib­ho­van­das Bhimji Zaveri – 3043 5001 Suhani Pit­tie – 32212495

Wrapped de­lights

Some­one that a lot of folks swear by for their wed­ding trousseau pack­ing is Meena Agarwal whose ex­pe­ri­ence in the field is nearly a decade-long. Her elab­o­rate de­signs of trays to hold saris, ban­gles, footwear, ac­ces­sories and other knick knacks are in­ter­est­ing cre­ations that go be­yond sim­ple util­ity. An­chal Ra­j­pal and Vidhi Ti­bre­wala’s ven­ture, Wraps is all about beau­ti­ful trays for bri­dal trousseaus and equally in­ter­est­ing pack­ag­ing for re­turn gifts and wed­ding en­velopes. There are trays rang­ing from sil­ver crafted ones to hum­bler straw bas­kets with beau­ti­fully em­bel­lished mo­tifs like kun­dans and pearls or flow­ers made out of gota. If you are look­ing for an eco-friendly twist to gift and cash en­velopes, head to Deckle Edge, a haven for hand­made pa­per prod­ucts. Meena Agarwal – 9246548825 Wraps – 9000033115 Deckle Edge – 2340 4924

THE CAN­DID PHOTOGRAPHY

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ATRA­DI­TIONAL TEL­UGU WED­DING

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