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SIM­PLY KOLKATA gives a new and re­fresh­ing spin to your dream wed­ding plan­ning.

SIM­PLY KOLKATA GIVES A RE­FRESH­ING NEW SPIN TO YOUR DREAM WED­DING PLAN­NING AND GETS YOU THE LAT­EST TRENDS IN THE CITY OF JOY.

BY MALINI BAN­ER­JEE

The days of sign­ing on the dot­ted lines when it comes to wed­dings are long gone. It is no longer about feed­ing the guests, do­ing hur­ried pheras and pos­ing for photographs like a coy bride and groom. Pho­tog­ra­phers, wed­ding plan­ners, in­vi­ta­tion card mak­ers, fash­ion de­sign­ers, mu­si­cians, and even cater­ers are striv­ing to em­body the re­quests of mod­ern day cou­ples, who want to ex­press them­selves in unique and per­sonal ways on their big day.

THEMES FROM A DREAM Wed­dings are a seven-day af­fair th­ese days, if you are the sorts who like to keep it sim­ple. Prepa­ra­tions be­gin months in ad­vance, and the most im­por­tant part of plan­ning for most is to zero in on a theme that best suits their per­son­al­i­ties.

OVER THE RAIN­BOW The big­gest rage this sea­son is desti­na­tion wed­ding, and for a good rea­son too. It is a get­away, a hol­i­day and a di­rect step to­wards hon­ey­moon from

man­dap, all com­bined in one. “Last year we saw a lot of wed­dings in Bangkok. This year, in­terna- tional des­ti­na­tions in­clude Dubai. But many are still stick­ing close home and go to Jodhpur, Udaipur or Jaipur,” says Nidhi Pod­dar of Emer­ald Events. Vinod Bhan­dari of Wed­ding Xtraor­di­naire is the last word on wed­ding plan­ning in Kolkata. He says, “Bangkok and Thai­land’s time have passed. Right now, peo­ple are look­ing at ex­clu­sive des­ti­na­tions like Is­tan­bul.”

The rest of south­east Asia is pop­u­lar as well. “We have taken the first In­dian wed­ding to Bin­tan in In­done­sia, Thimphu in Bhutan, and would be mak­ing a de­but in Siam Reap in Cambodia,” says Yu­vraj Singh Jo­har of Vey­daa Events, which spe­cialises in desti­na­tion wed­dings.

A CIN­DERELLA STORY The royal theme for wed­dings never fades, it’s only rein­vented. From the el­e­gance of im­pos­ing forts to re­gal jew­ellery and at­tires, the gran­deur con­tin­ues to fas­ci­nate cou­ples. “There is some­thing so time­less about don­ing your grand­mother’s jew­ellery and feel­ing like a princess,” agrees Mal­lika Sabr­wela, who has opted for a Ra­jasthani royal wed­ding.

ENGLISH VINGLISH Kolkatans th­ese days are opt­ing

for western clas­si­cal

theme for their wed­dings. Dole­ful strains of the

shehnai have been re­placed by weep­ing vi­o­lins and a soothing harps. In­dul­gent par­ents are will­ing to fly down western clas­si­cal mu­si­cians from abroad. “We re­cently did a wed­ding where we cre­ated the English wed­ding theme in­side a ho­tel’s ban­quet hall. There was even an ar­ti­fi­cial lawn and a grand pi­ano,” says Jaipuria.

CON­TACT Vey­daa Events, Mer­lin Villa, 88 A, Ha­jra Road TEL 40061416, 9038006789

CON­TACT Wed­ding Xtrao­d­i­naire, Flat 12A Har­ring­ton Man­sion, 8 Ho Chi Minh, Sarani

TEL 40035087

THE WED­DING PLAN­NERS

The rea­son why most peo­ple opt for a wed­ding plan­ner is be­cause they want to out­source the wor­ries and con­cen­trate on their big day with­out get­ting has­sled, feels Bhan­dari of Wed­ding Xtraor­di­naire. “I once had to man­age a wed­ding with four events packed in one day. We did the mehendi in the morn­ing, the wed­ding and the lunch in the af­ter­noon, and the

sangeet and the re­cep­tion in the evening!” says Bhan­dari. “A guest asked us for idli and chut­ney along with a bot­tle of vodka for break­fast at 7.30 am!,” adds Jo­har of Vey­daa.

DOLE­FUL SHEHNAIS HAVE BEEN RE­PLACED BY WEEP­ING VI­O­LINS AND SOOTHING HARPS TO APE WESTERN WED­DINGS

CON­TACT CJ’s Events, 44b, Syed Amir Ali Av­enue TEL 9831 651399

CON­TACT Emer­ald Events, Nidhi Pod­dar, 26H 6 Radha Mad­hav Dutta Gar­den Lane TEL 9831550052

PREPA­RA­TIONS

Wed­ding prepa­ra­tions be­gin months be­fore the D- day. Most makeup artists, ex­perts and colum­nists rec- om­mend sign­ing up for bri­dal pack­ages a month or two in ad­vance so that the bride is nat­u­rally ra­di­ant on the wed­ding day. Bri­dal ses­sions at Spa­li­cious in­clude two ses­sions of skin light­en­ing, aro­mather­apy mas­sage, fa­cials ses­sions, and two ses­sions of body pol­ish. Sawas­dee Na­maste Spa of­fers 45-day pack­ages that pack in all kinds of lux­u­ri­at­ing treat­ments in­clud­ing four fa­cials, two body scrubs, two body wraps, two foot spas, two body mas­sages and hot stone ther­apy. Sun­deep Bansal of Em­body Aes­thet­ics and Laser Clinic, says, “A lot of clients sign up for body con­tour­ing. We give them cus­tomised makeover, and slim­ming and ton­ing ther­a­pies. A lot of brides sign up for skin treat­ments like hy­per pig­men­ta­tion or der­mabra­sion.” While body con­tour­ing starts at Rs 6000, skin treat­ments start at Rs 3,500. And if you thought wed­ding prepa­ra­tions ended at spas, you are in for a tough time. What

about those months af­ter the wed­ding when you’ll have to drape a sari in un­der five min­utes? Stylist Dolly Jain can teach you that handy skill. She teaches not one, but three dif­fer­ent styles of wear­ing a sari.

CON­TACT The Sawas­dee Na­maste Spa, 15 Burdwan Road, Ali­pore TEL 30686660

CON­TACT Spa­li­cious, 24 Sarat Bose Road TEL 24750166 CON­TACT Em­body Health­care Clinic 5A, Robin­son Street TEL 40032244

CON­TACT Dolly Jain TEL 9831812133

PHO­TOS SAY A THOU­SAND WORDS

The most com­mon trend that has caught on is can­did photography. Most cou­ples want mo­ments that ex­press their chem­istry the best cap­tured on cam­era. “I make it a point to meet the cou­ple for cof­fee and

MOST COU­PLES WANT PHO­TOG­RA­PHERS TO CAP­TURE THE CAN­DID MO­MENTS THAT BEST EX­PRESS THEIR CHEM­ISTRY

know their story be­fore I take on their shoot, es­pe­cially if they want a pre-wed­ding shoot,” says Ra­jesh Gupta, a pho­tog­ra­pher. Another trick is to be in­vis­i­ble and blend in with the crowd. “I want them to get used to me. The cou­ple should be so used to my pres­ence that they’d for­get I am there,” he adds. Com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­pher Avan­tika Meattle gave up her ca­reer af­ter pho­tograph­ing her friends; wed­dings gave her a new high. She says, “I like to know the cou­ple’s habits and hob­bies. It’s best if it’s a love mar­riage and the bride and the groom are com­fort­able with each other. The cam­era of­ten notices things like that,” she says.

CON­TACT Ra­jesh Gupta TEL 9831002369

CON­TACT Avan­tika Meattle TEL 98101100193

CON­TACT Shud­hashil

Mul­lick EMAIL shud­dhomail@gmail.com

CLOTHES THAT MAKE THE COU­PLE

Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi still rule the roost when it comes to wed­dings, but up­com­ing de­sign­ers are also catch­ing up. The big­gest trend right now is to hire a sep­a­rate stylist to work on all the looks apart from in­vest­ing in a de­signer out­fit. It is more cost ef­fec­tive to pick a de­signer who will style the look for a rea­son­able fee. Another resur­gent trend is that of go­ing back to one’s clas­sic roots. Clas­sic saris of Ben­gal or hand­loom weaves from dif­fer­ent states are favourites in ev­ery girl’s trousseaus. Pop­u­lar picks of stores across the city range from a bright yel­low Dhakai Jam­dani to a beige red Be­narsi, all so un­com­mon be­cause of the com­bi­na­tion, yet so rooted in tra­di­tion. Some pre­fer the tried and the tested. “I wanted a clas­sic Be­narasi for my­self. I picked one in deep crim­son from Srinike­tan,” says the re­cently mar­ried Anupriya Sen Sharma. When it comes to jew­ellery a lot of brides are shy­ing away from heavy pieces. “At Rs 30,000 a kilo, gold prices are still a de­ter­rent. That is why a lot of brides are stick­ing to very light weight pieces, since a neck­lace alone can cost about Rs 1.5 lakhs,” says Su­vankar Sen of Senco Gold.

CON­TACT Sabyasachi, P- 545 Lake Road TEL 40648239 EMAIL sabyasachire­tail.kolkata@gmail.com

CON­TACT Pranay Baidya, 4 B Al­lenby Road TEL 9831145264

CON­TACT Srinike­tan, Hi­land Park, EM Byapss TEL 24634296

CON­TACT Senco Gold: 7&8, CIT Road, En­tally, Dr Lal Mo­han Bhattacharya Rd, Seal­dah, Raja Bazar TEL 22847811

CON­TACT PC Chan­dra, 49C, Gari­a­hat Road TEL 24618734

Pic­ture per­fect Wed­dings are no longer about coy bride and groom, bored guests and quick pheras

AVAN­TIKA MEATLLE

SHUDDHASHIL MUL­LICK

Facelift Ex­perts sug­gest start­ing beauty and health regimes months be­fore the D-day to get the per­fect look

WED­DING X’TRAORDINAIRE

Ev­ery­thing in place Most cou­ples go for a dé­cor and lo­ca­tion that suit their per­son­al­i­ties and quirks

The clas­sics Ac­tress Mum­taz Sor­car and model Ananda in de­signer Pranay Baidya’s bri­dal col­lec­tion

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