How to choose your Wedding Planner?

Wedding planning is an elaborate affair considering the types of weddings we have in India panning over all regions, religions, communities and languages.A wedding in the family is an exciting event for all since it involves putting together a number of elements to the satisfaction of all to a fixed budget. 
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For those without a budget constraint planning a wedding may not be difficult since it is  a matter of bringing together the best of things and getting it to a shape. With choices galore, the rich and the famous only need to decide on what they require and even the most unique of things can be created  since money is not a constraint. As for talent we have the best of artisans and craftsmen in India. 
 
For those with budget, time or manpower constraint it is definitely wise to appoint a wedding planner or event manager to put together all that is required without any hassles. But the choice one makes needs to be prudent else the purpose of appointing a wedding planner is completely lost. 
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There is a very common misconception that only the rich and moneyed class people can approach wedding planners since it is extremely expensive. Wedding planners are generally sought out by people doing weddings out side their home town, people without support in terms of manpower for getting all arrangements done. weddings to be performed at short notice or by non resident Indians who wish to perform the wedding back in their village, hometown or city. 

There are some who despite having the time and finance still look for wedding planners for the simple reason that they would want to source the best and make their family wedding a unique experience. 
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In such a situation who is the wedding planner best suited for you ? How do you decide on this ? There are no set rules by which a client goes. To a large extent your personal judgement and comfort levels with the wedding planner matter the most. 
 
There are three types of wedding planners. The first types gets about arranging services going by the budget given by the client and charges a professional fee for it. 
 
The second type gives you  innumerable options over a wide budget and lets you choose, which invariably increases your budget. 
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Then there is the third type of wedding planner who takes a personal interest in every project and puts his name and reputation ahead of money and goes all out to understand your needs and works creatively within your scheme of things. 
 
Honesty and accountability should be the prime traits a client should look for in a wedding planner. Honesty in terms of projects done, services offered and taking responsibility is very important for development of trust and confidence. A wedding planner should genuinely showcase his / her work alone and not undertake to do something that they have no knowledge about or not ventured into yet. 
 
This genuineness helps in bonding better with a client since expectations are not too high and the working relationship is founded on truthfulness
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Respecting the clients budget is of utmost important. In case the client has no idea of the cost involved and is asking for the unrealistic elements the wedding planner should have the patience to explain and let the client absorb reality. 
 
If possible the wedding planner should look to provide less expensive options or alternative for the same and clinch the assignment. 
 
Most important is the factor of being open to suggestions. The wedding planner at all times should  keep the views and interests of the client in mind and be open to experimenting and creating the best of what is available. The wedding planner should not force his/ her opinion on the client because it makes his / her job easy and comfortable. 
 
Client satisfaction is foremost and hence that should be borne in mind at all times. 
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Always look for a wedding planner who can raise up to the occasion with quick decisions and presence of mind to tackle any untoward emergencies. It is true that the client should be taken into confidence at all times but there will be occasions that call for quick decisions and the wedding planner needs to take a call sensibly and in the general interest of all. 
 
Being accessible is another important element in choosing a wedding planner. A real professional will always be prompt in answering, messaging, mailing or returning calls. Regular follow ups should be done by the wedding planner and not the other way around. 
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Getting updated on the proceedings and arrangements is the prerogative of the client and the wedding planner should be prompt in this. 
 
The working relationship between the client and the wedding planner should be optimum for the success of any event,. Over a couple of meetings the client should  be able to judge the wedding planner and come to a decision on whether to proceed or not
 
Word of mouth references are another fool proof way in which to go for the right wedding planner  

METTI

Metti or the toe ring is worn by women in India as an indicator / symbol of their married status. It is referred to in Hindi as ‘bichiya’ , ‘jodav’ in Marathi, ‘mettelu’ in Telugu & ‘kaalungura’ in Kannada.

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It is believed that wearing Metti on the second toe exerts pressure on certain nerves in the body that relate to good health and the reproductive system, thus enhancing chances of pro creation. In India we firmly believe in the importance of nerve endings in our toes and it is referred to as ‘prana’ or life force. In other words it also refers to the concept of acupressure points in the toes.

 

Generally toe rings are made of Silver only since Gold is considered to be ‘ pure’ and hence forbidden from being worn below the waist.

 

Silver is also said to be a good conductor that is capable of absorbing energy from Mother Earth and passing along the energy to rejuvenate the entire system.

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In ancient times it was men who wore mettis as a symbol of their marital status  but the practice was discontinued by them for varied reasons. In fact even today in some weddings you will find the groom wearing the metti during the wedding ceremony. In fact there are episodes in ancient Hindu tenets to support this theory.

 

It is believed that Lord Vishnu with his consort Thayaar decided to teach a lesson to Thirumangai Alzhar who was waylaying and looting newly married couples of their ornaments in the Thirunagari area. He appeared with Thaayaar [ bedecked in gold ornaments] as a couple and was waylaid and looted. Azhwar was unable to remove Lord Vishnu’s metti and is said to have bit it with his strong teeth and removed it. But as the Lord willed otherwise Azhwar was unable to life the booty and so goes the story of what followed.

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Even today there are historic & religious references to these episodes in temples in those areas.

 

It is clearly obvious from this that any practice proposed in the Hindu Dharma is based on science and it is not a religion made of rituals and superstitions but one on strong scientific theories on how to live life.

As event planners a common problem we see faced by many a bride is at the moment when the metti is to placed on the toe. Invariably there is an element of discomfort and delay when the metti is placed on the toe and it refuses to go in smoothly.

As wedding planners we always carry a small bottle of vaseline with us. When the toe is covered with vaseline there is lubrication and this helps in slipping on the toe ring smoothly without hurting the skin or causing delay in rituals.

NALANGU

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Event Management, fun as it may seem from the outside involves  a lot of preparation in terms of understanding the various traditions of the different religions and communities spread across India. Event planning as the term denotes is simply making available all the things required for the conduct of a function well before time and in the required manner.

The term ‘Nalangu’ is used in different connotations during weddings across various communities in the South of India. As wedding event managers it is important for us to have a good understanding of the various rituals and traditions followed by each community to be able to make the necessary arrangements.

In some communities the term  ‘Nalangu’ refers to the ceremony that is held on the evening prior to the actual wedding. Here the bride is bedecked and seated and all the Sumangalis in the family apply sandal paste to her face, hands and legs. Kumkum is then applied on the forehead. Rose water and flowers are then sprinkled over her head as a form of blessing. Aarathi is then performed to end the ritual.

This is considered by some as a cleansing as well as a beautification ceremony of the bride. Whatever be the actual significance the presence of aromatic elements like sandal paste, flowers , rose water etc lends a harmonious and auspicious note as a precursor to the wedding.

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In Tamil Brahmin weddings ‘Nalangu’ refers to the fun filled game session that comes immediately after the wedding is over. It is looked forward to as an opportunity for both families to interact in a relaxed manner sharing a sense of bonhomie and camaraderie after the hectic wedding preparations. A lot of music and cheer fills the air with both parties taking sides in supporting the bride and groom in the course of the small games that are conducted.

A few decades ago this ritual was mostly skipped as most felt it was unnecessary and not suitable to current day scenario. But in recent times the young couples evince great interest in the conduct of this wedding ritual. As event managers we are often asked to bring in innovative games to make it a participative ritual.

The bride and groom are seated opposite each other on a mat on the floor and the session starts with a small ‘make – up’ session where the couple have to apply sandal paste, kumkum, powder and other beautifying elements on each other. This is followed by rolling of the coconut across the floor to each other which is followed by a tug – of – war contest to see who is stronger of the two in retrieving the coconut, exchange of rice & dal, and breaking of the appalams to the accompaniment of loud cheers and shouts.

In some sects this tradition is  a part of the wedding function and is therefore not taken out as a separate event.

These games were of significance in olden days where at times the bride and groom were not given an opportunity to meet each other before the wedding.  Such games helped them tide over their inhibitions and facilitated physical proximity. It is also said that when child marriages were the order of the day in yester years such games were conducted to entertain the child bride & groom. Now it is more of a fun filled entertainment session.

SANGEETH – Pre Wedding Events

Week long weddings were a thing of yore. Or so we thought. The trend is back again with elaborate events being added prior to weddings.These events are not  necessarily traditional in nature. They are more in the nature of socializing – of families getting together.

 

These get togethers are also in a manner of getting to know the respective families of the bride and groom. As wedding planners we are often asked to organize specially planned Mehndi, Sangeeth & Bachelor / Bachelorette parties a day or two prior to the wedding.
Event planners  never had it so good in terms of facing amazing challenges as far as these pre wedding events are concerned. For one youngsters these days expect a lot and the couple want their event to be extremely unique and not run of the mill types. So they keep looking for means to make it different be it in terms of themes,venue or even food.
As Event planners and wedding planners we are often bombarded with questions by prospective clients on how to make their event special. First of all we try to understand their taste and requirements and try to get a glimpse of the couple’s personality.In case they have an open mind with no clue on how to go about things we then take on the responsibility of providing them with ideas they can go with.
If the couple are a fun loving type with a huge gang of friends then they normally opt for a dance floor and a DJ to take things forward. If the Sangeeth is more of family with a shy couple to boot then we recommend a lively MC who can draw people out of their shells and create an atmosphere of ease and comfort.
In the case of Archana’s and Vijay Krishna’s Sangeeth it was a surprise party thrown in honor of the couple by Archana’s sister Arathi and brother – in – law Kartik. When Arathi approached us from Delhi all she said was she had fixed a theme and the left was left to us. The theme she wanted was a Lucknawi evening filled with fun and merriment.
We started of by designing an e – invite that clearly sent the message across about how the guests were expected to be dressed.
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Next we set about getting uniform caps to present to all the guests after they arrived.
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Since Archana was fond of chocolates we decided to welcome her with a Chocolate bouquet. made of Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
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We organised for a Mehndi stall so that relatives who had just landed from out of town could still get mehndi done for the wedding that was to follow a day later.
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We had our fantastic MC who took over the proceedings smoothly engaging the entire crowd in games, dance and music in an amazing manner.
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Arathi had wanted a cake and we decided to have several small cup cakes in shades of blue and white icing with a cute little heart in the center arranged in different tiers with a special egg less round cake filled with  blue and white roses for the actual cake cutting.
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The guests loved every moment of the evening filled with rollicking fun.
A specially designed Mug was given to each of the guests as a complimentary gift from Haritham.
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And we had a huge Wishing Banner placed so that each of the guests could express / write their good wishes for the couple.
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A grand dinner was a fitting finale to  a fabulous evening that was filled with great memories for all.

Thematic Weddings

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As Wedding Event Planners a very common request that is placed in front of us is – make our wedding special! Every Couple wants something to be outstanding and unique about their wedding. Indian Weddings are by all normal means very colorful and dramatic affairs. To rise above this and make it extra ordinary calls for a different thought process.

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When clients approach us – Haritham Events – as wedding planners one of the basic questions we ask them is – are you going by a theme for the wedding? Many perceive that thematic weddings involve a huge cost factor and hence it is not possible to have one within a limited budget. This is completely wrong. A thematic wedding can be done within any given budget.

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Theme can relate to anything. A color can be taken up and the entire event from the invite to the stage / hall decor can be fine tuned to match the specific color/s and set accordingly. As wedding event planners we at Haritham Events are amazed at the kind of concepts our clients come up with. It is a fabulous challenge that we love to accept and execute since it gives vent to all our creativity and imagination.

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You could match your cake or even the table decor to match your theme. And if it is a church wedding then the Bridesmaids could also wear outfits that go along with the theme. The possibilities are endless.

 

Going Eco – friendly can be a theme with hand made paper invitations coordinated with all natural elements brought in to the decor of the Mandapam – like choir, bamboo, wood, murals etc. You can even take it forward to the dining area with mutkas and mud pots used in place of the regular utensils to serve the guests.

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Going with a floral theme allows you plenty of options to work on but of course this is quite common. You could opt for just roses.

 

For grandeur people like to opt for Royalty as the theme. Grandiose sets like palace are set as the back drop and even the seating arrangements can be matched up to it with the divan type seating arrangements. Sky is the limit if you ask a good wedding event planner for suggestions. Because every element of the wedding can be coordinated to be a part of the theme chosen.

 

Those with a limited budget can think of co-coordinating the obvious or visual elements to create a theme. For example if your wedding invite has a Ganesha or a peacock or a lotus as its mainstay you can incorporate the same design as part of your entire decor of the wedding. The same element can be a part of your Thamboola bags, Your return gifts, Your Thank you cards, why, even your outfits!

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It is all a matter of perception and the will to boldly experiment. As Wedding Event Planners we’ve also suggested Vintage weddings where everything from the car in which you arrive to the furniture at the venue can be matched to suit the theme. If you have a fun loving and receptive family you can even dictate a dress code for the guests asking them to come in vintage fair. This of course is possible only with a close family guest count of about 50 or 100 invitees.

 

Apart from these you could look at a beach wedding or a resort wedding depending on how adventurous you want to get on your BIG day. If you are game for it then we at Haritham Events can offer amazing options. If you cant plan an entire wedding then perhaps a section of the wedding can be planned based on a theme.

 

Two weddings can never be the same – more so with themed weddings. A lot of curiosity and expectations are there and people really look forward to being a part of it. And without a doubt involves a lot of hard work and meticulous planning.

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The ratio of difficulty in planning is directly proportional to the uniqueness of the theme. That is when you look for wedding event planners like Haritham Events who let you sail through the entire event without a hitch. The thought of creating something different is always a challenge we look forward to. We leave no stone unturned in making your big day special. We do it and do it in style for you.

Indian Weddings are based more on age old traditions and rituals that need to be respected and can’t be made fun of. Hence most of the time our choice of the main wedding is restricted to coordinated color themes or floral ones.

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In most other countries where the wedding as such is short in terms of duration people are generally bold enough to experiment post the rituals. This idea is slowly catching up here and we are having people coming up with pre or post wedding parties that give scope to such experimentation.

The involvement of a wedding event planner like Haritham Events makes it that much easier for you – even in terms of narrowing down on a theme – because we are into this business day in and day out. So we stay connected with the right people and can easily make options available to you in a jiffy.

 

Thematic weddings are here to stay and in the coming years we are going to see the Indian wedding industry being turned into a huge global market as people are beginning to slowly opt for destination weddings as well.

HOW TO LOOK FOR WEDDING VENUES

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As one of the top wedding planners in Chennai we have had access to all types of wedding venues including Mandapams, Hotels, Resorts and even Palatial Houses. The range we have covered in terms of venues is varied in terms of size, architecture and facilities. The first aspect that every parent looks for after a wedding has been fixed is the venue. The venue of a wedding plays a pivotal role in many ways and the success of a wedding is to a large extent dependent on it.

As wedding planners we have observed from experience that a few major points have to be borne in mind while finalising the venue. For example a few factors may pre determine the choice of venue like status in society, security of guests in case of high profile guest lists, lack of relatives or friends to help in a particular town or city where the wedding has been planned to be held and so on. There are huge and premium venues where it goes without saying that high end weddings of VIPs will be held. But for the normal citizen a few of the following points may help in freezing on the right venue.

Your Budget
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A major chunk of the expenditure in a wedding goes towards the venue cost. So have a clear plan on the amount you are willing to allocate for the venue. There is no point in getting carried away and booking the best of venues only to find out later on that your budget constraints is making things difficult when you have to dole out money for other important services like wedding photography or outfits that you require.

Area of Venue
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Some areas may be preferred on account of proximity to the bride’s or groom’s house because transportation is then taken care of and executed very easily. Indian weddings are elaborate with a lot of importance to a small details. If the venue is not within comfortable reach or requires long travel then it can be time consuming and cumbersome including transportation of guests and relatives. As experienced wedding photographers in Chennai we have oft faced the situation of one very important member of the family being left behind at home and proceedings getting delayed due to their non-arrival.

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Expected Guest List
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A major point that determines the suitability of a venue is the number on your guest list. Make an elaborate list of guests to be invited on both sides and debate with your family members to arrive at a number that is practical and manageable given your budget. If budget is not a constraint then go ahead and book a venue that will ideally fit in your crowd. But in case the dates you are looking at are already blocked or the first choice of venue for you is ruled out you can also consider the option of inviting your guests in a split up manner. You can call close relatives for the wedding and friends for the Muhurtham. As event planners one thing we dread is to see an over packed venue with a long queue of people waiting to greet the couple. This irritates the guests and the hosts resulting in confusion.

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Weather Conditions
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Factors determining weather conditions like season of wedding – summer or winter – have to be taken into account while fixing a venue. If the place or city of wedding is a very hot and humid place then an air conditioned venue could be the most sensible option. If the weather is cold then it may not be required. Likewise if you are planning an out door wedding like a reception at the beach side or out on the lawns always keep in mind to check the weather conditions at the time of the wedding. Even if it is not a rainy season it is always wise to have an alternate option to cater to last minute shift in arrangements – like an alternative indoor hall where the reception arrangements can be shifted in a jiffy.

Also ensure that the dining area is also equally well maintained and organised. At times we come across total mismatch of the dining area with the main hall in terms of seating capacity. This results in guests having to wait for a long time to wait their turn to eat and at times we have seen guests leaving by skipping lunch or dinner. As Event Mangers we have had to use all our skills to convince them to get back and have dinner. These are tricky situations we face when our clients come to us after fixing the venue not realising the pros and cons of the venue

 

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Check for levels
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In case the guest list is moderate then any amount of management can be done even if one has to face up to small crisis. What is important to consider under this head is the various levels of service areas in the wedding venue. In case of most wedding halls the main hall and the dining area could be on different floors, leading to constant movement of people from one level to the other. In such cases the lift system has to be at its best. If it fails then it could put a lot of people to bother especially the elderly and the physically challenged people. It is worse still if the service area levels extend up to higher floors. This happens especially where the rooms are concerned.

Provision for Rooms
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Another aspect of concern is the number of rooms available at the wedding premises to accommodate close family and other relatives. The facilities in these room,s are also worth paying attention to. If these rooms are hardly usable then you may have to accommodate guests arriving from out of town in nearby hotels or service apartments which could again create a hole in your budget. So carefully consider these points before deciding finally.

 

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Stage Area
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The most important factor  is the stage area where the actual wedding is to take place. Going by the kind of elaborate rituals followed in Indian weddings a comparatively big stage is required to accommodate the priests, things required, requisite decor plus the hordes of relatives who will be present there. Good coverage of wedding photography & videography requires ample space for movement. And to have good back ground decor done space and dimensions form an important part.

Car Parking
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Ensure there is enough space for the cars that you expect to arrive. Any clogging in this area could create unpleasant experiences to the guests which is not a very nice thing to happen. If VIPs are a part of guest list then this point needs all the attention.

Destination Weddings
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In case the wedding is to be performed at a particular temple ensure you have good accommodation near the temple. It is better to check out for changing rooms and other required facilities in the temple premises for any emergencies.

It goes without saying that wedding venues can make or mar a wedding. From our experiences as wedding planners what matters is clear thinking and immaculate planning right from the beginning to make your wedding moments memorable.

Wedding Decor- Spare More Than Just a Thought! 

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The visual appeal of any event is based on the decor of the venue. The venue could be big or small – that does not matter in the least bit. What matters is how aesthetically or imaginatively the available space is used to make it a visual delight in the most amazing manner. Many have the misconception that grandeur – read heavy decor – spells beauty. To them all available elements in terms of material – be it flowers , drapes, crystals , props etc – have to be put together like a film set. As Event Managers and Wedding Planners  we have had to convince many a client to get this idea off their head. Our foremost business is to make them realise that what they should opt for is dependent on many factors like  the available space, crowd expected, style of wedding, bridal costumes of the couple, weather conditions etc.

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Decor is not just about looking at sample photographs and choosing the one that appeals to you. Deeper thought has to go into visualizing if the chosen idea will practically serve your purposeOne of the major elements where quite a bit of budget allocation is required is décor. But the general awareness on the importance of decor at wedding cannot be said to be great. While the rich see the décor as a means to showcase their financial standing, budget weddings most of the time go with the concept that ‘more is nice’. The element of suitability and elegance is completely lost in the melee.

Indian Weddings are all about a riot of colors in every aspect – be it in dressing, decor, venue or even food for that matter. What astounds people from other countries is the sheer variety that weddings in India bring along with them. There is nothing staid or solemn and everywhere there is grandeur and gaiety. But at times this concept is taken a little beyond the normal limits making the wedding venue look garish and an eye sore.

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Wedding decor can be simple yet beautiful. Keep in mind the traditions and rituals involved in the wedding before getting carried away by the grandest of back drops shown to you by the decorator. Most Indian weddings have the havan or agni as part of the Muhurtham. Therefore avoid using too many drapes during the muhurtham time since it is dangerous on all counts.

As wedding planners our advice is always to keep the stage décor as practical as possible considering the number of people who are going to be on and off the stage in a normal Indian wedding. Another important aspect that people often forget when they view the stage design or décor in photographs is – what you are looking at or the image that you see on Google is merely an empty stage devoid of people. So do not get carried away. Take a minute to fill up that image with your relatives and friends and then check if the décor will be suitable for your style of wedding and the related rituals.

Many elements that are part of the stage décor may get blocked or go unseen completely by people standing in front of them. Why spend a bomb on something that is not going to be seen or noticed by the larger audience. If you are looking for the stage to be set up for the main wedding / muhurtham where a number of rituals will take place ensure you give enough seating space – for the couple, the priests, the agni, parents’ of the couple and other close and important relatives and friends. Ensure that there are less number of pillars.

Too much crowding will not allow the wedding photographers and videographers any space to capture the couple at their candid best. Over crowding is only going to make everyone irritable. If you are looking for good candid photography make sure the atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable.

Pillars look great in sample images without people being present. They give a sense of grandeur and clients are generally tempted to opt for them without taking into account other factors that are mentioned below. Too many pillars not only constrict the space but also hamper movement. Pillars also hamper viewing pleasure of the audience since the available space between the pillars is already taken up by the mass of the immediate family on stage. Pillars can be unstable leading to shaky moments and panic when people tend to lean on them not realizing they are temporary structures.

Another important aspect of decor is paying attention to color combinations – especially for the reception or engagement sections where a number of group photos on the stage will be the order of the day. Ensure that the back ground decor and the costume of the couple are in harmony and not a jarring contrast. One cannot have the bridal couple in bright blue combination and the background in a jarring orange color. The background decor should be very pleasant to the eye and set off the group photos to give a good visual treat.

Avoid use of plastic or artificial flowers. Opt for natural flowers even if scarcely used. Plastic flowers give a cheap look. Use natural fibers like choir or bamboo or wood to create an elegant look. Create the ideal pic in your mind with the couple on stage and the ideal back drop for them. While warm colors like yellow red and orange look beautiful during the day time shades of pink, silver & white add up as good back ground colors for an evening reception.

As wedding planners we are always witness to the happenings on stage especially certain disasters that can be avoided with a little bit of prior thinking. Ensure that the steps leading to the stage are sturdy and well supported. Any uncovered gap is an open invite for disaster to occur. Especially when you have elderly people coming up to wish the couple. Even while instructing the decorators spare no effort to make the stage guest friendly keeping in mind their safety. As event managers we always inspect the stage after the decorator has finished for signs of left over board pins or nails. Have them removed immediately.

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Another important aspect of Indian weddings as far as the reception goes is the long queue of guests and the gifts they present while greeting the couple. Despite knowing what to expect we find both families un equipped to face the situation. Get proper boxes set up on the sides of the stage (away from the camera’s eye) to stock and pack the gifts received. Do not keep dumping the gifts right behind the seating arrangements made for the couple for it looks very odd when spotted in group photos.

As wedding planners we try to be as eco friendly as possible when choosing the decor design. For after a few hours the entire set up is going to be dismantled and thrown away. Let us ensure that we do not contribute to the already heavy load of garbage that is produced at every wedding in terms of kitchen and food waste.

A little bit of thought and simple guidelines followed can make your stage décor stand out brilliantly and help you achieve the finesse and beauty that one always desires.

What does it to take to be amongst the top 10 wedding planners in Chennai?

A lot of creativity, imagination, market awareness, sensible planning, right attitude to work  and ability to provide complete customer satisfaction. At Haritham Events we get involved in every assignment – big or small – with a lot of passion and involvement.
The prime aspect of a wedding planner is to give the best of options within a budget – the client’s budget. So it takes a lot of intelligent planning based on an enormous amount of knowledge accumulated .The repository of information available with a wedding planner has to be huge. It is of no use if the information available is not current, That is to say that the data base should be an updated one. Reason being that the  available budget on hand may not be an ideal one when compared to the expectations of the client. What separates the ordinary from the top 10 wedding planners in Chennai is the ability to meet or even exceed the client’s expectations within the given budget.
Imagination is the key to good event management. Because an imaginative mind gives way to creativity which is the foundation for being unique and different. Bringing in the element of freshness is very important since in the long run that is what makes us stand out. A stale mind can never give way to new concepts. The challenge of creating something new each time is mind boggling and difficult. But not impossible.
What we do at Haritham is to get a broad overview of the clients requirements at first glance. Then through continuous interactions we try to delve into their specific interests and important likes and dislikes. Based on this we try to create new options which makes the event unique. Having the client’s personal touch to the event is extremely important. So a good amount of understanding of the client’s needs and taking it off from there is the crux of the matter.
The right attitude to work along with complete involvement and enthusiasm are very important in getting to reach the top as one amongst the top 10 wedding planners in Chennai.  At Haritham Events we are excited about every project as if it was our first one. Our attitude to work is not just to give it out best but to ensure to make an everlasting impression on the client so much so that they ONLY think of us with reference to all their events and in recommending us to others. Every assignment should be seen as not just a job that gives an opportunity to earn but as an opportunity to explore new options and learn something new that helps us progress better in our profession.
Event management is not just the process of setting things in place but to operate  smart and service the client in a manner that provides better value for money. For example even if an event is grandiose with a huge budget, there are aspects that need extra attention to make it successful. More often than not it is at the big budget events that things can easily go wrong. Hospitality is a point requiring great attention as the event gets bigger. As the guest list gets longer one must doubly make sure that each person is taken care of and provided for in the  best possible manner. Again large numbers can spell mayhem and even small aspects can be blown up into mega faults. So meticulous planning is required to make sure that not even a tiny detail is lost and everything runs smoothly as per clients requirements.  A tiny slip can be a cause of irreparable damage. On the brighter side a well executed event can earn a great name in the industry which helps you gain weight-age more  through word of mouth than any other source.
Another characteristic found amongst the top 10 wedding planners in Chennai is their ability to accept challenges. Never say die attitude helps in making us stand apart from the ordinary. A receptive mind with complete focus about the job on hand helps us source even the most difficult of items from its source. Great networking skills help us in connecting with the vendors across the country and identify talented artisans and workmanship and bring them to the fore.Providing the client with a lot more that what he expects is the trademark of a great wedding planner.
At Haritham Events – www.harithamevents.com – we also make an effort to do our bit to the environment. A Sense of Social responsibility needs to be there in us as wedding event managers.Weddings are events where a huge amount of resources are used in terms of disposable and non – disposable elements. A good amount of planning is required to ensure that there is no damage done to the environment and all efforts must be made to minimise wastage in any aspect. We always encourage use of eco friendly products and never hesitate to promote and convince our clients on the importance of doing away with plastics or anything that is not in the larger interests of society.
The hall mark of the top 10 wedding planners in Chennai is their ability to plan and manage any type of event with a touch of class. Big or small wedding planners need to be endowed with a lot of patience. Being a service industry expectations are always high. There is unending questioning on the modus operandi used at every stage and hence it is imperative to have great communication skills. AtHaritham Events – www.harithamevents.com – we consult the client at every stage and take them into complete confidence about our approach to the event. Complete transparency is maintained at every stage since we never believe in behind the scenes dealing. We respect the fact that we are spending the client’s resources and work by our conscience as if it were our own.
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Haritham – Making a Difference

Wedding and event planning in the past was a pretty simple affair in terms of putting together the various aspects related to it – all you needed was to have finances ready on hand. For example just as you had a ‘Family Doctor’ there was an ‘Aasthaana Cook’, a ‘Family Vadyar’ [ Purohit ], a ‘Family Photographer’, a ‘Family Jeweller’ and other similar service providers. There were known to the family for decades and were treated more like family members. They, in turn, only needed information about an event and would promptly land up to  take on their responsibilities and duties without much ado. If there was anything difficult about organizing a wedding about 50 years back it was mainly  to do with dealing with hospitality issues often raised by the grooms family or those related to dowry. As people moved out far and wide in search of their livelihood the concept of event organizing or event management has diversified multi-fold. With changing values and times these days it is all about how different or unique a function is. Choices are by far many in every area. Where there was just one vendor in the past for one service – some times the same vendor doubled up to provide a few more services too – now you have multiple vendors for a service, at times even specializing in detail on one aspect of a service. The best example we see now is in the field of catering – specialists  in Regional Indian delicacies / Milk Sweets / Chaats etc. So the entire concept of event management has taken a diverse meaning.This is both for the good and the bad of the industry. While it has promoted weddings / marriages into a multi crore industry giving jop opportunities for many, it has also led to cropping up of many less efficient, fly by night operators. It is every person’s dream to conduct an event in the most memorable manner in the least expensive way. This is definitely not wishful thinking if you consider the fact that you can still get the BEST within your budget if you know how and where to source. Customer is truly the king in the current scenario with a wide array of choices open to him. A competent Event Manager needs to not just manage things bit do so with a touch of creativity and exclusivity. If you believe that ‘Expensive’ is  ‘Class’ then only the rich could have classy weddings. Class does nt necessarily need to be obscenely grand. Class can be elegant, beautiful, simple and affordable. This is the USP of Haritham Events. To make it unique and affordable. To sustain amidst stiff competition an event manager must think out of the box. Thats what differentiates you from the herd. At Haritham we believe in being participative in every aspect of your event like our own. — We have expert gemologists on hand who can source the best of diamonds and jewelry for you. — Planning the return gift list can be the most harrowing experience for many. Not any more. At Haritham we can give you endless ideas on what to gift and where to source. — From beautiful Kanchipuram Silks to Silk Cottons straight from the weavers Haritham can provide you with options to choose from. — From expert Dermatologists to Orthodontists we  can help you with a complete make over. — Be it grooming the young couple for their new life ahead in terms of counselling or getting  the bride – to – be equipped to face culinary challenges or helping them set up a new home – be rest assured that we, as good wedding planners,  can help you out in every aspect. — We do not believe in wrapping up an event and quitting the scene. We look forward to a continued and cherished relationship with you and hence look for ways to help you in all avenues. We can help you organize your post wedding temple visits with appropriate food & hotel bookings. — Relocating after the wedding and need help in shipping your belongings? Not to worry. We will take care with efficient movers and packers. — Want to give midnight surprises or organize special parties for your loved ones? Look no further.We as , Event Planners, are there for you.  Nothing excites us more than giving your loved ones and you a – never – before – experience of your life time. — We firmly advocate being eco friendly and do not encourage wastage of any sort. And taking you into confidence we look forward to doing our bit to Go Green. — Apart from giving you various options we are ever ready to take on the challenge of a never – done – before concept. You only have to hint and we ll execute. The tougher the challenge the better we are at organizing it. From the simplest to the most extraordinary – we have no limitations or reservations to work with you. We love the work we do and nothing gives us a better high than a satisfied customer who is able to look back and reminisce that what was spent was well spent. A Client’s sense of pride about the event that we helped organize is what we look for. Professionally managed with a touch of the unique or unusual at the unexpected place is what makes an event memorable to all. Going the extra mile for our client is something we never hesitate about. For we clearly understand the sentiments and value attached to a life time event. This habit has been imbibed into us by habit – we do not consider ourselves as outsiders or event organizers. Every assignment is our own to cherish and give it our best shot. This we have a growing Haritham Family  – making us bigger and better every day! 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The concept of Event Management has caught on like wildfire in the last few years. Anything new does face stiff resistance. Likewise the concept of hiring professionals to put together and manage anevent is also being scoffed at and resented by many. The scenario is not so  bad as far as theCorporate arena is concerned where time is the essence and the corporate management realizes the importance of professional competence as a vital ingredient in making an event successful.

Where Wedding Planning is concerned there is still a lot of skepticism in getting Event managersinvolved. Many fear the loss of personal touch and the likely rise in cost while budgeting an event. On the contrary many don t realize that when a Wedding is handled by an Event Manager the client has less to worry about with more time to interact with and take care of the guests. Moreover a lot of money is saved  since the best of services are made available for the client to choose from at his doorstep and in keeping with the client’s budget. There is less of stress and value for money. How?

An understanding of how the conduct of weddings has changed over the years will help in understanding the need for this transition better. In olden days the weddings were conducted in one’s own huge household in the village, with the rituals being spread over several days. Alliances were fixed within the family or by reference through common relatives or known acquaintances.

Family members from far and wide were present to pitch in and help in the purchase of  and making of  all arrangements.Friends and relatives readily lent their houses to accommodate the groom’s party extending hospitality services in every possible manner. The women folk participated actively and even the Seer Bakshanams were made at home in the back yard using huge ovens fueled by wooden logs –  however huge the number along with all the sweet meats and savories required for the wedding.

The family jeweler or ‘Thattaan’ made all the jewels. There were no beauticians or Mehndi artists and all the hair dos and mehndi was done by close friends or relatives. A camera was a rarity and hencewedding photos also scarce. Honey Moon meant visit to family temples and special poojas.  .

As people slowly moved out to the cities the traditions underwent a change. Houses could no longer accommodate huge crowds and hence Mandapams were rented. Cooks were hired but all items required were bought and given. Then the decorators came into the scene. Special Music troupes and bands were hired.  Then came the photographers & videographers with all their professional services. Travel agents came up with special honey moon packages. Hotels were booked for accommodating the groom’s party and other relatives. Then came the concept of service apartments.

As time passed specialized catering services have cropped up – North Indian, South Indian, Chinese etc.And slowly we are seeing the transition to specialized services in every avenue. Exclusive portals for matrimonial alliances have sprung up in huge numbers offering horoscope matching and all related services. Ever heard of specialized stall for Paan at weddings or customized Arathi Plates for display and use at weddings?

Although the length of the weddings has been brought down to a maximum of 2 days one sees  additional events cropping up like Mehndi & Sangeeth parties, Bachelor Parties, Post wedding dinners etc. The choice of vendors under each element has increased by leaps and bounds as people discover the huge financial potential for these services.

Weddings have also now become a platform to showcase one’s social standing and monetary prowess.

It has  reached a stage where the client is confused about what and where to choose from and many a time burns his fingers making the wrong choice. Plus the frustration of making time to source and decide on a service is a painful and stress filled exercise.

Enter Event Mangers

For a nominal fee an Event Management Company not only plans your wedding to the last detail according  to your  budget but also lets you enjoy the event, for the success of which you have slogged all your life. Plus one has the advantage of making the wedding or event unique.

Haritham Event was conceived with precisely this point in mind. As Event Managers we strive to make every wedding as different and unique as possible. For creativity sky is the limit. And weddings offer a huge canvas in which imaginative perspectives can be brought in giving /creating unforgettable moments for the client.

As wedding planners we are quite focused to ensure basic adherence to our rich tradition and culture. Haritham Events believes in adding that touch of class and excitement even to things that appear seemingly mundane and boring. A proper understanding of the various traditions helps us in suggesting appropriate alternatives  and options to the client.

Right from handling a big fat no – budget – constraint wedding to organizing a small and limited budget wedding,from temple weddings to destination weddings –  every assignment is a challenge to our creative faculty. And we love to face these challenges and bring out the best for you. At Harithamwe treat your event as our own and look to making a huge success out of it. At the end of the day we derive as much satisfaction as your happiness in putting up a show par excellence.

We spare no efforts in understanding your needs and matching them with the best available. Event Management is not just about bringing things together. It is doing so with your signature touch. You only need to communicate your ideas and we  do the thinking for you.

Once you come to Haritham Events there will be looking no further. We conceive , plan and execute your idea to the last detail. We believe in not just creating events but unforgettable memories !!