Event Management is a profession where one needs to look for constant innovation and new ideas. Every client wants his / her event to be unique and different. The guests should long remember the event and appreciate the host for making it a wonderful experience. As event planners the onus of responsibility falls on us to not only execute the client’s ideas ut to also come up with new concepts and create a flutter.
As wedding planners this becomes even more challenging because any new ideas that you bring in is considered ‘NEW” only as long as your event. The concept is immediately copied and reproduced by others in the next wedding. So one has to really be quick to innovate and implement ideas and make a mark in this event management industry.
The latest concept to catch every one’s fancy is the Cold Pyro Crackers. These give the effect of crackers – as in like electric sparklers or the Flower Pots that we generally ignite during festive seasons. They emit less smoke and can be used indoors as well as outdoors. They can be used in any quantity and give a beautiful effect when aglow.
As event managers we are often asked to used them in weddings to give a special entry to the bride or groom or both sometimes like in wedding receptions. Expert technicians are called to handle the same. These pyro crackers are usually placed on either side of the aisle as the couple walk down or on the stage.
On the stage these can be placed in front of the stage or above as the requirement dictates. An idea of how it works can be seen in the video posted above. As wedding planners we take all necessary precautions and educate our clients on what it involves.
As responsible event planners we do a thorough study of the premises and suggest suitable areas where these can be used. The final output is something that every client loves and gives a beautiful start to the event.
In corporate events we do this on a large scale in a much more grand fashion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next we set about getting uniform caps to present to all the guests after they arrived.
Since Archana was fond of chocolates we decided to welcome her with a Chocolate bouquet. made of Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
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.
We had our fantastic MC who took over the proceedings smoothly engaging the entire crowd in games, dance and music in an amazing manner.
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.
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.
And we had a huge Wishing Banner placed so that each of the guests could express / write their good wishes for the couple.
A grand dinner was a fitting finale to a fabulous evening that was filled with great memories for all.