Wedding Planning & Wedding Invitations – 1

 

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As wedding planners the first job on hand after booking the wedding venue is to  source for the right type of invitations going by the client’s requirements. In olden days when weddings took place within the village or between people living in different villages invites were merely by word of mouth or of the personal  kind.

As people settled far and wide the habit of inviting through letters became the norm. This developed further into formal invitation cards that has developed into a full fledged industry with amazing innovations and creativity coming into the wedding invites.
While the traditional ‘Manjal Pathrikkai’ still has its place sealed in the traditional hindu weddings in Tamilnadu, the invitation card has gone through amazing innovations – 3 D cards, Musical Cards, Gold and silver plated cards, E – invites, CD invites and so on. The wedding invitation is at times indicative of the opulence and grandeur of what is to follow in the wedding itself.
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The element of color and design has surpassed everyone’s imagination and there are multi card invites where each event has a card with separate details to it. Wordings in the invites too has seen a sea change over the years. While some prefer the traditional content  of parents’ inviting the guests, some couples prefer have cards printed on their behalf with a lot of humor and poetry mixed into the content.
As wedding planners and event managers we are often requested by the clients to come up with innovative ideas but within a budget. We do keep the profession of the couple in mind while creating the wedding invites.
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As Wedding planners we do need to have an eye for detail since some weddings are based on themes and right from the wedding invitation to the decor to the thank you cards we coordinate everything to bring in a touch of unique creativity.
As event managers a very important aspect that we need to pay attention to is how the invitations are going to be sent. Size, weight and shape of the invitations have a bearing on the postage or couriering of the same. So the wedding invite has to be practical to handle and easy to reach the guests.
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Creating something unique for the sake of it is fine. But to make it practically viable and financially affordable is also the responsibility of every wedding planner and event manager.

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.