Choosing a Competent Wedding Planner

The first time I heard about a wedding planner was when I saw the Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy ‘The Wedding Planner’. It seemed a very western concept. It felt elitist. Not any more. Wedding planners are very much part of our Indian weddings and they are here to stay.

The concept which was introduced in the last couple of years has become a huge hit among the wedding fraternity in keeping with the lifestyle changes and the convenience that comes with a wedding planner is embraced with wide arms. Not without reasons.

Previously weddings happened within the courtyard of one’s house. Also being in a joint family all the members would chip in and each member would be assigned a specific task. However, with more nuclear families and globalization and higher disposable incomes there is a paradigm shift every where. It was only a matter of time before it encompassed the wedding scenario.

As Vijay Bhatt of Exotic Events, Delhi says, “People have busy schedules and they do not have the time to interact with the various agents of the wedding be it the decorators, caterers, wedding hall organizers etc. It is here the wedding planner comes useful. We have a team to coordinate and it is our job to ensure a hassle free wedding.”

Mr. Rajkumar of Simplivent, Chennai states, “As far as the South is concerned, the concept is slowly gaining acceptance. The response is encouraging.”

He further explains that with more cross-cultural weddings taking place and with high influence of movies, increasingly people are looking at having weddings which are unique while retaining the traditions of the wedding ceremony. Wedding Planner Lanzarote

So a ‘mehendi’ ceremony which is very ‘Northern’ is incorporated in a traditional South Indian wedding because it is ‘hip’; even ‘tattoos’ are in – especially for the children and teenagers. Even the older generation welcomes these inclusions, adds Rajkumar.

The best part of a wedding planner is that it is done professionally. So you can expect a standard to be maintained and obviously a wedding planner is more creative and aware of the latest developments and trends in the wedding circuit.

Hence, you get an added advantage of an expert’s opinion on the wedding trends of the season especially if you are keen to ‘keep up with the joneses’. As a result of the experience, a wedding planner will be able to keep trouble at bay and even if they do occur, he or she will be more than capable of handling it.

Yogesh Aseria of Celebrations, The Concept Shop, Chennai feels, “A wedding planner is a solution for those who have to manage a wide cross section of people arriving at a particular destination for the wedding. More so, if even the bride and groom are from different places.”

He cites an example of how his company arranged for wedding in Chennai between the groom (from Bangalore) and the bride (from Mumbai). The wedding was happening in Srirangam and the reception in Chennai because both the respective party’s relatives were from this place.

“Instead of depending on the relatives for arranging the wedding they decided to hire a wedding planner. Needless to say the wedding progressed without a hitch.” says Yogesh proudly.


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