On my second day at Taj Palace, I saw a lot more men visiting VWS. I’m assuming the women decided to bring along their fiancés, husbands and fathers to do some serious damage to their wallets.
It was also a little more crowded today (but still nowhere near as crowded as a typical wedding exhibition gets), probably because of Friday being the beginning of a weekend and serious buyers having flown in keeping the weekend in mind. Maximum crowd is expected on Saturday, but you’ll still have plenty of space to move around comfortably – or so I hope.
There were so many luxury wedding service providers, I can’t possibly detail out all of them in this post. But I’ll give you a snapshot of what I saw, and what I loved. It will make for a quick reference guide for brides attending the show today, and provide an overview to those of you who couldn’t attend. Here goes!
1. Sheena Sippy Photography
She’s the only photographer at the show. Other than clicking fantastic pictures, she makes photo books – basically wedding albums, but with a concept. Along with photographs, she incorporates elements from the wedding that made it special for the couple. For example, she printed the lyrics of a Metallica song in one wedding album because that was the couple’s song. She takes care of the tiniest details in this album, so if you’re a newlywed and didn’t get a chance to get your wedding shot by Sheena, you can still give her your pictures and she can make a memorable wedding book for you. Price? Approximately INR 2,000-3,000 per page. In recent times, she has shot Boman Irani’s son’s wedding.
Loved their bright hued saris! Classic pieces from their Banarsi silk sari collection is on display here.
3. Namrata Soni Makeup & Hair
Has created looks for Sonam Kapoor on numerous red carpet events as well as photoshoots. She charges INR 50,000 for bridal makeup, hair and draping – if the wedding is in India.
Wedding Invite Designers
4. Vivek Sahni Design
Superb designs, and I fell in love with their pastel shade cards with watercolor artwork! They make really beautiful cards, that will cost you a minimum of INR 400-500 each.
The Entertainment Design Company has made cards for a lot of biggies in India, such as Karan Johar and the Ambani’s. They have fantastic designs here, and I was pleasantly surprised to see cutwork cards – I had wanted one for my wedding but was not able to find someone who would do a trustworthy job at lasering the card. They have a store at Defence Colony, if you’d like to visit them.
Wedding Planners & Related Services
6. Wedding Design Company
I loved their décor display table (you can see pictures of it in their Facebook album from the show here) – it gave me so much inspiration for great centerpiece ideas! They’re wedding planners and cover pretty much every aspect of wedding planning, from scratch to the final stages. I’ve always loved their work, and was glad to meet the team. WDC is headed by Vandana Mohan, who is such a pleasant lady! And their representative, Devika, was super friendly as well! The whole stall had a very open, welcoming charm to it.
7. FNP Weddings
Part of the Fernsnpetals group, they’ve been in the wedding planning business for a long, long time. They’ve even collaborated with THE Preston Bailey on weddings in India! While FNP Weddings focuses on high budget weddings, fnpfloral does smaller scale weddings as well, catering to budgets even lesser than 10 lakh.
8. Harsha K
They’re into organizing events, and even do trousseau and gift packing! You can make out their skills just by looking at how beautifully they have wrapped up this chocolate I got from them.
I met Harsha Heeramaneck and Radhi Kilachand here. They’re Indians who live abroad, and their Gujarati accents were lovely to listen to! Very pleasant ladies to talk to. You can visit their website at www.harshak.in
9. Quintessentially Weddings India
They’ve recently launched their wedding planning services in India. Another global brand, with a minimum wedding budget of 5 Cr and charge approximately 20% as wedding planning fees.
It’s a famous jewellery boutique, with a store in Mumbai and one in DLF Emporio as well. I met Purnima Sheth there who was such a sweet lady – she showed me diamond bracelets in different kinds of settings that would be closer to the budget I had in mind.
Your food guide to the Vogue Wedding Show:
I also ate a LOT today. Had some yummy sugar coated cookies at Taj Khazaana stall, a milk chocolate at Pallavi Jaikishan that had a Gryffindor (any Harry Potter fans, here?) sign look alike embossed onto it, and delicious rum and raisin chocolate at Ganjam! Basically, I was on a sugar overdose and felt like a little kid that’s been let loose in an amusement park – with fascinating characters to meet and keep myself going all day with cotton candy and slurpees and caramel popcorn and chocolate ice-cream. As you can see, I quite enjoyed Day 2 at Vogue Wedding Show. Are you heading there today?