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Exquisite Tablescapes

The significance of unique tablescapes has grown over time. It elevates the event in various ways and brings life to the overall theme. It takes the right eye to design tablescapes that go well with the theme and enhance it further. Vivaah Celebrations identifies beautiful ways in which tablescapes are used to wow guests at your Wedding Celebrations.

It is always recommended to complement the existing theme or colour scheme of a venue space rather than fighting against it and create tablescapes that may look out of place or be an eyesore. We guide the couples with which shades would look good in daylight and which designs will shine in its sheer magnificence for the evening events.

The choice of linen is always the first pick as its sets the base for everything else to flow over it. Depending on the theme, you could choose to go abstract art or classic. Both have their own charm. It is essential to pick carefully to ensure that the tablescapes complement the theme rather than being disruptive. Once the base linen has been picked, everything that sits atop can be customized. From charger plates to candelabras, floral arrangements, name tags, napkins, and a lot more. It is ideal to have a continuous theme throughout the event from tablescapes to entrance décor, stage design and the bar design. This provides the guests an immersive and a wholesome experience.

Trends are dynamic and season-specific. More recently, we have seen the couple choose more earthy colours and wild elements such as Pampas Grass, Old Potpourri, Raw Wooden elements, and so forth. The theme here is sustainability and minimal wastage. The couples these days choose to use elements that can be easily obtained rather than creating pieces using materials that are toxic to the environment.

Cotton, Silk, Sheer, and Velvet have been used over the years as staple tablescape base linens. However, lately, we see couples opting for their favourite designers to work on their tablescapes for their big day starting from the base linen which incorporates their signature design. This creates a more luxe feel to the entire wedding event setting.

Interactive features such as ‘Build your own Salad’ or ‘Cook your own Meal’ have become one of the favourites in the recent past. This helps break the ice between guests seated on a table and makes way for fun activities throughout the evening. The concept of Interactive Tables is now quite a hit.

Detailing and personalization is possible in almost all areas of a wedding celebration these days. However, we recommend not to overdo it. We have seen that it gets a bit too much when guests are made to see the couples’ branding everywhere from napkins to linens to cocktails, stage designs, etc. We believe in ‘Less is More’. Keep it classy and elegant. It is good to accentuate certain elements such as the wedding cake or the photo corner.

The number of ways you one incorporate unique tablescapes is countless. Wow, your guests with an experience as no other by implementing these tablescapes at your Celebrations. 

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at info@vivaahcelebrations.com

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Masters of Ceremonies

The most renowned Show Hosts, Anchors and MCs

The world of entertainment certainly keeps growing and evolving by each passing year. The content, the participants, the audience, the concept, the production and so much more ascertains the success of an event. Another important factor is who narrates it and how. Some of the best stories, films or shows have made it big because of great storytelling. The art of keeping the audience interested and glued is a skill very few possess. In the world of Live Events, these geniuses are called Master of Ceremonies or better known as MCs. 

Vivaah Celebrations (IG: @vivaahcelebrations), one of the most recognized names in destination wedding planning spoke to the finest Show Hosts and MCs in the world of events to understand what it takes to be on the top (of the stage) and make yourself heard, literally.

One of the most recognized faces on the Indian television and Live events is Sachin Kumbhar (IG: @imsachinkumbhar) An anchor, voice over artist and an actor with over 8 years of experience, he has hosted leading sporting events, several high-profile shows, corporate events and destination weddings globally. Maggi K. of Vivaah Celebrations asks Sachin what are the main differences in a commercial event versus a wedding celebration? 

“One would say, as an anchor one just has to speak and deliver the lines. But there is a difference between the presentation style for each and every genre of events. 

The approach, the spontaneity, the demeanour, the casualness or the seriousness, all depend on the format of the show and the event requirements.

In a corporate event, the audience mostly consists of people who don’t meet each other on a regular basis or more often know each other on a professional level, so an anchor has to work on keeping them involved and maintain the energy throughout. 

Whereas at a wedding event, most of the attendees know each other and are already pumped up, looking forward to having a crazy time. The anchor has to be the one who gets the two sides of the families together and add more zest to the party. 

In both the event formats, an anchor needs to keep it conversational yet fun, but most importantly have his or her own style.” –  Sachin Kumbhar

India-based Anchor and Actor, Sonam Chhabra (IG: @sonamcchhabra) is one of the most sought-after MC and is also considered an inspiration to other women pursuing this craft. Maggi K. of Vivaah Celebrations asks Sonam how have she has evolved over time, both in her profession and her social presence?

“Thank you so much for calling me an ‘inspiration’, although I feel I have miles to go before I sleep. My journey so far has been nothing short of surreal. Being an artist is not just about the glitz and glamour, it’s actually much more than meets the eye. It’s a process of continuous learning, unlearning and evolving. Some of the factors which need to align to create a successful performance are scripting, styling, shooting, lighting, outfit, hair & make up but most importantly, a positive mindset. Performance arts include building a relationship of trust with the audience, backstage team, brands, corporations and every stakeholder in the ecosystem.” 

I believe one should value the life one has been gifted with rather than complaining about the odds. I have built my career on a foundation of morals, ethics and hard work. It’s been a journey of self-discovery and evolution. Honestly, early on in my career I wanted to control everything happening around me, I wanted to look a certain way, talk a certain way, be proper all the time etc. but now I feel more at ease with myself, my appearance, the way I speak. I feel confident and have evolved in the way I feel about myself. As an artist, I am not in the race to win the gold. Our craft is subjective. I just wish to connect with my audience, be my authentic self, take the pressure off and create magic! Thank you for the love!” –  Sonam Chhabra

Raja Mukherjee (IG: @rajarme) is a talent of a different breed – a rap artist, music producer as well as an MC. Maggi K. of Vivaah Celebrations asks Raja how he incorporates these talents together in a corporate show or a wedding celebration?

“Let’s put it this way, I am an artist and microphone is my weapon of choice. All of these skill sets, I have honed over a decade of being an entertainer with a lot of drive and passion to the art form. 

Be it a rapper, music producer, content creator, MC – the core requirement is 2 things – a mic and me.

Just like a guitarist can play multiple genres of music, I use the mic to play a variety of characters on stage and in my videos. I love to customize the experience when I am on stage, I don’t look at things like an MC or a presenter for an event. I look at it like I am an experience provider and the stage is where I feel at my best. It opens up a different version of me.

I am also the world’s 1st corporate rapper – I have made theme songs for large multi-national corporations such as P&G, Perfetti Van Melle and Sanofi. In addition to this, renowned Indian brands like HDFC ERGO, Glenmark and many more. All this within a year and a half, 2020 included.

I love curating special segments and moments in wedding occasions because you are responsible for giving them that one experience that they will not forget about in their entire lifetime. What else can an entertainer ask for? I live to create moments like these.

I believe, as an entertainer, if you have the vision to do it, then the world is your stage and you are the rockstar!” – Raja Mukherjee

Entertaining audiences all over the country, India-based MC Jay Karmani (IG: @anchor_jk) has carved out a niche for himself in the business of wedding entertainment. Vivaah Celebrations asked Jay why he chooses to incorporate a lot of interactive games between both sides of the families at a wedding celebration and what is the thought process behind these fun-filled activities?

I always believe in entertaining my audience throughout the wedding. The best way to do this is by involving both the families and do some fun-filled interactive sessions with them. So, usually it’s the bride side versus the groom side competition where I give them points after every game on the basis of their performance and participation. The thought process behind these activities is to have fun, create that vibe and energy which will make the families happy and continue throughout the celebrations” – Jay Karmani

 

RJ / DJ Abhijeet (IG: @rjdjabhijeet) is one of the most recognized face and voice in the UAE with a massive fan following in the region. Vivaah Celebrations asked Abhijeet how easy or difficult it is for him to manage situations with a fan frenzy audience when hosting a wedding celebration?

It is of course an amazing feeling to be recognized by people regularly, and it does get challenging at times when you are hosting events. The people want to meet you or take pictures with you. The responsibility is on my shoulders as a MC to balance this and ensure I’m doing justice to the job I’ve been hired to do while also reciprocating the love I get from my listeners.” –  Abhijeet Adhvaryu

 

Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at info@vivaahcelebrations.com

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Maestros at Work

A candid discussion with the best Wedding Filmmakers and Photographers

Weddings are once in a lifetime celebration which has its own special moments that a couple can reminisce for a lifetime. To capture these unforgettable moments, there exists a team of mavericks who have the knack of timing, lighting and more importantly, story-telling. 

Vivaah Celebrations spoke to some of the finest talent in the world of Wedding Photography and Filmmaking to understand the thought process and inspiration behind some of the most iconic wedding films and images. This art truly deserves its recognition to the levels of the Oscars as every emotion, celebration and joyous moment is captures for eternity. Precious moments can be cherished for a long time to come, only if they’re captured by talented and passionate professionals.

We asked one of the most renowned and sought-after wedding photographers in India, the Award-winning duo Sam & Ekta (IG: @sam_and_ekta); What are the key essentials they expect from a couple to be able to capture their special moments in their signature style.

“We like to break the ice with our couples before the wedding – we try to catch up with them over dinner or an evening out, so we get to know each other beyond just emails, messages & phone calls. This helps us connect with them on a personal level. Since we do not follow a template approach, we expect the couple to have complete trust in our approach toward photography & wedding films and go with the flow. The couples who get us on board always understand that we work with a childlike curiosity in a wedding, observing and documenting everything we find interesting.

Lastly, we want our couples to enjoy their wedding as much as they can, so that our documentary approach in photos & films can truly capture their experience of their own wedding – every choice we make is designed toward enabling this.” – Sam & Ekta

Avid travellers and thrill seekers, Noopur and Anish of Happy Flashbacks (IG: @happy_flashbacks) have been wanderers and explorers in search of adventure all their lives. This has influenced their style of capturing and presenting wedding photos and films. We asked them when they discovered their passion for wedding films and photography and if their journey has been an easy sail or a bumpy road?

“We at Happy Flashbacks believe in honest storytelling. Our goal with HFB is to document stories in a way that is thrilling and fun, making the couple the protagonists of their own film. 

It all started with a dream and a conversation over a cup of morning tea. The inception of the name ‘Happy Flashbacks’ that morning is what propelled us to pursue this idea, and it was helped by the fact that we wanted to take on a new creative journey as a couple. And so we began, in 2015, with the wedding shoot of our first ever couple and there was no looking back. 

Today, we’re proud to see how far we’ve come. But our thirst for good stories hasn’t been satisfied. And we’re always on the lookout for interesting stories. We capture moments as they happen – spontaneous and unvarnished. We capture details that are often overlooked; personal moments, the little oddities, and a relationship unscripted. 

It surely has been a bumpy ride, with few challenges out of our control, however these have been a great learning, making us manoeuvre and come up with better solutions and effective approaches towards our work. The journey so far has been adventurous and that’s how we both like it. 

The bumps on the way are what truly makes us better and we feel fortunate to experience it all.” – Noopur and Anish

Delhi-based Lakshya Chawla of Shutterdown Photography (IG: @shutterdownphotography) is a genius when it comes to using the best state of the art technology to produce captivating content. In discussion with Megha K of Vivaah Celebrations, Lakshya tell us what major shift in trends he sees going forward in wedding films and photography at destination weddings.

“With technology progressing leaps and bounds, we see that the clients today are willing to embrace and accept our recommendation for something path breaking and innovative. The technology I strongly believe in and presently working on is – Virtual Reality. We are seeing Virtual Reality as the next big thing in Wedding Photography and Filming. More than just seeing the films on screen, people would love the experience the entire wedding. Have a 360-degree experience of the property where the wedding took place and literally being a part of the Baraat and Sangeet is something that everyone would want and love to experience in the coming few years.” – Lakshya Chawla

Luv Israni and Megha Israni, the brother-sister duo of Israni Photography (IG: @israniphotography) have a rich legacy of Photography and Films as a profession in their family across generations. Luv is known to be someone who guides and mentors the young breed of photographers and filmmakers. Vivaah Celebrations asked him what advice would he like to give to those looking at exploring the world of wedding films and photography?

“Wedding Photography and Filmmaking is a wonderful job that allows you to be a part of the couple’s most memorable moments. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a treasured memory! For some starting new I would like to say, “Don’t treat it like a job; instead, become engaged on a personal level and treat the family like your own. Also make sure you are always on your toes so you don’t miss out on capturing any key moment or emotion. One must consider the genre in terms other than profession; I truly believe that we must respect the fact that someone has invested a significant sum of money in capturing this very special moment in their life, and as professionals, we must ensure that the smile on their face remains even after the event is over, because the moment may be gone, but the memories we have created for them will live on.” – Luv Israni

Dubai-based Anish Ahuja of Imprint Studio (IG: @imprintwedding) has shot some of the most beautiful weddings around the world. We asked him if he sees any difference in expectations from clients from the Middle East vis-a-vis clients from the Indian subcontinent.

“Having covered over 180 weddings in the last 10 years in beautiful destinations like Switzerland, France, Thailand, Bali, Ibiza, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Turkey, Oman, Baku, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah & our home turf – Dubai, we feel our clients from the Middle East market are not so different from the Indian market. A wedding is a special occasion in the lives of the couple and their families. They all want the same thing in terms of preferences & style which is Creative Candid Wedding Photography & Contemporary Storytelling Cinematic Wedding Films.

As a team of professionals, we have always raised the bar and challenged ourselves to provide the most heart-warming photos and films that our clients cherish for a lifetime.” – Anish Ahuja

Connect with Vivaah Celebrations on info@vivaahcelebrations.com for your Wedding Celebrations!

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Divas on the Decks! – An Insight into the new breed of talented Female DJs

Top Female DJs in the region exploring Destination Weddings

Wedding Celebrations are synonymous with music and dance extravaganzas, fun sessions on the dancefloor and high energy performances. It is seldom seen that the talent facilitating and making all of this happen is recognized at all. Some behind the scenes, some on the forefront, this community of talent is one aspect of the wedding we cannot function without. Yes, these are our beloved DJs!

Staying up endless hours, constantly belting out chart hits, attending to guest requests and keeping the momentum going is all a part of their daily lives ensuring that their audience have an ecstatic time. 

Another breed of talent slowly and gradually making their way into the mainstream foray is a bunch of talented Female DJs who can definitely give their counterparts a run for their money. Not just pretty faces, these ladies are the total package of confidence, attitude and immense talent.

Leading wedding planners in Dubai, Vivaah Celebrations spoke to some of the finest Female DJs in the region to get their two cents on the evolution of the music scene in the events and wedding industry and what the future holds for them. 

DJ Panache (IG: @djpanachedubai) is a sensation amongst her fans, mesmerizing audiences with innovative mixes at the clubs and with her creative music production skills. Having conceptualized and featured in several music videos, she is unstoppable. We asked her what made her opt for DJing as a career.

“I have always been passionate about music. Keeping in mind the latest trend of music, I learnt to DJ. It just began as a hobby when I was at university. But when I started performing and the crowd would ask for more, I knew I could never quit DJing. I like being different, so I started performing audio visual acts that would fascinate the crowd. I also release my mixes very often and play them as a part of my set. All I want to do right now is wait for clubs to allow dancing on the floors…so I can hit the decks and make the crowd groove to my beats. A career that lets you travel, meet new people and play some banger music- I’d be crazy not to choose it!” – DJ Panache

Another super talent creating ripples in the music scene is DJ Tripti (IG: @djtripty). Hailing from India, she is currently one of the most popular Bollywood DJ based in Dubai. She experiments with her vibrant style of blending Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Arabic and Afrobeat keeping the music scenario fresh, exciting and energetic. Vivaah Celebrations asked her how she managed to make a mark for herself in a predominantly male dominated industry and the challenges she has faced along the way.

‘’Similar to all other industries, music and entertainment industry also happens to be predominantly male dominated and women have to go that extra mile with their display of talent to prove their worth to win the attention and respect of their audience.

Without a doubt, it is easier to get an entry being a female DJ, but it is much harder to sustain from there on. High expectations, rolling eyeballs and heavy criticism comes from the closest people who would like to see you quit. But, you also find a lot of music lovers in your journey who will believe in you and inspire you to grow big despite of the gender roles. Over the years I’ve come to understand that it is important to have fun while playing and entertaining the crowd which has definitely helped me the most to evolve.

Music is dynamic and ever-changing. I enjoy my career playfully which helps me grow and groom along the way. It brings me great happiness to see people groove at my fingertips. As a DJ, that is my motto.” – DJ Tripty

In a candid conversation, we asked one of the most renowned DJs in India, Akanksha Popli (IG: @djakankshapopli) whether she prefers playing for an audience at the clubs or mesmerising guests at a destination wedding.

“For me, playing in the clubs has always been my first love because that’s where I started my career. After appreciating my music internationally, families and couples started hiring my services for their weddings. While I enjoy entertaining audiences of all kinds, the only difference is that in clubs we don’t get to connect with the crowd emotionally and directly. We can most definitely play their favours tracks and keep them engaged. But when you are playing in a wedding you feel like a part of the family; you get to meet them, you can talk to them and shake a leg with them, specially in a destination wedding. In my opinion, a DJ’s career should parallelly exist at clubs as well as weddings. I personally cannot favour one over the other.” – DJ Akanksha Popli

 

Connect with Vivaah Celebrations on info@vivaahcelebrations.com for your Wedding Celebrations!

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Floral Blooms for your Wedding Celebrations

Families globally are beginning to understand the significance of unique floral elements for their celebrations. Flowers can be implemented in numerous ways throughout your beautiful Wedding Celebrations, from bouquets and boutonnieres to exquisite floral centerpieces, guest experiences, and flower petals down the aisle. These blossoms can be utilized in various ways. 

Flowers are a vital element of any wedding celebration; they have the power to enhance the ambiance, beautify the venue and create memorable moments for your unforgettable day. Vivaah Celebrations identifies beautiful ways in which florals are used to wow guests at your Wedding Celebrations. 

Guest Welcome

Every wedding experience starts with the welcome of your loved ones. One way to use flowers is  to create a welcome experience by giving out a rose blossom to your guests upon their arrival at the Wedding Destination. This can be something handed over at the airport or the venue.

If you’d like to give out at the venue, this may be in the form of a boutonniere for men, an accessory for women, or simply a flower handed over to them, but it most definitely would touch your guests’ hearts and set the mood for the celebration. 

Floral Jewelry

The inclination of floral jewelry has continued to pick up by chic brides again, and the trend seems like it’s only growing amongst these gorgeous brides. Day events such as the Mehendi and Haldi have been opportunities for brides to flaunt their beautiful floral jewelry with their vivid attires. 

Any bride can implement this jewelry for her big day. From traditional events to a simple lunch or even her big wedding day, floral jewelry can be hair accessories, floral bangles, necklaces, or even floral earrings, making you look like you’ve come out straight of a fairytale. Should you wish to go more traditional, floral jewelry can also be anklets, maang ka tikka, or other hand accessories; the options are limitless. 

Wedding Garlands  

 

Exchanging Wedding Garlands has been a tradition that has been carried forward over the years. These garlands are made of fresh flowers; thus, using the right choice of flowers and ensuring that the garlands match your bridal outfits and the decor around you is very important. Using the right flowers to compliment the theme can make a huge difference. 

Bridal Bouquets and Boutonnieres 

The use of Fresh flowers for bridal bouquets and boutonnieres is one of the most elegant ways to implement flowers on your big day. There’s a variety of flowers you can use while ensuring they match the outfits. These boutonnieres are perfect for your Groom and groomsmen while the bride carries the beautiful bouquet. If you aspire to add some color to the bridesmaids, they can even have an elegant floral hair clip to match the others. 

Wedding Decor  

Any wedding decor is crucial as it sets the mood, vibe, ambiance and beautifies the venue. Using fresh flowers and implementing them in your decor is only going to make your venue stunning. Centerpieces can be designed and made with fresh flowers, whether peonies, hydrangeas, or roses, or a mix of all. Brides also tend to love a heavy floral mandap or wedding arch for their big day, as this definitely adds a wow factor to the decor. This can be followed by an aisle with flowers on both sides, making it exclusive for the bride. 

Fancy a floral backdrop like Kim K. this can be used as a photo wall for your gorgeous wedding day! Flowers can be implemented in so many different aspects of your decor, whether your stage, entrance arches, or enhancing your tablescapes. 

Wedding Cake  

Choosing your wedding cake does not revolve solely around the flavor; however, design and aesthetics also play a significant role! Amidst all the decor and floral aspects, incorporating fresh flowers picked straight from the garden on your wedding cake can add a lot to the overall decor: Roses, Ranunculus, orchids, or even peonies. Whichever flowers you choose to incorporate, they will definitely give a touch of elegance. 

Fresh flowers on wedding confections have been used a lot; however, this trend is undoubtedly coming back. We at Vivaah Celebrations can assist you with designs and even connect you to professionals who’d know the best way to implement these buds in your wedding cake. 

Edible Flowers  


The number of ways you can incorporate flowers at your wedding celebrations is countless. Wow, your guests with cocktails, appetizers, meals, and desserts with gorgeous edible flowers. This is not as widely seen, so it will surely leave an impression and enhance your food aesthetics. Rosemary, Lavender, and many other edible flowers are now available to add a touch of elegance to your food.

Overall, incorporating flowers in a few different aspects of your wedding can surely help tie your decor together. It makes everything match one another, whether your cake, tablescapes, or the wedding aisle, making the event glamorous. 

Connect with us at info@vivaahcelebrations.com to help you plan your beautiful Wedding Celebrations. 

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SANGEET EXTRAVAGANZA AT DESTINATION WEDDINGS

In conversation with the top choreographers in the region

The Big Fat Indian Wedding would be incomplete without elaborate dance performances, designer outfits and larger than life celebrations. 

Sangeet Evenings are one of the most sought-after events at a wedding celebration. A lot goes on behind the scenes for months before you witness that picture perfect family performance that presents itself like clockwork. Those impressive dance moves, special effects, flamboyant entries and the entire show production is the genius of the masterminds behind the craft – the Choreographers! These unsung heroes work over weeks for endless hours training family members on their dance steps till they can perfect them and time them correctly. They travel internationally with the wedding groups to slip in that one last practice session before the performers go up on stage. This is their passion towards their skill. 

Being one of the most experienced wedding planners in Dubai, Vivaah Celebrations had a candid conversation with leading choreographers in the region about their craft and the future of their business.

One of the leading choreographers and UAE’s biggest dance You Tuber, Nidhi Kumar (IG: @nidhikumardance) believes the pandemic has led to an evolution in the way the Sangeet performance is choreographed.

“In adversity often lies opportunity. As the world succumbed to a pandemic, the wedding industry also was hit. But despite the hurdles, the industry evolved & that is where the win is! 

Sangeet performances now have become more intimate and digitally friendly. I have choreographed two in the USA where the whole family from across the world came together on zoom and danced! Did we ever imagine that before 2020?! 

Instructors, now have a wider audience to cater to & expand their business. This change is so beautiful. We may have been locked down, but our love for weddings and dance can never be!” 

– Nidhi Kumar

Another renowned choreographer with years of experience in destination weddings, Satyen Babla of DANS (IG: @dans_me) expresses the challenges he faces when working on a high-profile destination wedding.

“High profile weddings are always fun. Having said that, they do come with some challenges. One of the top challenges is availability of the client’s time. Most of our clients are business families or working professionals who usually have formal commitments followed by family time which makes it difficult for them to allocate time for choreography and practice sessions. 

In other cases, most of the performing dancers are in different parts of the world. Hence, a lot needs to be worked on remotely through videos or online sessions. 

Finally, we have seen multiple additions, edits and removals of songs even after the production has been finalized which compromises the flow and continuity of the performance on the days of the events.” 

– Satyen Babla

Known as the maestro of Sangeet performances at Indian, wedding Sumit Khetan (IG: @sumitkhetanent) is a force to reckon with. He spilled the beans on one of the most elaborate Sangeet production and performance he has choreographed under the banner of his company Sumit Khetan Entertainment Co.

“There are many (large projects) to pen down, but in case if I have to choose one, I would highlight a wedding that I recently choreographed in 2020 at Aamby Valley City (Lonavala). The venue was huge, it was called Town Square. We had a larger than life stage measuring 100 meters x 80 meters.

 The elaborate acts included special entries, aerial acts, LED interaction and a whole lot more that took months to put together in a seamless manner. I am glad Sumit Khetan Entertainment Co. got an opportunity to design and direct this wedding and we are proud to exceed the client’s expectations too.”

 – Sumit Khetan

Dubai-bred talent Riya Berry (IG: @riyaberry) is loved by many for her bubbly and chirpy nature that puts all her clients at ease instantly as they feel deeply connected with her as friends. This gives them the comfort of following Riya’s dance choreography steps quite easily. This power packed talent is creating ripples in the world of destination weddings. 

“Typically, choreography should start a month in advance and regular practice sessions should be followed once the songs are finalised. I am aware of clients’ different levels of dancing skills and I guide them accordingly. 

Once I arrive at the wedding venue, I liaise with the light and sound team as well as the performers to make sure we practice 2 hours before the event starts so they can mark their positions on stage and get used to their props as well. I am constantly working with the DJ and light team during the entire performance to make sure everything goes right.

Destination weddings are trickier because the Sangeet practices are usually after a pool party, mehndi or any day event – which makes it harder to gather guests together for stage practice! However, performers and guests usually love the essence of a well-choreographed dance skit and more than happy to take that time to make sure everything goes well.”

 – Riya Berry

To curate memorable experiences for your destination wedding celebrations, connect with the best wedding planner in Dubai.

Vivaah Celebrations on info@vivaahcelebrations.com

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Big Fun for Little Ones!

Ideas to keep kids engaged at a wedding.

Wedding celebrations are undeniably one of the most anticipated events in one’s life. Families and friends come together to rejoice and enjoy memorable moments together. Such joyful celebrations include little ones who are most excited about their uncle or aunt getting married. It is seen that kids are seldom made to feel like a part of the celebrations and they eventually get restless and bored since they do not have many activities to keep them engrossed. Vivaah Celebrations lists out some fun and interactive ideas to keep the little ones engaged with cool activities while the parents can enjoy the wedding events at ease.

Kids Show

While the guests at the wedding get to enjoy a high energy dance session on the tunes spun by some of the most renowned DJs, we recommend a showcase for the kids as well. Let them have their moment of glory and fame! It’s time the kids took the stage to display their talent and contribute their bit to the lovely wedding celebrations. Try allocating a few minutes in the event schedule for the little ones perform on their favourite tracks to a room full of audience. The applause at the end of it certainly goes a long way to boost their morale, encourage them and make them feel special and a part of the wedding.

 Kids Interactive Classes

One of the most interesting zones at the wedding that keeps kids glued and engaged for hours. Sketching, Painting, Rangoli designing, Bracelet Making sessions and a whole lot more explores their creative side and makes for some of the most beautiful images. Flipping through the wedding album, you’ll notice the lovely works the little ones put together to make your wedding look even prettier.

The Carnival

Supervised and managed by professionals, this carnival can even make the adults go weak with its offering. Let the little ones indulge in Fun-Fair games, Cotton Candy, Popcorn and get their face painted. It certainly is a fun day out for the kids while everyone else is involved in the wedding celebrations. You won’t even realize how hours pass by and when you’re back to get them, they’ll still be asking for more.

Flower Girls and Boys

Kids are overwhelmed and excited right from the preparations of the wedding and you’d see that they want to contribute to the celebrations in their own little way.
How about assigning them the roles of escorting the Bride down the aisle with baskets of flower petals
that they can shower along the way. Flower Girls and Boys make for some of the prettiest images and videos. More importantly, it makes the kids feel an important part of the ceremony.

Kids Club

A nightclub setting for the little ones like a Kids Disco! Why not? With kids-friendly music and mocktails being served at the bar, this is one fun zone where the kids can shake a leg and enjoy their own dance sessions in a controlled environment. Keep them occupied with high energy activities for hours while you celebrate at a venue nearby.

Kids Corner

Face Painting, Glitter Art and their own little Mehendi / Henna stations amuses and engages the little ones with much delight. The quirky fun designs on their little hands and feet bring them much joy as they walk about and show off their fun little ideas on their palms all throughout the wedding. We’ve seen kids get innovative and cute as they get their favourite cartoon characters or animals painted with Henna or Glitter.

To curate memorable experiences for your destination wedding celebrations, connect with Vivaah Celebrations on info@vivaahcelebrations.com

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Curating Culinary Concepts – Featuring Foodlink, Moshi & Food Inc.

Without a doubt, Food & Beverage plays an important role in any wedding celebration. More so for an Indian wedding, where delectable flavours come together in elaborate settings to elevate the sense and the overall experience for the guests. 

Good food has known to touch a chord with many taking them back to fond memories of their hometown or even their childhood. Food at Destination Indian Weddings has evolved over the years and is a full-grown industry in itself with world class catering companies leading the foray. 

Our Director, Rahul Kumar has led Vivaah Celebrations to be recognized as one of the most renowned and leading wedding planners for destination weddings. With Big Fat Indian Weddings slowly making its comeback after a challenging couple of years, Vivaah Celebrations is always on the forefront to deliver exemplary wedding planning and management services to the top and elite families globally. 

As they say ‘With great power comes great responsibility’; the experienced team at Vivaah Celebrations ties in together all aspects of the weddings and the finer details to provide the clients and their guests with a wholesome memorable wedding experience. This most definitely has key focus on the Food & Beverage offering including the trending Culinary Art to satisfy the aesthetics of how the food is presented and served. 

We spoke to some of the leading experts in the field of Food & Beverage who have catered for large events and they proudly have in their list of clients, some of the top renowned business families, industrialists and celebrities.

One of the leading food specialists in India and the Middle East – Mr. Sanjay Vazirani of Foodlink (www.foodlink.in) shared his views about how food has evolved at weddings celebrations.

“We have been blessed to be the caterer of choice for esteemed clients such as Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh, Ambani family, Bachchan family, Shilpa Shetty et al. I can’t divulge specific details due to our non-disclosure agreements, but it gives me great satisfaction to deliver memorable gourmet experiences for them. The strong influence of culture, tradition and hence regional delicacies and traditional sweets continue to remain the same and so does the flair and eye for excellence that Foodlink promises, while the rest including the overall offering and approach keeps evolving based on trends.

For instance, In the current time, modern diets need to be considered while designing the menu. Single-serve packages/Mono Portions are a trend to stay. Plant-based eating is on the rise. With COVID being a major factor in play, there is a move towards the main essence which is QUALITY FOOD – with less extravagance. You can say Minimalism & “Less is More” is the new mantra. A robust and updated ‘Food Safety Management System’ and appointment of trained hygiene officers are a must-have. Interactive Live Cooking Stations are the need of the hour and are fast developing to add more dimensions to them to please all senses.

What’s constant is that we continuously strive to reinvent ourselves according to the existing trends and guest preferences. While we have specialty chefs in our chain of restaurants and banquets, if a guest requests a cuisine or dish that is not in our domain, we are sent on special training programs to develop the required skills. We also collaborate with other Chefs in different parts of the globe and learn from their inputs and experience.”

Known as the guru of fusion and quirky, Rahul Sajnani of MOSHI (www.moshiuae.com) has entered the market in a much unique manner by fusing traditional flavours with local delicacies. We asked him What inspired him and how his out of the box offering has been received by young couples as part of their wedding events menu. 

“I always noticed there was a gap in the market and people wouldn’t eat/try new items easily. For example – Sushi. The mindset of it being served with raw ingredients kept people away from it. We changed that perspective by adding unique fillings / flavours into it. This made our brand stand out and differentiate from the rest.  

We then started tweaking other dishes combining it with a couple of cuisines which people avoid eating or trying. Moreover, we wanted to bring some fun element into the food. Sushi gave us a boost and made us want to explore more cuisines and since then we have been known for our unique concoctions. 

Young couples and teenagers are the easiest way through which our products are marketed as they are the ones looking for different concepts and are ready to try newer dishes. It has been a great hit amongst the younger generation and eventually they would bring their loved ones and families to try our unique flavours. 

Once we became part of their daily cravings, we had an easier way in to becoming a part of their occasions such as weddings, birthday, anniversaries etc.”

Creating a distinguished experience for discerning clients is Food Inc’s (www.mmmbox.ae) priority and forte. Led by renowned Food & Beverage expert, Varun Tuli, the catering experience that their clients enjoy is unparalleled. We asked Varun what are the demands and expectations of clients from Food and Beverage at a wedding?

“All of them demand a truly unique experience and we leave no stone unturned to exceed their expectations. 

We craft a bespoke menu in collaboration with our clients. Our expansive repertoire helps us ensure that each celebration catered by Food Inc is a distinctive experience with an abundance of cuisines. Be it for intimate gatherings or celebrations that bring thousands of people together, no two of our menus are alike. 

From starter islands, dessert bars, conveyor belts, flying buffet service, sit-down dinners to flying in specialised international chefs, we are always willing to assimilate a multitude of innovative concepts to make an indelible mark on our client’s guests. We conceptualise various themed live counters, fun and unique stations, pop-up restaurants and menus that are one of a kind.

We design a culinary carnival with extraordinary experiences that ensure the celebration is extravagant and entertaining. Even while crafting thousands of dishes in a single day, we ensure that each one is a gastronomic affair for our clients and their guests. It has been thrilling to create a Thali that encompasses an entire country with chaat from Benaras, curries & bread from Punjab, Awadh and Kerala, rice delicacies from Hyderabad that ends with delectable desserts from Bengal or curate a Dastarkhwan under the starlight sky set against the dunes of Jaisalmer. Over the past few years, we have created avocado bars, tiffin stations for South Indian cuisine, teppanyaki pop-ups, detox bars, stations by renowned regional delicacy vendors, pizza acrobat counters, edible helium balloon stations and pop-up restaurants like Indian Accent, Yum Yum Cha and tbsp with a curated set menu. 

We hope that our passion for bringing food and people together shines through in our scrumptious food, spectacular food display and splendid service.”

To curate culinary experiences for your destination wedding celebrations, connect with Vivaah Celebrations on info@vivaahcelebrations.com

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Customized Wedding Collateral by VC Creative Studio 

Your wedding celebration is one of the most important days of your life and you may have most definitely thought out your event experience and themes in detail. However, the guest experience begins much before the events are in progress.

First impressions matter the most and we guide you on how you can work on Wow-ing your guests with the Unexpected!

Our concept team constantly challenges their creative horizons to explore ideas that gets your guests gushing over even after the wedding celebrations are over. 

This time, VC Creative Studios takes you into the magnificent world of Wedding Collaterals & Stationery.

Designer Invitations

As a symbol of respect and admiration, the traditional invitation is still an important part of the Indian culture when it comes to weddings. The style, design and concept of the invites have evolved over time. An invitation card is still sent out or hand delivered to guests wherever possible despite all electronic versions of invitations available. You know your folks want it this way, make the best of it!

Your invitation is more often the first connect to your guest, possibly sitting at their coffee table for a few weeks for all to see. Let your invitation’s design and concept speak much about your personality, style, preferences and a taste of things to come during the celebrations.

Specialized Invitation Designers meet the Bride & Groom to understand their style, preferences and personalities. All of this is reflected in the kind of Invitation Card, Box or Hamper that is custom designed for you.

 

Airport Signage

At a destination wedding, your next touch point with your guests would most likely be the airport at destination. A customized and personalized Airport Welcome Signage held by the transport team at the Arrivals area of the destination airport is a delight for your guests to see. 

Welcome Letter

Wait till they see the sweet little Welcome Letter that the chauffer will hand over to them on their ride to the venue. Choose the most humble and welcoming verbatim for your Welcome Letter that can be handed over to the guest as soon as they’re seated in the cars or when they arrive at the venue.

Customized Water Bottles

When they reach out to refresh themselves with that bottle of water sitting in the cup holder, they would yet again see a hint of the wedding theme on the bottle label wrapper. Beware, keep it subtle with not a lot of information on this label.
Perhaps just the wedding logo of your initials on it and your social media hashtag would just be ideal.

Luggage Tags

Upon arrival at the hotel, your guests are assisted with their luggage by the Bell Desk team who strap on your customized wedding themed luggage tags which bears the wedding logo and dates on one side of it and information fields such as
Name and Room No. on the other side. You may provide these tags to the hotel ahead of time to use these for guest luggage instead of their regular tags.

Key Card Sleeves

One of the most helpful concepts, the key card sleeve is not just appreciated for its novelty factor but also for the practicality of it.
The hotel would usually provide your guests with a key card inserted into a foldable sleeve which mentions information on the hotel or its food and beverage outlets. Instead, you could choose to have your own key card sleeves designed and printed with the events information of the following days of the celebration. It comes in handy for your guests to know what is happening at which location at any hour of the day in terms of Flow of Events.

Welcome Notes

A smaller concise version of your Welcome Letter could be a Welcome Note that could be sitting on the coffee table in the room where your guest would check in or could be attached to the Room Hamper that you may be placing. This could be a personal message of a few sentences welcoming the guest to the venue and how you’re looking forward celebrating with them over the next few days.

Do Not Disturb Tags

The fun continues even during the snooze hours in between celebrations. Let people know you’ve had a great time partying the previous night and hence do not want to be disturbed. Themed DND tags with your logo and
hashtag can be placed in rooms for guests to hang them at their doorknob for a sound stylish sleep.

Directional Signage

Chances are that you may have opted for exotic spots in a venue for your celebration and getting there could be an exploration trip for your guest. Look at it as another opportunity to wow your guest with your wedding themed directional signage that could read for example ‘You’re only a few steps away from Awesomeness’ or something subtle like ‘This way to our Gateway of Happiness ’.

Ritual Booklets

You may have guests of different demographics, cultures and ethnicities on your big day. And it may become quite confusing for your guest to follow the rituals if they do not already know about them. It definitely adds a thoughtful touch to the ceremony when you provide them with small ritual booklets that tells them about each stage of the ceremony.

Food & Bar Menus

Themed Menu Cards is a good addition to your stationery suite as you can customize these according to the theme of each evening. You may even explore the idea of naming each dish differently as per your choice that may tell a story. But be sure, the same name appears at the Food Counters.

Beverage Napkins

If yours is a wedding where guests would spend a good enough time at the bar, it would be great to have custom printed beverage napkins placed there. Having a chat or two at the bar,
they constantly see and appreciate the detailing you’ve gone into with your wedding.

Instagram Boards

In today’s day and age, you’d love for your wedding to be spoken of, appreciated and remembered for a long time to come.
Thanks to social media and avid followers, your celebrations can be well documented by friends and family using
the wedding hashtag which you may place throughout the venue for guests to instantly post on the digital world.

Thank You Notes

Finally, to top it all, express your gratitude and appreciation to your guests with a beautifully designed Thank You note that you can place either on the dinner plates on the last event or even in their rooms before they check out of the hotel. This could be accompanied by a small wedding favour of your choice.

An important note is to keep the theme and colours consistent through all your stationery as you create a lasting impression with a recall value. You may even mention your social media hashtag on each of the stationery so guests can document your cherished moments every step of the way.

Vivaah Celebrations brings to you many more exciting concepts for your wedding in the next blog.

 

To plan your Wedding with the leading wedding planners in UAE, contact Vivaah Celebrations on: info@vivaahcelebrations.com or visit Instagram: @vivaahcelebrations

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How do you envision your big day? – Megha Kewlani, COO of Vivaah Celebrations

Does the Palais du Versailles mesmerize you or fun-filled Disneyland? Does a beach/yacht wedding against the backdrop of the colour changing Mediterranean sea makes your heart skip a beat? Or you’d like the shor-sharaba of a big fat royal Indian wedding in a Jaipur haveli? Megha Kewlani, the COO of Vivaah Celebrations, an avid traveler and aesthete, then, should be on your speed-dial. Raised in Poland, educated in London, having worked in Paris and Madrid, she is now in Dubai doing what she loves best – heading a destination wedding planning/event company Vivaah Celebrations.

Recognised as The Most influential Women 2021 by FilmfareMe. 

What has been your career path thus far and how have you achieved so much at such a young age?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I’ve just only begun and have a long way to go. I’ve had an interesting international journey so far; originally from India, born in UAE, brought up in Poland. I then decided to pursue my further studies in London, which opened avenues for me to work in other cities such as Paris, Madrid and now I’m realizing my dream in Dubai. My family has been my strength throughout my journey in achieving what I have. Being a woman, traveling across the globe to find my forte is not a privilege everyone gets. They’ve been supportive throughout my journey and always encouraged me to explore new avenues and do more. I also believe that identifying opportunities and making the best of it is an essential factor. Nothing comes easy; one must grasp on to the opportunities, work on it passionately and consistently exceed expectations. I have been blessed to be surrounded by reputable individuals who saw the potential in me and gave me opportunities to prove what I am capable of. I’m empowered, focused and driven to revolutionize the business of events and forge a new path where others will follow. I still have a long way ahead of me. I aspire to create my own footprints, make my family proud and inspire the next generation of businesswomen.

When did you realize your passion for event management?

Event management has grasped my attention from as early as my childhood. I was always on the forefront to bring the neighborhood kids together and organize small parties or events just because I wanted to have a fun celebration. Occasions such as Halloween, birthday parties and evening teas was something I would ideate and put together in a small simple way when I was in school. No matter the scale of the event I’ve always been intrigued and interested in the way everything was organized. I was interested in knowing what goes on behind the scenes; how much human resource was required, the operations, the management and the finer details. Growing up I knew I wanted to be a part of the events industry. I came across a 4-years Bachelors and Honors degree in International Events Management at Regents University London and decided to pursue a formal education before I embarked on a professional career.

Entrepreneurship runs in your family. How do you see that osmotically enter your career as well?

I must say, it definitely has been inspiring to see my family be successful entrepreneurs who have achieved immense success. However, I never took it for granted nor did I ever expect things to be handed over to me easily. My family has brought me up with strong principles that have defined that anything worth having, does not come easy. Since childhood up until now, I have had to prove my worth, skills and acumen to enjoy the respect and accolades from my family. This has made me independent, strong and focused in my vision. Every accomplishment and milestone I achieve is something my family can be proud of as I work hard towards it and do not take an easy route. I’m blessed to have the support and encouragement from my family to go out there and contribute my best towards the business in the prime years of my life. Every day is interesting and the journey has been fulfilling thus far.

Which is the most memorable wedding you have worked for and why?

Hands down, it has to be the first ever destination wedding in Disneyland Paris which we planned and managed a couple of years ago. It is still one of the most recognized events globally in the portfolio of Vivaah Celebrations.This truly was the real definition of a fairy-tale wedding. Disneyland Paris played host to one of the most magnificent Indian wedding celebrations where some of the finest memories were created that every attendee would cherish for a lifetime. With over 300 guests from around the world dressed in their finest outfits and ensemble, this was truly a magical wedding. We worked closely with the Disneyland Paris teams to ensure an unparalleled event – one that would go down the history books as the first and one of the finest wedding celebrations held at Disneyland Paris.

You travel across continents for your work. What aspects of this world travel gets reflected in your work?

I have always believed that travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell. This is exactly what we do with our weddings. Having traveled the world, I have learned to explore different cultures, traditions, cuisines, hospitality, nuances and habits that I eventually fuse into wedding celebrations somewhere in the future. I owe this to the extensive travels I have done of across many different cities and countries around the world. Quite often, we get asked to plan and conceptualize a cross-cultural wedding where bride and groom belong to different ethnicities. They feel much at ease and comfort with me as I can relate to much of what they share with me about their cuisines, rituals and expectations since my travels have educated and enriched me. I look forward to returning to my travels and exploring lots more around the world.

How do you manage your professional and personal life when it comes to the business of events?

In the business of events, you can never draw a line with professional and personal life. With undefined hours and unpredictable workdays, our team including myself spend a lot of time planning and conceptualizing events without any track of weekdays or weekends. Furthermore, most events are usually held on weekends and more often in the evenings. This limits my personal time quite a bit. I do make time for my fitness and meditation as it helps me rejuvenate and maintain an equilibrium. Quite simply, we sacrifice our own personal events, ceremonies, family time to shape up someone else’s big day. And I do not regret it one bit as the satisfaction we get after having delivered a successful event is unparalleled.

Apart from the business background, are you inclined towards social work? Which sector would you want to contribute to?

For me, this most definitely has to be women empowerment. Being a woman in the business of events, I have seen first-hand how women are seen and judged when you are out there working late at nights, traveling alone or conducting meetings with top professionals globally. For a woman, it takes a long list of achievements, accolades, appreciation and recognition to finally win the respect of colleagues and peers. Having worked with multiple firms in different parts of the world, I finally found comfort and a nurturing nest with Vivaah Celebrations where every team member is empowered to think, ideate and share opinions. Furthermore, women in our team are given an equal platform to compete with their male counterparts which in-turn enhances the product and service offering to our clients. In my individual capacity, I have already formed a network of entrepreneurial women in this region where we meet once a month to share best practices, accomplishments and future plans.

What are the unique demands that your clients put forth and how have you managed them?

Most couples come to us asking for something different or unique at their wedding; something that has never been done before. This stimulates our team to get their creative juices flowing. Having said that, unique concepts more often mean ideating something from scratch or innovating a fresh creation which requires time, energy and supporting budgets. Every wedding or event is dynamic as every client has a different set of requirements or expectations. This constantly makes us hit the reset button and begin from scratch. We do not believe in a ‘one size fits all approach’ and continuously like to challenge ourselves to raise the bar and achieve something that the client and the team can be proud of.

What advice would you like to give young aspiring entrepreneurs looking and creating a mark for themselves?
The young breed of entrepreneurs is ambitious, eager to learn and focused to make a difference. The future of the business world looks limitless and there is much evolution around the corner.Especially with new age businesses engulfing unconventional business streams that have only sprung up in the past decade or so, just like our business of events and weddings. Over the years, the destination weddings industry has blown out to be a multi-billion dollars industry. Our profession is now recognized globally with formal associations, conferences and congresses held internationally. Follow your passion, work hard and aspire to make a mark. These should be the motivating factors for a career drive. For such young entrepreneurs, sky is the limit.

To plan your Wedding with the leading wedding planners in UAE, contact Vivaah Celebrations on: info@vivaahcelebrations.com or visit Instagram: @vivaahcelebrations

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