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WV Connect Conference: A Fusion of Tradition and Technology in the Wedding Industry

 

Rahul Kumar CEO and Founder of Vivaah Celebrations, along with COO Maggi Kewlani, recently embarked on an enriching journey at the WV Connect Conference held in the vibrant city of Jaipur. Themed around the fusion of technology and the wedding industry, the conference proved to be a captivating experience spanning three eventful days.

From the moment attendees arrived at Ananta Jaipur, they were immersed in a tapestry of traditional artistry, local delicacies, and enriching discussions. Among the distinguished guests were renowned figures such as Ritu Raj Ji, Rajeev Jain, and Aditya Motwani, offering a platform for reconnecting with esteemed peers.

The inaugural evening set the tone for the conference with a mesmerizing sunset gathering at a picturesque farm venue. Accompanied by traditional artists and folk singers, attendees reveled in the ambiance as camels traversed the scenic backdrop of mountains. The subsequent networking dinner at Fairmont Jaipur seamlessly blended luxury with tradition, creating an unforgettable experience.

Over the following days, the conference unfolded with a series of engaging sessions and panels. Rahul Kumar, representing Vivaah Celebrations, contributed valuable insights during panel discussions, highlighting the importance of technology while emphasizing the significance of skilled execution. His poignant remark, “The right tools in an expert’s hands can creates Wonders. The same tools in a fool’s hands can create Blunders.” resonated deeply, underscoring the need for expertise alongside technological advancements.

Amidst discussions on the evolving landscape of wedding planning, the conference culminated in a spectacular finale party. Renowned DJ Siddharth infused the night with energy, as attendees danced into the early hours, celebrating newfound knowledge and cherished connections.

The WV Connect Conference served as a nexus of innovation and tradition, providing a platform for industry leaders to converge, exchange ideas, and pave the way for a dynamic future in the wedding industry. As Vivaah Celebrations continues to spearhead transformative experiences, the insights gained from this conference will undoubtedly shape their journey towards excellence.

Additionally, Vivaah Celebrations extends heartfelt gratitude to the entire WV Connect team for their impeccable organization and warm hospitality throughout the event. The seamless execution and thoughtful arrangements contributed significantly to the enriching experience for CEO Rahul Kumar, COO Maggi Kewlani. Vivaah Celebrations anticipates future editions of WV Connect, eager to continue fostering collaboration, innovation, and camaraderie within the wedding industry.

 

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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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Vivaah Celebrations at the DWP Congress 2022 in Bali

The 8th Destination Wedding Planners Congress was held in Bali from the 27th – 29th of September 2022, and Vivaah Celebrations had the honor of attending this prestigious event. The entire experience from the curation of the events to the hospitality was phenomenal as always. 

Upon arrival at the Depensar Airport in Bali, Vivaah Celebrations along with other renowned planners who flew in from different parts of the world were welcomed with true Balinese traditions. Flower Garlands and customised refreshing coconut water was handed out at airport before being driven in private chauffeured cars which took us to the Mulia Resorts in Nasa Dua – an elite and luxury area of Bali. 

We were given a tour of Bali’s famous sculptures and landmarks by our chauffeur as we sipped fresh coconut water on the way to our hotel. 

A greeting ceremony was held as soon as we arrived at the venue, which included gently placing a beautiful flower behind your ear. We were touched by the friendly people and the abundant hospitality all around us. 

Mulia Resorts is a gorgeous property with beautifully designed rooms facing the lush tropical views of Bali. Our room was spacious, contemporary with a nod to heritage, and it had a lovely balcony facing palm trees so we could enjoy Bali’s fresh air. We were most definitely pampered by all the presents and goodies which were gifted to us by the generous team at DWP and their partners.

We were all brought to a wonderful location with a tranquil view for the Boho Chic Welcome Cocktails event the same evening. As we arrived, we were greeted with a glass of champagne and could see the sun setting over the water, horses trotting down the shore, and mermaids swaying in the pool. We were in awe of the serene sight. The venue was exquisitely decorated, which gave the night a magical feel. The event saw prominent planners and friends like Mohomed Morani (@mohomedgmorani), Aaarti Manocha (@aartimanocha), Diane Khoury (@dianekhouryweddingsandevents), Mahesh Shirodkar (@bossyshirods), Jihane from the Oberoi (@jihanemsr), Froonck (@mr.froonck), Meltem (@meltemtepelerofficial) and many more who we danced the night away with.

The next morning was an early start, we headed over to the Westin for a day full of conferences and B2B meetings. A productive day with partners, planners and hoteliers from around the world who were exploring business synergies. 

The evening then continued with the Grand Gala Dinner, which our friend and top-notch event planner in Indonesia Innayat Khubchandani (@innazcommunique) decorated beautifully.

Balinese entertainers greeted us as we entered the gorgeous site. ONEmpire band from Mumbai opened the night after our delicious three-course supper, getting everyone on the dance floor and kept them on their toes till the wee hours.

After the conference, the next day, we were driven to a stunning estate located an hour away on a surreal mountain for the afterparty. Again, outstanding performers, delectable cuisine, and great company kept the night lively. 

We bid our goodbyes the following morning and we are now getting ready for the subsequent DWP being hosted in Qatar in March 2023!

Thanks DWP team (Dwp_congress) , Sid & Prachi for a wonderful experience.

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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In the Spotlight: With Bianca Louzado

Bianca Louzado is one of the most highly regarded Celebrity Make-up artists on the Beauty and Fashion circuit today based in Mumbai & travels worldwide. Bianca stepped into the entertainment Industry in 1999. After a brief stint at modelling and later a VJ with Channel for 3 years . She commenced her Make-up career at the “India Couture Week” for the Manish Malhotra and Shahab Duraazi collection in 2010. Her signature look is best described as fresh, flawless and luminous skin with an understated modern approach to beauty. Her natural talent and professionalism has kept her in high demand since the inception of her business and she continues to be one of India’s leading Make -Up Artists. With her vast experience and expertise she is regularly sought after for feature films, prestigious beauty pageants of our country, fashion shoots, high profile destination weddings, advertising campaigns and editorials, working alongside top Indian and International photographers.

She has been heading the Make-up & Hair department for Femina Miss India and Miss Diva Miss India Universe from 2015 to date.

Maggi K. from Vivaah Celebrations had the pleasure of having a candid discussion with Bianca and learning more about her opinions and insights into the her industry.

1) When did you step into the world of beauty?

I stepped into the entertainment industry in 1999. A brief stint at modelling wherein I shot for TV commercials and later a VJ with Channel [V] For 3 years . Thereafter I commenced my make-up career at the “India Couture Week” for the Manish Malhotra and Shahab Duraazi collection in 2010.

2) What inspired you to pursue a career as a Makeup Artist?

It was my late dad who saw potential in me. He found that I lost my way more than once into make up stores and loved make up. It was him who put the idea of learning make up Internationally. He funded my first make up kit and course and that was the beginning. He had mentioned and told me that one day I will work on famous faces like Priyanka Chopra. One week after he passed away, I got a call for Priyanka Chopra’s make up. 

2) Having beautified brides around the world, how do you connect with so many personalities?

After my modelling stint and right before becoming a make up artist, my  wanderlust also lead me to becoming a flight attendant. I would also attribute my instant personal connections with brides to this job that taught me wonderful client communication skills. I am able to anticipate what a client would require way before she even tells me about it.

3) How do you keep evolving to keep your audiences engaged on social media ?

I grow my page organically. I hate using filters and I love posting pictures clicked by me on my iPhone. I want my prospective brides to see things as they are, I love capturing moments of when I travel, the process of make up behind the scenes and the entire look thereafter. I am also a huge make up aficionado and love posting my new buys in my kit as well as reviews of how I like it !

4) How do you make a bride feel beautiful on her big day ?

After several zoom calls I understand the personality of the bride. Hence that makes my life a whole load easier. Most brides are always stressed or tired due to back to back events. I love playing music whilst I work and this calms them down. We chat about random things and I keep the atmosphere light. We take a few pictures post her make up and when she sees herself in the mirror and in her pictures she feels so beautiful & confident enough to take on the evening ahead. 

5) What do you plan on achieving in the next few years of your career ?

I already own a beauty brand and want to make it bigger. I enjoy my bridal work very much and our USP is doing a very skin finish look. I want to ensure that by word of mouth with great reviews, those who love a natural, subtle, elegant and timeless look on their wedding day reach out to us! I am a very passionate Artist and work from the heart and ensure that my bride looks and feels her Best !

Stay Tuned for more series of In the Spotlight where Vivaah Celebrations speaks to phenomenal individuals on their journey.

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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In the Spotlight: With Shweta Subram

Shweta Subram, is a Canadian playback singer, known for her power-pact voice in the song “Jalebi Baby”. She primarily sings in Hindi, as well as Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, English and other languages. Shweta is the recipient of multiple award and was an active participant in the International Indian Film Academy Awards, performing with Bollywood music composer/director duo Salim–Sulaiman for IIFA Rocks in Toronto.

Maggi K. from Vivaah Celebrations had the pleasure of having a candid discussion with Shweta Subram and learning more about her opinions and insights into the her industry.

1) When did you step into the world of music? What inspired you to pursue a career in the music industry?

My entry into the world of music was not planned. I have a graduate degree in Commerce and a minor in Psychology. Singing was always a hobby for me, but then I kept winning awards in almost every competition. I won a global singing competition which was judged by Shankar Mahadevan and was also awarded as Best Singer in North America by the prestigious Sangam Kala Group. Then, I got the chance to perform with Salim-Sulaiman at IIFA Awards when it happened in Toronto and during a visit to Mumbai ended up recording a song with Ayushmann Khurrana for the movie Hawaizaada, which became my Bollywood debut. This is how it happened. As I performed at shows around the world, I really enjoyed interacting with my audience and making sure they had a good time with my performance. While no one inspired me to pursue a career in the music industry, I look upto Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal as role models in the industry.

2) Whats the story behind the sensational Jalebi Baby Girl? How do you think thats influenced your career within the industry?

Jalebi Baby just happened out of the blue. I’ve been a fan of Tesher’s music and we connected over Instagram. He asked me to be a background vocalist for Jalebi Baby, which is not something I would normally do. However, I agreed as I wanted to support a fellow Indo-Canadian musician who I knew was going to blow up. When the song came out though, my voice was not used as background but instead as the main hook of the song! It was great to see millions of people all over the world grooving to my voice, doing tiktoks and reels, and just enjoying the song. However, many people still do not really know that it’s my voice they’re grooving to and they’re surprised when they find out.

3) How do you keep evolving to keep your audiences engaged and interested in your performances?

I consider myself fortunate that I can easily connect with my audiences and entertain them through a wide range of songs, whether its through a romantic song like Pehla Nasha or an item number like Baby Doll or a classic like Damadum Mast Qalander. And of course, Jalebi Baby which I sing at every show now. At the same time, I believe that we need to continue evolving our performances and I experiment with different ideas that, based on my experience, I know the audience will enjoy. These ideas include mashups of popular songs or a mix of Hindi and English songs. While I have a band through which I can entertain audiences for hours, I have also seen a tremendous response to my acoustic sets as it really brings out my voice for soulful songs such as Dil Diya Gallan /Jeena Jeena or ghazals such as Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo.

4) You’ve recently focused your attention on growing your presence in the Middle East. What do you think about the response and opportunity here?

I think the Middle East is such an amazing market. You see such a great amalgamation of cultures and some incredible events and weddings take place here. The people here have given me a lot of love, especially as I was invited to perform for Dubai Expo 2020 by the India Pavilion at DEC Amphitheatre and by the Canada Pavilion at the Jubilee Stage. I was also the first female vocalist to perform at a Bollywood concert in Saudi Arabia alongside playback singer Shaan. Beyond this, I have been honored at various events and have met some amazing people. I would love to continue performing in the Middle East and continue basking in the love that people here shower upon me. Dubai has now become home and I hope to call this place home for a long time to come.

5) What aspirations and goals have you set for yourself for the future?

Although I’ve had my debut in Bollywood and in the Tamil film industry, I aspire to do more playback work for movies and shows, given the amazing content we see on OTT platforms. I would also love the opportunity to collaborate with promising and upcoming names in the industry. Beyond this, I want to keep doing what I love! Singing LIVE and making my audience groove whether it’s at a Diwali concert, a corporate party, or a sangeet!

Stay Tuned for more series of In the Spotlight where Vivaah Celebrations speaks to phenomenal individuals on their journey.

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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In the Spotlight: With MC Priya Jethani

Priya Jethani, a television anchor, emcee, actor, and model, a magnetic personality. Here’s a sneakpeak of her wonderful journey so far. Indeed, she is a role model for countless young women.

Maggi K. from Vivaah Celebrations had the pleasure of having a candid discussion with Priya Jethani and learning more about her opinions and insights into the her industry.

1) When did you step into the world of events? What inspired you to pursue a career as a Emcee/Host? 

It happened a year after I made my debut in the media industry as a presenter for ZEE TV Middle East’s lifestyle television show, Zee Connect. People began to recognize me as a television personality and began approaching me about hosting live events for them. I believe one of my very first performances was a 25th wedding anniversary party for a couple from my hometown. Knowing that I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some major celebrities for my program, and that I’ve done interviews in one take, has given me the confidence to host a large crowd and keep it engaging for my viewers.

2) Having hosted events around the world, what do you personally prefer – corporate events or private celebrations? 

Each event, every audience is different. I have hosted private celebrations to corporate shows to even sports leagues. There is always some pressure because as a host you have to ensure the event not only flows in a structured way but also that people have a good time. The energy always has to be high in the room whatever event that may be. My efforts pay off when people from the audience and organizers say how much they loved my work on stage. that’s what I love.

3) How do you keep evolving to keep your audiences engaged on social media ? 

Social media is ever evolving and you have to keep up with the trends. I take my audience through my day almost everyday. And I look for creative ways to do that so they are not bored. I love creating content whether it is about showcasing my outfits from my shoots and events, my moments with celebrities, my hectic working hours and behind the scenes, my workout routine or even my acting skills through funny videos.

4) How do you increase interaction levels between both sides of the family?

I try to gather as much info I can about the families and the couple so I can bring in a personal connect during the wedding. Knowing the relationships and anecdotes helps to add a fun element to the wedding that everyone enjoys. To that I add my own creativity and bring in impromptu interactions and activities once I have gauged the audience response.

5) What’s your opinion on co-hosting celebrations?

It’s fun to do that sometimes (provided client has the budget for 2 hosts haha) But on a serious note, I have co-hosted some celebrations with other professional emcees or someone from the family itself and it has been super fun.

6) What do you plan on achieving in the next few years of your career ?

I always feel there’s a long way to go. Won’t deny how far I have come in establishing myself but I do intend on getting myself across the world, do more destination weddings and shows across countries and grow further in the presenter/emcee space.

Stay Tuned for more series of In the Spotlight where Vivaah Celebrations speaks to phenomenal individuals on their journey.

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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In the Spotlight: With Adi Golan – Paris Select

Vivaah Celebrations has launched a new series of blogs called “In the Spotlight” where we get into conversation with some of the leading talent around the world.

Maggi Kewlani, COO of Vivaah Celebrations speaks to some of the finest personas globally who are essential to the Wedding Industry and elevate wedding experiences. 

With more than 60 artists on stage, “Paris Select” directed by Adi Golan is the largest live-band Worldwide ! An international cast of highly dedicated artists and numerous experiences in the most prestigious Parisian locations has allowed “Paris-Select” to export its expertise all over the world and thus become one of the world’s leading bands for events and chic parties. Paris Select is more than just a band, it’s an off-beat, original and breath-taking artistic promise. An unmatched performance that resonates in the four corners of the world.

Vivaah Celebrations had the pleasure of having a candid discussion with Adi Golan and learning more about his opinions and insights into the music industry.

When did you step into the world of music? What inspired you to pursue a career in the music industry?

I began taking piano lessons when I was five years old and had my first performance when I was ten; I knew music would be my career from the beginning. As a teenager, I formed a small band that grew over time and eventually evolved into what we now call “Paris Select.”

Having performed at events around the world, what do you personally prefer – corporate events or private celebrations?

Private events, particularly weddings, because they provide opportunities to share emotions with family members. This is not something we experience at corporate events; which are also exciting but in a different way.

How do you keep evolving to keep your audiences engaged and interested in your performances?

During the performance, there is this “live” magic that captivates the audience and a special energy that makes them enjoy the show. 

Otherwise, we have a community of followers and fans that we keep engaged by sharing various types of content with them, such as shows from around the world, travel experiences, behind-the-scenes, rehearsals, recordings, and anything else related to our activity.

You’ve recently focused your attention on growing your presence in the Middle East. What do you think about the response and opportunity here?

I remember our first show in Lebanon a few years ago; it was incredible, and it opened up many more opportunities for us throughout the region. The Middle East is a fantastic market, particularly Dubai, which is a hotspot for destination events, various types of events, private and corporate, and events of all origins.

What aspirations and goals have you set for Paris Select for the future?

We’ve been getting more and more requests to go on tour from fans all over the world. So far, “Paris Select” is only available at private or corporate events. One of our future plans is to change that by going on tour, performing at festivals and public shows, and reaching out to a diverse range of audiences. People are constantly telling us that they want to buy a ticket to a “Paris Select” show, so we’ve begun working on that, and something exciting is surely coming up!

 

Stay Tuned for more series of In the Spotlight where Vivaah Celebrations speaks to phenomenal individuals on their journey.

 

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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MEWA Networking Evening 2022

As events, weddings, and other social events have revived, our director, Rahul Kumar, who is also the President of the Middle East Wedding Alliance (MEWA), has taken the initiative to bring back MEWA Networking Evenings, allowing the industry to reconnect in person and expand their networks.

We are proud to announce that the first MEWA Networking Evening Post Covid19, hosted at Sofitel the Obelisk at their Soleil Pool, was indeed a huge success.

The evening began with a welcome from MEWA Chairman Rahul Kumar, followed by a few words from the host property, represented by Ana Bistagne, the Director of Sales.

The evening was then open for the fraternity to network with one another and form new business relationships. The free-flowing evening included a sumptuous canapé selection prepared by the host property, along with some wine, allowing individuals to break the ice.

Towards the end of the evening, Sofitel the Obelisk organized a raffle draw with three lucky winners receiving massages, dinners, and overnight stays at the property.

Rahul Kumar, the director of Vivaah Celebrations, is known for bringing the community together and hosting such events.

For more information please contact Vivaah Celebrations – a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings on info@vivaahcelebrations.com

 

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