Wedding Makers Meet by Weddingz.in – Here’s what You Missed!
Last month we announced our Wedding Makers Meet where we gave couples and their families the golden opportunity to meet Mumbai’s top vendors in jewellery and wedding gifting, while book their wedding photographer, decorator and mehndi artist. A big shout out to our venue partners Holiday Inn, who helped us pull this event through with great panache. The scrumptious menu from the Holiday Inn kitchen was the cherry on the top. Held on 30th April, 2016 – Several to-be brides and grooms attended the event, met the vendors and found what they were looking for.
Here’s a sneak-peek into a few of the vendors who made the cut and this is what they had to say:
Velvet Case – Jewellery Vendor
Based in Andheri, Velvet Case was founded by Kapil Hetamsaria. The company specializes in creating made to order jewellery in budget and is a one-stop jewellery destination for Polki, Gold and Daimond. Their bridal packages start from – 300,000 to 500,000. Their USP is that you can try their products at home.
B-BLING – Jewellery Vendor
A hobby that turned into a passion for creating jewellery 3 years ago today has become a successfully running business. B-Bling has been in retail marketing for over 10 years, therefore know what sells. Everybody wants something unique. We offer bold and wearable jewellery, which is described as ‘eclectic’.
Varda – Wedding Invitation Card Vendor
Founded by Gopal Shah in 2002, Varda specializes in creating designer wedding invitations. Themes, such as palace, peacock, name and logos are few of their specialization areas. After a one-to-one conversation with clients, they understand their requirements closely and provide design samples within a week. There have been times when event planners have approached them to design their entire theme as per the design suggestions given by Varda and sometimes, it’s the other way round.
Veeda Candles – Wedding Gifting Vendor
Co-operated by Dhruv and Subani for over 9 years, Veeda candles have come a long way right from their mom experimenting in their spare kitchen to a full-time business, now taken over by Subani. A creative instinct passed on from her mum is what has helped them come so far in the business. Learning classic techniques, attending hobby classes and self-study have helped them master their skills in candle making. From the metros, their customer base has now expanded to attending clients in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas. In today’s day and age, no one wants to give food items as favours. People look for new and different ideas and that’s what Veeda delivers. The concept behind Diwali being the celebration of lights and anything representing lights is considered auspicious and is well appreciated. Candles then become a favourable option. Veeda creates customized hampers for pujas, mehndi ceremony, baby showers, bridal showers and weddings. Destination Weddings and theme weddings are also our specialty where we customize gifting accordingly. Coconut fragrance, mehndi artwork and photographs on candles are some of their special offerings. Price range starts from Rs.200 – 2500/-
Sheetal Sheth - Mehndi Artist
Been in business for more than 7 years, Sheetal Sheth has seen the mehndi application business evolve drastically. From being just a ritual formality, application of mehndi is considered to be a trend today. With current demands of brides wanting their design to be unique and unusual, it is certainly a more challenging and exciting time. According to her, the current trend in mehndi is Indian and Arabic. Sheetal also takes up destination weddings and is a specialist in bridal mehndi, advance arabic, indo arabic and dubai style mehndi.
Rolex Cards – Wedding Invitation Card Vendor
Rolex Cards has been in the business since 1996, making them one of the old game players this year marking their 50th anniversary. Operating from South Mumbai, Chira Bazaar, Rolex Cards specializes in creating customised cards, laser cut cards, light weight cards, chocolate boxes and video (LED) invitation cards. They undertake destination wedding projects too, which require customisation. With the introduction and favourability of e-invites, the quantity of printed cards is low. However, the price range is high and so it balances the difference. Laser cut with acrylic design is trending in wedding cards. Still, when it’s a fusion wedding, NRIs prefer light-weight card and thin cards. Customizations are done based on budget. Price range starts from Rs. 20 – 300/-
Marigold – Wedding Decoration Vendor
In business for more than 15 years, Marigold is run by Parul and Neelam. Initially named Ambrosia, today Marigold has evolved to become one of the most unique wedding décor company. Most of their décor work is hand-painted or handcrafted. Creativity being part of her personality since she was little, Parul doesn’t like to repeat herself and prefers to offer something new to all her clients. She has professionally learnt Ikebana – Japanese form of flower arrangements, making her one of the most sought-after décor vendor by florists and 5 Star hotels. Price range starts from Rs. 100,000 – Rs. 20,000,00 for outdoors and Rs. 100,000 - Rs. 500,000 for indoors.
Camera Crew – Photographer
Camera Crew has been in the business for over 20 years. Backed by a staff comprising of 65-80 member, Camera Crew takes up 500 weddings per year PAN India. Cinematic, candid and Traditional photography is their forte.
Soumalya De – Photographer
Since he was in 9th grade in 1999, Soumalya’s favourite pass time has been photography. A journey that started with using a Kodak KB-10, he is self-taught. In 2007 he left his full-time job in an advertising agency to follow his passion. Being good at ‘Googling’ (browsing), he says, he is always on the lookout for things that are out of the box.
We also interviewed some bridal couples and their families. Here’s some of their observations
Vineet, a merchant navy officer is naïve with the wedding planning process. “Sasta, sundar and tikau is my philosophy when it comes to planning a wedding,” says Vineet.
Mansi Shah and Deval Shah – Parents of the bride
Totally reliant on wedding planners - in this case it’s us (weddingz.in). They got in touch with Prerna who guided them correctly on whether they should book Udaipur or Jaipur for their daughter’s wedding. Fateh Garh palace in Udaipur is what had em sold.
Vijay D Jain – Brother of the Groom
Vijay has both his hands deeply engrossed in organising his brother’s wedding, which is a destination palace wedding at Aayush Resort in Panvel.
Nishant Khona and Naina Gala