Knot To Worry: How To Plan A Fantastic Wedding

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    The wedding season is here, and it’s time for the mad preps before what could be the most important decision you take in your life i.e. spending the rest of this janam with that one person you love. Of course, the big thing is planning. There are invitation cards, selecting the perfect dress, doing a pre-wedding shoot, and finally-if your exhausted body permits it-getting married. Here are some people who can make it easier for you. Read on!

    WEDDING INVITES

    Probably one of the coolest things to do for your wedding is getting to customize your wedding card. With so many genres to pick from, based on your quirks and personalities, it’s always great to see the final product, keeping in mind what you’ve always dreamed of, for your wedding.

    Customizing Creativity

    Disha and Harsh Munshaw, co-owners of Customizing Creativity (a more than eight-year-old design studio), amongst other designs, also specialise in wedding card invitations. It’s Disha’s background from JJ School of Applied Arts, clubbed with Harsh’s management acumen that makes this one a preferred choice.  Their USP is that they try and club traditional and modern designs in your wedding cards. And they're open to customizations too. Get it touch with them on 9819203251.

    Shell Out: INR 300 onward 


    Jimit Cards

    Jimit Card

    Available Online

    Jimit Cards, located opposite Dadar Station (West), is one of the city’s oldest wedding card designers. If you visit their website, you can choose wedding cards based on the different themes. We personally love the laser-cut wedding cards, as they look extremely elegant and minimal. But they've got a great variety in the royal ones too. You can also get your own custom-made invitation. They design Menu cards, ESVP cards, labels on gift boxes, and personalized gift hampers too. Call them on 98709 57195. 

    Shell Out: INR 250 onward

    Varda

    Started by Gopal Shah, a prominent name in the wedding card industry, Varda specialises in traditional wedding invitations. Check them out for their floral wedding card themes. The designs are beyond beautiful.

    Shell Out: INR 200 onward

    PHOTOGRAPHERS

    Mumbai has a list of excellent wedding photographers, who do both candid and traditional shoots. While some are established, others are slowly and surely finding their footing in the field.

    Precisely Picturesque Photography By Shreya Shetty

    Shreya, an alumnus of Sophia College’s BMM programme, loved taking pictures even while she was a student. She then applied for a six-month photography course in Greece and came back to start Precisely Picturesque Photography. Her charges are nominal when it comes to per event/function for wedding shoots. If you book her services for a pre-wedding shoot in advance (apart from the other functions) she does it on a complimentary basis for you. You can reach her on 9819889974. 

    Shell Out: INR 35,000 onward for wedding functions; INR 18,000 for pre-wedding shoot pre-wedding.

    Little Big Weddings

    Started by Madhura Lingayat, Little Big Weddings does photography, cinematography, drone photography, drone videography, post production and a series of other things that will surely leave you spoilt for choice. The team has received a lot of praise for their candid pre-wedding shoots. Their prices are a bit on the steeper side, but they include everything from photos, videos, wedding cinematography and more. Also, prices can vary depending on your requirements. Call them on 98197 75353. 

    Shell Out: INR 1.25 lakh per day onward (for lockdown weddings, where the number of guests is between 50 to 75) 

    Jodi Clickers

    Jodi Clickers

    Andheri West, Mumbai

    One of the first ones to establish themselves in the city, this Andheri West-based photography company also runs operations in the national capital and Kolkata. Their wedding photography caters to the Indian markets and their charges include cinematic films, post-wedding album, and wedding videos. Call them on 9702524334. 

    Shell Out: INR 2.5 lakh (per day) onward

    WEDDING FABRICS AND CLOTHING

    A large part of the wedding planning is the outfit. You've got to look absolutely your best and these stores and markets will help you get wedding ready in no time! 

    Gandhi Market, Sion

    Gandhi Market

    Sion, Mumbai

    This hotspot for wedding shopping houses an array of fabrics for all your wedding needs. Right from 240 GSM raw silk (get set to increase your IQ on such terminology once you start bridal shopping) to beaded fabric, Gandhi Market certainly knows how to please you!

    Note: The market is shut on Mondays.

    Saroj Fabrics

    Saroj Fabrics

    Available Online

    If you’re unable to visit Crawford market for your fabric needs, you can sit back, relax and browse online at Saroj Fabrics. An online store that deals in all kinds of fabrics ranging from plain to embroidered and printed, you’re likely to find the material of your dreams if you spend some time going through their vast collection on their website. Also, the quality of the fabrics is excellent! They'll be available on 99300 27480. 

    Shell Out: INR 750 onward (per meter)

    Michelle Rodrigues Bridals

    If you’re hunting for the perfect wedding gown, we’ve got just the place for you. Michelle Rodrigues, a Bandra-based designer custom designs wedding dresses for to-be brides and not just that, she also designs cocktail dresses, evening gowns, bridesmaids dresses and a lot more, catering to a wide audience. You can book an appointment on 7710990757. 

    Shell Out: The rates purely depend on the designs you're looking at. Call Michelle up to fix an appointment and discuss the designs and rates. 

    WEDDING PLANNERS

    The perfect wedding plan can help ease you into the frenetic preparations for your wedding and who better to help you in that department than your very own wedding planner? Get your costs in order, take your pick from a variety of choices that still fit your budget and have all those teeny tiny details that usually slip one’s mind taken care for you.

    Elite Wedding Planners

    Co-founded by Sujoy Pathak, Ruchita Parelkar and Aloha Mehta, Elite Wedding Planners take only a few orders a year to ensure that they provide the best possible services right up to the minutest detail. From helping you find your perfect venue, to managing all the vendors, creating an overall wedding style to designing floral designs and décor, selecting cuisine and stationery design, they do it all.

    Shell Out: INR 2 lakh onward

    Krayonz Entertainment

    An event management company that specialises in all kinds of events, wedding planning is one aspect that they constantly focus on. From picking the venue, budgets, invitations, themes, travel and lodging-they help you plan your D-Day from pre to post wedding. They also offer their services for selecting and purchasing your wedding jewellery. Sign up for thematic and destination weddings, event conceptualization, DJs and live musicians. Sounds a lot of fun, right? 

    Shell Out: Call them up on 9821076295 to inquire about pricing. 

    Pro-Tip

    Don’t forget to visit Mangaldas Market (fabulous fabrics at cheap rates), Zaveri Bazaar (largest jewellery and diamond market in the city) and Juhu Tara Road (famous designer labels for big budgets) for all your other shopping needs.