When WeddingSutra launched in the year 2000, it look us a lot of effort to get in touch with the country’s foremost wedding and bridal fashion specialists. The reasons were three- there was no WeddingSutra then so how could we read about who is doing what, most of the top wedding professionals had a very limited or no online presence. And while weddings are much talked about in India, it is a well-known fact that this is the least documented industry too, with no official surveys or studies on the size or spends. While the industry continues to be fairly unorganized, the recent trend of destination weddings, and initiatives started by select companies including WeddingSutra have brought wedding professionals from different places together. One such initiative is by Delhi-based Ferns N Petals who organised the first Wedding Fraternity Meet (WFM) in 2012. The third meet was held in Delhi on Friday, 12th September and like the earlier meets it witnessed the presence of over 500 professionals from different wedding genres- wedding planners, designers, artists, caterers, photographers, floral experts, luxury car-rental services, hoteliers etc.
Lifestyle Photographer and Blogger Naina Redhu and Ace Wedding Photographer Sephi Bergerson
Piyush Agarwal of ‘Raas’ Caterers and Raksha and Manoj Chawla of Mansa Weddings & Events
Vikas Gutgutia and Nitin Arora
Sanam Puri, lead singer of the Band Sanam
Puneet Gupta of Puneet Gupta Invitations
In the gala evening, His Highness Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar unveiled Soulebrations- a coffee table book put together by Ferns N Petals on wedding designs in India. Vikaas Gutgutia, MD, Ferns N Petals who founded the company 20 years ago said: “Weddings are now a large and relevant part of the events and experiential industry. A platform like WFM allows collaboration amongst partners, who can together share their strengths to make the industry more organised.”
The evening also witnessed interactive sessions with Industry veterans like Designer JJ Valaya, Floral Designer Araik Galstyan, Entertainment Expert Nitin Arora, Set Designer Sumant Jayakrishnan and Michel Koopman, General Manager, The Leela.
From left to right, Designer JJ Valaya, Entertainment Expert Nitin Arora, Floral Designer Araik Galstyan, Set Designer Sumant Jayakrishnan, Michel Koopman, GM, The Leela and Vikas Gutgutia of Ferns N Petals
Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, unveiled Soulebrations- a coffee table book. With Vikas Gutgutia of Ferns N Petals
WFM also felicitated three industry stalwarts- Culinary Expert GS Kalra, Wedding Planner Mrs Harkirat Chaudhry and Florist Radhey Shyam for their incomparable contribution to the Indian wedding industry.
Wedding Planner Harkirat Chowdhary and Noted Florist Radhey Shyam
About Ferns N Petals (FNP): Having pioneered the concept of social expression (Flowers and Bouquets) in the country, FNP today and has become a name synonymous with love, emotions and celebrations. Started with a single store in 1994 in Delhi, by Vikaas Gutgutia, the brand today boasts of 187 outlets in 72 cities nationwide and delivers across 155 countries worldwide. Ferns N Petals Group encompasses FNP Retail & Franchising, FNP E-commerce, FNP Weddings & Events, Floral Touch, FNP Select, The Flagship Store, WDH (Wedding Design Hub), FNP Gardens, FNP Floral Design School and BAQAA FNP.
Photos courtesy– Simplypush Photography