Hyderabad is now synonymous with Big fat South Indian Weddings. This week industrialist GV Krishna Reddy’s grand-daughter weds in Hyderabad, and the wedding is expected to be one of the grandest weddings of the year, where Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Salman Khan, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan will be the star guests. The city boasts of some of the finest properties for big conferences & weddings—like HICC and Ramoji Film City and some of Hyderabad’s shaadi specialists are much sought-after among the city’s super-rich Reddys and Marwaris. We profile Decor expert Dinaz Noria, Ace Photographer Venkat Ramana, Catering King Hemang Momaya and Event Managers Rakhi and Sanjay Kankaria.
Decor by Dinaz
One of the city’s most respected wedding vendors, the cheerful and amiable Dinaz is very popular among Hyderabad’s VIPs; she earlier worked with British Airways and moved to Hyderabad almost two decades ago, after her marriage to a city businessman. She started her creative career with creating window displays for Jewellery stores, and thanks to an encouraging response from one Jeweller, she ventured into floral & decor design for events. Since then Dinaz and her team have conceptualised and executed, many high-profile theme weddings and events in Hyderabad.
Kodak Moments by Venkat Ramana
Venkat Ramana who ranks among the finest photographers in South India, has photographed hundreds of high profile weddings. He believes ‘photography is not just an art anymore, but a full-time vocation, it’s important for the professional to understand the challenges of the competitive business and build relationships that last forever.’ Explains Ramana: “Unlike earlier, today our clients are taking more interest in photography, they’re investing more time on pre-wedding portraits and want many candid moments in their wedding album.” Interestingly, in this digital age, there is more interest in preserving the beautiful wedding moments, through beautiful prints, Says Ramana: “For many weddings we’ve printed anywhere between 1,000 and 5,000 photographs from the different wedding functions, in new innovative albums and photo books.”
Exotic Flavors by Hemang Momaya
Gaurav Caterers, is much sought-after both in the Marwari and Reddy community. Says 28 year old Hemang Momaya whose father set up the business: “My father was in the transport business, but since he loved food, he started helping his friends as a hobby. And some years later, he plunged full-time into catering. We have two distinct offerings—for Marwari weddings, a Rajasthani spread is a must-have, and for Reddy weddings, in place of the Rajasthani spread, there is a variety of rice dishes”. A very elaborate fare at a super-grand wedding with catering by Gaurav Caterers would include upto 40 varieties of chaats from Kanpur, Indore, Delhi and Mumbai. Punjabi, Mughlai and South Indian or Rajasthani delicacies, Italian, Mexican and Thai cuisine, exotic fruits from around the world, 16-18 varieties of Mango, and a spread of sweets numbering between 21 and 101.
Extravagant Events by Rakhi and Sanjay Kankaria
The dynamic husband-wife duo were running a stock broking/ finance business till 15 years agp, and the downturn in the market, propelled them to venture into a different terrain. Over the next few years, Rachnoutsav their event management company built a formidable reputation among corporate houses in Hyderabad and today their clients include the who’s who of corporate India. Explains the articulate Rakhi Kankaria: “We ventured into wedding management just three years ago, the majority of our wedding clients, are Reddy’s media, construction and manufacturing barons. Most of them still prefer the good old home town wedding vis-a-vis destination weddings at locales like Goa, Bali or Thailand. Sometimes for the engagement, upto 3,000 guests are invited, and the numbers for the wedding, go upto ten, twelve thousand or even more.” One of the most interesting wedding themes executed by Rachnoutsav was a ‘Chettinad and Thai’ fusion theme.