“In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing,” said Mignon McLaughlin, the famous American author. Sure! But try planning an Indian wedding and you’ll find that even though we invented the zero, you need MUCH more than simple arithmetic.
Creating the perfect combination of the dreams of the bride (and groom), the logistics of planning the events, the delicate balance of cross-cultural celebrations, picking the best of the newest trends and the most precious traditions while keeping a check on the budget as well needs its own mathematical equation.
If you’re stuck in a grueling 9 to 5 schedule but still imagine a wonderful experience of a chilled-out celebration with friends and relatives let WeddingSutra help you do the maths.
Here are 10 unique wedding service vendors whose creativity and cost-effectiveness make them a must-have on your speed dial right away!
1. Aditya and Aditya of WhatKnot
If you want an album that has the depth and scope to tell the more hidden moments of your wedding day then look no further than Aditya Mahagaonkar and Aditya Marathe of Whatknot. The MBAs turned professional photographers are highly skilled in candid photography and will capture every detail of the wedding ceremony. Get to know them before the wedding. They conceptualize pre-wedding shoots to reflect who you are and have a unique visual perspective. Their fully customizable and very stylish Canvera photobooks will help you flip through the memorable moments of your wedding, page by page.
2. Music4Thought by Preeti Sinha, Rohit Shrivastav and Parikshit Sharma
The dramatic entries, Bollywood hits and family performances may be synonymous with the sangeet but folks are taking it up a notch! The newest trend is to have an original composition created to express your love. Started by three former engineering colleagues, Music4Thought has a roster of musicians who will write a special song for your beloved. If it’s more than one song you need, they’ll help you create your own solo album that you and your partner can cherish forever!
3. Kards by Ramya Ramaswamy
Their website proclaims their passion for the wedding industry with a “special focus on insanely creative wedding invitations.” Their promise holds true. While their portfolio includes gorgeous traditional card designs, their forte is with graphics, animations and even customized Whatsapp invitations for the modern, internet-savvy crowd. Kards by Ramya is definitely on the top of our list of suggestions to those who want their wedding invitations to stand out and look like something out of an art exhibition.
4. Talons D’Or by Praneet Kakani and Rina Shah
Well-made shoes on your wedding day will keep you smiling and dancing with all your heart. Praneet Kakani and Rina Shah help you putyour best foot forward with their handcrafted collection of flats, wedges and kitten heels. Their online shoe design service helps you choose everything from the size of the heel, the material and even the thickness of your sole. And if you’re in the mood for some fancy footwork, then they also have a collection of crystal-encrusted footwear to add glitter to your walk down the aisle.
5. Smile Essentials by Dr Diksha Tahilramani
A smile speaks a thousand words and if it is your wedding, it better be extra special. Dr Diksha Tahilramani Batra ensures that your pearly whites are camera ready, healthy and shiny on your big day. Dr Tahilramani works her magic with special teeth whitening and other aesthetic dental treatments that can either be done at leisure over a period of six months or within 15 days depending on the level of dental enhancements needed. All the procedures are painless so you don’t have to dread the scary drills and machines.
Contact: 022 2605 0531
6. FormyShaadi.com by Sudha Maheshwari
Practical, efficient and thoughtful, new age brides are eschewing age-old traditions and just going forward by helping guests figure out what to buy as a wedding gift. And Sudha Maheshwari’s Formyshaadi is perfect – a gift registry that offers everything from the unexpected to the classically beautiful. FormyShaadi works with some of the best luxury brands in the market, offering carefully curated gift offerings from holidays and dining experiences to gym memberships, spa packages and home furnishings.
7. Mansi Khambata of Just Deliveries
Mansi Khambata handled corporate interests before her attention gravitated towards providing a reliable wedding transport and delivery service in Mumbai. Just Deliveries filled a niche in an industry peopled by clunky, faceless truck and lorry delivery services. The service knows precious things come in wedding packages and specializes in delivering delicate, fragile and perishable items. They specialize in Door to door deliveries of wedding invites which come with confectionery or gifts thereby taking away the logistical hassles of parking and traffic. They raise the bar with their creative packaging options. The service makes sure to check on the tiny details – like the temperature requirements for dairy products or fresh flowers and have tied up with the city’s best bakers, chocolatiers and florists to give you an effortless wedding delivery system.
8. Pritish Shah of A Travel Duet
Your honeymoon will be one of your happiest memories and if you want to make sure it is spectacular, it’s best to call Pritish Shah and his team at ‘A Travel Duet. They go well beyond the beaten path and cater to your specific dreams and aspirations. Whether you’re looking for a fun itinerary for adventure seekers in New Zealand, or would like to escape to a getaway in the wilderness of Namibia, party in the Dominican Republic or travel through Provence for the best French countryside experience they have it all customized for you. What’s more, if you fancy some quality cinema on the beach or are looking for some really special experiences at your place of stay they will help you zero in on the most romantic hotels that cater to your tastes and interests.
9. Ashwin Mishra and Jhalak Singhal of Shades Photography
Having created a formidable reputation in a very short span of time, this husband and wife duo, Ashwin and Jhalak of Shades Photography are known to make magic with their pictures. A film school graduate from the Vancouver Film School, Canada, Ashwin has worked in the visual effects and animation industry for a decade and combines tech with creativity. Jhalak, an artist, loved colour and natural beauty. Together, they manage to always capture emotion and ‘that’ perfect moment at weddings, creating images that stand as timeless testaments to love.
10. Natalie Mankani of Sketch Design Studio
As weddings get more elaborate and unique, the days of the generic invitation card with the perfunctory details is long gone.
Sketch Design Studio, Bangalore, knows the invitation is amongst other things, the first preview of the theme of the wedding. Their designs range from A-artistic to Z- zany and founder Natalie Mankani incorporates hand and digital painting techniques to create unique wedding cards. She is known for her skill and flexibility at adapting themes to each client’s unique brief whether it is the popular Royal Mughal theme for a Jaipur wedding or a chic floral pattern for a destination wedding in Europe. The graphic design studio also offers gift packaging, wedding logos, festive stationery and any other design needs you may encounter on your wedding day.