WeddingSutra Engage at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
WeddingSutra Engage, our exclusive platform that brings together the finest wedding talent for a day of inspiration and opportunity was held in association with Timeless Weddings at the magnificent Taj Mahal Mahal Palace, Mumbai.
This was the first WeddingSutra Engage to be held in the pandemic and the most awaited get-together for India’s wedding industry in 2020. The intimate event which was put together after a lot of thought and planning while ensuring all safety protocols and rules by Team WeddingSutra and the Banquets team of The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai drew in the who’s who of the fraternity as well as some winners from the recently announced WeddingSutra Influencer Awards.
At 3.00 pm guests started walking in to the grand ballroom of the Taj Mahal Palace wearing simple, fashionable and some even quirky masks, and they were welcomed with delectable ‘Chai Combos’- Parsi Chai with Cheese Batasa/ Kahwa with Chochwor/ Saffron Tea with Sweet Khari and Sauna Wail Chai with Nan Khatai.
The highlights of the evening included a brief talk by Taljinder Singh, Senior Vice President Mumbai and Seleqtions, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Parthip Thyagarajan, CEO of WeddingSutra.com with panelists Anuja Mittal- President IMC Ladies Wing; Manasi Scott- Actress/ Artiste; Parveen Chander Kumar- Area Direct West India and General Manager of Taj Lands End, Mumbai; Sonam Babani- Luxury Influencer and Yash Dongre- Business Head of House of Anita Dongre.
Taljinder Singh, Senior Vice President Mumbai and Seleqtions
From left to right: Taljinder Singh, Yash Dongre, Parthip Thyagarajan, Sonam Babani, Rakhee Lalvani, Manasi Scott, Anuja Mittal, Parveen Chander Kumar
Parthip highlighted the mood of the moment in the industry – A need to stay positive, yet not be over-confident or over-optimistic. Parveen Chander elaborated on the huge challenge that the hospitality industry faced, and how they were quick to fire-fight while adapting to the clients’ needs. He also emphasized on how Taj properties will always be a preferred venue for those seeking memorable weddings. Anuja Mittal talked about timeless gifting and how it has seen some big innovations in the last few months. From gourmet food to elaborate hampers, many of which included traditional items for prayers and well-being too.
Rakhee Lalvani, Vice President Public Relations at IHCL
Sonam Babani talked about a realism that has now dawned on brides who are accepting of how celebrations can or should be held with all safety precautions intact in the new normal, while Yash talked about how when it comes to fashion and bridal wear, there will always be a need for bridal studios which will inspire brides to think about how they’d like to dress for their big day. One needs to touch and feel the fabric and also enjoy the exciting experience of the outfit trials, something that no virtual platform can offer.
Manasi quipped that she’s still waiting to watch how and when the Sangeet aptly teamed with its good energy will woo back the couple and all their guests to groove and dance safely and happily under the same roof.
From left to right: Christopher Viegas- Assistant Vice President IHCL, Taljinder Singh, Mehrnavaz Avari- Deputy General Manager Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai and Parthip Thyagarajan
Parthip Thyagarajan with Mahesh Shirodkar- Chairman of Tamarind Global, Aarti Surendranath, Taljinder Singh
In true WeddingSutra and Taj hospitality style, guests were treated to a fabulous spread of food and decadent desserts – Savory Waffles, Avocado Chaat, Baked Scones, Baked Cookies and Baked Muffins that were enjoyed by all. Exclusive Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne flowed courtesy Monika Enterprises, while Celebrity DJ Ganesh and his Saxophonist got the guests grooving in style.
Notably, the most special part of the evening of course, was that it got everyone to talk, meet and exchange wonderful notes in person with friends old and new, in an engaging setting curated by WeddingSutra within the most charming and luxurious environs of The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. An event that was eagerly waiting in the wings for an equally eager audience!
Event Management, Entertainment and Production: ANS Weddings, A Klass Apart, Vivaah Wedding Decor Stylist, Bon Evento
DJ with saxophonist: DJ Ganesh
Champagnes by: Laurent Perrier Brut