Young and Inspiring – Destination Wedding Planners Vanessa Hutter and Vishal Lakhiani

Our series, ‘Young and Inspiring’ showcases the most exciting new talent powerhouses from the worlds of design, fashion and event planning who specialize in creating out-of-this-world weddings for matches made in heaven. Meet the power couple Vanessa and Vishal, co-owners of Eventures, the Bali-based destination wedding planners. They tell their clients to “leave the nitty-gritty to us. All you have to do is sit back, relax, sample the cake and sip a mimosa.”

1. What was your inspiration and journey into the world of wedding planning?
I stumbled into the field by chance after I graduated from college in 2006. I knew immediately that this is what I wanted to do. My personal journey continued until 2011 when I met Vishal and we started Eventures together. (We got married three years later.) Indian weddings have a charm all of their own and we’re in love with them! We’re just constantly inspired and fascinated by the diversity of possibilities at each occasion.

Vanessa Hutter and Vishal Lakhiani

Vanessa Hutter Lakhiani
Vishal Lakhiani

 

2. How are weddings evolving?
So many couples now are stepping out of their comfort zones, bucking tradition, doing things no one has ever done before and that makes weddings these days more fun, with a unique party ambiance. It’s a great challenge to us because we need to keep up with not just Indian wedding trends but celebration trends worldwide as so many times, these are incorporated into weddings too.

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3. What’s the one piece of advice you’d share with every bride or groom to be?
Give yourself a year to plan your wedding and trust your planner. We’re as dedicated to making it a successful event as you are.

4. What are your most memorable wedding planning experiences?
Every experience is memorable because each wedding is always so unique. But we’re always thrilled when we’re hired by couples who trust us to plan their wedding in a new destination. We thrive on new experiences.

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5. One destination where you would like to organize a wedding.
Fiji! Or Jaipur!

6. How do busy wedding planners unwind?
When wedding season starts we’re pretty much occupied 24/7 so we try and travel as much as we can during low season. We also love spending time with our family and friends.

7. The Indian Wedding only seems to get bigger and bigger. Do you agree?
Yes! Everything is getting bigger and bigger. This happens because the sheer scale of possibilities the industry has to offer is exploding! There is more flexibility and creativity in the wedding planning process and the industry demand means everything is getting bigger, more creative and definitely more unique!

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