Young & Inspiring: Wedding Planners Shreya Dutta and Ekta Sharma Of Krafted Knots
Our series ‘Young and Inspiring’ showcases fresh and exciting new talent from the design, fashion and events industries. We feature the teams who specialize in creating personalized dream weddings for couples, making every wish of theirs a reality on their special day.
Krafted Knots consists of a team of talented and passionate wedding planners led by two boss ladies who work closely with couples, translating their ideas and direction into elegant, opulent, one-of-a-kind events.
Shreya Dutta and Ekta Sharma are two best friends who realized that together their enthusiasm, creativity and talents could be pooled to provide an excellent wedding planning solution in an industry that demands freshness and uniqueness.
Their business venture has led them to becoming one of the most sought-after wedding planning teams in the industry today. Here, Shreya and Ekta share their journey and offer suggestions to couples looking to host a spectacular wedding.
1. From best friends to business partners, what led to the establishment of Krafted Knots? How has the journey been so far?
We have been friends since high school and are quite similar in many ways. We both like our things to be kept in an organized manner and are extremely careful about every detail of what we do. We first got a taste of working in the wedding industry while helping my sister during her wedding. We realized then just how much we enjoyed doing it. When we started Krafted Knots, we never really thought of it as a business because it was something we both felt very passionate about. The journey has been a rollercoaster ride: brilliant, exciting and scary! We have enjoyed every moment of it. A 9 to 5 job could never have given us the fulfilment we get from doing what we do.
2. Indian v/s the International market – what have the experiences been like?
We primarily do a lot of NRI and cross-cultural weddings, but we love organizing weddings in India. The opportunity to explore the different foods, rituals and music is amazing. These days there seems to be an increase in the demand for more adventurous elements and unique ideas at the celebrations. This is exactly what we love doing! Each of our clients have different tastes and wants, and we enjoy brainstorming and coming up with new and interesting concepts for them. We have been fortunate enough to work with like-minded clients who appreciate our style and way of working.
3. Krafted Knots takes care of so many aspects of a wedding. How do you manage to balance it all?
We are both quite organized and detail oriented but, more than this, we have an amazing team who has been with us since we started out. We understand each of our team members’ strengths and assign work accordingly. The best part is that we are like one big family. We don’t just work together but also hang out together! And we take our downtime very seriously. We work very hard but also balance it out by taking time off to do things that we love and spend time with our friends and family.
4. What do you both think is a wedding element, décor, idea or theme that is on the brink of becoming the next big hit?
Local flowers and locally-sourced materials. We really feel that these elements are currently under-represented. Everyone looks for exotic flowers but there is so much beauty in local flowers and locally-sourced materials and this is yet to be embraced. Choosing local flowers doesn’t just look gorgeous when styled well, it also has the added bonus of being sustainable.
5. What is your favorite destination wedding venue in India and abroad?
We have been wowed by Rajasthan – be it Jaisalmer, Udaipur or Jaipur. The food and the ambience is amazing. Internationally, we love Bali! The island vibe, along with the excellent hospitality, makes it a very beautiful destination.
6. Minimalistic, Elegant Wedding Theme or Grandeur, Glamorous Wedding Theme – what’s your pick?
Minimalistic, Elegant Wedding, always!
7. How can couples help wedding planners execute the perfect dream wedding?
As wedding planners, it’s always helpful to work with couples who have an idea about what they want for the wedding. If their vision is clear, it helps us create something as per their taste.
A suggestion would be to please get your wedding planner on-board as early as you can. It helps to have a sufficient amount of time to plan and also to get to know the family. Nothing good can be rushed.
It is also important to trust your wedding planner. Whatever due diligence needs to be done, it is best if done before. Once your wedding planner is on board, it isn’t productive to keep second guessing their inputs. Remember, we too want the wedding to be as beautiful as possible, and we speak from a place of experience. So yes, please share with us all your ideas and thoughts but also trust us when we tell you what’s going to work and what might not!
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