Meet the wedding planners

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Mar 11, 2012 14:49 IST
  • After the lavish Maharashtrian-style wedding at Grand Hyatt Hotel on Friday, the couple also went for a catholic wedding at a church in suburban Bandra. ...

  • Genelia

    The couple outside the church after the ceremony in Mumbai on Jan 4.

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    Riteish-Genelia's church wedding was a private affair, where only close friends and family members were present.

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    Riteish and Genelia surrounded by the family and friends.

  • Genelia

    Riteish (32) and Genelia (24) had been seeing each other since their Bollywood debut Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003.

Celebrity weddings are all about grandeur, showbiz and of course, privacy. And while you talk about how great the venue looks, and how lavish the affair appears to be, the ‘My, my!’ and ‘Wow’ are reserved for designers who put in extra effort to make the star’s big day a grand affair.

The Riteish Deshmukh-Genelia D’Souza wedding, a five-day affair, was made possible by wedding designers Neelabh and Aditi Kapoor of Studio Neelabh. “We have a team of experienced individuals who focus on planning and designing,” says Aditi. Apart from the Deshmukhs, the duo has put together the set decor for several industrialists’ wedding ceremonies.

According to Anway Bhoite, creative head, Dreamzkraft, that designed the nuptial dos for Mahesh Bhupati and Lara Dutta’s wedding, the most important thing a designer must keep in mind is the level of understanding: “Your client and you have to be on the same page. When Lara came to us, she was clear she wanted a Victorian theme while Neelam Kothari wanted a traditional yet contemporary wedding.”

How long it takes
According to Anway, it takes at least five-six weeks to plan the décor alone. “If there’s intricate work involved, it takes much longer,” he says.


Aditi, however, designed  Riteish and Genelia’s wedding within a month’s time because it was planned pretty suddenly: “It was like blitzkrieg! We didn’t have time to spare. We had a tight deadline and we completed everything in a month. Riteish, being an architect, was involved deeply with all the preparations.”

The procedure of planning, they both agree, starts with the venue’s blueprint.

Security demands
Understandably, stars are highly particular about keeping their weddings a private affair. “They make sure the guest list is tight and no one enters the venue without identity proof,” says Aditi. “Even we can’t enter the location just like that.” Anway agrees, adding, “Along with appointing security officials, even we have to be careful.”

What it costs
Aditi reveals, “They don’t usually cost more than Rs 2 crore. Industrialist weddings go up to even Rs 25 crore.” Anway adds, “The interiors cost a minimum of Rs 10 lakh, while an outdoor set-up goes up to Rs 20 lakh.”


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