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Star shaadi basics

Wedding designers reveal what it takes to conceptualise sets for lavish star marriages, admit it’s not easy.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2012 01:01 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar
Shalvi Mangaokar
Hindustan Times
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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 tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati and actor 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 does the planning take?
According to Anway Bhoite, creative head, Dreamzkraft, it takes at least five to six weeks to plan the décor. “If there’s intricate work involved, it takes much longer,” he says. Aditi Kapoor, however, designed Riteish and Genelia’s wedding within a month’s time as 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,” she says. The process of planning, they both agree, starts with the venue’s blueprint.

High security needed
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.”

Cost involved
Aditi reveals, “Star weddings 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.”

First Published: Mar 16, 2012 19:39 IST