Some occasions are ought to be remembered. And who wouldn’t want a fairytale event? That’s where Event managers step in. They don’t just spice up the boring event but also make it worth spending money on. Here’s an interview of one of the most famous brother duo of the city, who are setting standards that are worth your time.
- When did you realize that this was the job that you always wanted to do?
Having pursued a course in business management from Bangalore, I started working with the Oberoi, Bangalore. Being a Punjabi kid, love for events, good food, good music, good decor et all were ingrained in me and during my stint at Oberoi, my love and passion for it grew further. I began to keenly observe the craft and its grandeur. Soon enough, with some experience and immense passion for the craft under my belt, I chose to pursue my passion as my profession and that is how MS weddings came into existence.
- What is the best part about being an event planner?
Seeing people’s dreams through their eyes and imagination, and trying to turn them into reality while making everyone happy along the way makes us feel complete. This is truly the best part about the profession. There aren’t many professions that enable you to be a part of one of the biggest occasions of one’s life which goes down the memory lane. Luckily, ours is one of them.
- What factors do you consider when choosing an event venue?
There are quite a lot of factors. The primary one is that the venue blends perfectly with the couple’s taste and aesthetics. Once this is done, other factors include class, minimalism, and extravagance and cost effectiveness, all blended into one.
- How do you deal with a client that shows a lot of tantrums?
Well, to each his own. According to us, an event is one of the most important occasions of an individual’s life and one ought to be demanding. Thus, while one may look at it as a client with tantrums, we look at it as a challenge and endeavor to accomplish it by catering to the client’s needs to the best of our abilities.
- Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a last – minute change or unexpected situation when planning an event?
As a planner one has to be prepared to face unexpected situations more often than not. Once, a Sikh couple approached us to plan their wedding. The couple, though being deeply routed to their culture, was a modern Indian couple. Unlike most Sikh weddings wherein feras happen at a Gurudwara according to age old customs, this modern Indian couple wanted to add a twist. They requested us to create a mock gurudwara at a beautiful palace hotel. For us, a client’s wish is our command. Knowing very well that the journey would be a difficult one, we accepted the challenge and ran from pillar to post. The biggest challenge was to get the holy Guru Granth Sahib to a mock gurudrawa set up. The clock kept ticking and so did everyone’s hearts. Most Gurudwara’s that we approached refused to pay heed to our demand. The bride and groom began to get restless but we continued our fight. Finally, we managed to convince the honored Baba sahib at one of the Gurudwaras to bless the couple who were to embark upon a new journey of their life at the Gurudwara set up by us and the holy book was brought to the venue. We gave our blood and sweat to meet our client’s expectations. In the end, we managed to create a wedding that was desired by the couple and believe us, it was nothing less than a fairytale end for our beautiful couple.
- How do you measure your event success?
We measure it by the amount of happy and satisfied faces that can’t curtail their excitement and shower their blessings upon us to keep moving ahead.
- How do you keep your event budgets on track?
Having pursued a course in business management and coming from a business class family, tracking budgets is ingrained.
- Have you ever planned multiple events at the same time? How did you prioritize your time and resources to meet critical deadlines?
As a policy, we do not accept multiple assignments at a particular time. We prefer to focus our energies on one client at a time as we understand that this being one of the biggest occasions of a couple’s life needs cent percent of our commitment, dedication and hard work.
- Describe one of your most successful events planning experience. What did you do that made it so successful?
The first event for any start up is very important and the case in point was no different for us. It was an extravagant Punjabi wedding spread over 2 days at the beautiful Diggi Palace Hotel in the city. It offered the best glimpse of fusion of oriental and occidental values, practices and traditions. From dazzling array of colors on display for the day functions to subtle classic hues for the functions at night, from scrumptious food to signature cocktails to satiate one’s hunger and thirst buds, we had it all. It truly was an experience that has gone down the memory lane not just for the couple but also for us at MS Weddings. It felt like a baby who took its first successful step.
Let’s have a rapid fire:
- Favorite season for the event: any drinking season with happy faces and love all around.
- First Event: Perfection! We nailed it.
- First pay check: It is never enough but we were really proud.
- You admire the most: Happy faces
- Last event that you did: began a new set of firsts.
- Same city event or Different city event: all across the globe
- Describe your job to you in one word: Overwhelming
- An alternative for Event planning: Bar-tending