Nisha Kandhari is a new entrant to wedding planning, but she already has a few whacky nuptials to her credit, says Vipasha Sinha
In the past, much ink went into romanticising the moment a groom set eyes on his bride, as she walked down the aisle. The sentiments are still alive, but they come with added frills. Now, the focus has partly shifted to what the bride-to-be wears and also to the overall setting. And much of these things are out of the ordinary.
Nisha Kandhari, a 24-year-old wedding planner, is among a growing group that helps brides step into marriage halls as dramatically as possible. “A wedding is an important part of anyone’s life. Most women dream of a fairytale love story and an equally memorable wedding. I try to give them the latter. I have done weddings where the bride has appeared from a lotus and as the layers of the massive lotus unfolds, the bride walks out. The latest wedding that I planned, we had the bride walk out of a spaceship,” says Nisha, who started her event management company Anyonya two years ago. Until recenty, when she was joined by Akash Kapoor, she ran the show all alone. Nisha always felt that Chennai lacked the drama factor and out-of-the box ideas to make an event seem larger than life. “I started my career as an event manager when I organised the birthday bash of my friend’s daughter. It was a hit and people appreciated my work and I felt encouraged to do more of it. The first few events of my career were for friends. My first wedding planning event was a friend’s engagement ceremony in a star hotel, where I made the couple enter from the top sitting on a crescent moon. Though it was an indoor event, I managed to pull it off,” says Nisha. It was by word-of-mouth that people learnt about her work and in a short span of time she began to do destination weddings.
“I have done weddings is Nellore, Kerala and also helped out at high-profile weddings in Jaipur. I take the requests of my clients seriously,” says Nisha, who knows that there are already veterans in the field. She says, “I promise people something new. For instance, a lot of weddings these days are a blend of cultures as the bride and the groom belong to different communities. I try to mix the traditions of the two so that the families get the best of both cultures. Also, people want to experiment now, so we suggest that they have at least one ceremony inspired by a culture that is different for both families. For example, a lot of South Indian weddings now have a sangeeth ceremony,” says Nisha.
Her next grand idea is getting celebrities to make guest appearances at weddings.