wedding in India is a theatrical, cultural extravaganza
- its grandeur in direct proportion to the host's financial
resources. It is almost always an awe-inspiring exercise
in manpower, material management and creativity. Food
and dining arrangements, however, remain the most essential
ingredients in the entire function, In fact, food is
the most important factor that can mar or mark the success
of a wedding party. Is it any wonder then that so much
thought goes into deciding the menu, the buffet spread,
PLAN WELL AHEAD
A well planned and coordinated
effort at organising the wedding arrangements well in
advance, will ensure better, and more satisfying results.
As the big day approaches you might be swamped with
small details that need immediate attention. Hence,
it is imperative that all major issues have been dealt
with and set into motion already. A good tip-try not
to miss any wedding invitation that you may receive
in the months preceding your wedding function. Attending
other functions will help in clearing a lot of doubts
you might have about the logistics involved in conducting
weddings. You will get fresh ideas on decor, venues,
menus, caterers plus a first-hand experience of the
efficacy of professional agencies involved in providing
such services. Talk to people who have organised similar
functions in their families recently. Consult people
who have managed such functions, for, their advice can
be depended upon. However, taking too many opinions
could also be confusing.Remember that finally, your
individual preference will determine how you wish to
build your theme wedding party. The suggestions made
by others should only help you fine-tune your ideas.
You will be in a position
to bargain for a very good price if you book your catering
agency well in advance. This way you will avoid having
to pay higher rates when the agency is swamped with
wedding dates. Catering agencies normally offer lower
rates when the wedding season has just started but begin
to raise their rates as booking begin to pour in. Besides,
by planning ahead and making early bookings, you will
give yourself ample time for alterations and amendments
in your menu plans, should the need arise.
FORM A CORE GROUP
This group of individuals
will be your think-tank and the executive arm of your
action plan. It may comprise of your immediate family
members and close friends. It is a good idea to assign
specific responsibilities to individuals so that a particular
responsibility is overseen by the person in charge.
It also makes work that much easier for the catering
agency hired by you, as there is better coordination.
It is most convenient to select
the dinner venue close where the marriage ceremony will
be held. This is the starting point around which you
can begin to weave your wedding plans. A few considerations
would include the decor and ambience, seating capacity
to accommodate the number of guests you have in mind,
easy access to the site, car parking facility, a covered
area in case of weather complications etc. The choice
of venues vary from hotel banquet halls, which form
the higher end of the market, to fashionable clb lawns
and well-landscaped farmhouses. Community parks and
private banquet halls, which are at the lower end of
the market, are equally popular. Depending upon your
preference and budget, you can select the venue. While
most venues that conduct weddings and other functions
have an in house catering system, some may give you
an option between catering agencies that are on their
panel or between employing one of your own choice.
SELECT YOUR CATERER
Scout the market thoroughly.
You can definitely be choosy. It helps tremendously
if you are clear about your preferences as the caterer
will find it that much easier to meet your expectations.
Ensure that you are getting your money's worth of service.
While selecting a caterer for the food to be served
at the wedding, you will be faced with options that
range from hotels of varying stardom(that cater to functions
within and outside their premises), private outdoor
caterers who can conjure up any cuisine for you anywhere,
to your good old neighborhood 'halwai' and 'maharaj'
who can prepare traditional, specialised, lip-smacking
fare at a quick notice.
'THEME FOR A DREAM' WEDDINGS
Usually, weddings involve
multiple functions and/or venues. It helps if the two
families involved coordinate their respective arrangements
so as to avoid repetitions in theme, decor and yes!
food. It would not be very appealing were the guests
to have dal makhni and butter-chicken three times in
two days. Theme functions are very fashionable these
days. They may range from a wild Mexican evening to
an Oriental soiree! Such thematic weddings are more
memorable, classy and definitely hip, though they are
hardly low-cost affairs. But if you have the resources
they are a must-do.