So Cold in NYC… Work, Work, Work!

It is only 9 degrees outside! I guess it is really good as I have not left my house for the last two days! I am so overly caught up on work. I love it. We have been off to a great start this year with lots of calls and bride bookings. We have been telling brides not to let …

Love the Manolos!

One of brides who was married this past August had on these Manolo Blahnik Brooch d’Orsay Pumps. They looked so nice when she walked down the aisle with her sari that I absolutely had to get them for myself! They are the perfect gold shoe to go with any Indian outfit. Good lesson for brides.. just treat yourself to something …

A Note From Katherine! I really miss you..

My long time assistant and friend has left to move to Cali and plan her own wedding in Oct of this year… I really miss her and here is a note she wanted us to post: My Experience with Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants I have worked for Sonal and SJS just shy of two years. It has been a …

ORGANIC / GREEN WEDDINGS

My entire family is on an organic kick thanks to my dear sister-in-law. It actually really feels good to live organically as they say. Why not do the same for your wedding? Here are some easy ideas to have an organic wedding.. yes, Indian Weddings too. 1. Serve organic wines… go to sites like www.fourchimneysorganicwines.com or ask your venue if …

Candy Display Tables

At one of our recent weddings, we did two display tables that represented the bride and the groom. At the entrance of their sangeet ballroom, we set up two large tables- one had photos of the bride with her family and friends, and the other with the groom’s side images. We added accents to it by showing their hobbies. The bride …

Ask Them In Style

Why just telephone your friends to ask them to be your bridesmaids when you can put it in writing. Gone are the days when you just say, “Will you be my groomsmen or flowergirl?”. For the modern bride, the way to do it is by mailing them a speically designed card asking them to participate in your special day. Check …

New Movie– Bridal Wars

Like any wedding obsessed person, I love movies about weddings. Some of my favorite movies are Father or the Bride, The Wedding Singer, The Wedding Planner, etc. I cannot wait to see the movie Bridal Wars, a movie about best friends that choose the same wedding date and the tension between them. This is every bride’s nightmare. It has two …

From Shital’s Point of View

From Shital’s Point of View Hi I am Shital. A bit about me. I grew up in Dubai. I got married and moved to New York. New York (the multi-cultural city) and I love the fast paced life. I read this statement once which I think is so true “If you get bored in New York, it is your own …

Distinctive Stamp for your wedding

So many of our brides are looking for ways to personalize their wedding. I found this great company online www.customwaxnseals.com that does wax seals. You can add a custom designed wax seal to the following: invitations, menus, escort cards, save the date cards. It could be one of the items you carry over onto everything paper at your wedding. Normally, …

Guestbooks

We always have brides ask us what they can do as a different idea to traditional guestbooks. We found some companies that can do some cool things other than just getting boring autographs. www.guestbookstore.com lets you personalize your event by having your guests write out special wishes, their favorite memories of you and the groom and asks your guests questions …

Seema and Anish’s Wedding

Here are some photos from the wedding we just did at the JW Marriott.. Wedding Day for Seema and Anish. How awesome do they look? The weather was a perfect 65 degrees. Yes, that is Katherine setting up all the Mithai for the ceremony. The bride and groom’s garlands were delivered from NY.. how cool. This baby was soooooo cute.. …

How Interesting!

I find inspiration in the most unlikely places.. I really love this centerpiece. I was crossing a hotel today in Manhattan and saw this lovely centerpieces.. It was so clean but the wired callas were so pretty. Goes to show you that you can find inspiration everywhere.  

Our Team at Dulhan Expo

We had such a great time at Dulhan Expo yesterday. The brides who stopped by our lovely booth had so many questions for us.. it was great. I really enjoyed meeting them and their parents. It is so cute when all the family members come to support the brides and make a family event out of it. Our booth looked …

Rain in Arizona!

Here I am… back in AZ! Yeah! Well trying to escape the cold weather of Philly/NYC did not work as it is COLD, COLD, COLD here! We did a wedding last Thanksgiving in Arizona for Meghana and Yagnesh and it was so cold. Kayleigh, Monica and I were frozen solid! The hotel was giving out beach towels and blankets to …

A Day in the life of our new Intern, Kristina

I haven’t even been working for Sonal J. Shah for a week, and I’ve already taken more notes than I did all throughout college. Of course, I am an American girl testing the waters of Indian weddings. I was fortunate that Sonal took a chance on a newcomer in the wedding industry. Luckily, she has been quite understanding as I …

From Neeti

Working in the wedding planning business has its ups and downs. Things can get really stressful one moment and plain old silly the next. Here are a coupe of silly moments that we’ve encountered through he months. We were in Virginia for a pre wedding event and Sonal mentioned that the location was easy to miss for our guests. She …

FALL IS SO PRETTY!

Every morning I look our out balcony and see the wonderful Art Museum! Yes, I have pretended to be Rocky and run up the museum steps. I love the Fall colors. I really like incorporating the Fall colors into weddings. Indian Brides can really use the trend of rust orange during this season with gold accents. We had a bride …

Finally Back in NYC!

Today I am finally back in the office in Manhattan. It is so exciting as everyone moves so quickly and there is so much to accomplish in one day! I really enjoy being in Manhattan. Most of our brides are all over the country but we have a handful here in NYC. We started to put the final details on …

Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?

Almost forgot to mention that the wedding of Rupali and Chetan is on tomorrow… Tues, Nov 4th at 7:00pm! 7:00 pm Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?: Let Them Eat Meat Cake An Indian couple hires Sonal Shah to throw a three-day wedding for 1000 guests, and Donnie Brown is hired to bring the swinging 60’s into the 21st century.

Back to Philadelphia– Finally

Well, after being away from home for 2 weeks.. I am finally back in Philly– HOME SWEET HOME! It feels so good to share the couch with my pookie… my husband, Jay. We had such a great wedding in Arizona. I know that all the weddings are terrific but the natural scenary of the desert was so unique! Harini and …

Sunny Arizona

Here we are… sunny Arizona. We are here for the wedding of Harini and Andy. They flew in from London a couple of days ago. We delivered the items to the Four Seasons Scottsdale yesterday. The weather is so beautiful and it will be so nice for their 200+ person outdoor wedding. Katherine flew in yesterday, amazed at how nice …

Dallas Wedding- Saturday Hindu Ceremony

The mandap looked truly amazing. I loved the way the submerged orchids and the tall curly willow branches worked out! The room we made dim so that guest would stay calm (a trick that really works). The focus on the stage and mandap was great. Our staff had to take a photo in front of this beautiful mandap. It is …