Memorable Indian Weddings

Indian Weddings are all about splurging and what a better way to do so by inviting your dear friends and relatives in a heritage hotel or a beach resort where everyone will have fun and enjoy the events.  We had a talk with Sunaina Sharma from Memorable Indian Weddings who is expert at planning destination weddings anywhere in India and have clientele from India as well as USA, UK, Saudi Arab and Canada. (many non indian residents tie the knot in India).

Here is a quick Q and A round we had with her.

How did this idea of destination weddings and Memorable Indian Weddings happened ?

Oh, it’s a kind of a story. I was working with Cvent, an online event management software company and took a break from my job so that I can have more time for my kid. During this period I thought of going back to studies and did Post Graduate Diploma in PR and events. I was lucky to assist Amrish Pershad, a floral designer based in Delhi ( he is the one who designed the floral sets of the movie Monsoon Wedding) as my first job in weddings. From him I learnt a lot about wedding and that one should always work towards ones niche. Hence I focused myself towards Destination Weddings. And this is how Memorable Indian Weddings was born. We are two partners and each of us looks after client servicing and supplier management respectively.

What makes you unique amongst the plethora of other planners ?

We understand the difference between destination weddings and normal weddings and also how the requirements and desires of one couple differ from another. When it comes to designing, we believe in personalizing weddings down to the finest details to make it unique, memorable and fun.

We are young, creative, full of ideas, approachable and transparent. We work in client’s interest and of suppliers or hotel. E.g., we tell client everything about a hotel; it’s pro as well as con. We don’t just sell hotels for the sake of closing but advise what fits best.

So if you are the bride who wants to trust her planner completely, we are the ones!

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Why do you love doing what you do?

Weddings are not just events, there lots of emotions running around at every moment in wedding events. You can actually feel the joy of guests, happiness and sometimes even uneasiness of bride, joy and so much more which can’t just be put in words. It is an honour for us that we share all these moments with our clients.

It feels amazing when you watch all the ideas unfolding and taking shape on the wedding day making it the most memorable day of the couple.

What’s the average size of the weddings you plan?

We have done weddings with just 10 guests to 100 guests. Apart from this, couple weddings are also quite common.

Though when we talk about destination weddings which involve guests traveling from all over the world; it is not always possible for every relative of yours to make it for wedding day and hence generally, we have a gathering of 100-150 guests on an average.

How many weddings do you handle each year?

Wedding planning need lots of ground work, co-ordination, planning and execution. Add to this that remote condition wherein you and your guests are at different location and even different time zones, it needs even more attention and promptness.

We commit ourselves to at-most 10-12 weddings an year.

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Could you tell us a few destinations in India to get married?

India is vast in terms of culture and nature both; it is full of colors and rituals. One can get married in Regal way in Palaces of Rajasthan in north or have an intimate wedding on the backwaters of Kerala down the south. Even if you think of chic English wedding on beach, you have Goa beaches are famous for them.

The best part is whether you wish to have a 5 Star Luxury wedding or a moderate wedding, it has options for all. All you need is time in hand and a planner to make your dream come true.

What are your goals?

Might sound quite cliché but our goal is to help bride and grooms in planning their wedding in India and make their wedding day memorable one. We are very happy with the number of weddings we are doing.

As there are many people in India who wish to tie the knot abroad; now we have expanded and have strong supplier network in South East Asia, Italy and Greece as well.

What are your tips for the brides planning for a destination wedding?

Plan in time and hire a right wedding planner. I read it somewhere, there is a planner made for every bride. If you don’t hit with one, move on and find the one with whom you connect. As weddings are emotional events, connection with your planner is imperative.

And on your wedding day, let just things flow and not control them. It is your day and you should just enjoy, don’t worry about seating chart and fireworks timing and leave it for your planner.

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Funny Best Man Speech

We wanted to do another feature about best man speeches because we know how best men to be are worried about their own speech. So we had remembered that when John Dryden gave his speech at James (Motty) and Louise’s wedding - everyone had said how brilliant it was! We decided to interview John about his speech.

How did you feel when Motty asked you to be his best man?

I was quite drunk at the time! It was a great feeling and I felt honoured that he’d asked me.

When did you start preparing the speech?

It was quite close to the wedding, probably a couple of weeks. My advice to others would be to leave it late so you don’t have time to keep dwelling about what you’ve prepared!

Your speech was absolutely hilarious, did you think it would be as funny as it was?

I honestly wasn’t sure but it helps doing a speech at wedding receptions because people find most things funny when they’ve had a few drinks!

What points would you suggest to include?

It’s an absolute must to compliment the bride, bridesmaids and ushers. The rest is up to the individual. There’s always a few stories you can tell about the groom, but they don’t necessarily have to be funny ones. It just so happened that Motty’s had plenty of failing that I could use in my speech!

Do you think the way you delivered the speech played an important role in the outcome?

It’s very easy to try and get the speech done as quickly as possible. It helped that I took my time and didn’t rush it I think, and that’s the advice I would give to anyone else doing a best mans speech.

How nervous were you before giving the speech?

Very, and I’d be surprised if there’s ever anyone that’s not nervous. A couple of drinks settled me down, and as soon as you say your first line the nerves disappear!

The video* below shows you giving your speech, how does this make you feel when watching it back?

It reminds me of what a great day it was for Louise and James. Being Best Man, you get involved with the whole day and if your speech comes off it just makes it even better!

*video was filmed from a distance so volume must be turned up in order to hear John’s speech - contains loud laughter.


Bearsted Babes

What is Bearsted Babes?

Bearsted Babes is a well established Childcare Agency covering Southeast London & Southern Counties. Providing qualified,experienced and above all friendly child carers to homes & hotels,specialising in providing a mobile crèche facility for all types of Corporate Events & Weddings, Private functions and Parties. Make your wedding day less stressful by using the services of Bearsted Babes

How did it get started?

Bearsted Babes started in 2007 as a babysitting agency for homes & hotels by myself a mother of 3 children. Our goal is to expand the business and become national!

What makes you unique?

We have a fantastic, friendly team of qualified child carers, with a vast range of experience and qualifications.
Using our many years of experience & professional approach we aim to work in partnership with the parents to make the day, evening or event as successful & enjoyable as possible.

Tell us why people should hire your crèche business?

From the first contact with the bride and groom we listen to their requirements and create a package that we feel will offer the best service Bearsted Babes can provide. The Bride and Groom’s priority is to make sure their mini guests are well entertained while parents are free to enjoy themselves with the knowledge that their children are being safely looked after. Bearsted Babes can offer this service and more.

All childcarers have relevant qualifications & hold a current Enhanced CRB, they attend a face to face interview & a minimum of 2 references are obtained, which can be viewed upon request. We do not take references given to us by hand from the child carer whilst attending the interview.

All child carers are over the age of 23 & have had at least 2 years experience.

A few testimonials from previous satisfied clients…

“Vicky and Bearsted Babes come highly recommended by our family, Vicky is always professional, communicative, quick to respond to enquiries, and always on time.  Our 1 year old daughter thrives in her company & has lots of fun when she comes to babysit for us each week.  Due to health problems I need some extra help, & Vicky is someone we trust completely with the care of our daughter, which is not something any parent does lightly, but she has become more of a friend to the family than “just” a sitter, which is testament to her capabilities.” - Belinda

“​We were guests at the Jones wedding who were fortunate enough to be able to enjoy your services.  We were delighted with the childcare provision and the children appeared to be having even more fun than the adults. The high ratio of staff and their attentive manner ensured the children were kept preoccupied with a range of, individual free play and group activities.  It also gave us the confidence to enjoy the wedding breakfast in the knowledge that you would come and find us if there were any issues.” - Beth Spencer

“Thank you for supplying a wonderful team of really friendly child carers. We recieved so much positive feedback about the service you provide that it helped make the day extra special and parents were delighted to have a break knowing that their kids were in extremely experienced hands. Many Thanks to you and your team for helping us out at such short notice (and to those who were willing to stay later than originally planned.)” - Jane

If you want to hire Bearsted Babes or find out more information, please view their website: -

Please call 07917 207454 / 01622 737501 to find out more information or email them on [email protected]

You can also find them on facebook and twitter 

The Tigerlily Crèche Company

High quality on-site childcare for weddings, private functions and corporate events

It’s the age old conundrum; do you invite children to your wedding, the most important day of your life? Will it offend guests if you don’t, will it offend others if you do?!  Do you have children of your own that must be there but will fidget through the wedding breakfast and be bored by the best man’s speech?! If this is adding to the ever growing wedding day stress then worry no more, The Tigerlily Crèche Company have the perfect solution, the mobile crèche!

They are The Tigerlily Crèche Company and their Mobile Crèche specialises in Weddings, Parties and Business Functions, and a whole lot of fun! Operating across London, Essex and beyond, they carefully select only the best Nannies from their register, all are DBS police checked, First Aid trained and OFSTED registered. They operate within OFSTED regulations of Nanny to child ratio and your child’s safety is our first priority.

So whether it’s a wedding, function or corporate event they have seen an increasing demand for providing our services, offering peace of mind to the parents and lots of entertainment and fun for the children!

So what is special about The Tigerlily Mobile Crèche?

  •  New- there is an increasing demand for this service, we provide a dedicated crèche planner for your event.
  • Unique- we provide a unique drop off and pick up system, the safety of your children is paramount to us.
  • Flexible- we will cater our crèche to your theme, our team will embrace the theme from dressing up, themed activities and we can source additional entertainers from our catalogue of face painters, balloon artists and more.
  • Special- we provide a truly special day for the children and the happy couple.

We ensure our crèches are fun for all involved!

We provide an all year round service for all of your Weddings, Parties and Business Functions across London, Essex and beyond! For a personalised, tailored quote email the team [email protected] or call 0207 127 8112.

Don’t take our word for it, here are testimonials from previous satisfied clients…

“On behalf of everyone who attended the wedding, I would like to thank Tigerlily so very much for providing the most perfect crèche service Jack and I could ever have hoped for. The staff were immaculately dressed, discrete and charming at every turn. Sam and Isaac, my two sons and all their friends had just the best time and at the end of the day I had to force them to leave Lucy and her wonderful team. Thanks Lucy” - Sarah and Jack Winterburn - Wadhurst Wedding - August 2010

Tigerlily mobile crèche were recommended to me by a friend and my goodness they delivered. Our annual conference at The Gravetye Manor was the most successful we’ve ever held. Every single director and partner attended because childcare was available to those who needed it. Tigerlily’s themed crèche was so warmly received by the children who all want to come back next year. I’ve never seen so many happy faces – and I am not only talking about the children! We’ve already booked Tigerlily mobile crèche for next year’s event.” - Samantha Norton - Head of HR (London based solicitors)

“Tigerlily aren’t like other childcare companies we’d worked with. For a start they listened to everything we said, they even allocated an event planner (thanks Lucy) who helped us with absolutely everything from day 1 through to organising the clean up at the end. Tigerlily’s staff on the day were so friendly and well presented - our client was delighted and has insisted we use Tigerlily in future – which of course we will.”  Frankie McGuinness - Events Management Consultant - Windsor

You can connect with them on facebook and twitter or visit their website on:-

Cath Kidston Inspired Shoot

From it’s humble beginnings as a small shop in Holland Park in 1993, Cath Kidston has grown into one of the best known British brands. It excels in making practical cheerful products for the home with designs often sporting a distinctive modern vintage look of pastel polka dots and floral motifs, particularly the rose.

To help them celebrate 20 amazing years in business, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium has designed an amazing colourful cake table featuring tiered cakes, mini cakes, cake wedges, cupcakes, vintage china and cake stands. Continue reading