P&B Real Brides: Meet the Multi-City Planner Neha!

by mehak on December 26, 2012

in Bridal Blog, Real Brides


Meet Neha

Neha is a classmate from my school, and a recent bride who coordinated between different cities and even countries for her Big Day! Behind the actual wedding, is a cute little Bollywood love story, a whole lot of planning  and even a flash mob!!!! Neha chose simple, light  bridal outfits minus the Delhi-bling bling and made for one of the most gorgeous  and honestly the happiest brides iv seen. If you need some quick tips for planning your big day, hear what she has to say!

So, i know this already but for the readers sake- Where are you from and where did you get married?

 Delhi and Delhi! It was kind of a muti city wedding because I was in Hyderabad, my fiancé Aakash in London, my parents in Delhi and his parents in Mumbai! So basically we had to plan and coordinate from four different cities! It was additionally complicated because we had guests from across the globe – we had to make special arrangements and show them the awesomeness of Incredible India!


What’s your love story?

Our story is really quite filmy. Our maternal grandmothers were close friends and wanted to marry us. And once my nani passed away, both the moms, his and mine, took it upon themselves to make this happen. But we were in different places in life at the time and refused to even discuss it with our parents, much to their dismay.One day, I got a Facebook message from Aakash who (I am told) was just curious to check me out since his mom spoke so much about me. So he did. And it is very uncharacteristic of him, but he wrote to me, and I guess the rest is history! It was funny though, when we told our parents that we were talking, it was a classic case of ‘we told you so!’ (OMG- from Maternal grandmothers to facebook messages- that really is quite filmy!!!)



Manish Arora for Roka (above)

Sejal Kanoi for Sangeet


Anju Modi for Wedding

Tell us about your outfits!

Roka Lehenga – Manish Arora

Sangeet Lehenga – Sejal Kanoi

Wedding Lehenga – Anju Modi

It took me quite a few weekend trips to Delhi! The wedding was in July, and I only started searching for clothes in May. So in the last few months I panicked. My mom and aunts would go scouting around Delhi during the week, shortlist a few shops which I’d go and check out on the weekend! I flew to Delhi at least 4 times between April and June!

I don’t know if I should reveal this publicly, but I always snuck in my camera phone into the fitting room! I took snaps of every angle, while trying on my clothes. By the end of it, I had a huge repository to choose from! But despite the fat collection of outfits, the moment I walked into Anju Modi’s store, I knew I could not look at anything else. I completely fell in love with her delicate work and soft color tones. It was a perfect match with the kind of person I am because I usually do not like a lot of bling. Plus her clothes stand out; they are very unique and usually very different from what everyone wears in Delhi! (Agreed, usually you need sunglasses to tone down the delhi wedding bling)

One thing all brides and her shoppers should know – designers have a huge margin to bargain! No matter how fancy or pristine their store looks, they will get dirty when it’s down to business! My dad is a huge bargainer so we dragged him along to buy each outfit once we had decided on them. He managed to get at least 25% striked off the retail price! Aza is a strict exception to this rule, a nut even a seasoned bargainer like my dad could not crack! Also, try and squeeze in extra accessories. Anju Modi designed a clutch matching my lehenga, for free. I am sure it didn’t cost her much and was already included in the price, but it felt great to get something free!


Which function was the most fun and why? Tell us about your performancesss !

 Sangeet, hands down! Or up! We danced like there was no tomorrow. We had two ‘mini shows’, one from my side and one from Aakash’s. I didn’t really prepare a proper dance because I was very tied up with work, and illness. (I got chicken pox one month before my wedding – SHOCK & HORROR! But that’s a different story)

So on the day of the sangeet, I prepared a short performance on ‘Bahara’ because I suppose its customary for the bride to entertain the audience :p But the main attraction was the flash mob at the end of all the performances. This is the one thing I had planned properly! It was a huge surprise and an even bigger success as all my friends and 30 of Aakash’s firang friends danced to ‘Tu Mera Hero’. It was one the funnest moments of the wedding as the audience cheered us on, and even joined in later.


The Flash Mob!!!! Looks like so much FUNN!

How did you manage to plan your entire wedding being in Hyd, with the groom in London and the actual ceremony in Delhi??? Any tips for such ‘Long Distance’ Planning Brides??? 

 As if long distance relationships are not bad enough. long distance wedding planning is even worse! Even more so for a control freak like me. But I guess your phone’s camera is your new best friend. Like I mentioned before, I had my family shortlist things while I flew into Delhi. But Aakash was sitting in London and was only going to reach a day before the wedding events. So his parents had to send him at least a 100 photos of cloth/patterns for his Sherwaani. There was also talk of sending him a muslin fitting garment to see if they had his measurements correct! Could be a handy solution if the bride cannot attend her fittings as well.

My only tip is, plan in advance and let go. I know hard, but try to trust the eyes of people shopping on your behalf! Some drama is unavoidable, so chill – you cant control everything!

Who was yr makeup artist? Were you happy with her?

 My make up artist was one of the best things about the wedding! I was a very uncharacteristic bride – I did not want Mehendi, no nail paint, no glitter, no eye shadow – my family was horrified. Then came Shivaani to the rescue! She used to work with Ambika Pillai but does freelance work now. She comes with a team of 4, and is amazing. She went easy on me, and understood exactly what I wanted. Much to my mom’s relief, she even managed to cajole me into more bridal make up J She was also the one who suggested that I wear a yellow lily in my hair, with the green lehenga for the Sangeet, it definitely made me look fresher in the smelting Delhi heat.

Where did you buy yr jewellery from ?

My parents arranged it. I cant take any credit for it. I just knew it had to be something very traditional – I wore a choker and a raani haar on the wedding. I think if its suits you, a big nath and maang tika is a must. It can really transform your look.

Few words about your photographer? 

 I had to be none other than Joseph Radhik. I had seen his work on Facebook and even met him at a friends wedding many years ago. I was obsessed with his work and had to fight really hard to get him because he quite expensive. Just be prepared to wait a while for your prints because he is a busy bee! But rest assured, when you do get your photos and videos, you would be in awe! His team member, Richa Kashelkar is just as awesome. Check out her blog

 Anything else you want to share? General Tips for  other Bride Zilla’s out there:


  1. Enjoy your wedding preparations and the actual day. You will be left with really fond memories.
  2. If you are in a time crunch for your Sangeet performance, Youtube can be a helpful resource. There are plenty of choreographies you can borrow ;)
  3. When shopping for your lehenga, make sure to bargain. And get some freebies like my clutch!
  4. Most people tend to overlook this but make sure you get proper saari/lehenga covers. Most designers will provide you these but you must make sure to ask in case they don’t. After all, you want to be able to wear at least some of your outfits again!
  5. Avoid buying a heavy lehenga. I was recently at a wedding where the bride’s lehenga weighed 14 kgs. The poor girl could hardly walk, let alone enjoy herself! And trust me, it shows. You don’t want to ruin your photographs!
  6. Talking of photos, keep smiling. Also remember to sit up straight on the mandap! You might have to sit for hours, so ask for back support before hand!.Someone had warned me of this, so thankfully, I have no painfully slouchy photos.
  7. Use the restroom before you enter the wedding venue. It is practically impossible to leave once you are there. Although, I am told, my groom dashed straight for the restroom as soon as the baraat reached the venue! Somehow, guys can get away with it but you don’t want to look like a runaway bride!
  8. Make a wedding website if you have the time. It will give you and your fiancé a fun project to do. More importantly, if you have overseas guests, it is much easier to have all the info in one place. Helps to be organized! Have a look out our wedding website, its nothing fancy and not nearly professionally but we had fun building it!
  9. EAT. Don’t starve yourself. I understand that the pressure and the limelight can be overwhelming, but my biggest regret is that I did not enjoy all the good food at my wedding!
  10.  Again, enjoy yourself. This one is repeated because it is the most important of all. It’s your day and you are a rockstar!


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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Heena December 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Awww…lovely… :)


Richa Saxena December 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm

A very sweet story! And Congratulations….


Shikha December 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Lovely pics and color of each dress is so pretty


Khaddu December 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

i love cute “kaynaath conspired” love stories like these :) !


Sweet&Bitter December 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I loved the yellow and pink lehenga!!! I might shamelessly get something just like that! LOVE


Crazy Indian Bride December 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

love LOVE your sangeet lehengha, so pretty!!

Great advice for brides-to-be! would give out the same!

and the picture of you and the ‘boy’ dancing absolutely amazing…hope your getting that framed!


Josie December 27, 2012 at 12:01 am

Congratulation Neha!!!! your love story is so beautiful. Hope your life filled with even more happiness and love..


dr_rashmi December 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

Just everything about this post is so fresh…the story, the costume, the neatness of all the looks and the the bride..loveddd it :)


beingpretty December 27, 2012 at 12:44 am

I loved reading this post!! And you made for a really gorgeous and beautiful bride..I liked your fresh yet simple look.. :)


Embellished December 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

So pretty!


Bhumika December 27, 2012 at 1:55 am

What a detailed post..and what amazing pics..and the flash mob looks soo much funn ! And loved all 3 of ur outfits..u look great Neha :)


Jharna December 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

Do you have website/ facebook page for the makeup artist?


Jazz December 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

Congratulations Neha, loved everything you mentioned. :-)


Rajvi Bhow December 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

loved her pictures..Mehak, I had recently mailed you about sharing my wedding details. hope you have got the mail.


Dolon December 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Loved the post and the pics..that Manish Arora and Anju Modi lehengas


zaiba December 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

oww lovely hey mehak whenever I read your bridal posts i feel like getting married but the sad part is I am just 19 :-(


jyoti December 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Amazing pictures! :) And you look so elegent in all the outfits. Personally even i am not a bling person.So it was really refreshing seeing your lehengas. :) All the very best for a happy married life. :)


thebengalibride December 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Congratulations Neha ! You looked awesome in all your dresses …And flash mob for sangeet sounds so much fun :)


Karishma December 28, 2012 at 3:00 am

That is such a adorable wedding! God bless you both :)


MissBoPeep December 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I could guess it was Joe Radhik!! He is awesome!


Nishi December 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Very sweet.. and she looks so pretty!!

P.S. @Mehak : When will i be up ? I sent you my pics ages ago! :( [puppy face]



mehak December 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

hi nishi,
i kind of have a tie up with photographers now, so i work with them as they send me photos. I work with 3-4 and have to post there images unfortunately.


Puneet January 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hey Mehak…..can I get the phone number of makeup artist Shivaani?


Diksha May 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Hi mehak,

could you also send me the contact details for Shivaani? thanks much!


Preeti Kaur February 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm

lovely story :) and u look beautiful :D


Diksha February 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

Hey Neha,

Congratulations! You look lovely! Can you share the contact details for Shivani? and give us an idea of how much she charge, where she is based etc?



Mani June 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Hey Neha!!

Love the lahenga that you are wearing. You look absolutely gorgeous. Could you plz share Shivani’s contact details. M looking for a make-up artist.


shubhi agrawal August 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hi….love ur make up and pics…can u share d no. Of f mua….thanks shubhi


Kati September 10, 2013 at 12:36 am

did anyone recieve the details of the make up artist ? please share


Myra November 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

Hi, Can anyone share the details of the make-up artist Shivaani please?



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