FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do I need a wedding planner?
Weddings can be the most important yet the most stressful days of your life. On an average, it takes over 250 hours to plan a wedding! With hundreds of details, research, multiple vendors, guests and payments, the mere thought of it all can become too much to handle. That's where a wedding planner steps in. We take all the burden off your shoulders so that you can relax and enjoy your special day knowing that all details and any unforeseen surprises are taken care of. Even with all planning in place, making sure that everything goes off without a hitch on the final day can be a daunting task. We take care of all setups, execution and even guest coordination over multiple venues. You not only save time, money and your sanity but also benefit from a planner’s experience, knowledge, creative inputs and vendor connections.
What sets Panodrama apart?
We are an event planning company with the perfect combination of experience and innovation, professionalism with a personal touch, and sensitivity but with a strong work ethic. We work on trust based relationships with clients so you get top of the line services coupled with the comfort and feel of planning your wedding with a friend or family. We believe in complete transparency and a no commission policy. Our planning process is completely flexible and customised and we adapt our style based on what the client wants. From day 1, helping you plan & design your dream wedding to D-Day, taking care of all details, timelines and on spot troubleshooting, our aim is to take all the stress away, so that you and your family can enjoy the perfect wedding.
How long have you been doing this and how many weddings have you planned?
Our founder Mallika has been in the event and weddings industry since 2011. After getting some experience in decor companies, she took up her first independent project as a wedding planner in 2013 and her passion and love for weddings has ensured that there has been no looking back! Panodrama Events came into existence when her sister Tulika joined forces with her in 2014. Since then, we have planned 60+ weddings across the country and at international destinations.
What styles of weddings do you do? Do you plan events other than weddings?
Where are you based and how does that work with destination weddings?
Do you plan weddings at overseas locations also?
Yes we do! Destination weddings are one of our favorites as they allow us to explore the local traditions and customs of the destination, and add a touch of that to our Indian traditions and rituals! We have planned weddings at Abu Dhabi, Bali & Prague. You can check these out in our Gallery.
When is a good time to start planning my wedding?
It varies with the scale, type and level of detailing you are looking for. If you are set on a particular venue, we suggest you start planning upto a year in advance. Otherwise, 6-9 months is a good time to start so you can take time in picking and deciding. Having said that, we 've also planned 200 - 2000 people destination weddings in less than a month. So more than time, it's important to have a clear vision and the right team on board.
How can we take it forward? How does the process work?
- tentative dates
Do you only work with certain venues and suppliers? Can I bring in my own vendors?
Given our "no-commission policy", we are extremely flexible with working with any vendor, so long as we are sure that they will deliver a quality product. Over the course of our planning experience we have built an expansive list of beautiful venues & top notch vendors who we trust and recommend, keeping in mind your budget and specific requirements. However, we absolutely understand that you may already have a vendor of choice. Our process and aim in this case stays the same in terms of coordination and execution to give you and your family have a stress free and memorable experience.
Do you have ideas on how to make my wedding special, unique and memorable?
Do we ever! One of our favorite parts of our job is working with you to brainstorm and come up with unique and creative ideas to add that extra-special touch. We have a young and eager team with loads of innovative and out-of-the-box ideas and we keep ourselves up-to-date with trends in the wedding industry. We will help research, design and create elements that will capture the essence of your vision perfectly and incorporate your personality into your special day. Whether it's just a vague idea or an extremely specific detail, we will find a way to bring it to life. We love leaving your guests awestruck with wonder!
What is your process in these times of social distancing?
Keeping abreast with the new normal, we ensure maximum communication virtually via phone calls, whatsapp and video conferencing during the planning stages. Having a list of tried and tested vendors means we have prior knowledge of their working styles which makes it faster and easier to coordinate and choose the right one. Our exhaustive planning and detailing ensures minimum personnel requirement and movement and strict hygeine and safety standards for all teams. We have proactively worked on actions points, safety pointers and innovative ideas for you and your guests to have a safe and fun experience.
Will you also take care of the safety/sanitization requirement?
Being the need of the hour, this is high on our priority list. Most venues now have their in house sanitization teams and monitoring which we will also keep a check on. If need be, we will bring in external vendors to ensure sanitization before and after each event and proper hygeine protocols and temperature checks for all vendors.
Given the current situation, is it a good time to start planning for my wedding next year?
Absolutely! Planning is never enough and the more time the better. More time enables you to get into small details and customise your wedding with peace of mind. As we watch the world slowly regain some form of normalcy, the coming year is expected to see a rush of weddings with those postponed from this year and ones already planned for next year. Getting a headstart will ensure you're able to lock down your prefered venue and vendors.
Do you also do small scale/home weddings?
Intimate weddings are a favorite at Panodrama! A small gathering of loved ones makes it all the more meaningful but it also means a higher attention to detail and lots of personalization opportunities. It opens up the chance to create unique experiences that would otherwise not have been possible in larger settings - sit down dinners (we love these!), speeches and customised gifts to name a few. You can check one such wedding we executed here.