18 July 2017
I had the good fortune of being introduced to Poonam as I began planning for my sister?s wedding at a luxury hotel in the city earlier in the year. One must admit that this was the first wedding in the family for a long time; or at least the first that I had to work on, in my life. Given the situation, I couldn?t have thought of a better person to help plan this memorable event for us. From the get-go, Poonam was a straight shooter. Her understanding of the complexities and nuances of wedding planning were formidable. Our first meetings, very much like the ones that followed, were highly interactive. She introduced us to her repertoire of work through a large repository of images and designs on her laptop, and helped us sift through the images, gauging our taste on the one hand, while giving us valuable perspective on the costing of each design, on the other. An essential quality that one must look for, while choosing a wedding planner is their understanding of the venue. With Poonam having hosted events in nearly every popular venue in the city, her understanding of the advantages and shortcomings of wedding venues ? be it convention halls or five star hotels ? was a defining trait during our interaction. An added advantage that I had working with her was that she had planned several such events at the same venue in the past. Hence, she not only had a firm grasp of the environment, but had a great working relationship with the hotel?s staff ? a huge advantage. Another advantage of working with Poonam is that she covers the whole gamut of wedding preparation: dcor, flower arrangement, lighting, props and dress accessories with an in-house workforce. This not only eliminates the time spent on tedious negotiations with individual vendors and craftsmen, but also ensures that decisions are made faster with minimal lapses in communication. The Final Outcome Come wedding day, the whole venue was transformed into something we never thought possible ? it was almost surreal. The attention to detail, the freshness of the flowers, and the colour tones used were immensely gratifying. The best part: we were kept completely insulated from late-night phone-calls asking us to source a certain material, or letting us know of an operational hiccup. We were simply asked to walk into the banquet hall on the day of the event to enjoy the final product in all its grandeur. This is what set Poonam apart for me. She sets the right expectations, adapts to situations and most importantly, delivers a solid product. And that is why I would strongly recommend having her plan your wedding no matter the scale.