India has been a popular travel destination since ages. It is dotted with so many tourists spots – from shikaras of Kashmir to houseboats in Kerala, from the Taj in Agra to the beaches in Goa, Rann of Kutch to heritage hotels of Rajasthan, for each place has something unique to offer. The rich diversity of the lands continue to attract people from far and away.
Often personal milestones like weddings, anniversaries and special birthdays are best relished with friends and family. Those with Indian roots usually opt for hosting such gatherings with much fervour.
From a Big Fat Indian Wedding with celebrities in attendance to a quiet family affair with just the close ones, the choice is varied.
In the past, NRIs visiting India on short trips had to spend a fair bit of their time looking up for everyone from the florist to the caterer. Well planning an event has never been easy.
With the busy packed up schedules, getting quotes from a variety of service providers can be quiet challenging as well as confusing for everyone looking at value for money. Further checking out their testimonials, getting on-site trials can be draining and even unfruitful. Also taking multiple trips for the same events might not be practical for all.
Those not wanting to be running from pillar to post for making their great hosts might engage with local contacts or relatives to make the required arrangements on their behalf. Again these parties not being professionals might not have the time, energy, inclination or experience to turn the desired results into a reality.
For addressing this, now we have professional event management companies to make all your dreams come true. Their end-to-end services have succeeded in making several events memorable for many. They take off right after taking down the requirements and understanding the budget considerations. You name it they have it – travel arrangements, accommodations options, variety of venues and entertainment choices from traditional to glamourous.
Based on host’s personal preferences best of vendors can be roped in for managing theme-based decorations, music, food, invitations, save the dates, photography, videography, make-up, styling, cinematography, staging/ lighting, gift packaging, exquisite packaging, fireworks display, developing signage to maintaining a customised, up-to-date website for the event.
Some may even go the extra mile and pamper you with assistance for jewellery and trousseau shopping or whatever the occasion demands. Similarly, professional events – right from conferences, product launches, exhibitions, inaugurations, trade fair, award functions and brand promotions, executive retreats, rewards programs, team building events being held across India are commonplace nowadays.
Whenever people opt for event management companies or wedding planners they usually go by web searches or word of mouth.
In addition one may consider looking up their:
- Existing clientele
- Testimonials, references
- Website, including photo gallery
- Work hours, especially time zone
- Channels of communications
- Years of business
- Areas of specialisation
- Network of service providers
- Professionalism reflected while gathering requirement
- Levels of transparency and accountability
- Details of cost-efficiency
- Insurance coverages
- Contingency plans
- Traffic and incident management processes
Hosting quality yet hassle-free events are possible
An online platform that brings together a gamut of services providers and events managers is PlanKaro.com. It features some of the best names in the business from Hyderabad and offers the convenience of planning birthdays or weddings, selecting and booking over their website. They are currently in expansion mode and will be spreading to other cities in the coming months.