Bharat and Priyanka Kanodia have created a website for planning every aspect of a wedding I could enjoy my wedding without getting bogged down by the arrangements. Also everything had a personal touch.
On one hand, the weddings give a reason to celebrate and rejoice but on the other the process of making the wedding a comfortable affair brings one a lot of jitters and tension. Thus, to make it a memorable experience without any hassles, Bharat Kanodia, a hardcore finance guy and his wife, Priyanka, head stylist at Tarun Tahiliani have created a website called Shaadi-e-Khas.
"While working as a stylist, during the wedding season lots of clients came up with queries regarding the mehendiwali, phoolwale, accessories et al," says Priyanka. Adds Kanodia, "During my brother's wedding, though everyone had been assigned a job, my responsibility was to remind all vendors of their responsibility. It took two hours daily."
And many such experiences of the couple led them to this idea that could make the process of organising a wedding easy. Shaadi-e-Khas is wedding management software that has different vendors listed under different budget categories. Explains Kanodia, "The florists, caterers, mehendiwale, musicians, make-up artistes et al have been listed on the website depending on their credibility. Before a vendor is listed on Shaadi-e-Khas, we call them, carry reference checks and make a personal visit."
Adds Priyanka, "People can choose from the vendor list and the software itself manages the budget hence one does not have to calculate after every addition or deletion."
Though, Shaadi-e-Khas was launched for public use only in April this year, it has become a huge hit amongst the people planning a wedding. "It made life so simple and smooth. I could enjoy my own wedding without getting bogged down by the arrangements. Also everything had a personal touch," says Abhishek Kumar, a resident of Greater Kailash 1.
Once you register with Shaadi-e-Khas, all the details about the wedding are fed in. The usage is divided into two, front end and back end. "The front end is meant for managing the guest lists, sending invitations and the back end is meant for the family, which work is assigned to whom, the timings etc," says Kanodia.
And learning from his brother's wedding, Kanodia always wanted to add a feature that would remind people of their responsibility without someone to wake up early morning and start calling.
"The moment one finalises the details, a message and email is sent to the vendors and the family members who have been assigned a task. The second reminder is sent 24 hours before the task and the third one is sent two hours before the job needs to be done. It saves lot of time and the burden," smiles Kanodia.
The uploading of pictures and movie is Priyanka's favourite feature. "I love this feature as it enables the couple and the family members to see the pictures the next day instead of waiting for months before the photo album arrives," says Priyanka.
For one month, Shaadi-e-Khas is free to use but to use its other features, one need to pay Rs 2,500 for the silver pack and Rs 5,000 for the gold pack. "The purpose of keeping a fee was to make it more valuable for the people registering and for the vendors who are listed. The registration is valid for one month after the wedding for the couple to upload honeymoon pictures," says Kanodia.
People from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata are using it extensively. The couple agrees that for smaller towns, the vendor database is not much effective but it helps as the vendors listed usually have a link in that town.
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