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A segment where we document funny encounters, situations and problems for a good laugh. No names will be revealed to protect our clients. 

Our Emergency Kit

posted Mar 5, 2018, 4:34 AM by Noor Roseline

In the past 5 years, our emergency kit has been a lifesaver. It has grown from wedding to wedding and from crisis to crisis. Today we would like take you into our trusty Emergency Kit.

We have learnt to be prepared for any crisis a wedding throws at us. We started out with a small pouch as an emergency kit and have now reach a trust duffle bag on wheels and soon to a strolley. We have a wide range of items in this kit of ours. So lets take a a quick tour of our trusty Emergency Kit:

  1. First Aid - Because Duh !! From a bandages for cuts and bruises to medicines for head aches, indigestion, allergies, sprains and period cramps. 

  2. A fixer upper - with extra bindis, deo, tissue, nail polish remover, safety pins, hair pins, sewing kit, citronella, etc

  3. Our DIY kit - 3 types of pliers, screw driver, industrial strength glue, fevicol, double sided tape, etc

  4. PADS because PERIODS !!!

  5. For the forgetful guests we have decorative envelopes Handy. 

  6. Mini Me - Our hand held sewing machine, a mini steam iron and a portable umbrella - Just in case !!

  7. Puja ki thali ke liye - Matches, wick, til oil, haldi and kumkum, etc..

  8. Music to our ears - Ustad Bismillah Khan's Shehnai music, A mehendi playlist, a dance playlist and a vidaai playlist.
And sooo much more. 

And with every new wedding and new experience, we expand this emergency kit. In an effort to never face a crisis we cant solve. 

The Things we do - Pad(wo)man

posted Feb 28, 2018, 11:02 PM by Noor Roseline

Every season, we have periods who come visiting a few of our brides at the most awkward times ever. Most of the time taking our brides by surprise. On many occasions, right smack in between the wedding. 

We now recognize the sheer look of panic that the "period on the wedding day" brings to our brides' faces . To this effect we are always ready with a variety of pads in our emergency kit. We whisk our bride away from the crowd. This gives her a moment to calm down after the panic and to choose which pad works best for her. 

Pad(wo)man to the rescue !! 

The Things We do - Our Sewing Skills

posted Feb 22, 2018, 1:53 AM by Noor Roseline

This one is a deja vu of sorts.

About 3 years ago, we were setting up for a sangeet at Taj Westend. Making sure decor was ready and the hotel was good to go with the bar and food. About an hour before showtime the bride came in fully ready and looking gorgeous. She wanted to practice her performance on stage once, to be confident. The performance was super sweet and a medley of a few fun songs. We introduced her to the DJ and his sound team. She gave them the music and started her performance. We made sure she started the performance and headed out to tie up a few loose ends. 

A few moments later she came running out with her mum and a look of terror on her face. Quickly we found out that her blouse had ripped at the seam on one side. With less then 30 minute until guests arrived we rushed her to the washroom to assess the damage. It was quite bad. But we didn't fret we just called for our emergency kit and began sewing her into the blouse. I am sure we poked her a few times in the process. It was all worth it because her performance was AMAZING !! 

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Cut to a recent wedding. The scene was set and the baraat was at the door. The welcome of the groom was done with all the festivities and grandeur. The bride was then brought in as her sisters showered the way with flower petals. For the jaymala, the bride and groom were lifted by their friends. It was a fun jaymala. The bride was sent off to her room to do a touch up and re-drape her dupatta. On the way to her room we noticed that the top hook of her blouse had broke (mostly due to being lifted for the jaymala). Once again we called for our emergency kit, and began sewing a new hook in and securing it. While doing this the bride noticed that her bracelet  had also broken. Luckily we have pliers in our emergency kit and got right to fixing it. A few moments later and she was all set to go get married. 

All in a days work !!

The Things We Do - Hair Wash

posted Feb 22, 2018, 1:25 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 1:53 AM ]

The day of the reception arrived and we were at the venue early to overlook setup. As the clock struck noon at the beautiful Tamarind Tree, our bride realized that she had left her toilet kit back at the hotel. She had to wash her hair before the makeup artist arrived. We sent someone out to go buy shampoo and were happy that the crisis had been averted. 

About an hour later, the bride called for us. Once we reached her room we were told that she couldn't wash her hair as she had gotten her mehendi put the day before and the mehendi artist had told her no to touch water. And none of her friends hadn't reached the venue. 

We look at each other and decided there was only one thing to do. Roll up our sleeves, place a chair near the sink and wash her hair ourselves. And that is exactly what we did. Shampoo, condition and rinse. All just in time for the makeup artist. 

All in a day's work for us. 
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Aaj Kal Ke Bacche - Saving The Cake

posted Sep 14, 2016, 12:06 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 1:27 AM ]

Cake at a wedding is a great idea - the whole kuch meetha ho jaye sentiment. 
Kids are just too cute  and even more so in their cute outfits at weddings. 
But both together is a disaster waiting to happen.

At a reception we did some time back, we had a beautiful 3 tier cake with scrumptious white buttercream frosting and elegant piping. We setup the cake table with fresh flowers and a really pretty white self design table cloth. The cake came out and was placed on the table. Everything was set and we were just waiting for the couple to arrive. We left the cake on the table and went to see if everything was ready. A shrill giggle hit our ears and almost simultaneously, we looked at the cake - and to our horror, 3 kids were standing near the cake table looking at the cake with unkind eyes. We ran to the table but before we could reach one of the kids had throw his hand onto the cake and picked out a nice chunk for himself. Luckily, we reached in time to save the rest of the cake from this battalion of little ones, promising them BIG pieces once the cake was cut. 

As for the gaping hole in the cake, we got creative and plugged it with 4 fresh roses and no one knew !! ;)

Rain Dance - A blessing in Disguise.

posted Sep 2, 2016, 11:01 PM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 1:27 AM ]

A few months ago we did a lovely North Indian Meets South India wedding at Tamarind Tree. The Baraat, the Milni, the Kashi Yatra all went off  really well. The groom and bride took their place in the mandap and the wedding began. The brief to Panditji was to keep it short and sweet. At the half way mark I felt a drop fall from up above on my arm. FEAR !!

The forecast said no rain today. *note to self: never listen to the forecast*

With dark clouds overhead, my mind was racing. What do we do? We still have dinner and drinks to get to and the main area with the chairs and tables is all outside. The stress was mounting. Its totally not helping that panditji is trying to extent his air time. I sit next to Panditji in the mandap and whisper to him that it is going to rain and he needs to hurry up the ceremony. 

I radio my team in and following were the instructions given. 
Number One: Move all tables and chairs to the covered areas (for those of you who haven't been to Tamarind Tree - they have a big lawn with a huge gazebo at one end. It has a dining hall to the right and a covered space to the left. Beyond the covered area are the bridal villas.) 
Number Two: Make sure to move the Baraatis (boy's side) to the covered area and the girls side to the dining hall (where the dinner buffet was being served). 

As the wedding ended, I escorted the Bride and Groom under an umbrella to their room for a touch up and a quick chill session. Or so I though. On the way there I remembered  - The fireworks were to go off when they were to return to the party and were a gift from the grooms grandparents. Radioed the team to make it happen now instead (it was still just a drizzle) and we stood outside the bridal villas and watched.

As soon as they reached the villas, the clouds ripped up a new one. Luckily my awesome team had done as told. I radioed them in and call and emergency meeting for the next set of instructions. 
Number Three: take your shoes off and put your phones in my bag and the bag in a safe dry place. 
Number Four: Bring as many umbrellas you can find on the property.
Number Five: We are going to ferry drinks from the bar to the covered area. We are also going to ferry any guest that needs to go anywhere. While checking up on the girls side at the dining hall and making sure they were well taken care of. 

And thus began the craziest 3 hours of our working lives. Soaking wet in the rain ferrying drinks and people all over. Once everyone had a drink, it was time for some chakna - this is when I made my way to the kitchen to meet Vishal from The Creative Kitchen who were catering the wedding and told him its time to send food to the other side and without a second thought, he radioed in his team and began service. 

By 10 pm the rain slowed down enough for the couple to come back out to a roaring cheer. Subsequently the rain subsided and the guests began braved the rain to stroll about the property. We were told it was the best wedding they had ever attended. 

I guess its true, a little rain never hurt anyone. 

By Noor Khan
Photographed By Studio Ank

When We Couldn’t Find The Groom !!

posted Aug 27, 2016, 4:53 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Aug 27, 2016, 4:55 AM ]

A wedding long long ago, we had a groom MIA with just minutes to spare for the groom and bride to make their grand entrance to a killer AC/DC song at their Reception. Panicked, we looked all over for him. Is he by the pool? Or maybe at the hotel bar? Did he get lost in this big hotel? Beads of sweat began to appear on our temples when we couldn’t seem to locate him. 

Suddenly one of us was like, did anybody check his room? We ran to his room like it were the Olympic finals. Knocked on his door several times to no response. We figured he wasn’t there. Now we were worried. Just as we decided it was time to tell the bride, the door opened. Our poor groom looked flushed and sick. 

Turns out all the great Indian food created havoc with his tender American stomach. 

A few pills and a good face wash later the groom was up and grooving to AC/DC

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