Taking a whole new approach to a wedding expo, Wedding Store 24 offered future brides and grooms an opportunity to directly interact with vendors and solicit advice of how to best make their special day as magical as possible. There was a little show and tell, as well, as nearly 200 people participated Aug. 25 in a wedding seminar at the Four Seasons Hotel here.
Organized by Wedding Store 24, the Fusion Indian Wedding Seminar 101 featured more than a dozen vendors and was anchored by a two-hour seminar where five companies spent a few minutes promoting their respective brands to a captive audience.
One of those five vendors was Frontier Heritage, who hosted an electric fashion show, displayed some of the latest bridal wear, and demonstrated how to wear a sari.
Also presenting its product was PD Invites, whose co-owner Mansi Choksi gave examples of how her company custom makes wedding invitations.
San Diego-based Monsoon Group, which owns three Indian restaurants, presented its menu options for weddings, including Gujarati Sushi, Ghirardelli Samosas, Tandoori Tilapia, and Garam Masala Crusted Filet Mignon.
Barker Décor Services discussed wedding decorations, including options for mandaps and receptions.
Finally, Karmagraphy dazzled the audience with a short dance performance highlighting a mixture of Indian and Western styles. Afterwards, the group’s leaders, Kavita Rao and Sapna Rohra, informed attendees of how to best incorporate entertainment into one’s wedding plans.
Each of the vendors geared their respective presentations to the seminar’s overarching theme: fusion weddings.
Comedian Rajiv Satyal served as the seminar’s on-stage host and served up a few jokes in between presentations.
Both before and after the seminar, attendees strolled through an adjacent garden to sample foods from restaurants, discuss music options with deejays, try on some henna, and take in some live classical music from a sitar player.
The end goal of both the seminar and the individual vendor interaction was to give brides and grooms a perspective of what elements they could include on their special day.
In addition to the five companies who participated in the seminar, other vendors at the Wedding Store 24 event included Henna Dil Se, Souverazzi Photo Booth, Dolce Gelato, LA RickShaw, Ziba Beauty, Scott C Music, Special Occasions, My Specialty Cakes, Some Crust Bakery, FruitBuffets.com, Rivaayat, and 3D Sounds, among others.
Neema Lodhia of Wedding Store 24 told India-West the seminar aimed to serve as a guide on how to put on an Indian American wedding.
“This type of event was created primarily to educate inter-cultural, inter-faith, and inter-religious couples as well as event professionals,” Lodhia said. “We strive to advise guests on the various aspects that comprise an Indian wedding.”
For those who missed the seminar but would like to explore a fusion wedding, visit Wedding Store 24’s storefront in Little India at 18514 Pioneer Boulevard, Artesia, Calif.
Dinner and drinks were served at the seminar on behalf of the Four Seasons Hotel and Monsoon Group.