Indian weddings are known bring some pretty annoying relatives out of the woodwork. As they come, they bring with them a list of expectations, issues and expenses, but no solution. Fret not, Namme Veetu Kalyanam Indian Wedding Expo 2020 is set to be YOUR extended family that will journey with you towards wedded bliss, thanks to some amazing vendors who are ready to do all the thinking for you!
All the expertise you need is going to be housed under one roof at Namme Veetu Kalyanam, organised by Asia Wedding Works, happening from the 3rd to the 5th of January 2020 at Midlands Convention Centre, Shah Alam. From photographers to sweetmeat sellers, Namme Veetu Kalyanam has it all. There is also going to be a workshop, talk and an exhibition over the course of the three days.
A meet & greet session was held last Tuesday, at Midlands Convention Centre. The event saw a good turnout from the vendors and strategic partners as well as sponsors of Namme Veetu Kalyanam.
Hosted by Sulochini, the event also featured the instrumental band, the Ghaandarvaz who entertained the crowd with a fusion of classical and cinematic songs throughout the evening.
The Varnam team managed to catch up with a few of the sixty-odd vendors who will be exhibiting at Namme Veetu Kalyanam, here are a few to look out for.
Golden Dreams (GDU)
GDU, as they are fondly known, comprise of husband and wife team Uthayakumar and Santhi. “We’ve been in business for 7 years, and we specialise in photography and videography as well as wedding decorations,” reveals Santhi.
“We’ve covered destination weddings and pre-wedding photo shoots in Australia, Sri Lanka, Singapore and India,” Based in Bangsar, GDU has about 20 staff who work on their various projects, and they already have a list of promotions awaiting customers at Namme Veetu Kalyanam!
Ampang Pasar Flower Shop
Ampang lads Thiagu, Yohan, Ruburn and Kangka talk about their venture, Ampang Pasar Flower Shop.
“We want to innovate the flowers that make a wedding,” they tell us. “Especially when it comes to garlands, bouquets and hairpieces, we want to offer something new to the young couples out there,” Couples can walk up to their booth at Namme Veetu Kalyanam and talk to them, so the boys can design a garland unique to their personalities.
Saratha Fashion Tailoring
Have you always dreamt of having an intricate, one of a kind saree blouse to match your wedding saree? How about an image of something meaningful to you and your partner embroidered onto the blouse?
Saratha Fashion Tailoring does exactly that, with their area of specialty being the aari embroidery on saree blouses. Head over to Namme Veetu Kalyanam to check out their designs and to have a chat about the kind of blouse you’d like to wear on your big day.
T Heaven Creation
Kesavan and his team have been running the wedding decoration company, T Heaven Creation, successfully for the past decade. “We are based in Puchong, but we have conducted events throughout Malaysia,” he says.
T Heaven is one of the front runners in wedding decorations, and they are well known for their themed Hindu weddings. “We have done a casino themed wedding, under the sea themed dinner that included a few mermaids, as well as a Sakura theme and even a swan themed event,” Kesavan tells us. “We usually customise a package based on the couple’s ideas, and we will incorporate in the theme of their choice to suit their budget. The size of the wedding is not an issue for us,”
Yana, the brains behind Yana’s Collection has been in the kanchipuram saree business for about 4 years now. “I usually bring in handloom sarees from Kanchipuram and Arani,” she says.
Yana is a believer in supporting the handloom industry, “Only if we support the weavers will the textile industry thrive,” she says. “Customers these days prefer an affordable first saree for their wedding and engagement, we offer a range of beautiful silk cotton sarees that they can choose from. We even guide them with their make up choice for the saree!”
This family owned catering business has their own restaurant in Serdang Raya, KB Curry House. We speak to Kogi, who lets us in on a secret, “We have a few catering promotions that will be exclusively available for those who are attending Namme Veetu Kalyanam,”
The company caters to events of any size, she says, “To those looking at smaller weddings, not to worry, as we have you covered too!”
SS Blissful Cakes
“We are a bakery based in Bandar Puteri that focus on wedding cakes,” says Sheila of SS Blissful Cakes & Desserts, a Cake Boss in very own right. “Our niche is the ultimate unique wedding cake, such as cascade cakes and crystal cakes. We strive to create cakes that are out of the box!” The bakery also specialises in vegetarian wedding cakes, and they have perfected the art of tiered cakes. “Tiered cakes are normal, and people are looking for something new thesedays, that’s where we come in,” she says.
Wedding Photography Exhibition by Malaysia’s Best
The Malaysian Indian Wedding Photographers and Videographers (MIWPV) will be conducting an exhibition at Namme Veetu Kalyanam, throughout the entire duration of the expo. We catch up with internationally acclaimed Malaysian photographer, and one of the brilliant minds behind MIWPV, Kamalesan, for a chat about the pictures that will be exhibited.
“The photos that will be exhibited are winning images from this year’s MIWPV awards,” The winners of each category will be featured, he says. “We believe that there is so much talent in the Malaysian Indian wedding photography and videography fields that needs to be seen. We just want to showcase that talent to the couples who are about to embark on this life changing journey,”
This is also an excellent opportunity for visitors to see who the photographers are in the industry, Kamalesan says. “Our community’s talent pool is diverse, and you will definitely stumble upon something that you are looking for to eternalise your big day,”
Midlands Convention Centre
The home of Namme Veetu Kalyanam will be one of the most beautiful venues in the Klang Valley, Midlands Convention Centre. This building sits on the land of a Tamil school, SJKT Ladang Midlands. We speak to the venue manager Subalini, who says, “We conduct about 100 events every year. This includes weddings, musical shows, exhibitions and the likes,”
“The good people who built the venue wanted a Tamil school to have its own convention centre, and 25% of the proceeds of the hall rental is channeled back into the school. As a result of this, SJKT Ladang Midlands is the only Tamil school which has completely digitalised classrooms,” she says.
Apart from the plush interiors, Midlands Convention Centre boasts ample parking bays, free of charge. “We have close to 400 parking bays within the compound, with many more outside. Visitors need not worry about looking for a spot when they visit Namme Veetu Kalyanam,”
“We have close to 400 parking bays within the compound, with many more outside,”
The venue had a few inquires for other events over the same weekend, but they decided to go with Namme Veetu Kalyanam, Subalini says. “This is a group of young, vibrant people who want to do something that’s new and out of the box. They are moving with the times, and aren’t traditionally inclined, which is what our community needs right now,” she says.
Talk on Hindu Wedding Rituals by Vickneswaran
Vickneswaran has been a wedding photographer for more 11 years now, helming VIP Studios. Over time, his interest drove him to do some digging into the science behind the rituals practiced today. As a reiki healer, Vickneswaran is intrigued by how the positive energy from the rituals can affect the practitioner’s physical and mental well-being.
“There are scientific reasons behind the Hindu wedding rituals, but because these reasons are undocumented and are passed down by word of mouth, the elders often don’t know the science behind it, and it ends up being superstitious,” he says.
“Millenials these days want scientific backing before undertaking any task, and I hope to clear some of their doubts with my talk,” If time permits, Vickneswaran will gladly host a question and answer session after his talk.
“Millenials these days want scientific backing before undertaking any task, I hope to clear some of their doubts with my talk,”
A wedding is no joke. An Indian wedding in Malaysia, well that’s another ball game. If you’d like to make your wedding journey smooth and stress free, drop by Namme Veetu Kalyanam, happening in three short weeks!
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