Virtual Wedding Fair ‘The World of Weddings’ a Big Success; Close to 2,000 Attendees Over 3 Days

Weddings | October 30, 2020 | Promo Feature

The World of Weddings

Adapting to the new world order, the events industry fraternity witnessed its first-ever virtual wedding show, The World of Weddings (TWOW), a three-day virtual experiential affair that took place from October

Being an immersive 3D platform, TWOW brought together stalwarts of the wedding industry and best-in-class suppliers giving brides, grooms and their families direct access to myriad wedding operators and service providers and vice versa from the comfort of their homes.

Showcasing prestigious industry mavens including wedding planners, tourism boards, hotels, décor stylists, photographers, choreographers, fashion designers and food and beverage experts, the idea was to help guests plan their wedding with the latest information, trends and insights through the click of a button on their laptop, tablet or mobile devices.

Manoj Gopalani, Co-curator, TWOW said, “We set out with a goal to bring together the entire wedding fraternity, giving our industry partners avenues to network and assist families, brides and grooms in planning their dream wedding seamlessly, even in times of the pandemic. We are overwhelmed with the response received from the trade and consumers alike. With close to 2,000 registrations, we are proud to state that India’s first virtual wedding fair was a success. We are certain that our partners and visitors found value and have unlocked opportunities at The World of Weddings.”

“What seemed like a mammoth task during the conceptualization phase, saw fruition over three days of the fair. It was imperative for us to not only present the best of brands but also curate engaging content with masterclasses and panels. Identifying the right speakers whose energies complimented each other’s, thereby making the sessions entertaining and knowledgeable was essential. With the first edition of The World of Weddings, we have indeed established that no matter what the circumstances, virtually planning a wedding or celebration is possible anytime, anywhere,” said Neha Seth Arora, Co-curator, TWOW                

‘The World of Weddings’ had the works; an interface with a virtual lobby, dedicated auditoriums and immersive galleries that presented several esteemed brands and personalities.

The event highlights were the tête-à-tête with musical sensations like Salim Merchant, DarshanRaval, Kanika Kapoor, Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan, Sukriti&Prakritiwho spoke about weaving in music at weddings.

Panel discussions took centre stage at The World of Weddings, where veterans had conversations about subjects like conscious weddings, virtual networking, latest wedding catering trends and hosting dream weddings at royal residences.

List of Panels at TWOW:

• Conscious Weddings
Moderator: Sushma Gaikwad, ICE Global | Global Wedding Academy
Panelists: Yash Dongre (House of Anita Dongre), Sachin Parekh (SPREE), Radharanipriya (Pavitra) and Dr Pawan Agarwal (Motivational Speaker)

• Acing Your Virtual Networking Game
Moderator: Shaan Khanna, Networking Now
Panelists: Parthip Thyagarajan (Wedding Sutra), Shubika Davda (Papa Don’t Preach), Vikram Mehta (Mpire Events) and Nitya Arora (Valliyan)

• Young and Inspiring
Moderator: Parthip Thyagarajan, Wedding Sutra
Panelists: Reetu Jain (Weddingwale), Devanshi Patel (Shreem Events), Chetan Chauhan (Mokshiva Wedding & Events), Dhruva Puri (DRP Entertainment), Minal Bhatnagar (Marigold by Minal) and Yesha Modi Thakkar (Yesha Modi Thakkar | Design Studio)

• Travel Amidst a Pandemic
Moderator: Rahul Jagtiani, Entrepreneur, Columnist, Producer & Host
Panelists: Reena Sachdev (Travel Arena), KanikaTekriwal (Jet Set Go) and Sushil Shamlal Wadhwa (Platinum World Group)

• Wedding Planning 2.0
Moderator: Sabbas Joseph, Wizcraft International Entertainment
Panelists: GB Srithar (Singapore Tourism Board), Narresh Kukreja (Shivan and Narresh) and Aditya Motwane (Motwane Entertainment & Weddings)

• Har Din Shubh Hai
Moderator: Mareesha Parikh, Swaaha Weddings & Experiences
Panelists: Arif Patel (Hyatt Hotels & Resorts), Ameya Dabli (Singer, AD Ventures), Vijay Arora (Touchwood Group) and Sanyam Sultania (Durga Bearings Mumbai)

• Will the Real Bride and Groom Please Stand Up!
Moderator: Aarti Manocha, Milestones to Memories
Panelists: Namha Malhotra and Edul Mahudavala | Riya Rupani and Gagan Katyal

• Wedding Flavours 2.0
Moderator: Chef Priyanka Malik
Panelists: Chef Vicky Ratnani, Sanjay Khullar (Seasons Group), Bhavnesh Sawhney (FB Celebrations) and Nicholas Dumbell (The St. Regis Mumbai)

• Dream Weddings at Royal Residences 
Moderator: Anshu Khanna, Royal Fables
Panelists: RK Gitanjali Shah Tehri Garwal, Tikarani Shailaja Katoch of Lambagraon Kangra, Jema Akshita Bhanjdeo of Mayurbhanj and Kunwar Avijit Singh of Rohet

List of partners and brands showcased at TWOW:

• Designers: Masaba Gupta, Nivedita Saboo, Ritu Kumar, Archana Kochhar
• Hotels: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Minor Hotels, Shangri-la, Marriott, Sofitel Bahrain, Aamby Valley
• Tourism Boards: Seychelles Tourism Board, Azerbaijan Tourism Board, Singapore Tourism Board, Tourism Authority of Thailand
• Jewellery: Forevermark, Notandas Jewellers, Farah Khan 
• Photographers: The Wedding Story, Israni Photography, Jodi Clickers
• Make-up artistes: Ojas Rajani, Kajol R Paswwan
• Fashion Stylists: Eshaa Amiin, The Wedding Project by Mohit Rai & Aastha Sharma
• Choreographers: Sumeet and Vinod, Laadi
• Wedding Décor Stylists: Vivaah, DreamzKrraft, SPREE
• Entertainment Solutions: Salim-Sulaiman represented by Nirav Thakar, E Positive Entertainment, Exceed • Entertainment: BToS, Red Entertainment, 22nd Avenue
• Wedding Planners: Horizon W.I.E., VV Weddings
• Cruises: Dream Cruises
• Sustainable Solutions: Pulp Fiction Initiative
• Wedding Invitation Solutions: Pink Whistle Man
• Other partners include Soundkraft, Fantasie Fine Chocolates, Networking Now by Shaan Khanna, Drinq, Skin & You and Prana

Serving as a platform for different kinds of wedding curators and prospective couples and their families, TWOW ensured one-on-one interaction with industry bigwigs promising a wedding planning experience like no other!

The idea of TWOW was to help guests plan their wedding with the latest information, trends and insights through the click of a button on their laptop, tablet or mobile devices.

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