Life after being proposed to, what does it look like juggling wedding plans, and a full time career?
Tanvi and I met in the fall of 2012, as she was walking up the stairs of the Chicago History Museum for what she thought was a corporate event for her dear friend. Little did she know, as she was walking up the stairs that her fiance was about to propose. It was such an amazing proposal, so heartfelt with the little details that Hemal planned for her. Everything had to be perfect, (I’ll stop here, that is for another post on their proposal).
Even though I didn’t work directly with Tanvi on her proposal I felt like I already knew her the moment we met based on Hemal filling me in on everything about her. This made for a wonderful relationship between her and I as we planned her bachelorette scavenger hunt down Michigan Ave (hands down the best bachelorette party we’ve planned) and her post wedding boat celebration on the Chicago First Lady.
We sat down with Tanvi after her Chicago wedding to get her perspective on juggling her career and it’s demanding hours with planning a traditional Indian wedding.
Tanvi: The first thing that went through my mind was how beautifully and creatively everything was done and set up. I was awed by Hemal’s hard work, ideas, and how he expressed that to me.
Visions: What was the first thing you did after you two were engaged?
Tanvi: The first thing I did after we got engaged was I asked him 50 million questions about if he was nervous, and how he put all this together, etc.
Visions: With the pressure that comes with having a traditional Indian wedding, what was one thing that helped along the planning process?
Tanvi: The one thing that really helped me along my planning process was having faith in God and faith in the people helping me, especially the vendors.
Visions: What inspired you to pick the décor elements for your wedding?
Tanvi: I have always envisioned having a royalty themed wedding, because I love the traditional King and Queen history and stories. Hence, choosing the colors purple and gold, which also happened to be one of my favorite colors. Having that in mind, made me choose those specific décor elements for our wedding and boat celebration.
Visions: Did you have any worries during your wedding day? Particularly for your boat celebration?
Tanvi: Since Indian weddings are known to be quite large, my biggest fear was the noise level during the ceremony and chaos during lunch. Luckily, everything turned out perfect during the ceremony and lunch. As for the boat celebration in the evening, I was very concerned about the weather. Despite the chilly temperature, the boat celebration, turned out to be an overwhelming success and an unforgettable night.
Visions: If you could do it all over again, what is one thing you would change?
Tanvi: One thing I would change is a minor detail that was overlooked in the invitations. I would not put an RSVP envelope in the invitation, but rather a telephone number or email address to RSVP to. The reason behind that is because it’s extremely time consuming stamping each envelope, waste of paper, and costly. When you have 600 invitations, it becomes tiresome.
Visions: What was the most enjoyable part about planning your wedding?
Tanvi: The most enjoyable part of planning my wedding was choosing the décor for all of my events.
Visions: Do you have any tips to give other “Busy Brides” regarding juggling both your career and the wedding?
Tanvi: The biggest advice, I would give to any future bride would be to organized, plan in advance, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
No wedding is perfect and when the day arrives just relax and let things flow. Everything will fall into place. In a year from now, no one will remember the minor flaws that occurred at your wedding.
I would strongly recommend using Visions, to help put your event together. There is nothing wrong with getting help, because sometimes someone else might have an idea that you never even thought of, imagined of, or may have overlooked.
We love working with couples from the very beginning of the planning process. Starting with the proposal and carrying that relationship into the other wonderful milestones in their lives.
Did you know that Visions is not just a Chicago Wedding Planner but we plan wonderful events outside of weddings as well.