Wedding Expo at Waterford a big success

The Wedding Event organizing team: Pritesh Gandhi, Kate Sandu, Ravi Rawat and Irvin Vancoy
The Wedding Event organizing team: Pritesh Gandhi, Kate Sandu, Ravi Rawat and Irvin Vancoy

CHICAGO: A joint effort by India House and Waterford Banquet managements to reach out to the community by staging a Wedding Wonderland Expo for the past five years in a row has been meeting with a great success, reflecting a steady community support and appreciation.

The Expo this year held at Waterford Banquet in Elmhurst last week surpassed all expectations with fifty plus vendors participating and over 1000 visitors coming to attend it, from 12 noon to five in the evening, according to Kate Sandu, the event manager.

“The steady upping of the number of vendors and visitors are a true reflection how much this Expo is getting popular in Chicagoland. When we started five years ago, the vendors were less than half what we have this time and the number of visitors too were just a few hundred. We hope to do still better in coming years,” she said in a talk to this paper. The Fashion show conducted by Noman Khan and his company was also a big hit with variety of colorful wedding dresses for young and adults, ladies and gents donned by young kids, handsome men and beautiful women models, she added.

The models were professional and attractive while the clothing was provided by two boutique shops – Palki and Arati Chandok of Panche Emporium. The biggest attractions were young kids donning wedding dress. They looked great and were a big hit.

Vendors by and large were a happy lot getting new customers and admirers’ for their products and services

Pritesh Gandhi, the Waterford chief, said that there was a greater variation among vendors coming out to create awareness about their products among the visiting public and prospective brides and bridegrooms. There were varied boutique and wedding dresses on display, latest style jewelry items, good number of photographers-videographers, tailors, stage and Mandap decorators, sound system specialists , wedding hall and banquet hall marketers , caterers and food vendors, he said

Ravi Rawat of India House said, “We decided to continue with the practice of free admission and free parking for visitors. India House had food tasting taken care of too. He said that India House recently launched Pearl Banquet in Roselle, a state of art facility for holding wedding receptions and other events.

There were many repeats among vendors and there were a few new faces too. Nearly all the booths had a good number of visitors being entertained but jewelry, dress makers. photographers-videographers had a field day. India House food tasting booths were among the busiest for the greater part of the day.

Tatvamasi Patel, a frequent visitor to many such bridal expos said that the Wedding Wonderland Expo was easily among the best she had attended. “It was interesting and informative too. Many a potential bride and bridegroom who came by themselves or with their family members would definitely be profiting by their visit,” she added.

Ramesh Soparawala & Arvind Patel
India Post News Service

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