Exquisite Events, a full scale event coordinating company based in Westlake Village, CA, had the pleasure of traveling to New Orleans last week to speak at The Special Event Show, the largest show and convention for the event planning industry, on Creating Opulent Indian Weddings. Nikki Khan, Owner and President of Exquisite Events has been in the event planning industry for fifteen years and has specialized in South Asian weddings for the past ten years, making her an expert on the subject.
The title of the breakout session was “Creating an Opulent Indian Wedding; Influenced by the Moghul Dynasty.” The audience was delighted to learn a brief history of the Moghul Empire and how that has influenced today’s traditions when it comes specifically to weddings. Next Khan spoke about modern day Indian weddings, including the four to five different events leading up to and even after the wedding day, touching on each of the major religious ceremonies in the subcontinent: Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh ceremonies. A video was shown demonstrating Moghul architecture and video clips from a few very opulent Sikh and Hindu weddings that Exquisite Events has coordinated in Los Angeles. The session ended with ten minutes of Q&A where the guests were excited to ask Nikki, their new mentor on Indian weddings, about anything that had peaked their interest during the talk or more personal items from event coordinators planning their first wedding.
This was the first of hopefully many educational sessions from Exquisite Events. It proved to be a success as it was very helpful to new coordinators, directors of catering, and hotel and venue managers. As a Special Event Show staff member commented, “This was the most helpful session at the show, by far.” Nikki Khan hopes to expand her business, which focuses primarily on design and coordination to also offer consulting for hotels, venues, and independent coordinators.