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    Neeraja Mamidanna offers a Facebook solution to bridal woes

    Therea��s a whole lot of crazy planning that goes on behind-the-scenes of an Indian wedding. From caterers to mehendi artists, no one can really recommend whoa��s a good bet unless they got married recently or theya��re charging you to be your wedding planner. Thata��s where freelance ad professional, Neeraja Mamidannaa��s Facebook page can give you a host of DIY options. And it all started with a wedding. a�?I planned one for eight months and I wasna��t even the bride.A�The problem was finding the right suppliers, we just didna��t know where to begin!a�? So after planning her sister-in-lawa��s big day, this Bangalorean decided to start a Facebook page to help other souls in the city screaming a silent wedding SOS. She called it something most brides can relate to immediately a�� Help! Ia��m getting married. a�?I thought it would be great to have the names and numbers of catering people and photographers, all in one place,a�? Neeraja recalls.

    From far and wide
    What started out as a joke after she quit her job six months ago, quickly had several takers. With a present count of over 800 members (with its fair share of grooms), the group caters to couples all over the country. a�?We have members in Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Kochi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore, of course,a�? smiles the 31-year-old. And what takes the forum beyond a free-for-all wedding directory is the abundance of vendor references, cost quotations and even quirky requests. Like a crane to transfer a bride seated in a lotus on to the stage!

    Sound advice
    Even the most basic requirements are best chosen via a recommendation from someone who has used the service before. But perhaps the biggest draw for brides isna��t the services at all. Take it from a reporter who just got married a�� ita��s knowing youa��re close to a meltdown, and you arena��t alone.

    Details: facebook.com/groups

    – Sonali Shenoy


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