How I found my Wedding Venue, and a big thank you to Urban Restro

by Namrata Nautiyal
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So far I haven’t really given you an update of what is going on with my wedding planning. Although this blog is all about sharing my journey of my wedding, honestly its hard when you are down and out to write something about that experience. It sometimes got so exhausting that I felt I needed to give up, that it can’t be done, that I don’t know who or where to go, or how to approach things. And let me tell you, this feeling lasted for a long time – for the entire journey of finalizing the wedding venue i.e. a budget wedding venue. [It’s taken me close to 4 months!]

Wedding Venue

Now a wedding venue is not just about the venue. There are a lot of other elements which are part of it. First of course there is the venue itself, but then equally important is the caterer and decorator who also come within the same radar.

Initially, I just went around all the places I knew of in and around Powai looking for my perfect venue. The average costs per plate were going upwards 1500! This is not even South Mumbai venues…! I was like 1500 for a person…are you kidding me !!! A Global Fusion full spread buffet also comes for like 1200 bucks max to max and they have a lavish spread. But apparently, these rates are like standard now if you want to go for a decent place. I am talking about places like Ramada, Holiday Inn and the likes.

So anyhow, this rate was simply not acceptable. So started the crazy hunt for (budget) wedding venue. I decided to look away from Powai as long as a good budget venue was in sight. Now, away from your preferred location has a lot of disadvantages.

a. Your wedding guests may drastically reduce. On a weekday marriage like mine, it’s not possible for everyone to travel so much for someones wedding. The only plus side to this is…your head count goes down – and so does your per plate cost count 😛 sorry bad joke !

b. You have to arrange for travel for your relatives as well as for yourself. One it increases costs. Second the logistics is all together another ball game. At no point of time will ALL your relatives be ready at the same given time. Guaranteed. So you will have to arrange for multiple trips, make sure that they reach the venue on time all the while making sure that YOU are on time !

c. You have to make sure that you have EVERYTHING with you before you leave your home. Let’s face it. That’s not an easy task. Shaadi ka ghar hai, you are bound to forget something or the other till the last minute. Wouldn’t it be nice to then have your home close by where you can just ask anyone to quickly go and fetch the things for you at the last minute. The point I am making here is all this is a bigger headache.

Keeping all these things in mind, I was already feeling the pressure that is it really worth moving out of the area just for a couple of lakhs here and there. Isn’t mental peace somewhere more important as a trade-off? Also, what is the right balance between that extra amount you pay vs. your peace of mind ? Is it 1100, 1200, or 900 where I feel – Yes…this is worth it for the price…

Let me tell you, I finalized on something much lesser than that ! + I found the place 10 mins from my house. Walking distance 😀 Hahhh !

I must have told you this before, that I don’t have any kind of wedding planning experience at all. Most of the weddings that I have attended throughout my ‘few’ years of life have been inside the IIT Bombay Campus. So the only way of finding out about potential wedding venues was through Google !

The one website that was striking out from the list was Urban Restro. This website gave all the wedding venues listed in Mumbai along with the type (lawn, banquet, terrace, ac/non-ac) etc, contact numbers, review and most importantly food cost (both veg & non-veg)

Wedding Venue

I relied highly on this website for getting my initial target wedding venues to look at. With a rough estimate in my mind, I shortlisted like 10 venues to call up and set up appointments. On a frustrated day, for some reason I had filled out my contact details on their website stating that I needed a wedding venue for December. I am thanking my stars right now for doing that. Normally, you would think that, that’s the worst thing to do because you would then be bombarded with calls everyday with random nuisance. And, I am not denying that. It happens. A lot !

I did get calls from Urban Restro 😛

But the nature of the calls was very-very different. During the first few calls, they took all the details about my wedding, what kind – timing, the various rituals, anything particular I am looking for, my ideal wish for my venue, venues I have in mind etc etc. I entertained the calls because I was honestly giving up hope. By then, I had visited a few places with my parents and had witnessed unacceptable things

 

Pay extra for changing room for bride and groom -> We can give you rooms only if it is available 😕  -> Exorbitant amounts for extra hours -> No dressing room ! -> Closed dingy room for the actual wedding (pheras), still at an unbelievably high price -> Chair cost extra + venue cost extra + decorator extra + room cost extra…extra, extra, extra…

 

It was really tiring. For all you fellow brides getting married, I totally understand your pain.

So anyhow, I gave them the details thinking what is the worst that can happen and forgot about it. They called back in a few days. This time with a list of wedding venues in my budget mailed to me + personally informed to me over the phone with all the pros and cons of each place.

I was still not giving them any bhav. I thought they will pakka-pakka ask for commission if anything remotely also works out through them. For the first two months I drove the conversation by telling them to work around the wedding venues that I was set on given the budget. I did not want to budge at all !

But what I loved about these guys was that they were very very insisting. Not in the bad way. But something like…why do you want to settle for something like this…We will work out a better deal and get you a better place.

I thought – anything these guys are talking. Not even in my wildest dreams did I expect them to actually come back with some results. Couple of days later, Harsh (I don’t have his last name) who was my primary contact at Urban Restro called back, saying are you ok with this ‘X’ place which is close to your home at this rate (my rate!) I was like, how is that possible…I know that place costs a bomb + I have attended my own friends wedding there + that bomb of a cost is mentioned on your very site…They are way too expensive.

 

The guy just told me, “you just say whether you are ok with the place, we will get it done” !

 

Whattt!!!! Is that even possible?! On their website the price quoted was on the same lines as any 5 star hotels which even I was aware of, but you have to believe me when I say this…they got me a deal at almost 40% lesser ! 40% !!! That’s a huge margin if you actually sit to calculate the revised costs.

By now, I was on the phone with Harsh every few days trying to work this wedding venue situation out. From their side, they would make sure to call and check for updates which let me tell you, kept me on track as well. I felt like I was answerable to someone. That someone is actually trying to do something positive for my sake, and I need to reciprocate at the very least.

Even after I shortlisted my wedding venue, like I said before there was the caterer, decorator to figure out as well. Too many obstacles came up there (that I will write about later)…but I kept going back to Harsh who would do the ‘talking’ with the venue guys. I did not have to get involved at all. I simply told him what was workable by me in terms to costs and he magically got it done. Of course I had to do khich-khich myself but Urban Restro had a big big role to play in getting (gifting) me my wedding venue.

I always knew this place was gorgeous and that it came with a steep price which is why it was never even there in my consideration set. Urban Restro just made it all happen for me.

I am not the easiest person when it comes to money. I am always working towards rock bottom prices. Of course the price if justified makes sense. But just because inflation has gone up, doesn’t mean one has to be stupid about spending big big amounts just like that.

There were times when even Harsh would tell me that the price I am quoting is just not possible. But somewhere I realized you need to be sure at the back of your mind and stick to the point no matter what. It works out. Sometimes sooner that later.

 

Guys seriously, if any of you are having a tough time finding your venue or you have a venue in mind but its a little on the pricey side, do get an opinion from these guys. They really know what they are doing. At this time and age that we are living in, really who does help for free…and help in the real sense…Its just so refreshing to come across services like these who can really make such a huge difference.

A wedding is a one time thing and you simply want the best for yourself. So why not try that extra bit, that unusual path and who knows you might just get lucky. I know I did.

I am eternally thankful to Urban Restro. This is sacchi mein my thank you post just for them. They deserve it for what they have done for me.

 

P.S. I know I haven’t given out the name of the venue that I chose. Its only because I haven’t yet put in my booking amount. I am silly superstitious that ways. I don’t want to jinx it after so much mehnat 😛 I promise to talk about it soon in details 🙂

 

Are any of you guys getting married soon? Any stories on how you decided on your wedding venue?

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14 comments

Nitz July 20, 2015 - 6:52 pm

woowwwieeee….woohooo congratzz!!!
Dis concept of urban restro z completely new well…atleast for me…i neva heard smthng lyk dis..helping on such an imp.issue FREE…do a separate post on these guys…i mean hw dey wrk whole procedure n if possible interview of d guy
dat wud be a great help for us…

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Frugal2Fab July 21, 2015 - 3:15 pm

haha..Thank you soo much…big relief…phewww…
So glad you liked the post and the concept of Urban Restro. I totally agree its a wonderful thing to help out with. I really felt blessed. Will get in touch with them and surely try and do a separate post with all the details 🙂

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Anuja Shah July 21, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Super. Congratulations on finding a super venue. 5 mins from your home and that too in Bombay is awesome. 🙂

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Frugal2Fab July 21, 2015 - 9:04 pm

Hehehe…Thank you…I feel thoda blessed right now. *Touchwood*

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Pradeeban July 25, 2015 - 8:16 pm

I work at Urbanrestro. I am happy to see that we were able to help you, for your big event. We are a young startup trying hard to make a difference. Such customer stories keep us going!

Thanks a lot! This is a huge motivation for our entire team.

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Frugal2Fab July 26, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Hi Pradeeban, pleasure is all mine. I think I was lucky to find you guys. Just wanted others also to get to know your company and your work. I think what you guys are doing is absolutely incredible. So, thank you once again.

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Neha August 12, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Just discovered your blog though ‘the delhi bride’. So glad i stumbled on it.
I’m a fellow soon to be mumbai bride and planning a wedding on a budget. Issue is that im not based in Mumbai and that leaves me to reach out to God Google now an then. Will def reach out to UrbanRestro for finding my venue too. Thanks for the post.

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Frugal2Fab August 13, 2015 - 8:44 am

Hi Neha, I am so glad you are enjoying the posts!
Congratulations on your wedding 🙂 I know what you mean. Even though I am in Mumbai, even I have relied highly on Google. In fact, I came across Urban Restro on google itself. Do have a word with them…but I would suggest go through their website first and shortlist a few venues so that you can give them some idea of what you want for your wedding 🙂 I hope you get what you are looking for…let me know if you need any help !

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Ira November 16, 2015 - 3:36 am

Dear Namrata,
I stumbled upon your blog(I am so glad I did :)) while searching for wedding venues. I have a wedding in less than 3 months so I really don’t have much time. I have to book a reception venue asap and was considering Megarugas as I live in the vicinity.It would be a huge help if I could know how your experience has been so far dealing with Megarugas vendors- decorators, Caterers etc. I read about Urban restro here and hv just filled up contact details and requirements on their site. Do they really charge no fees?
Your feedback/suggestions would really help me.
Thanks.

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Frugal2Fab November 16, 2015 - 9:22 am

Hey Ira,
Congratulations on your wedding ^_^ Megarugas is pretty decent..You won’t have a problem with food, go for Gaurav Caterers, Abhay is the person…he is one of the best vendors I found…not fussy, easy to talk to and his food is outstanding. Decorators are chors in Megarugas…so careful…I have chosen Rooprang Decorators, but they all charge a bomb for decoration…especially if you’re going for the lawns…so negotiate on a daily basis with them. I brought down the package combo deal by 50%…that’s how they work…so you just have to be insistent.

For any price reductions, Mamta is the only person who you should talk to…not Yogesh…he doesn’t have the authority to give out ‘discounts’. Just have a second option for venue at the tip of your tongue, for everything just refer the other place and tell them you’re getting a better deal. That’s the only way they will budge otherwise they are quite strict about their prices. FYI, I checked their calendar, its relatively empty 😀 so you might just be lucky…they want you more than you want them..just remember that and you will be fine 🙂

Talk to Harsh from Urban Restro, he did everything in my case to get me the best deal at Megarugas. And yes, its absolutely free…no costs anywhere. I know for a fact that Megarugas charges are quite high…but these guys do have a tie up to bring the costs down…so give it a try. Ask Urban Restro to help you get the combo deal – food per plate + chair, tables inclusive combo…

Let me know if you come across any hurdles…will try and help you out 🙂
Ohh..one last thing…whatever you do, don’t give out the booking amount easily…delay it as much…block the date, but keep bugging them to bring down the prices..decoration is the only bit where you really will have to be pushy.

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Ira November 17, 2015 - 3:47 am

Thanks a ton for all the suggestions and information. Urban restro is truly amazing! They are prompt and really helpful.
Wish you a wonderful wedding and a Happily Ever After!:).

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pradeep November 23, 2018 - 7:22 pm

Congratulations on your wedding

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