How To Make Your Special Day Perfect?
It’s simple. Give the décor over to R and R Event Rentals.
In this interview, I ask Raman and Raveen to share their best advice for anyone planning a wedding or special event. Raman says to focus on three things: Really look at what you will be getting from each vendor to eliminate confusion. Be organized. And Relax! Take the time to enjoy the event because it will go by so fast.
Once Upon a Time…. Raman and Raveen got married. When they decided to plan their own wedding they found themselves frustrated with the choices they had. Neither of them wanted to pay the high rental fees for everything they needed to design their wedding celebrations perfectly. Many of the vendors they met with didn’t have what they wanted. So instead they bought everything they needed, thinking they could just sell it later on. That plan backfired wonderfully and the result was that Raman, a former accountant, and Raveen, a loss prevention specialist, discovered their hidden talents for design and execution of stunning, beautiful event décor.
Raman and Raveen have built R and R Event Rentals into the successful business it is today by putting the same care, attention to detail, and love for each event, that they would at their own wedding, birthday, baby shower or special event.
Over and over again their clients say “Out of all the vendors we worked with, R & R were our favorite.” Reviews like theirs don’t happen by accident.
Raman and Raveen both grew up locally, both attended James Logan High School here in Union City, though not at the same time. They met each other while both attending Cal State East Bay. Several months after their own wedding, two of their friends were also getting married.
Since Raman and Raveen still had all of the décor left over from their own wedding they thought to ask “Hey, we still have all this stuff? Do you want us to come and help with your wedding?” The rest, as they say, is history. Now years later Raman and Raveen have become one of the top Indian inspired event décor specialists in the Bay Area.
Raman and Raveen share with our listeners about their most significant challenges such as striving for work-life balance.
In our conversation, I also asked them to educate me a bit on some of the traditions involved with a Punjabi Wedding Ceremony. Raveen explained to me that my question was tough because there are so many different aspects of Indian cultures, different religions, and dialects. They are part of the Sikh community and walked me through the events of a Sikh wedding.
First, there is the Mehndi, the Henna night, then the bride had her hands decorated with Henna.
Then the Sangeet, which is the ladies party, where the women gather and sing folk songs that are hundreds of years old.
And also Churra, when bangles are applied to the bride the night before the wedding.
Then there is the ceremony itself held at a temple. And of course the reception, which is the grand finale to a week of celebrations.
R and R usually will decorate either the bride or groom’s home for the celebrations leading up to the reception, and then, of course, they go all out with the reception décor.
After our initial interview, I was chatting with Raveen, and he shared a couple of great stories with me. They were too good to leave out of the interview, so we had a bonus interview!
Raveen has an alter ego. A character known as Raider Singh a well known regular at Raider Games and professional tailgater. As far as we know the only NFL logo turban to be seen anywhere. Check out his pics with Derek Carr and Steve Mariucci on the link to his Raider Singh Instagram below.
Since college, Raveen has also been “Dholi Veen” the Dholi of Bhangra Empire, a drummer for the Punjabi folk dance troop. Listen to the interview for the full story of how they competed all across the US and Canada often placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in huge competitions. The videos of which went viral on YouTube, getting over a million views and attracting the attention of the White House. They were invited to perform at the Obama’s first State Dinner at the White House and met the President and First Lady as well as the then Prime Minister of India!
We first found R and R on Instagram. They have a large audience, over 10,000 followers. If you look at the photos of their work it is easy to see why. The colors the materials and design elements work together to create gorgeous vignettes. The brides in their photos shine even brighter because of the backdrop around them. Still, no matter how beautiful the design, R and R would not have the success they do without the service element.
“We want our clients to feel cared for. (Starting from) The two of us renting a few pieces, to us, being able to (now) set up a 700 person event, everything from the stage that you see to the sofa you sit on. The cake table and the sweetheart table, every aspect of the wedding. We go in an do a full set up, most of the time it’s just the two of us. “ ~Raman
Raman and Raveen make an incredible team. Imagine if you can, getting to make a living by reliving your own amazing wedding day through the joy and experience of each of your client’s weddings, again and again.