Kalyana Mantapas in Bengaluru

Having got to the stage in life where all my friends are organizing weddings for their children, I could not help noticing that one of the major problems people face is the booking of the wedding hall, or Kalyana Mantapa. The worried comment, “Oh, we have to find a good hall for the event”…and the equally relieved exclamation, “We managed to find one!” made me look into the matter of the booking of these halls, and the amenities and conveniences they provide.

Recently, when a wedding proposal fell through, some friends reported the really tough time they had with the cancellation of the hall, which just added to the trauma they were going through at the time. I decided to visit a few wedding halls, and find out about how they function; and the resultant article has been published by Citizen Matters,an e-magazine that deals with Bangalore-specific issues, at


I do feel that with better regulation and a good set of booking and cancellation parameters, these halls could be better run.

2 Comments so far

  1. MR (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 6:42 am

    It was interesting to learn so much about the hall rentals. They get away with anything because most families have one or two wedding each generation so the hall is the least of their worries when a wedding finally happens. I agree with some of the points you raise. They should be upfront about the costs, perhaps a itemized list should be given to all clients so no one gets offended when cancellation is mentioned. Also the hall should get to keep a part of the deposit to make up for lost revenues when cancellations happen.
    But you must be joking talking about adequate parking!! Considering how unplanned the city is expecting this luxury at a wedding hall is a joke. It is a stupid point because where in the city is this problem addressed? Most halls have existed for ages and most people did not own cars then for this to be a concern.

  2. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 9:15 am

    I think your point about parking is pretty valid MR!Thanks for the feedback.

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