A note from the founder…
Hi! I’m Poonam.
Here’s a little story of how I landed in the big fat world of weddings and events. It was not always about glam parties and events with me. In fact, the complete opposite!
After losing my mother to ovarian cancer in 2010, I realized how precious and short life really is. So, at the age of 30, I decided to take the plunge and leave my career as a scientist to follow my dreams.
The Maharani Diaries initially started off as a South Asian wedding blog, created to make the wedding industry more representative of the wider Australian society. Little did I know that just a few years later, I would have my design work published in local and international publications and appear on webinars discussing diversity and inclusion in the wedding industry and how to plan an Indian wedding.
It’s been a steep learning curve, but I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else! It’s an absolute honour and a privilege to work with brides and grooms to help translate their vision from the beginning to the end!
I have had the fortune of living and working in 3 different cities. Melbourne, Cork and now Sydney. Hence my love for travel and exploring the world with my amazing husband (thanks Anand)!
I currently live and work out of my apartment in the wonderful suburb of Marrickville in Sydney, Australia. Inner-westie for life!
My journey in this industry has been so rewarding. From blogging to volunteering, working in hospitality, and interning with wedding and event planners to now helping couples on their wedding planning journey, The Maharani Diaries is the culmination of everything I believe in.
I want to dedicate this journey to my late mother who was and always be an inspiration to me. Finally, I’m doing what I love Mum!
What your wedding means to me…
I’m thrilled that you’re here reading this because it means that you’re taking the time out to do your research and learn more about how a wedding planner like me can help you.
Each celebration for me is an experience, which is why my approach to wedding planning is a little different. We are passionate about details and will go the extra mile for every client, spending time with them and their families too.
From smell, to touch to taste and sound, my job is to create memorable moments for you that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Your wedding is a celebration of your lives and so rather than making it seem like a chore, I’m also going to help you have fun along the way. Nothing makes me happier than seeing your beautiful smiling faces at the end of your wedding day.
If you’d like to learn more about working with me as your wedding planner, I invite you to contact me via our form. Remember, the more details, the better. Can’t wait to hear more about you!
Our Company Values
The Maharani Diaries is committed to supporting diversity, equality, and inclusion in the wedding industry.
We are always willing to learn and engage with anyone who wants to share with us their story and lived experience. In working with us, you will find members of our team to be kind, honest, and act with the best interests of the couples and suppliers we work. We place a high value transparency from the very beginning to ensure positive outcomes for everyone involved. When we serve our couples or work with suppliers, we don’t place any emphasis on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or any other individual characteristics or preference.
Our goal is to always provide an exceptional standard of customer service and genuine care.
Where I’ve lived: Fiji, Australia, Ireland
Famous people I’ve met: Manish Malhotra, Shah Rukh Khan, Nicole Kidman
Favourite drink: Coffee over tea or wine any day
When I was little: I wanted to be a Japanese teacher
Favourite city: Tokyo, Japan
A television show I couldn’t get enough of when I was “younger”: Gilmore Girls
Quote to live by: “ Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama