Long Island Indian wedding planner, Chandai Raghunauth was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to first generation of immigrant parents. She has 25+ professional years of combined experience in hotels, restaurants, and wedding planning skills.
Throughout her life, Chandai discovered a love of traveling and experiencing different cultures. She enrolled in the Travel and Tourism program in her high school days. Inspired by the program and wanting to educate herself further in her career. Chandai earned a degree in Hospitality Management from New York City College of Technology. It was through this program that Chandai gained a wealth of knowledge in culinary and pastry arts as well in business and management and started her career as a Long Island Indian wedding planner.
Always ambitious, Chandai decided to resign from her position at a hotel in NYC and travel to Paris, France for the summer to study. Returning, educated, and filled with adventure, to a city bursting with excitement and love, Chandai was motivated.
Upon returning from Paris, she went into a hospitality/culinary internship where she discovered her passion for creating; from prepping to plating, to implementing details for an event of 1600 persons at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. After Chandai graduated she applied for a full-time position at a large hotel chain in Catering and Banquets.
During her stay as a Catering & Banquet department assistant, she had many opportunities to work closely to learn the operations of the department. She then transferred to a position as a Food, Beverage, and Catering assistant, allowing her to work directly with clients to create the most memorable and personalized events and weddings. After having experienced the role of creating and personalizing events and weddings, Chandai found her passion – her spark as a Long Island Indian wedding planner!
Fast forward to today, Chandai loves being behind the scenes, making sure the event runs smoothly, and educating and advising the client on choices and options. She launched her own company, Kismet Events Inc., in 2010.
After taking a few clients at a time she knew she wanted to do more. She loves the questions, the challenges, figuring out the puzzle of where things go and how the details of the event fit together, the different styles, and most of all the party! At the end of 2016, the company was rebranded to Chandai Events was launched! View our amazing weddings on our wedding films page or browse our gallery.