Planning an Indian Wedding!
Blog Post on Planning an Indian Wedding!
You are engaged! Congratulations! What next?? First, I would say take a moment or two or three and enjoy being engaged! No need to rush into planning!
Now that it’s time to start planning the “wedding day” you have always dreamt of, let’s come up with a plan! This is a new chapter in your life that will soon strike a few surprises! Your wedding will create beautiful memories for you and your guests. Every couple has a story, and you should make efforts to tell it. Personalize your wedding as much as you can. Here’s a few tips to help you as you plan your special day:
Plan Ahead to Reduce the Stress
Decide whether you want a traditional wedding or a conventional wedding with glamour elements. Indian parents are an integral part of event planning; especially picking a caterer, and menu and food selection. Talk to parents to see what the auspicious dates for your wedding are, if it applies. Try and plan a wedding with at least 8 months in advance, this will help you deal with all the fine details (music, décor, logistics, etc). It’ll reduce your stress level. Once that has been decided, think of maybe using email invitations instead of wedding cards or an online RSVP such as WeddingWire, TheKnot or Zola!
Set A Budget & Stick to it Before Planning an Indian Wedding
Setting a Budget is key! A wedding is not a single day celebration. It comes with lots of events. The list is immense so, it is advised to have a budget.
Take the help of the experienced specialists. You can always ask for the assistance of wedding planners to design your budget. Under normal circumstances, the actual cost may shoot up anything between 10-30%. So, keep a buffer while working on the budget.
Finding the right vendor for your wedding is very important. You should find a vendor that fits your personality. These vendors are the people you will be dealing with very closely throughout the process and day of. Making sure your personalities click will make the day go smoother.
The top 3 items I say you should book first and spend a little money on are: Venue and caterer (Food & liquor), Entertainment (DJ is key, check out this post on picking a DJ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlH7UOpiRYs) and Photography (guests will only remember the day with great pictures). The rest of the vendors will come into play after these. Guest will remember if you had bad food and bad entertainment. Spend your money wisely and where it counts.
Planning an Indian wedding in advance helps in eliminating shortcomings and last-minute confusions. Creating a checklist for both small and large activities will help you in saving unnecessary stress and expenses.
Good Luck in the planning, and remember when the BIG day comes, to take every moment you can and enjoy the day and be in the present! It’ll all go by so fast!
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