Checklist for the Indian Brides
Most traditional Indian weddings are quite elaborate with spreading over 2-7 days covering several functions and ceremonies like sagai, mehndi, sangeet, cocktail parties and of course the wedding. Most of the arrangements are taken care of by the parents of the bride and the bridegroom. However, things have certainly changed over the time. Brides and bridegrooms now have a much bigger say in the wedding arrangements than they ever had before and are usually consulted on just about everything related to their wedding.
Literally speaking, preparations for an Indian wedding never ever seem to be complete until the marriage ceremonies all get over. Listed below are some things that you shouldn't overlook to ensure a smooth wedding.
-Decide beforehand how much you can really afford to spend in all and also try and figure out how much you would like to spend on different ceremonies, clothes, jewellery etc.
-Detailing wedding ceremonies that need to be performed.
-List down the requirements for each wedding ceremony and ensure that the required samagri (material) is arranged for well in advance.
-Expected number of guests for each of the occasion.
-Consult with the groom's family and your own relatives to fid date and time for the ceremonies.
-Ask friends and family members who would be willing to lend a helping hand. Decide in advance who would be doing what.
-Make sure that you book the wedding venue well in advance since during peak wedding season good wedding venues are rarely available.
-Arrange for the out of town guests well in advance so that you can avoid the hassles of running around the town booking rooms at the last moment.
-Start looking for and shortlist wedding catering services, hotels or restaurants for the food at each of the functions well in advance.
-Get your wedding invitation cards printed well in advance and send them out timely.
-Booking for the wedding photographer and videographer
-Trousseau purchases and packaging
-Finalizing your Indian bridal wear or lehenga.
-Book the time and date for mehendi with a good mehndi wala well in advance.
-Start looking for wedding decorators well in advance make sure you talk to at least 3-4 wedding decorators before taking a finalizing one.
-Choose the wedding ring for yourself and the groom keeping some time in hand. In case you give your own design, the jeweler might take some time to prepare it.
-Book the pandit for the wedding well in advance.
-Music, DJ and dance floor arrangements for the sangeet and choosing the shaadi songs or wedding songs that you want played too should be selected or booked as early as possible.
-Scheduling your visits to the beauty salon and booking your slot with the beautician for all the wedding functions that are planned
-Finalizing the gifts for the relatives and packing them in gift boxes
While the list can be literally speaking unending, make sure you keep the above in mind always, and keep adding whatever else keeps coming to your notice so that you don't miss anything on the last moment.