50 Checklist for Indian Wedding Planning

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50 Checklist for Indian Wedding Planning

  1. Choose the wedding date and time: Consider the availability of key people, weather, travel conditions, and cultural or religious holidays when selecting a date and time.
  2. Determine the wedding budget and create a list of expenses: Make a detailed list of all expected costs, including venue rentals, catering, decorations, attire, and other services, and assign a budget to each item.
  3. Book the wedding venue(s), including the ceremony and reception locations: Research potential venues, visit them in person if possible, and book them well in advance to secure the desired date and time.
  4. Decide on the wedding theme and color scheme: Choose a theme and color scheme that reflects your style and preferences and that can be incorporated into all aspects of the wedding, from decorations to attire.
  5. Select the wedding attire, including outfits for the bride, groom, and wedding party: Consider traditional Indian attire, such as a saree or lehenga for the bride and a sherwani or kurta for the groom select complementary outfits for the wedding party.
  6. Choose the wedding jewelry and accessories: Select jewelry and accessories that complement the wedding attire and enhance the overall look and feel of the wedding.
  7. Plan the wedding invitations, RSVPs, and guest list: Choose a design for the wedding invitations that reflects the wedding theme and send them out well before the wedding date. Keep track of RSVPs and maintain an updated guest list.
  8. Arrange for wedding transportation, such as a horse and carriage or luxury car: Determine the type of transportation used for the wedding party and guests, and arrange it in advance.
  9. Hire the wedding vendors, including the caterer, florist, decorator, photographer, and videographer: Research potential vendors, read reviews and testimonials, and choose those with a good reputation and who can provide your services need within your budget.
  10. Select the wedding entertainment, including music, dancers, and other performers: Choose entertainment that reflects the wedding theme and will appeal to the guests, such as traditional Indian music, dancers, and other performers.
  11. Decide on the wedding rituals and ceremonies, such as the sangeet, mehndi, and baraat: Choose the rituals and ceremonies that are important to you and your families, and plan them in accordance with cultural and religious traditions.
  12. Plan the wedding decorations, including mandap, centerpieces, and lighting: Choose decorations that reflect the wedding theme and create a festive atmosphere, such as a mandap for the ceremony, centerpieces for the reception, and lighting to enhance the ambiance.
  13. Choose the wedding menu, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts: Select a menu that includes traditional Indian cuisine and any other foods you and your guests will enjoy.
  14. Arrange for the wedding favors and gifts for the wedding party and guests: Provide small gifts or favors for the wedding party and guests as a token of appreciation, such as personalized items or treats.
  15. Book accommodations for out-of-town guests: Reserve hotel rooms or other accommodations for guests traveling from out of town.
  16. Plan any pre-wedding events, such as the haldi, chooda, or mangni: Plan any pre-wedding events that are important to you and your families, such as the haldi ceremony, chooda ceremony, or mangni ceremony.
  17. Schedule the wedding rehearsal: Schedule a rehearsal to ensure that everyone involved in the wedding knows their roles and the order of events and that everything runs smoothly on the wedding day.
  18. Plan the wedding day timeline, including hair and makeup and the ceremony.
  1. Choose the wedding officiant or priest: Select an officiant or priest who can perform the wedding ceremony according to your religious or cultural traditions.
  2. Hire a wedding planner or coordinator: If you need assistance planning and organizing your wedding, consider hiring a professional wedding planner or coordinator who can help you with the details and logistics.
  3. Arrange for wedding insurance: Consider purchasing wedding insurance to protect yourself against unexpected events or expenses, such as weather-related cancellations or vendor no-shows.
  4. Obtain necessary permits and licenses: Depending on the location and type of wedding, you may need to obtain permits or licenses, such as a marriage license or permits for outdoor venues.
  5. Plan the wedding seating arrangements: Determine where guests will sit during the ceremony and reception, and create a seating chart to help guests find their seats.
  6. Arrange for wedding day transportation for the bridal party: Ensure that the bridal party has transportation to and from the ceremony and reception locations, such as a limousine or other vehicle.
  7. Plan for the wedding cake and desserts: Choose a wedding cake that reflects the wedding theme and taste preferences, and consider providing other desserts, such as cupcakes or a dessert bar.
  8. Arrange for a wedding day emergency kits: Prepare emergency kits with safety pins, stain remover, and extra makeup, to ensure that you and your wedding party are prepared for any unexpected situations.
  9. Prepare for the wedding speeches and toasts: Decide who will give speeches and toasts during the reception, and provide them with guidance and tips on how to prepare.
  10. Plan for the wedding photography and videography: Select a photographer and videographer who can capture the special moments of your wedding day, and provide them with a shot list and any special requests.
  11. Arrange for wedding day activities for children: If children will be attending the wedding, plan activities to keep them entertained, such as coloring books or games.
  12. Prepare for the wedding day weather: Depending on the location and time of year, prepare for potential weather conditions, such as rain or extreme heat, by providing shelter or shade for guests.
  13. Plan for the wedding ceremony music: Choose music that reflects the wedding theme and personal taste, and arrange for musicians or a DJ to provide music during the ceremony.
  14. Arrange for wedding day setup and cleanup: Ensure the wedding venue is set up and decorated according to your specifications, and arrange for cleanup after the event.
  15. Plan for wedding day security: Consider hiring security personnel to ensure the safety of guests and prevent any unwanted incidents.
  16. Provide transportation for the wedding gifts: Arrange for transportation of gifts and other wedding items after the event, such as a designated vehicle or storage space.
  17. Plan for the post-wedding events, such as the reception or after-party: If you plan to have a post-wedding event, such as a reception or after-party, ensure that it is well-organized and that guests are informed of the details.
  1. Plan for the wedding favors: Choose and purchase wedding favors that are meaningful and memorable for your guests, and arrange for their distribution during the reception.
  2. Arrange for the wedding attire: Choose and purchase wedding attire for the bride, groom, and wedding party, and ensure that alterations are made as necessary.
  3. Arrange for the wedding rings: Choose and purchase wedding rings for the bride and groom, and arrange for any necessary engraving or resizing.
  4. Plan for the wedding day timeline: Create a detailed timeline of the wedding day, including the ceremony, reception, and any other events or activities.
  5. Arrange for the wedding invitations: Choose and purchase wedding invitations, and arrange for their mailing or distribution to guests.
  6. Plan for the wedding decorations: Choose and purchase wedding decorations, such as flowers, centerpieces, and lighting, and arrange for their setup and display.
  7. Arrange for the wedding reception food and beverages: Choose a menu and arrange for the food and beverages to be provided during the reception, including any dietary restrictions or preferences.
  8. Plan for the wedding reception entertainment: Choose and arrange for entertainment during the reception, such as a band, DJ, or other performers.
  9. Arrange for the wedding ceremony rehearsal: Schedule and plan a wedding ceremony rehearsal to ensure that everyone involved is prepared and familiar with their roles.
  10. Plan for the wedding ceremony readings and music: Choose readings and music for the wedding ceremony that are meaningful and appropriate, and provide them to the appropriate individuals.
  11. Arrange for the wedding ceremony decor: Choose and purchase decor for the wedding ceremony, such as an altar or arch, and arrange for their setup and display.
  12. Plan for the wedding ceremony rituals: If your wedding involves any special rituals or customs, plan for their inclusion in the ceremony and guide participants.
  13. Arrange for the wedding ceremony and reception rentals: Arrange for the rental of any necessary equipment or items, such as chairs, tables, linens, or audio-visual equipment.
  14. Plan for the wedding day beauty services: Arrange hair and makeup services for the bride and wedding party, and schedule appointments accordingly.
  15. Prepare for the wedding day’s emotions: Prepare yourself and your partner for the emotional aspects, and consider ways to manage stress and anxiety.

Disclaimer – While this list will help you plan. Always a good idea to engage a wedding planner and speak to family elders to ensure nothing is missed. This is not an exhaustive list, but only essential wedding planning items.

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