The Finest Wedding Checklist Every Indian Bride and Groom Needs To Follow!

6 MONTHS TO GO
Start planning at least 6 months earlier as a wedding is no easy feat!  
Planning:

  • Choose a season and finalize wedding date!
  • Discuss the wedding budget and settle on an approximate figure.
  • Do you want a destination wedding or a local one?
    Keeping your budget in mind, make a list of the pre and post wedding events.
  • Do an approximate headcount for each of these events
  • Hire a wedding planner if needed.
  • If loan is required, research loan options and apply for loan
  • Shortlist venues for each of your functions, keeping in mind capacity and budget.
  • Check out venues in person.
  • Research on your wedding themes you may like.
  • Check out DIY ideas if you want to personalise it
  • Go through invitation card designs and shortlist your favourites. OR come up with your own.
  • Research honeymoon destinations.
     
    5 MONTHS TO GO
  • Book venues for all functions.
  • Make sure you read the agreement and are on-board with everything.
    Invitations:
  • Finalize wedding invitation card along with design and wordings.
  • Order wedding invitations cards.
    Catering:
  • Look for preferred caterers.
  • Go for food tasting with shortlisted caterers.
  • Hire your favourite caterer.
  • Finalise menus/s for your functions.
    Planning:
  • Renew passports.
    Entertainment:
  • Research and decide entertainment ideas as per functions.
     
    4 MONTHS TO GO
    Planning:
  • Make a detailed itinerary for each of the ceremonies along with time and date.
    Invitations:
  • Start sending out invitations.
    Wedding Jewellery:
  • Browse designs for wedding jewellery and approximate costs.
  • Go jewellery shopping for rings, mangalsutra, etc.
    Photography:
  • Research what kind of photography you want.
  • Research photographers online. Check out some of their work to get a sense of their quality and style.
  • Finalize Photographer.
    Honeymoon:
  • Book accommodation and tickets for your honeymoon.
     
    3 MONTHS TO GO
    Planning:
  • Decide theme for décor.
  • Research decorators.
  • Shortlist decorators and go through their offered décor ideas.
  • Discuss with decorator on your choices.
  • Book suitable decorator
    Make Up:
  • Book an appointment with a beautician and discuss with them if you need any hair or beauty treatment.
  • Book an appointment with a fitness trainer to assess whether you want to lose or gain weight for the w. edding.
  • Join a fitness programme, if needed.
  • Explore wedding functions hair and makeup styles.
    Photography:
  • Discuss outfit, location and dates for pre wedding photoshoot. Keep an ideal date of 1 month prior to the wedding.
  • Also discuss with him the list of events for photography and other details.
    Entertainment:
  • Book all entertainers for all functions.
    Mehndi:
  • Browse through various Mehendi designs.
  • Research mehendi artists.
  • Finalise and book your favourite mehendi artist.
    Bridal wear:
  • Check out outfits for wedding and other functions.
  • Start visiting bridal and grooms wear stores.
  • Buy all your wedding outfits and accessories.
    Gifting:
  • Research wedding favours.
    Honeymoon:
  • Shop for honeymoon.
     
    2 MONTHS TO GO
    Entertainment:
  • Join a dance lesson or hire a choreographer, if needed.
    Accommodation:
  • Book hotels to accommodate out of town guests.
    Logistics:
  • Book transportation to and from venues.
    Other vendors:
  • Book a priest.
    Honeymoon:
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations.
    Gifting:
  • Decide return gifts and favours for each of our wedding functions.
  • Shop for wedding favours.
    Make Up:
  • Book Makeup artist for guests.
  • Go for a trial hair and make-up session.
  • Book Makeup artist.
     
    1 MONTH TO GO
    Venue:
  • Finalise the menu and do a food tasting.
    Planning:
  • Make a list of things required for ceremonies, puja and rituals and scatter the list among dependable family members.
    Make Up:
  • Start taking your pre wedding beauty packages and follow a healthy lifestyle.
    Photography:
  • Get your scheduled pre-wedding shoot done.
    Cake:
  • Go through cake designs.
  • Visit bakers and book a cake for your wedding.
    Wedding Trousseau:
  • Find Trousseau Packer and get trousseau packed.
    Other vendors:
  • Decide on the bride and groom entry ideas.
    Make Up:
  • Get your final haircut and colour.
    Other vendors:
  • Book security personal
    Gifting:
  • Pack gifts and favours.
    Entertainment:
  • Discuss with DJ/band/musician and make a list of all songs to play at each event. Ex: Bride and groom entry, etc.
     
    2 WEEKS TO GO
    Planning:
  • Reconfirm the presence and timing of vendors for their respective events.
  • Go through the timeline of ceremonies with your family and close guests.
    Bridal Wear:
  • Check the fit of your outfits in ase there has been a size change.
  • Give outfits for steam iron and get them ready.
    Photography:
  • Discuss with your photographer, hand him over list of important moments to capture.
    Venue:
  • Finalize seating and decor arrangements.
    Music:
  • Rehearse dance.
    Honeymoon:
  • Pack for honeymoon
     
    1 WEEK TO GO
    Planning:
  • Pick up rentals, if any.
  • Put together few meds to avoid distress and also if you have any allergies. Pack a bag of necessities like perfume, blotting tissues, etc.
    Make Up:
  • Give yourself a relaxing spa and massage.
     
    THE WEDDING DAY
  • Sleep for 9 hours the night before.
  • Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Put a smile on your face.
  • Get married!!
     
    POST – WEDDING
  • Review and send a thank you note for all your vendors
  • Make sure you source pictures of every moment from you friends and fam. Just in case the photographer missed something.
  • Give all your outfits for cleaning and keep them at safe place.
  • Take a spa or massage to relax through post wedding exhaustion.
  • Leave for the honeymoon!

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