Marriage is one of the most critical milestones a person achieves that unfolds a new phase of life. India witnesses around 10 million weddings a year, and they are usually an elaborate occasion. These weddings generally are a 3 to 4-day event involving multiple functions.
Your wedding is a big event, and it has to be planned well. It is where financial preparedness and careful planning comes into play to help make your dream wedding a breeze. Here are some helpful tricks for you to plan your wedding to avoid last-minute hassles.
1. Have a clear budget
Weddings are expensive. Monetary stress while planning a wedding is a common thing. Having an exact and complete estimate and then further allocating it for various aspects of the wedding will help you stay within the wedding budget.
From the small stuff to things as big as booking a wedding venue, every element needs to have a budget. So, talking about the budget and deciding what your pocket allows should be the primary factor before anything. It is crucial to figure out how much money you’ll be able to spend, who is paying for the wedding, and how you’ll accommodate wedding planning into your financial life.
2. Get a wedding planner
Hiring a wedding planner is of great help if you want the wedding of your dreams. A planner will make sure that you have the best of the vendors at the best prices. Your wedding planner may give you better ideas and add a pinch of their magic to your dream. A wedding planner will unburden the load off you and save your time and energy. However, wedding planners can be expensive and may incur an additional cost to the wedding.
3. Venue booking
Booking a venue incurs one of the most expensive costs while arranging a marriage function. As venues account for a significant chunk of total wedding expenses, the booking venue’s total cost and other ancillary arrangements can run into lakhs of rupees. The conventional wedding venue options are usually places like clubs, parks, banquets, hotels, farmhouses, cruises, temples, etc. A great way to save money on a venue is to host your wedding during the offseason.
4. Catering & hospitality
Food is an integral part of our culture and an even more significant part of our weddings. Make sure you emphasize the food quality rather than the quantity and variety. Ensure your communication with your caterer is clear and the costing is transparent.
5. Post-wedding reception party
Throwing a post-wedding reception party is customary in Indian marriages. But today’s parties are more luxurious. The entire arrangement of post-wedding receptions, including decor, couture for the bride and groom, venue arrangement, et al., is an affair of several lakhs. The great idea is to host the wedding and reception at the same venue. It saves money and travel time too.
Most importantly, you’ll want to consider your wedding aspects will play the most prominent role. Be clear about where you want to spend most of your time and money, then plan your wedding accordingly. These tips can help plan a unique, stylish, and memorable wedding without breaking the bank.
Authored by: Shiv Nanda