I spent hours and hours on the internet. Pinterest is a bride’s dream. I had Pinterest boards for hair, makeup, Sangeet lehenga, trousseau sarees, reception gown, Sangeet theming. I had to delete my Pinterest account immediately after the wedding.
I enjoyed planning the fashion and the music aspect of the wedding the most. I was also surprised over and over again by the kindness and support of our family and friends.
My overall vision was individuality. I realized the best way to keep the occasion unique was to make Raj and myself the focal point – in a big Punjabi wedding it is easy to become lost in all the pomp and ceremony. We kept to a strict schedule complemented by music, theming and styling that resonated with us.
TIPS FOR PLANNING:
- Start planning early. Make lists, and delegate tasks to competent family and friends – there is so much to do. Raj and I were lucky to have the help and support we had.
- Remain calm. Easier said than done admittedly, but stress resulting from managing competing interests from each family is entirely normal. The parents will be so very excited and may get carried away, but remain firm about what you and your partner want. Listen to your groom too – Raj had fantastic style and chose well.
- Be prepared for last-minute dramas. The local council almost didn’t let our Hindu wedding go ahead because of some new fire regulations (long story, make sure you have everything in writing). My interstate reception DJ had some terrible news just days before the wedding. Since he was a friend, I told him to remain with his family and asked my Sangeet DJs to step in last minute.
- Know your style. There is a neverending choice in venues, lehengas, hairstyles, etc. Research, brainstorm and use Pinterest to organize your ideas and preferences.