Desi weddings are no cakewalk. There are tons of rituals, tons of people, and truckloads of emotion. These things are precisely what makes a wedding so special. But behind every wedding goes a ton of planning and strategising which can get overwhelming for the brides. They already have a lot on their plate and wedding planning should be the last thing they need to worry about.
If you are a soon-to-be bride, here are nine easy ways that will help you streamline your wedding planning so that you can enjoy your day.
1. ‘Excel’ Your Way Through The Budget
Having a budget and strictly sticking to it is something that you should do when you are planning your budget. However, it is easy to lose sight of how much money goes where because there’s just so much to do when it comes to planning. The best way to keep track of your budget is by putting everything on a spreadsheet. We all have been sleeping on how much spreadsheets can do for us. You can create different sheets for different functions, colour code them, and whatnot. The best part about this trick is that you can share it with your fiance. After all, this is a shared responsibility.
2. Ask For Help
People jump to help when it comes to planning a wedding at home. However, if you feel that the help you are getting is not enough, do not shy away from asking more people to join hands on the deck. If you feel that those who are helping you do not understand your vision and are driving the planning how they want to, make sure that you tell them how you want your wedding to be. After all, it is your day.
3. Hire A Wedding Planner
If your budget permits, then it’s time to leave the wedding planning to the planners. These planners will do take care of everything – invitation cards, guest list, food, clothes, etc. This way you and your family can enjoy the day without worrying about the minute things.
4. Make Sure That You Start Early
When it comes to weddings, the sooner you start planning, the better. Starting the planning almost a year in advance is the ideal way to go about it. If you start early, you can factor in all the things that can go wrong and create a foolproof plan. Starting early will give you a lot of time to properly vet and choose between multiple options without worrying about the date closing in.
5. Involve Your Fiance
Hear us out, you will not be garlanded with any medal if you Superwoman your way through the wedding planning by taking care of everything by yourself. Make sure that your fiance is also involved in the decision-making process. He might also give you a new perspective that will help you look at things from a different lens.
6. Forget The Smaller Stuff
No one is going to care if you have roses at your wedding rather than lillies. No one will remember if there was no fish tikka on the menu. Don’t run behind getting the smaller details right. Yes, it is your day and it should be how you want it. But sometimes some things can also be beyond your control. Look at the bigger picture and do not sweat it out on things you cannot control. Look at the next best option.
7. Reach Out To Your Married Friends And Ask Them For Contacts
You don’t have to call up every vendor that Google shows on the first page. Reach out to your friends who have recently married and ask them for the contact details of the vendors who took care of their wedding. This will give you a trustworthy and smaller list, and from there you can call up vendors and see who fits your budget and your needs.
8. Look Out For Packages & Discounts
Most of the time, some venues and vendors offer a comprehensive wedding package. Opt for them to simplify things. Try asking them if they can give you discounts as well. A lot of times, you can get a small discount if you ask for it.
9. Don’t Forget Yourself
Throughout the planning process, it is easy to get overwhelmed and chances are you must have put your needs and wants on the back burner. Block some time for yourself and indulge in a little self-care session once in a while.
These tips will help you have the wedding you always wanted.