Your wedding day is one of the most important day in your life and planning this special day can be quite a stressful task. If everything is well-planned, things can be less stressful. So, here are a list of things to consider while planning your D-day…
1. Select a Proper Date
In Hindu weddings, the wedding date is finalized by the priest depending on the horoscope. But before you settle on your wedding date, it’s important for you to discuss this with your family members, relatives and close friends to make sure they’re able to attend your function and block their dates.
2. Have a Budget Planned
You need to decide on whether you prefer a grand or a simple ceremony, and make arrangements accordingly. If you have the budget and want to celebrate this day in a big way, you need not worry much. But yes, if you have a strict budget, it is important that you figure out exactly how much money you have to spend on your wedding.
Once you have an idea of the funds available, you’ll need to prepare a list of all the important things. The key to such a budget is to establish priorities. For instance, what’s more important to you, starting right from your wedding date and outfit to the food menu. Choose one item that you’re willing to invest a little extra in. Then, plan for the rest of your wish-list in order to accommodate the money on hand.
3. Reservation and Bookings
Once the date is finalized and you know the type of ceremony you want to go for, start hunting for a good venue without wasting time. People book their wedding venue almost six months in advance. Even if there are only limited booking spots left at a venue, you may want to ask if they could hold the date for you for a week so that you can review the contract and get back to them.
This tactic doesn’t always work in your favor, but at least you won’t be pressured into signing a contract only to find that with ‘hidden costs’ it far exceeds your budget. You can then figure out other important things like hiring a good caterer, etc. All this is quite time consuming, so get moving well in advance.
4. Sending Across an Invitation
The next step is to send out all invitations. This very much depends on timely bookings and deciding upon date, ceremonies, time and venue. Never send across your wedding invitation to people assuming that they are not going to show up. They may very well not come, but you need to be sure that it is all right with you if they do come.
5. Share Responsibilities
It is recommended that you have a to-do list ready well in advance for this day. Also, divide the responsibilities among the family members, just to make sure things are smooth and organized. Planning a wedding is definitely not an easy task, so getting your family members and close friends involved can make this day successful and memorable.
- Manoj Varma