As soon as possible...

  • Decide the size of the wedding and number of functions
  • Allocate responsibilities between both the families
  • Draw up guest list
  • Visit possible venue(s) to discuss availability
  • Interview caterers and discuss sample menus
  • Order wedding invitation cards
  • Book a professional photographer and/or videographer
  • Choose a decorator and a floral theme for your wedding
  • Audition musicians / make music arrangements for the Sangeet
  • Start purchasing of your trousseau, wedding, and reception outfits
  • Speak to travel agents about honeymoon destinations
  • Plan your wedding budget, collect estimates for all professional services
  • Set dates for pre-wedding celebrations

Two to Three months to go...

  • Have all your bookings confirmed in writing
  • Invite Moulvi for the ceremony
  • Maintain good contacts with all your wedding professionals
  • Caterers, florists, musicians, etc.
  • Send out invitations for outstations
  • Choose wedding rings
  • Shop for tikka gifts
  • Keep a record of acceptances and refusals of invitation
  • Finalize your honeymoon plans, make sure passports and vacations are up-to-date and you have applied for all necessary visas
  • Book accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Plan your menu and any special requirements with the caterers

One month to go...

  • Be sure your wedding clothes are collected and ready-to-wear
  • Make appointments with hair-dresser and beautician
  • Organize Mehendi artist
  • Order mithai and related items
  • Finalize plans for the Sangeet
  • Book your hotel for your wedding night, if required.
  • Make sure that you and the groom have luggage for the honey moon, think what you want to pack
  • If required, book a horse and some musicians for the Barat's arrival
  • Book wedding cars

2 Weeks to go...

  • Arrange for all your dresses to be ironed and packed
  • Order relevant traveller's cheques or foreign currency, if needed

1 Week to go...

  • Confirm all bookings
  • Confirm final guest list
  • Confirm menu with caterers
  • Arrange for drinks to be delivered
  • Confirm arrangements for hired crockery, cutlery, glassware or table linen
  • Your wedding clothes should be ready, try on outfits

The day before the wedding...

  • Your florist should prepare and soak all flowers and have a detailed plan of action
  • Make sure wedding car is clean
  • Pack your honeymoon suitcase, ready for delivery to the reception. Make sure your fiancÚ has packed his
  • Visit the hair dressers and beauticians
  • Try to relax and have an early night
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