Wedding season is officially around the corner, and I know that all you Maharanis are up to your elbows in sorting through invitation samples and fabric swatches. So, I have enlisted Sonal J Shah, celebrity Indian wedding planner, to give us some of her best tips on how to make your Indian wedding go extra smooth.
1. Review a minute-by-minute detailed timeline of your day/weekend at least a month before your wedding.
(Yes, and when she says minute by minute, she means, minute by minute.)
2. Schedule a time to review everything with your parents and panditji about a month before the wedding. Discuss the wedding steps, which family members are involved in what part, if there are any special items that need to be brought to the ceremony, and how long everything will take.
(This is essential to make sure your ceremony doesn’t run over and that all the rituals that are important to both families are performed.)
3. All food items need to be labeled. Report any allergies to your caterer and make sure everything is noted with the dish name, and vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
(When she says ALL, she means ALL—don’t forget about the cocktail hour food. Either your caterer can bring labels or you can have ones printed to match your reception décor.)
Want all the scoop that Sonal shares with her celebrity clients like Jay Sean, Reshma Shetty (of Royal Pains), and boxer Amir Khan? Well, you can read all about her expert tips in her new book, The Complete Guide to Planning the Perfect South Asian Wedding. Buy it right here!