1: Wedding planners are key!
Indian weddings take place over numerous days and consist of a multitude of customs, guests and outfit changes. During an event of this magnitude, there's really no substitute for a wedding planner. At the very least, you should consider hiring a day-of coordinator. While DIY weddings definitely have their own charm, you shouldn't be the one giving directions to a lost caterer or fixing table arrangements on your day. Plus, wedding planners can help diffuse tricky situations and serve as a point person for all your family, guests and vendors, allowing you to fully enjoy your wedding.
2: Practice makes perfect!
Although rehearsal dinners aren't usually a part of Indian wedding weekends, we highly recommend you run through everything once, from the dress and hair to the ceremonies. Going through a trial run with the priest can help make sure there are no surprises the day of the event—like a four-hour ceremony.
3: Indulge your inner Kendall.
Those staged shots you see in wedding albums are often the result of a fair bit of practice. So channel your favorite supermodel and practice looking fierce and fabulous in front of a mirror before your wedding day. And make sure you share your homework with your photographer, so they know which angles of yourself you prefer.
4: Classify your cash and know your numbers.
Plan your wedding with a budget in mind. Don't spend hours on Pinterest "researching" flowers, lenghas or venues that are out of your pocketbook. This will only leave you disheartened and frustrated, and take the fun out of planning your dream wedding. Have an idea of what you want to spend, and only look for ideas that fall within your price range, or 10 percent higher. We've seen amazing Maharani-worthy weddings at every budget. It all comes down to style, execution and having an eye for detail.
5: Creative cuisines = Mouthwatering goodness.
We know some of your aunties and uncles expect traditional Indian food at your wedding, but serving the same cuisine during multiday celebrations gets boring fast. Think outside the box—perhaps you could serve Mediterranean food at your sangeet or Italian appetizers before your ceremony. Another option is to serve a fusion meal, melding the spice of Indian cuisine with other cultures, such as Mexican-Indian tacos or Thai-Indian curry.
6: Create a magical wedding soundtrack!
There are so many entrances and exits within Indian weddings: the entry of the wedding party, pheras, bidai, reception entrance—the list goes on and on. You’ll want to discuss specific songs and clips with your DJ to make sure all of these moments play out with the vibe you have in mind.
7: Fuel up!
Listen to your parents and eat throughout the festivities. Otherwise, you'll constantly be anxious, lethargic and lightheaded. The last thing you want is to feel famished in the middle of your first dance. Think about designating a couple friends to bring you food (and drinks!) throughout the weekend. And just remember, you'll only look your best if you feel your best.
8: You're not the Lone Ranger. Delegate, delegate, delegate!
Planning an Indian wedding means having to master the art of delegating and relinquishing control. Find things on your checklist you can trust others with and have them take charge of those tasks to lighten your load.
9: Enjoy the moment and be like Elsa…
Let it go, brides and grooms! The last thing you need to be thinking about is that your flowers weren't as large as discussed, or that your lengha blouse isn't perfectly fitted the way you imagined. Your wedding day only lasts 24 hours, so soak it up. Throw the details to the wind (or your planner) and relax, have some bubbly and enjoy the day. It's your wedding, after all.
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Thanks for reading Maharanis! We want you to bask in the beauty of your wedding day, and hope these nine tips help you enjoy every step of the way!