A wedding is one of the most important and memorable day in anyone’s life, A celebration of love and togetherness which happens on a grand scale in India. It’s not just ‘the big fat wedding’ here, it’s ‘THE BIG FAT WEDDING’ with friends, family and relatives of relatives attend, therefore, a big wedding needs big planning. To help you with that we have created the Ultimate Checklist for planning a wedding. Let’s go through some important things:
Set a date for your big day, it is good a set an advanced date as it gives you enough time to prepare and think through your plans. So, if the wedding plans are in the 2 years horizon, you should start saving for your wedding now with KyePot
Decide a budget and plan your finances
India carries a tradition where parents save up and pay for their children’s wedding; even today many children are reluctant to pay for their own wedding so let’s change that tradition. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still create a savings scheme that can help you generate enough money. A good option would you to invest in KyePot’s savings groups where you can put a small amount of your savings for a short period of time and borrow a substantial amount over the course of time. With the help of your parents you can decide on an estimated budget and invest in a chit value that comes close to your budget and now all you have to do is invest!
Register for marriage certificate
A wedding can be an exciting thing but in the midst of all the happiness don’t forget to get a marriage certificate and register for marriage. It’s important to get all the important formalities done beforehand.
Create a guest list and invitations
Now that you have a date and a budget set you can start creating a guest list to send all the invitations out. Make sure you have included all the important people including friends, family, relatives and their relatives and so on.
Venue for wedding and reception
Book a venue that doesn’t eat half of your budget. Booking venues can be expensive but since it’s an event as grand as a wedding then you shouldn’t leave any ends lose. It is advisable to book a venue based on an estimated number of guests in attendance. Hence, ask yourself questions like: What type of venue will be good? Should I get married in the country or somewhere else? If it’s a seasonal wedding then which location will be the best? And so on.
Food and catering
Food and catering services are really important. Find a catering service which will charge you a reasonable amount of money. Also decide on the type of catering whether it’s going to be a buffet or individual services etc.
Budget the cost of clothing
Your clothes can set a statement on your wedding day but then can also be expensive (Especially if you are the bride) and so much so that you’ll have to set a budget for the dress itself! Hence, set a budget for your dress and compare prices from different bridal shops to get the best deal.
Cost of Jewellery
The standard jewellery purchased in India is gold. There are many things you need to consider before buying jewellery like type, finances, occasions etc.
If you have selected a venue which is considerable far from your location then you will have to think about accommodation as well. Not only that but you should also consider accommodation for your friends and family and if your budget will allow it.
With accommodation comes transportation or like many Indian weddings you only have to arrange the transportation and not the accommodation. But as mentioned above if your venue is as a considerable distance then you may want to get transportation for the guests. Find out the number if guest and the distance and budget the transport accordingly. You don’t want to splurge too much after all.
Photographers and Videographers
Photographers and videographers capture our magical day; hence make sure you have booked a good company or an individual artist for the same.
Many people prefer giving away the work of planning their wedding to a wedding planner, but getting a wedding planner can be expensive, so it is advisable to get one only if it doesn’t constrain your budget, after all there are other big expenses that you have to consider.
Entertainment cost if any
If you are wondering what entertainment cost includes then it means the band, the musicians, the emcee and so on. These are the people who make your wedding fun and memorable but it is advisable to keep them in the end of the priority list if you have a tight budget.
This is important, you don’t want to be laden with debt or go into debt to have your wedding. Make sure you have all your debts cleared like credit card bills, loan payments and so on. Being in debt and having a wedding will put you into more debt and ruin your peace of mind.
Savings for miscellaneous expenses
You never know when you have to pay extra to vendors so it’s important to have spare cash in case of emergencies. This also is a good time to start a savings or wealth creation plan with KyePot
Pay all the vendors on time
Pay all your vendors on time so that they can give you good services on time. The vendors include the florist, food and catering, the set up and décor and so on.
Plan travel after wedding (If you wish)
You can include travel after wedding cost in your budget or keep a separate budget for the same. Make sure you have it all pre-planned.
In the end, weddings are dreams that come true, but these dreams include a lot of planning and financing. Hence, if you want your wedding to be the best day of your life then you may want to start saving now.