The clock is ticking and the day you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl gets closer every second. Therefore, it’s time to get serious about planning your big day.
Before you start this wild and pressure filled journey of planning a South Asian wedding, watch out for these potential pitfalls along the way. You can thank me later.
1. Don’t Expect a Silky Smooth Ride
If you’re expecting the planning process to have no hiccups then I hate to bust your bubble. While wedding planning doesn’t have to be stressful, it’s not exactly silky smooth either.
There will likely be some disagreements, compromises, delays, and unexpected twists.
These small hiccups won’t kill the fun as long as you’re mentally prepared and don’t dwell over them.
2. Don’t Alienate Your Future Husband
While the wedding festivities are usually a much bigger deal for the bride than the groom, that doesn’t mean your fiancé should be excluded from the planning process.
Share your ideas with him and get his input.
3. Don’t Be a Slave Driver
Your family, friends, and various vendors are there to support you but don’t take that for granted. Being bossy is a sure fire way to lose genuine support.
You’ll be surprised how your supporting cast will go above and beyond when you play nice and show respect.
4. Don’t Forget About Your Budget
Now you might be tempted to have a grand destination wedding where you arrive on a private plane and wear one of Manish Malhotra’s finest lehenga’s that cost over $17K but there’s something called budget.
Setting a budget is easy but sticking to it can be challenging.
The last thing you want is to go way over budget and be forced to change your honeymoon plans.
5. Don’t Change Your Plan Every time You Attend Someone Else’s Wedding
You’ve picked a venue, placed the order for your custom outfits, and then you change your mind after attending your friend’s wedding because you want your wedding to be better than hers.
Constantly changing your plans will not only drive you crazy but also frustrate everyone around you. Stop worrying about what others are doing and plan YOUR dream wedding.
6. Don’t Obsess Over Every Little Detail
There’s nothing wrong with being a perfectionist. However, obsessing over every little detail can cause major stress and ruin the fun.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It’s alright if your make-up artist decides not to show-up on your big day.
7. Don’t Invite More People Than You Can Handle
It’s no secret that the invite list for South Asians weddings is gigantic. However, you don’t need to invite every single human being you know on this planet.
If the venue can only comfortably sit 250 people then please don’t cram 400 people into it.
8. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Vendors for Help
Best in class wedding planners, photographers, bridal boutiques, and other top wedding vendors are there to make your day extra special so make sure to take advantage of their expertise.
For example, Wellgroomed offers a complimentary style consultation to assist brides and grooms with designing their outfits. We can also connect you with other great vendors.
9. Don’t Do Final Fittings Last Minute
You’ve spent hours researching and gathering ideas for your wedding dress. Don’t let that hard work go to waste by leaving final fittings to last minute. Leave at least 10 days for alteration especially if you’ve been trying to get in shape for your big day.
10. Don’t Forget To Enjoy the Journey
Your life is about to change forever and you’re planning a day that marks the beginning of a new era. Enjoy every moment and create happy memories.
After all, that’s what it is all about. Isn’t it?