The Ultimate Desi Wedding Check List

Wedding season is coming! That’s right as soon as Ramzan is over and Eid Ul Azha is around the corner, there comes a time in Pakistan when all the soon to be brides set their eyes on their dream weddings. I am pretty sure a lot of you pretty ladies out there, are planning a winter wedding too. As our bridal campaigns roar and we get bookings for bridal make up, I am doing a series of wedding prep blogs to get you started. Here is my ultimate wedding check list:

1. Budgeting

The first step to planning any wedding is to know exactly what kind of budget you are working with. Now I know in Pakistan, budget decisions are usually made by the parents but it doesn’t hurt to sit down and frankly discuss your wedding budget with your parents. This helps you in the long run as you decide how much to spend on your dresses, make up, venue – well pretty much everything right? I know we all dream about our ultimate weddings most our lives, but as you plan your wedding you will realize you can get some great things done, even in a limited budget. In fact I encourage you to save on the wedding and splurge on your honeymoon!

2. Bridal Dresses

Your dresses for the occasions should be your top priority, these need to be decided and placed on order for on priority. I have heard a ton of awful stories with brides booking their wedding dresses to late and ending up not getting exactly what they desired so before you go hunting for anything else, go hunting for your wedding dress. Just keep the latest trends in mind, mostly in terms of colour. Even though I am someone who believes it is important to keep it traditional, try and go with a wedding dress you are going to use again or something that can altered for future use.

3. Venues

If you’re getting married in peak wedding season, this needs to be top priority too! If you’re having a winter wedding, go crazy by having it outdoors. Really? Why would you ever want an indoor wedding, when you could have a beautiful outdoor wedding in the winter. But if you are getting hitched in the summer, play it safe with an indoor venue.

4. Caterers

Food is one of the most important parts of any desi wedding, you know it, I know it, well pretty much everyone who has been to a desi wedding knows that the FOOD is essential. Even though we have many restrictions these days, you have to take care of your guests by taking care of the food. So pick your cuisine, people are doing all kinds of stuff with their menus these days. Don’t go with the usual, find a unique niche for your wedding and go with it, you might be surprised.

5. Make up

This one is a major essential too, but considering most make up artists take multiple brides in a day, you may get a chance to be thorough on this one. Don’t necessarily go with what is hip and happening these days, instead find someone unique who will take good care of you and your make up.

6. Wedding Invites

So I’ve noticed lately that a lot of people won’t go all out on their invite and instead are resorting e-vites or even just emails in order to invite guests to their weddings. Ladies, take my word for it, don’t go the e-vite/email way – get yourself a printed invite! Not only does it make inviting your guests more personal, but it also adds to your memory box an eternal, tangible memory of your big day.

7. Photographer (Coverage)

Never compromise on the guy who is going to store in time, your most memorably day. We know how expensive it is to book a photographer/coverage of weddings these days but then why shouldn’t it be? Many a wedding have been wasted without memory by people who did not pay attention or money towards their wedding coverage. Take my word for it and don’t make that mistake, make sure you have a reliable photographer/videographer.

These were just some of the most essential check list points for desi weddings, I suggest you start a wedding book and make sure you take everything down. From even the smallest detail that you might like, all the way to the music list for your mehndi dances. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and every woman deserves to enjoy it! If you have any questions you know where to find me and until next time, have a fantastic week!