Asian wedding checklist

Asian wedding checklist

1st December 2015

Now that you are engaged it is time to start planning your wedding. Even if you are not to be wed for a year, you must be organised to ensure everything is perfect on the day.  

First and foremost you must make a checklist, a set of actions in which you must adhere to.

Here is one that we have created that has proven to be very beneficial for brides, grooms and wedding planners.  

A year before the wedding

  • Choose a date for your wedding, making sure that there are no other big events on that day
  • Put a wedding budget in place, this will ensure you can afford everything that you wish for your wedding, prioritizing which items are necessities.
  • Create a guest list. Think carefully about who you and your family want at the wedding. Bear in mind that every guest will come at a cost.
  • Book your celebrant.
  • Have a look at the venues on offer to you, picking at least three that you visit and consider in detail. 
  • Now the exiting bit, the dress!
  • Send out ‘save the day’ cards to all your guests, making sure they do not double book.
  • Have a think about the sort of wedding you would like, whether it is to be traditional, modern or something completely out of the ordinary. 

6 months before the wedding

  • Start shopping for wedding transport for you, your partner as well as those important guests.
  • Select a designer for your dress and plan your fittings
  • Choose your honeymoon destination and make the travel arrangements.  You will also need to change the name on your passport to your married name.
  • Shop for your shoes, make-up artists as well as the groom’s outfit.
  • Choose your wedding rings together.
  • Search the market for wedding insurance.
  • Choose a trusted florist and discuss your colour scheme with them.
  • Sample some menus from various caterers.
  • Make your entertainment bookings – whether you want a band, singers, bhangra dancers or a DJ you will need to book them at least 6 months prior to the evening.
  • Book your photographer and videographer. Be sure to look at their portfolio and gain an idea of how you would like your wedding captured.
  • Send out the official wedding invites, keeping a track of who has confirmed.

3 months to go

  • Apply for your marriage license.
  • Book an appointment with your hairdresser for the morning of the wedding.
  • Finalise the details of the wedding ceremony, ensuring that decorations a, wedding favours and food plans are all inline.
  • Find a baker to create your wedding cake.

    1 month until the big day

  • Create the musical itinerary, discussing with your partner what music should be played in what order.
  • Arrange the seating plan. This may take a while but once it is done, everything will start slotting into place.
  • Arrange your honeymoon, ensuring that you have the necessary time off work.
  • Finalise your cake design. 

Two weeks before

  • Finalise every fine details with all of your suppliers, last minute hiccups can be detrimental to the overall success of your wedding.
  • Make sure all the speeches have been written and all speakers know when they are to take to the microphone.
  • Create a details plan for the day including every movement for all guests. 

One week until you wed

  • Collect your dress and have your final hair and make up rehearsal.
  • Pack for your honeymoon and pick-up any last minute travel essentials.

The night before

  • Greet your guests that may be arriving the night before.
  • Enjoy your sangeet or mehndi.

The long awaited day is finally here!

With everything in place it is now time to relax and enjoy your well-planned wedding.

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