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Where to Start with Wedding Planning

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Recently engaged and not sure where to start with wedding planning? Spend some time planning the vibe and feel of your wedding events first! The vibe and feel will affect the bigger picture as well as the smaller details. It is great to start with planning how you want your wedding to feel and then translate that into all the elements of the wedding and also helps keep the couple on the same page.

You can do this by:

  • Discussing what your dream wedding would look like and what it means to both of you.
  • Throw around some buzz words that inspire you for example maybe the words colourful, summery, fun and quirky speak to you or it could be romantic, neutral and vintage
  • Create an inspiration board for each event so that you can convert what's in your head into an easy to understand visual. Inspiration boards help you envision what all the seperate elements will look like together and are not only helpful for the couple but also come in handy for meetings with vendors. Did you know that our Big Fat Indian Wedding Planner Diaries have inspiration boards for each event (as well as outfits, invitations, stationery and more!) in them?
  • Plan how to make the events special to you as a couple! Make sure that your events will be something that you both enjoy. It's important to cover all the rituals, but don't forget that this wedding is also about you as a couple and a celebration of your love! Guests will remember the little touches that are unique to you more than anything else.

Once you both have a clear vision for your Wedding weekend, this will affect a lot of your decisions like:

  • Type of venue (you will now know if you are look for something rustic and relaxed or formal and luxurious etc)
  • Number of guests (have you envisioned something intimate or something big?)
  • Day vs. evening event
  • Themes and decor (look back at the feel you discussed and your vision board)
  • Season (consider if you want to be indoors or outdoors, what kind of outfits you're going to wear and even the colours that will make most sense for this season!)

As you can see, this is a pretty crucial step which you will keep referring to when you have to make big and small decisions. Don't skip it and don't forget to have fun with it!

Bachelorette Planning

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A Bachelorette should mean a nice relaxing weekend away with your girl gang, where you get to replenish all your energy spent on wedding planning- right? Wrong! As my fiancé says, Bachelorettes can be much more intense than Bachelor parties now (not that I’m complaining!). A few months ago I planned my sister’s Bachelorette and although there was not much relaxing done, we had so much fun and definitely a lot of bonding time! For the scoop on what we got up to, as well as some planning tips, make sure to read on.

For my sister’s bachelorette, we decided to get away with our cousins for 2 nights. We chose somewhere that felt far enough from the city, but not too far so that some of our cousins could join for just the day. The house we booked was a stunning 3 bedroom on a golf estate and the biggest attraction was definitely the gorgeous pool with views of the golf course.

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Accommodation: Click here Airbnb

The first day was spent taking lots of pictures of ourselves and the view (mostly of ourselves if I’m being perfectly honest!) before making tacos. We knew we needed to get some food in ourselves before the night began. We decided that the bachelorette weekend was going to be a good mix of Naughty and Nice. The theme for our first night was a Lingerie party. We got all dressed up and decorated the party room of the house with rose gold “Bride to Be” balloons , light up shot glasses that my cousin bought from China Mall Mayfair, some naughty decorations made by myself as well as a very tongue-in-cheek cake from Cake and Bake. We had some games lined up such as Prosecco Pong (from Spar) and a Drinking Relay Game, but actually ended up getting so caught up with “Never Have I Ever” and giggling and chatting the night away.

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On day 2 (after only about 4 hours of sleep), we had a nice relaxing time by the pool with cocktails. The order of the day was a “Sip and Paint by the Pool”. We set up a High Tea in the afternoon and after getting all dressed up, stuffing our faces with croissants, scones and cake, we had some fun with painting. I had packed small canvases and paints (bought from Value Co.) for everyone for painting a reference picture of some perfectly chiseled abs. I was definitely surprised by how good everyone was (and how competitive they got!). We spent the rest of the High Tea – which involved no tea- playing games like Naughty Charades and Memories with the Bride.

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Favours: Rose Gold “Bride Tribe” Makeup Bag, “To Have and To Hold” scrunchie and Rose Gold personalized Lip Balms from Sanskara. Sanskara Products

On our last day, we decided the weekend wouldn’t be complete without actually getting in the pool! We spent quite a while swimming and sipping ciders before we had to pack up and clear out.

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So, although there wasn’t much time for sleep, I must say that we did all leave feeling closer and ready for the wedding!

Here are some things to consider when planning a Bachelorette:

  • Decide if it will be a one-night event, or a weekend getaway
  • Get a list from the bride of who she would like to be present
  • Approach all the invitees in advance about the possibility of staying over
  • Now that you have an approximate number of those staying, you can start look for accommodation/ venue
  • The next step is to plan entertainment and food
  • Split the duties amongst the bride tribe. Each person can bring one meal/snack for the weekend or everyone can contribute money, if one person is able to do all the buying
  • When planning the entertainment, consider if the theme will be Naughty, Nice or both
  • Create the ambience and vibe of the night with appropriate décor
  • Create your packing list using our Sanskara Notepads!

Notepads: Click here Sanskara Notepads

For more planning tips and ideas, check out our Instagram, Click here @sanskara_sa

Planning a Wedding during a Natural Disaster: Brides of April 2022 Share

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Planning a wedding in the face of a natural disaster can be devastating and heartbreaking. But what I discovered while re-planning my own wedding during the KZN floods in April, is that it can also be a great teacher, it can pull families together and can prove to be extremely rewarding. Sharing my story and being so open and vulnerable with you all was nerve-racking at first but what I found was that my story rung true for so many other couples who got married during the week of, and even after the floods. I reached out to a few Sanskara Brides to see if they would be interested in sharing their stories and finding some healing through writing and reflecting, just as I did. So, whether you are currently planning a wedding and are looking to learn from other’s experiences or you just find yourself drawn to these inspirational stories, you don’t want to miss out on reading about the crazy obstacles these brave brides faced and how true love won in the end.

Our first bride got married on the long weekend after the floods, just when the rain started up again: “My initial wedding date was set for April 2020, so, as if having to postpone due to the pandemic wasn’t enough, we would never have expected to deal with a natural disaster as well just a week ahead of our new wedding date. We were so excited for the revised plan and on track until the floods wreaked havoc on Durban. We had planned for an outdoor garden ceremony with an indoor reception for a limited guestlist. When the rain did not seem to let up, we had to resort to alternate plans, yet again, hoping that there wouldn’t be reason to postpone after having to wait 2 years longer than expected already. We decided to move the entire wedding indoors into the bigger hall, at a higher price of course. Luckily, there was no damage to the venue.

Most roadways to get anywhere in Durban affected almost everyone and caused a lot of rushing around right up until the wedding. Suppliers could not deliver certain items on time, and some had to be cancelled altogether. Water shortages and power outages made things even worse, delaying plans even further. A lot of our suppliers were very open and transparent about being unable to deliver to the same standard, which we understood and revised orders for a later date. Sadly, some suppliers were more defensive when given feedback and used the floods as an excuse. What I learned is that even professional vendors with good reviews can let you down and you’ll never really know how trustworthy someone is until you use them for yourself.

The floods also caused some damage to our decorator’s warehouse but, despite the challenges he came through for us for the Nalengu and Wedding day, even after having revised plans just 3 days before. A day ahead, my stylists requested we meet at a new location for bridal prep, which we accepted given the circumstances. We were assured of being given the utmost attention, and that mum and I would have hair and makeup done simultaneously between us to ensure we would be done on time. We didn’t realise the chaos and drama that would take place in the much busier studio, shared with other stylists. The other stylists lacked professionalism and seemed to be more interested in gossiping in our presence, about clients who had just left. Very awkward and uncomfortable. There were brides booked back-to-back. The stylists were delayed, and it felt like we were in a production line at this stage, waiting our turns to get done. When it was my turn, I felt I was rushed through and despite using professionals and having done a trial before, I felt short- changed on the day.

Word of advice, get a stylist that can come home, only then will you receive the attention that you deserve.”

Our 2nd brave bride that we interviewed also got married on the chaotic long-weekend when damage had already been done by the floods and heavy rains continued to wreak havoc: “After 2 years of planning and changing our date about 6 times, our wedding was finally about to happen on 17th April 2021. On the first few days of the rains, it didn't bother me because I was so consumed with last minute plans and I actually became slightly oblivious to what was happening around me. One afternoon, I finally sat down to have a look at my social media pages, then only I had realized what was actually going on around me and the reality hit that the biggest day of my life was approaching during this disaster. I’m not a superstitious person but I even did some research on a small prayer to “tie the rain”, I gathered a few of my aunties and attempted to do a rain prayer. This gave the rest of my family a good laugh but that’s how much I wanted the rain to stop.

My wedding and reception were held in Durban but my Mendhi and Hurdee ceremonies where both in my home town - Estcourt. Meaning I had to drive there and back (two hours per trip) in the rain. Getting around Durban was a nightmare, it actually took my family an entire day to drive to the North Coast to fetch my thali.

We kept getting calls from guests to cancel as they weren’t able to leave their rooms due to the damaged roads and not having water in a lot of Durban areas. This was very disappointing as many people who are extremely close to us were not able to attend.

However, the stress and anxiety took away so much. Luckily, by Thursday we had some sunshine and I was able to drive to Estcourt. Friday was the first day of events and everything cleared but by the afternoon the rain was back and here to stay. It actually made my Mendhi day very uncomfortable as the rain was getting into the marquee and it was cold. Luckily, I had guests who didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits and danced all night long.

Thankfully, our Durban venues were still standing. The morning of the wedding I had the most anxious drive back to Durban, not knowing what the roads will be like and wondering if I was going to miss my own wedding - thankfully I was able to arrive safely with no hurdles.

My advice to future brides - embrace every moment of it, don’t let a single thing get you down and you’re faced with issues such as I did - keep calm and keep going, because despite what happens around you, you get to marry the love of your life and that’s what matters.”

Our 3rd inspirational bride that also got married in the midst of the rains in April: “When I started planning my wedding my biggest challenge at first was living in Cape town and planning a wedding in Durban and not forgetting Covid! But in the week of my wedding that was the least of my problems…The day I landed in Durban was the day it started raining! My home was without water and electricity for over 4 days. Every night I would sit around the table with rechargeable lights and continuing to work in the dark- I cried many times!

By Thursday my husband knew we had to get a generator. The service provider,bless his soul, took him 4 hours to get to me but he did! By God’s grace the power came back on for my Nelungu night and everything went on well. However, the wedding day was always on my mind because we planned an outdoor ceremony. My service provider Young forest and Lighting was amazing; we met earlier that week and came up with plan B! My dream of having that outdoor wedding was crushed and I cried but I knew that I wanted to marry my husband regardless and was blessed that our homes and families were safe.

The day of the wedding we managed to hold the rain off for a few hours to get pictures! I wore my pumps so I could walk in mud! There’s a few pictures where you can see and I love it, it reminds me of my struggles and happiness because regardless of all the problems you can still get through it and have the most perfect day!

To the Brides to be: My advice is to meet every single service provider months before your wedding. I unfortunately couldn’t meet everyone and regretted one. Who made me feel like just another person on their list! Your service providers are your biggest saviors. And most importantly remember to make the most of whatever happens! It’s the happiest day of your life; it certainly was mine even when 3 ladies carried me across a muddy car park with my outfit to get to my reception door safely!”

Our lovely last bride that we spoke to got married 3 weeks after the flood. Unfortunately, this was still not enough time for the floods not to have impacted their wedding day: “My wedding was not in the heart of the flooding, for which I am so grateful, but it was 3 weeks later while many were still picking up pieces of their livelihoods and looking for loved ones.

We started planning our wedding a year ago and made the difficult decision of making it VERY intimate because of covid and some big losses in my family. With this decision I thought planning would be a breeze, and for the most part it was!

All my service providers were sorted and paid ahead of time and we were smooth sailing! 😊 Until the floods...The wedding continued as planned but the weeks before were crazy. My event planner outsourced quite a few things and most of the service providers in the greater Durban area were impacted. The company that did our vinyl printing and laser cutting of signs lost all their equipment and the pieces they did for us. The initial florist had prepared frames and stands to hold flower arrangements and those had been damaged along with driftwood that was being collected over time for our wreath. These providers only came forward a week later after taking stock of what they had. So, the search was on for new people to help. Party Themes, where we planned to get all the last minute things was also badly damaged and we had to substitute and change decor plans for a few items.

Our little wedding was in Salt Rock and we had built in travel time but after the floods we had to replan timing because of traffic and roadworks. We had decor people coming in at 5am on a public holiday to our venue because they were juggling other functions that had been pushed out. It may seem so petty because my circumstances were not as bad as so many others and our wedding went on, but the one thing that really stood out for me was the resilience of people in KZN. The people that I had planned my wedding with also had flooded homes, no water or electricity for their families but they pushed on when they could have so easily canceled. I will never take for granted the kindness and dedication I saw during that weekend.

My advice is that: Not everything is going to be in your control, so never lose sight of the real reason for the wedding - The love you and your partner share.”

These brides are so resilient and have definitely helped me feel less alone in my experiences and I hope that reading this makes you feel the same way, whether your wedding was affected by floods, bad weather or Covid. These couples faced so many obstacles but made sure to go ahead and get married in the face of it all- if that doesn’t tell you that they are meant to be together no matter what, then what will?

If you haven’t already followed the #JaseyLeRoo Wedding Documentaries, you can watch them on our Instagram @sanskara_ig or my TikTok account @talya_not_tayla

Choosing your Guestlist

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The most dreaded part of wedding planning has got to be the guestlist! However it is one of those steps that must happen before planning can continue .

With a lot of guests, it's a simple yes or no. But with others like childhood friends, work colleagues or your 54th cousin, the decision can be a little trickier.

Here is a nifty quiz to take for those people that you are not so sure of! Get a pen, turn to the notes page in your Sanskara Diary, and get ready and see if you get mostly A's, B's or C's to see which guests just don't cut it! Have fun and most importantly, be honest with yourself!

PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE

A. You are closely related or close friends and picture them being present in your future. B. You were once close and now occassionally keep in contact. You intend on keeping in touch in future. C. You were once close but no longer keep in contact anymore. You don't foresee them in your future.

UHM... WHAT'S THEIR FACE?

A. They know you and your partner individually, as well as both of you as a couple and your journey. B. They know you personally and know about your partner and you as a couple. C. They know you but don't even know your partner's name.

WORK OR PLAY?

A. This colleague is more of a friend and you spend time together socially outside of work. B. You get along with this colleague, and spend time together socially in the office. C. The relationship is strictly professional and you don't (want to) see them outside of a work setting.

A MEMBER OR DON'T REMEMBER?

A. You clearly know how you are related to or know them, and you share lots of memories together. B. You are not sure how you are related or know them but you have some memories with them. C. You don't share any memories with them and you don't know who exactly they are... what's their name again?

EXCITING OR EXCRUTIATING?

A. You are inviting them because you are excited to share your special day with them. B. You are inviting them because it would be nice to see them. C. You are inviting them to avoid any awkwardness or tension.

THRILLED OR TERRIFIED?

A. The thought of having them at your wedding makes you thrilled and even emotional. B. The thought of them attending your wedding makes you content. C. The thought of having them at your wedding makes you anxious.

UPSETTING OR UNFAZED?

A. If this person couldn't attend your wedding, you would be quite upset snd even consider a different date. B. If this person was unable to attend, you would be saddened but the wedding must go on. C. If this person couldn't attend your wedding, you would be secretly happy about it.

THE RESULTS!

Mostly A's: The people form a big part of your life. You are close, speak often, they know your partner and will most liekly be involved in your future. These people should form the core of your Guetslist. Mostly B's: These people share some memories with you and you occasionally keep in touch. It would be nice to have them at the wedding, but they would also most likely understand if they weren't invited. These guests can be invited to your other events and could form part of your backup wedding guestlist. Mostly C's: These people aren't a part of your life and will most likely not be a part of future. You are probably only considering them because of family/friend politics. You should not feel compelled to invite them.

The Meaning of Sanskara

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We often get asked what Sanskara means and why we chose the name. It's only fitting that just like all things Sanskara, the name we chose is pretty but has a purpose too!

In Hinduism, there are a number of different rituals performed for the various Rites of Passage that an individual goes through and the Rites of Passage are known as "Sanskars". There are 16 main Sanskars ranging from conception to death. One of the most important of these being the "Vivah Sanskar" or Wedding Ceremony. Observing these Sanskars are said to spiritually enrich your life as well as ultimately assist with attaining "Moksha" or Salvation.

Directly translated, Sanskara means: "Putting together, making perfect, getting ready, to prepare." Here at Sanskara, our mission is focused on making the journey to the wedding celebrations as beautiful as the big day itself- the ultimate wedding planning journey for the Modern Indian Couple, whilst still honouring and keeping alive the traditions which have been passed down.

Sanskara was created after the engagement of our founder, and a wedding planner gifted to her by her sister. Although it was beautiful, this off- the- shelf, Western wedding planner was limited in its usefulness for an Indian Bride and the many events that she would need to consider. After her sister got engaged, the search began for an Indian wedding planner diary to gift to her, however there was nothing accessible or suitably comprehensive for a Modern Indian Bride. This is how Sanskara was born!

Covid Considerations for your Wedding

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The Venue

Check for some key features when choosing your venue for your lockdown wedding:

  • A venue with enough ventilation: either outdoors, open all around or a venue with enough doors and windows that can be left open
  • Sanitising stations and signs that remind guests and staff to sanitise regularly and maintain social distancing

The Guests

It is up to the couple at the end of the day, to decide how covid protocol will be followed at the wedding. The things to think about in advance is:

  • Will temperatures be checked at the door?
  • Should guests be vaccinated before they are invited?
  • Will guests be expected to wear masks at all times?
  • Consider reducing your guestlist so that the venue is only at 50% capacity
  • Inviting some of the guests (eg. extended family and friends) to join over live stream

The Setup

The way everything is setup is even more important now during Covid. As much as possible, your guests should still be able to social distance and maintain good hygiene.

  • Think about the way the tables and chairs will be spaced out
  • Consider filling each table to only half its capacity
  • Providing each table with a sanitiser bottle ( as well as other key points such as at the entrance, the buffet and the bar)
  • Food can be served to each table as family style instead of buffet style to avoid having everyone congregating at one spot
  • Will family photos be taken?

Some Unique Ideas

Covid is also giving couples the chance to be quite unique. Would you try any of the following?

  • Have an intimate wedding in your backyard with just the two of you/ closest family. You could invite all your guests to join over Live Stream and have catering delivered to them!
  • A cool way to get all your guests to be present but still safe, is to have a drive through wedding. All the guests can socially distance in their cars while watching the bridal couple take their vows on stage or on a big screen!
  • Elope! Have your ceremony with just the two of you at a beautiful, local destination and get your family/friends to record special messages that you can listen to after.

Remember that even if you have to make your wedding a little smaller for the safety of your loved ones, your special day will still be beautiful, memorable and meaningful. After all, the wedding is all about you, your loved one and your vows!

The Role of the Bridal Party in Indian Weddings

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Although Indian Weddings do not traditionally have a Bridal Party like in the Western sense of the term, a lot of couples are incorporating them into their weddings, and we love it!

Here are some ideas of how to incorporate a Bridal Party into your Eastern Wedding:

  • Propose to your Tray/Kuncha Girls - ask them if they would do you the honour of being your bridesmaids!
  • Get your Bridesmaids/Tray Girls matching saries, or matching dupattas to wear with their own lehengas. A perfect mix of East meets West!
  • A Maid of Honour will definitely come in handy- whether it's to plan your Bridal Shower, your Mehndi Party or to pass you tissues and lipstick at the wedding. Who better to ask than the person that will be playing the Role of your Sister on the big day?
  • Get the Groomsmen to double up as the Groom's shoe protection guards for a fun and modern twist to this shoe-stealing tradition!

Want to find other ways to incorporate your friends and family into the wedding? Teach your Bridal Party a cool entrance dance to walk into the reception venue to together! Or maybe a fun boys vs. girls dance for the Sangeet!

There are no rules, so have fun with doing whatever will make your special weekend even more special!

Let's Talk Budget

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The most daunting part of wedding planning has got to be the budget! However it is also one of the most crucial parts, even if its not fun! When you first start planning, an overall budget should be determined before you get to the detailed planning. Be realistic in your projections and you won’t have issues down the line. Follow our tips below to get started on you wedding budget:

  • Discussing money can be sensitive, however money conversations need to be had with all parties contributing.
  • Discuss openly how much you can afford to contribute.
  • Project how much you will be able to save by the wedding.
  • More importantly, decide how much you are prepared to actually spend on the wedding.
  • Once you have a total figure in mind, you can now allocate different amounts to each event and to each category!

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Tips for Wedding Planning during Covid/Lockdown

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With constant Covid waves, it is useful to consider how the wedding planning can continue, the safest way possible. We know that it is even more stressful planning during a peak and heading out to get things done can be daunting. You may take a break from planning, but at some point, the planning must go on! Here are some ways to keep planning without hopefully, putting your health at risk.

The Venue

If you are worried about venturing out during a Covid wave for venue viewing, consider this:

  • Use a venue that you have seen before. You already know how it made you feel, the potential for decorating and the guest capacity
  • For a new venue, find out about virtual tours

Catering

Food is such an important part of the wedding, so a tasting beforehand is just as important!

  • Ask you caterer if they can pack some food tasters in take-away containers so you can have a tasting from home
  • Use a caterer that you've used or experienced before so you can book now and then taste the dishes that you will be serving, later when it is safer

Vendors

All other vendors such as the decor, make-up artist and hairstylist, photographer etc. are going to play big parts in your wedding day and it is important to consider them carefully before booking.

  • Start by looking at the vendors portfolio online. Make sure you like their work and that they are trusted (and legit!)
  • Send out queries over email about pricing and the style and requirements you have in mind to ensure they are able to assist you.
  • Arrange a video meeting with your vendors- it is so important to make sure that you gel with your suppliers before booking because you will be spending a lot of time with them, both while planning and at your special day!

Decor

Once your decor vendor is booked, it is usually a good idea to meet with them to go through final details, choose table settings and backdrops as well as to show them the venue and the expectations.

  • Either leave your venue walk-through for a later stage, or ask your vendor to have a look at a virtual tour and/or videos and photos of the venue, especially if they haven't worked there before
  • If Covid numbers are still high, complete the final table settings over a video call

Shopping

Shopping during a Covid wave is risky and may rather be done online.

  • Make sure you plan in advance when buying online. India items have a long lead time during Covid. If you don't have much time left, only order stock on hand.
  • Make sure you are using a trusted site that has good reviews and/or someone you know has used before
  • Get most of your other items delivered to you in advance and whatever else you need on the day can be delivered to the venue directly on the day such as pooja items, garlands and wedding favours

Guestlist

Since regulations are ever-changing during the pandemic, make sure you are well prepared for any situation.

  • Have a smaller backup guestlist if Covid numbers get worse or if regulations change for any reason. Have another list of guests that will be invited to join the wedding through a Zoom link to watch the wedding if they cannot be present

Invitations

Luckily, technology has come a long way! For invitations, you can look at different options such as:

  • Video invitations. This can be super special and unique.
  • Wedding website: there are free options out there and will even help with the RSVP process.
  • Whatsapp save-the-dates.
  • And not forgetting the good ol' telephone call out of courtesy!

Planning a wedding during Covid can be very stressful. Make sure you stay organised with a Sanskara Wedding Planner Diary! Make the journey more memorable by involving friends and family in the planning over video calls, arrange planning dates with your partner, and by taking some me time for yourself with your "Miss to Mrs Box"!

Tips for the Bride on a Budget!

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Need to keep your budget tight? Don't stress! You can still have your dream wedding with just a few tweaks. Here are our tips to cut down your spending on things that most people won't notice so that you can either save the extra money or spend it on other wedding details!

  • For wedding rings, get cheap but good-looking rings for the ceremony. It's a great way to save a lot of money because no one will really notice anyway and that way you can look forward to getting each other fancy upgrades for the one year anniversary.
  • The Mangalsutra is an important part of North Indian Hindu weddings. If you are planning to get one but feeling intimidated by the price, here's an idea to cut down on the price. Still have your baby Mangalsutra handchain? Consider using the beads to make your Mangalsutra necklace. You can always add on beads as years go by.
  • Wedding jewellery can be very expensive and is usually something that only gets used once because of how extravagant it is! To lessen the stress of the hefty wedding jewellery price, look for a place that hires out jewellery instead. Another idea is to borrow jewellery from a friend or family member- no one will notice and it may even start a new tradition!
  • A wedding cake at the reception is a great touch to add extra elegance and glamour to your event, but can often be quite pricey. To keep within budget, buy a plain cake from a bakery and get someone at the venue/ your coordinator to assist with adding fresh flowers to it as decor. Yummy and simple!
  • Paper invitations are not only expensive, but wasteful too! Use a free wedding website where you can design your own invitation and send it electronically instead. You'll save both your pocket and the environemnt!
  • The best way to downsize your spending is to downsize your guestlist and there is also no better time to do it than now.
  • Indian weddings are so much of fun because of the number of celebrations! You can still have all your events, but consider combining them together to reduce some costs such as venue and food. For example, your Hurdee night and Sangeet night can be hosted together, or your Bridal shower can go into an intimate Mehndi Party in the night!
  • Worried about the price and number of outfits you need to buy for a Big Fat Indian Wedding? Why not get saris that your mom or grandmom used for their wedding weekend, sewn to create a new outfit for yourself? Unique and sentimental!
  • Real flowers are so stunning but the price can also leave you stunned. If fake flowers are a no-no for you, opt for more greenery. Greenery with candles and pops of gold can make just as big a statement!
  • Having a new perfume to use on your wedding day is a great idea because everytime you get the scent, you will be transported back to your wedding day! But what do you do when you have so many events that you want to remember? Consider getting different candles/ incense sticks to burn while you are getting ready or even during the event. All the memories without the extra cost! Check out or Floral Scented Candles or the Miss to Mrs Box if you love this idea.
  • If you have family and friends that still buy you birthday presents, ask them to rather buy you something small that will help with the wedding instead, such as contributing to your wedding nails, jewellery, shoes or bag.

Implementing even just some of these ideas will definitely let you experience your Big Fat Indian Wedding without the Big Fat Bills!