Indian weddings have evolved from strict ritual and religious ceremony accomplishments to fun-filled sophisticated and glamorous chain of events focused on the couple but involving not only the family and friends but almost the entire community. Bollywood has farther made these events more or less universally accepted in all regions of India. Right from big fat Indian band Baja shows to small scale urban weddings the pomp and show may recede in its glam but not in the enthusiasm and involvement. To manage a smooth flow of events, it requires long term planning and last minute supervisions and coordination for hiring the services of a wedding planner has become not a luxury but a necessity. A visit to marriage venues in south Delhi or a simple google search would give you a list of many wedding planners in your area but for those who cannot have the luxury of getting their services, here enlisted are some tips on how to think like an Indian wedding planner and not use one so that the big event of your life leaves behind sweet cherish able memories.

1) Fix a date and budget: This is the first step to any wedding plan. Both couples in consultation with family & Pandit should select the date and fix the budget. Finalize the number of guests, the theme, events on various days. Once this is done you would have a clear picture of the number of days ahead at your disposal.

2) Fix the Venue: Keeping budget, theme, weather conditions and a number of guests. Visit the site with the couple, bargain and check all amenities before finalizing. If you have a banquet hall for marriage make sure they have adequate space/seating/ back up. The various vendors like card printers, decoration, lights, photographer, videographer, DJ, Mahendi, parlor, pandit, caterer, boutique/tailor to be fixed in consultation with couple/family member. Fix a date wise calendar to have face to face meetings with each one to brief on your requirements. Keep contact numbers handy and let them have your contact number too to call on last-minute emergencies.

3) Discuss with the couple: About outstation guests, get RSVP, their itinerary and plan pick up and drop from their accommodation.

4) Have a sequential plan: All pre-wedding day events should be planned on a calendar and make sure that all move as per the timings. Getting all guests together on time for an event can be a task and needs careful handling. Get active members to help you out. Have someone in charge of wedding gifts. Get help to monitor the flow of drinks/food/photography. If guests have to be given gifts when they leave then have them distributed.

5) Thank you gifts: Once the function is over plan all payments. Send present thank you notes/messages and ensure the couple leaves for the planned honeymoon with an accomplishment of having a dream wedding come true.
Playing the role of a wedding planner requires a high level of patience, planning, and proactive thinking. Handling last minute emergencies and managing a crowd with a vast variety of behavioral attitudes can be a Herculean task but the accomplishment of seeing a job well done with an appraisal and a word of gratitude from the couple far surpasses the stress undertaken.

Author's Bio: 

Ritesh is a wedding planning enthusiast who is obsessed with vibrant colors and decor. He takes keen interest in beautifying spaces and people with his knowledge about latest trends in the wedding world.His own log is &