Marriages are made in heaven, but weddings happen down here, with all the attendant expenditure. With some smart planning, however, you can have the nuptial ceremony of your dreams and not let the huge bills dampen the magic. Here’s how.
Decide on the number of guests.
The big fat Indian shaadi can have even thousands packed into wedding venues. But small is beautiful, too. How about only close family, relatives and friends at an intimate wedding ceremony and swish reception afterwards for, say, a couple of hundred people. This way, you’ll get to meet, greet and enjoy yourself with all your guests. And they’ll have memories of a good time, too.
Pick the right venue
Palaces and exotic destinations can send your wedding budget soaring. If you are getting married in a big city, a five-star hotel could work very well. Book well in advance to get the best deals. If you have a friend with a farmhouse, that could make a great venue and save a lot of money.
Decorations, your way
Big, Bollywood-style wedding set-ups are what lots of people are opting for. These may cause gasps of wonder, but will also put a big dent in your budget. Instead, design your own setting, using local, seasonal flowers, traditional fabrics and, say, earthen lamps. There’s beauty and charm in creating your own look for the venue.
Look stylish, but simple
The wedding finery for bride and groom can often run into lakhs. Be different. Choose something elegant, but not necessarily super expensive. This is what trendy brides and grooms are doing these days. Also, if you aren’t too crazy about rock-sized diamonds, wear costume jewellery or hire some grand pieces.
The food is a big part of the Indian wedding. Today, it’s become fashionable to say the wedding buffet had a 100-plus dishes from every cuisine. These fancy meals are very pricey. Get a traditional caterer and stick to ethnic cuisine. It’s not the size of the spread that matters, but the quality of the food and the warmth with which it’s served.
Rope in your friends
Whether it’s mehendi, make-up, photography, videography or a DJ for your sangeet, ask around and see if your friends can chip in and do the job. After all, it isn’t about hiring the biggest names in the business; it’s about looking good and having a great time and making memories to last a lifetime.
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