A Guide To Planning A Modern Wedding – Part 1 – Planning & Budget

A guide to planning a modern wedding - Part 1

So, you and your partner just got engaged and now you’re asking yourselves, what’s next?

Planning a wedding can be somewhat of an exciting time in your life, yet stressful at the same time. It’s very easy for couples to feel overwhelmed when planning a wedding. In particular, for Indian couples given that our weddings are multi-day affairs comprising of gatherings, rituals and numerous pre-wedding events. 

In this special 5 part planning series, The Maharani Diaries will guide you through some useful planning tips to help make your wedding planning process run smoothly.

Let’s start off with some basic planning and budgeting rules.


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Delegate tasks

First and foremost, I highly recommend that you share the planning duties with your partner. It is the best way to get things done more efficiently and the best part is that you can assign tasks for each other. Brides-to-be will honestly be very surprised at how much the groom will want to be involved during the planning stages of your wedding. Reach out to your bridesmaids, friends and family as well. Enlist the help of those who have been in your shoes before and if you have budgeted for it, hire the professionals.

Stay organised

The most important aspect of wedding planning is to be super organised. This means having everything compiled in a spreadsheet, notes an organisation app on your phone or perhaps for the traditionalists, a fashionable little folder or hard copy wedding planning diary.

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Stay organised during your wedding planning.
Purchase a pretty little planner or start a spreadsheet.
Most importantly, keep on top of things.

Be realistic

Draw up a timetable and set aside time (perhaps over the weekends) to plan and to visit your suppliers or to fit in any shopping trips. Don’t leave things to the last minute. If there are certain tasks on the list you simply don’t have the time for or cannot accommodate for, cross it off.

Enjoy the day

Accept the fact that at the end of the day, your wedding may not go as planned. If you’re anything but a control freak, then you will most definitely notice all the little details, but at the end of the day, enjoy the moments. Don’t let the small things spoil the festivities and remember that from here onwards what’s most important is that you will be spending the rest of your life with the man or woman of your dreams.

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Set a budget

I cannot stress how important setting a budget is. Set a realistic budget and try and stick to it. Decide on the costs, spread the finances across each important category and then track the expenditure.

Sort out what are the must have things and what you are content with leaving out.

More and more couples these days are choosing to take responsibility for their own expenses and foot their own wedding bills. Discuss this with your parents and if they are wanting to contribute to the budget, include them in your discussions.

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Involve your parents in your wedding planning process.

Guest list 

Try to limit the guest list. Only invite who you know, not who your parents know.


Opt for an Autumn or Winter wedding and that also choose to host your wedding on a day other than a Saturday. I guarantee you, it is much cheaper.


Craft your own invitations and save on hiring decor.

Embrace Pinterest, but don’t go overboard. There’s a limit to how many henna adorned mason jars you can use.

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Save on decor. Opt for DIY, but don’t go overboard. Remember, less is more.

Hope you will find this series helpful. Would love to hear how you are going with your wedding planning or if you recently got married and you have some useful tips to share, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy planning!

Stay tuned for part 2 of this planning series. We’ll discuss the types of weddings to choose from – modern, traditional or destination.. Everybody’s different these days and there’s no right or wrong.

*Images courtesy of: Pinterest

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