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The 5 Step Guide to Planning a Modern Wedding – Budget

Planning a wedding can be somewhat of an exciting time in your life, yet so stressful and overwhelming. There are so many options, choices and how do you even try to begin to understand your wedding style? For Indian couples this is particularly important 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 and help you avoid any unnecessary stress or difficulty.


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

14 Pin-worthy Trends for your Wedding Day

Poonam Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

A Guide To Planning A Modern Wedding – Part 2 – Wedding Styles

 

A little while back we shared our tips on basic rules for planning and budgeting for you impending marriage. Today we’re moving onto wedding styles. An obvious topic which is often ignored during the initial stages of wedding planning.

So, what’s your wedding style? Are you a traditionalist or perhaps you’re the fuss-free type?

For many, trying to determine the answer to these puzzling questions could mean turning to websites such as Pinterest. The truth is though you could spend hours pouring over thousands of pretty images that don’t even reflect who you are. Step away and take time out to find out what it is that you truly want in your wedding. Of course as we’ve mentioned in the past, there isn’t anything wrong with sourcing your inspiration from Pinterest, but just try and set realistic wedding goals. Trends come and go and you don’t necessarily need to stick to them.

There aren’t any hard and fast rules to follow when designing your wedding. The most important thing though is to keep it tasteful and timeless. Incorporate personal elements that both you and your partner will love. You need to feel comfortable.

To steer you in the right direction, we’ve made it simple for you by breaking down the most popular styles of weddings.

TRADITIONAL WEDDING

 

Photography courtesy of Edmund Leong Motion & Stills for The Maharani Diaries 

Typically, traditional or religious wedding ceremonies are held in a courthouse or a place of worship such as a temple, conforming to age old traditions. However, this doesn’t mean that you are restricted or can’t be creative. For instance if you’re having a mixed marriage, you could blend the traditions and add your own personal touches to the wedding. After the wedding ceremony you have free reign to do what you like with your reception party. You could stick with the traditional theme and mix up your décor. Think about using fresh colour palettes. After all, South Asian weddings are all about embracing colour.

Before your traditional wedding it is important to understand the rituals, blessings and cultural aspects. Customs play an important part in Indian weddings and there are many facets to each tradition.

If however you decide to choose a civil wedding, well you’re lucky because there’s very little paper work involved.

For couples who like to honour traditions, then a religious wedding is highly appropriate.

CLASSIC WEDDING

Cake by Cakes by Krishanthi // Tablescape by Joy Proctor for Burnetts Boards // Champagne glasses image courtesy of Pinterest 

 

Much like a religious wedding, classic weddings follow traditional formats with a large guest list, standard rituals, vows and declarations. Décor is elaborate for both the ceremony and the reception. Think clean lines and unassuming details with classic and fitted linens and chair covers, roses, black, white, or gold, candelabras, elegant centerpieces and ornate dinnerware.

Classic weddings are beautiful, timeless and understated and sophisticated to the core.

If this is the style of wedding you have been dreaming about since you were a little girl or boy, then this is the wedding for you. Keep it classy, elegant and refined. Your guests will thank you in the end.

INFORMAL WEDDING 

Lantern and floral styling by Pearl Events Austin // Wedding Favours and Tablescape by Love Lou Collective for Green Wedding Shoes 

 

Informal weddings give you an opportunity to express yourself in whichever way you choose to do so. Couples who choose this style of wedding tend to have a carefree aesthetic.

Your festivities are likely to be free spirited but still manage to impress without compromising on style. Refined rustic, beach, barn or vineyard, the choice is yours. Be adventurous, but don’t let it feel contrived. Every little detail should reflect the theme, from the décor to the invitations right through to the menu. The table settings could include mix and matched jars with whimsical florals and lighting can be au natural.

Rediscover casual elegance with an informal wedding.

DESTINATION WEDDING

Photographs courtesy of Kismis Ink Photography for Strictly Weddings 

 

A destination wedding offers you a range of flexibility. Ask yourselves if it will be just you attending or close family or friends or more. These types of weddings are relatively stress free as most venues around the world offer a tailored package accustomed to your taste or liking. The package usually takes care of all your wedding requirements including the coordinator, the mandap, priest or celebrant, entertainment, cake and even accommodation. Just ensure that the location and backdrop reflects your personality.

Often a destination wedding can be more cost effective. Couples can also choose to have an all-inclusive honeymoon meaning that you receive more bang for your buck!

Turn it into a weeklong celebration with your closest family and friends. Remember that this isn’t your typical wedding, but if you want to feel relaxed and have a team organizing everything, then this is for you. It’s like one big long vacation for you, your family and friends. All the functions are held on site and you have free reign to choose whether you’d like to keep it intimate or OTT (over the top). 

ELOPEMENT

 

Engagement rings image courtesy of Pinterest // Couple captured by Chris Spira Photography // Beach image courtesy of Pinterest

 

Are you just completely overwhelmed with the whole idea of planning a wedding? Then perhaps eloping is your best bet.

Eloping takes the pressure off planning a wedding you’re able to enjoy your ceremony more. Less planning and more time to focus on yourselves. Not to forgetting the fact that you have a lot more money to spend on the honeymoon.

The beauty of eloping is that you can avoid any family drama by calling all the shots. You have the freedom to choose the location and you can dress up or dress down for the occasion.

Also, just because you elope doesn’t mean you can’t have a reception party afterwards. Plan in advance and more importantly check that you have organised all the relevant paperwork. If you’re eloping abroad, contact the embassies and check the rules and regulations in that country.

Style is about who you are. Take this style and translate it into your wedding. Don’t try too hard and remember that you can’t incorporate every single design element into your wedding. Discover who you are as a person and take time to envisage what your wedding will look like and then commit. Best of luck!

What’s your wedding style? Let us know in the comments below. Keep posted to part 3 of our planning series where we look at roles and responsibilities during wedding planning.


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.

New Year’s Wedding Goals

New Year Wedding Goals | The Maharani Diaries

3 weeks in to the new year and we know what you’re thinking. Planning a wedding is no mean feat even more so when you’re managing everything on your own.

Whether you recently got engaged or perhaps you are in the throes of wedding planning, now is the time to dust off the cobwebs and start afresh.

Thankfully for you, we have compiled a few pointers to help you kick-start your wedding planning for 2016.

 

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There’s nothing worse than not having any idea of where to begin. As mentioned in part 1 of our wedding planning series post, create a master list of things to do and delegate the tasks between your friends, family or fiancée.

Focus on the big picture. Manage your time, prioritize tasks and be flexible. Above all, take the time to relax with your better half. Go out for a coffee or watch a movie. Rest assured, everything will fall into place.

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Save money and stick to a budget. The perfect wedding day shouldn’t come at the cost of anyone’s financial stability. Let’s face it, it’s not the most ideal way to begin your married life.

Yes, having an over-the-top ceremony sounds memorable, but wouldn’t it be lovely after returning from your honeymoon to not have to cope with the stress of huge bills to pay back. Invest in your marriage and do not take out a loan.

Shop around, DIY and use seasonal flowers. There are many clever ways in which to stretch that dollar.

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If you’re managing most of the wedding planning decisions, costs and general coordination yourself, we can’t stress how important it is to trust your vendors. They have your best interests at heart and if you control their direction from the very outset, you won’t have a good working relationship with them.

Be happy with your decisions.

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Develop a good beauty regime, sleep well, exercise and stay healthy. No, we’re not doctors, but it’s common sense. After all, these rituals will have you looking your absolute best on your wedding day!

Working out is a New Years resolution that tops most people’s list every year, but it’s difficult to stick to.

Having an incentive is great and what better incentive than to wanting to fit into your wedding dress! Sign up for Bollywood dance classes, Zumba, yoga.. whatever! Motivation is the key and if you’re lagging behind, find a friend to support you or if you have budgeted for it, hire a personal fitness trainer.

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You don’t have to be a craft whizz to personalise your wedding. Take the simplest task, for instance ceremony programs or place card settings and you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve. If you’re eager, but don’t have a clue of where to start, Pinterest is a great tool and it’s completely free to sign up! Our favourite stationery stores, Kikki K or Cristina Re often organise monthly workshops for creative minds out there and also keep an eye out on unique wedding or craft exhibitions such as The Finders Keepers Market who also like to inspire you.

There’s something special about discovering the joys of do it yourself crafting projects. Try your hand at it, let those creative juices flow and you’ll be surprised.

Timing is everything. Start early and don’t leave this to the last minute.

So, there we have it. Remember that wedding planning isn’t always as stressful or overwhelming some brides make it out to be. Take care, look after yourselves and here’s wishing you a very happy and productive 2016!

What are your New Year wedding resolutions? We’d love to hear your stories! Drop a comment in the box below.


Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.