5 Things You Should Blow Your Indian Wedding Budget On
Spend, don’t spend, spend, don’t spend, that is the question!
The very mention of the words “wedding” or “Indian wedding budget” often causes brides to shudder. We all know that weddings and everything in life for that matter comes at a cost. There are unlimited and almost never-ending expenses which typically our families have to bear.
So, if you think of the cost of a South Asian or Indian wedding in 2020, it will really vary according to your priorities.
It is all about setting those priorities straight and trying to determine how much you will put aside for every aspect in your Indian wedding budget. Work on making your wedding memorable for you and your guests attending too.
Let’s touch on a few areas of your wedding which are totally worth it though, because after all, you only get married once! Here are the 5 things you should blow your Indian wedding budget on!
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Your venue (or venues) in this instance can make or break your Indian wedding budget.
Make it flow. From your mehndi, right through to your wedding reception. Don’t compromise on choosing your wedding venues. Give your guests the ultimate treat, enrich their senses by elevating the experience with beautiful and luscious floral installations, geometric centerpieces, luxe tableware, ceiling drapes and demure lighting.
Things you should splurge on is your wedding décor, which is an essential element and a non-negotiable in our opinion. Whether you’re the modern, romantic type or full on out there, alternative bride, don’t skim on this.
Of course, the venue will set the tone for your entire wedding style and the décor and styling options are endless.
If you’re working with a wedding stylist, they can work within your budget and style and in particular your venue coordinator in order to create the ultimate dream wedding for you and your beau.
Finger Licking Food
When it comes to catering at your wedding, again there’s no question about it. Quality food and drinks are definitely something you should account for in your Indian wedding budget. It’s the one element of your wedding that you don’t want to compromise on. At the end of the day, a lot of people will not remember your wedding if it hasn’t satisfied their taste buds. for the finger licking good curry.
In 2020, there are so many ways to elevate your wedding catering and make the dining experience the talk of the town. Presentation is key here with the modern-day Indian wedding moving beyond plated meals.
Take for example, the increasing popularity of food stations and we’re not talking about buffets. How about impressing your guests with a grazing platter, cupcake station or perhaps kulfi or dosa station?
You would be surprised to know that the classic dessert and doughnut stations are still trending, but we’re also loving gelato carts!
Some couples love to create signature cocktails that are unique to their own personalities too.
The possibilities are seriously endless!
Create Memories with Beautiful Photography
Now we all know that the perfect photographer (or videographer) doesn’t come cheap.
These are the moments that you want to cherish forever though and the photographer you choose will shape your entire event. So, think very carefully and highlight 3 or 4 photographers who can bring your vision to life.
We always recommend finding a photographer who can capture timeless imagery and portray a story of your love for one another.
There are so many horror stories we hear so often from couples who have ended up with sub-standard photographs or videos for the worst reasons. Meet the team, take a look at their previous work and above all, know who will be capturing on the day or days.
Style Me Pretty
Your wedding day is the one chance you get to shine, so there’s no harm if you choose to splurge on your fancy-as wedding trousseau.
Yes, it’s totally okay to have that Monica moment from ‘Friends.’ Spend money on the looks you love on yourself. Make it personal and customize it according to your tastes if you must.
For some brides, the decision to opt for something wearable and something that reflects their actual style after their wedding is becoming increasingly popular.
I recall meeting Indian designer, Tarun Tahiliani at a bridal expo in London once and the very same topic came up in conversation.
We’re not saying to go dressed as a bride to other functions over and over again but invest in the right pieces that are timeless and can be worn again and again. So, whether it’s a funky blouse or gorgeous embroidered lehenga skirt, spend well.
Don’t forget to add on the tailoring too, as adjustments are sometimes an additional cost.
The Best Wedding Planner
Believe it or not, but a wedding planner can safe your life and take control of everything for you, leaving you in safe hands.
A wedding planner can help take control of your Indian wedding budget and also has the skills to take on almost any job.
If you have a 3 to 4 day wedding with multiple occasions, then rather causing yourself the stress, worry or concern, hire the planner to manage the timeline, schedule, contracts, vendors, styling and décor and so much more.
Experience levels may vary between planners and don’t forget too that there is a difference between a coordinator and a planner. A planner takes reign of everything from start to finish, where as a coordinator will assist with isolated tasks, one or two months before the wedding. If you need some direction with this, feel free to contact us here and we can lead you down the right path.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Are there any things you would want to blow your Indian wedding budget on maharanis? Let us know in the comments below.
Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pastimes and she also enjoys donating her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.