Checklist for planning a wedding

09 September, 2019

By Aishwarya Raj

Planning a wedding in Chennai is a humongous task! From booking a venue to tying a knot on the wedding day, the options you have to make are boundless. A wedding plan checklist must be the very first thing you need to print off when you're ready to jump-start with your wedding plans. Looking for a quick checklist for your wedding day?

We have a list of things you need to check which helps you to keep track of everything and makes you stress-free on your big day.

12 Months before the wedding

  • Shortlist around 3- 4 muhurtham dates.
  • Select a day to tie a knot from those shortlisted dates.
  • Fix your budget.
  • Finalize the wedding style.
  • Book a wedding venue.
  • Choose a wedding planner.
  • Decide on things like a number of guests, location and time for the wedding.

9 Months before the wedding

  • Save the date messages.
  • Shopping for wedding stuff - dress, jewelry, etc.
  • Check & finalize wedding attire.
  • Hire photographer and/or videographer.
  • Hire a music band if needed.
  • Book rooms for out-of-town guests.
  • Plan honeymoon - Destination, Air tickets, Accommodation, Passport, Visa, etc.

6 Months Before the Wedding

  • Wedding invitations - Design & Order.
  • Catering menu - Discuss & Finalize.
  • Select tables, chairs, dishware, serving tables for rent if needed.
  • Plan for bridal shower & bachelorette party.
  • Select wedding hair & makeup

2-4 Months Before the Wedding

  • Finalize the guest list.
  • Send out invitations to the guests.
  • Select music for pre-wedding, reception, etc.
  • Finalize the makeup artist and hairstylist.
  • Organize wedding transportation - to and from the venue.
  • Check for marriage registration details.

1-2 Months Before the Wedding

  • Sample check - makeup artist & hairstylist.
  • Finalize hair and makeup - Style.
  • Final venue walk-through with all vendors.

1-2 Weeks Before the Wedding

  • Make payments for all services.
  • Finalize wedding day schedule and share it with vendors.
  • Provide the caterer/reception venue, final headcount.
  • Reconfirm all plans with service providers - Photographer, DJ, musicians, Makeup & Hair, Mehndi, etc.
  • Finalize seating arrangements.
  • Confirm all the rental delivery times.

The day before your wedding

  • Review this checklist and make sure that everything is on the go.
  • Arrange a person to return rental items after the wedding.
  • Arrange for someone who helps in coordinating reception food and beverage layout and receipt with the caterer on the wedding day.
  • Give in charge to someone to coordinate reception site and stage-to manage emcee, DJ, entertainers, site lighting, etc.
  • Provide the details of wedding day timelines to all service providers.

The Big Day

  • Relax, have a glass of water, and get ready with your attire.
  • Make sure you have your food.
  • Do your “Saat Phere”.
  • Enjoy your day.

After the Wedding

  • Check out the gifts and make a list.
  • Meet the vendors and thank them.
  • Calculate your budget & expenditures.
  • Meet with photographer/videographer to receive photos, videos, and albums.