Five ways to avoid last-minute wedding disasters
A wedding is the grandest party you would organise for yourself in your lifetime. Indian weddings aren’t a one-day affair; there are multiple functions to be organised, managed and coordinated. Everything from the flowers, venue, decoration, food, guests and their hospitality, etc. requires meticulous planning so that each function goes off without a hitch. Yet, no amount of planning guarantees that last-minute disasters will not strike to lay waste to the perfectly planned process. Which is why your preparation must also account for such uncertainties in the first place.
Listed below are five ways to avoid last minute mishaps when organising a wedding, coming from Alisha Shirodkar, VP Business Development of Tamarind Global, leading Indian event management company
- Don’t dilly-dally when it comes to booking the venue-
The destination is an essential part of the dream wedding as it provides the much-coveted backdrop. Do you want to get married near a lake, during sunset while a gentle breeze blows through the grass and sturdy oak trees nearby? Or on a virgin beach or a heritage palace or even a vineyard? Figure it out quickly and book the venue much well in advance, with written confirmation for the exact number of days you would require it. Also, get a receipt for that advanced deposit which must be submitted ‘quickly, else someone else books the place’. And not just venue, if you are getting married on peak dates make sure the good makeup artists, photographers, entertainment and even wedding planners are blocked.
- Be timely about booking travel tickets
Ideally, do not take on the responsibility of friends and family travelling to your wedding unless you are prepared to rapidly upscale your coordination skills. If you shoulder this responsibility, then be sure to book all the tickets, especially train and plane tickets, in advance so that unforeseen events at the last minute do not hinder the guests travelling to your wedding. Make sure all the family tickets and visas if needed are secured on time.
- Stick to the wedding budget
There is no limit to how much you can spend at your wedding. But it is essential that one has an idea of how much one actually wants to spend and what are the priorities to spend on. With so many functions and aspects associated with Indian weddings, it is easy to go overboard. Thus, preparing and finalising a budget should be the first step of the planning. In the end, this figure can spiral out of control so make sure you estimate the big heads early on and also keep a buffer for unplanned expenses that are bound to come up last minute in your planning.
- Limit the number of people at the wedding-
A wedding is not exactly a get-together. It is a celebration of a couple’s union in holy matrimony. So why does your fifth standard’s best friend whom you haven’t spoken within twenty years needs to be invited? That’s what Facebook is for. The more people you’ll invite, the more expensive your wedding will become. Keep a cap on the number of guests to be invited. At the last minute, the guest list always tends to keep inching upwards which requires additional budgets, hotel rooms, logistics and more which can become chaotic. Therefore plan this well and stick to it. Also, there is a lot more warmth and charm to an intimate wedding with only your nearest and dearest.
- Cosmetic catastrophes and wardrobe malfunctions
Wedding pictures last forever. Cosmetic and wardrobe problems might seem lame as compared to other potential things that can go wrong, but they are also tougher to deal with at the last minute. Bride lehenga with a noticeable tear or groom’s sherwani with broken buttons on the day of the wedding is nothing short of disasters. Try on your outfits with the jewellery well before the wedding. Do a dry run with the hair and makeup if needed. But make sure the fit is perfect and everything comes together well before its too late to change.