As an NRI bride I had to put in a lot of effort in planning each and every detail of my wedding – with all vendors being in completely different time zones and not having the opportunity of face to face conversations and trials. And this post is NOT about that – because that deserves a whole book filled with all the gyaan and knowledge I imbibed in about 9 -12 months of
wedding planning (which is pretty much the duration of a masters course in this country!)
Over the last few years that I’ve spent in he U.K., I have built around me my own little family of friends that is not so little anymore. And I wanted all of them to be a part of my wedding festivities.
So save the date cards were prepared well in advance after intense discussions on which pic to pick (with boy friend threatening no more Friday romcom Nights for life if I chose a pic of him on hagrid scooter for the card! ) and circulated to our friends. We received an overwhelming response with so many people wanting to join us in India and I was in bride la la land. But what I had not anticipated was the questions that came my way regarding all the functions – so does the wedding happen over three days , oh god no – we just have pre parties and after parties and what not , the wedding itself is a couple of hour ceremony that will take place in between. However customs, ceremonies and dress codes that I take for granted were not so obvious to all my friends from here and I decided to prepare a reference guide for them. Th guide itself was inspired from one of the many wedding blogs I was reading at that time and focuses on North Indian weddings. However do feel fee to customise it as per your wedding schedule.
I also added some suggestion and tips for hotels and sightseeings options in and around Delhi. All the Kipling fans attending were super keen to know tiger sighting spots in India and I obliged such special requests as well.
Tabs after tabs were added with outfit suggestions for both men and women and segregated in to what could be worn for which function. While my planning skills are flawless, the bookkeeping ones don’t quite match and I seem to have lost the version with outfit sections. However I will definitely recommend adding that to avoid having guests turn up in heavy sarees and dance unfriendly shoes for the Sangeet night.
So use this lovely spreadsheet as an inspiration and customise away to suit your wedding ceremonies.