With less than 10 days to go for the wedding, I couldn't think of a better time to pen this. I've obviously been a part of several other weddings of close family members and have had a taste of what a wedding of a certain scale entails but you can't truly know the magnanimity unless you experience the madness yourself! It's been a roller coaster ride with extreme highs and ground breaking lows, all making this experience an extremely special one. It's a bitter sweet feeling of course, leaving the house you've lived in for 26 years & the comfort of having your family around in exchange of moving in with the love of your life & starting a journey of our own. In this process, I've only realized how lucky I am, to be surrounded by people who love me so dearly & selflessly and no matter what I do, I don't think I can ever do enough to one up their warmth! But in the middle of these over flowing emotions comes planning and executing this big fat wedding. The executing part I'll learn more of in the coming two weeks but I thought I'd write this blog giving any of you future brides a quick first hand list to bookmark! So here are the top 5 things that in my opinion you should focus on right after the day your wedding date is finalized.
1) Find your Events Team
Now, I won't lie, in the beginning I started planning our wedding on my own, foolishly assuming that I could handle it. Little did I know that it's not as easy as shortlisting images on Pinterest! We did select the hotels on our own & I even decided on the entire decor themes for the different events but the execution is where Enjay Events stepped in. I had my first meeting with them back in August and since then I've had the chance to step back a little and enjoy the little moments without stressing about the big ones! Made up of a bunch of the sweetest women, they've been such a positive vibe to have around & have made all efforts to make sure my visions turn to reality. Starting from planning the reception of guests from the airport to their welcome to vendors to the minutest of details on the personalized wedding favours, they've been the guiding light through it all. Keeping Smaran & my tastes in mind, they have customized each part of this wedding and I cannot wait to see it all unfold!
2) Book Your Venues
Usually once you book your Events Team they would be happy to assist you with best options suited to your style and budget but for my family, we took matters in our own hands! The day we unofficially decided that we will be getting married within 2016, we started scouting venues like hawks. We all agreed on not having the wedding in Mumbai but we couldn't agree on where we wanted to have it! A random visit to Udaipur earlier this year, made it an easy favourite & by the time we got back, we had bookmarked the hotels we wanted to book. It wasn't a piece of cake though. We were pretty flexible with our dates and yet finding the hotels we liked on those dates seemed almost impossible. After back and forth for over 3 months it was finally done. So really, if you're particular about the kind of venues you want, I would say attack this bit right away or else be ready to compromise.
3) Book the Photographer
Once you've imagined the wedding you want, in the venues you've booked and the decor your event's team has suggested, now is the time to book the team that will capture these imaginations, as it is! This was something that was important for not just Smaran & I but also our families because frankly memories might fade but photographs & videos will aide you in refreshing those memories forever! So why not spend some extra effort in making sure you find a photographer who not only knows his/her job but also focuses on capturing the over flowing emotions in their truest forms! After much deliberations and going through over 200 profiles on WedMeGood.com, we landed up in a meeting with Aviraj Saluja. We instantly seemed to agree on the same things and that was a very good sign. His pictures seemed to strike a cord with us and he had a video team in the basket to match! You can check out his pictures on Instagram and of course stay tuned to see how he captures our 3 days of madness!
4) Shortlist The Designers
This was pretty easy for me. I already knew the designers I wanted to look at for the different events and made a list of over 20 designers to start with. The list included Shymal & Bhumika, Dolly J, Papa Don't Preach, Monisha Jaising, Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Anita Dongre, Anushree Reddy, Rohit Bal, Sonam & Paras Modi, Anju Modi, Manish Malhotra, EKRU, Aastha Narang and many more! However I have to say that picking the outfits was another task that took me by surprise. Finding 4 outfits that I utterly loved seemed like an unattainable task! I'll talk more about this in a blog that I do post the wedding but for now, hope this list helps you start you search.
5) Start the gym membership/ Dance class
No, I'm not saying this because I'm one of those people who start pressuring brides to look, talk, walk & breathe a certain way but because this is the one thing that helped me keep my sanity! In between all the work tasks to take care of & the never ending wedding tasks, I only managed to score some me time when I headed out for an hour to either take a dance lesson or a training session at the gym. Not only did this help me get in better shape but it also made me feel better from within, giving me more energy and zeal to shine through the day! So do yourself a favour and get started now. Your clothes will fit better, you'll be able to lift more shopping bags & of course the compliments won't stop flowing.
I know this blog is much awaited by many but also of interest to a few! I hope I've managed to entice both sets of minds. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram & Snapchat (Username- Styledrive) to see all the wedding madness unfold!