Get­ting hitched? Avoid last-minute dis­as­ters

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Wed­ding prepa­ra­tion is a hec­tic task but with proper plan­ning, time man­age­ment and help, you can ease the bur­den a lit­tle. Here’s how. Sushma Go­hil, Chief Cus­tomer Re­la­tion­ship Of­fi­cer, The Wed­ding Bri­gade and Tanuja Sharma, Di­rec­tor, TAP Events, have sug­gested things you can keep a check on to avoid last-minute glitches on one of the most spe­cial days of your life:

• Money Mat­ters: Fol­low your bud­get cal­en­dar

You’ll al­ways find rea­sons to spend more money on the func­tion, so de­cid­ing on the bud­get early in the plan­ning is a must. It is al­ways bet­ter to chalk out in ad­vance a list of things where most of your money will be spent. Make sure you pri­ori­tise and fig­ure out which mat­ter to you the most as a cou­ple. Some may de­cide to spend lav­ishly on the out­fits, while oth­ers may feel that they want to have a lovely des­ti­na­tion wed­ding. Also, it is al­ways bet­ter to de­sign the bud­get by mak­ing your fam­i­lies agree on com­bin­ing the func­tions of both the bride and the groom. It’s al­ways more fun and bud­get friendly.

• Keep a check on your guest list

One of the trick­i­est tasks dur­ing wed­ding prepa­ra­tions is cre­at­ing a guest list. The guest list gov­erns most of the other el­e­ments of your wed­ding -- from the cater­ing bill to the cer­e­mony seat­ing ar­range­ment. To make your plan­ning eas­ier, you may take help of guest list man­ag­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, where you can cat­e­gorise the guests un­der ‘maybe’ or ‘surely’ and ‘fi­nalise later’.

• Book your dream des­ti­na­tion/venue on time

Avoid any last minute has­sles or dis­sat­is­fac­tion re­gard­ing your wed­ding venue by be­ing the early bird. Ad­vance book­ings should be done way prior to your wed­ding day es­pe­cially if your date is dur­ing the peak ‘wed­ding sea­son’. It is ideal if the cou­ple plans and de­cides on the wed­ding venue mu­tu­ally, tak­ing into ac­count the con­ve­nience of both the fam­i­lies.

• Your wed­ding out­fit should not go off trend Choos­ing a per­fect out­fit for your wed­ding can be daunt­ing. For the lat­est trends, surf on­line but do not for­get to raid the off­line mar­kets too. Off­line stores give you the chance to try out the at­tire be­fore you make the big pur­chase. The time of the wed­ding func­tion should also be an im­por­tant fac­tor im­pact­ing your at­tire choice, es­pe­cially the colour of the out­fit.

• Choose your ven­dors sen­si­bly

Be­hind ev­ery fan­tas­tic well-planned wed­ding, there is a team of hard-work­ing ven­dors who make it hap­pen. Do thor­ough re­search about the ven­dors, their past work, rep­u­ta­tion and track records be­fore you fi­nalise them. If you can­not af­ford to get in touch with all the ven­dors your­self, hire a wed­ding plan­ner and let them spear­head all the func­tions.

Mak­ing a de­tailed con­tract doc­u­ment and in­cor­po­rat­ing all dead­lines, qual­ity, quan­tity, and ex­pec­ta­tions is also a must-do. Avoid any ven­dor dis­agree­ment at the time of wed­ding and save your­self from last-minute blun­ders. You don’t want an ab­scond­ing ven­dor two days be­fore the wed­ding.

• Check on the weather Weather is one of the things you can’t con­trol. An ideal weather is ob­vi­ously sub­jec­tive, but most of us look for­ward to hav­ing a dry and sunny day for a per­fect func­tion. De­cide early be­tween an in­door or an out­door set-up and pre­pare ac­cord­ingly. In case you choose an out­door set­ting, make sure your prop­erty ven­dor pro­vides canopies. Backup plans are a must as added pro­tec­tion serves well. So con­sider get­ting an event in­sur­ance if pos­si­ble.

You can’t pre­dict weather and dis­as­ters but you can surely pre­pare for them.

• Make travel ar­range­ments on time

We all have sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of friends and fam­i­lies liv­ing out of town. And it is ob­vi­ous for the ‘out-of-town­ers’ to go through a lot of ef­fort and ex­pense to come for your wed­ding. Right man­age­ment of trans­porta­tion is very cru­cial es­pe­cially in a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding where all the guests need trans­porta­tion through­out the trip.

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