• Ajay Manaktala

Indian Wedding Planning Mistakes You Need to Avoid (2020)

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Ajay Manaktala does Bollywood events in Los Angeles and has personally DJ'd over 500 Big Fat Indian Weddings, including over 50 destination weddings. He knows the ins and outs of Indian weddings in the USA. For specific questions anything shaadi related please comment below.

10 Indian Wedding Mistakes
"Wow I did not realize photos take this long. It would be nice if we enjoyed the reception instead since it's costing us $100 per minute"

Planning your Big Fat South Asian Wedding?

You’ve got the dress bought, the venue booked and the guest list figured out.

What else is there to do for your Gujarati or Punjabi or South Indian (or whichever) wedding?

Well, in short…plenty!  

Made in Heaven shined the light on our crazy Indian wedding industry and in this post I want to shine the light on mistakes I see couples make EVERY WEEKEND.

Having done hundreds of weddings including planning my own, I guarantee you'll catch something on this list.

1. Not Letting Your Guests Rest!

So many times we think we constantly need to keep our guests busy. Welcome snack at 3PM, wedding at 4PM, drinks at 6PM, receptions at 8PM, etc…but guess what!

Guests need time to catch up with one another also!

Not to mention that things go late as they always do.  

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Massages and rest time between Mehendi and Sangeet or upon check in are the X factor in making your wedding memorable. Cost effective and an amazing touch (Pun, get it!)

Don’t be shy to pad an extra 30 minutes here and there depending on how large your party is.  Generally guests will always appreciate not being rushed and not worry about chatting while your events are going on, as they had ample time to chit-chat. 

This is also a very big destination wedding mistake!

2. Thinking the Heat will be Fine

We understand, you have this beautiful mandap by the beach, but it’s also 98 degrees outside.  

What to do?  

Put a canopy or curtains to increase the shade but also worry about the photographs having less light?  

These are all wedding day decisions you need to make and think about.  

I’ve seen grooms spend thousands of dollars on a very gorgeous Sabyasachi outfit only to be covered in sweat 10 minutes after putting it on.  

Do you want to sweat in a $5000 Sabya?

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Trying to plan your mandap near a hotel room or place where you can change is a great way to be fresh during your 90 minute program. Me at my Brother's wedding in Thailand!