• Ajay Manaktala

How to Start Indian Wedding Planning

Just got engaged and unsure how to start the Indian wedding planning process? You probably know what you need to do to find a hotel and decorator, but I have a surprise for you.

Did you know the ORDER in which you do a few other seemingly "simpler" things is EXTREMELY important so you don't make any costly mistakes?

Lucky for you, you're in the right place!

In this post I'll first share the checklist with you and then explain all the details and rationale behind it, so you understand the thought process after years of experience. We're the leaders in DJ/Sound/Lighting/Planning in Indian wedding productions and we see bride and grooms and families all the time go through these things. Order of execution for your Indian wedding planning is important.

Even though I'm the DJ and Lighting guy, you need not focus calling on me a year ahead. You have bigger fish to fry FIRST when you plan your Gujarati or Punjabi or South Indian shaadi!

Atul Gawande (checklist manifesto) ain't got nothing on this bro!

Indian Wedding Checklist
Who, When, What (Food),Where and for clothing, it takes six months for many so start early! Again, as they say in the courtroom...ORDER ORDER ORDER!

As experts in the industry who do 100 Indian weddings in America a year, we're happy to share this checklist you can use to get some semblance of sanity in this seemingly stressful time. These are the FIRST STEPS you have to take after they propose, because most planning checklists are either too granular or not granular enough.

But they're plenty of super exhaustive ones out there.

You Ready?

Let's go!

5 Indian wedding planning tips to start
Weddings can be intimidating, but they're so not when you start with these 5 tips. The rest fall into place!

The 5 REAL First Steps to Planning Your South Asian Shaadi

Planning a wedding is a joyous occasion, but can also be stressful and anxiety inducing. And planning an Indian wedding, especially the typical “Big Fat Indian Wedding” can be chaotic and a lot of wasted effort if you don't prioritize what you need to do 1st, 2nd, 3rd, et..

Everybody talks about the things you need to do, but we want to explain WHY YOU NEED TO DO THEM IN THIS ORDER, so you understand how you can minimize planning stress later.

As professionals who speak to new couples everyday we thought we’d give you THE five tips to think about as you get started on this fun journey. Also, since your non-Indian friends are going to ask you 1000 questions the next six months, preempt the stress by having them read up on modern traditions before hand.

1. Who Are You Inviting To Your Indian wedding? 

Most couples think about the hotel and decorator first, then look to finalize everybody in their circle and send out invites and save-the-dates.


Generally, your wedding gues