• Ajay Manaktala

How to Plan an Indian Wedding Step by Step | 2020

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

Ajay Manaktala is a Big Fat South Asian wedding expert, having done over 500 Gujarati, Punjabi, South Indian, mixed and even western weddings. He knows the ins and outs of what makes a fantastic Desi wedding beyond just spending a lot of money.

In this post, he explains the proper way to plan a Indian wedding because most articles online kind of just fluff their way through the obvious checkpoints.

These are simple steps for ease of listing but we debated long and hard on the order of them and hope you see why. Things like Pandit selection were left out because that is obvious and your parents will likely take care of that one.

How to Plan and Indian Wedding Step by Step
Plan your wedding properly and you'll be swagging out like this.

Planning an Indian Wedding?

You're in the right place.

Indian weddings are approaching a $50 billion dollar industry annually, and it's easy to get overwhelmed. I've read so many articles that either are one big boring blog of text (yawn) or simply say "get excited!"as your first tip.



I want to know exactly what I need to do, in checklist for, and WHEN I NEED TO DO IT!

So for the sake of simplicity, here are the 10 steps you need to do and the ORDER they should be done in.

Hope this makes sense!

How to Plan an Indian Wedding Step by Step

1. Figure out Guest List

Time: 1 Month

These questions will make you realize why this has to be first even before your city or hotel:

  • Can your aunties from India travel to America? (People get rejected for Visas ALL THE TIME)

  • Is Thailand too hot for old people?

  • Will your Pakistani friends be able to travel to India easily?

  • Would grandma have a hard time in a massive Hawaiian hotel waiting for a golf cart to take her to her room in the heat?

  • Is Las Vegas a good idea if everybody is going to get busy gambling?

  • Who expects to stay at home with us during the wedding week?

2. Figure out WHERE AND When (month or week)

Time: 1 Month

Once you determine who is coming from where for your wedding, you can finalize the location.

If it's not a destination wedding, it should definitely happen in the home town of either you or your partner. (e.g. If you're from Jersey and she's from San Francisco, don't have it Austin, Texas but sure, have it in Mexico or Hawaii).

As you now know all the people who will be coming you can make sure your location is convenient for everyone.