• Ajay Manaktala

How Long Does It Take To Plan an Indian Wedding? (Infographic)

Updated: Aug 13, 2019

I get emails to DJ weddings that are happening next week, next year and sometimes even next decade. Bride and grooms are always wondering how far ahead they should start planning their wedding, so I put this guide together to let you know if you're on par with the rest.

So how long does it take to plan a big fat Indian wedding ? Most Indian weddings in America will take a minimum of 12 months to plan, from the moment you get engaged until you're at the altar (mandap). In India hotels and halls can be booked sooner, so there it can be done within 6 months.

How Long Does It Take to Plan an Indian Wedding?
Ballrooms, lights, decoration, Sangeet dances, seating, costings...all take time!

What factors determine how far ahead you should plan your Indian wedding?

If you're targeting a wedding six months from now in New Jersey or Toronto and just getting started, that's ok too. In 20 years of doing south Asian weddings, I've seen million dollar productions happen in 3 months and very small intimate weddings be planned two years out. Planning lead time isn't always correlated to how big or small the wedding is, but other factors for planning might be:

  • How many people are on your guest list and what time is good for all of them (e.g. Indians or Pakistani traveling to America, flight ticket prices, etc..)

  • Hotel Availability and costs for various dates

  • Lead time for outfits (minor)

  • Holiday calendar

  • Weather

  • Auspicious Dates based on star signs and horoscopes (this is still very common, even in America)

how far ahead should you plan your gujarati wedding america
Sorry we had to wait a year? That's ok, I waited 30 for you.

Average Times Couples in America Take to Plan

On average, as I write this it's August 9th, 2019. I'm getting calls and emails for weddings in June/July next year. And we still have some open weekends in March and April scattered throughout. So the average middle class couple I see will start THINKING about their wedding around the moment they get engaged, and usually plan their wedding to be 6 to 9 months away from that.

Infographic To Guide You on a Wedding Planning Timeline

This Infographic gives you an idea what you should be doing from 12 months before until the day of your wedding.

Pin it, print it, plan it!

Although your experience may vary, it's good to start early and most couples we speak to daily follow some version of this.

While the Infographic is below at the end of this post, I first suggest you see the five things you need to do after getting engaged FIRST:

Once you figured out the who (guest-list), where (location), when (date), you can look at this below.


1. What are the first steps to plan my Indian wedding?

  • Once you've gotten engaged, take a month to enjoy it.

  • Then go through the guest list process.

  • Once you know who/where/when, look for hotels about 7-8 months out.

2. How do I plan a wedding in 3 months?

This one is done all the time. To be honest sometimes these weddings are more fun as couples are less hung up on that centerpiece or this caterer...they just a get t