Traveling to another country to get married can be a wonderful experience. However, it can also be a logistical nightmare. Planning a honeymoon will be considerably easier but still takes some preparation. On this page we wanted to offer some advice to anyone planning an Indian wedding & honeymoon so we are going to give you our 5 best tips to keep in mind for planning the wedding, and 5 tips for planning a honeymoon.
5 Tips for Planning an Indian Wedding
1. Laying the Groundwork
One of the first things you will need to do before you start planning an Indian wedding is figuring out how much you are prepared to spend. In a traditional Indian wedding, the bride’s parents will pay for the event but some couples may wish to split the costs. You’ll need to figure out who is going to be paying for the wedding and what the budget is before you can do anything else.
Your budget will determine the scope of the wedding, things like how many guests you can invite, what type of venue you can reserve, the type of food that will be offered etc. It’s also important to discuss the style of the wedding with your fiancé and the parents of the bride and groom. If you are going to be mixing traditional style with Western customs you will want to get all the interested parties involved to get together and discuss how everything will go. Ultimately, the day belongs to the bride and groom, but keeping parents and in-laws happy is very important too.
2. Put Together Your Guest List
It’s important to put together your guest list early on in the process. The number of guests that will be attending your wedding will determine the size of the venue you need to reserve. Send out invitations well in advance and make sure that everyone RSVPs. Put a deadline on the invitation that people must RSVP by so that you have plenty of time to make all of the necessary preparations.
3. Choosing a Venue
I’m going to assume that you have a date set before you send out your invitations and you may have even had a venue in mind. Once you have your guest list you will be able to actually book of venue because you will know how many people will be attending. When you are considering different venues, figure out what types of traditional Indian decorations you would like and make sure that the venue will be able to accommodate you.
4. Hiring the Necessary Vendors
Once you have your guest list and a venue, it’s time to start hiring all of the people that will make your wedding and reception happen. You will need to start talking to florists, caterers, DJs etc. You may even wish to hire a wedding planner in India that can help take care of a lot of these things for you.
5. Purchase the Clothing You Will Wear at the Wedding
If you are going to be wearing traditional Indian clothing you may be able to find a place online to purchase it from or you may even consider hiring a seamstress to make a custom outfit for you. Some brides will hire a seamstress from India to make a traditional Indian wedding dress for them and then have the dress shipped back to their home country. They can then try the dress on and bring it with them when the wedding day arrives.
5 Tips for Planning an Indian Honeymoon
1. Set a Budget
A honeymoon to another country can be a very expensive trip. Even if you are already in India for the wedding, it’s a good idea to set a budget so that you know how much you will be able to spend on things like restaurants, hotels, rental cars, and other travel expenses. Start with your budget so that you have a certain amount of money in mind before making any other arrangements.
2. Figure out What Destinations You Would like to Visit and What Sites You Would like to See
Spend a little time on the Internet doing some research before your wedding. There are a lot of websites online that list some of the best places to visit in India. There are also a number of websites that have reviews from travelers that have visited the places you might be considering. Reading reviews online is very helpful because it will give you a good idea of whether a certain destination is worth visiting.
3. Make the Necessary Arrangements
It’s a good idea to book as many things as you can ahead of time. Booking things ahead of time will help you enjoy your honeymoon rather than being stressed about figuring out where to go next and how much it’s going to cost. You can book hotels, book various tours, and make other travel arrangements at home before you ever leave to go on your trip.
4. Packing Your Bags
The best time to pack your bag is before your wedding. If you are getting married and taking your honeymoon in India, you will not be coming home first to pack your bags. Take care of that before the wedding and you have one less thing to worry about. Pack appropriately for your various destinations and the weather conditions at each place. Think about the places you will be visiting; will you be visiting historical sites, mountainous terrain, beaches? You will need some light clothing because a lot of places in India are hot and humid but you may need some warmer clothing if you’re going to be seeing any site at high elevation. Think about what you need and pack appropriately.
5. Spend Quality Time with Each Other
If you are a young couple on your honeymoon you may be tempted to do some adventurous things. I wouldn’t try to talk anyone out of an adventure but you might want to schedule any of the more dangerous activities toward the end of your trip. In the beginning of your honeymoon, spend time walking on the beach, enjoying candlelit dinners, and just enjoying each other’s company in a romantic setting.
Author Bio – This article has been written by Dillon Michaelson who works for InsanelyCheapFlights.com. If you’re looking to book plane tickets, make hotel bookings, car rentals etc., their travel site has it all.