A big fat Indian wedding or an intimate wedding, any wedding requires a certain amount of planning, budgeting and execution. Planning a wedding is a whole project in itself. And to make a dream wedding come true, you definitely need help...a lot of help! Help from people who are the real wedding heroes and can actually turn your fantasy wedding into a reality.
They are the Wedding Vendors! Any average Indian wedding requires at least 10-12 vendors to take care of each wedding element. From creating wedding invitations to taking care of food & beverages to the venue...the list is actually quite long!
So, let's take a deeper look at that list to know which vendors you really need to plan your wedding!
The first task you carry out in the whole wedding job-list is to create the wedding invitations. Therefore the invitation designers and printers are the first of all your wedding vendors. Whether you go for traditional paper cards, digital invitations or just print your own designed cards, you must get in touch with the invitation vendors right after you've fixed your wedding date. Apart from physical card stores, you must also browse the online digital designers for customised card designs.
One of the biggest tasks you need to think about is the wedding venue. Huge ballrooms for reception dinner, ethnic space for a courtyard wedding, or a 5-star resort for a destination wedding...the wedding vendors providing you with the venue are the ones you want to call even before you sent out your invites to mention them on the card. Because the venue is something that needs to be booked way in advance.
The next huge aspect that comes at the list of wedding planning is taking care of the catering services. Caterers are one of the most crucial wedding vendors as food and drinks play a major role every occasion. From a small Haldi lunch to a poolside Cocktail party, wedding dinner or Reception meal, every pre-wedding wedding and post-wedding event need a specific menu. You could go with different catering services for different functions or the same one for the entire wedding. Make sure you have a clear conversation about the food items on the menu for each event.
Lights & Decoration
Fairy lights, candles & Diya decoration, colourful drapes matching with the stage decoration and gorgeous Kolam Rangoli designs at the entrance...your wedding ambience depends largely on the lights & decoration team among the wedding vendors. With the right kind of lights and decor, a simple venue can look like a fairyland. Research well before you choose your decorator to brighten up the entire wedding venue with the magical touch of art!
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No wedding is complete without the presence of flowers. And especially in case of an Indian wedding, florists are one of the most important wedding vendors. Wedding florists not only provide flowers for all kinds of floral decoration but also for the wedding rituals and customs. From a floral Rangoli to floral Jaimalas, floral wall decor and petal shower to the couple at the end of the wedding rituals. You must get hold of a florist for the fresh seasonal flowers for each of your wedding functions.
Now comes the part when you need to select your wedding vendor who would capture your most prized memories forever! A wedding photographer and a wedding videographer are the people who glamourise your wedding moments with their photographic skills. From a Roka ceremony to pre-wedding shoot till your Vidaai ceremony, every moment of every event needs to be seized in your memory box! Hire your photographer after much research because that's the person who will be creating a movie out of your love story!
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Indian weddings mean a week-long celebration filled with multiple events. And multiple events mean different outfits! Selecting the perfect bridal lehenga and groom's sherwani comes at the top of a wedding list! And that too for each and every function. Therefore outfit vendors are very crucial to pick. Whether it's an Indo-western dress for your Cocktail, a fun short lehenga for Haldi or a dapper suit for the reception...you need to look your best on every occasion!
Right after the outfits, jewellery designers are the next wedding vendors that come to mind. Whether it's your pure gold jewellery sets for the wedding, diamond engagement ring or artificial jewellery for pre-wedding events, finding the right jeweller is absolutely important. You can also explore the online jewellery stores.
Hair & Makeup
You can't do without the wedding vendors who are going to take care of your beauty on your special day! Book your hair salon and makeup artists way in advance. Go for pre-bridal trial sessions. Look for the latest hairstyle images and Mehndi designs before choosing the one you want. Keep your skin and body happy and healthy for perfect beauty!
Arranging for wedding transport is yet another significant aspect that you can't miss. Hiring wedding car to welcome the groom, arranging pick and drop for out-station guests and even day trip transport arrangements for a destination wedding...the transport facilities are a must to take care of in a wedding for various purposes.
Finally, but most importantly, you need a wedding pandit to officiate the wedding! Unless you're going for a court marriage, you need a professional priest as per the religious customs- from fixing a wedding date till carrying out every wedding rituals.
How can we think of a wedding without music? One of the most important wedding vendors is the wedding DJ who single-handedly takes care of all your musical requirements!. From Sangeet playlist to first couple dance to Bidaai songs, you just need a DJ to set the tune right!
Apart from the mentioned wedding vendors, you could also hire a wedding planner. In that case, a large number of your vendors will be taken care of under one umbrella. Other than those, hiring live musicians, show emcees, Mehndi artists, wedding trousseau packers and gift & favour vendors are some of the significant areas to consider. Make a list of vendors you need on the basis of priority and maybe you could adjust a few of them by going DIY on a few areas. Keep your budget organised and well planned to avoid the unexpected costs at the last minute. Let the professionals help you make your wedding the ultimate event of your life!
Can you think of any important vendor that we missed? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!