50 Things to Remember: The Ultimate Bridal Checklist

Brides Today Digital chalks out the top 50 points to tick off your list—to stay on track in the run-up to your celebrations. Save this post, take a print-out, or share with a friend who will be tying the knot soon!

You are engaged! It’s time to start planning your dream wedding and get you married. With so many tasks to take care of and details to look into, our wedding-planning check-list that will make you a lot less stressed and a lot more organised.

1. IDEATE

Start gathering inspiration--the venue, the functions, the décor, the look, and the honeymoon. It is always a good idea to store all your ideas in one place so you don’t forget anything. Create a folder on your phone labelled ‘wedding mood-board’ or maintain a wedding diary.

2. CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING CREW

The sooner you appoint tasks to your bridesmaids, family members, and friends the sooner your favourite humans can start helping you with all the planning and celebrations.

3. SET A DATE

Consult your partner, his family, and your family to zero down on a date your fiancé and you would like to get married. This will help you work towards a constructive plan and give you an estimate time-line.

4. #HASHTAG

Get it going from the minute one hears you are getting married.

5. SEND OUT YOUR ‘SAVE-THE-DATE’S

Let people know you are getting married in advance for them to plan accordingly. Don’t forget to mention your hash-tag.

6. SELECT A VENUE

Most venues book out at-least six months in advance so plan your recces accordingly. This may include you travelling to different cities within a span of a few weeks. The goal is for you to identify the property that makes you want to be married in it. We recommend narrowing down to a list of three options (just-in-case the first or the second don’t work out).

7. SET THE NUMBERS

While your wedding is a celebration of your love, it costs! Discuss the budget with your partner and prepare a rough draft of the number of guests. The average cost per head could vary from INR 10,000 to INR 45,000 depending on the scale of the wedding you want.

8. DREAM TEAM

Start your research on the various teams that will come together to execute your dream wedding. This would include--wedding planner, wedding decorator, caterer, photographer, and entertainment.

9. BOOK YOUR VENUE

You must have the perfect spot ahead of time. This will help you acquainting yourself and your team to the space and the staff of the venue.

10. BOOK YOUR DREAM TEAM

Book those who understand your requirements to the T and are on board with the plan.

11. MAKE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE APPOINTMENTS

At the end of the day it will all come down to you and how you look and feel in your wedding dress--book an appointment with your dream designers and look at your options. The colour, the fabric, the look…and most importantly the delivery.

12. GET SHOPPING

With the wedding dress out of the way, it’s time you start selecting your outfits for the other functions. A good way to select is by keeping your party theme in mind. If you don’t have one then think of one for your partner and you--it will help curate the looks.

13. ARRANGE HAIR AND MAKE-UP TRAIL

Once you know what you are going to wear for your various functions, its time to complete the look. If you don’t like what you see, quickly dial your alternatives.

14. INVITATIONS

You will be surprised by how long designing the perfect wedding card can take, it is best you get it done while you have a little more time in your hands. Get your samples ready.

15. GET DIGITAL

Whether you have guests coming from out-of-town or the same city, managing them individually will get exhausting. A wedding website is a great option to get all the wedding information in one place for the guests. Add an RSVP link that also asks for their addresses and travel plans.

16. BOOK YOUR HAIR STYLIST AND MAKEUP ARTIST

Ensure you go for a few trails before you finally appoint them--you don’t want any surprises on the d-day.

17. MENU

Most venues have the option of an in-house caterer. Schedule time with the head chef and tell them what you would like to serve and in what manner. Request for a few specials. If you are hiring a caterer then ensure you know how they plan to transport the food, their schedule, and how they dispose the leftovers. Let them give you options accordingly.

18. FINALISE YOUR GUEST-LIST

Plan a guest-list get-together with both families. Divide the list into confirmed, to be confirmed, unsure based on the save the dates responses. Appoint members from both families to follow up with them and collect their address and travel plans.

19. SEND OUT THE INVITATIONS

Once you have all the addresses in one place, send out your invitation cards.

20. GO FOR YOUR BACHELORETTE!

The best of hen-dos sit right in the middle of wedding planning and the wedding. It is the much-needed break from all the madness but gives you enough time to re-cooperate from the damages done. And time with the girls is what you need.

21. START YOUR FITNESS PLAN

Besides all the fun it is possible you drank and ate without keeping a tab at your bachelorette--it is best to get on your vigorous fitness plan now.

22. TROUSSEAU

You will attend a lot of parties as a newly-married couple, so start shopping for them--some formal and some Indian wear. Increase your trinkets closet too, you’ll need them more than ever now.

23. DE-CODE THE DECOR

Once you have spotted areas for each of your function, get down to deciding the exact theme, layout, and materials. A lot of costing goes into building structures, so know your alternatives. You may want to discuss sustainability with your decorator.

24. ORDER FAVOURS FOR GUESTS

Thanking your guests to be a part of your special day is essential. Depending on the nature of your favour, you should also figure out when these would be handed to the guests.

25. BOOK YOUR CHOREOGRAPHER

Plan an executable dance practice schedule and a play-list to impress with the dance maestros.

26. PUT A PLAYLIST TOGETHER

While your choreographer will work on the sangeet play-list with you, you should also make a play-list of all your favourite songs that you can hand over to the Dj for various functions.

27. PRACTICE YOUR SOLO/ COUPLE DANCE

It is important that you and your partner spare adequate time for your couple dance--the spotlight is going to be on you (literally)!

28. GET YOUR HAIR COLOURED

If you are thinking of bayalage or baby lights or global, this is the time you get it done--at least 2 months before the wedding. It will need time to adjust to your hair texture and give you time to make alterations, if any.

29. BUY YOUR BRIDAL SHOES

Clothes. Done. Shoes--get it done. Once you know the length of your garments, go buy your shoes. Make sure you pick the ones that are comfortable not just stylish. You will have to be walking around, dancing, and being in them all night.

30. BUY YOUR JEWELLERY

It is important your jewellery is paired beautifully with your outfits and is something you can wear even after your wedding. Speak to your jewellery about de-constructing if needed.

31. GIFT REGISTRY

If you prefer to choose your gifts then setting up a gift registry is essential--the money could contribute towards setting up your new home, honeymoon, experiences, or donations. Let your guests know what you like.

32. PLAN THE HONEYMOON

With most of your wedding planning on track, its time your partner and you start looking at options for your first getaway as Mr & Mrs.

33. APPLY FOR LEAVE AT WORK

It will be approved, but you don’t want to take that for granted.

34. BOOK YOUR TRAVEL

Hit two spots with one arrow--book your flights for the wedding, that is if you are going having a destination wedding, and your honeymoon.

35. GET YOUR VISA

Different embassies take different amounts of time to give you your visa. While you are dug deep in the wedding planning, you must get your visa well in advance--you don’t want to be stranded with plane tickets and no visa.

36. BOOK MARRIAGE REGISTRATION OFFICER

This could need a few runs to government offices, so fix a registrar who would legalise your wedding without any hiccups.

37. ASSIGN ROOMS

If you are having a destination wedding, speak to the hotel and start assigning rooms to your guests. You can divide area wise--all the grannies together in the block that doesn’t have stairs, the parents and their cousins together and friends together, and all the youngsters together.

38. GET A LIQUOR TAB

While you would love for alcohol to be free-flowing, a budget for it is a must. Divide it function-wise and remember you do not need to serve it all in in one go. Think of fun ways to segregate: have a cocktails sun downer wedding or strictly hard liquor at your sangeet and fun Indian twist cocktails for mehendi.

39. CHOOSE AN AFTER PARTY LOCATION

If yours is going to be an early wedding, an after-party is a must. Pick a spot that is within the premises if its a destination wedding and if not a 20 minutes drive is fair. You do not want to lose your guests and their mood in the transit.

40. FINALISE YOUR BRIDAL ENTRY SONG

Will you walk in or dance it off? Are your shoes comfortable enough to let you do so? Will it hamper your look? Does it resonate with your love story

41. HENNA

Think of personalised symbols that you can include. While you finalise the design aesthetic of your mehendi with your mehendi artist, you must also discuss the strength and colour of the formula they use--you don’t want it to fall flat or look blotchy just after one wash.

42. FINAL FITTINGS

Make those last-minute adjustments, even if it is as small as getting an extra hook on the necklace or the length of the latkan.

43.BOOK ALL THE GOVERNMENT LICENCES

While most venues will have all licences order, it is advised you check with them. These could include after-hours, venue, liquor, parking, and/or beach access (if you are having a beach wedding) permissions.

44. GET PACKING

It’s time to get the ball rolling for the real day--do not forget your essentials (power bank, ear-buds, safety pins, double-sided tape, make-up remover, etc.).

45. SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY

Needless to say, your life is going to change drastically. Spend quality time with your family. Thank them for always being there for you and making your dreams turn into reality.

46. GARLANDS

They can make or break the aesthetic of your wedding day look--so pick one carefully and don’t leave it on the florist or decorator to decide.

47. DATE NIGHT

The wedding could possibly be the is the only conversation you and your fiancé have had, break the monotony. Plan a fun and stress-free date and promise to each other to not speak about the wedding at any cost.

48. PRE-WEDDING SHOOT

If you would love to have a coffee table book with pictures of your fiancé and you then take a day out, get dressed, and have your photographer shoot the both of you.

49.ME-TIME

Take a breath--everything is in place. Go for your mani-pedi or a spa with your girls.

50.CALM BEFORE THE FUN

You might feel the jitters on the d-day--pull out your phone and listen to soothing songs or meditate to bring yourself together. And get set to be married!

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