The Hindu Weddings
No sooner is the date finalised than the entire process of making bookings and fixing appointments has to start.
First of all, decide on the venue and book the hall.
Contact the priest to draw the muhurat.
Buy the invitation cards / meet the printers.
Chalk out the menu, contact the caterers
See to the marriage registration formalities.
Jewellers to be met for the mangalsutra, rings, other gold ornaments.
Transport to be arranged for the guests
Do your trousseau shopping.
Buy the silverware.
Gifts for the groom, in-laws and others to be packed.
Carpenters, painters, cleaners, domestic help to be contacted.
Decide on whether you're going to have recorded music or rely on the traditional vazantri.
Florist to be contacted for the garlands, roses to be distributed to the guests, loose flowers, flower decoration at venue.
Accommodation to be arranged for the guests.
Ladoos, kapann, pedas, mithais to be ordered
Articles to be distributed at the tel (oil ceremony) and mementos to be given to relatives and guests after the wedding.
Everything required for the pooja as suggested by the priest: coloured rice (akshata), coconuts, etc.
The bridal dress, baashing, pheto, footwear.
'Maharaja' chairs for the bridal couple and chairs for the guests.
Photographer / Videographer to be booked for the day.
Bridal giveaways like cupboard, dressing /dining table, beds, embroidered pillow covers & linen to be delivered to the groom's place a day prior to the wedding.
Fix appointment with the beautician.
Do a thorough job on yourself and your wedding plans and butterflies will not find their way into your tummy.
By Rima Thakur