Wedding Tips, Plans and Budget

We all got excited during wedding time.. it normal to think about all the fun, food, clothes etc. but the difficult thing is to have the exact output on your wedding day as you thought.

Planning a Wedding is simply getting organised that too organised according to the budget. Parents would bring the whole world for their child on his/her wedding day but if you want to plan, you have to centralized things according to money..

Here is a list of approx costs.. plan your thing accordingly 

1) Venue- Usually Indian marriages last long for 3-4 days. The daily cost of a venue is around Rs.Rs.1,00,000 to Rs.25,00,000 (depends where you are planning to have it).

2) Decoration- This will cost you anywhere between Rs.1,00,000 to Rs.5,00,000. There is no limit on this expense. It usually depends on what type of decoration you need.

3) Entertainment- Well, it again depends on your taste. So it will range anywhere between Rs.50,000 to Rs. 2,00,000 (If you include local artists).

4) Catering- As said above Indian marriages continue for 3-4 days and with all family, friends and relatives gathering together means one need to be ready to have food according to the guest. Dishes range from 10 (3 veg/3 non veg dishes or 2 veg and 1 non veg, 2 sweets, 2 side dishes, 2 breads, salad ) to 60. So it again a major contributor to marriage expenses. Usually a meal may cost you anywhere from Rs.100 to Rs.2,000 (per plate).

5) Photo and Video- marriage being a lifetime event, we need to capture all moments of this fun to have a re-look in future :) So hiring a local photographer may cost you in the thousands. But planning for hire professionals then the cost may go into lakhs.

6) Invitation Card- Few years back these cards used to cost you anywhere within a few hundred rupees. But now the style changed and so the cost of these cards too. So currently a trendy card may cost up to Rs. 5,000. But a regular one may cost you still in few hundred rupees.

7) Make Up- This cost depends on the bride and groom. If they are trendy then it will cost you around Rs.5000 to Rs.40,000. And relatives makeup may took 500 to 3000.

8) Gold-Well…nothing to say about this. Depends on the budget..

9) Clothes- Clothes include bride and groom and family members. I heard from a friend who is into silk saree business that a typical purchase of saree for marriage starts from Rs.5,000 and can go up to Rs.5,00,000 per saree.

Considering above the basic costs of a marriage you may easily predict that a typical Indian marriage will cost you anywhere around Rs.10,00,000 to Rs.25,00,000.

Few Tips: 

1: Start planning the guest list. Decide on approximate number of guests - this may impact your choice of venues/food amount

2: Pick potential wedding dates - check with important guests to avoid clashes

3: Enlist any helpers/talented friends of family with aspects of the wedding (for flowers, dresses, decoration, makeup etc)

4: Research potential wedding services and suppliers - photographer, florist, invitations, decor, music, hair and make up

5: Research and prepare accommodations for guests in advance

6: Organise the legalities — give at least 2 months notice to registrar or priest/religious celebrant

7: Have final wedding dress fitting 2 weeks before, last-minute adjustments are terrible

8: Deliver must-have shot lists to photographer and videographer in advance. Assign a family member to be the stay with photographer, so he knows who is who.

9: Give caterer final guest head count, dishes orders 1 week before

10: Also 1 week before organise money to be paid to suppliers on the day in separate packets 

11: Assign a family member who would take a note of each gift or money envelope.

12: Talk to elders, to know if there are any special ritual or ceremony you have to perform

NO MORE TIPS: Just relax and enjoy the beautiful phase of your life..

Thank you so much for reading.. leave your comments below :) 



  1. This is a fantastic post on wedding plans, budget and tips. Looking forward to more such posts. We both want a small DIY wedding within our budget at some local NYC wedding venues. Your tips are going to be very handy for us.


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