The Indian Wedding Planner
Visithra Chetty never expected to be the one stop wedding planner until it all happened! With the wide array of specific needs for each wedding Chetty offers you a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs and flawless execution to boot. She commits her time loyally to ensuring that the couples personal style comes shining through. Indian weddings are elaborate and vibrant; typically consisting of several functions. That is why she found her passion to assist with absolutely all wedding planning services, venues and locations, decorations and themes, photography, videography, honeymoons as well as planning your wedding budget leaving nothing to chance.
Chetty has this to share with us, “One of the most fun parts of wedding planning is making a wedding personal. I love when brides and grooms incorporate bits of their cultures into their wedding, making the event a truly unique experience that epitomizes the backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities of the couple and their families.” With her background in event planning she saw a need for specialist wedding needs for the Indian community.
As we all know an Indian wedding is just not walk down the aisle and round the fire. From the bride-to-be it’s the sometime customary trip to India to seek your perfect wedding attire, jewellery and sometimes the husband too. Then you have the wedding cards, flowers, date assignment by priests, bachelorette party, wedding registry and so many other pre-wedding events. Let us not forget about the Mehndi night or the South Indian version of Nelengu. Now the “nelengu” that is done is the cleansing ceremony a day prior to the wedding. This is done separately at the brides and grooms’ house. Usually 2 Nelengu’s are done after getting the appropriate times from the priest. The first one is messy and the second one is done more elegantly.
Chetty who has a flowing list of wedding bookings even brides based in Johannesburg who have opted to host their weddings in Durban or Cape Town handles these tasks with ease ensuring her clients are always in the loop and keeps everyone calm whilst she manages all their wedding requirements.
Chetty services also extend across South Africa and around the world with vast experience in Indian weddings of both North and South Indian origin.
How to contact our wedding planning department
- Email: email@example.com
Visithra Chetty’s Wedding Checklist
Do This Now!
- Decide the size of the wedding and number of functions.
- Allocate responsibilities between both families.
- Draw up a guest list.
- Visit possible venue(s) to discuss availability.
- Interview caterers, hotels and restaurants and discuss sample menus.
- Visit possible venue(s) to discuss availability.
- Order wedding invitations.
- Book a professional photographer and/or videographer.
- Choose florist and a floral theme for your wedding.
- Audition musicians/make music arrangements for the Sangeet.
- Decide upon you lighting requirements.
- Start purchasing your trousseau, wedding and reception outfits.
- Speak to travel agents about honeymoon destinations.
- Plan your wedding budget, collect estimate from all your wedding professionals.
- Set dates for pre-wedding celebrations.
Take it Easy… 2/3 months to go.
- Have all your bookings confirmed in writing.
- Invite pandit/granthi for the ceremony.
- Maintain good contacts with your all your wedding professionals: caterers, florist, musicians etc.
- Send out invitations.
- Choose wedding rings.
- Shop for tikka gifts.
- Keep a record of acceptances and refusals.
- Finalize your honeymoon plans, make sure your passports and vaccinations are upto date and you have applied for all necessary visas.
- Book accomodation for out of town guests.
- Plan your menu and any special requirements with the caterers.
Buckle up… 1 month to go!
- Be sure your wedding clothes are collected and ready to wear.
- Make appointments with hair-dresser and beautician.
- Organize Mehendi artist.
- Order mithai and related items.
- Finalize plans for the Sangeet.
- Book your hotel for your wedding night if required.
- Make sure that you and the groom have luggage for the honeymoon, think about what you want to pack.
- If required, book some musicians for the groom’s arrival.
- Book wedding cars.
Lets get cracking… 2 weeks to go!
- Finalize the number of guests and inform the caterers in writing.
- Arrange for all your salwars and saris to be ironed and packed.
- Confirm with the florist the exact arrangements for collection or delivery of all flowers.
- Make final checks on all your bookings.
- Order relevant traveller’s cheques or foreign currency, if needed.
All set… 1 week to go!
- Confirm all bookings.
- Confirm menu with caterers and arrange for drinks to be delivered.
- Confirm arrangements for hired crockery, cutlery, glassware or table linen.
- Your wedding clothes should be ready, try on outfits.
D day… the day before the wedding
- Your florist should prepare and soak all flowers and foliage and have them ready.
- Make sure wedding cars are clean.
- Pack your honeymoon suitcase, ready for delivery to the reception. Make sure your fiance has packed his.
- Visit the hairdresser and beautician.
- Try to relax and have an early night.
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