What Vendors Do You Book First for an Indian Wedding?

Is this you? You’ve started wedding planning and it’s kinda overwhelming? Not sure which vendors to book first? No worries, we’re here to help!

1st: Let’s start by detailing the vendors you’ll need:


1st. The Venue. With the venue comes the day and location which anchors everything else for your wedding.

2nd: Caterer, Decorator, DJ, Photo, Cinema
For most people the caterer is super important as we all know, food is a big deal at South Asian weddings. DJs and decorators are integral to the whole experience and your photo/cinema team are responsible for capturing the memories that will last a lifetime.

3rd: Officiant, Cake, Hair & Makeup
Once you have the biggest items selected, move on to the next wave of things you’ll need. Officiant, cake, hair & makeup all require tastings, trials, and coordinating schedules which can be difficult so get those underway. Ideally 6 to 4 months before the wedding.

4th: Shopping, Invitations, and Mehndi
Send a Save the Date out ASAP and invitations, ideally at least 3 months prior.

Note: Visit our Vendor Directories, for info on some of the best vendors!

Note: Ele baraat: there’s 1 vendor for an ele baraat in Southern California. So if that’s your must-have, contact them early-on to get on their calendar.

Note: Steps 2-4 are subjective. Switch the order based on what’s most important to you.

{Take Aways}

There’s a lot of detail that goes into planning an Indian wedding, but if you break it down into steps it can be methodical without being too overwhelming. Notice I said too overwhelming, because let’s face it, it is overwhelming. Follow the steps above and

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Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! 🙂

Samta Varia, Founder & CEO; ShaadiShop: Indian Wedding Venues

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