If you have decided to begin your hunt for shopping the best items for your wedding, here is a list of things you must do to help yourself.
Going to shop for your wedding is a task of its own in Pakistan. Even after meeting designer after designer and hopping from one salon to another, the to-do list remains the same no matter how much you try to sort it out. So, to help you out and to assist you in the process, here are a few things you need to do before you start bridal shopping.
GET, SET, GO! Let the Lehanga hunting begin!
Make A List
Yes, you know that a list needs to be made, it is obvious and simple. But have you considered writing everything, literally everything, that you must buy? From the items like Mehndi props, the number and types of outfits you want to buy, to the must-have jewelry; include all the items you can think of in your list. You can further break it down into categories like, Gifts for in-laws, Your Accessories, your major event outfits, Mehndi décor items & shadi stuff (let’s say, a decorative glass for Doodh pilai, maybe?), and Thank you favors etc. You can have a miscellaneous section where you can list all the remaining items and things that you are unsure of.
One of the biggest benefits of hiring a wedding planner is that he or she helps you make a financial strategy. It all comes down to the budget to make your wedding successful. It might seem like you will be spending extra, but your planner is the one who helps you save a lot by distributing the right budge at the right places. You will be saving in a long run. What more do you want?
The list will of course be the estimate, as you can never be sure about the clothes you are going to buy and the makeup items that you will end up hoarding. But, it gives you some direction and idea into what you are looking for. Make sure that the items and quantity you are sure of is mentioned in the list for your ease. Similarly, you can calculate and mention your budget preferences alongside the items too, so you don’t end up over-spending.
Do Your Research
Look at as many references, Pinterest boards, latest trends, bridal weeks’ pictures to get an idea of what sort of stuff you would like to have for your wedding. Once you have the inspirations, sort out your preferences and have them printed. Now, whenever you go out to shop, you will have something to show or you can even get the same stuff made. Researching, saving and printing it out will help you in a long run. If you don’t have the inspiration, you will end up super-confused by dozens of options, once you are at the designers’. Stay updated with the trends too, so you don’t miss out anything important on your wedding.
Make The Appointments
Truth be told, before you choose one designer or multiple for your wedding events, make appointments with all those you like. The more, the better! It all comes down to your choice and time but is always better to look around before deciding. Therefore, it is mandatory that you shortlist the designers, salons or wedding planners you want to meet, beforehand. Set up appointments with them in advance, so you don’t have to do everything haphazardly or miss out on anyone in the end.
Make A Calendar
Finally, once you have planned everything and have made the appointments, now is the time to organize. Making a calendar, be it on paper or Word, will help you align all your activities and priorities. Put all your appointments under that specific date, so you are prepared in advance. This will also give you a sense of accomplishment, other than showing the impending tasks, once you checkmark the tasks that are done. This is it for now. Happy Shopping!