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Your wedding planning guide - Part II

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Getting married can be one of the most memorable and exciting moments in your life. As you plan this wonderful day, you both will continue to feel great joy, but may also experience a few butterflies and a little confusion. We understand your situation well and have come up with this Wedding Planning Guide to help you stay focused, and keep organized as you plan for your BIG day.

2 - 4 MONTHS

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Take medication to control your menstrual cycle if the date is due around the wedding date. You can also consult a sexologist if you have any queries or doubts.

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If the parents of the bride are giving her gifts and property, make sure the property is in her name for future security. This might save you unforeseen trouble.

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When deciding on your honeymoon destination, keep in mind the climate of the place and decide your wardrobe accordingly. (Avoid going in the monsoons, it would spoil your outings). Know in advance about the type of food there because it might not favour your taste, look for a tourist guide if required and, of course, remember making accommodation reservations. It should be a personal decision of the bride and the groom. If you're going abroad, start planning at least 3 months in advance, so that tickets and visas could be arranged.

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Get the room/house ready for the newly-weds. Equip it with essentials and check if all things are in order. Make sure it is painted according to their choices and is set according to their needs.

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Purchase all the required jewellery like mangalsutras and kaleeres. The couple should try out their wedding wears days before the wedding to squeeze in time enough for alterations, if required. Make sure you have purchased all accessories like cuff links, bags, shoes, ties, tie pins etc. Give a last check on the service provider files and make sure everything is on time.

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Let this decision be of the couple's as to where they want to elope on the first night. Book the suite in advance. Make sure to inspect it well before-hand.

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Make sure everything is arranged for the mehendi, haldi, sangeet, bridal shower et cetera. Geet-sangeet is the soul of any Indian wedding. Start planning for it at least 20-30 days before. If you plan to have a choreographed dance, sign up for dance classes. Choose the list of songs, you could also choose from the list of songs mentioned in the planner ahead. Organise transport and catering for these functions. You can use the events section of the website and save the trouble of informing every person by just updating the list of events so that the people in your guestbook can refer to it.

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Make sure you have purchased and set aside the gifts for family and friends. Keep the gifts arranged, and get them packed in different packing so that they're distinctive. Gifts can vary from gold to clothes to items for house decor.

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If you have used the e-invitations facility, you have saved yourself from all the last minute hassle of couriering the invitation cards or going to houses to deliver the cards. But if you haven't, courier the invitations to the guests.

THE FINAL MONTH

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Give a last minute check to everything, from service providers to artists. Reconfirm dates and timings with everybody. Reconfirm your appointment dates and other ceremonial dates. Recheck on the bookings of hotel rooms and flights/trains.

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With all the work, make sure your skin is taken care of. Go for facials, spas and body polishing. Indulge in good products for the best results for your skin and never get out of your house without a sunscreen, even in winters. Also, check with you hair and make-up artist. Tell them about your needs and requirements so that they work according to your wishes.

LAST 1 WEEK

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Get in touch with the service providers to reconfirm their arrival timings. Not only will this ensure their arrival on time, it will also put you at ease.

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Choose someone to ready your dress, carry your things, take charge of handling gifts (especially the envelopes), hand out tips, and be the point person for each vendor.

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Supply him or her with a list of moments you want captured on film. Discuss specific shots, and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you. You could also upload your album on your wedding website and share it with your guests online.

THE FINAL DAY!

wedding planner guideGetting cold feet on your big day? Don't worry. Sit back and relax, because with this wedding planner, it's sure you haven't missed out on anything. Give a last look at the check list in the planner, call all your service providers and ask them if everything is in place. Call your cab driver to make sure the car is in place and it drops you to the venue on time. Get your dressing room ready if you're not getting dressed in a salon. Stock it with sewing kit for emergencies, an iron, safety pins and other needed accessories, like extra hair pins, tissue papers etc. Keep a stock of water and food in the room and a handy first aid kit. Assign a person from your family for the gifts and set up a table for the gifts to avoid any confusion. Make sure the farewell car is decorated and ready for the couple to leave the venue.

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