Most of the people enjoy shopping, when shopping for a wedding; this experience can become quite overwhelming. If the Indian wedding shopping trips are not properly planned, then you might end up missing out on buying many essential items or end up buying wrong items. A wedding means the starting of a new life for the bride and the groom and therefore, everything that they would require in this new life of theirs needs to be purchased.
Marriage shopping in India is not easy and one can easily get confused and go overboard in their shopping quest if the same is not planned out properly. Below is a shopping guide which one should bear in mind when preparing the shopping list for an Indian wedding.
Decide The Budget First
The first and the most important step in preparing a shopping list for a wedding is to first decide on the budget that you would like to allocate on shopping. Make sure that the budget is decided in a practical manner and while it is okay to spend a little more or little less than the budgeted figure, spending way above the budget should be avoided under all circumstances.
Allocate The Budget
There are various heads under which the expenses during a wedding will be incurred. For example, you would need to shop for the clothes and accessories of the bride, buy jewelry for her, wedding gifts for the Indian wedding guests, clothes of the family members, etc. Proper and clear budgets should be allocated for each head and ensure that these limits are followed. The exchange of gifts between the two families starts right from the time the marriage proposal is accepted and therefore, if the budget limits are not followed, you might end up spending all your money on buying gifts for your and the groom’s relatives only.
Make Separate Lists
Separate lists should be made for different shopping needs, for example, a separate list should be made for the items that a bride would need, a separate list should be prepared for the items that would be required for the wedding ceremonies, a separate list should be prepared for the gifts that would be given to the guests and a separate list for the gifts that would be given to the groom and his family. Similarly, the entire shopping list should be divided into various smaller and more comprehensive shopping lists. These separate shopping lists, with the pre-allocated budgets, can be handed over to different members of the family and thus, the pressure for shopping would not fall on the shoulders of one person alone.
Prepare The List Well In Advance
It is important that the budget allocation and preparation of the shopping list is done well in advance, so that there is enough time for surveying the market and finding the best wedding items at the most reasonable rates. If the shopping is left to the last moment, one might have to either compromise on the quality or buy the items at double the prices. Hence, make sure your shopping list is ready months before the wedding day.