There has been a lack of pakistani wedding planners in the states. I have decided to fill that void. I am a wedding planner based out of New Jersey, and do weddings nationwide. Stay up to date with my advice, ideas, and thoughts for inspiration for your own wedding!
Anonymous asked: Hey Sana! Okay, so my questions is when I talk to people about weddings they go per person. And this confuses me..if I set up a budget of for example 15k then will that tell me that I can only invite a certain # of people. Or do I choose people first and then make a budget? Also, what are some ways to bargain? :P thanks for the help!!
It is good to have a budget first, [as most as you can go up to] then follow my template to follow how much percent of that you are able to spend on venue and catering [keep in mind if you don’t want everything on that list then you can increase the budget in other areas] Then divide this number by the number of guests, if you think the amount is too low to have the venue you want, then you can cut the guest list or increase your budget.
Some ways to bargain: Most vendors can go about 5-10% lower than their suggested price, however keep in mind if you bargain too much, then vendors get irritated and may or may not give you the best quality. For instance, if you bargain too much with a photographer, then they will send a lower experienced photographer on their company who doesn’t charge much. If you bargain too much with the caterer, they may choose cheaper meat to cover their costs and make a profit. These companies need to make a profit in order to make a living so keep in mind not to bargain too much! There is always another vendor who will be cheaper if the price is really out of your price range!
Tip Tuesday - Reception Tip!
To make the reception run as smoothly as possible it is a good idea to create a schedule. The schedule should be given to any one that is involved in the wedding reception such as: the caterer, the musicians/DJs, photographer, videographer, family and wedding party members. The schedule should include contact numbers of the bridal party and all of the vendors. Having the contact information helps to ensure everyone is where they need to be.
*Also build in extra time in the schedule incase of things that happen unexpectedly.
Anonymous asked: What is the difference between Nikah and Shaadi? :)
Islamically, a Nikah is a legal marriage between two people. This means, they are Husband and Wife in the Religious form. However some cultures still require a Rukhsati before the couple is allowed to live together.
Culturally, a couple is not permitted to live together until they have a Shaadi/Rukhsati. Shaadi is also called the Rukhsati, which is when the bride’s family gives the bride to the groom with well wishes. This is when the couple is allowed to live together both religiously and culturally.