The most important thing to consider when planning your wedding is deciding who will be on your wedding team —the vendors who will make your wedding vision come true. Brown Bride is a vendor directory for South Asian weddings in the USA and Canada created to help you navigate this very challenge.
This is one of the most important starting points before even choosing a vendor. Estimate a budget for your wedding with your fiancé. Here are some questions to keep in mind when having the Budget Conversation:
It’s spreadsheet time! Now that you’ve determined the number of people and number of events, you’ll have a much easier time coming up with the vendor list. Create a spreadsheet on Google Sheets and list out all the vendors you need, and for which event. This is just the first stab – you’ll iterate on this as you get more information from actual vendors. Check out the sample table below to help you get started, and don’t forget to browse our list of vendors on Brown Bride:
|DJ + Lighting||X||X||X|
|Hair & Makeup||X||X||X||X|
Based on our experience at Brown Bride, South Asian vendors can be some of the most sought-after businesses within the wedding industry. We strongly recommend browsing sites like Brown Bride for vendors in your area and messaging them to schedule virtual or in-person appointments. Make sure you have your list of questions ready such as:
We cannot stress this enough – read up on reviews of every vendor you’re considering hiring. This is particularly important for South Asian weddings, where couples have traditionally relied on word-of-mouth referrals. Use our Sorting feature when searching on Brown Bride to find the “Most Rated” vendors – you’ll see vendors like Amber Rain Photography with 28 five-star reviews from real brides.
Reading testimonials from real couples will help you decide whether a vendor is a good fit for you. Feel free to request recommendations from vendors you’ve already booked or ask for their thoughts on a vendor you have in mind. Remember to pay it forward when you are married and leave reviews for your favorite vendors!
When coming up with your vendor list, it’s easy to forget about the little fees that you don’t think about when planning a large-scale event. While it’s nearly impossible to budget for every single hidden cost, we recommend budgeting an extra 5% of your total wedding costs to cover unforeseen expenses.
What are some common hidden costs? Here are a few to remember (but there are more!):
Remember that you’ll be entrusting vendors with an important service on a very emotional day of your life so it’s important that you feel comfortable with your vendor team. You’ll want folks who put you at ease and reduce your stress (not increase it!)