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Pakistani Wedding Checklist
 

 
 If there is one thing we have learned from attending Pakistani weddings, it’s this- they take a lot of planning! There are so many wonderful and entertaining events that go along with a Pakistani wedding, and sometimes, it can be hard to keep track of everything that needs to be planned. That being the case, our team at Saiaf Films would like to share an easy to use Pakistani Wedding Checklist. This will help you to stay on track and make sure all those extra special details don’t get left out!

Download a Printable here: Pakistani Wedding Checklist

12+ Months

  • Announcements: Notify your friends and family of your Baath Paki/engagement.
  • Meeting: Arrange a sit-down with your fiance, both sets of parents and any other individuals that may be contributing financially to your wedding. Make sure to clarify who is paying for what and what traditions you plan to have at your event. Handle any details that you don’t want to be confused about later on!
  • Time-frame: Decide on a time-frame that fits your desired date for your Pakistani wedding. Keep in mind, weddings around Labor Day and Memorial Day tend to be costly. Consider the amount of out-of-town guests and what days may be easiest for them to have time off for the wedding events.
  • Research: Start researching wedding venues, wedding planners and possible wedding themes or styles. Visit some venues to start narrowing down a selected few.

9-12 Months

  • Book Your Venue: Decide on a venue that suits your event the best. If possible, consider one that you can celebrate the Mayoun, Mehndi, Nikah, Shaadi and Valima at.
  • Research Vendors: Take some time to research possible vendors. Look for possible florists, DJs, caterers, bakers, etc. For Pakistani Wedding Videographer and photographer – contact Saiaf Films (we can cover all of your traditional Pakistani Wedding Events flawlessly!)
  • Wedding Website: Start building a wedding website. Check out our tips for planning the perfect wedding website.
  • Go Cake Testing: Start testing out different types of wedding cake. Check out our ideas for selecting the perfect wedding cake.
  • Guest List: Start putting together a wedding guest list.

6-9 Months

  • Book Your Vendors:  Start booking your vendors.
  • Locate an Imam: Speak with your selected Imam on whether or not he will be performing a speech.
  • Song Selection: Start selecting which songs you would like played at your Pakistani wedding. Select songs for the bride’s arrival, the groom’s entrance, cutting the cake, rasams, rukhsati, etc.
  • Wedding Party Selection: Notify your wedding party to let them know you would like to have them in your wedding.
  • Locate a Mehndi Artist: Locate a Mehndi artist for your Mehndi event.

3-5 Months

  • Send out invitations.
  • Finalize your vendors. Book your florist, DJ, Mehndi artist, hair and makeup artist Imam and meet with Saiaf Films for your photography and videography.
  • Start booking your honeymoon.
  • Decide wedding favors, table numbers, place settings.
  • Start ordering outfits for the Mehndi, Shaadi and Valima.
  • Research rental supplies: Decide what equipment you will need to rent.
  • Select the necessities for the Mehndi and Shaadi:
    • Motives/candles
    • Mehndi cones
    • Dhol player
    • Mehndi trays
    • Dupatta
    • Flowers to throw with baskets if necessary
    • Mithai for rasams

1-2 Months

  • Verify details with all vendors and send them the event schedule.
  • Send playlist to DJ.
  • Contact any guests that have not RSVP’d.
  • Form a seating chart.
  • Attend a final dress/outfit fitting.
  • Purchase accessories.
  • Purchase wedding bands.

1-2 Weeks

  • Confirm any remaining details with vendors (cake selection, arrival times, etc.)
  • Confirm seating arrangements.
  • Make a list of any individuals or groups that plan to dance at the Mehndi or would like to give a speech at the Shaadi.
  • Finalize event schedule, guest list and seating chart and send it to any necessary vendors.
  • Try on wedding and event outfits with accessories. (Break in your shoes!)
  • Get a manicure and pedicure before your henna is applied.
  • Double check that all guests have necessary accommodations.
  • Spend some quality time with family and friends!

One Day Left

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Organize anything that you may need or will be taking with you.
  • Make a list of all necessary makeup or accessories and check it off as you pack!
  • Select an individual to make final payments to vendors. Put the money in envelopes and label them.

Event Time!

  • Get ready, smile, feel beautiful and enjoy your special day!

Above all, remember to relax and stay as organized as possible when planning your Pakistani wedding. These will be some of the most memorable days of your life! Plan well and enjoy every minute of your Pakistani wedding!

Download a Printable here: Pakistani Wedding Checklist