The Indian Bride’s Ultimate Checklist

by mehak on August 16, 2013

in Bridal Blog, Bridal files countdown

Its D -Day . You are done with the morning function where you cried a bucket full of tears (or in my case cried just a little bit and was told by everyone that i look ‘too happy’for the Chura function), and now you are gearing up for the big one. The main event itself !! There are about a million  gazillion things running through your head, and things seem to just be happening in one big daze. People are scurrying around here and there, coming to check on you telling you to start hair and makeup, worrying about decor and its this out of body- surreal feeling. You know those amusement park rides which take you to the top and then just let you fall straight down. Funnily enough, thats kind of how you feel on the day of the wedding . But worry not, while you may be in a daze, this ultimate bridal checklist will help you make sure you are on top of everything.

2 Hours Before Hair & Makeup Starts

  • Have you messaged Your Makeup Artist to Confirm the time you expect her and where you expect her? Any accessories you need her to bring? Also ask her if she wants you to wash your hair. Mine told me she specifically didnt want freshly washed hair
  • Has someone called the Groom to ask how things stand at his end in terms of timing? When is the time you should expect the Baraat?
  • Has your ‘Girl to Bride Bag‘ Been Packed? What is your ‘Girl to Bride Bag’ you say? Well its a list of things you need to take to the parlour to get ready . This is what you need to check it has
    • Your Jewellery
    • Your Lehenga (Skirt, Blouse and Dupatta please. I know a bride who forgot her blouse at home)
    • Your shoes
    • Hair Pins
    • Double Sided Tape (For those of you wearing slightly low cut blouses)
    • Safety Pins
    • Cotton Buds (Optional- they help in Makeup removal)
    • Tick Tock Clips- These help to put your hair out of your face
    • Your Bridal Accessories- HaathPhool, Pajeb, Nose Pin, Maang Tikka
    • Straws (Yes Straws- when there is lipstick on your face and you want water , this is what will help)
    • Mini Bisleri Bottle or Better Yet Tang or Red Bull or some energy related drink
    • Vaseline (This is just me, but whatever you fav lip balm is)
    • Your makeup kit (You need to carry a small kit just incase your MUA’s product doesnt work on you). Take one foundation, kajal, lipstick and blush.\
    • Makeup Remover
    • Reference pic you want to show your makeup artist?
    • Snack-Chocolate Bars, Energy Bars, Nuts, Khakra, Anything you can munch on
    • Tissues
    • Umbrella – It could rain on the way to the parlour!
    • Money (You should always carry some money!)
    • Phone and Phone Charger (The last thing you want is your battery dying when you have to coordinate stuff)
    • Perfume Bottle ! (I forgot to carry one)
    • Mint
  • Has you ‘Bride to Wife‘ Bag Been Packed?What is your ‘Bride to Wife  Bag’ you say? Well its all the things you need as an overnight bag in your hotel  or wherever your first night is going to be (If its at the boys house im assuming you have already shifted your stuff day so probably dont need it) . This is what you need to check it has:
    • Night Suit
    • Change for the Next Day-I wore something Indo-Western
    • Makeup Remover (SO IMPORTANT!!! You return looking like a wicked witch and you need this- highly recommend Mac Makeup Remover – the purple bottle one )
    • Sanitary Stuff- Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner , Combs etc etc.
    • Change in Shoes- you wont wear the same ones the next day.
    • Night Creams and all those lotions and potions
    • Your Makeup Kit and daily essentials
  • Are you wearing a front open top? This is important! When your hair/makeup is done you dont want to pull up your t shirt over your head. Or best- wear your blouse when your hair and makeup starts.
  • Have you assigned someone to be your personal helper yet? She will be the one who needs to ensure your Bride to Wife bag gets into the Vidaai car and that you are well fed, and giving you sign language about how the makeup is going, You cant really insult the MUA on her face can you?
  • Is someone working on your Entrance Song CD- one of your brothers should take responsibility.
  • You know which driver and which car is going to take you from the parlour to the wedding ? You need one assigned to you .
  • You know how to get into the wedding venue without being seen by the Grooms family (for your big entrance)

Half Way Into  Makeup

  • Have someone Check with the groom about the status and expected time of Baraat
  • Have someone Check with the DJ about your Entrance Song – he has recieved it right?
  • Check with your mum and dad to see they havent broken out into a bucket full of tears like little kids. Indian Parents- You love em, but they are a funny lot.
  • Check with your Brothers to see if the Phoolon ki Chaadar or whatever it is you are walking under is in process of being made.
  • Get some nice behind the scenes shots with your Photographer
  • Pee ! Im serious- going to pee with that lehenga is torture ! Make sure you have used the loo for whatever needs to be done before.
  • Test the Dupatta on your head. The minute the MUA put the dupatta on my head, my head was literally hurled back. I suggest you stand up with the dupatta to check if you can take the weight of it – I made this mistake. While sitting, i didnt realise how heavy it was and at my ceremony, i had to STAND. Aweful- i was scowling  and uncomfortable throughout!

Post Hair and Makeup

  • Send a message to the Groom saying “Baby, Here we gooo!” . Ok no. This is not important.
  • Click a photo, See if you want something changed.
  • Relaxxx !! Wait till you hear the horns of the baraat and spend some time with your sisters and friends! Its going to be one tiring , fun and unforgettable day ahead. Make sure you capture these moments with your photographer as well!

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*Psst: Do add more checklist items i may have missed!


At the Salon!!


Who will be married next?



I dont want to scare you or anything, but thats HALF the number of pins that came out of my hair and yes that much fake hair was used on my wedding.


I re-wore my lehenga for the first KC !


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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

mily August 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm

mehak…you are an angel! you dont know what social service you have done by doing this..many brides would be thanking you all their lives because you made a checklist that got them through their wedding day :)


Ritu R August 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

superb compilation Mehak… would like to add mints/ mouth fresheners to the list of products… and blotting sheets…. :)


bawa August 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm

i went to a wedding where the bride forgot her chunni! fortunately had a very light stole one for the registry wedding ( this was in the uk) and had to covef her up as best as possible for the weding ceremony. two gallant knights , ie cousins, were dispatched immediately but it was ac2 and 1/2 hour drive each way, so we had late lunch entrance when it finally arrived. error? bride had a check lust for everything but her own stuff!!!
so very good post.


mehak August 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Haha ! Chunni! OMG – i can imagine!


thedelhibride August 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Some brilliant tips here! Greaatttt work, as usual! :)


Xuvious August 17, 2013 at 12:07 am

Some of the things you mentioned are so simple and yet so easy to forget!! :)


Shayoni At SweetAndBitterBlog August 17, 2013 at 12:28 am

This post was informative and equally fun. While reading it, I could picture you in my head and relate to all the bridal posts you did and then BAAM…your pics before wedding – PUrrfecTTosSHH

I think I should bookmark this page for future reference *wink*


shayonee August 17, 2013 at 1:07 am

*respect* You are simply awesome! Are you this organized always??


Supria August 17, 2013 at 2:39 am

Mehak, such a comprehensive list! Although 3/4th of the stuff mentioned here was for my parents, I simply did not care about anything except getting dressed and looking nice :D


Nishu August 17, 2013 at 7:41 am

Awesome post Mehak! Going to print out this check list when it’s my turn.. btw you write beautifully! Keep it up :)


Meenu August 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

Wow… great post… m gonna bookmark this one… I’ll need this three monhs later


Nimisha Goel August 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

love the girl-to-bride and bride-to-wife bit :)


Marathi Weddings August 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

I love your bridal posts. You reminded me of my wedding day!! I remember I was over equipped for my wedding. I was probably covered for any kind of emergency for that day. Better safe than sorry no? To your list I would only add – Medicines (Painkillers/allergy/acidity), a small nail kit and sewing kit (May sound weird but there were weddings where the cousins almost cursed the bride for making them run in their spanking new sherwani out on the humid streets of Mumbai for a needle and thread)


kiransingh August 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm

wow really nice post :)


Clothes and Creativity August 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Mehak, wedding shoes are a must! Plus I suggest a pair of not-so-high heels to change in to later in the night. I had a spare pair and the came in so handy for the latter half!


Clothes and Creativity August 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I meant a spare pair. You’ve already mentioned shoes, I just read.


Ashima Suri August 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Yay. It’s here!!! :-) Brilliant post Mehak, it’s going to be so so so so useful for all brides-to-be! I’m jotting down all of this in my little red wedding planning diary!
A few other things brides could carry would be lens case+ lens solution, small point and shoot camera ( for someone as photo obsessed as me), crocin/combiflam ( just in case all the stress and weight of the clothes is too much to handle) :-)


ash August 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I panicked reading the number of things a girl needs to do. And that is when I am already married.
But super list. Covered everything.


sonia August 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Awesome list… thanx a ton.. this will really help me out.. *phew*


Rashi Talwar September 13, 2013 at 1:21 am

Hi Mehak,

From where you bought this beutiful lehanga and for how much?



Meetha Singh September 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Love the lehanga, it’s stunning.


Ankita Singh October 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Bindiiiii!!! Very important… My sister-in-law forgot to take her bridal bindi for her reception make-up and all hell broke loose! :P
So the MUA asks “madam aapki bindi kahan hai?” and my bhabhi starts screaming… She was almost on the verge of crying… Thankfully I was carrying my mom’s purse and ended up finding some bindis in there :D :D


mehak October 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

oh loL! We dont wear bindis so yeah forgot to add that to the checklist…


Ankita Singh October 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Oh and Mehak, I forgot to say that this post is a godsend! I’ve copied it onto a word-doc, and am carrying a print-out with me for stocking up on things mentioned here for my weddind… Thanks a ton for this :)


Ankita Singh October 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

A couple of things I have added to my own list (the aforementioned word doc :D) are as listed under:
1. Bindi
2. Sanitary napkins (you never know)
3. Nail cutter and file (don’t you hate it when a rough nail gets stuck or pulls on a pretty dress!)
4. Needle and matching thread (just in case a hook comes off or a nail pulls on your pretty dress :-P)
5. Bangles
6. Drape style picture – I find it extremely hard to explain exactly how I want my saree/dupatta draped
7. Hair accessories, like studded hair clips and stuff, if any


SM Wedding Planners May 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm


This is a good checklist that you have mentioned here. we are a wedding planner in Chennai and we agree to the checklist that you have mentioned here.



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