Your Complete Wedding Planning Guide To Tie A Knot In Hyderabad

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Whether you are considering to get married in Hyderabad or are already planning your big day in the city of pearls, there are plenty of reasons to love Hyderabad weddings. From a chic city wedding to a grand ceremony at a venue overlooking the serene Hussain Sagar lake, the options are simply plenty. So naturally, it has been host to some of the most beautiful weddings in the city. And if you are planning a wedding in Hyderabad, you have access to some of the best wedding venues, vendors, and resources right at your fingertips. For couples considering a wedding in Hyderabad,  here is the ultimate wedding planning guide to plan a perfect event.

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From venue suggestions to wedding planners to shopping, here is everything that you need to know about getting married in Hyderabad.  Ready to start planning?

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How To Plan Your Wedding In Hyderabad?

Prioritize your wedding requirements and start planning in advance, preferably 6 months in advance. Here are some wedding planning tips:

  • Select a season and finalize wedding date! (Tip: have 2-3  alternate dates just in case your preferred venue and vendors are unavailable for a given date)
  • Discuss the wedding budget and arrive on a ballpoint figure.
  • Based on your budget, prioritize your wedding needs  like the wedding style, list the number of pre and post-wedding functions etc
  • Prepare a rough guest list – Having an approximate headcount for each event, especially for the wedding ceremony and reception will help you in shortlisting venues.
  • Depending on the capacity and budget, shortlist a few venues that match your wedding style (indoor or outdoor). Visit the shortlisted venues in person. And as soon as you have decided on the venue, book it.
  • Create a checklist & timeline –  Prepare an itinerary for each of the ceremonies along with time and date.
  • Research what kind of decor, photography, makeup etc you want. Look for vendors online or inquire with friends/family. Check their portfolio for quality and style before finalizing.

Also Read: DO’s and DON’Ts while planning a wedding

Planning a wedding in Hyderabad may seem challenging. A little advance planning and organization can, however, help you put together a wedding of your dreams. One of the best ways to make the process smoother and enjoyable is to hire a wedding planner.

With over 4 years of experience in the wedding industry, BigFday has developed a unique perspective on wedding planning. It has to be fun, exciting and stress-free. We work with a network of the best banquet halls, vendors and partners to suit every type of budget. And the result?  Over 2000 happy couples!

Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide For Hyderabad!

Regardless of your wedding style and budget, this wedding planning guide is the perfect first step. Read on and you can actually save money by with these insider insights and tips.

The Basics

While mostly the weddings are fixed according to Muhuratham dates,  the other considerations would be a holiday period, favourable weather etc.  The period between October-November and February-March has a mild and pleasant climate and hence is preferred by most couples. Make a note of major events and festivals in the city, as these could impact the demand, prices, traffic etc. for your wedding.

Wedding Venues

Hyderabad is a wedding venue haven! Getting married in Hyderabad means that you have a plethora of venues to select from. Venues to cater to any wedding style, budget and numbers. From traditional marriage halls to 5-star star banquet halls to heritage sites to lush lawns, there is absolutely no dearth of wedding venues to suit your requirements.

But don’t get overwhelmed by the choices. Once you have an idea of the guest count, preferred locality, budget etc you will have a decent number of shortlisted venues. Also, make sure you get the quotes from different sources. For example, at BigFday we have partnered with hundreds of venues and are able to offer special prices and exclusive discounts of up to 45%  to our clients. This way you can bag a better deal on a venue that was previously way beyond your budget.

Overview Of Wedding Venues In Hyderabad

Banquet Halls: From grand ballrooms to versatile pocket-friendly spaces, you will be spoilt for choices. The Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, Marigold Hotel, Vivanta by Taj, ITC Kaktiya, Taj Deccan, Sheraton, Westin, Novotel etc are among the top 5-star banquet halls.

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Outdoor Venues: Whether you prefer an elegant lawn or a rustic farmhouse, the city has it all when it comes to open-air venues.  N Convention Center, Imperial Gardens, KRKM Gardens, Rendezvous etc are among the man good options available.

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Lake-facing: With the presence of the magnificent Lake Hussain Sagar, it’s no wonder that lake view venues are quite popular in Hyderabad. Jalavihar, Lakeview Function Hall, Moksha banquets fit the bill perfectly

Heritage:  For a touch of royal Nawabi charm, get married in one of Hyderabad’s historic venues, such as the Fort Grand, Taj Falaknuma Palace or Chowmahalla Palace.

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Area-wise Begumpet, Banjara Hills, Madhapur, Gachibowli have the most concentration of well-known venues.

When Should You Book Your Wedding Venue?

Though the Kalyana mandapams are typically wedding-specific, other venues in Hyderabad are not. Hence, the banquet and party halls tend to be busy even on non-muhurtham dates. As there are corporate launches and conferences happening all around the year, the top venues in the city mostly have high demand than venues on the outskirts. Considering this it would be wise to start looking for venues as soon as the wedding date is out. Starting off early, on this front could make all the difference. While some couples tend to book the venue as early as 10 months, our research suggests you should start looking at least 3 months prior to the date.

In case, you are not venue specific and willing to take a chance then maybe booking closer to the wedding date can get you a better deal! As the venue will try to occupy the space rather than leave it as such,  have an upper hand to negotiate the price.

Wedding Decor

Unarguably, wedding decoration is one of the most noticeable attractions of the day. After that, it’s the decor that sets the ambience and tone for the day. Hence, it is important to choose the right wedding decor as well as decorator.  Follow our simple guide to freeze your perfect wedding decor:

  • Research: A little research before talking to vendors will come very handy. So be generous to take help from Pinterest, or other wedding sites for ideas and inspiration. This will give you an idea of what kind of wedding theme/style/colour palette you want.
  • Decor budget:  Before you delve into further details, set aside your decor budget. The choice of decor materials, intricate designing etc depends on the budget. Practically, for a given budget, a good decorator will be able to incorporate any theme or style. Only the design will vary.
  • Co-ordinate: Consider choosing your décor that compliments your dress, wedding venue and time of the year etc. In short,  your decor should tie the different elements together and reflect your wedding story as a whole.

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Though there are many wedding decorators in Hyderabad, try to shortlist based on word-of-mouth, social media reviews etc.  Being active on social media like Facebook, Instagram etc is a good sign. Some of the city’s sought after vendors are Lavish Eyedea, Marigold Weddings, Evibe, Weddings and more, Alankara, Sri Happenings etc.

Wedding Photography

The cost of hiring a good wedding photographer is not cheap in Hyderabad. Having said that, it is an investment for a lifelong memory of your big day. Typically, the photography packages will have bundles of different photography products and services. The cost of the package will depend on whether you want traditional or candid photography, videography, number of events, the scale of the wedding, pre-wedding shoot etc.

Photriya, PVR Photography, Kishor Krishnamoorthi, Wedd Art by Soumya Radesh, Suman Chakravarthy, Prithvi Poosapati, Sravan Yemineni, Weddingscapes and Pixel Army are among the premium wedding photographers in Hyderabad.

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How Much Does Wedding Photography Cost In Hyderabad?

The cost of hiring a wedding photographer in Hyderabad is approximately Rs. 1,00,000. The price ranges between Rs. 50,000-Rs. 3,00,000 depending on the photographer’s experience and package chosen. Price of top wedding photographers in Hyderabad is starting at Rs. 1,50,000.

Bridal Makeup

On the wedding day, the bridal look is the most noticed and talked about phenomenon. Everyone expects to see a sheer radiance on her. And your makeup completes your bridal look. Hiring a professional makeup artist will ensure that you are putting your best face forward on your D day. Friends/cousins who got married recently, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are good sources to scout for makeup artists. Spend some time on their social pages for customer feedback and style of work. We advise you to opt for a makeup trial before finalizing the artist and the makeup.

Some of the renowned bridal make-up artists whose skills the brides of Hyderabad can vouch for Tamanna Rooz. Aliya Baig, Sairaj for Mask Makeup, Ayesha AK, K Mohan Rao, Cheritan Makeup Artist and Magical Makeovers.

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How Much Does Bridal Makeup Cost In Hyderabad?

Like other services, bridal makeup packages too depend on a number of factors. Experience of the makeup artist, makeup technique and the detailing involved contributes to the cost.  The average bridal makeup and hairstyle cost in Hyderabad is approximately Rs. 15,000. However, the prices range between Rs.10,000 – Rs.25,000.  Similarly, makeup trial starts at Rs. 2000.

Also Read: Types Of Bridal Makeup That Every Bride-To-Be Should Know!

Wedding Dress

Bespoke or readymade? Blow the budget designer labels or budget options? When it comes to picking wedding dresses in Hyderabad the options and the subsequent decisions can be daunting. Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills have some of the best bridal stores and boutiques. They are the must-visit places to get a hang of latest trends in bridal and groom wear fashion. Similarly, the lanes of the vibrant Laad Bazaar (or Choodi Bazaar) is full of options for beautiful dupattas, zari work and particularly bangles.  This is the place to showcase your bargaining skills to the fullest.

Angasutra, Anahita, Ogaan,  Shravan’s Studio, Mrunalini Rao, Anand Kabra, Gaurang Shah, Anushree Reddy, Shriya Som, Architha Narayanam, Shilpa Reddy etc are among the well-known designers for bespoke and awe-inspiring bridal couture. They are high-end labels and are heavy on the pocket.

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Other popular bridal shopping destinations in Hyderabad are Mebaz, Meena Bazaar, Rangoli,  Singhania’s, Neeru’s etc. These shops have a versatile range of reasonably priced bridal lehengas, sarees and gowns. Head to Sri Sai Kanchi, Trisha Trends, Sri Radha Krishna Silk Palace, Mungalal silk and sarees and Kala Kunj for their impressive collection of exclusive bridal silk sarees.

Jadeblue, PN Rao, Manyavar, Lagnam, Shravan’s Studio, Sasya and Evolve are some of the famous groom wear shops in Hyderabad.

Wedding Jewellery

Hyderabad brides are incomplete without jewellery. Hyderabad is known for this signature Satlada necklaces and Basra pearls. The areas of Panjagutta and Basheerbagh have several renowned wedding jewellery shops. To shop for one-of-a-kind jewellery in traditional Hyderabadi styles and motifs, head to Manepally jewellers, Vithaldas Zaveri, Joyalkkas, Kishandas & Co., Shree Jewellers etc. For exclusive pearl jewellery, visit Mangatrai Jewels or Jagadamba Pearls.

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Wedding Invitation Cards

The neighbourhood of Gowliguda in Hyderabad has many wedding card shops. You will find a wide range of cards and should easily find one to suit your budget. For an exclusive and designer collection, you can visit Raga,  Batcha, Pretty Glided, Avasar, Radhika Pitti Studio, King of Cards etc

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Hope with the help of our wedding planning guide, you are ready to explore some of the exclusive wedding-related choices. Did we miss any names? Share your suggestions and experiences with us. For more wedding ideas and inspirations, follow the blog section on our website.

Hassle-free and fun event planning is our true passion! Our planning team won’t rest until we help you discover the perfect venue and host a memorable event. Enquire with us about venues with exclusive packages and top wedding service professionals in Hyderabad.


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