For South Asians getting married in SoCal: check out these important dates before deciding on a wedding date. Scroll to the bottom for links to major sports team schedules as well as convention centers from LA to SD. January Jan. … Continue reading 2018 South Asian Social Calendar: Wedding Date Guide
Yay! You’re engaged! Congratulations! I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy it! Now starts the fun-work…planning your Indian wedding! Increasingly as I help couples with finding their venue, I’m seeing the large 400+ guest weddings as well as people … Continue reading You Just Got Engaged! The Very First Steps of Indian Wedding Planning: A Guide
We’re lucky in Southern California to have several venues for Indian weddings that overlook the water. Up and down the coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara there are lots of venues to select from. It’s just a matter of … Continue reading 3 Indian Wedding Waterfront Venues in Southern California That Won’t Cost Your Life Savings
When I work with couples to help them find their wedding venue, a very common question I get asked about is how all the “food stuff works” since the majority of Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan weddings include outside catering, … Continue reading How to Work With Your Caterer for an Indian Wedding: Tips, Ideas, and Mistakes to Avoid.
So some people might call this post blasphemous, for breaking Indian wedding, or rather Hindu and Jain wedding tradition, but we want to talk about the benefits and beauty of open mandaps. Once again ShaadiShop has teamed up with Geeta … Continue reading Open Mandaps at Indian Weddings: Breaking Tradition Beautifully!
Regardless of what type of Indian wedding ceremony you plan to have – Hindu, Jain, or Sikh, when you’re thinking about an indoor vs. outdoor ceremony, there are special considerations to think about for your wedding venue. In this article … Continue reading Deciding to do an Indoor vs. Outdoor Indian Wedding in Southern California: A Guide
A few months ago we brought you Mala and Sandeep’s adorable How They Met and Amazing Race, proposal story. And now we’re excited to share their big Indian wedding celebration with you! Mala and Sandeep considered about 15 venues before deciding … Continue reading Mala + Sandeep’s Indian Wedding, The Journey From the Dance Floor to the Mandap!
A key component of any Indian wedding photoshoot is the First Look. That anticipatory moment when you see each other for the first time on your wedding day – both dressed in your best – in iconic Indian wedding attire. … Continue reading First Look Photos From Indian Weddings: A Collection
The decor at an Indian wedding is a major factor in how the whole event will look and feel. I talk to a lot of couples and the decor is definitely one of the wedding planning areas where they spend … Continue reading Indian Wedding Decor: Turquoise and Purple
One of my favorite things about working with venues in Southern California is that there are so many oceanfront and waterfront venues. The Balboa Bay Resort is a new venue to the Indian wedding scene. Couples seeking a venue that’s … Continue reading Indian Wedding Venue Spotlight: Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, California
Do you know how much things cost for an Indian wedding in Southern California? There are so many articles on the internet for Western weddings but not a whole lot of information for Indian weddings…until now. How much of the … Continue reading Indian Wedding Budget Infographic: Free Download
ShaadiShop’s 2019 South Asian Social Calendar Features: all major Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Jain holidays major events throughout Southern California i.e. Comic Con, Coachella, US Open of Surfing (events that could impact your wedding date and location) scroll to the bottom … Continue reading 2019 South Asian Social Calendar: Southern California Wedding Date Guide
For an Indian wedding, the venue is the single largest chunk of your total wedding budget. The next big buckets are food, decor, cinematography and photography. Plan on spending about 35% of your total wedding budget on the venue. In … Continue reading What Factors Influence Venue Fees For an Indian Wedding?
Hopefully you saw our recent article called 6 Simple To Do’s for the Best Post Indian Wedding Ceremony Photos. We worked with Geeta Randery, the principal photographer and owner of Randery Imagery to bring you that guide as well as this … Continue reading How to Create A Post-Ceremony Shot List for an Indian Wedding
Budgets for Indian weddings vary from $40k to $400k+. Regardless of how much you plan to spend, there are several decisions to make for your wedding: food: how to serve meals vendors: selecting them number of guests: invite everyone to … Continue reading Reception Decor Decisions at Indian Weddings
In my work helping couples find their wedding venue, for Hindu and Jain ceremonies, the ceremony flame pretty much always comes up. Some venues allow the indoor ceremony flame, others don’t, and some allow it with some restrictions and fees. … Continue reading What to Ask Your Maharaj for an Indoor Ceremony Flame at an Indian Wedding Venue
Indian weddings have a lot of moving parts, impacted schedules and things will move fast. So you want to be as prepared as possible so you don’t miss a beat. Your ‘getting ready’ photoshoot is one of things you’ll cherish forever … Continue reading 4 Day-Of Dressing Room Photoshoot Tips for Indian Weddings
Indian weddings are opportunities to show all your loved ones how much they mean to you. Our culture is hospitable and we want our guests to feel welcome, entertained and well-fed throughout the wedding weekend. Welcome bags for wedding guests … Continue reading Indian Wedding Welcome Bags: Packing List + Ideas
I know talking about wedding reception napkin art might seem a little strange, so let me provide some context. Napkins at a wedding reception are like a key accessory that complete and outfit and really make it pop. And like … Continue reading Indian Wedding Reception Napkin Art
Kids add joy to everything – especially Indian weddings! By the end of my wedding, my friend’s 5 year old and my cousin’s 6 year old were besties. And when the DJ dropped “Gangnam Style”, they OWNED the dance floor. … Continue reading Having a Kid-friendly Indian Wedding? Some Ideas to Keep Them Entertained!
Anyone planning an Indian wedding knows that food is really really really really important. Guests remember the food, comment about it later and it’s a key aspect of your wedding guests experience. When we talk about serving lunch, what we … Continue reading Cost Saving Lunch Ideas At Indian Weddings
Because most Indian weddings have between 15%-25% of the guests who will not drink alcohol, venues have created a consumption bar option. A consumption bar means you pay for each drink consumed vs. paying a per person fee for unlimited … Continue reading How Bar Packages Work at an Indian Wedding Venue: A Detailed Guide
Hotel room blocks for Indian weddings are pretty important, as they’re such large events with guests traveling from across the globe to be there on your special day. When I work with couples to help them find their wedding venue, … Continue reading Understanding Hotel Room Blocks For My Indian Wedding
A lot of times venues will tell you that outside caterers are not allowed to use their kitchen. Before I started ShaadiShop and planned my own wedding I interpreted that very literally, as in outside caterers don’t step foot in … Continue reading What Does “No Kitchen Access” at Venues for an Indian Wedding Mean?
One of the fun parts of any Indian wedding is designing the reception decor and layout. Venues that are Indian wedding friendly accommodate the many needs – large guest capacity, flexible layouts, have space for a dance floor, sweetheart stage, … Continue reading Indian Wedding Reception Design Guide: 6 Steps
How to display your cake at an Indian wedding reception
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Indian weddings are family affairs. Guests arrive from across the globe to celebrate…you! For the couple it’s all a whirlwind and they’re relying on their photography and cinematography team to capture the moments for them. Geeta Randery the principal photographer and … Continue reading 6 Simple To Do’s for the Best Post Indian Wedding Ceremony Photos
While helping couples find an Indian wedding venue, pretty much every bride asks about chiavari chairs. Should I invest in them or not? How much do they cost? Why don’t venues offer them? Why are venue chairs so corporate looking? … Continue reading Chiavari Chairs For Indian Weddings Guide
Many South Asian weddings are full of fun and games. From stealing the groom’s shoes to wedding party photos to milni. Another tradition observed in some weddings is blocking the couple from leaving after the vidai. Usually the bride’s female … Continue reading Fun Wedding Party Blockade at South Asian Weddings
As specialists in venues for Indian weddings, one of the most important concepts we talk about with couples is venue food and beverage minimums. In this article we’ll walk you through everything you need to know. First, food & beverage … Continue reading Venue Food and Beverage Minimums at Indian Weddings: Everything You Need to Know
One of the most exciting times for a South Asian bride, is the moments before she steps out to walk down the aisle. The Marriott Newport Beach has two beautiful ceremony venues that are ideal for Indian weddings; and she … Continue reading Brides: Watch Your Baraat Arrive at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa, Indian Wedding Venue