How did you decide on the San Diego Marriott La Jolla?
The mehndi and pithi were at my relatives’ homes.
How much experience did the Marriot have with desi weddings?
They’d done a handful, but never with so many back-to-back events. We had our garba + wedding + reception there. Our wedding planner, Neha Shah, from Blue Lotus Insights, was awesome – she handled all of the logistics with the Marriott from the flame indoors to the additional meals for our guests staying there.
What advice would you give to a couple that’s planning their wedding?
A few things might go wrong that day. Be mindful that it’s just one day. As long as you’re marrying who you want to marry and the people you want around you are there – that’s all that matters.
If you don’t have a planner – take it one step at a time. Know what you can do yourself vs. whatyou should let a pro handle.
Planning can be overwhelming – if you can, give yourself enough time and be as clear about what you want and don’t want as possible.
DJ:Special Occasions – Parag dj’d my Sweet 16 and so it was cool to have him at my wedding too.
Food:Mantra and Jay Bharat. We were so happy with our food. Throughout the weekend we served a variety of food, pasta, Mexical bhel, had a taco stand, papdi and loth and more. There were a lot of non-Indian people at our wedding and it was great to know everyone from them to my super Gujarati grandmother loved the food.