Why Does the ShaadiShop Website Mostly Have Hotel Venues vs. Other Types of Venues?

We are asked this question often, so I thought it would be helpful to address it on the blog. Before answering the question, it’s important to understand what we do.

Some people think we are a wedding planning company. Others think we’re a free wedding consulting service.

We are neither of those things.

You should think of ShaadiShop as an online venue mall. Venues pay us a fee to have a profile on the ShaadiShop website (which is different than the blog). We market venues for Indian weddings. In turn we send those venues qualified Indian wedding leads.

{Win-Win for Couples and Venues}

When you start planning your wedding you’re very open to the possibilities. You’re not really sure what a good budget is. The number $50k or $100k often pops up as a good round number, but you don’t really know. You also don’t know whether a venue can manage all of the things that are often needed at a South Asian wedding such as a ceremony flame or an elephant or your baraat.

On ShaadiShop we give you all of that info so you don’t have to call venues to know whether and to what degree they’re Indian friendly. We also tell you their pricing so you can start understanding how much things cost. So you get info about venues and further home in on the venues that really fit your needs and wishes and the venues get qualified leads — everybody wins.

{How ShaadiShop Helps Couples}

The venue profiles on our main website and our blog are detailed with tons of info that anyone planning an Indian wedding or any South Asian wedding needs – that’s the first way we have made our product useful – by saving you a ton of time.

Examples: you can see whether a venue has the capacity for your guests, has outdoor space for any events you might like to have, allows Indian food/South Asian outside catering, allows a ceremony flame (for Jains and Hindus), allows a horse or an elephant for the baraat, whether the venue requires a day-of coordinator and a lot more.


The second way ShaadiShop helps you, is by letting you request quotes for any venues directly on the site – no more making individual calls to venues one-by-one.

And we do all of this for you for free…because the venues pay a fee to be on our site – that’s how we can make it free for you.

{Hotels vs. Other Types of Venues}

Now that you understand how ShaadiShop works and how we help you, the reason why we have many more hotel and resort venues on ShaadiShop compared to other types of venues such as wineries, golf clubs and banquet halls is because the hotels and resorts are willing to spend marketing dollars to attract Indian weddings.

A lot of the other types of venues that may do a few Indian weddings per year are happy to host Indian weddings but are not going to spend marketing dollars to attract them.

As noted at the beginning of the article, venues pay a fee to have a profile on our website. Venues that only do a handful of Indian weddings every year or aren’t interested in actively reaching the Indian market are NOT going to spend marketing dollars to join ShaadiShop – and that’s why they’re not on our website.

It’s unfortunate because couples want a variety of venues. And we offer so much value to you and them. We work diligently to add a variety of venues to ShaadiShop everyday and keep advocating for you!

I hope this article has been helpful to you. If it has, please let me know in the comments; and you might like to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest – whatever your preferred media is, as we frequently publish articles to help make  planning an Indian wedding just a little bit easier.

Samta Varia Founder & CEO ShaadiShop: Indian Wedding Venues


“Cannot say enough good things about the service from Samta and ShaadiShop who helped us research venues for our wedding this year. We wanted a non-hotel venue, and to get married within 6 months. ShaadiShop immediately found us venues, contacted them and educated us about all the things we needed to think about while selecting a venue. They put all the info together in a fabulous, super impressive, spreadsheet that helped us compare venues – seriously amazing and such a great help. Working with them made the whole stressful process MUCH easier and I can’t believe it was all free! ShaadiShop’s website is fantastic and such a great service for South Asians – so glad I found them!”

Anjli S., Bride

“Shaadishop helped me not only find venues but also understand how they work, the fees, and tips that I wouldn’t have otherwise known. Definitely a need service in the desi community. And best of all, it was free!!”

Hinna S., Bride

“We’re so glad we used ShaadiShop to book our venue. The info on the website is amazing and then they gave us such personalized attention! They were such a valuable resource for selecting venues, helping us understand policies and logistics. Their suggestions saved us a lot money too! They really understood us, what we wanted and helped us get it. AND it’s free! So glad there’s a service like this for South Asians. Awesome that there’s something like this for South Asians!”

Janki K., Bride

“I was working in Washington D.C. during my venue search and not living in Southern California. ShaadiShop put my family, fiance, and me at ease with the helpful and timely information they provided. The whole experience of finding a venue was so much better with them! I highly recommend using ShaadiShop for all your venue search needs!”

Shrishti M., Bride

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How Venue Fees Work For An Indian Wedding
How to Avoid Venue Overtime Fees at an Indian Wedding
Venue Food & Beverage Minimums: Everything You Need To Know