If you’re hiring a DJ (which is the case with a majority of South Asia weddings) then you won’t need any AV equipment from the venue. The DJ will bring their power drops, lighting, equipment etc. If a band is … Continue reading What AV Equipment Do I Need from the Venue and How Much Will it Cost?
One of the important points of a Hindu or Jain wedding ceremony is the varmala. The couple adds a fun twist by making it difficult for the other person to place the garland around the other person’s neck. Milni … Continue reading Fun & Games at South Asian Weddings
The 4 biggest fees at most venues are: ceremony fee – flat fee. Some venues add service charge + tax on top of the flat fee. dinner services fee – charged per person. What do you get for this? lunch … Continue reading How Do Venue Fees Work?
Room Block Hack for South Asians At my wedding SO many of the guests had the last name ‘Jain’ and the hotel’s reservation staff got overwhelmed and confused. Our names are already foreign to them; tack on so many people … Continue reading Hotel Room Block Hack When Lots of Guests Have the Same Last Name
The Online Rate is Lower We’ve all been there. You’re booking travel for a wedding and the room rate online is lower than the discounted rate on the invitation. Why is it lower online? And why on earth, would you … Continue reading PSA for Wedding Guests: Why You Should Still Book your Hotel in the Room Block Even Though it’s Less Online
Milni literally translates as “to meet”. The milni is a South Asian wedding tradition that takes place right after the baraat arrives and the two families…meet. South Asian weddings are marriages between two families so this is a great way … Continue reading Milni at South Asian Weddings
In Hindu wedding ceremonies, sometimes there’s confusion over the 7 steps of saptapadi and 7 pheres around the fire. They’re two different things and both are included in Hindu ceremonies. In the 7 steps of saptapadi, the couple stands side-by-side … Continue reading 7 Steps vs. 7 Pheres at Hindu Weddings
Most people use Google Docs and Spreadsheets to manage wedding planning with family and friends. We’d like to share another free tool that has more features, free, and easy-to-use, called, Trello. Trello is a collaborative To Do list. As South Asians, … Continue reading Free Tool to Coordinate Wedding Planning With Family and Friends
The answer is a resounding yes! Lots of people are opting out of cake for luxurious dessert bars and other treats. We know a couple that served an assortment of donuts and another that had s’mores at their reception! How … Continue reading Is it Ok to Not Serve Cake at Your Wedding?
The short answer is it depends on the venue. The MAJORITY of venues do not allow BYO. Because of liquor license requirements and liability issues, they must provide all alcohol. The handful of venues that do allow BYO wine and … Continue reading Can You BYO Alcohol at a South Asian Wedding?
The 4 most commonly misunderstood items in wedding venue packages are: Even though it’s called an “outside catering fee”, that per person fee does NOT include the food. You still have to pay the caterer separately. Packages include cake cutting … Continue reading The 4 Most Commonly Misunderstood Items in Venue Packages
South Asians are known for their hospitality. We want our wedding guests, in particular, to feel welcome and comfortable throughout the wedding weekend. A component of that is serving breakfast to your guests. Venues are happy to work with you … Continue reading Cost Effective Ways to Serve Breakfast at a South Asian Wedding
Fun/funny wedding photos to make you smile and inspire fun memories on your big day! Follow our Funny Wedding Photography Pinterest board for more inspiration. For more funny photo ideas, follow our Funny Photography Pinterest board. The best venue pricing Visit … Continue reading Fun/Funny Wedding Photography
Part of deciding what city or region to have your wedding, is determining whether you want to have each event at a unique venue or at one. By the way, when we talk about the wedding events, we’re talking about … Continue reading Does it Make Sense to Have Each Wedding Event at a Different Venue?
Wedding cakes are gorgeous, delicious and…can be expensive. Consider getting a smaller beautiful cake from a bakery and order a few sheet cakes from Costco or elsewhere to serve to guests. Their cakes are delicious and by the time it's … Continue reading The Money-Saving Wedding Cake Hack Every South Asian Couple Should Know
Most brides envision their wedding. Their outfits, who will be there. And they definitely think about how everything will look. That moment when the ballroom doors open guests are greeted by a flood of lights, music, and decor. Believe it … Continue reading Wedding Reception Napkin Art
We're lucky in SoCal, as there are a number of beautiful venues that can host South Asian weddings. From San Diego to Santa Barbara, venues are increasingly aware of not only what a mandap, nikkah, Anand Karaj are but what … Continue reading Deciding Where (Region) To Get Married
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Your Ambassador. At a wedding, after the ceremony was completed some guests gathered around the mandap, eager to congratulate and take photos with the couple. A family of 4 stood nearby waiting for their turn, when the Maid of Honor … Continue reading Prepping Your Wedding Party for the Wedding Weekend
As you plan your wedding and costs add up, it’s likely that at some point you’ll ask yourself, “should we invite everyone to everything?” This is a guide to help you think through this. It’s a balance of cost, social … Continue reading Should You Invite Everyone to Everything?