13 Details That Make The Difference Between A Good & A Great Indian Wedding

{Catering & Food} Functional China: My friend went to a wedding recently and the liquidy curries were spilling off of the plates and onto people’s clothes and the venue’s carpet. It was one of those things that you wouldn’t know … Continue reading 13 Details That Make The Difference Between A Good & A Great Indian Wedding

Guests at an Indian wedding playing Connect4

7 Ways to Wow Your Guests At Your Indian Wedding

{New Spin on the Welcome Bag} Everyone is doing welcome bags, so why don’t you also do thanks for coming bags! That will really blow people away! We distributed these at my wedding and our guests were really appreciative, especially the … Continue reading 7 Ways to Wow Your Guests At Your Indian Wedding

Things To Look Out For Before You Sign Your Indian Wedding Venue Contract

Signing your wedding venue contract is exciting! On average couples consider about 15 venues for their wedding before deciding on one. They make multiple visits and ask a lot of questions. And rightly so. The venue is one of the … Continue reading Things To Look Out For Before You Sign Your Indian Wedding Venue Contract

Indian Wedding Room Block At An Alternative Hotel

I was at an Indian wedding last year at a 4-star resort, in Southern California during the peak season – summer. The couple took out a room block at the resort for friends to book rooms on their own, but … Continue reading Indian Wedding Room Block At An Alternative Hotel

4 Non-Obvious Things To Discuss With Your Caterer for an Indian Wedding

With all the hard work you’re putting into planning your big Indian wedding it’s not feasible for one person to think of everything. That’s why we published this article on several of the non-obvious things that we have seen and … Continue reading 4 Non-Obvious Things To Discuss With Your Caterer for an Indian Wedding

What is A Mangalsutra Called Across India?

Have you ever wondered what a Mangalsutra is called across India in different Indian languages? Did you know some Indian cultures do not have a tradition of wearing mangalsutra? Malayalam: thaali Marathi: mangalsutra Kannada:  mangalyasutra thaali Telugu (multiple names): thaali, maangalyamu, mangalasutramu, or pustelu Tamil: thaali Konkani and Goan: dhaaremanior muhurtmani (big … Continue reading What is A Mangalsutra Called Across India?

ShaadiShop’s Indian Wedding Budget Tracker Template: Free Download

Since we work with couples to help them find a venue for their Indian wedding, naturally they have a lot of questions about the budget in-general: how much things cost what ‘each thing’ is – what they need how to keep … Continue reading ShaadiShop’s Indian Wedding Budget Tracker Template: Free Download

Why Do We Touch Elders’ Feet at Indian Weddings?

In the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh religions the custom of touching elders’ feet is observed. It’s an ancient tradition; and like many Indian traditions it is a sign of respect towards one’s elders. {A Sign of Humility} Bending down to touch … Continue reading Why Do We Touch Elders’ Feet at Indian Weddings?

Mala + Sandeep’s Indian Wedding, The Journey From the Dance Floor to the Mandap!

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!

Floating Mandap; Tejal + Yousouf’s Wedding at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach

{How They Met} Yousouf and I met through mutual friends while we were both at St. George’s University. He was studying for medicine and I was working on my Masters in Public Health. We started to hang out more and became … Continue reading Floating Mandap; Tejal + Yousouf’s Wedding at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach

Big Gujarati Wedding! Poonam + Jayson, Hilton Anaheim

{About Poonam and Jayson} Jayson proposed to Poonam the day she returned from a trip to Shanghai. When she arrived at LAX and neither he nor her family were there to pick her up she was disappointed…until a limo, stocked with … Continue reading Big Gujarati Wedding! Poonam + Jayson, Hilton Anaheim

Co-Choreographers Fall in Love; Girina + Vishal, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

{How They Met} This is a cute story you’d see in a Bollywood movie. Girina and Vishal were in college at the University of Arizona and there was an upcoming dance competition. Girina and Vishal are avid dancers and became co-choreographers. … Continue reading Co-Choreographers Fall in Love; Girina + Vishal, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Parade Float Baraat! Amy + Peter, San Diego Marriott Marquis

{Amy and Peter} Before we dive in to this feature, we HAVE to talk about their super unique baraat…with a parade float. Definitely a first from what we’ve seen! So cool! Amy shared: My husband, Peter loves everything unique and … Continue reading Parade Float Baraat! Amy + Peter, San Diego Marriott Marquis

A Non-Denominational Ceremony, Setoo + Viktor, Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

{Setoo + Viktor} Setoo and Viktor had a non-denominational wedding ceremony, incorporating their respective Gujarati Indian and Filipino cultures. Below, Viktor and Setoo shared details on how they met, how he proposed, to the wedding. Setoo: Viktor is Filipino and I’m Gujarati. … Continue reading A Non-Denominational Ceremony, Setoo + Viktor, Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

Jain Squared, Shailvi + Ankit’s Wedding, Pacific Palms Resort

{Shailvi + Ankit} Last year we brought you their engagement party! Creating new traditions, Shailvi brought her baraat to the Bay for their Mumbai-themed engagement. Now, we’re bringing you their wedding celebration! For this Ankit and his baraat headed to … Continue reading Jain Squared, Shailvi + Ankit’s Wedding, Pacific Palms Resort

We’re Tying the Knot So Take a Shot! Priyam and Amar, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

{Priyam + Amar} Sangeet: Diamond Bar Community Center Wedding and Reception: Hyatt Regency Long Beach Bride and Groom: both are Hindu Gujarati Photography and Cinematography: Samson Productions How did you decide on your venues? For the wedding and reception we … Continue reading We’re Tying the Knot So Take a Shot! Priyam and Amar, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Romantic Summer Wedding, Bina and Neel, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, CA

{About Bina and Neel} Bina and Neel have known each other pretty much all of their lives. Their families are friends, though they themselves were not in touch with each other. Through some family events they reconnected and their friendship blossomed … Continue reading Romantic Summer Wedding, Bina and Neel, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, CA

Cocktail Parties Are The New Garba; Priyanka and Anuj, Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, CA

{About Priyanka and Anuj} Priyanka and Anuj replaced a garba/sangeet with a fun cocktail party at a lovely Italian restaurant that they rented out. It was all Western attire and a nice way to add a Western flare to the wedding. Priyanka … Continue reading Cocktail Parties Are The New Garba; Priyanka and Anuj, Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, CA

Suraj Hua Madhham, Karishma + Suraj’s Wedding, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

{Karishma + Suraj} Suraj proposed at Disneyland and they planned their wedding within 10 months. Relying mainly on their friends’ recommendations and experiences, they put together a fun celebration of their love.   {Suraj Hua Madham} Narrowing down a song … Continue reading Suraj Hua Madhham, Karishma + Suraj’s Wedding, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Indian bride and groom wearing funny sunglasses, happily posing for the camera at their Hindu wedding

Trojan Mehndi, DIY Decor, Life-Size Games and more! Amrish and Rakhee, Malibu, CA

Rakhee and Amrish Bhakta-Jain, Gujarati, Hindu wedding Saddlerock Ranch Malibu Photography: Greycard Photography Videography: AKI Visuals Why a USC Trojan mehndi design? I’m a die-hard USC Trojan and football fan. My sister, Uncle, and I all went there. I got … Continue reading Trojan Mehndi, DIY Decor, Life-Size Games and more! Amrish and Rakhee, Malibu, CA

When Two Cultures Come Together Beautifully; Harvinder and Chintan

{Harvinder and Chintan’s Touching Story} Harvinder is Punjabi Sikh and Chintan is Gujarati Jain, however their similarities were greater than their differences. These lovebirds felt an instant connection when they met in 2010. Both are from families that immigrated to … Continue reading When Two Cultures Come Together Beautifully; Harvinder and Chintan

Indian bride and groom chatting at their sangeet

When An Indian Fashion Designer/Reality Star Gets Married, Maneka and Mayur, Temecula/Costa Mesa, CA

{About Maneka and Mayur} Maneka and Mayur met at work. Mayur is the CEO of Keller Williams Newport Estates and Maneka is a realtor and the owner/designer for Officially Couture by Maneka in LA’s Little India. Their love blossomed and they … Continue reading When An Indian Fashion Designer/Reality Star Gets Married, Maneka and Mayur, Temecula/Costa Mesa, CA

When the Bride & Groom Fall For Each Other…Literally! Komal and Ankush

{About Komal and Ankush} So you might be wondering what the title of this wedding feature is all about. Scroll down. You’ll see the {cute} story behind the title of our latest feature – Komal and Ankush’s wedding. They got married … Continue reading When the Bride & Groom Fall For Each Other…Literally! Komal and Ankush

Daughter to Dulhan, ShaadiShop Mother’s Day Special Part 1

To celebrate Mother’s Day we connected with two South Asian mothers to share their perspectives on Indian weddings. We interviewed Rupal Shah mother extraordinaire and a popular mehndi and draping artist in Southern California. Inside: A Mother’s Perspective My daughter is … Continue reading Daughter to Dulhan, ShaadiShop Mother’s Day Special Part 1

#Bhatt No Matter What: Arti and Anand, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Anand’s last name is Bhatt too, so I’m all set – no name change! Woohoo!  Arti and Anand Bride and Groom: Both are Gujarati, Hindu Mehndi: Bhima’s Restaurant Garba: Brookhurst Community Center Wedding and Reception: Hyatt Regency Long Beach Photography: … Continue reading #Bhatt No Matter What: Arti and Anand, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Balcony Baraat: Rajvi and Rishi, San Mateo Marriott

{About Rajvi and Rishi} Rajvi was a student on the East Coast while planning her wedding. Rajvi and Rishi’s wedding was on a Saturday at The San Mateo Marriott in Northern California, and by Monday morning she was back on … Continue reading Balcony Baraat: Rajvi and Rishi, San Mateo Marriott

Shailee and Simran, Sheraton Cerritos, Cerritos, CA

Sikh Ceremony: Buena Park Gurdwara, Buena Park, CA Reception: Sheraton Cerritos, Cerritos, CA Bride and Groom: Gujarati Hindu-Punjabi Sikh Photography: Lin and Jirsa What advice would you give to couples that are planning their wedding? My advice is to relax … Continue reading Shailee and Simran, Sheraton Cerritos, Cerritos, CA

Proposing to the Girl of Your Dreams – a Man’s Perspective, Medha and Yash

{From the Groom} We added a twist to ShaadiShop’s proposal series! A proposal story from a groom’s perspective! From preparing to planning to proposing, Yash shares what it all! And what a difference it is! For me the proposal process … Continue reading Proposing to the Girl of Your Dreams – a Man’s Perspective, Medha and Yash

Romantic Restaurant Proposal! Megha and Kevin

{About Kevin & Megha} They dated for 9 years before getting engaged last year. Bringing together Megha’s Gujarati-Indian-Jain background and Kevin’s Iranian background, this is truly a union of two beautiful and ancient cultures. Enjoy Megha’s telling of how Kevin … Continue reading Romantic Restaurant Proposal! Megha and Kevin

Rustic, Bayfront Wedding Blending East and West, Ashmi and Suraj, San Diego CA

Ashmi and Suraj Marina Village San Diego Conference Center and Marina Bride and Groom: both are Gujarati Jain Photography & Videography: Gloria Gonzalez Fotografia What was your vision for your wedding? We wanted something intimate at a venue that had … Continue reading Rustic, Bayfront Wedding Blending East and West, Ashmi and Suraj, San Diego CA