Costs That Are Often Overlooked at Indian Weddings

At Indian weddings there are so many moving parts! There’s the venue, decor, food, clothing and jewelry, hair & makeup, and so much more! The biggest cost and most outwardly visible” cost buckets” are: But then you’ve also got: But…wait … Continue reading Costs That Are Often Overlooked at Indian Weddings

Mandirs, Masjids, Derasars, and Gurdwaras in Arizona

{Officiants/Temples/Gurdwaras/Mosques} ShaadiShop has NO affiliation with any of these organizations. These organizations are listed here as a courtesy to make it easier for couples to locate wedding officiants. Gurdwara: Sikh and Sindhi Arizona Sikh Gurdwara: Phoenix Guru Nanak Dwara: Phoenix Nishkaam … Continue reading Mandirs, Masjids, Derasars, and Gurdwaras in Arizona

Indian Wedding Decorators and Designers in Arizona

{Event Design + Decor} A list of Indian and all South Asian wedding event decorators and designers in Arizona. Apropos Creations: Chandler Avant-Garde: Phoenix AZ Retro Rentals: Tempe Bloom + Blueprint: Event Design + Decor + Coordination Dang! Fine Rentals & Design … Continue reading Indian Wedding Decorators and Designers in Arizona

Is It Realistic to Repurpose Your Wedding Lehenga(s)?

    I’ve read several blog posts and articles in fashion magazines that talk about repurposing a bride’s wedding lehenga(s) into another outfit or pillowcases or picture frames etc. It’s one of those things you hear about but never meet … Continue reading Is It Realistic to Repurpose Your Wedding Lehenga(s)?

The Sehra Bandi at North Indian, Punjabi and Pakistani Weddings

{Ceremony Before the Baraat} Sehra Bandi: is the ceremony where the groom’s face is covered by tying a multi-stranded garland to his paghadi (turban). “Sehra” is the actual garland headgear and “Bandi” means to tie. So the garland is tied … Continue reading The Sehra Bandi at North Indian, Punjabi and Pakistani Weddings

Hindu-Punjabi Indian Wedding Traditions; Essential Guide for Catering Sales Managers

Many people think that Indian wedding ceremonies are the same across the many Indian sub-cultures. While there are many similarities between Hindu and Jain wedding ceremonies across India, they do somewhat vary by region. And Sikh, Muslim, and Buddhist weddings … Continue reading Hindu-Punjabi Indian Wedding Traditions; Essential Guide for Catering Sales Managers

What’s the Difference Between Design and Decor for an Indian Wedding?

  Talk to a wedding designer and refer to them or their company as a ‘wedding decoration’ company and they’ll quickly correct you – distinguishing between design and decor. A designer envisions a wedding holistically, thinking about the overall look, … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Design and Decor for an Indian Wedding?

Transporting Guests to/from Venues During Your Indian Wedding and How That Impacts the Venues You Choose

When we help couples with their venue selection, at some point in the conversation we talk about transporting guests to-and-from the venues. While it’s definitely not a sexy nor exciting aspect of wedding planning such as buying your clothes and … Continue reading Transporting Guests to/from Venues During Your Indian Wedding and How That Impacts the Venues You Choose

Subtle Details That Differentiate Venues for Indian Weddings

Often, when our team is working with couples one-on-one to help them with their venue selection, {naturally} compare venues on price. That makes sense but not in a vacuum. We encourage everyone to also look at what value they’re getting … Continue reading Subtle Details That Differentiate Venues for Indian Weddings

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?

Pink mandap for an outdoor Indian wedding

Intro to Indian Wedding Mandaps For Venue Catering Sales Managers

For any Catering Sales Managers and venues that are interested in selling Indian weddings, knowing what a mandap is, is a really good place to start. {What Is A Mandap?} Definition: A mandap is the equivalent of an altar. Traditionally, … Continue reading Intro to Indian Wedding Mandaps For Venue Catering Sales Managers

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