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)?

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

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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?

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

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

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

Wedding With Originality; Mohini and Neel, San Mateo Marriott

{About Mohini and Neel’s Wedding} If I had to describe Mohini and Neel’s wedding in 1 word it would be original. From the baraat band to the centerpieces – everything was one-of-a-kind. {The Venue} The San Mateo Marriott is a … Continue reading Wedding With Originality; Mohini and Neel, San Mateo Marriott

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

Mumbai Themed Engagement Party, Ankit and Shailvi; #Shaikit Highlight Video

The groom’s family hand crafted iconic images of Mumbai to welcome the bride’s family and guests to an outdoor engagement party in the SF Bay area.    Videography: Robles Video Productions Check out the full story about their engagement here. Continue reading Mumbai Themed Engagement Party, Ankit and Shailvi; #Shaikit Highlight Video

The last sibling to get married: Jaime and Teemir, Cerritos, CA

Jaime and Teemir Bride and Groom: Gujarati Hindu and Gujarati Jain Ceremony: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Reception: Sheraton Cerritos Photography: Randery Imagery How did you decide on these venues? We wanted a winter wedding and therefore an indoor … Continue reading The last sibling to get married: Jaime and Teemir, Cerritos, CA

Cinderella Coach, Party Bus and More! Shveta and Kunal’s Highlight Video

Videography: Robles Video Productions Check out their gorgeous mandap, blue and pink dance floor, gorgeous dessert spread and more in Shveta and Kunal’s ShaadiShop feature. Learn more about the Hotel Irvine   Continue reading Cinderella Coach, Party Bus and More! Shveta and Kunal’s Highlight Video

Indian wedding at Hotel Irvine. The bride and groom in their Indian wedding dresses ready for their Hindu wedding ceremony.

Party Bus, Cinderella Coach, Book Invitations and more! Shveta and Kunal, Hotel Irvine

{Shveta + Kunal} Shveta and Kunal, got married at the newly renovated Hotel Irvine. The swanky and chic hotel venue is a relative newcomer to South Asian weddings – and they’re ideally suited for them with their outdoor lawn for … Continue reading Party Bus, Cinderella Coach, Book Invitations and more! Shveta and Kunal, Hotel Irvine

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Decision Making for Better Planning, Reha and Vijay, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Reha and Vijay Bride & Groom: Gujarati/North Indian; Hindu/Jain Wedding & Reception: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa Photography & Videography: Aaron Eye Photo & Video For us, selecting the venue was the most important decision as everything else was … Continue reading Decision Making for Better Planning, Reha and Vijay, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Shari and Prashanth, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa

Shari and Prashanth Bride and Groom: Gujarati Jain-Tamilian Hindu Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception: Newport Beach Hotel & Spa Photography and Videography: Lin and Jirsa Shari and Prashanth planned their wedding with 130 guests within 6 months of getting engaged. They … Continue reading Shari and Prashanth, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa