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?

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

Peacock Themed Reception; Divya and Raminda, Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resort, CA

{About Divya and Raminda} Divya is Punjabi and Raminda is Sri Lankan. Divya is Hindu and Raminda, Buddhist and they incorporated both cultures/religions into their wedding. For instance Raminda had a baraat and wore a sehra. And they opened their wedding reception … Continue reading Peacock Themed Reception; Divya and Raminda, Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resort, CA

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

Best Text Message Ever: “Morning Babe! Let’s Get Married!” Reena and Ateet, Allentown, PA

{About Reena and Ateet} We caught up with Reena and Ateet, about their wedding. Ateet is the Founder of Planet DJ Productions, a popular South Asian wedding DJ and event production company in the Washington D.C. metro area. Being in … Continue reading Best Text Message Ever: “Morning Babe! Let’s Get Married!” Reena and Ateet, Allentown, PA

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

Bhangra Regiment, Dholnation, and more! Sonia and Sunny, Turnip Rose Hilton Costa Mesa

Sonia and Sunny Punjabi Hindu and Punjabi Sikh Wedding: The Turnip Rose Reception: Hilton Costa Mesa Photography: Greycard Photography Videography: Robles Video Productions Did you have a sangeet? mehndi? Yes, and they were combined and held at my Aunt’s home. … Continue reading Bhangra Regiment, Dholnation, and more! Sonia and Sunny, Turnip Rose Hilton Costa Mesa

Indian bride and Canadian groom leaning against a classic car

Canadian Groom Serenades Punjabi Bride to a Bollywood Song, Simran and Frank, Baltimore Marriott

Simran and Frank Bride and Groom: Punjabi Sikh – French-Canadian Christian Wedding and Reception: Marriott Inner Harbor Baltimore ShaadiShop chatted with Simran, the bride whose wedding video went viral, when her Canadian husband sang a Bollywood song to her, at … Continue reading Canadian Groom Serenades Punjabi Bride to a Bollywood Song, Simran and Frank, Baltimore Marriott

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

An Indian bride and groom posing for a photo at their sweetheart table at their wedding reception.

Shilpa and Utkarsh, Hyatt Regency Orange County

Shilpa and Utkarsh Bride and Groom: Maharashtran/Punjabi; Hindu Wedding and Reception: Hyatt Regency Orange County Photography: Greycard Photography     Tell us about your wedding planning environment. I was living in SoCal. We decided to give ourselves plenty of time … Continue reading Shilpa and Utkarsh, Hyatt Regency Orange County

Indian groom carrying his Indian bride after their Hindu wedding ceremony.

Shreta and Bharat, InterContinental Hotel, Dallas

Shreta and Bharat Bride and Groom: Gujarati-Punjabi InterContinental Dallas We got married on Thanksgiving weekend. One of our priorities was for our guests to have a really good time. A big part of that was how accommodating our venue was … Continue reading Shreta and Bharat, InterContinental Hotel, Dallas