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

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?

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

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

SF Bay Area Fusion Wedding at Purple Orchard Resort, Sipra and Kevin’s Highlight Video

Sipra and Kevin had two ceremonies – a Hindu ceremony and a Christian ceremony at Purple Orchid Resort in Livermore. See their full wedding feature here. Photography and Cinematography: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema   Continue reading SF Bay Area Fusion Wedding at Purple Orchard Resort, Sipra and Kevin’s Highlight Video

Preeya & Pramod’s Dream Destination Wedding, Maui

Preeya and Pramod Engagement Party: The Galleria, SF Destination Wedding: The Wailea Grand and The Four Seasons, Maui Cinematography: Marrone Films Photography: IQ Photo We decided to divide the celebrations. We did an engagement party about a year before the … Continue reading Preeya & Pramod’s Dream Destination Wedding, Maui

An Indian bride and her groom hugging before their Hindu wedding ceremony. starts.

Sipra and Kevin, Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort, Livermore, CA

Sipra and Kevin Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa Photography: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema Highlight Video First Dance Video What were your wedding events? Thursday Mehndi – in Pleasanton Friday: during the day was a rehearsal with our family and … Continue reading Sipra and Kevin, Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort, Livermore, CA

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Mumbai in Cali! Shailvi and Ankit’s Engagement Party

Ankit and Shailvi Mumbai-themed Engagement Party Photography: Greycard Photography Videography: Robles Video Productions Engagement slideshow I’m very excited to share this story, as I’ve known Shailvi for a long time. And she and Ankit were one of the very first users … Continue reading Mumbai in Cali! Shailvi and Ankit’s Engagement Party

Catholic and Hindu Ceremonies, Tara and Ryan, Casa Real, Pleasanton, CA

Tara and Ryan Catholic Ceremony: Catholic Church Hindu Ceremony & Reception: Casa Real, Pleasanton Bride and Groom: Indian Hindu & Caucasian Catholic Photography: Charleton Churchill  Initially we were planning to have two weddings (Hindu + Catholic) on two different weekends. Since … Continue reading Catholic and Hindu Ceremonies, Tara and Ryan, Casa Real, Pleasanton, CA

Our baraat took over Union Square, SF! Priyanka and Shaun, Westin St. Francis

Priyanka and Shaun Bride and Groom: both are Telegu, Hindu Reddi-Brahmin Sangeet: Sir Francis Drake Hotel Wedding and Reception: Westin St. Francis Union Square Priyanka and Shaun live in Houston. She’s originally from the East Bay area and he’s from Houston. … Continue reading Our baraat took over Union Square, SF! Priyanka and Shaun, Westin St. Francis

3 Venues, Google buses and more! Sheena and Sagar, SF Bay area wedding

Sheena and Sagar Bride and Groom: Sindhi Hindu and Gujarati Jain Sangeet: San Mateo Marriott Ceremony: San Jose Gurdwara Reception: Blackhawk Automotive Museum Videography: IQ Videography Photography: IQ Photo Grand Entances What were you looking for in the venues? I … Continue reading 3 Venues, Google buses and more! Sheena and Sagar, SF Bay area wedding

2 Beautiful Brides! Divya and Manju, Walnut Creek, CA

Divya and Manju Wedding: Garden at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek, CA Reception: Embassy Suites, Walnut Creek, CA Manju and I are both Malayalee, we’re just from different religious backgrounds. She’s Christian and I’m Hindu, so we did two ceremonies. We … Continue reading 2 Beautiful Brides! Divya and Manju, Walnut Creek, CA

Smooth Scheduling: Nick and Neelima, San Mateo Marriott

Neelima and Nick They had a Jain as well as a non-denominational ceremony San Mateo Marriott How many venues did you consider before finalizing the San Mateo Marriott? We reached out to 20 and visited about 8 venues. We loved … Continue reading Smooth Scheduling: Nick and Neelima, San Mateo Marriott

Kissing Menus and a Glamorous Gown – Anu and Gaurav’s Destination Wedding

Journey with ShaadiShop to a black tie, fun, destination wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Bride and Groom: Punjabi Hindu – North Indian Jain Photography: The Youngrens Anu is a law student and a fashion blogger, The Tea for Two, from … Continue reading Kissing Menus and a Glamorous Gown – Anu and Gaurav’s Destination Wedding