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

Indian Wedding Decor and Design Vendors in Northern California

{List of Design & Decor Vendors In Northern California} What’s the Difference Between Decor and Design? Allure Event Rentals Avant Planners Avasar Mandap Bazaar of India Imports Covered with Elegance Elegantly Done Decor (formerly Milaap Events) Floral Design Studio Floramor GN … Continue reading Indian Wedding Decor and Design Vendors in Northern California

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)?

Venues and Creating a Whole Experience For Indian Weddings…Beyond The Wedding Day; Applying Arne Sorenson’s Concept For The Future of Hospitality

I recently read about Arne Sorenson’s talk at the NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference and something he talked about struck a chord – when he talked about creating an entire experience beyond just hotel stays. That idea is completely applicable … Continue reading Venues and Creating a Whole Experience For Indian Weddings…Beyond The Wedding Day; Applying Arne Sorenson’s Concept For The Future of Hospitality

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

Consumption Bar or Bar Package at Indian Wedding Venues? Your Friends Do NOT Make Up for All the People That Aren’t Going To Drink: A Walk-Through the Numbers.

Most Indian weddings opt for a consumption bar because venue bar packages are all-or-nothing. Meaning you pay the package price for every.single.adult regardless of whether they are going to consume alcohol or not. That’s a lot of wasted money that could … Continue reading Consumption Bar or Bar Package at Indian Wedding Venues? Your Friends Do NOT Make Up for All the People That Aren’t Going To Drink: A Walk-Through the Numbers.

Having a 250-person dry, Indian Wedding and Having a Hard Time Meeting the Venue’s F&B Minimum? Things You Can Do.

Not every Indian or South Asian wedding has 350+ guests and an open bar. As we know, South Asian culture is highly religious and some weddings are dry and have less than 300 guests. This article is for the couples … Continue reading Having a 250-person dry, Indian Wedding and Having a Hard Time Meeting the Venue’s F&B Minimum? Things You Can Do.

Gazebo vs. Non-Gazebo Mandaps at Indian Weddings: Framework for Venue and Decor Decisions at Indian Weddings

One of the most iconic and visible aspects of an Indian wedding is the mandap which only applies to Hindu, Jain and Sikh weddings or the altar. There are SO many styles and designs and really there’s no limit to … Continue reading Gazebo vs. Non-Gazebo Mandaps at Indian Weddings: Framework for Venue and Decor Decisions at Indian Weddings

Don’t Want to Serve Lunch At Your Indian Wedding, But Also Don’t Want Guests To Be Hungry Through Your Wedding Ceremony? Here’s an Idea or Two.

One of the most commonly debated aspects couples have while planning their Indian wedding is whether or not to serve lunch after the wedding ceremony. It’s a really nice thing to do. Plus it’s fun as offers more time to … Continue reading Don’t Want to Serve Lunch At Your Indian Wedding, But Also Don’t Want Guests To Be Hungry Through Your Wedding Ceremony? Here’s an Idea or Two.

Beautiful Indian wedding ceremony decor

“If I Go With a Nicer Wedding Venue Then I Won’t Need As Much Decor”….That Isn’t Really True.

In our work helping South Asians find the perfect wedding venue we almost always hear this from couples, “I’m leaning towards a nicer venue so that I don’t have to spend as much on decor.” And our reaction is no, … Continue reading “If I Go With a Nicer Wedding Venue Then I Won’t Need As Much Decor”….That Isn’t Really True.

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

8 Outside Catering Package Innovations for Venues: Tips for Marketing & Catering Sales Teams

Over the past few years Indian weddings have gained media attention as the Indian diaspora in the USA grows as well as the big ticket weddings. Indian wedding budgets start at $50k and reach into the millions such as this … Continue reading 8 Outside Catering Package Innovations for Venues: Tips for Marketing & Catering Sales Teams

ShaadiShop’s 2018 & 2019 South Asian Social Calendar for Venue Catering Executives

  As you evaluate catering sales for the remainder of 2018 and start looking towards 2019, here’s a handy list of South Asian holidays – dates couples are less likely to select for their wedding day. If you’ve been following … Continue reading ShaadiShop’s 2018 & 2019 South Asian Social Calendar for Venue Catering Executives

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