Hotel Maya built their Pavilion which can seat 400 guests and just like that we have a waterfront property, perfect for South Asian weddings, in Long Beach. Grooms and their entourage can arrive by boat for the baraat! How cool … Continue reading Waterfront Baraat; Hotel Maya
When I help couples and their families find a venue for their Indian wedding, one thing they always ask about is how to serve breakfast to the guests that are staying overnight. Indian weddings are known for their warm hospitality. … Continue reading Cracking Down on Costco at Indian Wedding Venues
We’re lucky in Southern California to have several venues for Indian weddings that overlook the water. Up and down the coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara there are lots of venues to select from. It’s just a matter of … Continue reading 3 Indian Wedding Waterfront Venues in Southern California That Won’t Cost Your Life Savings
When I work with couples to help them find their wedding venue, a very common question I get asked about is how all the “food stuff works” since the majority of Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan weddings include outside catering, … Continue reading How to Work With Your Caterer for an Indian Wedding: Tips, Ideas, and Mistakes to Avoid.
Regardless of what type of Indian wedding ceremony you plan to have – Hindu, Jain, or Sikh, when you’re thinking about an indoor vs. outdoor ceremony, there are special considerations to think about for your wedding venue. In this article … Continue reading Deciding to do an Indoor vs. Outdoor Indian Wedding in Southern California: A Guide
A key component of any Indian wedding photoshoot is the First Look. That anticipatory moment when you see each other for the first time on your wedding day – both dressed in your best – in iconic Indian wedding attire. … Continue reading First Look Photos From Indian Weddings: A Collection
One of my favorite things about working with venues in Southern California is that there are so many oceanfront and waterfront venues. The Balboa Bay Resort is a new venue to the Indian wedding scene. Couples seeking a venue that’s … Continue reading Indian Wedding Venue Spotlight: Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, California
Do you know how much things cost for an Indian wedding in Southern California? There are so many articles on the internet for Western weddings but not a whole lot of information for Indian weddings…until now. How much of the … Continue reading Indian Wedding Budget Infographic: Free Download
ShaadiShop’s 2019 South Asian Social Calendar Features: all major Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Jain holidays major events throughout Southern California i.e. Comic Con, Coachella, US Open of Surfing (events that could impact your wedding date and location) scroll to the bottom … Continue reading 2019 South Asian Social Calendar: Southern California Wedding Date Guide
For an Indian wedding, the venue is the single largest chunk of your total wedding budget. The next big buckets are food, decor, cinematography and photography. Plan on spending about 35% of your total wedding budget on the venue. In … Continue reading What Factors Influence Venue Fees For an Indian Wedding?
In my work helping couples find their wedding venue, for Hindu and Jain ceremonies, the ceremony flame pretty much always comes up. Some venues allow the indoor ceremony flame, others don’t, and some allow it with some restrictions and fees. … Continue reading What to Ask Your Maharaj for an Indoor Ceremony Flame at an Indian Wedding Venue
Indian weddings have a lot of moving parts, impacted schedules and things will move fast. So you want to be as prepared as possible so you don’t miss a beat. Your ‘getting ready’ photoshoot is one of things you’ll cherish forever … Continue reading 4 Day-Of Dressing Room Photoshoot Tips for Indian Weddings
Indian weddings are opportunities to show all your loved ones how much they mean to you. Our culture is hospitable and we want our guests to feel welcome, entertained and well-fed throughout the wedding weekend. Welcome bags for wedding guests … Continue reading Indian Wedding Welcome Bags: Packing List + Ideas
I know talking about wedding reception napkin art might seem a little strange, so let me provide some context. Napkins at a wedding reception are like a key accessory that complete and outfit and really make it pop. And like … Continue reading Indian Wedding Reception Napkin Art
Anyone planning an Indian wedding knows that food is really really really really important. Guests remember the food, comment about it later and it’s a key aspect of your wedding guests experience. When we talk about serving lunch, what we … Continue reading Cost Saving Lunch Ideas At Indian Weddings
Because most Indian weddings have between 15%-25% of the guests who will not drink alcohol, venues have created a consumption bar option. A consumption bar means you pay for each drink consumed vs. paying a per person fee for unlimited … Continue reading How Bar Packages Work at an Indian Wedding Venue: A Detailed Guide
Hotel room blocks for Indian weddings are pretty important, as they’re such large events with guests traveling from across the globe to be there on your special day. When I work with couples to help them find their wedding venue, … Continue reading Understanding Hotel Room Blocks For My Indian Wedding
One of the fun parts of any Indian wedding is designing the reception decor and layout. Venues that are Indian wedding friendly accommodate the many needs – large guest capacity, flexible layouts, have space for a dance floor, sweetheart stage, … Continue reading Indian Wedding Reception Design Guide: 6 Steps
How to display your cake at an Indian wedding reception
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As specialists in venues for Indian weddings, one of the most important concepts we talk about with couples is venue food and beverage minimums. In this article we’ll walk you through everything you need to know. First, food & beverage … Continue reading Venue Food and Beverage Minimums at Indian Weddings: Everything You Need to Know
Whether you’re working with me at ShaadiShop to find a venue for your Indian or South Asian wedding or you’re doing your search on your own, chances are you’ve come across a few venues that charge site fees in addition … Continue reading Why Do Some Venues Charge Site Fees?
Indian weddings are known to be large, lavish affairs where hosts spare no effort to be hospitable to their guests. From hosted hotel rooms to hosted breakfasts, guests are treated throughout the celebration. And one thing couples ask me about … Continue reading Paying for Parking at Indian Wedding Venues
Some time ago, we featured a Sikh wedding that was not performed at a Gurdwara. Instead the wedding ceremony was outdoors at a resort in Southern California. (Check out our tips for Non-Gurdwara Anand Karaj). The couple wanted to have … Continue reading Venue Flooring for Outdoor Sikh Wedding Ceremony
When you’re planning your wedding you probably don’t think about noise restrictions. And it’s reasonable to expect venues to proactively share such restrictions if they have them. But some might not. And that’s why we collaborated with DJ Raj, Founder … Continue reading Does Your Venue Have Noise Restrictions?
If you’re hiring a DJ (which is the case with a majority of South Asia weddings) then you won’t need any AV equipment from the venue. The DJ will bring their power drops, lighting, equipment etc. If a band is … Continue reading What AV Equipment Do I Need from the Venue and How Much Will it Cost?
Since venues don’t provide the food for South Asian weddings, they have created unique Outside Catering Packages to accommodate the needs for our community. The 4 most common venue fees are: ceremony fee – a flat fee. dinner services fee … Continue reading How Do Fees Work for an Indian Wedding Venue?
Room Block Hack for South Asians This is a quick ProTip to help you get through wedding blocks where a lot of guests have the same last name…Patel, Khan, Shah etc. At my wedding SO many of the guests had … Continue reading Hotel Room Block Hack When Lots of Guests Have the Same Last Name
The Online Rate is Lower We’ve all been there. You’re booking travel for a wedding and the room rate online is lower than the discounted rate on the invitation. Why is it lower online? And why on earth, would you … Continue reading PSA for Wedding Guests: Why You Should Still Book your Hotel in the Room Block Even Though it’s Less Online
In my work helping couples find their wedding venue, we naturally end up talking about the bar and how bar packages work. Couples often ask me whether they can bring their own alcohol. The short answer is it depends on … Continue reading Can You BYO Alcohol to an Indian Wedding in Southern California?
The 4 most commonly misunderstood items in wedding venue packages are: Even though it’s called an “outside catering fee”, that per person fee does NOT include the food. You still have to pay the caterer separately. Packages include cake cutting … Continue reading The 4 Most Commonly Misunderstood Items in Venue Packages