• Ajay Manaktala

10 Best California Indian Wedding Venues | 2020

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

California has some of the best venues for Indian weddings in the world. 

We have Indian wedding guides for major cities like LA and SF, but if you're deciding between Northern and Southern California or the east coast and the west coast, this breakdown should help you out.

Just remember, California is also one of the most expensive places to have a big fat Indian wedding.

So what are the best Indian wedding venues in California? The best venues and hotels for Indian weddings in California are:

  • Pelican Hill 

  • Terranea 

  • Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

  • Montage Laguna Hills

  • Ritz Carlton Bacara

  • San Diego Grand Del Mar

  • Monarch Beach Resort

  • Meadowood

  • Casa Del Mar Santa Monica

  • Four Seasons Westlake Village

They’re many factors that make one Indian wedding venue ideal over another.  Cost is probably one of the least important. More expensive does not mean better.

For example, for a Gujarati wedding that needs ample space and noise to Garba or a Punjabi wedding that has a massive baraat and drone camera footage, each venue has its strengths. 

I’ve seen low budget weddings that left the guests talking for years and million dollar weddings that were a snooze fest, so make sure you line up you and your families preferences as you make your lists. 

The joke with California is you can be 30 minutes from the coast or the mountains, and being on the coast of the Pacific ocean and having amazing year-around weather makes for some GORGEOUS photos and lighting during evening sundowner vibes.

Let's look at each of these venues to understand which one is a perfect fit for your Indian or Pakistani or South Asian theme wedding.

All of these resorts and properties are experienced with:

  • clay pits for cooking naan,

  • loud noise from a Sangeet or baraat

  • elaborate wedding receptions and ceremonies

  • mehendi and henna friendly (My brother was charged $600 at my wedding because the henna ruined the hotel towels all the girls used).

1. Pelican Hill

Kobe Bryant loves to have his lunches here, and this private golf course and luxury coastal community caters to the elite of Orange County, about an hour south of Los Angeles.  Ocean views, greenery, fresh air and world class amenities makes it one of the most popular Indian wedding venues in the United States.  

Food: They usually have Indian catering from an approved vendor that you have to go with, as opposed to picking your own outside restaurant. (It’s very good though.) 

Average Cost for a 300 person big fat Indian wedding: $200,000+, usually in the $250,00 to $300,000.

Location: Newport Beach in Orange County

Cons: Indoor Ballroom space is limited to 300, which is usually just enough for most, but not all Indian weddings.  And cost. 


2. Terranea