• Ajay Manaktala

How To Plan an Indian Wedding in Los Angeles (Ultimate Guide)

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

This Ultimate guide will take a bit to read so grab that coffee and get comfy. After reading it you should be well poised to save money and have an awesome wedding.


Thinking about an Indian wedding in Los Angeles, Orange County or other parts of Southern California like San Diego and Riverside? 


That’s awesome!

Greater Los Angeles has roughly 120,000 Indian-American people and every weekend at least six or seven Indian weddings occur throughout the city’s major hotels, resorts, community centers and temples.  


Bride and Grooms who live in the city either grew up here, married someone who did or are working in finance, IT, medicine, media or one of California’s many industries.  As a result, Desi fever runs rampant!


In this post I’ll explain everything you need to know on how to have an awesome Indian or Pakistani wedding in Southern California.  I’ll also give you some tips/hacks you can use to get educated and save some cash!



I have DJ’d, planned or coordinated over 500 Indian weddings in Southern California the last 20 years and have seen it all.  If you have any comments or questions please feel free to drop them below! Our team maintains this blog very actively.


This post is structured in the following way, in case you want to skip ahead to any point:


  • The Very First Step You Must Do for LA Weddings

  • Why Plan your Wedding in Southern California? 

  • Main Cities in Southern California to have a South Asian wedding

  • Venue Primer and Basics

  • Main Hotels in Southern California to host Indian Weddings

  • Factors That Are Unique to Southern California for Weddings

  • How Much Does an Indian Wedding Cost in Southern California?

  • Priorities for your LA Guests

  • Food and Catering Vendors

  • Venue Considerations (Guest’s Point of View)

  • Decorators

  • Photographers

  • Videographers

  • Lighting

  • DJ’s and Entertainment Options (besides us)

  • Pandit and Priest's we Recommend

  • Pros of a Wedding in Los Angeles

  • Cons of a Wedding in Los Angeles

  • Related Questions

  • Conclusions


You ready fam? Let’s Go!


The Very First Step


If you’ve already settled on Los Angeles for your wedding location that’s fine.  But for the Indian and Pakistani folks who have family overseas, please go and finalize your GUEST LIST NOW.


You don’t even need to have the RSVPs sent out, but as we say over and over on this blog, everything in your wedding, including the city and hotel gets determined by WHO you're calling and from WHERE.



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And this only happens after you know where the important people are coming from.

If grandma messes up her US visa interview in Mumbai and you already paid the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel a $10,000 deposit..well, let’s not let it get to that! People pick the place!