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City Beat: A crash course on Indian weddings

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Knowledge of white dresses and waltzes may be enough in some places. In the Southern California wedding business, it will get you only so far.

For my latest City Beat, I attended "Indian Weddings 101," a seminar to help planners expand their business into new communities.

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It was hosted by Wedding Store 24, a bridal clearinghouse in Artesia's Little India, and held in the old L.A. grandeur of the Ebell of Los Angeles, a women's club.

Musicians played tabla and Indian slide guitar. Bollywood dancers swirled and twirled. And a series of speakers gave the lowdown on the basics of Hindu and Muslim wedding ceremonies, Indian wedding etiquette, henna art and Bollywood.

Read my latest City Beat on Indian weddings Southern California-style

And keep reading to check out the photos and videos I sent out on Twitter:

 

 

-- Nita Lelyveld

Follow City Beat on Twitter at @latimescitybeat and on Facebook. Send ideas for City Beat dispatches to nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

Photo: Omni Patel models a traditional Indian zardosi sari during a fashion show at an Indian Weddings 101 exhibition at the Ebell of Los Angeles club. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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