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Please note - room blocks are limited and booking quickly! Last day to book a room is Monday, July 22nd.
Please note - room blocks are limited and booking quickly! Last day to book a room is Monday, July 22nd.

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The Wedding Website of Ruhi Mehta and Cameron Dowd
We will continue to add to the website up until the wedding, so please bookmark and check in from time to time as you make your own itinerary. Thanks and we look forward to celebrating our nuptials with you all! Lovingly, Ruhi & Cameron
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I recieved a Save the Date but I already know I cannot attend. What should I do?

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While we recognize a Save the Date doesn't require a response, we truly appreciate being notified if you cannot make it as helps us with guest management, seating design and catering selections. We understand that this is a destination wedding and we'll miss your presence at our wedding but we thank you for your early notification! You can email us at ruhiandcameron@gmail.com.

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Are children allowed?

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In order to allow all guests (including parents!) a weekend of relaxation and indulgence, we have chosen for our wedding weekend to be an adult only occasion with the exception of immediate family and bridal party. We have a wonderful, reputable recommendation for child-minders, just reach out to us at ruhiandcameron@gmail.com for more information.

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Can I bring a guest/+1?

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We have addressed the invitations to the people we would love to come. If you received a plus one, they will appear under your name when you RSVP. Please ensure that you are RSVPing for yourself and your guest. Our venue has limited space so we are ONLY able to accommodate those guests formally invited on your wedding invitation.

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Is there a room block?

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Yes! We have a room block at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, which is where all events will take place. You have the ability to book for 2 or 3 nights, so please select what works best for you. We recommend booking as soon as possible, as the room block will fill up and Santa Barbara is generally a harder place to find last minute accommodations, particularly in the summer. The rate for a single King room is $479 while the rate for a double Queen room is $499.

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I've never been to an Indian wedding. What should I expect?

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LOTS OF FOOD! Lots of drinks & dancing! And most importantly, colorful, vibrant outfits! We will provide a detailed schedule of events and their importance as we near the wedding date.

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What is the dress code for each of the events?

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We understand attending so many events can be extremely overwhelming especially when it comes to choosing outfits! Indian Wedding: We welcome all guests to partake in the tradition of wearing vibrant and colorful Indian clothing! Here are some boutique and retailer recommendations for both buying and renting: shopkynah.com, perniaspopupshop.com, azafashions.com, allborrow.com, borrowthebazaar.com, glamourental.com. Additionally, you can check out this Pinterest board for visual inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/ruh30/ruhi-camerons-indian-wedding-attire-guidance/ Western Wedding: Coastal Chic Black-Tie. We want everyone to look sleek and chic but in a coastal California way! You can check out this Pinterest board for visual inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/ruh30/ruhi-camerons-beach-chic-black-tie-wedding/ More than anything, we want you comfortable and having a fabulous time; nothing is more important to us than having you be a part of our wedding! If you have any questions on attire or need some guidance, feel please feel free to reach out to us at ruhiandcameron@gmail.com.

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Are there colors or things I should avoid?

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Indian Wedding Day: Black and white symbolize the color of death in the Indian culture. We kindly ask that you avoid black and white. Western Wedding Day: We kindly ask that you avoid colors typically reserved for the bride such as white, ivory and cream.

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What is a Baraat?

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A Baraat is the groom's entrance to the wedding. Historically, weddings would take place in the bride's village and the groom's side would arrive as a group, in a parade-like fashion. Traditionally, the groom would enter the bride's village on a horse or elephant, and he'd be accompanied by his family and friends, who are dancing alongside. Loud music and drums would make it known to the bride's family that they had arrived. For our wedding, Cameron will be entering the venue in a similar fashion, surrounding by family, friends, music and dancing. We encourage everyone to take part and enjoy the celebration!

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Will there be parking?

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We encourage everyone to indulge safely and avoid driving to our events (we'll make it worth it, we promise!). If you insist on driving, there will be on-site parking at $15 for the day.

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What will the weather be like?

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Santa Barbara might have the most gorgeous weather in the continental U.S. but you can expect a low of 60 and a high of 77. Please be mindful that we are adjacent to the coast so there will be a continual ocean breeze throughout the day and make the evenings feel slightly chillier. Be prepared for a warmer ceremony followed by cooler temps as the sun begins to set during cocktail hour.

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Can we take photographs during the ceremony?

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While we both love a good selfie and as enticing as the gorgeous Pacific ocean backdrop can be, we kindly request that you respect our wishes for both our ceremonies to be unplugged (aka no phones!). We have hired a phenomenal photographer and videographer (with a drone!) who will capture the entirety of the ceremony and we'll be sure to share photographs with all guests.

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Should we bring gifts to the wedding venue?

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As much as we love the dopamine rush of ripping open wrapping paper, Ruhi's two-seater convertible will likely not be able to accommodate anything bigger than a wedding card. If you wish to honor us with a gift, our registry conveniently allows for delivery to our home address.

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I have allergies or dietary restrictions. What's the best way to let you know?

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Rest assured, Southern California is built for dietary restrictions, allergies or just plain preferences. We will inquire on your preferences via invite during the RSVP period. Our catering team is incredible and will be able to adjust certain meals accordingly.

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What’s the COVID policy?

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We kindly ask that all of our guests be vaccinated and up to date on boosters prior to our weekend of events!

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I still have questions, what is the best way to contact you?

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If you have very specific questions, you may email us at ruhiandcameron@gmail.com. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, we would appreciate you direct all inquiries to our wedding planners, Samantha & Amber at hello@lily-leigh.com.

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