About us

Located in Sonoma County, the heart of the California Wine Country, Cultural Event Rentals is perfectly situated to service weddings and special events anywhere in the Bay Area and the North Bay. We offer beautiful high quality rentals for cultural and Indian weddings in California.

Building a bridge between traditions & modern expectations

Cultural Weddings in the Wine Country

Every culture nurtures its own unique traditions especially when it comes to beautiful Indian weddings. There are traditional "must haves" for the ceremony and the celebration afterwards. As you know, those items can be difficult to find in California. At Cultural Event Rentals, we have all of these specialty items available for rent. We hand selected them and brought them directly from India for your enjoyment.

Sample of Available Rentals for your Mendhi, Haldi, Garba, Sangeet, Wedding Ceremony, or other Special Event
  • Mandaps
  • Doli's
  • Sankheda Furniture & Swing
  • Specific ceremonial pieces: Havan kunds, bajot, idol ganesha, and items that your pundit might be requesting
  • Rickshaw
  • Specific ceremonial pieces such as:
    Havan Kunds
    Bajot & Patla
    Bride, Groom & Family Chairs
    Idol Ganesha
    Palki Sahib
    Guru Granth Sahib Stand
    Other items upon the request of your pundit
  • And much more »

It is a privilege and pleasure to transform your special day into a one-of-a-kind event that everyone will remember for years to come.

Call us today at 707-291-2894 (Pacific Standard Time) to discuss your specific event rental needs.

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About the owner

Since her youth, Kristen knew that she wanted to find a career that complimented her friendly and magnetic personality. During her successful career as an event planner in California, she noticed a shortage of cultural event rental companies in the Bay Area. Ready to embark on her own business venture, from the very beginning, Kristen's heart was into serving cultural weddings and special events.
Cultural Event Rentals was born!

Learn more about Kristen Miller » photo of michael mcall and kristen miller principals of cultural event rentals company

Kristen's team works diligently to serve the cultural wedding and event industry. She understands the sensibilities of cultural weddings, especially Indian weddings which are often elaborate, glamorous, and intertwined with centuries-old traditions. Her experience and keen attention to detail enables her to build the bridge for the bride and groom between their families' traditional expectations and the modern trends they wish to incorporate in their wedding.

Bride & Groom - Wedding Planners

We can work with the bride, groom and their families directly or with a wedding planner. For the Wine Country's wedding and event planners, your planning had been made easier with Cultural Event Rentals, a local one-stop shop for cultural event rental needs!

We invite you to browse our catalog of rental items or contact us directly to discuss your specific wishes.

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"We would love the opportunity to collaborate with you & make your event truly incredible!"

Kristen Miller - Owner
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close-up of indian groom's hands in traditional attire
close-up of hands of indian bride and groom exchanging red roses garlands

We serve the Wine Country in California including Mendocino County, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Marin County, San Francisco, Sacramento and all the way to Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. For other locations, do not hesitate to email us as we may still be able to assist you with your rental needs.

We are proud to have been featured in American Kahani!

How Wedding Planners are Coping With Surge in Indian American Marriages Amid Lingering Pandemic

From ever-changing Covid protocols to rising costs and vendor shortages, they have become experts in matching their clients' needs to the demands of the current times. Indian weddings are a weekend-long extravaganza with many guests and numerous colorful fun and festivities associated with diverse cultures and religions. This year marked a wave of desi weddings after two years of drought. My family and I have been invited to half a dozen weddings this year.

Impact of Covid on the Wedding Industry - Thirty-year-old Kristen Miller, the founder of Cultural Event Rentals, one-stop-shop service for Indian weddings specializing in exclusive mandaps, sacred rest for the Holy Book required for Sikh weddings, Hawan Kund for the sacred fire, jhulas, haldi bowls, henna accessories, a variety of collection of furniture, backdrops, and specialty decor for ceremonies. Her wedding rickshaw was featured in the August 2021 New York Times article "Hippie Hindu" wedding that brought in the bride to tie her nuptial knots at the wedding at the Holly Farm in Carmel, California.

Miller began her career in the industry even before she graduated high school. She quickly learned about the beauty, complexity, and cultural nuances of a three-day Indian wedding. Starting with a mehndi party on a Thursday, haldi during the day, and sangeet in the evening on Friday; baraat and wedding on Saturday morning on a well-crafted mandap, lunch after the wedding, and reception with dinner and dancing. After successfully planning over 50 Indian weddings for a Bay area event planning company, Miller started her own in 2018.

She says Covid was hard on her business. Besides government compensation for small businesses, she did a few rentals. "Sometimes, people needed a mandap delivered for their private estate or a tent." But the industry hurt as the beauty of Indian weddings lies in the extended family and community coming together.

Miller did a south Indian wedding in September 2021 where the bride’s mother could not come from India. The couple live-streamed it so that everyone in their family in India could see it, and it turned out beautiful. "It was late at night, and the family was partying in India." With Covid, a lot of videographers got into the live streaming business.

This year, Miller finds people are cautious in reading between the lines of the wedding contract and are keen on incorporating the Covid clause. Some clients don’t want to sign a wedding contract to cancel it abruptly without that clause. As a result, she has lost some business.

Another significant change this year is the effect of price increases, a clause she incorporated in her new contract drawn in January. She had initially made all these contracts for the rental company based on last year’s gas prices. "I shot myself in the foot!"

Read the entire article at this link »

We also invite you to read this New York Times Article A ‘Hippie Hindu’ Wedding for a Cosmic Match in which our rickshaw was featured.