First of all, Congratulations! So, you finally popped the question and now she’s all excited and throwing magazines ideas at you to make up your mind and help decide a fairytale kingdom for you both to exchange the vows.
What they forgot to tell you is this: Even if the marriages are made in heaven, you go through hell while planning for the wedding and if you survive all the drama, that is when you win the trophy.
Planning a destination wedding can be a tedious task. Among all the conversations circling around guests, menus, attire, décor and gifts, one of the most frustrating yet important factors in deciding the place to get married.
A trend which is catching on these days is hopping on to a destination unknown and celebrating the new phase of your life with your partner, families, friends and relatives.
In recent years, India has caught the most attention of not only foreigners but Indians themselves who are looking for exotic locations to say ‘I Do’. Here is a list of the most preferred destination wedding locations in India for your D-Day!
Soak up in sun and sand in Goa
Beach wedding is a treat in itself. Goa is famous for its beautiful locations, beachside shacks, breathtaking sunsets, posh resorts, Portuguese architecture, old monuments, green mountains, and unpredictable weather all in one place. Far from the crowd, Goa offers a plethora of postcard-perfect resorts, stunning beach views and romantic corners for a romantic wedding.
The old couples can revive their old-style Bollywood romance and you can get to know your partner better by just walking on the beach together and watch the sun setting across the sea in Goa. If you are planning a destination wedding in India, Goa has a lot to offer on its plate.
Be it a small wedding of 200 guests or a grand celebration, there are various properties such as Taj Exotica, Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, Marriot Resort & Spa, Vivanta Fort Aguada Resort, Holiday Inn Resort and many others which are suitable to and give you a memorable experience.
The resorts are available to be explored in advance by the help of the wedding planners who can give you the best deal without you having to stress about it. The best thing about planning a destination wedding in Goa is that it is available to host you all year long.
From the perfect weather in Nov-Jan to the slight warm climate in Oct-Feb, monsoon wedding in June-Sept to indoor weddings in Mar-May; Goa is undoubtedly the most chosen wedding destination by many in India.
Feel like Royalty in Rajasthan
Handicrafts, year old architecture, history of the royals, antique jewelry, semi-precious stones, school of art, hidden gems and aesthetic prints, Rajasthan is all about colors, art, hospitality and royalty that is exuded in all forms. Be it Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur or an offbeat location such as Mandawa or Bundi, Rajasthan welcomes you with the air of royalty that you can feel nowhere else in India.
Rajasthan boasts of internationally famous cities such as the Pink City Jaipur which is also a part of the Golden Triangle, Jaisalmer with its majestic forts and honey-hued sunsets on the sand dunes, the Sun City Jodhpur with forts and castles, pilgrimage Pushkar, the Lake City Udaipur or Kumbhalgarh with Asia’s second longest wall.
With the proximity from all major cities in the north as well as south, Rajasthan has a gamut of palaces, forts and havelis that can be best suited if you are looking for a palatial wedding.
A promising destination for a big, fat, Indian wedding, the best wedding planner will suggest you the perfect options to suit your interests and budget in a wedding that has something for everyone. You can choose from a traditional wedding theme to an exotic wedding theme in the months of September to March-April.
Drown in Romance in Udaipur
Castles, forts, lakes, luxury and beautiful sunsets, Udaipur is one of the most romantic destinations in Rajasthan that is also famously called as the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan.’ This city in the recent years has become the hot spot for all royal weddings, celebrity weddings as well as posh weddings for its unparalleled beauty.
A fascination blend of art, culture, beauty and romance, Udaipur promises to keep your guests busy while you feel the romance overlooking a majestic sunset or under the starry sky.
If you have always had a dream to feel like King and Queen on your special day, Udaipur treats you like one and gives you the options to host your guests equally with a gamut of palaces, forts and castles ready to host the wedding. From Jag Mandir, Manek Chowk, Fateh Garh Palace to Ananta Resort, Oberoi Udai Vilas and Chunda Palace, the city is surrounded by Aravalli hills and has beautiful lakes making it a favorite destination among many others.
As the city is well connected by air, train and road with all the major cities such as Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Jaipur, you can choose to spend the most treasured moments of your life in one of the most romantic properties of Udaipur in the middle of the lake and paint the town red. While Sept to March is the most pleasant time to host a wedding, a monsoon wedding can give you the vibes of walking amidst the cloud overlooking a picturesque view.
Dance with the Gods in their country
Amidst emerald-green palms and turquoise blue waters, enjoy a quiet evening with your partner at the backwaters, beach or resort in God’s own country: Kerala. For those of you who are looking for a traditional, picturesque, quaint and quiet wedding filled with warmth, hospitality, affection and culture, Kerala is the place to choose. An ideal location for a destination wedding in India, Kerala is located in the South of India and is best known for its lush green beauty.
Various hotels and resorts such as Zuri Kumarakom Resort & Spa, Le Meridian, The Leela Kempinski and many others offer a perfect blend of scenic beauty, warm hospitality and traditional approach to make your wedding day a memorable one for years to come. Venues at Allepey, Kovalam and Kochi are best suitable for a dream wedding in Kerala.
In God’s own country, you can try backwater wedding, beach wedding or a traditional Malayalee wedding ceremony complete with food being served on a leaf and rituals carried on in accordance with the tradition.
Also, an elephant themed wedding is a great choice where the groom rides on the back of the elephant and enters the venue in style and the bride enters with Kathakali dancers! All of this can be at your wedding if you choose the best wedding planners in India who will help you turn your dream wedding into a reality.