“I wanna travel the world with you every country, every city, take pictures,
but which one be the first destination…..”
Destination Wedding is increasingly becoming popular and is more of a mini vacation away from your hometown with your dear ones. Some destination weddings involve only the couple, some involve couple and a few close friends and family and some are a grand affair with number of guests and multiple parties over a long weekend.
The wonderful thing about Destination Wedding is that the bride, groom, friends, families and guests not only attend various ceremonies but also spend quality time together during the stay. Destination wedding is also an intimate way for a couple to share their “W”day with the people who are most important for them. A couple may come from different regions, countries or even continents and have friends and relatives from all over hence it becomes even more imperative to finalize the plan which fits for all.
The interest in India as a wedding destination has greatly grown in recent years. These days, not only do foreigners want to get married in spectacular venues all across the country, Indians do as well! The most popular locations for destination weddings in India are the authentic palaces of Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Rann of Kutch and beaches of Goa (and now Kerala). Regal wedding or beach wedding, it’s up to you to choose.
What makes Udaipur such a standout destination for a wedding in India? Foremost is the setting. Known as the city of lakes and palaces, Udaipur really is one of the most romantic and charming places in India. A lot of this charm comes from the city’s regal palace buildings — and the best bit, you can get married in them! Contemporary wedding venues, these historical palaces are not. However, their uniqueness and fairy tale qualities make them very sought after. The Mewar royal family pioneered the concept of destination weddings in India and has been organizing them for over a decade. See their regal palace like Jag Mandir, Taj Lake Palace, Udai Villas and Leela Palace wedding venues in Udaipur.
The “pink city” of Jaipur is a favorite destination for those getting married due to the sheer range and diversity of wedding venues available. The range from authentic ornate palaces — such as the Shiv Villas Palace, Rambagh Palace, and Jai Mahal Palace — to old mansions. Those looking for a less costly option for their wedding will find one of Jaipur’s old mansions to be the perfect venue.
If you’d like a wedding in a heritage venue away from the city, Samode Palace and Chomu palace could be the answer. It’s located around one hour from Jaipur, and is built into the Aravali Ranges. Its setting and the way it’s illuminated at night make it a wonderfully romantic venue for a wedding.
The extraordinary Umaid Bhawan palace hotel, with a hilltop location overlooking the “blue city” of Jodhpur, has played host to some very lavish weddings indeed. The palace is very much a modern day one. It was completed in 1944, after 15 years, making it one of the last great palaces to be built in India. The royal family of Jodhpur still occupies a section of the palace. If your budget doesn’t extend that far, two other popular heritage places for destination weddings in Jodhpur are Ranbanka Palace and Ajit Bhawan. Imposing Mehrangarh Fort, which towers over Jodhpur, is a sought after place for wedding receptions.
Goa is undoubtedly the most popular place for destination weddings in India. People flock to Goa’s beaches to tie the knot. Popular luxury hotels for weddings in Goa include The Leela on secluded Morbor beach, and the Taj Exotica on quiet Varca beach. Both are in south Goa. Alternatively, if you’d prefer an intimate garden wedding, try the gorgeous Turiya Villa & Spa near Palolem beach in south Goa.
The attraction of Kerala as wedding destination is just being discovered. It holds much appeal for those who want a quiet and picturesque wedding in a tropical setting, along the banks of a lake or palm fringed canal, with food served on banana leaves. There are a number of resorts that cater to such weddings. The luxurious Zuri Kumarakom, near Alleppey, is one of the most popular. After the wedding, head off on a honeymoon along the Kerala backwaters in a traditional style houseboat.
It’s also possible to have a beach wedding in Kerala. Resorts such as The Leela in Kovalam arrange beach weddings. Kerala is known for elephant themed weddings, where the groom rides on elephant back, too.
Rann of Kutch
Gujarat never fails to amaze and its amazement lies in a celebration at the largest tent city situated in the heart of the Kutch District-The Rann Of Kutch. This celebration is rightly called the “Rann Utsav”. It is the most amazing wedding destination to celebrate to, with friends as well as family between December to March. The Spectacular site of a glistening White Rann under the full moon along with various glimpses of Kutchi Culture, Handicrafts and outdoor activities make this desert carnival a perfect wedding destination.