Having a wedding away from your hometown is unique and something your guests would always remember. It is ideal for couples who like to keep things intimate and personal, and want only their closest friends and family to attend the event.
It could be weekend away, few days, a week and so on, depending on how many ceremonies and events your nuptials entail (definitely multiple in case of a big Indian wedding!). If you intend on having numerous wedding events, you could also alternate between day and night functions on the same day to save you some time.
When planning a destination wedding it is wise to remember that it does involve a lot more work, since you will have to handle all the usual tasks combined with additional organising that comes with arranging an event away from home. Also, you may have to take multiple trips to the location and finalise details at the destination.
Speaking of the guests, since you are thinking of planning a fabulous destination wedding why not go that extra mile and ensure that your guests are treated to a trip they will never forget! Try and negotiate special rates for their various bookings like travel and accommodation through bulk booking discounts and the like. You could arrange for special gifts, giveaways and goody bags for when they check in at the destination and even personalised gifts for smaller groups. Another way to enhance their experience is by actually giving them the time to savour the place; don’t cram the day with too many wedding activities, giving your guests the time to relax and make it a fun holiday. You could also arrange for entertaining tours like a trip to the famous flea markets in Goa or a Bollywood tour in Mumbai.
A few additional touches that can make a destination wedding truly enjoyable and luxurious are to enhance events with the local flavour of the place like the regional cuisine, music, colours etc. or incorporating themes and events (like a beach party at a tropical destination like Goa or a high tea event on a sand dune at a royal destination like Rajasthan, for instance.) pertinent to that place.
Since, there are more options than one can ever hope for both in India and internationally, we have listed a few popular destination options:
Indian Wedding Destinations
States like Goa, Kerala and Rajasthan are the perennial favourites and rightly so with their natural beauty, diverse cultures and visitor friendly atmospheres.
If royalty is what you are aiming for, cities like Udaipur and Jaipur in Rajasthan are home to some of the most stunning palace and heritage hotels, gorgeous architecture and picturesque scenery. If you would rather get married by the sea, Goa offers a variety of high end resorts and hotels, all along its many cities and beaches.
If you head north, Agra is another great destination for a luxury destination wedding. And getting married with the everlasting symbol of love – the TajMahal in the background, has a special symbolism to it altogether.
The Goan Wedding
International Wedding Destinations
On an international level, the world is quite literally your opulent oyster.
KohSamui, Maldives and Bangkok are some of the popular wedding destinations in Asia.
The islands of Maldives, a 5 hour flight via Columbo, amidst the Indian Ocean are a hot-spot for honeymooners and weddings alike. Gorgeous white sands and turquoise waters make the perfect setting for a luxurious wedding here. One of the most exclusive options here is ‘The Rania Experience’ perfect for wedding packages; you will have an entire private island and private yacht, butlers and a spa at your disposal. A truly one of a kind experience!
Weddings Inc. specializes in planning destination weddings in India and abroad. We understand that beauty lies in detail and therefore we make sure that no detail of wedding planning is overlooked.