One the romantic proposal of getting down on one knee gets accepted, the real trouble starts – wedding preparations! There are many things to consider if you want a memorable wedding, but one thing that stands out the most is the location of the wedding. A trend which is really popular now days is that of planning a destination wedding. Moreover, the best part of this is, there are so many popular destinations in India that you don’t need spend exorbitant amounts of money to plan a wedding abroad. So, be it a royal wedding in Rajasthan, a romantic wedding against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal in Agra, a relaxed beach side wedding in Goa, or a traditional setting in a wedding hotel in Kumarakom, the options are plenty.
Here are the 3 most exotic and romantic wedding destinations in India:
Goa: Goa is undoubtedly a great choice when it comes to tying the knot and you will be spoilt for choice for the kind of wedding you want. Choose between a beach wedding, a garden wedding, or even a sunset wedding. Your Goan wedding can also be revved up with Portuguese music and dance, fireworks and even fire jugglers! It is a good idea to book your wedding venue in advance as Goa remains a very popular beach wedding destination. Also, please note that beach weddings require a permit, which your wedding planner or hotel can help you get.
Rajasthan: If you’ve always wanted to feel like royalty on your wedding day then India’s royal state, Rajasthan is your best bet. From grand havelis, to royal palaces; you have a plethora of choices. Udaipur remains a popular wedding venue in Rajasthan, owing to its romantic ambience and many beautiful lakes and royal palaces. Also known as Venice of the East, Udaipur has many gorgeous wedding venues, such as Devi Garh, a rambling 18th century fort and palace, or the City Palace Complex, where the Mewar Royal Family still lives. Pink City, Jaipur is another wonderful city for your wedding and you can choose from venues such as the Jal Mahal Palace, situated in the middle of a lake, or the Samode Palace- a heritage venue nestled in the Aravalli Mountains. Jodhpur, popularly known as the Blue City is also a great place to tie the knot. If opulence is what you’re looking for then you can either choose the spectacular hill top Umaid Bhavan Palace, or the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Those on a modest budget can choose between the equally impressive Ranbanka Palace and Ajit Bhavan. Rajasthan also remains a popular wedding destination among many celebrities, such as Madonna, Katy Perry and Elizabeth Hurley who have tied the knot in this beautiful state.
Kerala: God’s Own Country, Kerala is the ideal place for those looking for a quiet, yet picturesque wedding. Choose between a wedding by the emerald backwaters, the beach, or a resort. Many hotels and resorts assist patrons with their wedding planning, and the beautiful Zuri Kumarakom resort near Allepey is a popular choice. Another unique element you can add to your wedding is opting for an elephant theme wedding, in which the groom rides into the venue on the back of an elephant! You can also choose a traditional Malayalee wedding ceremony, complete with food served on a plantain leaf and a classical dance performance by a local troupe.
Destination Wedding is probably a new thing in India, but many more people want to enjoy the special ceremony in a way just for their close friends and family members. Thankfully, India is a blend of some exotic and beautiful locations that can embellish the most special occasion of a person’s life with charm and an incredible magnificence.