India has some incredibly spectacular wedding destinations, and so it’s no surprise that people from around the world are choosing to tie the knot in this beautiful country. Whether you want to get married in a luxury hotel or on the beach as the sun goes down, you can look forward to saying your vows in style. Wedding venues in India cater for intimate weddings with a handful of guests and big, lavish affairs with hundreds of guests. Whatever kind of wedding you have in mind, you won’t be disappointed when you say, ‘I do’ in this breathtaking country. Here’s the best wedding destinations in India…
Goa is an incredibly popular place for destination weddings in India, with thousands of happy couples flocking to its glorious beaches every year. The Leela hotel, situated on the wonderfully secluded Morbor beach, and the Taj Exotica, on the quiet Varca beach, both in south Goa, are very popular venues for weddings. They can provide the perfect setting to tie the knot. Beach weddings in Goa mean a relaxed vibe and the sound of waves lapping against the shore as you say your vows – what could be more perfect? Keep in mind though that beach weddings require a permit, which your wedding planner or hotel can help you get. Many people choose to have a sunset beach wedding in Goa, however, there are lots of other options available, including beautiful garden weddings or weddings in lavish five star hotels.
Udaipur is a standout destination for weddings in India. Known as the city of lakes and palaces, it’s an incredibly romantic and utterly charming setting. You’re free to get married in one of the city’s stunning palace buildings which are filled with history and ooze charm. What better way to be a princess on your wedding day than by getting married in a palace? The Mewar royal family have been at the forefront of organising destination weddings in India for over a decade, and so you can expect your wedding day to be nothing less than spectacular.
With such a wide range of wedding venues in Jaipur, it’s no surprise that the “pink city” is so popular amongst couples wishing to tie the knot. With an abundance of authentic ornate palaces as well as beautiful old mansions, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a venue. One of the best venues in Jaipur for a fairy tale wedding is the Taj Jai Mahal Palace. Set amidst the incredibly beautiful Mughal gardens, this palace-turned-hotel is very romantic. With its Indo-Saracenic architecture and elaborate décor, it’s the perfect setting for your big day and will certainly make for some excellent photographs.
Jodhpur is clean, quiet and very colourful, and, not surprisingly, one of the most popular destinations for weddings in India. Many couples opt to say, ‘I do’ in the extraordinary Umaid Bhawan palace hotel. With its spectacular hilltop location overlooking the “blue city”, this stunning venue has hosted some extremely lavish weddings indeed. Completed in 1944, it’s very much a modern palace, but is one of the greatest palaces to be built in India. The palace has a stunning interior, with elegant dining areas and bars, and its grounds, which span 26 acres, are adorned with pretty courtyards, fountains and flowerbeds. The royal family of Jodhpur still occupies a section of the palace. Umaid Bhawan is an Indian wedding destination like no other, and so it’s no surprise that it has recently been crowned as the best hotel in the world. This popular palace hotel isn’t cheap, so if your budget can’t stretch that far, consider Ranbanka Palace or Ajit Bhawan – two sought after wedding venues in Jodhpur.
More and more couples are choosing Kerala as their wedding destination. Situated on the Malabar Coast, it has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline as is well-known for its palm-lined beaches and network of canals. If you’re seeking a quiet and picturesque affair in a stunning setting, Kerala could be the perfect choice of location for your big day. Say ‘I do’ next to a lake or palm tree-fringed canal, or on the beach with the breeze in your hair and sand between your toes. Kerala is also well known for elephant themed weddings – ideal if you’re looking to add a touch of uniqueness to the occasion! Some of the most popular hotels for Kerala weddings are the Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort and Spa, which lies on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, as well as Le Meridien in Kochi. As you would expect from hotels of their calibre, they offer exceptional facilities, a personalised service and truly stunning views.
There are so many options available to you when planning a wedding in India. Whilst many people opt for beach weddings, you could also get married at a lagoon, on a boat, on a hill top, or even in one of the beautiful old Portuguese style churches. When it comes to tying the knot in India, you’re free to let your imagination run wild. Whether you met your future spouse on a dating site, whilst exploring this truly majestic country, or somewhere else altogether, you deserve your wedding day to be all you dream of. So why not begin planning the ultimate wedding in India? You can look forwarding to creating incredible memories that will last a lifetime.
Before you get carried away and book your dream venue in India, it really does make good sense to hire a wedding planner to take care of the arrangements. This will ensure that your day goes without a hitch whilst taking the stress out of the planning process. If you’re planning to get married at a luxury hotel, you’ll be pleased to hear that most offer first class wedding set-ups as well as special honeymoon packages. They’ll take care of the banquet, table decorations, décor and just about anything else you can think of!