The Top 5 Most Awesome Destination Wedding Locations In India
Fancy having a destination wedding in India? But, confused with the plethora of options available. Here is a list of 5 of my favourite destination wedding locations, that are not only beautiful, but are also easy to get to. I have photographed some really beautiful weddings at these destinations. Here are some notes that would help you pick the best location for your destination wedding.
1. GOA – THE MOST AWESOME DESTINATION WEDDING LOCATION IN INDIA
Photographing a wedding in Goa is always a treat. It is a mixed bag of Breathtaking sunsets, Beautiful resorts, Churches, Portuguese architecture, Old monuments, Beaches, Greens, Mountains, Unpredictable skies, rain and the freedom to be away from the crowds – all at one place. It helps to create a variety of pictures – from Fun pre-wedding pictures at the beach, to some postcards around the monuments & resorts and some really mushy-romantic pictures at sunset. Being in Goa, at a beach resort also makes sure your traditional ceremonies get a fabulous tropical-look in the background.
Favourite Resorts for pre-wedding photoshoots & destination weddings in Goa:
Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, Cansaulim & Taj Exotica, Benaulim.
Advantages of hosting a destination wedding in Goa :
Be it monsoons, or winter – you will have great weather, with a slight mix of unpredictability. Cloudy skies to clear blue skies, Heavy showers to hot spells – chances are you will get a mix of all of this over your wedding weekend.
Logistics : Most couples choose to have a destination wedding at a single resort like Park Hyatt. The 200+ portugese style villas take you away from the typical city/banquet wedding mindset. Huge Pools & several activities can keep you busy during the non-ceremony hours. Proximity to the airport, a private beach, wonderful hospitality (including an in-house wedding planning team), great location surrounded by Goan restaurants & shacks, and premium hotels & bungalows in walking distance to host additional guests/staff at the last minute.
What to Keep in Mind : It can rain anytime so double-check weather forecasts. Travel time if hopping resorts If you have cars doing multiple rounds this could mean 1-2hrs to transport 200 people from one resort to the other.
Best Time of the Year to host an event : All year long. Nov-Jan (perfect weather), Oct & Feb (slightly warm), March-May (unpredictable, hot & rainy, perfect for indoor weddings with outdoor fun activities – you would get the best deals during these months), June-September (Monsoon, crazy rains, Goa at its Green best).
Mussoorie is the place where Hill station post cards are made! Beautiful tree-covered hills looking down the Doon valley, the surreal view of the Himalayas at sunset, and clear skies giving you a brilliant display of twinkling stars of the milky way & the flickering lights in the valley. It is a great get-away in Summer months, especially for folks who stay in Metros without an access to a nearby Hill-station. The wedding can be a refreshing change & quite out-of-the-box.
Favourite Resorts for pre-wedding photoshoots & destination weddings in Mussoorie:
JW Marriot Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa & Royal Orchid Fort Resort.
Advantages of hosting a destination wedding in Mussoorie: Superb Weather & a wonderful change of environment for those staying in Metros in the West & South.
Logistics : Dehradoon is the main city with an airport & a railway station, which is about 50kms. It is a scenic drive from New Delhi, and I would highly recommend taking a Volvo or booking a convoy of vehicles for the duration.it makes things really easy.
What to Keep in Mind : The weather change on any particular day can be really drastic. So you would need to plan to dress up in layers. The Afternoon can get really warm in the sun, while still cold in the shade. And the evenings are perfect for bon-fire guitar sessions & some chai or whiskey.
Best Time of the Year to host an event :Early-April To mid-July is the perfect time to be in the Hills. Dec-Feb are the Snow months, and great if you want a crazy-cold-snowy wedding (and are ready to dare the road-blocks). Late-July – September are the rainy monsoon months and best avoided.
3. UDAIPUR – THE CITY OF LAKES & A HOT SPOT FOR BIG FAT INDIAN WEDDINGS
Palaces, Castles, Lakes & sheer Luxury. That is what Udaipur truly is. Udaipur is also known as the Kashmir of Rajasthan it might sound cheesy, but it truly is the most romantic Oasis in India. I will leave it on the pictures to do the talking.
Favourite Resorts for pre-wedding photoshoots & destination weddings in Udaipur :
Taj Lake Palace, Oberoi Udaivilas, Leela Palace, Lalit Laxmi Vilas, Trident Udaipur to name a few.
Advantages of hosting a destination wedding in Udaipur : Clear blue skies, fairy-tale palaces, temples & gardens, narrow lanes strewn with stalls, and the glory of the Rajasthan state surrounded by the lush hills of Aravalis, mirror reflection of the beauty in Lake Pichhola – Making udaipur a fascinating blend of sight, sound & experiences. There is so much to do in Udaipur, and you will have the advantage of keeping the guests busy with Tours & Activities throughout the day.
Logistics : Udaipur is well connected by air with Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and other major cities. You can choose to have a quaint wedding in the most beautiful property in the middle of Lake Pichhola Taj Lake Palace. It has about 75 rooms & suites, and is perfect for a close-family wedding.
What to Keep in Mind : Udaipur has really narrow lanes leading to most of the hotels
Best Time of the Year to host an event :September and March are the most pleasant months, with bright sunny days & cool evenings perfect to relax by the lake or on top of a hill. The summer is unbearable and best avoided.
4. HYDERABAD – GET SPOILT IN THE CITY OF PEARLS & THE HOME OF THE NIZAM
All metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore have a lot of beautiful hotels where you can get married. All these properties have beautiful gardens or banquets and exquisite rooms. But there are very few properties in India, which allow you to actually stay where the Kings & Queens once lived.
Falaknuma – meaning mirror of the sky is an iconic all marble palace built in 1893 by Nawab Vaqar-ul-Umra, the Nizams prime minister, before it was taken over by the Nizam VI. The palace is full of VO monograms after its first resident. An English architect combined Italian and Tudor architecture to give Falaknuma its unique look. Its stained glass windows throw a spectrum of colour into the rooms. The famed 101 seat dining table is treat in itself. Burroughs and Watts from England designed two identical tables, one of which is in Buckingham Palace and the other in the Falaknuma palace.
Oh and while you are there – do not miss the Buggy Ride perfect for those Facebook Selfies!
Favourite Resort for pre-wedding photoshoots & destination weddings in Hyderabad : Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad.
Advantages of hosting a destination wedding in Taj Falaknuma: Great hospitality by the Taj Group. In-house events team. You can host a small wedding party in the palace itself. For large weddings, and more than 100 guests, you can look for the four other Taj properties – Taj Krishna, Taj Banjara, Taj Deccan & Vivanta by Taj and have a hassle-free celebration & the perks of a destination wedding.
Logistics : Hyderabad is a mainstream Metro, well-connected with all major cities in India. Except for traffic jams in the city – while you are hopping from your Hotel to the wedding venue – you will not face any issues with planning your wedding & the logistics of the entire event.
What to Keep in Mind : Hosting an event at Taj falaknuma needs a lot of advance planning. Its great for weddings with under 80 guests. Being a small property – it can sometimes be difficult to get more than 20-30 rooms during the months with great climate (especially weekends).
Best Time of the Year to host an event : October March are the most pleasant months. Weather in hyderabad is wonderful during this period. The evenings are mostly cool, and give you a great opportunity to host outdoor functions without worrying much about rain or dust storms.
5. JAIPUR – THE PINK CITY, A SHORT DRIVE FROM DELHI.
Jaipur – The largest city of Rajasthan is the ideal tourist location. It is a quintessential part of Indias Golden Triangle – a must-do city in the International Tourists list, coming a close second only to Agra – because of the Taj Mahal.
If you are hosting a wedding in Jaipur – you wont have to worry about your guests during the days – for the options – be it sightseeing, shopping or attending cultural shows, plays or concerts that are available to explore are endless.
Favourite Resorts for pre-wedding photoshoots & destination weddings in & around Jaipur : Taj Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace, Samode Palace & Haveli, Jaipur Marriot Hotel, Hari Mahal Palace, Neemrana Fort Palace
Advantages of hosting a destination wedding in or around Jaipur: The biggest advantage : Proximity to Delhi – which means getting to Jaipur from Chandigarh, Lucknow, Agra, Mumbai, Ahmedabad or other North-West Indian Cities.
Logistics : In-city travel can be a pain. So staying at two different resorts will need to be planned carefully. Reaching Jaipur, however – is really easy.
What to Keep in Mind : Local travel (crazy traffic jams), Terrible heat in Summer, Non-stop freak-rain in March-April.