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Destination Weddings are slowly becoming the latest trend in India. Bride and groom getaway to an exotic location with their families and friends to celebrate their union. So we have all the basics of Destination Weddings sorted for you.
Planning: Destination Weddings need to be planned at least 9-12 months in advance. A lot goes into preparation for Destination Weddings from striking a deal with hotels to arranging things at a new location. It is advisable to hire a Wedding Planner or a Wedding Management company.
Cost: A simple Destination Wedding can cost something between 15-40 lacs for 2-days stay for 150 wedding guests. 2-days stay includes rooms, meals and planned activities for all the guests. Hosts might incur extra costs for Decorations, Entertainment, Transportation and Photography and Videography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Priests and other such expenses. Some hotels and resorts might have a minimum booking condition to ensure that there is no hindrance in the wedding celebrations. This budget might reach upto 1-1.5cr based on choice of location, season and other needs.
Also called “Pearl of Orient”, it is the most beloved Destination Wedding location in India. It is ideal for a beach wedding with fun-filled and adventurous activities and entertainment for guests. Goa is filled with serene and gorgeous beaches that can be an ideal getaway for anyone. Known for its tourism, cuisine and hospitality, Goa makes weddings memorable.
When: Best time is from October to February when it’s very pleasant in Goa. Monsoon season lasts from July to September. March to June is summer season but generally pleasant.
Where: Park Hyatt and The Leela are most famous hotels whereas The Radisson Blu Resort is a very famous resort for Destination Weddings.
It is the most stunning place in Rajasthan. “City of Lakes” is the ultimate location for a royal, big-fat Indian wedding. With ancient palaces situated on beautiful lakes, Udaipur gives you a taste of Rajasthani Royalty in an elegant way. As this is a very famous wedding location, hotels need to be booked in advance.
When: The best time to have a wedding in Udaipur is from September to March when it’s not too hot in Rajasthan.
Where: Devi Garh by Lebua, Taj Lake Palace, Oberoi Udaivilas, The Leela Palace, The Trident and City Palace are ideal for Destination Weddings in Udaipur.
A beautiful hill-station with a touch of colonial era and heritage to it. If you want wedding to place at a scenic location with snow-clad mountains at a distance then Shimla is the place for you. It is an ideal location for summer weddings.
When: March to September when the winters have not really begun in Shimla.
Where: Oberoi Cecil is one of finest hotels in Shimla.
Known as “Pink City”, Jaipur is heart of Rajasthani culture. City is full of old forts and palaces that make it a perfect location for a Royal Wedding. Jaipur is also a famous wedding location outside India and has hosted few Hollywood celebrity weddings as well. It also a good location for pre-wedding photoshoots.
When: August to February is a good time to have an outdoor wedding in Jaipur
Where: Jaipur Marriot Hotel, Hari Mahal Palace, Neemrana Fort Palace, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace and Samode Palace & Haveli Destination Wedding hotels in Jaipur.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
If you want to have a wedding away from crowd in a serene location at the heart of nature, this is the place for you. Andaman & Nicobar Islands are covered with lush-green tropical forests and have some of the most beautiful but underrated beaches in India. Ideal for a beach wedding with adventure and water sports for guests.
When: October to April before it starts raining in Andaman & Nicobar.
Where: Andaman & Nicobar are a collection of many beautiful islands. Ross Island and Havelock Island are most famous islands for Destination Weddings.
A beautiful hill-station located in mountains looking down on Doon Valley. Mussoorie is also called “Queen of Hills” for its orchids and pine trees filled breath-taking landscape. It is suitable for a quiet outdoor wedding in a weekend getaway from cities.
When: April to July is the best time to be in Mussoorie.
Where: JW Marriot Mussoorie and Royal Orchid Fort Resort are best hotels to have a destination in Mussoorie.
Known as “God’s own country”, Kerala is full of pure natural beauty with unbelievable beauty enveloping the entire landmass. Full of alluring beaches, Kerala is home of “Backwaters” which is a unique natural phenomenon as well as biggest tourist attraction. It is ideal for a quite beach wedding with surrounding turquoise-blue waters.
When: October to February is the best time to have a wedding in Kerala
Where: The Leela in Kovalam is most famous for Destination Weddings in Kerala. Varkala, tea-gardens and Munnar and the Backwaters are also very popular for Destination Weddings.
Getaway to an exotic location and celebrate the wedding! Hope this helps you in planning for the big day!
Giving gifts to the bride and groom and returning wedding favours is a part of wedding traditions. But those dry-fruit packs, boxes of mitthai and shagun envelopes are a thing of past now. People are increasingly going for unusual gifts for weddings. Both utility and creativity behind the gifts are considered before offering them on the auspicious day. We have some ideas to help you choose gifts based on which side of the wedding you are on.
Gifts for bride and groom
Apart from the worth of the gifts, utility has also become the latest concern while choosing a gift for the TO-BEs. Here are some trending ideas:
· Go online!
Growing technology and e-commerce services have made it easy to choose gifts online. Provides wide range of options as well as best rates
· Gift what they need
Gifting what the newly-weds might need like kitchen appliances or furniture
Relatives and friends pool-in their money to buy gifts of greater worth like holiday-packages
This is similar to pooling-in but here friends and family pool-in money and create a cash reserve for the newly-weds which they can use as per their desire
· Giving vouchers and cash
It provides a great flexibility to the couple to choose what they need. Giving shopping, food, spa or home-décor vouchers and cash ensures that your gift makes a difference for bride and groom
· Ask them!
The latest trend in the wedding-town is to ask the bride and groom what they might need. Websites like www.wedlister.com and www.indiagiftregistry.com enable bride and groom to create their wishlist and share it with the guests. Guests can then choose anything to gift from that wishlist
Wedding Favours for guests
Let’s not limit our creativity only to gifts for the hosts! Gifts and favours for wedding guests are also catching up with changing times. Following ideas might help you to jazz-up those wedding favours:
· Creative edible favours
Moving on from mitthais, dry-fruits and other usual edible favours, hosts can go for something more creative and unusual. Organic products like pickles, jams and honey, Tea and Coffee samples, Assortment of biscuits and cakes and many such options have started winning hearts of wedding guests
· Non-edible favours
Doesn’t sound very traditional but non-edible gifts are great to make your wedding favours unique. From handmade soaps, elegant cutlery, candles, lamps, mini-toiletries, baskets and anything else that can be useful for guests make for a great wedding favour
· Customized wedding favours
To make your big-day a lasting memory, you can also give customized wedding favours to the guests. These favours usually have initials or names of bride and groom, wedding-date and other such details on them. Customized do-it-yourself kits have also become very popular like Hangover-kit and growing your own plants
Take inspiration from these ideas and change the way you gift!