Planning a Destination Wedding? Rajasthan is the place to be!

Rajasthan, literally translated, means ‘the land of kings’. It’s true that even when Indians think about Rajasthan, the first adjective that comes to mind is ‘royal’.

There is a historical and cultural richness in Rajasthan that remains unmatched. So if you’re wedding planning is for a kingly affair, this grand destination is the place for you.

We list down our picks of 8 venues in Rajasthan to consider when planning your destination Wedding!

1.Rambagh Palace – Jaipur

Rambagh Palace belongs to the Taj Group of Hotels and is the ideal place for you if you’ve always dreamed of having an opulent wedding that you want to customize, right down to the table centerpieces at your reception. The venue is complete with an amphitheater for the sangeet and lush gardens for the cocktail reception. The hotel even offers a traditional Indian baraat complete with elephants to sanctify your celebration.

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Rambagh Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

2.Jai Mahal Palace – Jaipur

Jai Mahal Palace is more whimsical and romantic. However, the hotel provides a more modern wedding setup against its ancient backdrop and also makes the honeymoon experience for the couple extraordinary. One place to keep your sight set on if you’re looking for an outdoor reception is the luxuriant Mughal Gardens.

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Jai Mahal Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

3.Neemrana Fort – Jaipur

The imposing Neemrana-Fort Palace falls on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. This architectural treasure is the very essence of Rajasthan, where culture and tradition meet modern-day luxury. Along with the old-world charm the place exudes, it also boasts a swimming pool and sundeck terraces that would be ideal for a cocktail-cum-pool party and rooftop gardens for the reception.

Neemrana Fort - Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Neemrana Fort – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

4.Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace is a floating vision in white, situated on the edge of Lake Pichola. A wedding at this destination is bound to be an affair to remember. The hotel ensures this by giving the couple an opportunity to choose from an array of traditional and modern-day themes styled to perfection.

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Taj Lake Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

5.The Leela Palace – Udaipur

Another spectacular location overlooking Lake Pichola. True to Rajput grandeur, this hotel has been designed to reflect intricate craftsmanship and luxury at its best. It truly typifies the perfect venue for a big fat Indian wedding.

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The Leela Palace-Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

6.Hotel Fateh Garh – Udaipur

Hotel Fateh Garh is a Heritage Renaissance structure that echoes the cultural and spiritual heritage of Rajasthan’s past. It is ideal for those couples who wish to tie the knot in a picturesque old-world location with a touch of class.

Hotel Fateh Garh, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Hotel Fateh Garh, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

7. Umaid Bhavan – Jodhpur

While Umaid Bhawan is the largest known home in India, part of it is owned by the Taj Group and is absolutely breathtaking (my personal favourite) with intricate design and rich, antique furnishing. You’ll be surprised to know that it is considered a budget hotel, so you can have a truly classy, royal-like wedding here at a not-so-exorbitant cost.

Umaid Bhavan, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Umaid Bhavan, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

8.Taj Hari Mahal – Jodhpur

Taj Hari Mahal echoes a Moghul style with a fantastic mix of swanky and classic. It is romantic, elegant, traditional and refined, and fit for a fairy tale wedding.

 

Taj Hari Mahal,Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Taj Hari Mahal, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Apart from the wedding buzz, the architectural marvels, such as temples, forts and palaces (of course), in Rajasthan are truly something to look forward to on your visit there. Whether you’re out shopping, on a desert safari, visiting a zoo, taking an elephant ride, or enjoying an elaborate thali meal, your experience of this beautiful destination will be far from ordinary.

So as an end note in the spirit of true Rajasthani hospitality:

“In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.” – Gianni Versace

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Where should you go for your Honeymoon?

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If there’s one thing to really look forward to after your big day, it’s that first trip you take as a married couple. And over the years, some places have developed as the most sought after honeymoon destinations, based on how conventional honeymoons are expected to be. But what if you don’t just want a resort by the beach? What if you want to explore a completely different place, in a completely different way? We bring to you a list of honeymoon destinations based on your varied interests. Happy crazy travels!

The adventurous honeymooner | Gold Coast, Australia & New Zealand

Who said your honeymoon should be all about candle lit dinners and hand-in-hand strolls? Head down to Gold Coast Australia, and surf at the amazing beaches, hike through Hinterland, and experience the vibrant night life of Australia’s fun capital. The pristine beaches give way to more than 100,000 hectares of National Parks & Reserves with endless canyons, waterfalls and hiking trails all awaiting you!

Go even crazier in New Zealand by jumping off a plane, or bungee jump with your spouse instead! Experience the adrenaline rush by water safaris like never before, cycling across the country side, wild safaris and water skiing with a difference. New Zealand has all this to offer and so much more to appeal to your adventurous side.

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The Walking honeymooners | South Island, New Zealand

Experience the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand by Hiking through the vast wilderness. Walking or hiking is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing this country’s outstanding natural beauty. With thousands of trails, there are options for every level of hiker, novices and experienced, with day walks and multi-day hikes through their national parks, forests and coastal regions. If nature is what makes your heart beat faster, this is the place for you!

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Sunset Gazers | Santorini, Greece

Nothing beats romance and beauty than watching the sun go down on a breath-taking landscape. And Santorini, with it’s clear blue waters and pretty white and blue buildings gives you just that! A group of islands created by and resting on an active volcano, is a favourite as a romantic getaway. Don’t forget to take at least one photo at the famous Caldera, and exchange a kiss beneath the sunset to remember!

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Ride or Segway through the city | Europe & USA

Multiple cities offer beautiful cycling tours, or even the option of hiring a Segway to explore the city. Forget hop-on-hop-off buses or expensive cabs, have fun while you explore! You can even cycle all the way across Austria with your loved one, riding through the beautiful landscapes, stopping en-route at all the historic castles, and tasting their famous liqueurs as you go along!

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Disconnected from the World | Leh, Ladakh

While Leh has recently seen a huge rise in tourism, it is still by far one of the prettiest places on our planet! Surrounded by natural beauty at its rawest, it remains untouched by the hustle-bustle of city life. Nubra Valley and Pangong lake our some of the most beautiful spectacles you will ever see. With limited cellular connectivity, and difficult terrain, escape to Leh to get away from the world, and experience life the way it was meant to be!

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Theme Park Getaway | Orlando, Florida

If magical lands and adventurous rides are your thing, why not spend a few days in that land itself? You could say hi to Mickey Mouse, or run with Shrek & Donkey, or experience the beauty of Hogwarts. The options are endless, specially at Orlando! This city is home to more than a dozen theme parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios and Harry Potter World! What are you waiting for? Go book your magical honeymoon now!

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Surprise her! | Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is one city guaranteed to take your breath away! The landscape is right out of a fairy tale, with their geological oddities of thousands of honeycombed hills and otherworldly topography. Explore the open air museums made out of the rocks, the underground city, the beautiful valleys. And surprise her with a hot air balloon ride over this mystical landscape at sunrise, the views and colours of the landscape will make this an experience you’ll never forget!

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This list is nowhere near exhaustive of all the different ways a honeymoon can be spent! From romantic to backpacking, there are innumerable choices for you to decide how you want to start the adventure that is your married life.

Did you spend your honeymoon with a difference? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Wedding App! What’s that?

As the world gets more tech savvy, why shouldn’t your wedding as well? In the last few years, wedding websites have become all the rage, with introductions about the bride & groom, programmes, etc. But wouldn’t it be great to have something more interactive and current, all in the palm of your hand?  Enter the wedding app!

Wedding apps can be customized for Android,iOS and Windows Phone, integrated with your wedding website, and have possibilities of multiple useful features.  They especially make sense with everyone traveling and a multitude of coordination to be done with the guests involving transportation and timelines. Here we list some of the exciting features you can incorporate in your wedding app.

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Meet the Guests!

Send out invites asking your guests to download the wedding app and sign into the guest book. Your app can build a fun directory with quirky information about each guest, enabling everyone to get to know each other in advance, plan the pre-wedding bachelor / bachelorette, tell funny tales and instances about the bride and groom and let the wedding fun begin months in advance!

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Keep things organized via the Instant Messenger and RSVP page

The guests can use the app to RSVP and inform you about their travel plans. They can also message you through the app, to be constantly in touch about any changes. Apps can offer customizations to form groups in the messenger module, enabling guests to interact with each other and plan things out via the app.

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Gift Registry via the Wedding App

Why get burdened with a zillion gifts you’ll end up never using or giving away? Create your gift registry online, using e-commerce sites and link them back to your app, allowing your guests to spend their money intelligently and getting you a gift you’ll actually use and appreciate! It’s a win-win for everyone.

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Countdown to the D-Day

Your wedding app can integrate with your phone’s calendar and store the event into people’s schedule. What’s more, the app can display a countdown to the big day, building excitement with animation and trivia. You can also have reminders springing up before the different functions planned, ensuring people are up-to-date and on time. 

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Turn your wedding into a vacation!

Let’s face it, while your wedding is definitely the most important day in your life, it can sometimes turn into a bit of a drag for your guests. So why not turn it into a fun sightseeing trip for everyone? Let your app report the expected weather for the day, the history of your venue, amazing places to visit nearby. Add information about travel, local transport, interesting trivia and maybe even form a group for guests with similar interests to plan a small excursion between events? Feeding in your detailed programme with timings into the app will enable guests to plan their day, and manage some fun on the side! No more lost wandering aunties who missed the bus because they thought you said 6pm instead of 4pm… It’s all there on the app, with built in reminders!

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You know the excitement of watching a cricket match live, and then realizing you’re on the screen for everyone as well? Recreate the hype at your wedding by having your videographer upload a live stream onto the app, available for all your guests to see! Moreover, it enables all your invitees to view every aspect of the wedding, even if they were unable to attend. 

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It takes months of asking and begging all friends and family to send you all the pics they took at your wedding, and even then you almost never manage to get all! Have no fear, your wedding app is here! Create a live photo sharing environment, with everyone on the app being able to share any pics they take directly from their phone to all other guests, and most importantly, you! You can build in fun photo props into the app for guests to modify their pictures and create virtual photo booths and photo strips. And why not link it to your social media page for direct uploads?

The possibilities of development on your wedding app are endless. While there are customizable designs and templates available which are relatively easy and quick to build, one can always build completely new models and customized modules as per their requirements. Contact your wedding planner to help you build an app that your guests will be talking about and trying to copy for years to come!

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Amazing Andaman

“Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.” – Thomas Berry

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India truly is the land of diversity. Its mix of cultures, traditions, religions, and cuisines is varied, yet true to Indian ethnicity. In the midst of this melting pot, at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, lies a little replica of India: the Amazing Andaman. It is a cluster of 572 islands that form one of the most beautiful natural reserves of India.

Since Andaman is synonymous with nature and beauty, it’s hardly possible that a wedding on one of these beautiful islands would be lacking. The pristine beaches, captivating waters, untamed flora and fauna and assorted cuisine are the essence of this wonderland. Of the 572 islands (unfortunately only 9 of which are open to tourists), each diverse and unique in it’s own way, Jolly Buoy Island, Red Skin Island, Havelock Island, Cinque Island, Barren Island, Chatham Island, Ross Island, and Viper Island are some known hotspots.

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Wreak havoc on Havelock!

Havelock Island is the largest island of a chain of islands called Ritchie’s Archipelago. It truly is “exotic” in every sense of the word. There is just so much to discover here in it’s abundant natural flora and deep blue waters. Although popular with most honeymooning lovebirds, this is an absolutely perfect spot for wedding festivities too.

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Our pick:

The Munjoh Ocean Resort is the ideal destination for a sensational beach wedding. The hotel provides all the necessary services and amenities needed to make your wedding day a smooth, happy occasion, right from the necessary licenses and permissions to a gorgeous wedding cake.

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For all the daring, offbeat ones out there, Munjoh has the facilities to execute an underwater wedding too (how cool is that)! The hotel equips you with everything you’ll need for your wedding among the ocean life, including Scuba lessons by certified professionals. It’s an intimate affair as you take your wedding vows in the deep end of the ocean as your wedding guests view the ceremony live on video. Most couples who’ve experienced an underwater wedding opine that it’s an unforgettable experience, so if you’ve dreamed of doing something out of the blue (pun intended) for your wedding, this is it!

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Havelock Island has many breathtaking beaches and a whole host of fun activities for your guests to enjoy along with your wedding celebrations. The Radha Nagar beach has even been honoured with the title of “Best Beach in Asia”. Swim alongside nature’s most loved beings in the Andaman Sea as you go Scuba diving or on a snorkelling excursion. You can also indulge in water sports such as jet skiing, kayaking and speed boating in the glistening waters. However, if you’re not a water lover but would still like to experience sub-aquatic life, hire a glass-bottomed boat to explore the magnificent ocean.

Apart from the ocean life, however, there’s a whole wealth of beauty above the surface that you’ll love to delight in. Go for nature walks and elephant rides along the beach; better yet, visit “Rajan”, Andaman’s very own, and the world’s only, swimming bull elephant (who is absolutely adorable).

The beauty, the fun, the amazement just doesn’t end in Andaman! The island—besides it’s rich marine life, magnificent reefs, exotic birds, and endless forests—boasts 96 sanctuaries and 9 national parks. So for all the animal lovers, the sanctuaries have at least 50 different species of animals to explore! Also, the national parks are principally covered in beds of beautiful tropical flowers.

A wedding on the Andaman Islands will be a truly incredible experience for the entire wedding party. And once you’re done exploring Havelock, we surely recommend Port Blair as your next stop. So put on your wedding suit and exploration boots and go on this unexplainable journey that is Andaman. Here, among these 572 pieces of land, you will discover the true meaning of “unity in diversity”.

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Glorious Goa: Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses

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Goa ~ Land of Allowance.

“Come look my shop”

Everyone can be who he wants ~ 

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In so many words, Goa is not a place; it’s a way of life. Though known to be one of the greatest party capitals of the world, there’s much more to Goa than meets the eye. This wonderland has seen more than it’s fare share of love stories realized. Weddings in Goa have become a custom of their own. Let’s have a look at some of the most traditional and unconventional ways to tie the knot in this coastal paradise.

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The beaches of Goa need no introduction. A beach wedding here is bound to be fun, elegant, and way more affordable and much less stressful than a traditional wedding. Besides, it’d be great fun for your family and wedding guests too!

Our pick:

Zeebop By The Sea is a restaurant located in the heart of the beautiful Utorda beach, known for its white sands and magnificent sunsets. It’s the upcoming hotspot for beach weddings. In an almost magical setup, the two venues (one for smaller wedding parties and one for larger wedding receptions) provide an unhindered view of the bewitching waves in front of them. So pick this beautiful strip of sand for your conventional, yet exotic affair!

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Waterfront Wonder

You want your wedding day to linger in your memory for a lifetime, and the first step to making it memorable is to pick the perfect wedding venue. Waterfront venues capture the natural beauty of the river, and the architectural detail and strategic location of these manmade-cum-natural constructions will provide a gorgeous backdrop for your dream wedding.

Our pick:

LPK Waterfront is one of the most unique-looking waterfronts in the vicinity. This extraordinary manmade wonder is situated on the banks of the Nerul river, with the 400-year-old Candolim church staring straight at it. It has been artistically designed and decorated for the perfect wedding, all with small and big reception areas (fondly called “decks”), its own discotheque, and little quirky areas that could be dedicated to your different wedding activities. We recommend this venue if you’re looking to have an over-the-top, fun, glossy affair.

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Cruise Wedding

Weddings can be hectic and chaotic, and planning them may not be the best time for everyone. If you’re not one to be excited by wedding buzz, it may just be possible to have an elaborate wedding without going through the challenge of actually planning one. The cruises in Goa are ideal for an onboard ceremony; they provide a truly unique and romantic setup, something unorthodox, yet with minimal effort.

Our pick:

The Paradise Cruises are Goa’s most distinguished triple-deck cruise boats. The company has two ginormous watercrafts that house 600 and 400 passengers, respectively. These loveboats will deliver a truly unforgettable, customized, and majestic experience for you on your grand day, and your guests won’t go unhappy either! So pick this wedding venue for a dreamy experience by the Mandovi riverside.

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The wedding venues we’ve recommended just about scratch the surface of the beautiful settings Goa has to offer, so don’t restrict yourself and let your imagination run wild! The state also has an array of breathtaking historic churches if you wish you have a ceremonious Roman Catholic wedding. But apart from the wedding venue you pick, another very important aspect is the food that will be served at your wedding. Goan cuisine, just like Goan culture, is an irresistible mix of the East and the West. It comprises a blend of Arabian, Portuguese and other indigenous cultures to form a delicious Indo-European symphony. Do a little mix of all these cuisines, or pick one that suits your wedding theme best. Either way, your wedding will decidedly be a delectable affair!

And last but not least, don’t forget to have some fun while you’re there! Whether you’re lounging on its beaches with a chilled drink, shopping at its innumerable flea markets, having a scrumptious meal in one of its merry shacks, or watching a sports match in one of its friendly pubs, Goa never lets you compromise. It reinforces the fact that you’re allowed. Allowed to live, love, wed, and be real in the land of allowances.

Enchanting Kerala

Enchanting Kerala

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” – John Keats

And nothing is truer than the beauty of Kerala. The tranquil backwaters, the spirited waterfalls, the emerald surroundings, the noisy rivers, the cheery fishermen, and the overseeing palm trees are witness to this. A wedding in this romantic destination is bound to be a surreal and divine experience. Are you a beach lover? Do you have a love of mountains and waterfalls? Plan on having a cosy wedding with just the family? Well, Kerala has a little something for every wishful thinker. The first thing you need to do is pick a backdrop from the horde of natural themes this gorgeous place has to offer.

By the Sea

The spectacular coastline of Kerala echoes the culture and lifestyle of the state. Beaches are also a big tourist attraction, and the beach resorts in Kerala surely do live up to their hype; they could make the wedding experience for any family an affair to remember.

Our pick:
Alleppey is the crowned jewel of Kerala. Referred to fondly as the Venice of the East, the beautiful Alleppey beach is one of the many endowments of this scenic locale. Have a magical ceremony by the ocean, and take your wedding vows on the 140-year-old pier that extends into infinity. Clear blue waters, white sand pathways, and gorgeously green vegetation; you couldn’t ask for a more romantic setting.

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At Alleppey beach, indulge in water sports such as para sailing, surfing and swimming under the blanket of blue. Throw a volley ball, kick a football around, or get a tan by reclining with a drink on the white sand; there are several ways to gratify yourself at this beautiful beach.

Up in the Clouds

The hill stations of Kerala are host to the Western Ghats and an absolutely breathtaking sight. Boasting a lush green landscape, these heavenly peaks rise up to the clouds wrapped in acres of thick forest and tea, coffee and spice plantations. Apart from this, the entwined streams and merry waterfalls will form the ideal entourage for your wedding bliss.

Our pick:
Nicknamed Kerala’s “Scottish Highlands”, there are parts of Munnar that are untouched by man. A wedding in this vicinage with a backdrop of the Western Ghats is the stuff of fairy tales. It is home to absolutely charming resorts, colonial bungalows and luxuriant tea estates that will fulfil your every desire for an ideal wedding. You’ll surely to be on cloud nine!

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Munnar is a nature-lover’s paradise and has a whole host of activities, such as bird watching, paragliding, cycling, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, boating, and shopping, that the wedding families can indulge in during their stay there. Helicopter tours, elephant rides and tours of the tea and coffee plantations are also available, which will make your experience all the more enjoyable. Even for a honeymooning couple, Munnar offers a bustling nightlife and a superlative culinary experience, so pen this place down as a must-visit.

Amidst the Backwaters

The Kerala backwaters are an intricate network of intertwined lakes, lagoons and canals that eventually meet the vast Arabian Sea. The feeling of calm and peace that is synonymous with these water bodies is indescribable. They truly are the biggest tourist attraction in Kerala. So if you’re looking to have an intimate ceremony with close family and friends, these obscure backwaters are the wedding destination for you.

Our pick:

The Kumarakom backwaters are home to a variety of flora and fauna. They are a bird-watcher’s heaven and home to several exotic aquatic species as well. If you’ve dreamed of a floating wedding, the Kumarakom Castle houseboats will fulfil this outrageous request. However, we recommend these beautiful floating resorts more for a dreamy honeymoon than a wedding ceremony.

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Enjoy a backwater cruise in your own houseboat as you enjoy a lavish meal with your better half, go kayaking through narrow canals and visiting fishing villages, take a bird tour of the exotic, or enjoy an Ayurvedic massage as you float through the serene backwaters. Kumarakom is simply happiness gift-wrapped in a houseboat.

Kerala, like most of India, is also a culinary marvel and known for it’s abundance of seafood, so be sure to try out some of the local delicacies at your reception for a truly wholesome event.

It is said that marriages are made in heaven. Well then, there’s no better place to tie the knot than in God’s Own Country.

Resplendent Rajasthan: Have a Wedding Fit for Royals

Resplendent Rajasthan: Have a Wedding Fit for Royals

Rajasthan, literally translated, means ‘the land of kings’. It’s true that even when Indians think about Rajasthan, the first adjective that comes to mind is ‘royal’. There is a historical and cultural richness in Rajasthan that remains unmatched. So if you’re looking to have a kingly affair, this grand destination is the place for you. Though it’s beauty is a topic of long discourse, we’ll focus particularly on three cities in Rajasthan that are known for their wedding glory: Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.

Jubilant Jaipur

Jaipur, fondly referred to as the Pink City, is first on our list of wedding hotspots in Rajasthan. It is home to magnificent palaces, looming fortresses, majestic havelis and flourishing gardens. If you want to go all out on your big day, pick Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace, or Neemrana-Fort Palace as your regal backdrop of choice.

Rambagh Palace belongs to the Taj Group of Hotels and is the ideal place for you if you’ve always dreamed of having an opulent wedding that you want to customize, right down to the table centrepieces at your reception. The venue is complete with an amphitheatre for the sangeet and lush gardens for the cocktail reception. The hotel even offers a traditional Indian baraat complete with elephants to sanctify your celebration.

Jai Mahal Palace is more whimsical and romantic. However, the hotel provides a more modern wedding setup against its ancient backdrop and also makes the honeymoon experience for the couple extraordinary. One place to keep your sight set on if you’re looking at an outdoor reception is the luxuriant Mughal Gardens.

The imposing Neemrana-Fort Palace falls on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. This architectural treasure is the very essence of Rajasthan, where culture and tradition meet modern-day luxury. Along with the old-world charm the place exudes, it also boasts a swimming pool and sundeck terraces that would be ideal for a cocktail-cum-pool party and rooftop gardens for the reception.

Unrivalled Udaipur

Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is known for it’s sheer architectural beauty and finesse. The high count of lakes in the city gives it a Venetian feel. The numerous palaces adjoining these lakes give a feeling of being transported to a predated era. Taj Lake Palace, The Leela Palace and Hotel Fateh Garh are our picks from the countless wedding prospects Udaipur has to offer.

Taj Lake Palace is a floating vision in white, situated at the edge of Lake Pichola. A wedding at this destination is bound to be an affair to remember. The hotel ensures this by giving the couple an opportunity to choose from an array of traditional and modern-day themes styled to perfection.

The Leela Palace is another spectacular location overlooking Lake Pichola. True to Rajputi grandeur, this hotel has been designed to reflect intricate craftsmanship and luxury at its best. It truly typifies the perfect venue for a big fat Indian wedding.

Hotel Fateh Garh is a Heritage Renaissance structure that echoes the cultural and spiritual heritage of Rajasthan’s past. It is ideal for those couples who wish to tie the knot in a picturesque old-world location with a touch of class.

Joyful Jodhpur

Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, is a metropolitan in its true sense. It is vibrant and bustling, complete with historical structures set in a stunning landscape, and perfect for a loud wedding. If you’re looking to have a truly Rajasthani affair, Umaid Bhawan, Ajit Bhawan, or Taj Mahal Hari is the place for you.

While Umaid Bhawan is the largest known home in India, part of it is owned by the Taj Group and is absolutely breathtaking (my personal favourite) with intricate design and rich, antique furnishing. You’ll be surprised to know that it is considered a budget hotel, so you can have a truly classy, royal-like wedding here at a not-so-exorbitant cost.

Ajit Bhawan, the first heritage hotel of India, is a great venue for a relaxed, civilized, and truly poetic wedding. It has a homely feel to it, and it truly provides the experience of a wedding from during the time of kings.

Taj Hari Mahal echoes a Moghul style with a fantastic mix of swanky and classic. It is romantic, elegant, traditional and refined, and fit for a fairy tale wedding.

Apart from the wedding buzz, the architectural marvels, such as temples, forts and palaces (of course), in Rajasthan are truly something to look forward to on your visit there. Whether you’re out shopping, on a desert safari, visiting a zoo, taking an elephant ride, or enjoying an elaborate thali meal, your experience of this beautiful destination will be far from ordinary. So as an end note in the spirit of true Rajasthani hospitality:

“In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.” – Gianni Versace

Magic of Maldives

Magic of Maldives

If you have always dreamt of a beach wedding then we assure you the magic of Maldives stays unmatched. Begin your romantic journey together with sea, sand and something different. This serene and scenic island nation located in the Indian Ocean is the ideal choice for intimate destination weddings.

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Island weddings do have their limitations but these factors contribute to preserving the warmth and beauty of the wedding. Some things couples may encounter when planning island weddings are:

  1. What are the options?

There is more to island weddings than just the sand. The soft sand bank of these gorgeous islands could be the actual venue of the wedding or a backdrop to the wedding set up. This means that couples could choose to have their wedding at various locations within the resort ranging from the beachside, the pavilions or perhaps restaurants perched over the water. In addition to these, the option of making your vows on a yacht are also available to those couples who want to go that extra step.

  1. What kind of a wedding can it be?

Maldives would be a suitable wedding destination for those with slightly bigger budgets and smaller numbers. The accommodation and food and beverage expenses incurred with an island wedding tends to make it a destination perfect for those willing to pay that extra bit. Also, the ambiance of the island calls for smaller weddings with a limited number of guests.

  1. What ambiance to expect?

The beauty of a picturesque venue is the possibility the wedding planner has to convert it into a classic and formal wedding or quirky and casual wedding. Couples have the option of sticking to the archetypal beach wedding that signifies love and romance with all things beautiful or break the norms with a more off-the-cuff wedding that allows guests to dress more casual and enjoy the wedding as ‘moments’ versus ‘events’.

Experience an exclusive wedding in the intimate and scenic surroundings of some of the best resorts in Maldives:

  1. W Retreat & Spa
  2. Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru
  3. Villingili Resort & Spa

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Though every resort offers guests a host of activities to enjoy their stay in Maldives, guests can typically indulge in:

  1. Diving & snorkelling

If diving is your passion or is something you want to experience for the first time, then we strongly recommend diving in Maldives. The tropical wonders of this water lover’s paradise is sure to make your diving and snorkelling experience worthwhile.

  1. Water sports

Adventure junkies at your wedding can enjoy a host of different water sports like speed boating, water-skiing and parasailing.

  1. Exploring nature

The beauty of a wedding destination like Maldives is the unique experience each of the islands / resorts can offer. If you love nature and are hosting guests who have preferences similar to yours then opt for a resort that allows activities likes guided walks, bike tours and nature trails.

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The beauty of the islands and a host of activities, all packaged amongst the excitement of your nuptials is sure to make this experience memorable for not only you and your partner but also your guests. Therefore a destination wedding in Maldives is a must-experience for lovers of the sand and sea.

Destination Dubai

Destination Dubai

Glitz, glamour and good times are definitely some things you and your guests are assured of in the gorgeous city of Dubai.

A destination wedding in the Middle East would definitely make Dubai, the commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates, a safe bet. Strategically located, this fast paced and ambitious city is the ideal wedding destination for those couples expecting guests from the East or West. It’s blend of modern lifestyle and strong ties to tradition enable you to enjoy a wedding that has the best of both worlds… literally!

As a wedding destination, Dubai offers you several venues that allow you to have a wedding spanning different themes and experiences. Some of the available options couples could choose from are:

A wedding on man-made islands

If you have always dreamt of a beach-side wedding on an exotic island but could not manage it, don’t fret! The Palm Dubai, a cluster of artificial islands, is sure to be just as transporting. Shaped like a palm tree, this work of wonder boasts some beautiful hotels and resorts to give you the perfect beach-side wedding. Pick your favorite from the busy and touristy Atlantis, The Palm resort or the sophisticated and picturesque One&Only, The Palm or Zabeel Saray.

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A desert wedding

If you have always believed the combination of sand dunes and the night sky have a certain aura to it that remains unmatched, you could experience it on your special day too. Desert resorts like Bab Al Shams set amidst the soft sands, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city will give your wedding the Arabian fairy tale feel that you have longed for.

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A wedding in the world’s only 7* hotel

If you have always thought that there can be no other day more special than your wedding day and it calls for some serious celebration, you are probably right. Make this big day, bigger with a grand wedding at the iconic Burj Al Arab. The epitome of luxury and indulgence, this hotel is sure to make your wedding the most talked about wedding in times to come.

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Though a pick of any of these wedding venues is enough to complete your guests’ travel experience to Dubai, additional things one can do in Dubai are:

Desert safari

A mix of adventure and culture is what best describes a desert safari. Your guests can witness the beauty and vastness of the desert with a drive that includes dune bashing. This is followed by an Arabic barbeque dinner at a desert camp along with a range of activities and entertainment including camel riding, henna, belly dancing and more.

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A trip to the Gold Souk

You’ve invited your guests to be a part of your wedding in the ‘City of Gold’ and without a trip to the old Gold Souk, their visit would be a little incomplete. Arrange a bus and get your guests to walk down these streets dazzling with gold shops on either side. Let them witness the stunning designs of this previous metal on display in perhaps what could be the largest gold market in a city.

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A visit to Burj Khalifa

And if there is a something you want to do that’s going to be a different experience for your guests, then arrange a trip to ‘At The Top’. This viewing deck situated on the 124th floor of the world’s tallest building will give your wedding guests a stunning view of the city and perhaps even a glimpse of the wedding venue from that height.

A feeling of home away from home, Dubai is definitely one of our top picks for destination weddings.

Mesmerizing Morocco

Mesmerizing Morocco

Mystical, magical and mesmerizing best describes this North African country. Home to the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines as well as rugged mountain interiors which set the backdrop for picturesque memories definitely makes Morocco the ideal venue for a destination wedding.

While many cities in this country would work as a great setting for a memorable Indian wedding, our top two picks would be Marrakech and Agadir. The easiest route to either of these destinations would be a flight from any metro city in India to the commercial capital of Morocco, Casablanca followed by a drive to the final destination though some of these cities do have the facilities of a domestic airport.

Marrakech

A two and a half hour drive away from Casablanca, Marrakech is a great wedding destination for those who have always dreamt of a historic wedding theme. Commonly known as the ‘Red City’ because its red walls, Marrakech has established itself as the cultural and religious centre of Morocco thus giving it a traditional charm.

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We recommend:

Amanjena Resort – Walk through the resort’s sun plated red walls and stoned courtyard which reflect the city’s Moorish heritage and you will realize why this makes a perfect backdrop for the special day. Enjoy a wedding accompanied by musicians, a horse for the groom and Moroccan beautifying rituals as part of the celebrations at this gorgeous property.

What guests can enjoy while in Marrakech:

Apart from the wedding celebrations, guests can enjoy the rustic feel the city has to offer with its markets.

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Some of the places that guests must-visit in Marrakech are:

Jemaa el-Fnaa – Titled as Africa’s busiest marketplace, this square is a must-do when in Marrakech for the variety of visuals it has to offers. As the day progresses ,your wedding guests can see a host of activities at the square ranging from food vendors to snake charmers and dancers.

Chez Ali – Let wedding guests make the most of their trip to Marrakech with a visit to Chez Ali. A night of dinner teamed with magnificent entertainment like acrobats, riders and musicians is definitely going to leave them with fantastic memories of their trip to your wedding.

Agadir

Less than four and a half hours away from Casablanca, Agadir is a definite wedding destination for lovers of the ocean and all things blue.

Located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Agadir is known as the ‘seaside resort’ in Morocco because of its great beaches and Northern European tourist population. For those who still prefer the modern appeal, Agadir is a great wedding venue for the urban feel.

We recommend:

Palais des Roses Resort & Spa – Enjoy a magnificent and elegant wedding while overlooking the Bay of Agadir, awarded one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Located on the Agadir Beach, the resort will surely give you a scenic wedding setting against the clear blue waters and sandy beaches.

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What guests can enjoy while in Agadir:

Apart from the wedding celebrations, guests can enjoy fun in the sun with time spent on the dazzling beaches or by getting adventurous. Some great things one can do in Agadir are:

Le Musee de l’Argan – They say, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’. We say, ‘When in Morocco, do as the Moroccans do’. A trip to this beautiful country without indulging in a traditional Hammam, also known as a steam bath, is a no-no. Take some time out during or after the wedding celebrations and make a trip to Le Musee de l’Argan and indulge in this therapeutic cleansing session.

Beyond the beach – If you are an adventure junkie, an off road trip from Agadir is a must. Add to the fun of the wedding ambiance with dune buggy and quad biking trips for guests. The trip along the shores of the ocean, through the forests and on the dunes will allow them to see the unexplored beauty of this country. This unusual trip is sure to make your guests remember your wedding for a long time to come.

So get those bags packed and dash across to the world’s second largest continent to plan your perfect destination wedding.

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