The Big Debate – Destination Wedding or Local Wedding

Choice (noun) – An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.

And this is probably something you will experience when planning your wedding. Making a choice between having a local wedding or a Destination Wedding. This is perhaps one of the most important decisions as it sets the framework for how you need to go ahead with your wedding planning. Choosing between either has its pros and cons and there are a couple of ‘how’ and ‘what’ questions you can ask yourself to assist you with making the right choice.

Your guest list

Your wedding could be an ‘either – or’ affair. Either your family has been waiting for this day in which case they would probably want any and everyone they know to be there to shower their blessing and be a part of the celebrations. Or your family and friends are so used to the idea of you both being a couple that getting married is a just a legality and therefore the wedding will be a small affair with family and a few close friends. If you can tell which scenario best describes you, then you definitely know with the first a Local Wedding would be more appropriate and with the second a Destination Wedding.

Budget

Budgeting plays a large part in determining how extravagant your wedding will be. A Destination Wedding would perhaps call for a lot more splurging than a Local Wedding considering most guests now days expect hospitality in the form of lodging charges covered or  an all meal inclusive package on their stay. On the other hand, a Local Wedding would mean majority of your guests managing their own stay and the only aspects you deal with are the wedding functions itself. But do remember the flip side to this means having a lot more invitees turn up as the wedding is taking place in the city.

Access to vendors

Perhaps the most important part of any wedding is the availability and coordination of vendors. Having access to a professional wedding planner who manages this for you helps ease the stress. In some cases the resorts have a list of local vendors which might be handy. Being able to work with a vendor at a Destination Wedding on your own might be a bit of a gamble considering your lack of knowledge on the place or the quality of work produced but in the case of a Local wedding planner, you have references and a body of work to go by.

Style your Wedding 

It is a big day and more importantly it is your day. Your theme might reflect your love story or it might reflect the wedding you’ve always dreamt of. Having said that it is important to understand whether you are looking at a set up that is traditional or contemporary. While a Destination Wedding will be apt for a stylish modern day set up, considering most hotels are up-to-date with modern themes, a local wedding would be a preferable choice if you are looking at something more traditional. Do remember arranging for artists – be it an Entertainer, Hairdresser, Makeup artist etc – is something that plays a key role in determining your look and the feel of the wedding.

Time Frame

Time as always remains a crucial factor. If the date for your wedding has been fixed much before time, a Destination Wedding works well as it gives you ample time to make a few trips to finalize the arrangements. But if time remains an issue, then a Local Wedding seems more apt as it allows you to work within the confines of your current schedule without having to account for travel time to another city.

Couples must remember that a choice of either one does not mean settling in for something because the other seems unachievable but because it seems like the most appropriate way forward after answering the questions above.

The Wedding Co. specializes in planning Destination Weddings in India and abroad. We understand that beauty lies in detail and therefore we make sure that no detail of wedding planning is overlooked.

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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.

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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Planning a small intimate wedding? This heritage Chateau Resort is just what you need!

Nestled in the foothills of Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, there lies a magical resort which offers a landscape which can just take your breath away.

The Chateau Garli, is a heritage property which stands tall in the village of Garli built by Lala Mela Ram Sud in 1921, It fell into a state of disrepair as no one visited the house for the last 20 years but in September 2012, Amish Sud, his great grandson spent a week at Garli and rediscovered the potential, beauty and heritage value of the place. Thereafter, Yatish C. Sud (grandson) and Amish Sud took up the restoration work, equipping it with modern amenities to turn it into a heritage hotel. The artwork was undertaken by Tarini Sud, the great-granddaughter.

It has been restored to its age-old glory by carefully recreating the colonial, Portuguese, Mughal, Rajasthani and Kangri architectural influences that surround the Garli Pragpur Village.

It is ideal for a small intimate wedding coz they have 19 rooms in different categories which can accommodate up to 50 people and you can book the entire property!

The property has 3 different sit out areas for different functions or ceremonies and provides an amazing backdrop for photographs and pictures during the day as well as night and requires minimalistic decorations.

The Ghaggal/Dharamshala airport is only an hour’s drive from the hotel and gets 2 daily scheduled flights coming in- Air India and Spice Jet.

The place is amazing weather wise all through October to April which is considered ideal if you plan to get married there.

The accommodating staff and management ensure, that any requirement you may have in terms of Decor or any other arrangements is taken care of with due prior notice so you won’t face any hurdle in getting exactly what you want at your wedding.

They have a fully functional multi cuisine restaurant and full-time chefs trained by their sister hotel- The Chalets Naldehra, which has been known for their food for a very long time. A special traditional Himachali Wedding Dham if you would like to try some local cuisine is also prepared on request to add that local flavour!

If you would like to plan your Weekend Wedding Cocktail party or your entire wedding at The Chateau Garli, they are just an email or phone call away. Check here for details The Chateau Garli

It is also a great place for a Weekend Get Away 🙂

 

This historic 300 year old Maratha fort is an amazing Luxury Wedding Venue!

Fort Jadhavgadh is the first of its kind fort heritage hotel in Maharashtra which gives you a taste of Royal Maratha legacy of over 300 years!

You can experience history like none other and yet be spoilt with luxuries of modern life.

Fort Jadhavgarh has to its credit the title of the world’s first museum hotel. Situated at 2511 feet above sea-level and sprawled across 25 acres, this beauty provides guests with breathtaking views of hillocks and greens that surround the fort.

Their service portfolio for weddings includes everything that one could require such as wedding decor services, a high-quality menu which offers a variety of different selections, rooftop dining services and an ancient temple of Lord Ganesh for conducting the wedding rituals.

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Their accommodation facilities are epic and include tastefully designed Royal tents fully equipped with a seating area, a bedroom and fully equipped restroom.The tents also have a garden area which grows popular herbs and vegetables which are used in the Royal kitchen, this is an experience in itself.

 

Besides which they have the Maharaja Suite and the Maharani Suite which are usually occupied by the bride and bridegroom offer royal indulgence in the true sense. They also provide direct access to the pool area and spa which can be great to relax in.

Most importantly, the friendly staff is more than accommodating and happy to customise your experience the way you want it!

This amazing resort is perfect for a destination wedding even if you want to marry underwater!

Nestled on the beaches of Havelock Island in the Andamans, Munjoh Resort is truly a treat!

Munjoh has a literal meaning – “mine”. They are not part of a chain, mass-produced and standardized.They offer a handcrafted bouquet of personalized experiences.

They are an ecological and environment-friendly establishment who is passionate about providing their guests with the best in service and offering everything from Garden Cottages to Luxury Villas.

The Blue Beetle Cafe serves an assortment of Continental, Oriental and Indian cuisine.Sea food caught mere hours and a few hundred meters away is their specialty. They of course also have an extensive vegetarian menu prepared with the freshest local produce.

One of the most exotic locations in the world for stunning beach weddings, the beach weddings are customized according to the guests needs.

They have a ready roster of photographers and they can source the freshest flowers from the florist network daily! You can customize your menu to the minutest details for your big day.

A beach banquet under the stars with the best in Food and Drink would be an experience to remember which can be followed by retiring to a well-decorated suite for newlyweds!

The most unique feature is their ability to help do underwater weddings, they have their very own dive shop with state of the art equipment and experienced & friendly staff, certified and trained by the international ‘PADI’ & ‘SSI’ association.

Getting married under turquoise waters filled with beautiful coral gardens and its colorful residents- from starfish to giant clams and mysterious turtles to dugongs and angelic manta rays would be an experience in itself!

Says Simran, who married her beau Hiren at  Munjoh resort,” Right from the onset we were certain that we didn’t want a run of the mill wedding. We both have respect for traditions but both felt that Indian weddings tend to be an unnecessarily drawn out affair. Something that just didn’t appeal to us. Since our location was so stunning, a lot of our activities were centered on the beautiful beach where we got married”

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Although Simran warns,”The islands are still fairly untouched by commercialization so there are actually no decorators available there!  I anyway dislike a lot of decoration and wanted the kind of more organic stuff that was around when my parents got married. Simple genda and mogra decoration, which the resort staff pulled off beautifully!”

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She adds,”As a token of thanks, we took everyone scuba diving after the wedding. In fact one of my cousin’s proposed to his girlfriend under water, he had a ring and everything! And we arranged for champagne for them when they got out”

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Image Credit: Varun Suresh

We thank Simran for sharing her experience and wish her a happily married life with Hiren.

Such hidden treasures are what make’s one thankful for nature and this beautiful resort is one which can offer you the wedding of your dreams and a lot more!

You can find them on Beach No.5 at Havelock Island and Mr.Ravi from Munjoh Resort will be more than happy to be of service. He can be reached on -+919474296200.

So if you are planning a destination wedding, give Munjoh a shout, we are sure you will be amazed!

This ancient church is an unbelievable wedding venue!

Located on the northern fringe of the ancient Gopakpattana port, which once covered coastal areas of Goa Velha and Agasaim, the church of the Jesus of Nazareth offers a breathtaking view of the Zuari Bay, which no other church can boast of.

A direct path from this wonderful chapel leads to Siridao beach, a quiet and isolated paradise in the land of coasts and beaches which has one shack that can offer the best in goan cuisine and drinks!

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This ancient gem built towards the early part of the 1600’s stands as evidence of pre-Portuguese Christianity and multicultural society within the region.

An unconventional wedding location, this beautiful setting can be perfect for sundowners at the beach which can be preceded by a small church ceremony and with the right kind of decor, it can be everything you want it to be and more!

The Grand Hyatt is located close by for stay arrangements and offers attractive packages for outdoor catering as well.

So if you are one who is looking for that small intimate ceremony, The church of Jesus of Nazareth at Siridao is the perfect location for you.

See the photos to believe it! 🙂

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

We would love to hear your feedback! Do leave your comments/suggestions in the section below 🙂

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!

 

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!

Things to do:

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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