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.

Wedding Destination Rambagh Palace

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.

Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

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.

Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

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.

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

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

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

Our favourite picks for your Sangeet and Wedding Music!

With wedding season in full swing, it is time to dance till you drop. This post is about our picks of songs you can use to make your wedding/sangeet as memorable as can be!

Let’s begin with some high energy tracks for your Sangeet:

The “Gulabo” song (the movie Shaandar) is perfect to start with. This peppy yet not too jarring song will act as the instant mood setter for the evening.

The “Galla Gudiya” song (the movie Dil Dhadakne Do) with its punjabi dance masti flavour will be great for performing in a group or for a couple like chacha-chachi or mama-mami performing on stage.

The “Kar Gayi Chul” song (the movie Kapoor and Sons) has a hint of mischief and flirtatious fun. The young cousins of the bride and groom can get the guests grooving for the fun-filled evening with the help of this song.

The “Chittiya Kalaiyan” song (the movie Roy) is a foot tapping number with appreciation for feminine beauty and is a instant hit with all the women. The pretty bride or her cousins dancing on this number makes for a great idea.

Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hain” song (the movie Khoobsurat) will heighten the enthusiasm quotient among the relatives and guests. Even if there’s no performance planned on this song, it will definitely attract enthusiastic and spontaneous dancers on stage or on the dance floor.

With the excitement hitting the roof, the next best suggestion definitely is “Dj Wale Babu Mera Gana Chala De” and when it plays no one will be able to resist the dance floor!!

Sunny Leone’s “Baby Doll” song definitely deserves mention here. With a solo or a young girls group performance on this, the Sangeet hall will definitely be buzzing with high octane energy.

The “Afghan Jalebi(the movie Phantom) song with its peppy foot tapping Arabic theme music, is an instant hit with the crowd and a cousins performance on this number will definitely make the energy levels hit the roof.

The “Tu Meri” song (the movie Bang Bang) buzzing with energy is perfect for the young crowd to get their groove on.

The “Badtameez Dil” song (the movie Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani) is needless to say meant for a power packed performance by the bride and groom’s friends and cousins. Such a song will get the foot tapping and hearts racing.

For the Mumbaiya tapori fun song, we have the “Tu Mere Agal Bagal” song (the movie Phata Poster Nikla Hero). Performance on this song will definitely be hilarious to watch.

Our picks for the best romantic songs!

The “Sab Tera” song (the movie Baaghi) is a very soothing romantic number which will be heart warming if performed by the bride and the groom.

The “Pehla Nasha” song (the movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander) is an evergreen song loved through out generations. This song creates an ambience of love like no other song.

The “Samjhawan” song (the movie Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya) is again an enchanting love song perfect for the new couple.

The “Pehli Nazar Main” song (the movie Race) of Atif Aslam with its melodious and scintillating rhythm, makes it a good choice for a close dance by the couple.

The “Rabta” song (the movie Agent Vinod) sets a soothing Sufi love environment. It can be used as a dedication from the bride to the groom. Also a popular song for Bridal Entry.

The “Teri Or” song (the movie “Singh is King”) will look very romantic if performed by any couple on stage.

The “Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi” song (the latest album with Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor) is a remix of an evergreen romantic song of the 1990s. It will make for a cute dedication from the groom to his bride.

Do let us know which one is your favourite 🙂

Disclaimer : We do not claim to own rights to any of the music spoken off in the above post and adequate licenses need to be acquired to use the same on your big day.

wedding budget

How much is too much?

How much is too much? A question you often ask yourself when discussing money. A question for which we may never find the exact answer because budgeting is a concept that is relative. Like they say, ‘one man’s food is another man’s poison’, similarly, what one might consider the basics might be an extravagant affair for another.

The scale varies tremendously when it comes to budgeting weddings and understanding where to draw the line. This to many can be the most tedious and stressful part of wedding planning and therefore here are a few pointers to get you started in the right direction.

Prepare a budget

This can be a tricky one but we always like to believe that ‘nothing is impossible’. If you don’t know what amount to begin with which means, if you don’t know how many zeroes to add to the digits then we suggest working backwards. Aim at creating a rough estimate based on the total costing of all the things you would like to include at your wedding.

Create lists

This one has to be our favourite. We love the efficiency achieved when you break down everything to smaller, simpler parts. Create multiple lists of the different aspects of the wedding ranging from personal to family expenses, decor to entertainment expenses, accommodation to catering expenses. These lists are then further divided to help track what expenses each of them include. Like for example the ‘Personal’ list could include your wedding outfit, cost of hair and make up, cost of accessories while the ‘Entertainment’ list could include costs of hiring a DJ, the band for the baraat etc.

Rank your sub lists

Creating a list not only assists you in breaking down your expenses but also allows you a clearer understanding of what is most important to you both as a couple. It allows you to prioritize the costs based on your preferences. This is an effective way of saving yourself the moolah you would otherwise be spending with the assumption that everything needs a big budget because everything is important.

Source multiple vendors

We say work hard but more importantly, work smart. A good idea would be to gather quotations from multiple vendors as this allows comparison. A good way to start sourcing vendors would be through references and then move on to search-based vendors or just hire a wedding planner who would give you the costs at the most economical rate.

Recruit a good planner

Time and again we stress the assistance of a good wedding planner to help you through your big day because we assure you it’s a battle half won. Professional wedding planners not only assist you with creating lists of what all needs to be budgeted but their strong network of vendors also means better costs and guaranteed quality of work. After all we don’t like to take gambles on big days, do we?

Whether your strategy is to start with a model budget and work towards trimming it down or to start from scratch and work each costing till you arrive to a final figure, we recommend you to be systematic. Like we said, there’s no right or wrong spending but there is definitely the irrational spending that you would like to avoid.

The Wedding Co. aims to provide you a budget-friendly wedding without any compromises on the details. Our team works with you on each and every detail of the event and provides you guidance at each step so that your vision becomes a reality.