Say `I do’ in choicest Indian locales

Say `I do’ in choicest Indian locales

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They say marriages are made in heaven and many couples want to create it an epic grandeur, and opt for exotic locales — from tranquil beaches to royal palaces. Weddings in India have always been a larger than life affair. Mritunjay Kumar explores some of the best destinations for weddings in India.

Nowadays, bachelor hangouts in Goa and ethereal bridal showers in the pristine locale of the Himalayas are not enough to pump up the adrenaline rush, topping on the cake is to locate exquisite venue to say “I do”. We know your dream destination for wedding should be serene, family-friendly and filled with romance.

Our religious beliefs have more to do in ceremonies but dream destinations are also modified in that way to keep all the emotions intact. In recent years India has increasingly gained prominence globally for destination weddings as the country offers some spectacular options for weddings depending on your choice. Many NRIs opt for such tours as having a wedding in their motherland not only connect them to their roots, and the budgets also tend to ensure a beautiful and exotic wedding.

For so long, couples and their family put their thinking caps on to zero in on the picturesque destination to exchange vows but sometimes it proves to be a tedious task. Here you will find out 10 grand and glorious venue options and also various wedding ideas that will vouch to hold luxurious weddings with full grandeur.

wedding1Destination weddings always enhance whole rituals into a fun holiday. Hop on to the bandwagon!old luxurious weddings with full grandeur.

Kerala – God’s blessing

The land of picturesque backwaters and ethical temples, Kerala is one of the best blends of beauty and tranquil atmosphere and thus serves as the ideal venue for your exotic wedding in India. Referred to as the “Gods Own Country,” Kerala is one of the right places to seek God’s blessings. If you want a quiet and picturesque wedding in a tropical atmosphere along the banks of a lake or a palm fringed canal, with food served on banana leaves, then Kerala is the right choice.


-Couples and their family and friends can comfortably accommodated in one of the beach or backwater resorts of Kerala. The south Indian paradise is also popular for elephant themed weddings.

-The bride shall adorn traditional Indian attire for the wedding that includes a silk sari and the designed jewelry to complement the look. The apparel for groom shall be a dhoti and white shirt with white shawl and all with make-up and dressing shall be perfected.

-The wedding will take place under a huge pavilion (pandal) beautifully embellished with flowers. The exquisite sounds of live Indian music and the delectable feast on banana leaves are the memories you shall cherish for life.

-The wedding celebrations include the arrival of the groom on the beautifully decorated elephants and a performance of classical Indian dance form all this makes the exotic weddings in India very special.

Some Exotic Locales in Kerala

The Leela – Kovalam Beach

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Brunton Boatyard

Taj Garden Retreat – Varkala

Zuri Kumarakam – Alleppey

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Ayurvedic massage, Elephant ride, a trip to forest river in Wayanad

Rajasthan – Historical touch

The city of heavenly structured palaces and forts, Rajasthan serves as an ideal locale for those planning get hitched in the exotic locales. Every palace is a timeless jewel which solves the purpose of Regal weddings which are among the most popular themes. Often held in palatial hotels, or even old palaces, such affairs treat the bride and groom like queen and king. A marching band welcomes the couple to the palace and a shower of rose petals all the way. Horsemen and torchbearers escort them to the altar. And the magical and extravagant wedding starts.


-The ceremony of Mehndi and Sangeet shall be magnificently organized with complete ethnical provisions. These arrangements include attractions such as Heena professionals and bangle-sellers.
-The lip-smacking buffet meal with a wide variety of cuisines as per the guest’s choice shall be served on this day of the exotic weddings in Rajasthan.
-The live folk dance performances and live traditional music will further enhance the pleasure of planning a wedding in India.



Pink city of India, Jaipur is one of the favorite destinations for weddings, not only among Indians but also foreigners who travel from far across the sea to make their weddings regal amidst the royal palaces. There are ornate and royal palaces, which now have been transformed into wedding destinations.
You can select the authentic elaborate palaces like the Raj Palace, Rambagh Palace and Jai Mahal Palace for your wedding. You can also select to wed in the old mansions like the Alsisar Haveli and Mandawa Haveli. Samode Palace is the best heritage venue for marriages in Jaipur.


The Princely state of Udaipur in Rajasthan is known for its Rajput-era palaces. Udaipur is one of the most romantic and charming destinations in India. Many of the palaces here have been converted into luxury hotels, which host destination weddings with great aplomb.
Here you can choose to marry in the beautiful lake palace hotel here which is located amidst the serene lake Pichola. If you prefer to marry in an authentic palace in more contemporary style, then you can select the 18th century fort palace, Devi Gargh, which is built in modern minimalistic style.


Jodhpur is one of the most sought after places in India for weddings. It’s also titled the ‘Blue City’ due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel by tourists.
Jodhpur has witnessed some very lavish weddings at Umaid Bhavan and the best place to say ‘I do’. You can also select the two popular heritage places for destination weddings namely Ranbanka Palace and Ajit Bhawan. The other best place to arrange wedding reception is the Imposing Mehrangarh Fort.


Jaisalmer is an exotic and unusual destination wedding, for although built on the desert, this city with its golden sand dunes, exquisitely carved golden-yellow sandstone havelis, and warm colorful people is simply over whelming, and making it a prime tourist destination.
Wedding in Jaisalmer could not only be a regal treat but also a fun filled experience. For those who are looking for an ideal venue for Royal Wedding in Jaisalmer, you can tie nuptial knot in the Gorbandh Palace, Jawahar Niwas, Narayan Niwas and also in Hotel Fort Rajwada.

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Dinner in Sand Dunes, BBQ night, Kalbelia and puppet entertainers, Snake charmers, Camel ride, Kite flying, Camping, Royal procession and more.

Goa – a foreign treat

Church and Beach weddings are considered the most gorgeous themes by most urban couples and what better location than Goa for that big day. Beach wedding in Goa is indeed an experience which will make your wedding a cherished one. How about you and your beloved exchange wedding vows in some ornamented tropical paradise, squeezed between cerulean blue seas and verdant mountains…where stretches of silvery sands, swaying palms and the soft murmur of the sea inspire the love in you.



Almost all Goan beaches can be the venue of your dream wedding, in a church by the beach or a garden or a luxury Yatch decorated with flowers, perfumes and of course a wedding cake.
If by any chance your wedding date coincides with any suspicious day like Christmas, New Year, Easter then you can opt for a Christmas Theme, Valentines Theme, Easter Theme, Carnival Theme, Caribbean Night Theme, Hawaiian theme or Arabian theme.
Dressed in the detailed local wedding -attire with garlands of fresh, fragrant flower; as you approach the lovely chapel, you will be heralded by a soul inspiring choir.
Under the soft glow of the setting sun, guests and family raise their glasses in a toast to the happy couple. It consist singing and dancing, wine and champagne, and grand feast consisting of local delicacies and ultra-fresh sea foods.

Some Exotic Locales in Goa

The beautiful beaches in Goa, including Chapora, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim, Dona Paula, Bambolim, Morjim, Mobor, Majorda and Siridao serve as excellent wedding locations. Apart from the beaches, the beautiful churches and The Leela and Taj Exotica are also graced with hundreds of miles of pristine beachfront property.

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Full moon parties on Cruise, music bands and rain dance.

Khajuraho – a rustic touch

We chose Khajuraho because no one had explored it as a ‘wedding destination’, despite it being a World Heritage site. Khajuraho is a dream wedding destination for those nuptials who wish to exchange vows in a quaint town amid the famous temples of love. Khajuraho group of monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been listed as one of the seven wonders of India. Unlike other temples of India where the deities are worshipped, Khajuraho temples are famed for erotic sculptures etched on their walls. These historic temples in Khajuraho reveal all aspects of treasure of passion, lust and eroticism.



Both the sides shall be welcomed at their advent with the ritual of anointing the forehead with vermillion paste (Tilak) and garlands symbolic of wishes for a pleasant stay in the city.Khajuraho, famous for their erotic art forms shall be the perfect setting for organizing one’s wedding in exotic locales in India. The temple planned to serve as the wedding venue is Chausath Yogini Temple, this temple is with an 11 headed statue of Lord Vishnu depicts his 10 incarnations.Mandap should be elegantly decorated with flowers. The wedding rituals shall first include the Varmala, exchanging of garlands which shall be followed by performing Saptpadi which shall tie the pious knot of wedding.A performance of “Dances of India” at the Main Temple in Khajuraho followed by the grand dinner in an ethnic way.

Some Exotic Locales in Khajuraho

Hotel Usha Bundela Radisson Hotel Ramada Hotel Chausath Yogini Temple Chandela Hotel *Varanasi and Tirupati are the perfect locations for temple and holy sanctum weddings.

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Carvings and architecture of various temples, Kajhuraho Dance Festival in February

Andaman – A wedding delight

Several wedding couples get hitched on the serene beaches of the Andaman, situated in Bay of Bengal, as their wedding venues. The cluster of 572 islands with virgin seashores, crystal-clear sea waters and unblemished spread of sand will simply overwhelm you if you arrange your dream wedding in the Andaman. Bedecked with flora and fauna, this makes the islands of Andaman a very romantic spot. The theme to get married amidst the solitude of a whole island is different from the beaten track of getting married in a metropolitan area and so your wedding could be a great success on the Andaman beaches.



You will get a variety of islands in Andaman that can arrange your wedding in an exclusive style. No need to worry because you can perform all the wedding rituals of your community at the beaches just as these customs is executed in a traditional wedding mandap.
Wedding venue can be a Jungle Resort in the scenic landscape and is put up in an eco-friendly manner with home-grown resources as its constituents, barefoot on silver sand can give a new twist.
The wedding venue can be created with Padouk red wood representing the tribal life of Andaman Island with all floral decoration of wedding altar, Thai music in the background with staffs dressed in Thai costume and food items complementing the theme.
Venue should be striking, presenting vast expanse of silvery smooth sand, remarkable coral reefs along with exceptional aquamarine, beautifully dressed groom and bride in corsages showcasing all vintage charm.

Some Exotic Locales in Andaman

Havelock Island
Ross Island
Red Skin Island
Club Andaman Beach Resort
Siversand Beach Resort

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Scuba trips, nature walks, snorkeling excursions and more.

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