A marriage is a lifetime of trust, love and understanding; a wedding on the other hand is an extravagant affair. If you want to make your wedding something people will remember for years to come, maybe a destination wedding is the right choice for you. The splendour and magic created at an exotic location can be unforgettable.
But you don't have to jet to the other side of the world to have a spectacular destination wedding. Here are 12 wonderful spots around India that will cater to every kind of couple and make your wedding the high point of the year!
1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands - For the adventurous couple
Andaman and Nicobar islands have a ton of locations for your much awaited wedding day. The scenic beauty of the forests in the backdrop, the clear waters, the white sand – it's all there, that absolutely perfect concoction for you to remember for the rest of your lives. For the after- or pre-wedding activities for your guests and you, consider snorkeling among the coral reefs or just taking a tour of the tribal settlements. Havelock and Port Blair are the most popular choices with lots of other things to see and do nearby, but with the right permits, you can have a wedding anywhere you desire. Click here or here for further details.
2. Lakshadweep - For the two of you and a few privileged guests
The sandy beaches, the coral reefs and the clear waters surrounding these islands are reasons enough for Lakshadweep to be a prime wedding destination choice! If you're a couple that prefers a more secluded and intimate wedding away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with the serenity that an island offers, then these islands should be your top pick. Click here or here to start arranging for your big day.
3. Kerala - For backwaters and houseboat weddings
It's beautiful when the waves touch the shore and the wind rushes through your hair, and for all this, Kerala is the perfect place to marry the love of your life. The backwaters, houseboats and lush greenery give the ethereal feeling that'll make your wedding a dreamy affair. Kollam, Kovalam, Kumarakom and Kochi are the most popular choices, while Varkala is a more secluded location for those who wish to have a private wedding. And if you're up for something more intimate, a houseboat wedding should be your go-to choice. To plan your wedding in Kerala, click here or here.
4. Goa - For the barefoot beachy couple
Goa is the haven for that sunny, beachy affair! By gaining a private beach party permit, a couple can recite their vows barefoot against the backdrop of the setting sun. The after-party is just an added bonus and Goa knows how to throw one! Some of the popular options are LPK Waterfront and Zeebop By The Sea. Even some of the famous food joints and shacks do private weddings if you're not up for the bigger kind.
5. Mangalore - Delicious seafood at its best
Weddings in Mangalore are quite wonderful and nothing less than dreamy. You can have a live counter with fresh seafood and authentic Magalorean cuisine. With the right permits, you can have a magical wedding on the sandy beaches that surround Mangalore. Click here for details on how to get your dream wedding up and running.
6. Rajasthan - This is for the princess in you
Royalty and tradition come easily to this desert state and having your wedding planned here ensures the most regal affair one could ever hope for. There are plenty of palaces in Jaipur such as the Raj Palace, the Rambagh Palace and Jai Mahal Palace and forts that make little girls' fairytale wedding dreams come true. The Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur is a magical location, Jodhpur also provides other options. Go back to the royal era and feel like a princess while your knight in shining armour rides a horse to the wedding of a lifetime. Click here or here for further details.
7. Ooty - A ballroom wedding in gorgeous weather
Bask in the beauty of this scenic hill station and have your memories made at the Fernhill Palace. Sprawled over a lavish 50-acre estate with a ballroom to dance in, this is your wedding destination for that perfect hilltop love if you prefer a hill station down South. Click here to get started.
8. Darjeeling - Magic right in the middle of a tea estate
Why not escape to the tea estates for a unique wedding? The Glenburn Tea Estate located in Darjeeling is set in a colonial state with wicker chairs and lush greenery all around. Apart from tours of the tea estate, they offer cookery classes, hiking and day trips and fishing as some of the tourist options. If you're a couple who prefers the company of nature on your big day, then this is your jannat!
9. Sikkim - For a Zen start to a life together
For a luxurious wedding with a monastic theme, MAYFAIR Spa Resort & Casino should be your top choice. With world-class amenities, luxurious spas, a monastic theme and one indoor and two outdoor venues, MAYFAIR defines charming luxury at its best! With the mountains adorning the background and colonial architecture, your wedding will be the talk of the town!
10. Agra - For the couple that believes in the timelessness of love
India's most celebrated love story of all time is that of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan, and the Taj Mahal is a symbol of that love. For a couple that wishes to have their wedding in the presence of one of the wonders of the world and a monument of eternal love, the view of the Taj Mahal is their destination and The Oberoi Amarvilas offers you just that! Exchange your vows with the Taj Mahal as the backdrop and don't be surprised if your guests shed a few happy tears.
11. Shimla - For that vintage experience
The Woodville Palace in Shimla has a vintage Bollywood meets Hollywood air. For a more intimate and family-only wedding with a lovely garden for a perfect reception, this is your destination! If you wish to have a summer wedding away from the heat and humidity, bask in the fresh mountain air of Shimla and the memories made here will stay with you forever.
12. Bhopal - Nawabi luxury beside a serene lake
Bhopal has two very popular palaces that take the term royal wedding to a whole new level altogether. The Noor-Us-Sabah Palace and Jehan Numa Palace provide you the regal feeling with complete authenticity at its best. The Noor-Us-Sabah Palace overlooks the tranquil Bhopal lake while the Jehan Numa Palace has the grace of the British colonial era. Weddings here take on an aura of old-world charm and Nawabi luxury.
Would you get hitched in any of these places? What would your dream wedding destination be? Did we miss out on any other destinations you're considering? Do let us know in the comments below.