Before you read further, I want you to quickly grab a chair and sit down because your heart might just skip a beat after reading the next line. Destination weddings are cheaper than traditional weddings. Shocked? Well, destination weddings do not require you to shell out large sums of money for a wedding ceremony, reception and a honeymoon, separately. And that is the most fundamental reason for destination weddings being cheaper than traditional or local weddings.
Besides, the resorts that you book are usually independent and self-sufficient so, any extra charges are seldom incurred. Furthermore, because destination weddings are farther and the guests have to pay for their own travel, the number of people that actually attend the wedding reduces. This means that you can send out as many as a 1000 invitations and be sure that only around 200 of them would be attending the ceremony. Destination weddings also mean fewer tagalongs, which happens in Indian weddings far too often. Actually, ALWAYS!
So, now that you know how destination weddings can be an economical choice, let us look at some of the best venues from across the world for having your own Indian destination wedding.
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1. Udaipur -The Ultimate Destination for the Royal Indian Weddings
You don’t get married at Udaipur, you unite in wedlock. And most people would agree. Udaipur is for Indians like the plaza is for New Yorkers. It is the ultimate destination for a big fat Indian wedding. The place is surrounded by palaces and their grandeur adds just a little extra royal charm to your holy ceremony. It is the perfect destination to bring customs and love together. So, if you have been saving up for a typical Indian wedding, this is for you.
2. Hawaii – An Island of Love
People get married in Hawaii just as much as they do in Vegas. The only difference is that the marriages that begin in Hawaii last longer. It does not matter if you are a Hindu or a Muslim. Your elegant violet and light green decorations would blend perfectly in the beautiful backdrop of the beach and the sky here. Even the bright red colours would not shy away from divulging their auspiciousness. After all, Hawaii is not just for the honeymoon.
3. Jodhpur – Celebrate Your Love Majestically
Another land of kings where majesty rules the earth, Jodhpur is like a sister wedding destination to Udaipur. The grand palaces quite metaphorically remind you of your immense love for each other that cannot be contained anywhere else in the world. And come to think of it, getting married in Jodhpur is not about the money or exhibiting your wealth. It is about promising the well-deserved luxury to your partner right from the moment you unite with them.
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4. Italy – To Add a Touch of Elegance to Your Wedding
If you get married in Italy, you know you are doing it for the pizza more than the destination. I mean, let’s be honest! But the secondary perk of marrying the love of your life in Italy is that you get to add a dash of magnificence to your wedding ceremony. Everything classy can be embodied in your ceremony. This means not only your shoes but also your bride’s earrings have to be absolutely sophisticated. And who can take care of your grace on your wedding day better than Italy?
5. Mexico – Retain the Tradition with a Hint of Westernisation
India is known as the land of culture and traditions throughout the world. But there is another country on the farther western side of the world that is holding its traditional grounds even though it is sharing a border with a country that has no recorded native culture. In Mexico, you would get to enjoy your daadiji ka pyaar along with the traditional Mexican enchiladas. There can’t be anything better.
6. Jamaica – For the Perfect View
The sounds from the banjo, Mento and the acoustic guitar with the rhythm of a laidback Jamaican song is sure to melt you right in the middle of the ceremony. But before you shut your eyes in a light trance, don’t forget to glance at the breathtaking view of the Jamaican water hitting the shore. Your “I do” or “qubool hain” would surely get an extra ring to it when it is joined by the rhythm of the waves.
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7. The Bahamas – For Your Love for Water
When it comes to Indian weddings, money is no problem. And that is why there is a place called The Bahamas for us. The Bahamas are big enough to contain not only the huge gang of people flocking the island but also the enormous hearts filled with love. The sand, the water, and the fresh grass are all ready to adapt to the holy rituals as well as engulf in the loving affair. Although a tad expensive, the Bahamas are always worth the expense.
8. Andaman and Nicobar Islands – The Indian Hawaii
There is only one word that can describe these absolutely stunning pieces of land masses – exotic. If you are a couple who enjoys spending time with nature and have a profound love for water, you ought to consider getting married at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They are the epitome of beauty. And as you would recite your vows, these islands will surely remind you to stay genuine with your beloved one.
9. Las Vegas – ‘Cause This Time It Won’t Just Stay in Vegas
While the saying ‘all marriages that happen in Vegas, stay in Vegas’ may be true, it does not have to be the case with you. Las Vegas is a beautiful place as can be seen in the picture above. It is transparent and bold. Las Vegas is a city that does not shy from being what it truly is. Therefore, it is a perfect destination for a couple who is not afraid to bare it all and be themselves. Also, the fun thing about getting married here is that you can host your wedding either in the gorgeous chapels or at some of the most extravagant hotels in the world.
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10. Ireland – For Some Irish Luck
You know what they say about Irish men, right? They say kissing an Irish man brings good luck. But what happens when you plan your ceremony on the land of fortune? Would the charm still work if you kiss your non-Irish groom in Ireland? Do it to find out. Drag your Indian groom to Ireland and tie your wedding knot in the presence of all the good luck in the world. Maybe you will have your ‘Kisi ki nazar naa lagey‘ moment here.
11. New Zealand – The Original Middle Earth
Did you know that you could get married on the set of the original Middle Earth? Well, now you do. The Lord of the Rings was able to quickly make its place in the hearts of the Indian audience. And it is certain that the TRP of HBO India shoots up every time they air an LOTR marathon. Who would miss that, right? And if you are one of those who are LOTR nerds, you would surely want to get married in the midst of this fantastical creation. So, get packing because alas! You shall pass.
12. Tahiti – The Long Lost Island
If you were as spellbound as everyone else was after watching the beautiful Polynesian islands in the Disney animated film, Moana, the thought of going to one of those islands would have definitely crossed your mind. You are not alone. Tahiti is one Polynesian island wherein people from all around the world come to get tie their wedding knots. Tahiti offers a magnetic view of the wave-crashing beaches. Have a Polynesian style wedding and let the customs of Tahiti crown the ceremony. And if you don’t mind going a little crazy, like many others, you could also conclude your ceremony by diving into the clear water. Ah! Perfect.
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13. Thailand – Amidst the Exotic Cuisine and the Stunning Scenery
While all kinds of cuisine are amazing, Thai cuisine is more easily adaptable for the Indian taste palette. And that is just one reason to celebrate your marital union in Thailand. Besides the delicacies, Thailand is extremely famous for its culture and well, spas. This is indeed a great thing because if either of you is cold feet, you can just walk into your resort’s spa facility and get yourself relaxed and refreshed. Moreover, Thailand offers a wonderful architectural view so, you can be assured that you would only be seeing all things beautiful while your stay there.
14. Sri Lanka – ‘Cause Your Bond Should Be As Golden As Lanka
Myth or no myth, both Hindus and Sri Lankans believe that Ravana‘s kingdom was actually made entirely of gold. While there are no remnants to support this belief, sometimes it is okay to believe in the magic of the ancient times. Remember that Sri Lanka is the same place where Ram and Sita reunited after an epic battle of the Ramayana. So, we know that the grounds are definitely holy and fit to get married on. And perhaps your love would also bloom even more while you are there.
15. Niagra Falls – May Your Love Flow As Eternally As the Waters of the Niagra Falls
We all know that water is an incredibly powerful element. It is one of the bases of the creation of the world. But did you know that flowing water is a symbol of moving forward and the beginning of something new? Flowing water represents success. Hence, it is very likely that getting married at the Niagra Falls would make your union a successful one. Also, if you are a fan of The Office (American version), you must have definitely thought about getting married Jim and Pam style at once. So, maybe you indeed will.
16. Greece – To Let the Greek Gods Bless Your Union
Greece – the land of Gods! As an Indian, it has been morally instilled in us that we should be in the presence of God every time we start something new and good. So, what better than the land of Zeus himself? Amidst the white walls and the tiny houses, say your prayers while you embrace the mild sunset. Allow the blush pink of your lehenga and the red of his turban to merge into the blue of the sky as you promise to spend all your seven lives together.
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17. Fiji – Take Your Vows in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean
There is a lot of similarity between the Indian wedding traditions and that of Fiji’s. For starters, you would not be missing on the procession part of it if you decide to get married in Fiji. In the Fijian weddings, the bride enters the ceremony in a carriage shouldered by four men. Furthermore, the weddings do not fall short of music and dance so, you would not have the FOMO on the sangeet ceremony either. Also, Fijian weddings involve colours (same as Holi) and bonfires. So, you get your saat phere, too. What more can you ask for?
18. Puerto Rico – If You Like Pina Colada or Getting Caught in the Rain…
If you have been a fan of pina colada for some time now, you would love to hold your wedding ceremony in Puerto Rico. For the simple fact that this is where the drink was actually invented. Yes, you read that right. On an island with a stunning view, celebrate your loving union under the sunkissed sky. And do you know what sounds better than “I do?” The clink of the glasses poured with some cool pina colada.
19. Morocco – Amidst the Home of the Essential Oils
The land of essential oils, organic compounds and all things natural. While the traditional Moroccan brides wore beautiful shimmery dresses accessorised with a matching large headgear, modern women prefer to keep it simple. The Moroccan wedding gowns are one of the most gorgeous gowns in the world because of their intricate designs and classy colour scheme. And apart from the Moroccan landscape being absolutely magnetic, the wedding themes are something that you should get married in Moroccan for. If you are a fan of white, gold and shimmer, this might just be the place for you.
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20. Iceland – If You Blink Here, You Lose
You would love to know this that one of the most popular marital traditions of Iceland is that the bride and the groom are required to stare into each other’s eyes for a good minute to display their commitment toward each other. If the couple succeeds in maintaining the eye contact without blinking, they are declared man and wife. Now, this tradition may have lost its place in contemporary Icelandic weddings. But it still remains to be one of the most fascinating wedding traditions that there is. Therefore, if you plan your wedding ceremony in Iceland, don’t forget your eyedrops.