Getting married in the city that you grew up in, at the same venues you’ve been to a dozen times, is so passé. Today, everyone wants a wedding that’s different yet romantic and shows the world just what the two lovebirds are all about. We totally get it and know how awesome and special destination weddings can be – for the couple and the wedding party!
Here’s a round-up of the most popular destinations in India for today’s couples to tie the knot at and have a wedding that will be etched in their memories forever:
- Udaipur – A Royal Affair
The City of Lakes transports you to an era steeped in royalty and mystique. Visually you could not ask for a more stunning backdrop than the regal palace buildings that adorn the city. Fabulous, globally renowned hotels like The Leela, Taj Lake Palace, and The Trident will take your wedding experience to the next level, with their impeccable service and in-hotel venues. The majestic architecture perfectly combines innovation with tradition, so if you’re that kind of nouveau-classic couple then this location awaits you!
- Kerala – Blissful Serenity
If you’re looking for calm, breathtaking natural beauty as a backdrop to your wedding ceremony, then look no further than ‘God’s Own Country.’ Choose from the gorgeous beach settings for the perfect sunset wedding or even the endlessly beautiful tea gardens of Munnar, or the heritage fort in Kochi, the list goes on. Whether Varkala or Kovalam, Kerala has something special to offer any couple, whatever their hearts desire.
- Shimla – The Magic of the Mountains
Set amongst the cool pine-clad hills, Shimla is an all-time favourite for couples who want a wedding in the mountains. Snowy hills, breathtaking scenery and idyllic beauty make Shimla a great choice for a peaceful, serene wedding ceremony. Woodville Palace and Radisson hotel have emerged the most popular hotel venues for weddings, providing delectable food and stunning décor to give the couple the ultimate wedding in the hills.
- Goa – The Beach Wedding
We know that Goa is the go-to destination for girls trips, family weekends, new years eve celebrations, but today whether you’re a flower child or not, Goa is among the most popular destinations for picture-book weddings. Those endless sandy beaches flanked by gleaming blue waters, provide a stunning backdrop for a magical wedding by the sea. Due its many varied specialties, Goa is considered one of India’s top places to get hitched. Shimmering beaches, palm trees and that carefree vibe in the air—choose from many hotels that are brilliantly geared to handle weddings both big and small, from luxe to minimal budgets.
- Jodhpur – A Fairytale Wedding
No conversation about destination weddings in India is complete without mentioning Jodhpur. For a beautiful, picture-perfect, fairytale wedding, Jodhpur is the one and only choice. Innumerable eye-popping havelis and historical palaces make for perfect wedding ceremony setting. Couples can choose from a large grand wedding or an intimate one within the palace walls. The enchanted atmosphere and architectural splendor is all the wedding décor needed. The widely popular Mehrangarh Fort has been the top choice for wedding ceremonies for couples that have opted for this royal wedding destination.
- Mussoorie – The magic of the hills
The beautiful tree-covered hills looking down on the Doon valley and the surreal view of the Himalayas at sunset make Mussoorie a popular choice for a wedding celebration. Long pines, canals, beautiful orchids, waterfalls and old architecture lend a scenic background for wedding pictures. At night, when the town sleeps, the skies light up with a brilliant display of twinkling stars sending a romantic ripple through the air. Mussoorie is especially popular for couples that choose to tie the knot summer months, and want an out-of-the-box cool, hill station wedding destination. JW Marriot Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa & Royal Orchid Fort Resort are to be the preferred hotels for celebrations.
- Hyderabad – The glory of pearls and palaces
Few metros offer an iconic and glorious setting as Hyderabad does. The Falaknuma – meaning ‘mirror of the sky’ – is an iconic all-marble palace that has become a much sought after wedding locale for today’s couples who want the Luxe Indian Wedding. The famed 101-seat dining table is a treat in itself, and enough to infuse magic and royalty into the air. The palace has the largest collection of Venetian chandeliers & the most unique Jade collection in the world. With its world-class service and top notch cuisine, the Falaknuma has emerged one of India’s most luxurious wedding experiences. Exclusive and private, the Falaknuma with its attention to detail and splendour leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the Great Big Indian Wedding.
- Agra – The Ultimate Exotic
No list of exotic marriage locations in India can be complete without the one and only home of the Taj Mahal, Agra. What better place to celebrate one’s conjugal bliss that in the surroundings of the epitome of love. Agra also boasts some gigantic hotels and resorts overlooking the Taj where many people have their actual wedding ceremonies. To get married in the illumination of one of the most striking wonders of the world (and of love itself), is truly an unforgettable experience. While it may sound clichéd, Agra remains one of the most sought after destinations to celebrate the union of lovers.
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