Getting married and don’t want to do it the traditional way? Or are you looking for something that will make the most important day of your life all the more special? Then a Destination Wedding is your answer! And contrary to popular belief, destination weddings do not burn a huge hole in your pocket, if done right! Have yours in India, and you have yourself a fun-filled, private and romantic getaway with the people who matter the most to you. Hire a party planner while you are at it, and you are removed from all the hassles of planning the wedding, leaving you free to enjoy your days with your loved one.
So whether you like snowy mountains, quaint architecture, cooling backwaters, sandy beaches, historical cities, rich culture, fascinating traditions or rooted populace, we have got you covered with some of the best locales to choose from, for the most special day of your life!
1.Goa – Beach Paradise
Goa is a mixed bag of beautiful resorts, breathtaking sunsets, riveting churches, quaint Portuguese and of course, spellbinding beaches! A very popular choice of destination for weddings in India, Goa offers you a lot of options to choose from; depending on your budget, the size and scale of your wedding, as well as the season you choose to get hitched.
Logistics: Most couples choose a resort like Park Hyatt for their big day. The 200+ Portuguese style villas bring in a welcome change from the typical banquet-style wedding settings. A variety of fun and engaging activities will help keep you and your guests happy and stress-free during the non-ceremony hours. Most resorts also offer a private beach and close proximity to the airport, while also boasting of warm hospitality and total luxury as well as premium living spaces nearby in order to host any additional guests that you may have.
Popular Resorts: Park Hyatt Resort and Spa, Benaulim, Cansaulim and Taj Exotica
Best Time of the year: All year long. March to May are hot, humid and rainy, but the scenery is beautiful and very romantic around this time. You also get all the best resort deals during these months as it is the off-season for tourists in Goa. November to January offer the best weather but may be a little too crowded as these months attract the most number of tourists. October to February are slightly warm and offer a pleasant weather.
2.Mussoorie, Uttarakhand – Say ‘I Do’ Atop the Queen of Hills
Mussoorie is the place you see on those beautiful Indian hill station postcards. The surreal view of the Himalayas, gorgeous tree-covered hills overlooking the Doon valley and the clear skies that give you breathtaking views of the twinkling stars of the Milky Way at night, as well as the enchanting canals, orchids and watefalls add an extra touch of romance to your pre-wedding pictures.
Logistics: The closest city with a railway station and an airport is Dehradun, a 50 km scenic ride away.
Popular Resorts: Royal Orchid Fort Resort, JW Marriott and Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa
Best time of the year: April to mid-July is the perfect time to have a wedding in Mussoorie as late July and September bring in the rainy, unpredictable monsoon season that might ruin your events. December to February are the snowy months in Mussoorie, so if you like the idea of a snow-covered setting for your special day, Mussoorie is the way to go!
3.Udaipur, Rajasthan – The City of Lakes and the hotspot for the famed Big Fat Indian Wedding
Castles, lakes, palaces and sheer luxury – these define the city of Udaipur. Also known as the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’, Udaipur is the romantic oasis of India. A top favourite spot for the royally celebrated weddings in India, Udaipur is the perfect destination that you were looking for, if luxury, opulence and grandeur is what you dreamed of for your wedding day!
Logistics: Udaipur is a city that is well connected with all the biggest, metro cities in India, so getting to and from Udaipur is never a problem.
Best time of the year: September to March are the best months with the most pleasant climate in Udaipur – bright, sunny days followed by cool evenings. Other months are best avoided as the city can get too hot and uncomfortable.
Popular Resorts: Trident Udaipur, Laxmi Vilas Palace and Oberoi Udaivillas are the top picks for a destination wedding in Udaipur.
4.Hyderabad, Telangana – The City of Pearls
Two words – Falaknuma Palace. This is where dreams come true. Live where the King and Queen lived and be treated like royalty. The Falaknuma Palace, literally meaning the “Mirror of the Sky”, is an iconic, all-marble palace comprising a blend of English and Italian architecture. The famed 101-seat dining table is a treat in itself and on top of that, you have the gorgeous paintings, statues, carved balustrades and antique photographs, not to mention the enchanting Venetian chandeliers that adorn the walls and the ceiling of the Falaknuma Palace. Exceptional hospitality provided by the Taj Group at the Falaknuma Palace is a minute detail that will go a long way in making your wedding day more special and is bound to make you feel like royalty.
Logistics: Hyderabad is a metro city and except for the occasional local traffic jams in the city, your travel is bound to be virtually hassle-free.
Best time of the year: October to March are the ideal months to have a wedding in Hyderabad as the weather is pleasant during the day, while the evenings are cool and beautiful.
Popular Resorts: The Taj Falaknuma Palace
So what are you waiting for? Take your pick today!