Confession time: As much as we say that we want a wedding to be simple and intimate, we secretly dream of having our nuptial set against a luxurious backdrop–a sea view on a Sri Lankan beach or among the snow-capped mountains in Kashmir. Can you relate too? You’ve come to the right place! We give you a list of 6 dreamy locations if you’re planning a destination wedding soon and a bonus of venue suggestions to bookmark.
1. Sri Lanka
With its rich culture and temples, exotic beaches, mountains and lake views, and delicious cuisine, it’s no surprise that Sri Lanka is one of the top wedding destinations for most couples. Besides, it’s the closest to India and affordable–hello budget wedding! Whether you want to tie the knot on Bentota beach or among the lush green mountains of Sri Lanka’s hill capital, Kandy, the island nation has it all. Wondering which venue to rely on? Here are our suggestions. An ocean view is a must? Head to Taj Bentota Resort & Spa, which has an option of two open-air banquets with a gorgeous view. Shangri-la’s Colombo and Hambantota properties are also unmissable with their stunning scenic locations. A hilly region is what you fancy? The Amaya Hills’ Amaya Resort hits the brief.
2. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
White sand beaches with clean pristine waters for our future wedding? Yes, please! Andaman & Nicobar islands make for a strong case for a destination wedding and have a plethora of options for your rituals. Havelock and Port Blair are the best islands. The former is great for an intimate ceremony and the latter (being the capital city) is an ideal choice when last minute arrangements crop up. Our recommendations include SeaShell Resort & Spa, Munjoh Ocean Resort and Symphony Palm Beach & Resort.
Rajasthan is a no-brainer choice for a destination wedding. Searching for a luxurious ceremony on a regal property? Then bookmark Six Senses Fort Barwara. A 3-hour drive from Jaipur, the fort was originally owned by a Rajasthani Royal family and converted to a hotel this year. Remember Kalki’s mehendi ceremony from Ye Jawani Hai Deewani? Or the cute scene near the pool where Ranbir and Deepika dip their feet in? It can turn to reality by planning your wedding there aka The Oberoi Udaivilas. And we can’t forget Jodhpur’s historic Ajit Bhawan Palace. Built in 1927, it was once the residence of the Prime Minister and the younger brother of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. The hotel ensures your arrangements are taken care of with its personalised service and decor.
Ditch the usual and opt for an offbeat location. Known for ancient temples, breathtaking valleys and mountains, and Buddhist culture, Bhutan is the perfect location for a peaceful and spiritual wedding. Imagine getting married among stupas and monasteries or valleys with running waterfalls. Sounds beautiful, right? Our venue suggestions include Taj Tashi nestled in Thimpu Valley–a stellar property that captures Bhutan’s Dzong architecture in a contemporary manner; Zhiwa Ling known for its handmade decor, right from its carved wooden beams to hand-painted walls and ceilings); COMO Uma Paro, which faces the breathtaking Himalayas; and Six Senses Bhutan–with villas spread across 5 valleys, you get to choose from 5 different views for your special day. Now how can you not want to get married here?
Love a secluded yet luxurious wedding on a property facing one of Kerala’s backwaters. Bookmark Kumarakom Lake Resort. From an intimate ceremony amidst the Vembanad lake atop a beautifully bedecked boat open to the skies with upto a 100 guests to an exotic lawn flanked by the same lake with upto 400 guests, the resort gives multiple scenic locations to exchange your vows. Still fancy a beach wedding? Turn to The Raviz Kovalam, one of India’s first clifftop beach resort or even Le Méridien Kochi. From ballrooms and banquet halls facing the ocean to ceremonies arranged on beaches and pandhals, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You need not worry about your food arrangements. Both the resorts take care of that–isn’t that a relief?
Giving tough competition to Swiss Alps is our very own Kashmir. We’re certain you’ll love the underrated romantic destination surrounded by snow-capped mountains and picturesque valleys. But the best time to visit here is between May-June or September-October due to favourable weather conditions. For a fairytale ambience comprising the Affarwat Peaks and coniferous tress, rely on Gulmarg’s Khyber Resort. Want to tie the knot around Dal Lake? Srinagar’s Vivanta DalView makes your wish come true. Love yourself a regal nuptial surrounded by mountains, greenery and a palace? The LaLit Srinagar is here to fulfil your needs.