It seems a lot easier than being done when we say it takes a lot of time and energy in checking everything off that wedding planning checklist and most importantly, deciding the wedding destinations in India. Since it’s more about two families coming together to celebrate a new beginning of their loved ones, perfect Indian wedding destinations get etched in everyone’s memories for a lifetime.
Wedding tourism, also known as destination tourism or marriage tourism, wherein the bride and groom travel to a serene destination, along with guests to exchange vows, has moved from strength to more strength and has already carved a niche in the global tourism industry. The International bodies, Government, ecosystem players in addition to the end users derive considerable benefit out of this arrangement.
Marriage, by definition, is a formally recognised union of people as partners in a personal relationship. However, in India, it equally involves the families of the two. In fact, it has evolved into a status symbol in the present-day medieval-Indian society. And Indians leave no stone unturned to add that extra dash of colors, drama, and glamor to the wedding functions of the family. So, it isn’t very surprising that the past few decades have seen the rise of some amazing distant & romantic wedding venues in India. In the real sense, it is a grand plan of travelling to another place, other than the hometown of both Bride and Groom, in order to get married. This is also termed as “Marriage Tourism” or “Destination Wedding”. Wedding Tourism can also be referred to as a concept where one travels to get married in an exotic location in a unique manner irrespective of the legalities of the union in their own place of residence.
If you’ve always wanted to feel like royalty on your wedding day then India’s royal state, Rajasthan is your best bet. From grand havelis, to royal palaces; you have a plethora of choices. Udaipur remains a popular wedding venue in Rajasthan, owing to its romantic ambience and many beautiful lakes and royal palaces. Also known as Venice of the East, Udaipur has many gorgeous wedding venues, such as Devi Garh, a rambling 18th century fort and palace, or the City Palace Complex, where the Mewar Royal Family still lives. Pink City, Jaipur is another wonderful city for your wedding and you can choose from venues such as the Jal Mahal Palace, situated in the middle of a lake, or the Samode Palace- a heritage venue nestled in the Aravalli Mountains. Jodhpur, popularly known as the Blue City is also a great place to tie the knot. If opulence is what you’re looking for then you can either choose the spectacular hill top Umaid Bhavan Palace, or the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Those on a modest budget can choose between the equally impressive Ranbanka Palace and Ajit Bhavan. Rajasthan also remains a popular wedding destination among many celebrities, such as Madonna, Katy Perry and Elizabeth Hurley who have tied the knot in this beautiful state.
God’s Own Country, Kerala is the ideal place for those looking for a quiet, yet picturesque wedding. Choose between a wedding by the emerald backwaters, the beach, or a resort. Many hotels and resorts assist patrons with their wedding planning, and the beautiful Zuri Kumarakom resort near Allepey is a popular choice. If you want a beach wedding then The Leela in Kovalam is a great venue. Looking at doing something different? In that case you can opt for an elephant theme wedding, in which the groom rides into the venue on the back of an elephant! You can also choose a traditional Malayalee wedding ceremony, complete with food served on a plantain leaf and a classical dance performance by a local troupe. Kerala, being one of the best destinations for wedding, is commonly known as ‘God’s Own Country’. It offers a perfect beach point where you can have a romantic wedding. You may choose to have your wedding ceremony at Varkala or Kovalam; amongst the straggling tea gardens of Munnar; or in the heritage building of Kochi fort, as these destinations offer striking views that would remain etched in one’s memory forever.
Goa is undoubtedly a great choice when it comes to tying the knot and you will be spoilt for choice for the kind of wedding you want. Choose between a beach wedding, a garden wedding, or even a sunset wedding. Your Goan wedding can also be revved up with Portuguese music and dance, fireworks and even fire jugglers! Hire a wedding planner to plan the ceremony, or use the wedding planning services provided by many five star hotels to their patrons. Popular wedding venues in Goa include The Taj Exotica, The Leela and the Turiya Villa and Spa. It is a good idea to book your wedding venue in advance as Goa remains a very popular beach wedding destination. Also, please note that beach weddings require a permit, which your wedding planner or hotel can help you get.
One of the oldest historical cities ‘Agra’ is a very beautiful place that needs no introduction at all. It’s a symbol of love and no other places like Agra could be more appropriate as it recalls the passionate love between the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. What could be more exciting and romantic than giving pledges with the symbol of love in the backdrop! For an opulent and royal wedding ceremony, this city of love is perfect for you. With its exotic and pleasant ambience, couples love to tie the knot at this historical place, so that they can remember this lovely moment and cherish it for longtime. There are many wedding venues in Agra which are popular for arranging wedding ceremonies in a royal way. This city has many gigantic hotels and resorts looking across the Taj where many people organize their wedding ceremonies. Enamored by the Mughal and Brij culture, Agra offers an interesting and pleasant ambience.
Andaman and Nicobar
Surrounded by the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are the perfect venue for true romantics to tie the knot. Choose between a beach weddings, a resort wedding, or a high adrenalin adventure wedding on a speedboat, or even while swimming with elephants in the sea! The Havelock Islands are a popular wedding venue in the Andamans, and hotels and resorts like Barefoot at Havelock can help you plan your wedding- right from arranging the wedding ceremony, to caterers, florists and decorators.
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 “Wedding Tourism Destination India”, May, 2017, available online at: http://www.mrssindia.com/uploads/reports/pdf/wedding-tourism-report-5.pdf
 “15 Romantic Wedding Venues In India”, available online at: http://traveltriangle.com/blog/romantic-wedding-venues-in-india/
 Maryann Taylor, “5 Best Destination Wedding Locations in India to Say ‘I Do’ in Style”, available online at: https://www.makemytrip.com/blog/top-5-destination-wedding-locations-india-say-style