Weddings in India are known for their lavishness, grandeur and magnificence. Marriages are a significant part of Indian culture and the way it is organised varies from state to state and from region to region. Recently, a new dimension is added in this splendid Indian tradition in the form of destination weddings. Instead of organising marriages in their respective hometowns, people have begun choosing serene and attractive destinations for carrying out their wedding ceremony. However, destination weddings in India are largely confined to upper class or upper middle class given the fact that these weddings are generally organised in exotic locations like royal palaces of Rajasthan or the extravagant and gigantic beaches on the western coast.
Nevertheless, apart from these expensive locations, here is a list of 5 reasonable and affordable places across country perfect for organising destination wedding.
1. Madhya Pradesh
This state with a rich cultural heritage offers a variety of locations that are not very popular but appropriate for destination weddings. Mandu and Pachmarhi are two places in Madhya Pradesh that are ideal for celebrating the most special day of your life.
- Mandu or Mandavgad
It is a ruined city in the Dhar district in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh state, central India. Set amidst Satpura mountains this place has a number of exquisite palaces, ornamental baths and pavilions to lure your guests into its old-world romantic charm.
It is the bowl-shaped mount resort in Madhya Pradesh is frequently called as the sovereign of Satpura ranges. Located at an elevation of 1,067 feet, Pachmarhi presents an assortment of magnetism ranging from antique fissures to striking memorials. This region is considered as an eminent hill stoppage in the Satpura Range. Pachmarhi makes an ideal wedding destination providing ample amusements for guests. Getting hitched in the ranges of Satpura, will be the most memorable experience for any couple.
Kerala, is commonly known as ‘God’s Own Country’. It offers a perfect beach point where one can have a romantic wedding. You may choose to organise your wedding ceremony at Varkala or Kovalam or at Alappuzha.Varkala or Kovalam
Kovalam beaches have a teeming nightlife and offer myriad options like sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising etc. All in all you can have a beach wedding and your guests can enjoy a pleasant, relaxing time.
Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park add to the attraction of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which is greatly fascinating to visitors. It is an ideal place for destination wedding for those desirous of tying the knot in this serene place.
- Uttar Pradesh
The enormous state of Uttar Pradesh is one of India’s mystical cradles. It’s unmistakable spirituality and religious fervour leaves long-lasting impressions. Besides this, Mughal architectural and gastronomic highpoints ensure all-sensory satisfaction in India’s imperial heartland. Among all cities of this state, Agra and Banaras are ideal destinations to celebrate the magnificence of seven vows.
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 a long time.
Lying on the banks of river Ganga, starting a new life in the holiest city of India, can be an attractive proposition for a lot of couples. Home to famous Kashi temple, Ramnagar fort, Assi Ghat, Dhamek Stupa, and with its old-world charm, Banaras is a preferred destination wedding spot for a lot of North Indians.
It is one of the most industrialized states of India, it occupies the western and central parts of the country and extends over the Sahyadri mountains; a vast stretch of 720 kilometres of the Arabian sea coast providing it a beautiful backdrop. This state offers a number of locations that are considered appropriate for organising wedding ceremonies. This list is headed by two important destinations, that is, Alibaug and Lavasa.
- Alibaug If you live in Mumbai, an attractive alternative to hiring banquets and dining halls or hiring palatial hotels, is Alibaug. A mere 2-hour drive from Mumbai will take you to stunning beaches of Alibaug. You can have your much dreamed of beach wedding here. The preparations would be a lot easier to make as it is easy to hire bungalows here and also due to proximity to Mumbai, if you are a Mumbaikar.
If you love hills and planning to get married in the hills, then Lavasa is a very good option. It is already a popular wedding destination for people from Mumbai and Pune. The perfect time to book Lavasa as a wedding destination is October to May.
Soaring Himalayan peaks and steamy lowland jungles, peaceful hill stations and busy cities, Uttarakhand is an enticingly diverse state, with some of India’s best trekking, holiday towns and wildlife-watching all tucked into one little corner of the country. Hindus think of Uttarakhand as Dev Bhoomi – the Land of Gods – as the dramatic terrain is covered with holy mountains, lakes and rivers. Because of its beautiful natural environment it offers picturesque locations for organising destination wedding particularly in Rishikesh and Mussoorie.
- Rishikesh It’s a holy place that brings the religious community of the nation together and weddings are also organized in a pleasant way. Tying the knot on the banks of the holy River Ganga, or in a resort makes your day special. One may feel relaxed while rituals are performed near Ganga in various temples. Traditional wedding ceremonies are also held under the open skies overlooking the mountains.
Tucked away in the Garhwal Hills, Mussoorie is one of the most impressive hill stations in the northern India. A number of modern bungalows, malls and sprawling gardens dot the landscape of the hill station, from one corner to the other. With its beautiful, undulating, tree-covered hills and a fantastic view of the Mighty Himalayas, Mussoorie is pretty and has a perfect ambience to explore married life in a serene atmosphere.
India is full of ideal wedding locations. It is not necessary to confine your thoughts to popular and expensive places as far as destination wedding is concerned. One just needs to explore and find a perfect place to celebrate this grand event and make your wedding most memorable occasion of your life