High end destination weddings set in gorgeous locales around the world are the stuff of fairytale beginnings. With numerous luxury resorts and hotels with provisions for luxurious rooms, top-notch cuisine and picture perfect settings, opening their doors to wedding parties, your dreams can come true.
If you aren’t quite sure what a destination wedding entails, read on. When couples want to exchange their wedding vows and commit to a beautiful life together, at an exotic or otherwise scenic locale away from the normalcy of their home-towns, a destination wedding comes into play. It is like combining a wedding and a nice holiday for both you and your guests at the destination of your choice! Couples often opt for destinations that they have a special connection to, like having a lot of their family there, maybe a place that hold special memories for them as a couple or maybe even somewhere they have always dreamed of visiting together. Pick a destination that speaks to your heart and you can’t go wrong!
It could be weekend away, few days, a week and so on, depending on how many ceremonies and events your nuptials entail (definitely multiple in case of a big Indian wedding!). If you intend on having numerous wedding events, you could also alternate between day and night functions on the same day to save you some time.
When planning a destination wedding it is wise to remember that it does involve a lot more work, since you will have to handle all the usual tasks combined with additional organising that comes with arranging an event away from home. Also, you may have to take multiple trips to the location and finalise details at the destination.
One of the most comprehensive ways to help you get organized and keep your guests in the loop is to create a wedding website for the destination events. You can upload information about the place, venue and accommodation options to aid guests in their bookings, list transport options and information, information about the events and the protocol or dress code if any and any other information and details you wish to include. Providing proper contact information like hotline numbers and an RSVP option will greatly help you in the planning and make it easier for your guests as well.
Speaking of the guests, since you are thinking of planning a fabulous destination wedding why not go that extra mile and ensure that your guests are treated to a trip they will never forget! Try and negotiate special rates for their various bookings like travel and accommodation through bulk booking discounts and the like. You could arrange for special gifts, giveaways and goody bags for when they check in at the destination and even personalised gifts for smaller groups. Another way to enhance their experience is by actually giving them the time to savour the place; don’t cram the day with too many wedding activities, giving your guests the time to relax and make it a fun holiday. You could also arrange for entertaining tours like a trip to the famous flea markets in Goa or a Bollywood tour in Mumbai.
A few additional touches that can make a destination wedding truly enjoyable and luxurious are to enhance events with the local flavour of the place like the regional cuisine, music, colours etc. or incorporating themes and events (like a beach party at a tropical destination like Goa or a high tea event on a sand dune at a royal destination like Rajasthan, for instance.) pertinent to that place.
Since, there are more options than one can ever hope for both in India and internationally, we have listed a few popular destination options:
States like Goa, Kerala and Rajasthan are the perennial favourites and rightly so with their natural beauty, diverse cultures and visitor friendly atmospheres.
If royalty is what you are aiming for, cities like Udaipur and Jaipur in Rajasthan are home to some of the most stunning palace and heritage hotels, gorgeous architecture and picturesque scenery. If you would rather get married by the sea, Goa offers a variety of high end resorts and hotels, all along its many cities and beaches.
If you head north, Agra is another great destination for a luxury destination wedding. And getting married with the everlasting symbol of love – the TajMahal in the background, has a special symbolism to it altogether.
On an international level, the world is quite literally your opulent oyster.
KohSamui, Maldives and Bangkok are some of the popular wedding destinations in Asia.
The islands of Maldives, a 5 hour flight via Columbo, amidst the Indian Ocean are a hot-spot for honeymooners and weddings alike. Gorgeous white sands and turquoise waters make the perfect setting for a luxurious wedding here. One of the most exclusive options here is ‘The Rania Experience’ perfect for wedding packages; you will have an entire private island and private yacht, butlers and a spa at your disposal. A truly one of a kind experience!