Tag: Destination Weddings

Alternative Indian Destination Wedding Locations

Let us face it, all of us have now seen the massive palace locations as backdrops for destination weddings. The recent Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wedding took place at Umaid bhavan looked so amazing. But it has left me wanting to explore some more alternative destinations which are within reach of us normal folk.

This post is inspiration for everyone who is not considering a palace wedding 🙂 There are so many options to choose from – beaches, temples, outdoor settings – the sky is really the limit. With more and more couples opting for destination weddings, the options can get really confusing.

Use this post as a guide to what options might be possible for destination weddings.

Outdoor locations are perfect for a summer wedding. The couple and guests can be super relaxed and comfortable outdoors rather than being stuck indoors. Outdoor weddings also have their challenges because you are not close to facilities possibly and the seating arrangements might not be perfect, etc etc. But the pictures do look stunning.

An exotic beach location like Bali is what a lot of us dream about. But this is what a wedding at an exotic beach location might actually look like. I am SO jealous! Also, how cool is the picture in the field – i love it!

A destination wedding for me is one where you can have exotic locations and you are disconnected from everything, and spending time with family and friends. The feeling of being in the wedding for the entire duration is very special.

Did you get married at an alternative destination? or did you photograph one? Please do get in touch, I’d love to hear more!

Chandni and Darshan’s Indian Beach Wedding in Cancun

I recently came across the work of Jonathan Cossu, a fantastic photographer who shoots weddings in Cancun, Mexico. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful pictures of Indian weddings that he takes. His style is unique and he even has a very cool under-water pictures section on his website. Jonathan was kind enough to permit me to use some of his photographs for the blog (Grazie Jonathan), and I selected this beautiful destination wedding of Chandni and Darshan that took place at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa.

The Resort – Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort

Moon Palace Resort

Jonathan mentioned that the wedding included LED Robots and Acrobats  – all very cool, and when you combine such details with an amazing resort, you have the recipe for magic. I personally loved the subtle elements of detail that the bride focused on and I think got it spot on.

The Bride and the Details I Loved

The bride wore some stunning bangles and also a hand-harness that was very traditional and encrusted with polki and other stones. I like the fact that she selected green stones because it complements her red lehenga so nicely.

Bride wearing a haath-phool

Beautiful Bridal Lehenga in Red

Beautiful Bangles for the Indian Bride

Such a Gorgeous Bride in a Red Indian Lehenga and Bridal Jewellery

One of the accessories that brides don’t usually pay attention to are the shoes. Comfortable yet sexy shoes are so important to finish the look and make you feel sexy on the day. Make sure you strike a balance between shoes that look stunning and also have an extra oomph factor. I love the fact that Chandni selected these gorgeous high-soled metallic toned number as her choice – they look just right for a balance between sexy and comfort.

Sexy Footwear for the Bride

The Bride getting ready

Contact Jonathan here

Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

Following on from my last ‘Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding’ post, here are five more destinations that I think are wonderfully romantic and offer a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. As with the last post, I have tried to include some places that are less well known and more on the quirky side. Enjoy – hope this gives you some inspiration!

6. Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon

This is literally Disneyland for Bollywood lovers. Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon near Delhi is renowned for its Bollywood musicals and would make a unique destination wedding location.

Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

Although the venue is still to host a full-fledged Asian wedding they already organise Bollywood Dandiya nights. If you happen to be an ardent first-day-first-show watching Bollywood fan and have the moolah to book the place out for an entire day then the Kingdom of Dreams with its posse of talented performers could liven up any wedding day.

Kingdom Of Dreams | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)


7. Neemrana Fort, Jaipur

Ofcourse any list of beautiful wedding destinations in India will be incomplete without a mention of Jaipur. The blue city is replete with spectacular wedding locations in terms of palaces but we are more interested in the Neemrana Fort that could easily be the best destination wedding location in India.

Neemrana Fort, Jaipur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

This astoundingly rustic fort would make the perfect rugged blank canvas on which to paint your wedding story. The fort itself is completely devoid of colour unlike the palaces, which means that every colour will pop and your pictures will be nothing short of breathtaking.

Neemrana | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

8. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Known for its ancient Wats or temples and life-like wax statues of Buddhist monks, Chiang Mai is has a certain vintage charm that is sorely missing from the more popular choices for Asian weddings like Bangkok and KohSamui.

Chiang Mai | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

The DharaDhevi Hotel is a truly mystical property that resembles an ancient city of temples much like Chiang Mai. It provides the perfect amalgamation of Asian cultures for a destination wedding location that everyone will remember for years to come.

9. Hrishkesh

For the deeply spiritual there is something cathartic about start their new lives as man and wife along the banks of the River Ganges. Revered by Hindus as the holiest of rivers, the water from the Ganges or Gangajal is used is every important ritual because it is believed to cleanse the soul and ward off bad energies around oneself.

Hrishikesh | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

The holy city of Rishikesh with the flowing Ganges and snow capped mountains all around form the ideal picturesque destination for an Asian wedding that is distinctly sombre and religious.

Hrishikesh | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

10. Mahabalipuram

If you want some fun in the sun but also want the traditional Asian wedding at a religious shrine then head to Mahabalipuram.

Mahabalipuram | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

This place offers the best of both worlds with combination of beaches and temples. Have your pre-wedding parties by the beach with not just cocktails and dancing but also some exploratory boat rides to check out some underwater temples followed by the wedding ceremony at one of the numerous ancient, detailed and immaculately preserved temples.

Sunset at Mahabalipuram | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

If you’re still undecided then pop in a DVD of the movie “Two States” that ends with a romantic wedding shot at one of the many temples of Mahabalipuram. The charming lead pair beaming at each other lovingly in the serene landscape will have your heart melting and mind racing to get geared up for an Asian wedding to remember.

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Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, been stranded at sea or are a hermit, you must be fully aware that beautiful locations for weddings are the flavour du jour as Asian wedding venues for the glam loving, hash tagging, social media obsessed generation that is tying the knot these days.

Gone are the days of having a simple wedding with close family and friends in your parent’s back garden. Now its all about getting that Instagram worthy selfie with your crew at a truly outstanding and unique destination.

Cool quotients aside with so many romantic destination wedding locations on offer and fantastic deals on travel thanks to a variety of budget airlines, there is absolutely no reason why the world truly can’t be your oyster when it comes to picking a wedding location.

Beautiful Destination Wedding Locations in India

Chances are that you and your to-be are equally matched up socially and we don’t mean that boring list of criteria your parents made you run through before giving you their blessings. We mean that you both probably belong to the same jet setting, fun loving and excited clan of people who are a key ingredient to the recipe for a mind-blowing destination wedding. While that is nothing short of brilliant it also means that if you found your match a little later than your friends, they have probably already ticked the most likely destination wedding locations off the list for you.

If you happen to have already read a few million Asian wedding venue articles that feature the same destinations over and over then you will thank your Google stars that this little article popped open on your browser. What follows is a list of beautiful wedding locations that are likely to impress those with a flair for wanting to do something bold and unexpected.

1. Shimla

The WildFlower Resort in Shimla | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

Set amidst pine clad hills, lush greenery and jaw dropping landscapes, Shimla is a fairly new gem on the map of locations for destination weddings in India. It provides an idyllic escape from the sweltering heat of the metros during those unforgiving Indian summers and the added advantage of having your wedding and forthcoming anniversaries outside of the crazy ‘wedding season’ from November to February. The fact that your guests will love you for giving them the perfect holiday during summer break will be the cherry on top of the serene Himalayan cake. There are a plethora of properties that are adept at handling Asian weddings in Shimla but for a spectacular extravaganza dripping with luxury from start to end nothing beats the fairy tale gorgeousness of The Wildflower Resort.

The Wildflower Resort in Shimla | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

2. Hyderadabad

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Move over Udaipur and Jaipur, there is a new royal wedding destination in the running for the top spot and this one hails from the Nizams. Hyderabad has all the trappings of a modern Indian city but the completely ancient Falaknuma Palace Hotel cements its place on this list. If you want the exuberance and lavishness of a royal palace with every modern amenity then it doesn’t get better than the Falaknuma Palace. Your wedding will give your guests a glimpse of history and a taste of Nizam life plus every contemporary luxury at their disposal. And for those who break into cold sweats at the thought of standing and greeting an endless line of people at their reception, the world’s largest dining table at the 101 Dining Hall can quickly take care of that little hassle.

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Psst….Bollywood fans – This palace also happens to be the wedding venue for Salman Khan’s baby sister Arpita Khan’s lavish star studded affair.

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

3. Havelock Islands, Andaman & Nicobar

Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Dreaming of a beach wedding with pristine waters and soft white sand that isn’t in Goa? Consider Havelock Islands in Andaman and Nicobar instead.
Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

There is no dearth of indulgent resorts and spas with their own private beaches that can whip up some marital bliss inducing magic for your big day right by the water. Adventure sports junkies will revel in the opportunity to go scuba diving and snorkelling in the calm blue waters – now THAT’S something you can’t do in Goa! If you want something completely out of the box then jump in with your wedding finery and take those underwater photos that you always wanted but didn’t know when and how. Your clothes might be ruined but you were never going to wear those again anyway (no matter what you told yourself before buying them) and there is every guarantee of total Facebook and Instagram domination when you upload them.

Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

4. Aamby Valley City, Lonavala

Completely cut off from anywhere else Aamby Valley City with its plush surroundings and moderate to cool temperatures is only a stones throw away from Mumbai. Its isolation from neighbouring Lonavala and Pavna are by design because there really is no reason for guests to leave this city within a city.

Aamby Valley City | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding Aamby Valley city offers its own artificial lake, jungle safari, Swiss chalets and a number of other indoor and outdoor wedding venues that allow you to customize the feel and vibe of each wedding festivity.

Aamby Valley City, Lonavala | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

5. Chikamanglur

No, we aren’t just making up places at this point because we are out of ideas. Chikamanglur may sound like something you would name your pet puppy at 4 but it is in fact the birthplace of coffee. It is about 250 km from Bangalore and reachable by car.

Chikamanglur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

This unconventional and exotic Asian wedding location boasts several massive estates that can accommodate upto 2000 people for that larger than life celebration of your dreams. Throw in some fun activities like coffee picking for the caffeine addicts and a visit to UNESCO sites Belur and Halebidu for the history buffs and you have yourself a big fat Asian wedding for one and all.

The Serai in Chikamanglur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

The Serai in Chikamanglur is a luxury resort built on a coffee estate that offers lots of different splendid accommodation options and a breathtaking backdrop for the ceremony.

Keep your eyes peeled for part 2!

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