Picture this – your big day dawns, the skies are sunny, you can hear the waves crashing against the shore, and best of all – you’re surrounded by a small group of loved ones – only your nearest and dearest. Sounds idyllic? Well, that’s probably why destination weddings are so popular!
There is a dream destination out there for even the most finicky couples. If beaches aren’t your favourite, then opt for the cool serenity of the hills. Luckily for you, India is large enough (and beautiful enough) to accommodate a variety of outdoor wedding ideas.
Still don’t have a location in mind? Never fear, we have a few spots for you to choose from:
This stunning city features some of India’s most beautiful architecture. The historical seat of the Rajputs, Udaipur is home to great lakes, gorgeous palaces, and is the perfect showcase of Rajasthan’s rich history. If you choose to get married in this lovely city, you will not only be choosing a spot that has deep cultural significance, but you will also be retracing some royal footsteps. Now, that’s special!
Bonus: By picking Udaipur, you’ve ensured that you can also explore other parts of the state like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu, and Jodhpur. You can even take a walk on the ‘wild’ side by visiting Ranthambore National Park
It’s easy to visit tourist traps in Goa and dismiss this state as a cliché party destination. While Goa is great for music festivals and bachelor parties, it also has hidden layers that are just waiting to be discovered. There are several luxurious (and rustic) venues stretching across Goa’s appealing shoreline to choose from. Not only can you have a dreamy beach wedding – but you have plenty of beaches to choose from! This is the perfect place to indulge all your beach wedding ideas.
Bonus: Good food, plenty of lovely restaurants, and striking remnants of the Portuguese settlers who made Goa their home for 450 years.
Alleppey or Alappuzha is one of the gems of God’s own country, Kerala. Also known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is famous for its picturesque backwaters and canals. One of India’s most agricultural areas, the beautiful waterways are flanked by greenery and paddy fields, giving it an untouched charm that sets it apart from many other cities in India.
Bonus: You can rent a houseboat for a few nights and enjoy a scenic getaway. Fish, eat, relax and unwind to the sights and sounds of nature at its finest. Plus, Alleppey is only a short journey away from Kovalam, Trivandrum, and Kochi – other cities you might want to visit.
A former British favourite, Mussoorie is spectacular hill station located near Dehradun in Uttarakhand. This small slice of heaven is famous for its waterfalls and picnic spots. If you are looking for a location that is far from the maddening crowd, then Mussoorie is it! This tiny township boasts of diverse houses of worship such as the first church in the Himalayan range, the first temple built by Tibetan refugees, and several other shrines, making it ideal for many kinds of weddings.
Bonus: You can trek up to Lal Tibba for a jaw-dropping view of the snow-capped mountains. You can also go hiking in the deodar forest and enjoy the flora and fauna of the area.