Everything You Need to Know About Having a Wedding in Kerala!
The impeccable blend of culture and scenery make the beautiful state of Kerala an ideal destination for Indian Weddings. Commonly referred to as ‘God’s own country’ for all the right reasons, the state of Kerala proffers the couple with serene backwaters, beaches, aesthetic architecture and splendid houseboats which makes it almost impossible to resist making it your dream wedding destination. With so many options to pick from, you can be quite muddled in the very beginning. So, here are a few tips to help you get started on planning your destination wedding in Kerala!
A Wedding in Kerala- What location to pick?
Start by narrowing down your options to the top 4 scenic stages that Kerala has to offer — a houseboat wedding, a beach wedding, a wedding on the hills and one at a temple of ancient significance. Then move on to step two, which is choosing the actual location for your wedding in Kerala.
The backwater hotspot – Alleppy
It is known for its boathouses and renting them out in advance for a larger pax could also fetch you a great deal. INR 6000 for two is usually the maximum you would have to pay for 2 for a luxurious boathouse experience and that’s much lesser than prices of a 5-star hotel room. (Minus the view, might I add) Although a wedding in the middle of these serene backwaters sounds enchanting, it’s not one for everyone. Accommodation could be a slight problem if you have a ‘big fat Indian wedding’ of over hundreds of guests, but if you’re ready to scratch out the extras (and compromise a little) for this absolutely placid aura, why not? It is after all rightfully given the title of ‘Venice of the East’.
The Breath-taking Beaches of Arabian Sea, Kovalam
It is most definitely one of the most loved beach wedding destinations in Kerala. Kovalam offers 5-star beach properties including The Leela which is a clifftop beach resort proffering luxury and culture with it’s ‘Palace like feels’ that makes for one hell of a memorable wedding destination. Having a ceremony under the stars of the night and listening to the waves of the ocean- this image ought to get a misogamist to want to get hitched.
Evergreen Mountains of Munnar
Amidst the peaks of lush greenery- just imagine the backdrop to your wedding. (and your wedding photos!!) It’s every other SRK movie shot on the hills, only better because it’s not a set. Munnar boasts an abundance of luxury properties and is your go-to if you love the chills of rolling hills.
The divine culture that the temples of Kerala
The offers are honestly unmatched. The Guruvayar temple is known to be one of the most auspicious places to have a wedding in the whole of India. If you’re a believer of tying the knot in front of the Lord Almighty, there is no place as alluringly pure for your wedding in Kerala.
A Wedding in Kerala — But..Who’s Planning?
Ones you’ve finalised your wedding location, you have a hundred other things to get in place including decorators, caterers and what not. The most important thing is deciding if you really need a wedding planner. Not only do planners fight for your wedding vision and help manage budget and time, but they’re also kind of necessary in a destination you know nothing or very little about. Hiring a local planner will do you good since they’re going to bring to you the very best Makeup Artists, Photographers, Videographers, florists and get you great deals based on your budget.
The best wedding planners in Kerala who cater to your every need: (Although based out of Kochi, cater to the entire state)
#1. Unicorn Wedding Planners:
Having years of experience, they offer the ultimate wedding planning services and packages that make your vision come alive. From theme weddings to traditional weddings and dream destination weddings, they have expertise in all. Their belief is “Dream big with The Unicorn, We make it happen.”
Address: Divyam Buildings, 2nd floor, A/7, K.P. Vallon Road, Near Paadom Bus stop, Kochi, Kerala 682020
Ph: 094476 72736
#2. The Hue Story
The Hue Story is an exclusive event planning and design studio, specializing in weddings and special events. The team at the Hue Story has over two decades of collective experience in luxury weddings enabling them to execute premium picture-perfect events. Equipped with strong vendor relationships, extensive experience and industry know-how, state of the art processes and tools, they excel at the art of fine entertaining.
Address: KC Abraham Master Rd, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Kerala 682036
Ph: 098952 42775
#3. Wishtree Weddings
Wishtree’s evolution as a weddings firm arose from the understanding that its parent company Ergo Consulting needed to follow a different set of aesthetics and vision when it came to weddings. Being a part of Ergo Consulting, Wishtree Wedding is backed by a strong foothold in the events industry. More than 10 solid years in events marked with impeccable quality delivery. Strong clientele and goodwill have inspired them to bring forth the same standards to the wedding industry too.
Location: 1st Floor, Ergo Heights,, Vikram Sarabhai Rd, Shastri Nagar, Maradu, Kochi, Kerala 682304
Ph: 0484 270 6463
If you’re on a tight budget because you’ve spent your life savings on this destination wedding, you could always theme your wedding yourself and hire local vendors just for execution. After all, the beauty of the place is sure to make up for the lack of man-made decoration. Don’t forget to have a “White Mundu + silk saree” dapper dress code for at least one of your wedding ceremonies!
How are we sprucing up?
With a view that’s so aesthetically pleasing, you’re obviously going to want to capture every moment with each mystifying backdrop. Getting the right photographer/videographers and makeup artists become crucial. If you’ve chosen to have a wedding by the beaches of Kovalam, Green Water Wedding Movies is a popular vote among wedding photography and videography. Munnar, on the other hand, has many options to choose from, Aaathavan Digital Studio bagging the top pick. Even in the backwaters of Alleppey, to your rescue, are famous names in the region including Rituals Wedding Company and Jos Studio.
Photographers can only do so much to make you look like quite the sight. The perfect makeup artist is what every bride lowkey rack’s her brain about. (Don’t go denying this) You will find brilliant make-up artists offering Bridal services in accordance with your requirements. Depending on your budget the best names in the state include:
#1. Jaanmoni Das:
Starting price: INR 50,000
Will Travel to the venue (in Kerala): Yes
Contact: 085905 25693
#2. Makeup and hair by Sinin
Starting price: INR 30,000
Will Travel to Venue: Yes
Contact: 096565 66903
#3. Shreshta Makeup
Starting price: INR 35,000
Will Travel to Venue: Yes
Contact: 097476 90014
#4. Archana Mohan
Starting price: INR 20,000
Will Travel to Venue: Yes
Contact: 088486 73432
Although most places in Kerala boast great weather all year round, the best months for the perfect wedding are between October and March. Since you’re likely to have one or more ceremonies outdoors, you DO NOT want to risk battling with monsoon rains in the state. All this aside, god’s own country welcomes couples from all over the world each year to tie the knot amidst it’s marvellous landscape and never seems to disappoint.Sign Up with Wedding Wishlist