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The wedding season in 2020 has been an interesting one, hasn’t it? It was off to a smooth start but as the pandemic intensified its glare on the world, the wedding industry, just like many others, was proven susceptible to its effects. Thousands of couples had to cancel their 2020 wedding due to the initial lockdown and postpone it to 2021, and those who originally had plans to get married in the latter part of the year crossed their fingers and prayed to their favorite God.
Even as the lockdown is very much relaxed now, several safety precautions and protocols have been slammed in place, and following these is not optional. The Big Fat Indian Wedding has quickly been replaced by a smaller, more intimate ceremony. The long guest lists are downsized to a maximum of 50, masks and gloves have become outfit accessories for everyone, from the bride and groom to all of the guests, and the sanitization ship is being run tight everywhere. Most of the couples even chose to get married at home with their loved ones on a video-call. Zoom weddings or digital weddings is also something that everyone embraced.
But guess which wedding trend has not only survived the brunt of all of this but has also somehow managed to grow? Surprise surprise, it’s the Destination Wedding! Initially, destination weddings saw a sharp dip, of course, but as travel restrictions eased in the country, with them recovered the number of couples wanting a destination wedding.
A destination wedding in Covid times sounds dangerous but have faith, it is the exact opposite of that! The popular destination wedding locations in India have statistically reported far fewer cases than the densely populated metro cities and hence are much safer. Plus, the prices of even the most extravagant hotels and resorts have come down along with the destination wedding cost of literally everything else and so we got to see couples tossing their original plans out of the window and planning a small destination wedding at the location of their dream in the exact budget.
The wedding trends in 2020 started off on a modern note where E-invites, live streaming of the wedding, drone videography instead of photography, themed food menus, and exorbitant bridal/groom entries quickly caught on and sustainability and eco-friendliness were no longer just ideas in feminist articles. No doubt, the initial stages of the pandemic were tough. But now that there is the perfect opportunity to incorporate all of these beautiful trends into destination weddings, the rest of 2020 looks quite golden, wedding-season wise!
Now, if what is mentioned above appeals to you and gets you amped up, here is a list of the top 5 destination wedding locations in India. Choose away!
Goa – A breezy dream by a dreamy beach!
La Alphonso Marina, Morjim
Longuinhos Beach Resort, Colva
Goa Mariott Resort And Spa, Panjim
With its coastline sugared by the sun, cuisine that agrees very well with everyone’s palate, an abundance of locations for you to unwind and relax, and a mind-blowing blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, Goa is India’s pocket-sized paradise. It is one of the most exotic beach wedding destinations that will cost far less than say Mauritius or Bali but will deliver the same magical experience. Along with the obvious beach wedding, you can also choose from several other themes that the landscapes of Goa offer such as island weddings or a full-fledged royal wedding in a magnificent 5-Star hotel, an elegant church wedding in a Portuguese-style church, or a fort wedding with an old-world charm. So, you have plenty of options for your destination wedding in Goa!
Jaipur – A marvel set in pink stone!
Jai Bagh Palace, Kukas
ITC Rajputana, Gopalbari
Voted as one of the top 50 cities in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, Jaipur is a dreamy experience in its whole. Home to forts, palaces, Havelis, and numerous monuments that seem to narrate the tales of Rajput valor, enveloped by the Aravali Hills, and offering vivacious culture, cuisine, and temperament, Jaipur is and has always been undoubtedly one of the best places for destination weddings in India. Likewise will be the case for your small destination wedding in Jaipur. You will find exceptional venues here – from budget-friendly ones to exorbitant heritage hotels and resorts that will make your intimate ceremony one that will never be forgotten. So, if you haven’t decided already, Jaipur, one of the best wedding destinations in the world awaits you.
Think destination wedding, think Udaipur!
RK Fort, Badi Lake Road
Rajputana Udaipur A Justa Resort, Hiren Magri
Bhairavgarh By Zennia, Sukher
Another one from the sovereign state of Rajasthan, the mesmerizing City Of Lakes, Udaipur is a gem that HAD to be on this list. A place of high historical and cultural importance, Udaipur is characterized by historical forts, palaces, most of those have been transformed into luxury heritage hotels, Rajput architecture, its cultured lanes, mouth-watering Mewari cuisine, and it’s serene lakes. One does not have to wonder why a destination wedding in Udaipur is a rage year after year. Udaipur had always been a popular choice for destination weddings but the portrayal of Aditi’s wedding in the 2013 hit, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani got all the hopeless romantics dreaming about their own grandiose destination weddings at a luxurious resort in Udaipur. If you are one of those, good news for you – you can have a low destination wedding budget, thanks to the 50-people restriction on weddings! *wink wink*
Mussoorie – Magic nestled amidst mountains!
Jaypee Residency Manor, Mussoorie
WelcomHotel The Savoy, Mussoorie
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, Mussoorie
What comes to mind when you hear the words “Hill Station Destination Wedding”? Do you dream of a place with snow-capped mountains, lush forests consisting of towering Deodar and Oak trees, diverse and vivacious flora, and gushing rivers, lakes, and waterfalls? Now pull up Mussoorie on Google and watch this mental image come alive. With the Shivalik Range and Doon Valley snuggling it, Mussoorie offers some of the most magical sights that any hill station in the county has to offer, rightfully earning the name ‘The Queen Of Hills’. It was established by the British in 1823 and one can still see the impression of the Raj on the town. With such beauty, it has been known for best destination weddings. It is commercialized enough for you to get the best of services, amenities, and facilities for a seamlessly grandiose wedding but at the same time, it is also quaint enough to make your destination wedding in Mussoorie the most romantic and magical of them all.
Jodhpur – The only blues that we don’t mind!
Indana Palace Jodhpur, Shikhargarh
ITC WelcomHotel, Shikhargarh
WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace, Mandore Road
If it isn’t obvious at this point, Rajasthan offers some of the most popular destination wedding places because its cities offer just the right character and grandeur that make wedding ceremonies extraordinary. Adding to the list, Jodhpur, the stunning Blue City Of India, is one such beauty that will never let you down if you turn to it with your dream of a destination wedding. The arid desert air and the humid climate of the city don’t stop the patrons of history, art, and culture from visiting it in flocks and neither does it defer the whim of those wanting to make it the backdrop of their wedding ceremony. So if you fall into the latter category, the current pandemic situation is the perfect opportunity for you to exploit the offering of Jodhpur, stay safe, save a ton of money, and have your fantasy destination wedding in Jodhpur fulfilled.
Finalized the location of your destination wedding? Hop aboard the planning train, next stop Weddingz.in!. One of the biggest and the most popular wedding co. in India, Weddingz.in will be your beck and call for all of your requirements, big and small. From finding the perfect venue in your dream wedding location to hiring caterers and decorators as well as event managers, professional photographers, hair and makeup experts, choreographers, and even priests, we offer you a holistic package for a seamless wedding experience.
Getting married amid a pandemic can be a nerve-racking experience. And hence why safety and sanitation protocols are at the very top of our priority list. At Weddingz.in, you can be assured that your covid wedding will be one safe, smooth, stunning, and unforgettable affair!
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