30% of people wanted to take their vows in a palace while 23% preferred a beach side wedding, when quizzed about where they would want to get married. Two of the most famous Indian actresses as well as the daughter of India’s richest business baron tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Italy, last year catapulting it as the choicest location among those planning a wedding abroad. Meanwhile, the Indian marriage industry stands at close to 110, 0000 crores, of which approximately 20 percent share goes to destination weddings. This is expected to almost double in size by next year reaching 45,000 crores. The figures show that most people are increasingly looking for exotic wedding locales like palaces or forts and want their weddings to be a medium sized affair with around 200-400 people.
Wedding planners in India are busy putting together the details of marriages in far off locales in the world, thanks to an affluent middle class ready to spend 1 to 6 crores on nuptials. It’s not just the costumes of top notch designers that they want to replicate, but also how their favourite celeb got married in a foreign destination. This along with the rise in event management companies seems to have fuelled the trend of destination weddings.
If you too are looking to take your vows outside India and are hunting for an exotic wedding destination, here is a list to ease your search:
1. Sintra, Portugal:
Have you always been fascinated by fairy tale weddings and wanted to get married like a princess? Well, then head to the city of Sintra, dotted with majestic palaces that were once home to the country’s aristocrats. It offers venue choices for destination weddings from the UNESCO WORLD Heritage site, hilltop Pena Palace, set amidst a lush garden, the rugged but charming Monserrate Palace as well as Penha Longa Resort which dates back to the 14th-century. The latter houses a chapel, palace and a garden, all in one.
2. Cozumel, Mexico:
If you and your beau are adventure seekers who love the colourful aquatic life underneath the sea, did you ever give a thought to exchanging your vows underwater among the beautiful coral reefs? Sounds unreal doesn’t it? Secrets Aura Cozumel is just the exotic wedding destination resort that makes this possible for you. Raise a toast to your union with friends and family after the ceremony as the celebrations continue.
3. Juneau, Alaska:
Who doesn’t love the pristine white winters and the magical snow? Especially when you are in Alaska, that too on a glacier getting married! Surrounded by huge mountains bearing testimony to your love story as you exchange rings and solemnize your union. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Spend your honeymoon admiring the stoic beauty of Alaska or delve into its culture and history to learn more about this country on your honeymoon. Have you already started planning a wedding abroad to Juneau?
4. Lake bled, Slovenia:
Did your heart miss a beat going through the photographs of an acquaintance on Instagram vacationing on an island with a small church surrounded by a lake? You let out a heavy sigh and wondered if you’d ever get married at such an exotic wedding destination. Lake Bled in Slovenia is the answer to your prayers. A picture perfect location with the Julian Alps framing the landscape, clear blue waters and a castle on a hilltop. What else do you need?
5. Ko Samui, Thailand:
If you are open to the idea of your nuptials as per the Thai way when planning your wedding abroad, Koh Samui is a good option. Discover the rituals of a Thai wedding as you and your spouse get united for life at the Tongsai Bay resort. The union is solemnized by a Buddhist monk with a musical performance in the Thai tradition. You can also opt to get married in the Indian way. Relax on the beach for your honeymoon or enjoy diving or hiking if both of you are a bit adventurous.
Finalizing the destination of your wedding is just the first step in the long list of wedding planning. Do not forget to buy travel insurance available on Finserv MARKETS after you have finalised your itinerary. It is the most important part of planning a wedding abroad. What if your flight gets delayed or you lose your luggage at the airport, or even end up with a health condition that is urgent? Travel insurance on Finserv MARKETS, comes to your rescue in a foreign land in such situations.
After all, it’s your big day and you want everything to go as per the plan. Once you buy travel insurance, you can focus on creating a list of guests you want to invite and inform them in advance, book a hotel for them and coordinate with vendors for catering, decor etc. Finally it is time to pack your bags with your wedding trousseau!
When you travel with family, you want to be extra cautious, especially when it is a major life event such as a wedding. With medical assistance upto Rs. 10 lakhs and coverage for travel all across the world that comes with travel insurance on Finserv MARKETS, you can rest assured that your vacation will be safe and enjoyable. Have fun with your friends and family on your destination wedding and make your special day memorable!
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