If you’re making a list of potential destinations for your wedding overseas, then believe us when we say, India should definitely be making an appearance as one of your top 3 locations. We cannot tell you how much we LOVE this place (ok, we can but then we could be here for a good few days). The thing about India is that there is literally something for everyone. At Carriages, we specialise in destination weddings abroad and the one thing that we always tell our couples, is to make sure that their personalities are reflected through their chosen location.
Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll be taking you on a journey through India and showing you why the country could perhaps be the perfect setting for your wedding abroad. But in the meantime, let’s have a quick browse across the country in general and see what the different states have to offer.
Goa: For those who love a good party
Goa has always been popular with families who live both outside and inside India as it offers a great mix of the modern and the traditional. You could easily be enjoying a stunning Indian ceremony on the beach one minute and then be be partying the night away on a private boat at the very next minute. With a wide choice of luxury chains and boutique hotels, there’s plenty of accommodation to choose from and easy access to the area via public and private transport makes it ideal.
Himanchal Pradesh: For those looking for peace and tranquility
Perhaps one of the most beautiful states in India, the scenery alone is sure to impress your guests. You’ve got the snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys and some beautiful orchards to wonder around. Away from the city’s hustle and bustle, you’ll be able to enjoy quality time with your nearest and dearest in fine colonial resorts that will take you back to a different era altogether.
Gujarat: For those looking to embrace tradition
If you choose to get married in Gujarat then you will not be short of options. The state is renowned for its beautiful temples, rich wildlife and hill resorts. With a huge emphasis on culture and colour, a Gujarati wedding will leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to food, music and so much more.
Kerala: For those easygoing couples looking to kick back and relax
Popular with many tourists, Kerala has fast become a hotspot for anyone looking to enjoy life at a more relaxed pace. You’ll find plenty of rivers and lakes, not forgetting the lush palm trees that lead straight up to never-ending collections of tea and spice plantations. You could say your vows on the water, in the middle of the forest or near a beautiful beach – the options really are endless!
Maharashtra: For those who love the buzz of the city
If you choose to get married in a place like Mumbai then you’ll have the very best of everything at your disposal. It is the commercial and entertainment capital of the country and has a great mix of exclusive designers, top chefs and artists from near and far. If you love the hustle and bustle of city life and want to paint the town red with you guests at the finest bars and restaurants the country has to offer, then this is the place to be.
Rajasthan: For those looking to experience a touch of royalty
One of the most popular destination for weddings, but also one of the most expensive; Rajasthan offers couples a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the life of a royal. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer make up some of the most striking areas of the region, and there’s no shortage of forts and palaces either. Everything in this state is a cut above the rest, whether it’s the rich food, the gorgeous clothes or the stunning buildings and history. This is where you want to be if you fancy being a Maharaja or Maharani for a day or two.
West Bengal: For those who value even the tiniest bit of detail
This area is known for its artistic heritage, whether it’s music, poetry or dance, the people of Bengal have it covered. Why not step outside your boundaries and enjoy something a little different? Enjoy some delicious food and take in the sights that you’ll never see anywhere else.
Uttar Pradesh: For those looking to embark on a spiritual journey
If you are religious or spiritual at heart then there’s no better place on earth to take your pheras or say your vows. Considered to be one of the holiest places for the Hindu community, Varanasi is home to beautiful rivers and scenery, making the calmness that you’ll feel second to none.
Andhra Pradesh: For those looking to experience something historic
The city of nizams and pearls, this is home to one of the most breathtaking hotel in the world; the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Built in 1894 it took ten years and four million rupees for this magnificent building to be completed. The echoes of European monarchs, Dukes, heads of state and governors that visited the state can almost still be heard in the newly, refurbished inner sanctum of Hyderabad, making this perfect for those who are looking to take a step back in time.
Karnataka: For those who take pride in different cultures
One state but different worlds, Karnataka has always been rich when it comes to dance and music, not to forget the delicious food. The wall paintings around the city and the ancient monuments and heritage sites that surround the borders are all reasons why this is the perfect location to soak up Indian culture with a difference. Sure it’s a busy place, but there are plenty of spots to pray and reflect just as there are to party.