With the release of Shaandaar, touted as “India’s first destination wedding film”, we’ve put together a list of cool locations for those who fancy getting hitched in some exotic place. The word “incredible” will fail to describe the romance, splendour, and wow-factor of these amazing venues for your big day.
The Oberoi Udaivilas
Where: Udaipur, India Why get married here: Whether you’re getting ready in one of the lavishly decorated suites or standing on a terrace gazing at the gorgeous lakeside view after the rituals are complete, there’s nothing quite like the exotic experience of a wedding at an intricately-styled Indian palace. Want a preview? Just watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Best season: September to March
Rocky’s Boutique Resort
Where: Koh Samui, Thailand
Why get married here: Gorgeous white sand, crystal clear waters, a secluded cove…if you always dreamt of a beach wedding, it does not get any dreamier than this. The resort is located approximately 1.5 km from Lamai Beach. For a unique twist, you can even choose to have a Buddhist wedding after your rituals are done.
Best season: November to February
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Where: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Why get married here: If luxury is what you’re after and the call of the African savannah is just the thing your wedding dreams are made of, look no further. Set in the Sabi Sands, a part of the greater Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi offers a variety of choices for a five-star safari-style wedding. Adding to the unique experience, why not ask for the local Shangaans to impress your guests with their dancing and drumming skills?
Best season: December to February
Kahala Hotel and Resort
Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
Why get married here: Getting married in Hawaii is almost a stereotype for destination weddings, but that’s only because the tropical splendour all around is so perfect for the occasion. This resort is so well-known for weddings that it offers an entire division dedicated to the same. There’s plenty for guests to do, too.
Best season: December to March
Where: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Why get married here: Once you’re around Tapeka Point, just north of Russell, you’ll enter a maritime adventure playground. And this exclusive five-villa resort is the icing on the cake, especially if you are planning an intimate do. Water lovers will appreciate the sun and surf possibilities, while landlubbers can admire the pristine forests.
Best season: December to February
The Wedding Deck
Where: Vail, Colorado, USA
Why get married here: Most Indians cringe at the thought of a summer wedding, but what if the location is something fairytale like the Rocky Mountains, and the pleasant weather it implies? Vail’s official website calls The Wedding Deck the “ideal alpine setting” for nuptials and the couple and their guests get to ascend to the deck aboard the Eagle Bahn Gondola, which makes for quite an interesting mode of transportation for arrival.
Best season: July-August
Where: Maincy, France
Why get married here: This 18th century architectural marvel is a permanent resident on most “best of” lists for wedding venues, thanks to its gorgeous vineyards and the pastoral landscape, and nobody does weddings like the French. This is the place that supposedly inspired Versailles, and to date it stands in for the latter in film shoots.
Best season: May to September