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Destinations for Theme Wedding in India

One of the grandest ways in which you can plan and celebrate your marriage is to go for an Indian themed wedding. India has a booming wedding market estimated to be valued at $11 billion. So, if you’re thinking of exchanging your marriage vows with your partner amidst a traditional Indian setting, the country offers innumerable options. If money is not an issue, you can get married atop a mountain or near a sea-beach or even within the grandiose ramparts of a palace.

You can envisage yourself arriving at the venue riding an elephant with the bridesmaids dressed in traditional costumes showering flower petals upon you as you head towards the ceremonial throne. How about having a themed wedding in a snow-capped Himalayan peak or in a tropical beach? Following are some dream destinations for a theme wedding in India.

Royal Palatial Weddings in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur

Weddings held in age-old palaces and forts of India are the most sought of thematic nuptials in the country. The palace or the fort offers the perfect backdrop for a royal wedding. Here you and your bride will dress up exactly in the manner kings and queens used to in the medieval ages. Your bride will be led up to the altar by torchbearers and your entry will be serenaded by women showering flower petals.

The bride and bridegroom will be ushered into the palace by a wedding band blowing trumpets and conch-shells. The palaces and forts in the cities of Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ranthambore, and Jaisalmer provide the perfect setting for such a themed wedding. In the pink city there is the Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace, Samode Palace, and Alsisar Haveli where a regal nuptial ceremony can be held. Jodhpur offers the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid and the Bhavan Palace Hotel. Udaipur also has numerous palaces situated over lakes prominent amongst them being the Devi Garh Fort.

Beach Themed Weddings in Kerala and Goa

India has a long and continuous running coastline along both its eastern and western flanks. There are numerous seashores along the eastern and western coastlines that can become the ideal backdrop for a beach wedding. Just prior to the nuptial ceremony, the groom will be given a thorough massage with fragrant oils and the bride will be bathed first in ceremonial water containing different herbs and condiments and then smeared with aromatic oils. Thereafter they’ll be garbed in conventional and time-honoured wedding attire and led to the altar where the bride and bridegroom will exchange garlands made up with different types of flower petals. A wedding priest will chant Vedic mantras to marry the couple.

Talking about destinations, the first place that comes to mind for a beachfront wedding is Goa. The state has numerous pristine beaches with sandy shores stretching up to miles. The Leela Kempinski or the Taj Hotel can provide the immaculate surroundings for an exclusive private beach wedding. The state of Kerala also has many beaches where the wedding ceremony can be held in a catamaran or a house boat. If you want to make your themed wedding extraordinarily exotic and out of the ordinary, you can head to Andaman and Nicobar and the Lakshadweep Islands.

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Last updated : January 25, 2016