These destinations are all-time favoutites with wedding guests, and lend some memories that accompany one for a lifetime
The weddings bells ring in a rhythmic pattern of happiness, the dancing and singing accompanied with a perpetual fervour – it’s one of those occasions which we fondly refer to as wedding time. Stretching across all cultures and regions, a wedding is an occasion that brings together both relatives and friends, all eager to exhibit their enthusiasm and happiness. Regardless of the peculiarity of the rituals associated with each culture, this is an event which one deems to be visited by the gods and goddesses, as pure and holy as there can ever be. The entire experience, however, is embellished in great measure by the kind of destination that plays host against the backdrop of the nuptials.
Koh Samui, Thailand
The many islands scattered across Koh Samui offer you a taste of the rustic along with the exotic. The third largest island in Thailand, it’s a dreamy location with its lush tropical forests, vast expanses of golden sand carrying the shadows of the palm trees overhead, and the sparkling blue waters dancing in the distance – how better can it get? The various resorts scattered across the island play host to various exquisite weddings through the year. The Merati, with its beautiful tropical gardens and spectacular views of Koh Phangan from the beach, the Tongsai Bay with its delicious food and strict privacy, or the Zazen, which offers a boutique-like experience – all of these fabulous resorts are much sought after throughout the year.
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Madinat Jumeriah, or the City of Jumeriah, is a resort that pays gratitude to the Arabian heritage of Dubai. With its two luxury hotels, traditionally built private enclaves, the incredible Talise Spa, or the 44 restaurants and bars spread all over, your wedding promises to be a thrilling affair in this exciting resort. However, to get the complete Arabic wedding experience, visit the Joharah Ballroom. Situated at the Madinat Conference Centre, the Joharah Ballroom portrays the sophistication of Arabic heritage and culture, and is esteemed for hosting weddings flowing with extravagance. The Magnolia, containing a landscaped garden with a terrace along the waterways, serves as an ideal location for a perfect wedding ceremony. It offers the added advantage of hosting the weddings at both outdoor and indoor locations, depending on one’s preferences.
Being God’s own country, where the backwaters flow freely, a wedding here is indeed said to be visited by the gods. The popularity of Kerala as a wedding destination over the years has grown with an impressive rapidity. Exchanging your vows with the tropical setting as the background, with the banks of a lake or a canal adorned with palm trees on its borders, and authentic food being served on fresh banana leaves, makes for a truly exotic wedding. Be it a wedding by the beach, a houseboat wedding or a wedding up in the hills, the options are limitless. The Leela Kovalam, offering a spectacular view of the horizon, apart from being an exercise in opulence, and the Kumarakom Lake Resort, which allows you to be housed comfortably in the lap of Nature, are two exclusive choices for a memorable wedding.
Also known as the Land of the Midnight Sun, the spirit of Norway resides in its fjords and peninsulas, as well as in its medieval cities and castles. Book a stay at the Scandic Nidelven Hotel, from where some splendid views are accessible from its balcony. Let the Old Town Bridge, also known as the Love Bridge, be your witness as you exchange your vows in one of the most charming European destinations. To treat yourself and your guests to some authentic tastes of Norway, head to Maaemo. Awarded a three Michelin Star, it has built its reputation for its locally produced cuisine, consisting of dishes like Norwegian langoustines with pine and Roros butter ice cream with brown butter caramel.
Turkey is famously referred to as the place where East meets West, the gateway of Europe, the land of bazaars and the repository of the choicest spices in the world. It’s also famous for witnessing grand receptions and weddings at one of the many splendid locations scattered throughout. The Oludeniz is one of them. Nursing a lagoon besides the lush national park, a long stretch of sandy beach with Mount Baba, or Baba Dag, throwing an enormous shadow over the azure sea, and offering many vantage points for paragliding, it’s the place to get married if one wishes to combine fun with style. Stay at the Onur Motel Faralya, located high in the Mediterranean forest, that offers some breathtaking views of the scenery below.
Royalty that is fit for a king and luxury that seems to be in abundance – that’s Udaipur for you. The City of Lakes holds a special charm of its own and is the perfect choice for those that prefer their wedding moments soaked in complete sophistication. And, the options for those are many. The Oberoi Udaivilas at Udaipur provides spectacular views across the verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola. The Leela Palace Udaipur, The Taj Lake Palace Udaipur and Trident, Udaipur are some of the majestically built hotels that have witnessed some grand weddings over the years. However, what distinguishes Udaipur from the others is the perfect way in which amalgamation is achieved between tradition and modernity. Apart from these modern marvels of luxury, if you desire to lend a more authentic touch to the whole wedding affair, select from one of the many forts, such as, Devigarh, Udaipur, Manek Chowk, Udaipur.
Drakensberg, South Africa
South Africa offers some panoramic views of the stunning countryside and a chance to get a peek into the many vineyards that it’s famous for. The Cathedral Peak Hotel, which has an in-house wedding chapel and reception, is a favourite with the tourists here. The nine-hole golf course, with its splendid views of the Drakensberg Mountains, is an ideal spot for some pre-wedding rest and relaxation. Treat your guests to some fancy dining and delicious treats at the Cleopatra Mountain Kitchen, which creates traditional recipes that reflect South Africa’s culture. No other venue can perhaps match the grandeur of a wedding than the farmhouse turned quaint stone chapel located in Cathedral’s Peak.