Star weddings authenticate the biggest inspirations to couples in a wedding industry worth $30 billion. Here’s a peek at favourite celeb destinations in India.
For a wedding industry that ended with nearly three million weddings, generating an annual revenue of about $130 million, couples do not want to limit their dreams with just destination weddings. Their dreams are slowly following their favourite celebrities and their wedding trends touchstones.
When it comes to destination weddings in India, there is no glory like that of Rajasthan — the royalty is beyond the shine of a mirror and the glaze of the sun. Over time, the choice of our star’s favourite destinations has proved the same. Heritage hotels and old forts have always been on the list, providing a sealed affair away from the gimmicky world while playing in accord with celebrities’ extravagance. The old-world charm of these hotels and the song of history that the fortress walls sing — delight anyone attending your fairy tale wedding.
These wedding destinations are carefully picked by the elite for not just their opulence but the fact that they are capacitive of the nation’s best locations, picturesque surroundings and services, such as professional wellness spas. There is, of course, no need to mention how proficient these hospitality groups are at presenting their guests with curated menus from around the world on their plates.
The Jaisalmer luxury sandstone hotel became the talk of every news channel with Kiara Advani’s and Sidharth Malhotra’s wedding. However, let us break the word that the Thar desert hotel has hosted several great Indian weddings. The 2010-built hotel can fool anyone with its architecture as a long-standing historical fortress. With its grandeur playing a mirage with fantasy in the desert, it opens to spectacular views of sandy-toned palettes with 62 rooms and suites. The Golden city’s golden retreat offers a myriad of services, including wellness and spa, trail experiences to nearby areas and much more. Its culinary expertise can be experienced at The Legend of Marwar, Nosh, and Draksh with specially curated experiences such as the Halwai Breakfast, Suryagarh Signature Thali, Jaisalmer Curry and Grill Dinner, and the Thar Dinner.
It was more of an early renewal of wedding vows for Nataša Stanković Pandya and Hardik Pandya at Raffles Udaipur this February. Here, the royal Rajasthani architecture enters a marriage with the English design amidst a beautiful white-coloured hotel. The sprawling 21-acre property stands tall on a private island and accommodates guests in the middle of the Udai Sagar lake with its 101 rooms and suites, overlooking the lake and the golden sunsets. Post your arrival with your privates at the airport, the iconic Raffles Butler service warmly escorts you from the Raffles Lakeshore to the hotel through private boats. The Dining Room, Sawai Kitchen Indian Speciality, Rasoi, Harvest, Long Bar, Pool Bar and The Writer’s Bar are the hotel’s treasure trove of fine dining and bar experiences.
Six Senses Fort Barwara
If historical stories are re-lived, they are here at this 14th-century fort. Transformed today into a luxurious hotel, the Six Senses Fort Barwara was host to Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal’s wedding in Sawai Madhopur. Nestling a legacy of 700 years, the fort-turned-hotel houses 48 palatial suites that let you soak under a complete royal treatment. The citadel was restored to its shining glory, styled elegantly with Hindu and Islamic architectural inspirations. It is resplendent in a mix of indoor and outdoor venues, open to your choice of decor and theme for the most majestic wedding celebrations. The Cortile, the Rajawat Room, Shikar Bhuj, and the Viewing Gallery offer its very best dining and bar services.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Built between 1928-1943 with the famous Taj Mahal palm court marble as home to the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family, the palace sits on the highest point of Jodhpur, Chittar Hill. Imagine your pre-wedding festivities set against a background with the most enchanting views of the blue city, its Mehrangarh fort and famous sand dunes. Its 70 grand rooms and suites each exude an imperial vibe married with Taj’s magnificent hospitality services. Risala, Pillars and the Trophy Bar are the dining venues at the hotel. The 26-acre gardens circumference the palace hotel create the best green to sand palette, letting you host your dream wedding in the most heavenly setting blessed by the sky and earth.