Plan a Destination Wedding in Summer!
Are you planning a Destination Wedding in Summer? Are you confused which destinations would suit your comfortability and budget?
Here are few suggestions, from a wedding planner’s point of view on Locations and their convenience for Destination Wedding in Summer :
All are located in India btw Read on…
Nothing can be more soothing than the ambiance of snow capped mountains in summer.Himachal Pradesh , located in the altitudes of Himalaya is blessed with the beauty of nature and is one of the hottest tourist spot in India.
The hill-stations of Himachal Pradesh namely Shimla, Manali, Kasauli etc. are becoming popular choices for couples who wish to plan a destination wedding in summer. These hill-stations offer comfortable stay in Hotels & Resorts which are aware of the requirements of a destination wedding.
Will it not be wonderful when your wedding mandap is set adjacent to the Himalayan view?
Accomodation & Stay
Hotels & Resorts: The hill-stations, Shimla, Manali, Kasauli etc offer Hotels & Resorts of various sizes & budget. The 5* and 4* Hotels/Resorts can accommodate more than 100 guests and are mostly located in prime locations of the hill-stations, where the wedding can be arranged beautifully in the hill facing lawns or terrace gardens. The hotels can also arrange for Décor, Food & Drinks, but may also allow outsource services. Your wedding planner may help you out sorting these.
Private Villas: You may also choose to stay in private villas and farm houses in these hill-stations if you are on a classified budget, these villas are beautiful, fully-furnished and self-serviced and are located mostly in the interiors where you can make the most of nature view. However these villas have limited occupancy so, if you have a large guest following, then you may have to hire 2-3 villas for accommodation. Wedding and other ceremonies can be easily arranged in these villas with the help of the villa staff or if you have your wedding planner to take care of these.
Network:Himachal Pradesh is well connected to the major cities of India via Railways and Airways. The hill-stations are also connected internationally by indirect flights (via New Delhi).
Vendor:Traditional as well as Western Weddings could be well planned and there is an easy access to Decorators, Florists, Entertainment companies, services like Wedding Minister, Photographers and Videographers etc. everything is available but need to be sourced in deliberately.
Entertainment:Himalayan Folk Dances & Music can be an eternal part of entertainment for the weddings. Guests can also participate in the adventure sport activities in Shimla & Manali during non-ceremonial hours.
The best time to plan a destination wedding in Himachal Pradesh are the summer months of April to June. The days are sunny,warm and soothing and the nights are cool with soft breeze.
Second favourite for a summer destination wedding is the mountainous state of uttarakhand. There are plenty other towns which are hot tourist spots, but the hill-stations, Nainital & Mussoorie are most appropriate as far as destination weddings are concerned. It cannot be said that these hill-stations are very popular for summer destination weddings, but couples who wish a unique picturesque wedding are exploring these areas for extraordinary experience.
Accomodation & Stay
Nainital: There are two 5* Resorts which provide accommodation for above 100 guests, where the lawns & terrace could be utilized for wedding or pre-wedding ceremonies. 4* hotels and resorts are plenty, couples can choose from the best suited. These resorts arrange for Décor, Food & Drinks and also allow outside services.
Mussoorie: There are four 5* Hotels which provide accommodation for above 100 guests, these may also provide banquets/lawn to host pre-wedding, wedding ceremonial activities. 4* hotels/resorts can be a better choice for an intimate wedding for the flexibility they offer.
Private Villas: These are found in the interiors, away from the mall road or town hub and are nestled among the lush green mountainous valleys. These are best suited for intimate weddings with 50 guests or less.
Network: Uttarakhand is well connected to the capital of India (New Delhi) by roadways & railways. Cities within india can avail the railway connectivity to Uttarakhand via New Delhi. Indirect flights can be availed via New Delhi to Dehradun Airport which is near to Mussoorie and Pantnagar Airport which is near to Nainital.
Vendor:Decorators, Florists, Entertainment companies, services like Wedding Minister, Photographers and Videographers etc. everything is available but need to be sourced in deliberately.
The summer months of April to June are warm in the day and cool at night, most suited for destination weddings.
Couples based out of Pune & Mumbai can plan a fun-filled summer wedding in either of the petite hill stations; Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra. These hill-stations are now famous for hosting destination weddings in summer and offer various resorts for accommodation, hosting of wedding, pre-wedding functions and fun activities.
Accomodation & Stay
5* Resorts are available in both the hill-stations, which can accommodate 150 guests and above, equally comfortable 4* Resorts are also available for accommodation & ceremonial activities.
*Aamby Valley; a chartered city near to Lonavala offers villas & cottages for accommodation, growing famous for hosting destination weddings in summer.
Network: Lonavala: A 2-3 hour drive from Mumbai and a 2 hour drive from Pune, also connected through railways via Pune & Mumbai to Lonavala station. Pune Airport is the nearest domestic Airport to lonavala connecting it nationally & internationally.
Mahabaleshwar: A 4-5 hour drive from Mumbai and a 3 hour drive from Pune, nearest railway station is satara which is connected to Pune & Mumbai. Pune Airport is the nearest domestic Airport to Mahabaleshwar.
Vendor: Moreover, Decorators, Florists, Entertainment companies, services like Wedding Minister, Photographers and Videographers etc. everything is available, but again…need to be sourced deliberately.
Ideal for summer destination weddings, also a worth visit during September to February. Couples from cities facing harsh climate conditions during summer can opt for these hill-stations as a choice for destination wedding in summer.
‘Munnar’ in Kerala
One of the well known tourist spots in South India and a must visit of Kerela is the Munnar hill-station. Much like a valley, this place is more than appropriate to beat the heat of summer when hosting a wedding in the season. Picture-book background, splendid weather- Munnar in Kerala can rival any popular hill-station when hosting a wedding in summer.
Accomodation & Stay
There are six 5* hotels in Munnar offering accommodation for about 100 guests & above with all facilities available. Farm Resorts or cottage resorts can also be chosen depending on comfort ability for a flexible and intimate wedding.
Network: The nearest railway station: Aluva about 108 km and Angamali, about 109 km;
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, via Aluva connected by Munnar Rd, about 108 km
Vendor: All facilities for a wedding are available, but to convey the requirements to a local supplier might be a hindrance, because of the local language. Your wedding planner may take care of this though.
The spring month of March and summer months of April & May are best suited for destination weddings.
Ooty in Tamil Nadu
Being known for value tourism, Ooty is now famous for Destination weddings in summer. The misty cool breeze, the warm sunrise of the lush green valley can be the best bet while choosing among hill-stations to host a destination wedding.
Accomodation & stay
5* venues are available with all facilities, there are also 4* and 3* hotels/resorts offering special facilities for destination weddings other than accommodation. Also available are Private Farm Houses and Cottage Resorts for intimate weddings.
Network:Ooty has its own railway station naming Ooty railway station which is connected to major cities of India. The nearest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore Airport. Bangalore from Ooty is 295kms, couples from Bangalore plan their dream destination wedding.
Vendor: All materials and service facilities for a wedding are available, but had to be sourced deliberately.
The summer months of April to June are finest for destination wedding in Ooty.
A wedding will be a saga, if planned in Kashmir. Nothing can rival the beauty of the paradise on earth, the most romantic destination of India best suited for a destination wedding in summer.
However, Kashmir is prone to unrest of militants more often, so planning during those times could be a risk. But when fate has it, the luckiest couple get married off in Kashmir.
Accomodation & Stay
The Sri nagar city of Kashmir has few 5* hotels which offer accommodation for guests for an intimate wedding, few amongst these hotels offer the famous Dal Lake view backdrop rooms.
There are beautiful heritage house boats in the Dal lake, where pre-wedding ceremonial activities could be arranged with intimacy with limited guests.( It is always advised to plan an intimate destination wedding, when planning in Kashmir).
Network: Sri Nagar is well connected by road with the major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu. To reach Srinagar by train, one has to reach either Jammu Tawi or Udhampur railway station. The stations are well connected with different parts of India. Srinagar Airport is an international airport. This airport is well connected and airlines offer regular flights from Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh.
Vendor: Flowers and Food are equally famous sourced stuff for weddings in Kashmir. The state and towns are also developing in providing the best of services in Entertainment & Photography.
The summer months of April to June are best suited for destination wedding.
There are other less famous hill-stations where an intimate wedding can be planned at a classified budget. For more information drop a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org