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12 Oct

How to choose your wedding destination

Are you dreaming of a wedding at a faraway locale? To help you realise your vision, here’s a quick guide on what you need to know to choose your wedding destination.

Will it be palaces of Rajasthan, the Italian countryside or the shores of Seychelles? To help you navigate the details that go into planning and executing a destination wedding, we’ve rounded up a few handy pointers.

FAIR WEATHER

Find out all you can about the weather especially for outdoor celebrations. Eliminate places affected by unpredictable weather. “If you’re getting married between April and September, avoid Rajasthan as the region experiences high temperatures or rainy weather. Similarly, avoid Goa during summer and rainy seasons,” says Shinjini Chawla, Chief Content Officer, Shaadisaga.com. During the months of sweltering heat, in India, head to the cool mountains of Missouri or Colorado in the US. And, beach bums can scout islands like Seychelles and Maldives.

DEALS AND DISCOUNTS

If you have an exhaustive guest list, then start looking for deals that each destination has to offer. “A minimum of 200 guests will qualify you for discounts,” points Purvi Modgil, Wedding Head, F5 Weddings. For destinations that require air travel, keep an eye on the fluctuating prices and trends to get the best deal. However, choose a destination that helps cut cost on travel; this will result in considerable savings.

WEDDING FAVOURS

For your guests, who are travelling to attend your special day, surprise them with souvenirs (read: wedding favours). These could include bookmarks, luggage tags or local artefacts to remind them of this eventful getaway.

HIT THE ROAD

Turns out, travelling to the city of the venue is only a part of the travel. What also takes up time and considerable coordination is ferrying guests to and from the airport/railway station/bus depot to the wedding venue. This can be especially tiring as it occurs close to the wedding day when immediate family members are occupied with other tasks for the big day. “Calculate the travel time from the airport/ railway station to the venue and chart the quickest routes to save time travelling to and fro,” cautions Chawla. And while choosing a destination, pick one that presents the least amount of hassles in this regard.

SMART LOGISTICS

A destination wedding involves setting up a venue outside your comfort zone or home ground. So, remember to take the logistics into account. Addressing the issue, Modgil suggests, “Prior to the wedding, plan a visit to the venue along with your planner. This will help you assess the amenities and understand the requirements, allowing you to prepare well for the celebration.” A destination that ensures this makes for a convenient venue. Will it be the palaces of Rajasthan, the Italian countryside or the shores of Seychelles? To help you navigate the details that go into planning and executing a destination wedding, we’ve rounded up a few handy pointers.

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