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6 Jan

Intimate wedding destinations or heritage properties—what should you opt for in 2020?

The past decade saw a transformation in wedding venues with couples opting for more and more unconventional locations. So, what will be your venue of choice?

When it comes to venues, old farmhouses, when revisited in a modern way, can become the perfect setting for a wedding. Tina Tharwani, Co-founder of Shaadi Squad, shares, “Intimate destination weddings will continue to trend this year—from beachside locales to mountainous terrains as well as urban settings.” Trrishant Sidhwaani, director of DreamzKrraft Weddings, adds that couples are scouting for unusual locations like private escapes, which can be transformed into beautiful settings for their wedding. For instance, the quaint backwaters of Kerala and secluded hill stations in Uttarakhand provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate celebration.

Photo by The Wedding Salad

On the other hand, couples on the lookout for a more elegant and culture-rich settings are choosing heritage properties instead. Take the case of Sophia Chaves and Jonas Willstumpf, who rented designer James Ferreira’s 200 year-old bungalow in Khotachiwadi, Mumbai for their pre-wedding ceremonies. Instead of renting rooms at a hotel or choosing service apartments for out-of-town guests, they chose Ferreira’s quaint house to accommodate their guests and host their pre-wedding rituals.

Photo by Magic Weavers; The Wedding Designers

Chaves states, “We chose James’ heritage home as it was convenient for several reasons. Firstly, we have two pet dogs and we didn’t want to send them away. Also, James’ house is located in the same vicinity as mine. I also had a large bridal party, which consisted of seven bridesmaids, so it made sense for all of us to get dressed at the same place. The pre-wedding functions only included a tea party where the families met for the first time.”

Lead Photo: The Merry Makers

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