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Planning a Destination Wedding in India?

These past few years I have seen an increase in the number of couples opting for a destination wedding.  So I thought it would be a good idea to post some of my favorite images from various locations I have traveled as a photographer, along with some helpful resources for planning your destination wedding.

I’ll start off with one of my favorite places; India.

Often times couples planning weddings have friends and family spread all over the world.  And sometimes it may be easier to bring the wedding to their family instead of having everyone fly to them.

For my NRI (Non Resident Indian) clients It makes perfect sense. Everything you need for a beautiful wedding you’ll find in India from gorgeous printed invitations, hand made Silk Sarees, stunning florals, and an abundance of unique venue locations. Historical Palaces in Udaipur, and Jaipur, 5 star luxury Hotels in Mumbai or Delhi, pristine beach resorts in Goa, and Kerala, India’s got it all!

Your guests who have traveled for the wedding will also appreciate the variety of activities, and sites to keep them busy, there is always a colorful festival going on somewhere in India at any given time.

Here are some of my favorite images and places I have photographed in India.

A Bride and Groom are married on the River Ganges, in one of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi, India.Bride and Groom

In India the guest is revered with great respect,  here a warm welcome awaits guests at the beautiful Leela Palace, Bangalore

Welcome to Leela Palace, bangalore

Tina and Ashok’s Poolside wedding at the Leela Palace, Bangalore

Poolside wedding at the Leela Palace Hotel in Bangalore

Hindu Wedding Hands

Here Sonia and Sunil take Saptapadi, the 7 steps towards marriage in a Hindu Ceremony.

Unfortunately weddings are not allowed at the Taj Mahal,

but you could always incorporate a piece of this iconic symbol of love into your decor.

Narendra and Navroop did this with a stunning Ice Sculpture.

Taj Mahal Ice Sculpture

Of course it won’t stand the test of time as the original has, if you’ve not seen it for real it is a must!

Seeing the Taj Mahal up close and personal was just awe inspiring.

Ice Sculpture of Taj Mahal with Indian Wedding couple

Navroop and Narendra, Indian Wedding, Graydon Hall

India has many festivals throughout the year, Thrissur Pooram is one of the largest, and takes place in Kerala in late spring.

We were very lucky to be in Cochin for the wedding of Simone and George and were able to take part in this incredible event.

If your planning a wedding with alot of guests from outside of India,

check out the festivals and make your guests aware of these amazing photo ops.

Simone and George even arranged a great tour package for their guests.

Thrissur Pooram Festival, Kerala, India

A pre wedding photo session at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

Wedding at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel, Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

Dhol Drummers used to escort the bride and groom into their wedding reception in Cochin.

South Indian Wedding procession with Dhol Drummers

If your looking for an opulent Wedding experience, nothing beats getting married like a princess

in one of India’s Historical Palaces, or 5 star Resort Hotels. Udaipur, (the city of lakes)

in Rajasthan has a wide selection of Stunning Venues to choose from. No one know’s this better than Regal Weddings.

They are experts when it comes to planning a destination wedding in India.

Here’s a few of my favorite venues in Udaipur -

Devi Garh

The Taj Lake Palace Hotel

Taj Lake Palace Hotel

City Palace

Udaipur City Palace

Lake in Udaipur, India

My first wedding in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, moments before the groom arrived for the traditional Barat.

Wedding Photographer with Elephant before the Barat in India

When planning your destination wedding, there will be several things you might have to compromise

in order to make your dream wedding in India a reality.

While you will find an endless variety of photographers out there who document weddings.

Make sure you invest in preserving this once in a lifetime experience.

Hire a photographer who’s work you LOVE,  if you can’t find one locally

there are many talented, creative photographers who will travel anywhere! (Like me, hint!)

And if you can afford it I highly recommend using a good wedding planner in India to help ease the stress.

Another great source for weddings in India is weddingsutra.com

If your still not convinced about India, check out this cool new video ad campaign for Incredible India

So there you have it.  A wedding in India, exotic, romantic, and affordable!

Namaste!

srikanth - March 21, 2010 - 10:40 am

nice work. This is my true India

Anita Patel - June 12, 2010 - 7:15 am

Andrew

I came across your photographs, and thought they were lovely. How often do you come to India to photograph weddings?

I’m from the UK originally, and we have our international wedding planning business in Mumbai since 2008, and are always looking for good photographers who don’t charge the earth!

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards
ANITA
http://www.tania-tapel.com

Manasvi - November 4, 2010 - 5:38 am

I love your photos! :)
You can truly be mesmerized in them for hours! :)
You captured every part of India..

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sumit - November 8, 2011 - 2:49 pm

i like all pic

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