This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….
India continues to gain interest among international couples who desire exotic locations, opulent wedding traditions, and wonderful hospitality. Weddings in India are lavish, colorful, and vibrant and provide a rich experience to couples from other countries as well as their guests, with a taste of true Indian culture and traditions. Besides that, India also offers many different kinds of experiences such as weddings in royal palaces, beach weddings, desert weddings, and other exotic wedding locations which creates a life-time experience for the couple and wedding guests.
However, as exciting as it sounds, planning a destination wedding in India also needs detailed approach, as taking care of everything remotely may not be possible. We have put together some key insights, which we believe will be helpful for couples planning a destination wedding in India.
Tips For Planning A Destination Wedding In India
Indian weddings should planned well in advance to secure the date you want. There are certain times which are considered auspicious for Indian weddings (generally November-March,) and these periods may lead to shortage of resources in terms of wedding venues, etc. It’s best to block venue at least 9-12 months in advance to avoid any last-minute planning issues.
Choose Your Venue Carefully:
Your venue should be based on your wedding vision and what kind of experience you want, but at the same time, as you and your guests will be travelling internationally, connectivity and travel logistics should be top of mind for you. Guest transfers could become painful with increasing travel complexity and arrival to venue. It’s always preferred to have a venue with easy air connectivity so that your travel experience is smooth.
Technology has made it easier for us to see and analyze things over long distance but nothing can replicate an in-person experience. If possible, we recommend you visit the venue/country once before the wedding so you get the real picture and not just what’s shown to you over videos and images.
With the increasing advent of technology, it has made it easier for us to get deeper insights into venue etc. before taking any decision. Use video calls to connect with your vendors as well as see live videos of the location so you understand things in detail
Keep a Continuous Dialogue with Vendors:
We can’t emphasize enough how important having regular check-ins with vendors is. Even if going into detail or micro-management is not your thing, we highly recommend working with a clear work-plan and regular check-ins to ensure things stay on track and nothing falls through the cracks.
Understand Cultural Differences:
There are cultural differences across countries and it’s important to understand them. For example, people in India are not comfortable saying “no” out of respect, so don’t take every “yes” as an answer but ask more probing questions to ensure everyone is on the same page. Similarly, invest in building relationships with your vendors vs. just keeping it “strictly business” as it will motivate them to go above and beyond for you vs. a transactional approach to things. They will be driving things on the ground so their motivation will ensure your wedding is flawless and reflects your dream and vision.
Hope this is helpful. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can help.
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About Theme Weavers Designs: Theme Weavers Designs is one of the leading destination-wedding planner in Delhi and India. We have over 16+ years of collective experience in planning Indian destination weddings with significant expertise in desert weddings, royal weddings and palace weddings. We provide complete solutions – from ideating your wedding theme, planning the decor for a dream wedding to planning the logistics with perfect execution. We have won numerous industry awards in wedding decor and design space and have been recognized as a pioneer in this space.
Reach out to us at Prerana@themeweavers.in or visit our website at www.themeweavers.in