Kerala has become an increasingly popular destination for nuptials as well as honeymoons and now many couples from all over the world are heading to the coastal state in India to tie the knot.
Wedding planners have seen a significant increase in the number of couples planning themed weddings abroad in Kerala with many foreign brides and grooms planning their nuptials up to one year in advance.
“On an average there are about 40 enquiries from foreigners per year and 25 of them look set to materialise,” explained Ram Menon, the Director of Parinaya Wedding Division.
“Recently, we had an Irish couple who had their wedding at Taj Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram. Most of the enquiries are from US and Europe. What many are looking for is an entire experiential package, with a taste of Kerala’s native cuisine, traditions and ethnicity.”
Desis are also choosing destination weddings in Kerala because of the festive atmosphere and beautiful landscapes that are linked with the destination.
Arabind C runs the wedding planning company, Tamarind Weddings, with his wife and said: “Recently, we had a family from Gujarat and the marriage ceremony was held at Taj Varkala. The trend is quite evident when you see the number of bookings made with resorts and tour operators.”
He added: “They are getting more adventurous and innovative, which is why it’s easy to see destination weddings as the next big thing.”
Couples planning destination weddings in Kerala can choose from a range of romantic settings for their ceremonies include sandy beaches, ancient temples and decorated pavilions in lush tropical gardens.
Menon explained that weddings abroad in Kerala can often be much more expensive than traditional Indian weddings.
“Suppose the cost of a regular wedding is `10 lakh, this will cost around `18 lakh. Much of the extra cost comes by way of putting up guests in good hotels and taking care of their requirements during the stay,” he commented.
One of the advantages to getting married abroad in India, and in Kerala more precisely, is that newlyweds can go on to enjoy a honeymoon within an idyllic destination that boasts emerald forests, unspoilt sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and ancient forts and palaces.