I know a lot of my friends think that destination weddings are really lavish affairs. Let’s face it: weddings can be expensive, but when you want to hold your wedding away from home - you’d think that things may get a little complicated. So I decided to do some research into whether it was possible to have a destination wedding on a budget.  And the answer is: yes! All it takes is a little planning. So I’ve decided to share some of what I found from couples who prove that it can be done!

  

Avoid Peak Seasons

There is some good news for you guys: destination weddings are hot. This means that there’s a lot of competition between destinations - which means that you can get a good deal if you plan carefully.  One tip that wedding couples shared repeatedly is that you should avoid peak season to get the best rates.  If you are planning to get married in a resort, rates are often slashed during off season periods. So that fancy hotel that you have been hoping to hold your wedding at may be a possibility. Another bonus of travelling off season is that your ticket prices may be reduced.

  

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Discounts

One of my friends is known as the discount queen in our circle. “There is no shame in asking,” she always tells us, “the worst they can say is no.” The same goes for destination weddings. We are assuming that you are travelling as a group and most hotels (and some airlines) are happy to throw in a group discount.  Now, a friend who works at a five-star hotel reveals that there are few factors you have to consider when asking for discounts:

 i. The minimum number of nights you are expected to stay

ii. The number of confirmed guests checking in (check if your guests can afford the hotel rates first before contacting the hotel)

iii. What is included in the package (if meals are included) - and what the extras are (extra costs can be very expensive so always check first!)

iv. Ask what extra services that the hotel can throw in for free

  

Stick To A Standard Package

Your location will be stunning enough to keep the wedding decor to a minimum. Often resorts will offer standard packages and there may be other weddings apart from yours.. Stick to what’s offered in the package as extras can cost a bomb. Wedding planners at most places have catered for hundreds of weddings before yours. So the chances are that your wedding will be a special affair. Of course, you’d have to cater for your guest’s dietary requirements. Instead of spending lots of money on the decor, a friend who got married in Goa, suggests that you enjoy the natural beauty around you and the resort’s gardens. It’s your surroundings that make a destination wedding so special.

 

Plan A Weddingmoon

A “weddingmoon" is a combination of a wedding and a honeymoon. To any wedding couple, it also means saving a lot of money if you are having your wedding and honeymoon in the same location. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to explore the place you got married in and spend time with each other after your guests leave!

 

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 05:15

Neil Nitin Mukesh’s Destination Wedding Diaries

If you wish for a grand destination wedding that has all the ingredients of a blockbuster film such as grand sets, impressive entry, peppy music, plan something striking like the recent Bollywood celebrity wedding. The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo actor Neil Nitin Mukesh had a big fat destination wedding to a Mumbai based girl Rukmini Sahay at Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur. With close to 500 guests in attendance, it was a festive extravaganza from Feb 6-9, 2017.

Entire Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur comprising of 245 rooms and suites were booked and transformed into a private bungalow, ready for a Big Fat Indian Wedding.

 

Welcoming the Guests 

Neil, the groom, coming from the third generation of a film background had three crazy days of song, dance, fun and celebrations. The wedding festivity began with the welcoming of the guests in Indian style with classical flute, dhol and rose petal showers.

All functions were beautifully planned at different venues of the hotel. Neil is a lover of the azure blue water and royal heritage and hence the venue seemed a perfect fit for his creative sensibilities.

 

Engagement Ceremony 

The pre-wedding celebrations kick started with a fairy-tale themed engagement ceremony. The colour and the set up such as Chandeliers, lace, pearls and cherry blossom trees went in co-ordination with the theme.

 

Day of Fun and Frolic - Mehendi 

Mehendi is a symbol of colour and vibrancy adding to the festivity. Similarly, a colourful ethnic decor, crepe drapes in pink, orange and yellow contrasts brought the venue ‘Udai Chowk’ alive against the majestic backdrop of Sajjangarh Fort and the Aravalli ranges around. 

 

Evening to Rock and Roll - Sangeet 

The evening progressed with an electro-disco themed Sangeet. At Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur, they boast extra ordinary event facilities possessing largest pillarless banquet hall in the state. The cocktail soiree took place in the Verdant Gardens.

The D-Day: Wedding 

Neil Nitin Mukesh and Rukmini Sahay tied the knot in a traditional Hindu style at the ‘Rooftop dome’ of the hotel overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake, Aravallis, and the Sajjan Garh Fort. The Rajwada set up had 14ft tall marshals and exotic flowers to add to the décor. Following the truly royal style, Neil came in a red vintage car and Rukmini in a doli.

 

All 3 days the Hi-Teas were held by the lake at Aangan Lounge. Their personal stories found its space in the entire décor and vibe.

Feasting

Culinary experiences were designed by the Radisson Blu Palace Chefs to serve an exquisite menu with a mix of local specialties and international flavours. For the Cocktail Dinner Celebrity Michelin star Italian and Spanish chefs were specially flown down to create some molecular gastronomy.  Appetizers paired with miniature drinks, strolling live chef stations, truffle food bars and sommelier to name a few, are just some of the features. The menus for the Mehendi lunch kept the legend of Mewar in mind. For the Sangeet Evening the menu kept in mind regional cuisines. A sit down dinner for 550 guests was planned for the wedding day which was authentic Mughalai Marwari cuisine served on brass thalis with personalized napkins and cutlery.

Due justice to the gorgeous architecture of Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur and of course the natural beauty of Udaipur placed around the lakes and in the Aravali Mountains.

*Picture courtesy The Wedding Story and Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa

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