With it’s never ending events, extravagant meals and endless guest-lists, immense planning efforts, a traditional South Asian wedding may sound over the top and couples may steer away from the thought of a destination wedding. Planning a wedding is tricky enough and the thought of a destination wedding may sound overwhelming, but planning has become more streamlined which makes it easier to plan a destination wedding.
Resorts are now realizing how sacred South Asian weddings can be and they are doing everything to keep all rituals/traditions in mind with the help of their in-house wedding planners. They are creating customized packages to personalize all the events and traditions that are required for these grand weddings. Some hotels have local in-house vendors for catering, decorations, henna and flowers which means a one stop shop for brides/grooms.
Here are a few tips by Gigi Mukherjee, a Hindu weddings specialist at LOVE Atlantis.
A variety of guest rooms and rates is key. It makes all the difference because there is always a financial diversity in your group. You’ll want to accommodate the family that’s going to spend $99 a night, as well as those who are staying a week and spending upwards of $1,000 a night.
Go with an experienced planner. You want to know if they’re familiar with the rituals and can guide you and your families through them, especially if the bride or groom is non-Indian. Similarly, hire an experienced team. Make sure your vendors and photographers know which details deserve the most attention.
Choose a resort with a strong Indian cuisine program or partnership. Food is one of the the most important elements of a Hindu wedding.
Make sure you’re the only Hindu bride at the resort during your stay. The very first thing to consider is non-competition. When you’re there, you don’t want to see another Indian bride having another huge event. Generally speaking, there may not be enough resources.