If you want a wedding which is straight out of a fairytale, beaches are the answer. Serene, rocky and sandy beaches can offer you more than just pretty pictures. As if beaches with high tides, warm sun, and sparkling sand have the sole intention of providing the best to you till you say ‘I Do’ to your beloved partner. Far away from the hubbub of town and traffic, beaches help the couple and the guests enjoy some solitude, unlike the city weddings. Hypnotic sun, sand, and the beach at these destinations increases the fun quotient and makes it all look trendier, offbeat, cool and catchy. The panoramic view, glittering sand, turquoise blue water, and recreational activities doubles up as the wedding destination as well as a highly relaxing holiday for the guests. Well, it also twins in like a honeymoon destination. Well, there are countless reasons as to why beaches are just an awesome option for adventurous couples out there who are looking for something totally unique for their wedding.
What we intend is to have you explore India’s coastal beauty for a fairytale white-wedding like effect. No wonder it’s usually Goa that crosses your mind when it comes to a big fat beach wedding. India’s party capital has a unique and its own charm and flavor but the round-up of the few distinctive beaches is equally happening, serene and fabulous for your lifetime commitment to each other. Here we go with some Beautiful locations for a Big Fat Beach Wedding.
God’s own country, Kerala has a large coastline and offers some grandest beaches and venues to turn your dream wedding and fantasies into an unforgettable reality. Beaches like Kovalam and Verkala with towering palm trees, cool sea breeze, the scenic beauty, serenity and the never-ending spreads of turquoise blue water can take a been-there-done-that wedding a notch higher.
The Taj at Varkalam beach, Poovar Island Resort at Trivandrum, Taj Green Cove Resort & Spa at Kovalam beach are few of the extravagant wedding venues in Kerala for that upscale beach wedding. The coconut gardens spread in acres of land, the palm tree stretches, seaside lawns at the hotels and resorts (booked for a wedding) and the moody sea waves make these venues a remarkable location for your significant day. Saying ‘I Do’ in the tranquil ambiance that overlooks the Arabian Sea makes it all magical, dreamy and super exciting. What’s more? You will carry home some superb photographs for a keepsake and for the Insta uploads. Overall, it will be a regal affair at Kerala’s exotic beaches to make foodies, shopaholics, and adventure-seekers happy and gay.
The Leela, Kovalam
Arjun Kartha Photography
A serene coastal destination, 100 km south of Mumbai holds a lot of details, beauty, significance, and inspiration for you to tie the nuptials with your significant other. Remember the wedding paraphernalia of actor Milind Soman and his now-wife Ankita Konwar? It was an intimate Maharashtrian celebration with a beautifully-styled wedding theme. Powdery white-sand shoreline, jade-green hills, mild sun, scenic beauty and sprawling water at Alibaug added to isolation, privacy and entertainment factor. You too can turn the vivacious and attractive beaches of Alibaug into a remarkable destination for your marital journey to begin.
Radisson Blue Resort & Spa, U Tropicana Beach Hotel and Prakruti Resorts are few of the luxury venues at Alibaug that offer you a complete package of entertainment, luxury, and comfort for your wedding. There are myriad options of the hotel that can accommodate more than 500 guests and customize the arrangements on request. There are venues that also offer nightlife (night party with music, food) on special request. The sea-side resorts and hotels are quite adept to make each and every celebration a unique affair with different settings, themes, and perspectives. Apart from the high-in-budget luxury resorts, there are some easy-going venues as well that are light on your pocket and help the family and the guests to rejuvenate their spirits.
Daman and Diu
Union territory in Western India, Daman and Diu boast of beautiful beaches like Devka and Jampore beaches. The wedding at this hot destination turns out to be a luxurious gala for the guests and a romantic treat for the couples. Daman and Diu can have your hearts captivated for all the right reasons and never fails to cast a spell and create a buzz. Need we say more? Well, the sandy beaches, sparkling water, the giant waves that have always made appearances in your dreams or some movie or TV sets can come alive at this destination wedding. The warmth of the tropical beach can make you a real-life prince and the princess and can make your big day no less than a fairytale.
The island location with pristine beauty, scintillating sun, vibrant nature and mysterious sea automatically transcend into a perfect beach destination for weddings. Capture the essence of the beach, live your dreams and make everyone sigh as you walk down the aisle with your better half.
The hotel and venue options Dariya Darshan, Devka Beach, Tania Virgo, Daman Town, Nana’s Palace, The Deltin and Cidade De Daman at Nani Daman acts as a Midas touch to your opulent wedding with the optimal setting, personalized services, skilled hospitality, and beautiful location. Each of the venues lives up to your desires with impeccable services, an extra touch of luxury and grandeur. With an average capacity to hold 300 guests, the food rentals for these places lie in the range of Rs 600 to Rs 2000 per plate. Amusement parks, food courts, swimming, parasailing, and surfing are added advantages and activities for the guests to indulge into.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Forget forts, farmhouses or a fancy banquet hall and go for a relatable appeal with an inspiring and exotic destination. Andaman and Nicobar Island is one of the coolest options for that dramatic and heaven-like backdrop. In the middle of the blue ocean, Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Island speaks and unfolds your story in a unique and poetic way. For a couple, the beach destination is staggering heaven to trade their vows and for the guests, it turns into an easy-going shoreline party place. Such is the beauty of the place encompassed by mountains, boundless sun, sea and dynamic energy of nature.
The vast expanse and stretches of beaches like Radhanagar beach, Lakshmanpur beach and Elephant beach further enhance the beauty and dramatic view for that perfect paradisiacal setting. The popular Havelock Island at Andaman is just a picture perfect with inescapable flora and fauna and is like an opulent and romantic retreat for the bride, groom and the guests. Stunning beauty, serenity, good accommodation makes the Andaman Islands just amazing to tie the nuptials. Another secluded location with unique charm and mesmerizing sea view is Port Blair, the capital city to make your dream wedding get real.
Munjoh Ocean Resort, Havelock, Dolphin Resort, Sinclair’s Bay, Megapode Resort are a few low budget resorts and banquets to please your souls and make the uphill task of a beach wedding easier, lighter and smooth.
Hip, hop and happy is what instantly comes to mind when we think of Goa. And so are the weddings that take place at the beach destination. Glamorous and peppy; Goa has become traditional when it comes to hosting a perfect beach wedding. The punk and the panache associated with Goa are just matchless and can offer your guests some exclusive adventures and gala time. Cricketer Yuvraj’s bike entry at his wedding in Goa with actress Hazel Keech is still etched in our minds. The celebs’ wedding in North Goa at Teso Waterfront was a magical and extravagant affair at the magical destination, Goa. Actress Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupati’s Christian wedding was also as romantic as hell at the exotic beach of Goa.
Baga, Candolim, Calangute, and Anjuna are the few beaches at Goa famous for their sand dunes, authentic seafood, water sports, rock formations and for weddings of course. So, what can be more intimate and romantic than walking down the aisle amidst the breathtaking view of the beaches, sun, clear sky and shiny sand? Saying ‘I Do’ on the sparkling sand at an isolated Goan beach is a great idea as Goa can pull off a fairytale-tropical wedding quite amazingly and flawlessly.
Riva Beach Resort, Mandrem, Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort, Cavelossim Beach, Zeebop By The Sea, Utorda Beach and The Leela Hotel are a few picturesque and high-end venues to be named that can craft you a dream-like wedding. Massive pools, villa properties, Goan culture, hand-crafted menu, awesome ambiance, and incredible hospitality can surely seal the deal and make your wedding iconic and extra special. You will end up spending a broad budget of Rs 60-65 Lakhs with these exclusive options. (all-inclusive).
Fortunately, resplendent Goa is not only for high-budget weddings. It can be chosen as an ideal wedding destination by those who want it under a tight budget, say, 10-15 Lakhs. La Cabana Beach and Spa, Riva Beach Resort, La Grace Resort, Larive Beach Resort not only helps you and your guests soak in panoramic view but boasts of a plethora of other features like plush rooms, remarkable cuisine, ocean view and more to make your Big-day hip and happening.
Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu
Tranquebar in Tamil Nadu is a wonderful and romantic location to paint a perfect picture of a beach destination wedding. The heavenly beaches here live up to your fantasies, expectations and let your dreams come alive. The land of singing waves (as it is referred to) infact offers you more than just the ‘beach’ vibes. The palaces, the British essence, South Indian culture, plush properties for weddings and a lot more. Well, the most famous is Bungalow on the Beach which is a heritage location with Danish forts and palaces, British colonies and German influence. So, the place has it all to give you that White wedding feel. Well, you can make your moment completely unique and innovative by hosting a Victorian-style wedding at this destination.
Ozone Resort, Tharangambadi Beach and Danish Fort are other venues that define opulence and are great locations to start your new beginnings. Nayak House and Hotel Nippon Palace are mid-range options that can take your wedding budget to a lower side.
Apart from sand, sun and the water, you have the right blend of a conventional and contemporary feel to adding up to your intimate beach wedding ceremony. The place reminding you of the colonial past can be just awesome for that merry-making beach wedding.
Please note: Bungalow On the Beach is a 17th-century property built by the Danish men which were later taken over by the Neemrana Group of Hotels in the early 2000s to be converted into a hotel.
If you are sweating it out to find out the best location for a beach wedding, it’s time to stop for the mesmerizing Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra. Featuring a typical movie-like beach setting, Mahabaleshwar destination wedding can be just crazy and colorful.
Beaches like Kelshi, Anjarle, Harihareshwar, Diveagar, and Revdanda are just perfect to plan your nuptials away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It would offer an experience no less than a beach wedding in Goa. Moreover, the tranquil and clean beaches make it all the more thrilling, enjoyable and comfortable for the couple as well as the guests.
Guests can indulge in some relaxing retreats like jet skiing, banana boat or motorboat rides during their stay. Beach baggie, Maggi and vadapao are the added attractions for the guests to experience if they wish to explore. Besides, the sand dunes and hilly landscapes make for an exquisite destination.
While Club Mahindra, Saj Resort, Evershine Keys Prima Hotel are little on the higher side with Rs 2000-3000 per plate rental, Brightland Resort, Mango Hotels, and Ramsukh gives you ease with Rs 1000-1500 per plate rental for food. Fortunately, Mahabaleshwar can turn out to be quite economical to host a beach wedding with a few budget hotels and venues. Each and every hotel and resort enables you to experience thrilling and exciting wonders of the sea with fun-filled activities.
Big things come in small packages. This idiom suits best for India’s smallest union territory named Lakshadweep and can be well transformed into “Big weddings happen at small places”. The cluster of little coral islands, collectively called as Lakshadweep Islands are like a paradise for beach lovers, especially for those who want their union to be ‘beachified’ and bewitched. Dazzling sun, cool ocean breeze, scintillating sand, and the sea life engulf you completely and takes you a step closer to live your fantasy and picture-perfect beach wedding.
Kavaratti, Agatti, Kadmat and Bangaram beaches make the place beach heaven to culminate your love story into a marriage. Aqua blue lagoons, crystal clear water, high-rise waves, lush greenery, and lighthouses add beauty to the beaches and hence your wedding. Coconut plantations, long stretches of white sands add pristine charm and peace for the couple to say ‘I Do’.
The tropical paradise of India boasts some stunning resorts like Agatti Island Resort and Bangaram Resort to turn your wedding ceremony into a unique one. Basking in natural beauty, sun-kissed sand dunes, emerald blue water, adventures and best facilities, these resorts at golden beaches are just perfect options for hosting grand Indian weddings.
Beautiful, quirky, fashionable and oh-so-fun; beaches have a unique charm and distinctive characteristics and fervor to add glamour and craze to wedding celebrations. Plus, beaches serve your purpose of an intimate and serene wedding location. What’s more? It provides an ideal setting for professing your love to one another.