“Has the wedding venue been finalized?”, “What is the menu for the wedding day?”, “Have the invitations been sent out?”, “Are the wedding clothes ready?”, “Who’s taking care of decorations?”, “Is the guest list final?”… So many questions for that one big day which will change your lives forever! Let me get this straight; planning a wedding is no easy task. As someone who’s in the middle of planning her own wedding, I am well aware of the time, energy and efforts it takes to manage and organize an event of this scale! There are so many things to consider in any wedding – venue, food, accommodation, decoration, clothes, gifts, jewellery and of course, the budget. And, what if its a destination wedding? The basics remain the same but here the most important factor is the destination itself. It all comes down the destination that is selected by the couple for their ceremony. The entire ball game changes since destination weddings also come with the added responsibility of flying out your close relatives and friends to celebrate with you. It means planning the entire resort or hotel for your wedding party so that your wedding festivities remain exclusive. Generally, 2-3 days or sometimes even an entire week is combined with the main wedding day to form a wedding celebration that is filled with fun, adventures, activities, rituals, functions, love and pure happiness. To make this destination wedding dream a reality and to help you select some of the best wedding locations for your big day, we have come up with a list of popular wedding destinations around the world (5 – World & 5 – India) that will help you narrow down your choices.
Read on and tell us in the comments below if you planned a destination wedding yourself if you attended one or were a part of the destination wedding party, anywhere in the world. Take notes, get ideas and plan ahead for the happiest day of your life!
1.) Tuscany, Italy – ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ Wedding
Imagine lush green verdant landscapes, majestic villas, rolling vineyards, rugged mountains and exquisite Renaissance culture and you know you have landed in Tuscany! This region in central Italy ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a dreamy and romantic venue for an intimate or an extravagant wedding. Indian couples have been drawn to this location (now more than ever!) ever since celebrity couple, Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma selected Borgo Finocchie, an 800-year-old heritage villa in heavenly Tuscany for their nuptials last year. Tuscany’s heart belongs to Florence, a prominent centre for Renaissance art and architecture in the country. Getting married here would actually mean being a part of the eloquent history and culture of this remarkable town! So, what are you waiting for? Stock up your wine bars with exquisite Chianti and promise to love each other forever at sunny Tuscany!
Best Season to Visit:
The best season to get married in Tuscany is from mid-May to end of September when the region experiences longest periods of natural daylight. This will be ideal for organizing weddings at outdoor venues and perfect for alfresco-style dining. Interestingly enough, June is the month of Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage!
Suggested Wedding Venues:
The spectacular Chianti (wine) region, Certaldo, Cortona, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Siena, Volterra, Arezzo and Florence are few of the many locations that you can select as your wedding venue in Tuscany, Italy.