Image courtesy: Anita Dongre
This is unarguably our favorite time of the year. Wonder why? Thanks to the weddings galore lined up, but of course! Who doesn’t love a good Indian wedding, and luckily for us, our mailbox is filled with invites and calendar already choc-a-block.
As much as we love the nonstop singing and dancing, delectable spread of food and OTT outfits of this desi extravaganza, there is another Big Fat Indian Wedding trend that gets our seal of approval — destination weddings! In a bid to achieve ‘picture-perfect’, no destination is off the cards and no exotic locale is being left unexplored. Trust us when we say that destination weddings are indeed the way to go. So, we round up some of our favorite exotic locations along with style notes on what to pack for each of these cities. Hope couples all set to tie the knot (and their wedding planners) are listening!
DESTINATION: Istanbul, Turkey
Perfect for: A culture-soaked affair
Istanbul has fast catapulted into a hot spot for Indian weddings and with good reason at that. Turkey’s largest city is perfect for a themed OTT celebration reminiscent of a grand Turkish bazaar.
Hotel extraordinaire: It doesn’t get any better than the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. A flamboyant time beckons.
Wedding set up at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
What to wear: Go for a hint of Middle Eastern glamour. Our coffee colored sari with beaded applique work fits the bill. Team it with a beaded gold headpiece and winged eyeliner to turn heads.
Nothing better than this beaded copper Luxemi sari for the occasion.
DESTINATION: Florence, Italy
Perfect for: A fashionable wedding
This charming Tuscan city provides the ideal backdrop for a champagne clinking, air kissing sort of wedding extravaganza. Look no further for a destination wedding that epitomizes classy and chic.
Hotel extraordinaire: Located along the Arno River, the St. Regis Florence makes for a discerning choice.
A chic wedding at St. Regis Florence
What to wear: Sophisticated chic is the look we’d go for. This black crinkle georgette sari with knit work border paired with a gold and silver blouse by Wild Orchid will help you nail the look. Finish it with polki earrings and red haute lips.
Black is always a good idea!
This blouse by Wild Orchid will complement your saree
DESTINATION: Bali, Indonesia
Perfect for: A beach wedding
For those who wish to exchange their rings amidst the setting sun and lashing waves, it doesn’t get better than Bali. Skip the traditional route and party it up as you take the plunge.
Hotel extraordinaire: The glitzy W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak promises a glorious wedding along the Petitenget Beach.
Wedding at W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. Image courtesy: Apel Photography
What to wear: Our white and silver gota angarakha will allow you to keep it casual and classic without compromising on style. The gold and red mirror clutch by 5 Elements will give the ensemble the colorful reprieve it so needs.
This angarakha will transform you into a vision in white
Mirrorwork 5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch
DESTINATION: Udaipur, India
Perfect for: A royal rendezvous
As clichéd as Rajasthan may sound, it never fails to amaze with its imperial and grand ways. If a fairy tale princess-like wedding is what you’ve always wanted, all roads do lead to Udaipur.
Hotel extraordinaire: If it’s Udaipur, it has got to be Umaid Bhawan Palace. Regal doesn’t even begin to do it justice.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace Udaipur promises a royal setting
What to wear: Go unabashedly traditional in this gold leaf lehenga with velvet blouse by Malika Mathur complemented by a colorful kundan set and tikka.
This gold and green lehenga is the perfect traditional pick
You can also read more on the perfect Fall wedding looks as curated by Nishka Lulla here.
So, let the wedding season begin! We’d love for you to share your favorite vignettes and looks with us.
Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi