The novel coronavirus pandemic has altered our lives in unimaginable ways; social distancing is still normal and the big fat Indian wedding has now embraced smaller, more intimate. Instead of worrying about what it used to be, couples chase the silver lining in this new situation. With restrictions on guest lists, many to-be-weds are leveraging this opportunity to make their dream destination wedding come true!
The pandemic has given couples the chance to tie the knot against the backdrop of an exquisite location, either outside the city, without worrying about going over the budget.
A destination wedding that doesn't burn a hole in your pocket is no longer just a fantasy. Here are five budget-friendly cities to host one's small and dreamy wedding.
Goa makes for the perfect destination for an intimate and fun wedding with its sun-kissed beaches and breathtaking views. Couples can choose to host their wedding ceremony at a stunning beach resort without having to spend exorbitantly. Goa is host to umpteen affordable resorts with private beaches, little old-style Portuguese inns and budget-friendly homestays. Apart from being easily accessible via road, air and rail, Goa has a host of a lot of restaurants that blend local and continental flavours, and this makes it a perfect destination for a small wedding.
Known as India's Pink City, Jaipur is steeped in royal history and culture. Apart from being a favoured tourist hotspot, it is also a viable destination for weddings. Jaipur is home to an array of new-age boutique guest-houses and homestays that are pocket-friendly and ideal for wedding festivities with a limited guest list. At homestays and inns, couples can choose curated cuisine, customised dining setup and much more. Jaipur is also easily connected to all major Indian cities and towns and makes for a perfect mini wedding destination.
Nestled in the lap of the Sahyadri Mountains, Pune makes for an ideal location for a small destination wedding. The city has tons of budget-friendly hotels, farms, resorts and holiday homes. Apart from its proximity to all major cities and towns in and around Mumbai, Pune city has the right mix of old-style Maharashtrian culture and new-age city vibes. The cool and dry weather is another upside for those looking to have outdoor weddings.
This hill station town in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range is nothing short of a paradise for couples looking to get hitched. Mussoorie provides an array of breathtaking locales and vistas that couples can choose from. The hill town is full of homestays, hotels and little rustic inns, with local vendors offering reasonable prices for all necessary wedding prep compared to mainstream cities. This makes for a perfect destination to host a low-budget yet festive wedding.
With a host of 3-star hotels and farmhouses, the city blends well for small, budget-friendly weddings. Hosting an outdoor farm wedding requires minimal spending on the decor; instead, one can add some DIY decor personalised as per the couple's taste. An extremely well-connected city- Chandigarh is also home to North India's cuisine and is one of the greenest and cleanest cities in India. Add up all these factors and you have your perfect micro-wedding destination!
The pandemic may have played spoilsport for many of the couple's grand wedding plans, but on the brighter side, it has given rise to intimate wedding ceremonies that can be celebrated with the closest friends and family.