7 Beach wedding destinations for your dream wedding
A beach is a romantic venue for a wedding as it creates an exotic ambience, with nature as the backdrop. A sea-side wedding venue has a serene atmosphere created by the sounds of the waves, crispness of the sea breeze and the visual of a never-ending horizon. Whether you choose to have a day wedding under an azure blue sky, or a sunset ceremony culminating under the canopy of millions of stars, a beach wedding is sure to be a dreamy affair. So, if you’re planning one, we have a list of recommendations for beach wedding destinations in India and abroad
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This is the quintessential beach destination for nature lovers and party people alike. Goa has great connectivity and infrastructure in terms of airport, resorts, hotels, wedding planners, etc. A highly popular choice for a beach wedding with Indian couples, Goa has something for everyone. Showcase your love with a sea-side ceremony at one of the many beach resorts that cater to a wide-range of budgets. You could also host your wedding guests with a fun filled itinerary that can include water sports, visits to the gorgeous colonial churches and exciting night life at the clubs and bars of Goa. In 2016, cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech got married according to Hindu-Bihari rituals in Goa. This wedding was the talk of the town and was well attended by sports and Bollywood celebrities alike. A wedding here would be a hip and fun affair, which is sure to be memorable for the wedded couple and guests alike.
Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech got married in Goa in 2016
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2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The virgin beaches and turquoise blue water of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has made this place gain popularity among couples, planning a destination wedding. The islands have pristine and clean beaches which create a truly tropical paradise to host your wedding. The resorts built along the beaches allow for complete privacy and tranquillity, which will ensure your wedding has an exclusive and peaceful vibe. Andaman Islands are not yet a commercialized wedding destination and are a hidden gem of a venue to plan a wedding. It is important to start planning early when organizing a wedding here, as hotels have limited availability during the peak winter season. The Havelock or the Ross Islands are the perfect venues to have your ceremony. So be a trendsetter and choose these exotic Indian islands to host your nuptials, for a picture perfect happy ending.
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Alibaug situated in Maharashtra, is a lovely beach town that is a great destination wedding location in India. This beachside hamlet has gained popularity in recent times for its proximity to Mumbai and now has many new hotels and sea-side resorts. Alibaug has a variety of options for weddings ranging from luxurious extravagance to easy-going simplicity. In 2017, Milind Soman married Ankita Konwar, in a fun filled eco-friendly wedding in Alibaug. As Mumbai is close by, wedding planners can easily source props and décor elements for a beautifully styled wedding theme. Alibaug has a relaxed and laid-back vibe with beautiful beaches and green hills. The natural beauty and serene atmosphere will provide a beautiful backdrop for your special day.
Milind Soman married Ankita Konwar in a beautiful traditional ceremony in Alibaug
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4. Kovalam, Kerala
The beach town of Kovalam is a trending beach wedding hotspot, as it is easily accessible from Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. With an abundance of natural greenery and a hospitable culture, ‘God’s own country’ offers couples with truly beautiful venues for a beach destination wedding. There are three beaches separated by rocky structures that make the crescent of Kovalam beach. The first two beaches are Lighthouse and Hawa, which are fairly popular, outlined with shops, Ayurveda centres, eateries and restaurants. These are perfect to entertain wedding guests during outings. The third beach, Samudra beach, is where you have upmarket resorts and hotels, while it still retains a peaceful and quaint atmosphere. This is the recommended spot to host a wedding. Endless vistas of coconut trees along beautiful coastline, a rich culture of hospitality and delectable coastal cuisine are what you can expect from Kovalam as a wedding destination.
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5. The Maldives
The island cluster comprising of the Maldives is a veritable paradise, set in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Although this is a foreign country, Maldives is very close to India and can be reached in about an hour, by flight. With plenty of picture postcard beaches, these islands happen to be one of the most in-demand luxury wedding destinations. An isolated charm with the grandeur of a pristine tropical beach, this destination is flawless as a beach wedding venue. The many shades of blue waters and the natural flora and fauna, will provide a picture-perfect backdrop to your nuptials. Most of the resorts in the Islands are calm and serene, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. The beautiful reefs offer wedding guests opportunities for world-class snorkelling and diving, while the less adventurous can go on glass-bottom boats for a reef viewing cruise. The newly married couple can also extend their stay and include their honeymoon at the Maldives. Luxurious resorts, awe-inspiring natural sceneries, exceptional service and culinary delights are the ingredients you can expect, for your stunning wedding by the beach.
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6. Sri Lanka
The island nation of Sri Lanka is a short flight away from India and offers assorted wedding venues, from silver sand beaches to large resort hotels. The pleasing climate of these islands is excellent and the endless coastline has many options for a beach destination wedding. Comedian and actor Vir Das and girlfriend Shivani Mathur chose the beautiful island of Sri Lanka for their 2014 wedding. Infrastructure wise, Sri Lanka is well appointed and is one of the few countries where the Indian rupee doubles in value. Some of the most popular beaches to host a wedding are Negombo, Barefoot, Kalutara and Bentota beach. Sri Lanka also offers a vibrant night life in places like Hikkaduwa and the beaches also have many options for water sports. Downtown Colombo is also famous for its shopping and Buddhist monuments, ensuring your guests will have a wonderful time. There are several beach resorts that will be the perfect option for a big fat Indian destination wedding, with ample rooms to host a large gathering of guests. So just imagine the coconut palms along the seashore, the golden light of a setting sun and the beauty of the endless ocean, which will create the perfect backdrop for your wedding.
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Phuket in Thailand is a hugely popular destination for Indian couples planning a beach wedding. Famous Indian model, Lisa Haydon married businessman Dino Lalvani, at the exclusive Amanpuri Beach Resort in Phuket in 2016. This ceremony was on the beautiful Surin beach which is also known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’ because of the luxury resorts and celebrity hangouts there. This beach is best suited for someone looking to have a high-end luxury wedding.
Perfectly apt to host weddings, Phuket is a wedding planner’s dream with easy access to private beaches, an assortment of picturesque venues, professional banqueting services and a wide selection of luxury accommodations. Be it a welcome party for your guests, a sangeet by the pool, beach ceremony or grand reception –Phuket has the perfect options for all. Phuket has a number of idyllic beaches where you can host your wedding. Nai Yang Beach, on the northwest coast of Phuket island, is minutes from Phuket International Airport. It is next to the protected Sirinath National Park, which can also be the backdrop for your dream wedding ceremony. In the west of the island, Kata Noi Beach is a beautiful little bay and is one of the best beaches on the island. If you’re looking for lovely soft sand and stunning scenery from a wedding venue, this is the beach for you. With unmatched Asian hospitality and stunning beach wedding venues, Phuket also has many wedding planners that can deliver a bespoke tailored wedding as per Indian traditions and sensibilities.
Lisa Haydon and her bridal party, on the way to her beach wedding to Phuket