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Destination weddings or Luxury Honeymoons? Cost analysis to help you decide

More millennials are opting for destination weddings because the experience tops the gifts received at a big fat wedding reception at home.

, ET Spotlight|
Oct 18, 2019, 12.54 PM IST
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If there’s one thing millennials are absolutely sure of, it is their idea of happiness - one that isn’t focussed on material things or career status. They believe in living a meaningful life where they are happy about creating, sharing, and capturing memories made through experiences. In fact, as per a study done by Eventbrite , of all millennials, 78% said they would rather spend their money on a desirable experience than a desirable possession. And this focus on experience construes directly to the wedding industry. More millennials are opting for destination weddings because the experience tops the gifts received at a big fat wedding reception at home.

Marriages are made in heaven but they need considerable resources to take place on Earth
Your ‘Big Day’ is a memorable event for you as well as your loved ones who attend the ceremonies. In today’s day and age, a lavish wedding affair is more of a desired necessity, which is why India is witnessing a huge increase in destination wedding scene. According to Wedding Tourism Report by MRSS India, the wedding market in India is pegged at INR 110,000 crore of which around INR 23,438 crore can be attributed to a destination wedding. The figure is expected to double at an astounding rate to INR 45,000 crore by the end of 2020, thriving at 25-30% per year.


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From fashion designers, event planners, florists to caterers, - an efficient team is indispensable to make your special day truly incredible. An average Indian wedding could cost between 20 lakhs to 5 crores; translating to a person spending almost one-fifth of their total wealth accumulated in their lifetime on their wedding.

In India, the options for a destination wedding are plenty. However, a few locations top the charts for personalized, theme-based destination weddings, such as Rajasthan, Goa, Kerala and Uttarakhand. If you’re looking for the perfect setting for a ‘royal’ wedding, Rajasthan should be your best bet, while Goa and Kerala present the ideal palette for beach weddings. Many nature lovers choose Uttarakhand resorts to get clicked with spectacular mountain backdrops.


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However, honeymoon may be even more exciting than the wedding itself for some couples


If you are a beach bum who likes to soak up the sun on a paradisiacal beach or trek a mountainous landscape on a newlywed adventure, your honeymoon is going to be one of the most special holidays you’ll ever take together with your partner. Of course, you’re happy to spend big. Here are a few options you might want to consider when planning your sweet time away:

Maldives offer some incredible luxurious getaways - you could spend your days relaxing with your partner, indulging in watersports, getting massages under the Maldivian sun and relishing the privacy of overwater villas. Packages start from INR: 1.5 lacs per person and may go up as you decide to spend more days there or hop more islands.

Seychelles is ideal if you desire a beach holiday and wish to hop b/w islands. Cycling along the coastline, feasting on fresh seafood, lounging on some of the prettiest beaches in the world - are all a part of Seychellois hospitality. Honeymoon packages start from INR: 55000 PP.


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If there was a cliched place that exudes magic, it is France.Nothing spells romance like a French honeymoon in Paris (where else)?. Head on to the vineyards of Bordeaux and/or the coastal towns of the French Riviera. You can be completely smitten with the country with packages starting at INR 70,000 PP.

And if you fancy winter wonderland, Finnish Lapland is the place to be. Visit Rovaniemi, also known as Santa’s hometown, for dreamy reindeer sleigh rides or a husky safari in Arctic Forests. Rent a romantic lodge in the wilderness and enjoy a surreal honeymoon in Finland with packages starting at INR: 80,000 PP.

New Zealand is for people who like to stay in B&Bs and drive through a country peppered with some of the most gorgeous beaches, fields full of flowers, and picnic spots in the world. Put INR: 1.00 lac to good use by visiting this mesmerising place.


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Well, now you have it all laid down - a big fat destination wedding that includes your family and friends or a more private, lavish honeymoon where you can spend some precious moments with the one you have just started your life - it is for you to decide where you want to quids in. If money is not something you consider while looking for experiences, go for both, we say!
(This article is generated and published by ET Spotlight team. You can get in touch with them on etspotlight@timesinternet.in)
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