Wed­dings with Wan­der­lust

The Luxury Collection - - Editorial -

There was a time when wed­dings were tra­di­tional, fam­ily led af­fairs. Mas­sive guest list and grand­ness of the cel­e­bra­tion not­with­stand­ing, the event it­self was con­ducted on pre­dictable lines at one of a hand­ful of venues.

Since the new mil­len­nium be­gan, how­ever there has been a dis­tinct shift in the ap­proach to wed­ding or­ga­ni­za­tion. The mar­riage

cel­e­bra­tion has evolved into a well-chore­ographed and cu­rated en­ter­tain­ment spec­ta­cle, an opera of sorts, in which ev­ery­one has a role to play. In In­dia, with our rich, var­ie­gated cul­tural tapestry, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­lessly mag­i­cal. So we have ‘mehndi’ and ‘sangeet’ in South In­dian wed­dings, ‘taalapoli’ ladies greet­ing the baraat in North In­dian ones and so on and so forth. The idea is to have as much of a riot as pos­si­ble, and no one’s com­plain­ing.

The big­gest shift, how­ever, has been in the venue it­self. Giv­ing short shrift to the con­ven­tional op­tions - the tra­di­tional wed­ding hall, or the city’s finest star ho­tel - cou­ples be­gan to cart fam­ily and friends en masse to ex­otic des­ti­na­tions and turn their wed­dings into some­thing like a lux­ury va­ca­tion. To­day, with des­ti­na­tion wed­dings be­ing the norm, the hunt is on se­ri­ously for that lo­cale that matches the cou­ple’s dreams, the fam­ily’s needs, and the ex­pec­ta­tions of friends and ex­tended fam­ily. A Goa wed­ding at a beach­side get­away no longer cuts it, no siree! Cou­ples are now much more ex­act­ing in their de­mands for a lo­cale to carry out their ‘saat phera’.

If you are look­ing to tie the knot and are like­wise scour­ing the globe for that per­fect va­ca­tion wed­ding des­ti­na­tion, you may care to cast your eye over th­ese op­tions that we have spe­cially cu­rated for you.

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