5 Indian Destination Wedding Rules You Need to Know

Whether you’re heading to a beach in Mexico or jet setting to your favorite city, destination weddings tend to add an extra layer of festivities to your wedding as they turn your special day into a special weekend filled with fun and excitement. While most wedding etiquette are directed towards the guests, there are a few rules that the wedding couple need to be aware of. 

When someone says ‘destination wedding’, emotions run high, guests feel embarrassed and awkward if they can’t afford to attend the weekend extravaganza and family tends to become disapproving (especially extended cousins who are left off the guest list).

In order to ensure that your destination wedding planning flows freely right from the beginning, here are five simple rules you need to follow!

Rule #1 - Make sure your immediate family is on the same page as you and your beau


As you’re probably aware, when it comes to Indian weddings, the entire family is involved in the planning and preparation. Unlike Western weddings where the bride and groom get to make all the decisions, Indian weddings are a bit more traditional as the immediate family of the wedding couple has a say in how the festivities will flow. This is because Indian weddings are an important milestone not just for the couple, but also for their parents and close family members. Since majority of the expenses are taken care of by the parents, their ideas and vision for your wedding cannot be ignored. It is for this reason that couples must ensure that everyone is on board with their idea to avoid unnecessary hassles later on.

Rule #2 - Be the guiding star your guests need you to be

destination-wedding-guestsMost Indian destination weddings are held in Mexico, Hawaii or the Caribbean. It is likely that a large number of your guests may have never been to any of these places and therefore they are bound to have a lot of questions. You will be inundated with constant texts, calls and emails leading up to your wedding day. Your guests will enquire after the smallest details like what to pack and the weather of the location you’ve chosen. The easiest way to minimize their worry is by providing a detailed invitation card that has all the specifics about transportation from the airport, the different wedding ceremonies that they’ll be attending and so on and so forth. You can also create a wedding website for the same. If you don’t want to be responsible for coordinating with your guests, you can appoint a point of contact who your guests can get in touch with for whatever query they may have.

Rule #3 - Ensure travel and stay bookings are a smooth experience for your guests


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It may be possible that a few of your guests may have no prior experience when it comes to attending destination weddings. They might not know how to go about booking their travel and stay arrangements. Several hotels like AM resorts provide offers on mass bookings for guests. Booking their travel and stay is the first step your guests take to be a part of your big wedding weekend. Make sure it doesn’t leave a bad taste for them. IndianWeddingSite, for instance, creates a dedicated wedding page to keep all your guests updated. Guests can make their deposits electronically through a secure page and they’ll also receive confirmation messages once their payment has been received. Contact us to know more.

Rule #4 - Choose a resort that has previous experience with Indian destination weddings


The one thing that wedding guests look forward to most is the food. You therefore need to choose a resort that has previous experience catering for Indian destination weddings. Palace resorts, for instance, helps wedding couples celebrate their culture by putting together a tailor-made wedding that fulfils traditions and wishes. The resort offers traditional Indian cuisine that includes Indian snacks, lemon and jeera rice, chicken tikka, chicken seekh kebab, shrimp tikka, chickpea masala, samosas and vegetable kebabs and so much more. AM Resorts too has the shaadi package and dulha-dulhan package expertly crafted for Indian wedding couples. The shaadi package is a 3-day affair that includes a mehendi evening, sangeet, baraat, wedding ceremony with lunch as well as a dinner reception. The dulha-dulhan package includes the above-mentioned ceremonies as well as a welcome cocktail party, complimentary return stay anniversary nights, romantic breakfast in bed and so much more. 

Rule #5 – Arrive at the resort at least 2 days prior to the arrival of your guests

dreams-riviera-mayaIndian families are a close-knit bunch and they like to be around each other. This is especially true for family occasions like weddings. Make sure you arrive at the resort at least 2 days prior to the arrival of your guests so you have enough time to ensure that the rooms are allotted in the same section of the resort. While you’re at it, you can also do the site check and get updates from various vendors like the florists, decorators and caterers. You don’t want to arrive with your guests and then run around the resort to ensure if everything is fine. Doing this will just rile you up. Instead, arrive in advance and make sure everything is how it should be so you can welcome your guests in a calm and composed manner.

In addition to the above, make sure you welcome your guests warmly by assembling a welcome bag that contains refreshments they will enjoy.

Contact us to help you with booking your next dream destination wedding.

Here are five simple rules Indian wedding couples need to be aware of before hosting a Indian Destination Wedding.


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