Here’s a look at some of the grand Palace-like venues in India to host the Big Fat Weddings!!
Lalitha Mahal Palace – Mysore
Lalitha Mahal is one of India’s most ideal wedding destinations as it offers an authentic royal experience. This heritage hotel is situated on a ridge that offers a panoramic view of the gentle slopes and curving valley. The building features a two-storey composition of twin ionic columns, extensive porch on the ground floor, spherical domes with lanterns and the central dome which dominates the elevation. The hotel has a large banquet hall that is done with incredible architecture and can accommodate 230 guests in Theatre Style. A pool side lawn offers accommodation to about 200 people whereas the royal terrace can hold a small and close gathering of 24 people. Lalitha Mahal stands as a gleaming white palace with a spectacular Italianate Palazzo, double columned and domed and set in sprawling terraced and manicured gardens.
Taj Falaknuma Palace – Hyderabad
Falaknuma’ means ‘Like the sky’ or ‘Mirror of the sky’ – and it is little wonder that the stately Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad continues to be a magnet for illustrious families who choose it as a wedding venue. Situated 2,000 feet above the historic city of Hyderabad, the hotel exudes the class and refinement of the erstwhile Nizams with its blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. Its 60 beautifully restored rooms, stunning Reception Room and 22 spacious halls ensure there are ample venues for myriad wedding events. One of the highlights of this regal property is its immense collection of Venetian chandeliers which is said to be the largest in the world. Bollywood Star Salman Khan’s baby sister Arpita Khan’s grand wedding was hosted at The Falaknuma Palace.
Umaid Bhawan Palace – Jodhpur
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is adorned with plush courtyards, rippling fountains and flowerbeds. The palace was designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, with a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. The ballroom, Marwar Hall, can accommodate up to 250 guests for cocktails and dinner. The open-sky Museum Courtyard is perfect for a small gathering of 75 to 100 guests. The lush Baradari Lawns, with rows of flaming torches is said to be a fairytale setting for a large reception. Many celebrity weddings have been held here, one of the most talked about was Priyanka Chopra with American pop singer, Nick Jonas in December 2018. With its exquisite exterior and interior, specialized theme restaurants and liveried staff, it is one of the best wedding venues in the world.
Jai Mahal – Jaipur
Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace set amidst 18 acres of Mughal Gardens is a classy and memorable Indo-Saracenic architecture. Owned and managed by TAJ Group of hotels is now a luxury five-star Hotel with 94 rooms and six suites equipped with modern-day comforts and unbeatable views of the city and palace gardens. Explore the palace history and its landscaped gardens and plan a fairy tale wedding with up to 2,500 guests at the Palace Lawns. Its Colonial-style interiors offer a range of traditional yet modern rooms featuring a private balcony, a large window, a double size bed, and luxurious bathrooms. The place is an utter heaven for comfort-seekers and art-lovers who can enjoy the luxury of the hotel while taking pleasure in the classic Indian-style decor.
Park Hyatt – Goa
Get hitched in Goa’s Park Hyatt where all your wedding fantasies can come true. The lush ‘Seaside Lawns’, delightful landscapes of ‘The Forest’, the graceful ‘Boathouse’, and the tastefully-done indoor venues ‘Salcete’, ‘Colva and Loutolim’, Park Hyatt Goa exudes grandeur and luxury at every turn at your wedding. Expect a romantic sunset ceremony overlooking Arossim Beach, followed by a gala dinner dance reception in the Salcete Ballroom. The guests get to enjoy cocktail shindig, rehearsal dinner can also be planned at Park Hyatt. The hotel ensures superb cuisine, brilliant floral arrangements, and fabulous live entertainment. Park Hyatt offers flexible indoor and outdoor function spaces at its immaculate gardens, private beachfront and lush lawns. Its royal Salcete is a 4,030-sq-ft wood-paneled ballroom that can accommodate about 500 guests.
Royal Orchid Fort Resort – Mussoorie
The Royal Orchid Fort Resort, Mussoorie is located in a prime location in the midst of lush green and picturesque surroundings of Queen of Hills, Mussoorie. The hotel has a tradition of understanding aristocratic luxury better, which is why they ensure that the weddings and the joyous festivities are carried with elegance and precision. The rooms are categorized in Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Premium without Terrace, Premium with terrace, Duplex, One Bedroom Suites, and Two Bedroom Suites. The USP of this hotel is its mastery over meticulous details starting from the drapery, flowers or mehendi function, from flying in a three-piece exclusive band to fixing the turban of the five-year-old sarbala, from helping design the wedding card to ensuring that grandma’s fifty-year-old recipe of ladoos made for the wedding – the Resort does everything just like a pro!
The Leela – Kovalam
The Leela Hotel is one of the finest resorts in the Kovalam beach region. The resort sits on a cliff, offering pleasant panoramic views of the Kovalam beach and the Arabian Sea. Spread over 44 acres, this resort has around 183 rooms, which offer a bewitching sea view and garden view. For a traditional wedding, the hotel offers a convention center, which by the way is the largest in Kerala and can accommodate up to 900 guests. The guests get to enjoy the picturesque backdrop of a blue sea along with excellent services and facilities. ‘The Terrace’ and ‘The Cafe at the Club’, 24 hours buffet restaurants offering outdoor, indoor and poolside seating as well. This 5-star resort with a wide range of restaurants and lounges is also known for offering traditional Ayurvedic treatment.