While every single detail plays an important role in planning your wedding day, there are few decisions that play a bigger role. One of the most important is your wedding location; it sets the tone for the big day.
A new show on Netflix now takes you behind the scenes at six of India’s most extravagant weddings. Big Day, produced by Condé Nast India, shows couples who have crossed the boundaries of love. Some break stereotypical traditions, others make sustainability an important part of their wedding. The show brings their fairytale backdrops and bridal looks to life and illuminates the places and people that make these events possible.
Here’s a look at the wedding venues where these couples said “I’ll do”.
Alila Fort Bishangarh, Rajasthan
Divya and Aman’s dream in Alila Fort Bishangarh. Photo: Artfoto Studios
About 1.5 hours from Jaipur, Alila Fort Bishangarh is the place where Aman Kapur and Divya Khandelwal got their fairytale marriage. But it wasn’t just any wedding. They went above and beyond while taking sustainable action and sourcing it on site, whether it was flower arrangements or textiles used at the events.
Alila Fort Bishangarh extends over 100,000 square meters and has 59 beautifully appointed rooms. With a package of Rs1,50,00,000, the entire resort can be yours for three days. The package includes mehendi, sangeet, haldi ceremonies, a royal wedding ceremony and dinner, cakes, decorations, photography, spa treatments and much more. Website.
The Leela Palace in Chennai
Nikhita and Mukund at their hatter-themed party at Leela Palace in Chennai. Photo: shadow photography
The NRI couple Nikhita Iyar and Mukund Chillakanti tied the knot at Leela Palace in Chennai. From a mehendi party with crazy hatters to a fun Bollywood-themed sangeet, this wedding was all sorts of destinations. The Leela Palace in Chennai is perfect for large crowds, with 12,300 square feet of bench space and a different location for any ceremony. Website.
Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, Mamallapuram
While all other events were taking place at Leela, Nikhita and Mukund swore at this stunning resort on the Bay of Bengal. However, if you want to stay in one place, the hotel also has a 10,000 square meter ballroom for you to continue the festivities. website
MorBagh Farmhouse, Chhatarpur, Delhi
Pallavi and Rajat at the Morbagh Farmhouse in Chhatarpur. Photo: Shutterdown photography and films
Pallavi Bishnoi and Rajat Swarup chose this beautiful farmhouse in Chattarpur, Delhi as their wedding venue. Whether you are planning an elaborate event or just want to hold it, Mor Bagh will take care of it all while the celebrations take place near town. As the name suggests, wedding celebrations here are often adorned with peacocks.
Tijara Fort Palace by Neemrana Hotels, Rajasthan
Ami and Nitin at the Tijara Fort Palace. Photo: Shreya Sen PhotographyImages:
Everything about this fort palace screams for a fairytale wedding. Ami Pandya and Nitin Zacharias got married last year at Tijara Fort Palace in Rajasthan (a three to four hour drive from Delhi and Jaipur) with views of mustard fields and extensive hanging gardens.
Depending on how public or private you want your wedding to be, you can charter all or part of the property for your celebrations. Rani Mahal has 21 rooms, Aam Khas Mardana Mahal 40. The extensive terraced gardens are ideal for setting up tents for weddings, while the central pavilion Chattis-dari with 36 doors can be used for a variety of events. A covered, sunken auditorium can seat over 200 people and is perfect for a sangeet. The two levels near the pool are also venues. Website.
Amaara Farms, New Delhi
Gayeti and Aditya at their reception at Amaara Farms. Photo: Sunil Jagdish
Gayeti Singh and Aditya Wadhwani from Delhi chose to keep things simple and intimate for their wedding. All of their events took place at home, with the exception of the reception at Amaara Farms. It has a 7,000 square foot glass banquet hall that opens onto 55,000 square feet of manicured lawn and can accommodate pre- and post-sunset events. During the day the house is adorned with the green of the gardens and some floral accents, while at night it comes to life with illuminated Buddha statues and fairy lights. website.
Bay 15, Goa
Tyrone and Daniel tied the knot at Bay 15, Goa. Photo: Joseph Radhik
Tyrone Braganza and Daniel Bauer tied the knot with sand under their toes and breathtaking sunsets in Bay 15, Goa. The hotel’s lawn spans 50,000 square meters and hosts a 1,000-person wedding. There is space here for any type of event with a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. The menu includes dishes from Goa, the Mediterranean and Pan-India. Website.
Watch the big day on Netflix here.