What You Need to Know About Getting Married in India

A Guide for Foreigners Planning an Indian Wedding

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India, particularly the states of Goa and Rajasthan, has become extremely popular as a wedding destination for visitors. The excitement and ambiance of getting married in a far away place can be very appealing.

Here's all you need to know to about getting married in India.

Where to Get Married in India

Goa and Rajasthan are India’s hottest wedding destinations –- Goa for its beaches, and Rajasthan for its palaces.

Many people choose to have a sunset beach wedding in Goa. However, plenty of other options are available including getting married at a lagoon, in the jungle, on a boat, on a hill top, or more traditionally, at one of the beautiful old Portuguese style churches.

Really, when it comes to getting married in India, your options are limited only by your imagination. Some of the most extravagant weddings have included processions of elephants, helicopters showering rose petals on the wedding party, fire dancers, and performances by Bollywood celebrities.

To give you some ideas, here are the top 5 places for destination weddings in India.

When to get Married in India

The most popular time of year for weddings is from October to February, when the weather is dry and sunny. However, weddings are commonly held throughout the year from September to May.

The peak months of December and January are extremely busy.

As well as being much more expensive, hotels and availability are also scarce during this time.

Cost of a Wedding in India

The cost of getting married greatly depends on the time of year and how elaborate the occasion will be. The price soars around December and January, particular during the Christmas and New Year period.

During the off season, it’s possible to have a small and simple wedding in India starting from around $500. Otherwise, during the season the minimum price is around $1,500, for less than 100 guests. This includes a party on the eve of the wedding, boat cruise, wedding ceremony, dinner on the beach, theme décor, music, and decorations.

Arranging Your Wedding in India

Most five star hotels offer spectacular wedding set-ups and special honeymoon packages. The five star hotels usually get their decor and planning done by wedding planners, but organize the banquet and table decorations themselves.

If you’re not intending to get married at a luxury hotel, it’s recommended that you hire a wedding planner to take care of the arrangements. This list of top wedding planners in India will point you in the right direction.

Legal Requirements for Getting Married in India

Getting legally married in India is a lengthy and time consuming process, and you should allow to spend around 60 days in the country. As a result, many people prefer to take care of the legal part of the wedding at home and just have the wedding ceremony in India.

For those that do want to make their wedding legal in India, here are the legal requirements for getting married in India.

Tips for Getting Married in India

  • Plan your wedding at least a year in advance for the best options.
  • Check out a range of options before you decide.
  • Seriously consider hiring a wedding planner to take the stress out of organizing the event.
  • A civil wedding can be arranged faster than a church wedding, although it also requires paperwork to be in order.