The thought of wedding evokes countless emotions. An intimate, incomparable moment as it is, some choose to keep it grand and glorious, while others go with a more close-knit affair, nevertheless luxurious. Millennial brides and grooms-to-be love the idea of combining wedding with a travel getaway – imagine exchanging your vows at a jaw-dropping, scenic destination!
Destination Weddings have always been the buzzword in the celebrity fraternity too. Many of our favourite actors, sports players and pop stars have gotten married at uber romantic, breathtaking locations.
Venue- Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Celeb couple– Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
Umaid Bhawan Palace is all about culture, heritage and royalty combined. Built between 1929-1943, this 26-acre palace sits atop the highest point in the Blue City and is a Taj Hotel property. Although the royal family still resides here, the other half of Umaid Bhawan offers Art Deco style rooms and suites with personal lawns and courtyards, private dining and banquet halls, a blue lagoon-esque pool, Jiva spa, a library, a hunting-themed Trophy Bar and the royal family’s museum. One also gets to see dancing peacocks here, making the majestic Rajasthani palace a one-of-its-kind wedding venue!
Venue- Borgo Finocchieto, Tuscany, Italy
Celeb couple– Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli
Europe is a wedding-friendly destination, as favoured by many celebs in the past. Anushka and Virat couldn’t resist it too. Tuscany in central Italy has a unique property called Borgo Finocchieto, perfect for weddings. It’s an 800-year old village restored into five luxury villas, sprawling six-acres. Besides its lush green stretch, sixty-feett long oval pool and saunas, concierge services, family and dining rooms, the lavish hamlet is in close proximity to the popular vineyard district, Montalcino. Borgo Finocchieto once hosted the Obamas too.
Venue- Forte di Belvedere, Florence
Celeb couple- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
The 16th century Forte di Belvedere is where one can enjoy panoramic, 360-degree views of Florence. The largest fortress ever built in the city, Belvedere is known for hosting high-profile events and exhibitions throughout the year. Kim and Kanye’s wedding at this historic fort is one to be remembered for decades.
Venue- Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy
Celeb couple- Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh
Perched on the western shores of Lake Como, this 18th century mansion is a stunning property with surreal views of the greens and the blue waters. It has lent its backdrop to movies like Star Wars and Casino Royale. Accessible by taxi boat or on foot, the villa has two residences, a church, a portico and terraced gardens. Extraordinary artworks, sculptures, sophisticated furnishing and an overall regal mood bind the interiors of the villa together. It, indeed, is a historic location to get married at.
Venue- Superyacht, Miami, Florida
Celeb couple– Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh
Away from the public eye, music icon Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh went aboard the luxury yacht, Never Say Never for their wedding celebrations. The 122-feet long vessel built in 1985 and refitted in 2009, has four en-suite cabins with warm-modern interiors. There is a dedicated lounge space, a dining area and an impressive sundeck to enjoy some BBQ time, Jacuzzi, pool and an expansive zone for entertainment. It can be chartered in the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean.
Venue- Seychelles, Africa
Celeb couple- Kunal Kapoor and Naina Bachchan
Surrounded by the blue waters and white sand, actor Kunal Kapoor married Amitabh Bachchan’s niece Naina Bachchan in an intimate setting in Seychelles. The island was decked with minimal, elegant décor, apt for an idyllic beach wedding. An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, the royal couple Prince Charles and Kate Middleton, too, chose to jet off to the North islands in Seychelles for their honeymoon.