When it comes to a destination wedding, couples yearn for something unique. Your cousin had a relaxing beach wedding in Goa, your colleague chose to do it royally in a Jodhpur palace. Let yours be different! As “offbeat” is the new wedding flavour, make your wedding celebration exotic and beautiful in a destination which is less explored. The mesmerising coastline and rich architectural inheritance of Chennai make it an ideal venue for a destination wedding. From luxurious resorts with private beaches to heritage sites to rustic farmhouses, the options are simply too many. Since the wedding season is on and new trends are arriving, here’s what makes a destination wedding in Chennai special!
Chennai – Gateway To Hospitality
Chennai is a confluence of diverse cultures nourishing within its boundaries. As a doorway to South India, Chennai reflects its rich cultural legacy through its people, cuisine and arts. Its hospitality and traditional food is second to none. So when you host a wedding in this city, get ready to experience memorable moments of warm hospitality, sumptuous cuisine and idyllic outdoor wedding venues in Chennai.
The city has modern amenities and infrastructure that you may probably want while away from home. The state-of-art international airport connects to all major cities in the world. Similarly, Chennai is home to some of the best luxury five-star hotels, boutique hotels, resorts and villas. Likewise, you also get access to top wedding service professionals like wedding planners, photographers, bridal makeup artists etc. In fact, logistically you can organize for any kind of setup, decoration, entertainment etc. Thus, destination weddings in Chennai can be ultra luxurious or extremely easygoing and intimate depending on your budget.
The climate in Chennai is tropical and the ideal time period is between late November-early April. Summers (mid-April to June) are hot and monsoons could be the spoiler. So planning an outdoor wedding during this time is not advisable
And if you are looking for activities to keep your wedding guests engaged then the city will not disappoint you! With its historic landmarks, art centres an shopping districts, Chennai offers plenty of options to its visitors. No wonder it is among the most visited cities in India by foreign tourists. Moreover, Chennai is a foodie’s paradise. From the famous filter coffee to elaborate South Indian meals to fine dining, there is too much to try.
Beach Wedding In Chennai
Blessed with a huge coastline of Bay of Bengal, Chennai has several beautiful and picturesque beaches. It is a matter of pride for us Chennaites (well, after our filter coffee). The tropical ecstasy, sun-kissed sandy beaches, and the turquoise waters create a brilliant backdrop for a beach wedding. These beaches exude romance, beauty, and charm. What else can we say? Chennai is just perfect for a wedding by the beach! Some of the popular beach wedding venues in Chennai are:
What can be better than getting married in a place of historical significance? The temple town of Mahabalipuram located at a hours drive from the city is pristine and unique as a wedding location. It sits on the long stripe of land that separates the Bay of Bengal from the Great Salt Lake. The magnificent architectural wonders of the Pallavan dynasty is sure to leave you spellbound. The spectacular “Shore Temple” forms an ideal backdrop for amusing wedding photographs. The stunning beaches of Mahabalipuram is undoubtedly a great place when it comes to tying the knot. It offers nothing less than a royal fairy-tale wedding experience! In fact, you will be spoilt for choice of wedding venues. It has several 5-star resorts and mid-budget hotels and beachside villas etc.
The premium beach wedding venues in Mahabalipuram are Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove, Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort and InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort. Other popular venues include Ideal Beach Resort, Green Meadows Resort, Kriyates etc. For more information on wedding venues in Mahabalipuram CLICK HERE.
Chennai’s East Coast Road is one of the most scenic routes in the city. Unlike larger beaches in Chennai like Marina and Elliot’s, beaches along ECR are less explored and peaceful. Akkarai and ECR Beaches are among the stop-worthy beaches in this route. And in-between organizing your wedding, if you need a break there are plenty of options in ECR. Head to the calming Muttukadu Lake for boating or get inspired by the art display in Cholamandal Artist’s Village or simply visit the VGP Universal Park for an adrenalin rush! ECR not only has the picturesque appeal of a destination wedding location but is also bountiful with options for a quintessential wedding experience. You and your guests will have some lovely moments spent together.
As ECR is a popular beach wedding destination for Chennaites, it is better to book your wedding venue in advance. Some of the popular beach resorts in ECR are WelcomHotel Kences Palm Beach, Chariot
Please note that beach weddings require a permit, which your wedding planner or hotel can help you get.
Farmhouse Wedding In Chennai
Farmhouse weddings can be fun as well as stylish. When it comes to farmhouse weddings, you have infinite possibilities for breathtaking photos and homespun details. Chennai has many beautiful farmhouses and villas that boast of acres of manicured grounds and gardens. The expansive lawns provide ample space for guests to enjoy their time both inside or out. Not to mention their rustic charm contributing to a truly romantic atmosphere. Moreover, they offer an intimate setting for you and your guests to relax and enjoy the celebrations. Beyond the endearing aesthetics, there are also other advantages of hosting your wedding in a farmhouse. You can organize a BBQ party, live band performance, private movie screening etc to keep your guests entertained. For decor enthusiasts, these venues offer a blank canvas for wedding themes and decorations. bedazzling
Some of our favourite farmhouse wedding venues to get inspired in and around Chennai are Rina’s Venue, Shiva Parvathi Pushpa Garden, Sagarika Garden and Lakshmi Garden. These venues are ideal to host bedazzling pre-wedding and wedding ceremonies.
Heritage Wedding Venues In Chennai
Destination weddings in Chennai can be more than beaches and lush lawns. DakshinaChitra Museum in Mutukaadu overlooking the Bay of Bengal is one such unique venue oozing with South Indian heritage. Known for preserving the art and architecture of the four southern states of India, the vibes of the place are ideal for a traditional wedding. It showcases original authentic South Indian homes that were dismantled and relocated to this museum. The sandy pathways, open courtyards, and brick walls create a magical ambience at DakshinaChitra! Vibrant decor with marigold and colourful drapes can do wonders to set the tone for your wedding!
Hmm… Hope you find these reasons and places compelling enough to plan a charming destination wedding in Chennai. After all, it’s your happiest day and needs to be special amidst close friends and family members in a great wedding destination!
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