THE BEST WEDDING VENUES FOR AN INDIAN WEDDING IN ITALY
A short guide to help you understand what the most popular Italian locations can offer you and help you understand where to host your Indian wedding
Indian weddings are notoriously large however, when marrying abroad, the number of guests attending the event is often halved. This is often one of the reasons why younger Indian couples choose a destination wedding. Despite this, Indian weddings in Italy are still far from intimate with a number of guests ranging from 100 to 200, sometimes more.
Taking place over a few days and with a variety of ceremonies and events, Indian weddings are extremely dynamic and have specific requirements. Not all venues are suitable for an Indian wedding and finding the best location often requires an extensive search.
Thanks to our experience as Italian wedding planners specialised in organizing Hindu and Sikh weddings across the whole of Italy, we are showing you what the best locations of Italy can offer for your Indian wedding in Italy.
The Italian countryside is easily one of the best areas to organise a large wedding where all, or most, of the guests wish to be accommodated at the same venue. This is often one of the requests we receive from our Indian couples and Tuscany indeed provides a selection of venues which can be hired exclusively where 100-200 guests can stay together for a few days.
Tuscany wedding venues are often hamlets or small villages and therefore offer a variety of areas for couples to use to host their wedding giving the overall wedding a dynamic feel which would be lacking of the same two spaced were to be turned around to accommodate all the events.
Indian weddings are celebrated over a few days and include different ceremonies, some involving all the guests and some more intimate which require the presence of only one side of the families. Having the option to utilise different areas of the same venues throughout the events is a great asset. In addition, it is very important that the main Indian wedding ceremony is celebrated in an area where no alcohol is served before or after the ceremony. Hence it is essential to have a wedding venue which offers separate spaces to fulfil the traditions.
Another box which is easily ticked by accommodating all guests and hosting all events at the same venue is the fact that between the ceremonies and receptions there is often a time gap when guests have free time to relax and get changed. This is particularly important with Sikh ceremonies which are celebrated early in the morning and finish by noon while the wedding reception starts in the early hours of the evening. The fact that guests can independently go back to their accommodation is a plus point from a logistical point of you.
Many Indian couples are attracted by the beauty that a Lake Como wedding offers. Whilst the Italian Lakes are a stunning option, most of the wedding Villas on Lake Como and surrounding Lakes do not have accommodation onsite. Therefore a three days Indian wedding on Lake Como often translates with three (or more) individual venues booked and guests being shuffled back and forth from their accommodations to the selected venues.
Whilst this definitely confers a sense of dynamicity to the wedding and allows guests to enjoy different settings and new places, it may also be tiring for them. On the other hand, this option has the benefit of offering guests more independency tailoring their stay according to their needs by both choosing their own accommodation as well as by making their own arrangements when no events are planned by the couple.
The Italian Lakes are also very well located, within one hour drive from the main airport of Malpensa. Regardless of where you and your guests are from, most likely you would only have a direct flight to Milan and a short drive to your chosen wedding destination making the trip to your destination wedding in Italy very relaxing.
The Italian wedding destination of Puglia is becoming more and more popular for weddings and, therefore among Indian couples too.
In this part of Italy most of the wedding venues tend to sleep from 20 to 60 guests. This arrangement is great when the couples’ families wish to be accommodated separately to emulate certain traditional ceremonies which see the two households playing different roles. One of these is the Doli ceremony at Sikh weddings which is the send off of the bride from her family and her passage onto the new family. The bride wishes goodbye and the male members of her family escort her to her Doli (traditionally a carriage, in destination weddings it is often a car) and accompany her to her new home.
For those wishing to have larger groups of guests accommodated all together, Puglia also offers bigger sized venues which can accommodate 80 to 100 guests. However these are not the most common so it is safe to say that an Indian wedding in Puglia will have guests accommodated over two or three close by venues.
One of the great assets of this region is the fact that venues may differ from one another, bringing a a wow factor at each event. In fact guests can find themselves celebrating the couple in the countryside setting of a whitewashed Masseria, in an olive grove surrounded by Trulli, the traditional local dry stone huts with conical roofs or on a beach facing the crystalline sea.
Although Sikh and Hindu weddings are characterised by traditions and ceremonies which must be included in all weddings, couples are different and, as a reflection, each marriage in Italy is unique. We suggest couples contact us to discuss their own requirements and allow us to show them the best Italian wedding venue for their Indian wedding in Italy!