Mandeep Lamba, President – South Asia, HVS ANAROCK
The best matches may be made in heaven, but the most memorable weddings happen in picturesque locales back on terra firma. Destination weddings are redefining India’s wedding culture (already famous for opulence, customs and traditions spread over several days).
While the trend of destination weddings is not exactly an Indian concept, its percolation into the globe-trotting Indian millennial milieu was inevitable. Wedding halls are passé – perfect, fairy-tale settings for one of life’s most momentous events are increasingly ‘in’.
It has been reported that the Indian destination wedding industry is expected to reach a market size of INR 45,000 Cr by 2020, with a projected annual growth rate of 25-30%.
Factors such as the rise of the middle class, a booming economy and celebrity endorsements – amply stirred by social media-induced aspiration – have contributed to this growth.
Destination weddings have also given a major shot in the arm to wedding planners, banquet organisers and wedding apparel designers – who, in any case, had little to complain about in a country where all stops are pulled out for weddings.