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Ever wondered how much does a destination wedding in Rajasthan cost? Well, the magnificent palaces, the rich culture and heritage, clear blue skies, serene lakes and royal hospitality sums up the advantages of having Rajasthan as your destination wedding location. After all, planning a wedding in the colorful state of Rajasthan is just like bringing alive your dream fairytale wedding and how.
Be it the Pink City (Jaipur), City of Lakes (Udaipur), Blue City (Jodhpur) or the Golden City (Jaisalmer), each and every city of Rajasthan offers a pool of lavish properties to host a picturesque destination wedding and are special in its own way. Well, Rajasthan is not only popular with Indians for a destination wedding, but NRIs and people from all over the world prefer to plan a royal wedding in Rajasthan.
Well, if you too wish to get married in the royal state of India, you might wanna know the estimated cost of planning associated with it. Fret not, we at ShaadiWish have already done all the research for you.
Know How Much Does A Destination Wedding In Rajasthan Cost
Average Cost Of Hosting A Destination Wedding In Rajasthan
Generally, planning a wedding in Rajasthan costs between the range of INR 30 – 80 Lakhs on an average with about 150 people on the guestlist. However, living in the “new normal” is all about planning weddings with just 50 people on the guestlist i.e. your destination wedding cost will drop drastically. (Yayy!)
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Please note that the average cost of planning a destination wedding depends on a number of factors. Major points to consider has been listed below for you:
There are a variety of luxury hotels to budget hotels where you can host your nuptials. The only thing that affects your budget significantly is deciding if you want to host the wedding and accommodate the guests at the same place or not. In case accommodating guests at the venue of the function is not a possibility, then book a hotel close to the venue.
2. Number of Days
It is advised to plan a maximum of 3-day wedding festivities, if you don’t wish to increase your wedding budget significantly.
3. Guest list
Lesser the guests, better it is. After all, destination weddings are supposed to be intimate affairs with just close friends and family in attendance.
Top Venues And Their Estimated Destination Wedding Cost
Check out these top venues which greatly affect the destination wedding in Rajasthan cost.
1. Samode Palace, Jaipur
An exclusive heritage property in Jaipur, Samode Palace offers picturesque backdrops for hosting a traditional yet intimate wedding with the best of state-of-the-art facilities. The venue is available for booking at an estimated cost of INR 8 Lakhs which includes the basic wedding decoration like the wedding mandap, entrance decor, venue decor, venue lighting, palace illumination and more.
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Don’t miss this exquisite Jaipur wedding in Samode Palace with the most gorgeous wedding decor.
2. Fairmont, Jaipur
Nestled among Aravali hills, Fairmont is a luxury hotel with more than 200 rooms, various banquet halls and a sprawling lawn which makes it a perfect venue for luxurious destination weddings with up to 500 guests. The budget can go from INR 80 Lakhs to 1 crore here.
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Take a look at this royal Jaipur Wedding In Fairmont where the bride wore some of the most stunning outfits.
Other premium properties where you can consider getting married in Jaipur are Vivanta by Taj, Chomu Palace, Rambagh Palace, Jal Mahal Palace and more.
3. Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur
One of the most stunning wedding venues in India, Umaid Bhawan Palace is spread across 26 acres of land and is known for its unmatched opulence and charm. The venue has various indoor and outdoor locations to host functions and can be booked at an estimated cost of INR 2.5 Lakhs to 4.5 Lakhs exclusive of accommodation, food and decor.
Other amazing venues for hosting weddings in Jodhpur are ITC Welcome Hotel, Indana Palace, Fort Chanwa Luni, Vivanta By Taj and more.
Fall in love with this colorful poolside mehendi ceremony in Jodhpur.
4. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Oberoi Udaivilas is one of the most luxurious hotels in India which provides stunning views of lake Pichola and Aravali mountains. Wedding at Oberoi Udaivilas costs INR 1.5 crore to INR 3.5 crore inclusive of stays, food and decoration.
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Check out other top venues to host a destination wedding in Udaipur.
Also, steal ideas from these top real weddings in Udaipur.
5. Suryagarh Fort, Jaisalmer
Suryagarh lies on an outset looking east towards the old city of Jaisalmer and west towards the Thar Desert. Its natural charm provides venues and backdrops straight out of a royal fairy tale. The property comes with 6 wedding venues which includes lawns and courtyards that leave you spellbound while planning a dreamy palatial destination wedding in Rajasthan. The average cost of hosting a wedding here is approximately INR 63 Lakhs inclusive of food and stay.
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Other properties in Jaisalmer where you can plan your destination wedding are JW Marriott Resort and Spa, Hotel Rang Mahal, Fort Rajwada and Desert Tulip Hotel & Resort. Destination wedding in Rajasthan cost here at such properties will be between INR 20 Lakhs to 40 Lakhs only.
Take clues from this sangeet ceremony planned amidst a desert in Rajasthan.
Destination Wedding In Rajasthan Cost Of Accommodation
Making arrangements for your guests to stay at the same property where your functions are scheduled can make your wedding budget go slightly at a higher side. Please note that the approximate cost is taken into account according to 150 people guestlist. The post pandemic rates can greatly vary due to the small number of guest lists.
The room tariff at these premium properties vary from INR 40K to INR 55K per night.
150 people guestlist accommodation charges for 2 nights = INR 60 Lakhs approx.
50 people guestlist accommodation charges for 2 nights= INR 20 Lakhs approx
Good 3-4 star Hotels and Resorts in Rajasthan range which could be used to stay while having festivities at Palatial locations range from INR 5,000 to INR 12,000 per night.
While 5 Star Hotels and Resorts range from INR 12,000 to INR 18,000 per night.
Wedding Entertainment And DJ
For entertainment purposes in your wedding you can include the local artists to perform folk dance for you and your guests. Ghoomar and kalbeliya are popular dance forms of Rajasthan. Having a kathputli show is also a nice idea for functions like mehendi and haldi. Further, including folk music further adds on to the vibes of a perfect Rajasthan destination wedding.
Other Miscellaneous Cost
Note that your destination wedding in Rajasthan cost should also include the following charges:
1. Transportation & Ground Arrangements
2. Photographer & Videographer
3. Wedding Planner & Coordinator (it’s always an extra cost)
4. Baraat Arrangements (Hiring Cost For Elephant, Camels & Horses, Fire torches, Dhol Wale, Sandbike, Vintage Ca, etc)
7. Bartenders, and more
These service providers could add another INR 15 to 30 Lakhs to the overall budget depending upon what all services you opt for and the quality. For example: Hiring a wedding photographer in Rajasthan for a 2 day event ranges from INR 2.5 lakhs to 10 Lakhs.
End your search for the best wedding photographers in Rajasthan here.
How To Save Costs When Organizing A Destination Wedding In Rajasthan?
Palace Weddings are every couple’s dream wedding come true. After all, what could be better than combining your wedding celebrations and a royal vacation together? However, palace weddings in Rajasthan don’t have to be as expensive as they may appear. Here is how you can have a destination wedding in Rajasthan on a budget:
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Choose Your Location Wisely
Pick locations with picturesque backdrops that would help you save on decor.
Choose An Off-Season Wedding Date
Look out for exciting deals and discounts which are offered during the offseason.
Book Accommodation And Events At The Same Venue
Booking the same property for accommodation and celebration increases the possibility of getting more discounts due to bulk booking. No transportation cost required as well.
Keep Your Itinerary Crisp
Do not organise a lot of events. Restrict your celebration to 1 or maximum of 3 days.
Small Guest List
Keep your wedding guest list to limited people i.e. 50 to 100 people max.
Well, this is all we could point to figure out a budget for a destination wedding in Rajasthan. Hire an expert wedding planner who would help you with all this and according to us, your budget should be around INR 30 – 60 Lakhs for hosting that perfect budget destination wedding in Rajasthan. A big fat Indian wedding in Rajasthan can go up to INR 2 Crores depending upon the kind of luxury you opt for you and your guests.
If you plan for a wedding in the offseason, the rates might fluctuate!