• Ajay Manaktala

Indian Destination Wedding | Udaipur, Goa, Thailand, Kerala & Sri Lanka Costs

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

Destination weddings have increased substantially amongst the Indian wedding industry, growing 30% each year. Thanks to cheap flights, Instagram, Priyanka Chopra and Beyonce/Ambani a lot of middle-class Indian and South Asian families are looking to make their big fat Indian wedding a fun holiday weekend.  So I put this guide together to let you know the costs of various Indian wedding locations.

So how much does an Indian destination wedding cost? A normal destination Indian wedding will cost:

  • Udaipur/Jaipur Place type wedding: $300,000 to $600,000 USD

  • Goa: $150,000 to $350,000

  • Kerala: $105,000 to $200,000

  • Thailand: $150,000 to $400,000

  • Sri Lanka: $105,000 to $220,000

Yes I know not all these locations are India, but this article is about destination weddings that are common for Indian people.

These days it's very common even with flights and travel for weddings in Thailand and Sri Lanka to be cheaper than weddings in India.

They're many considerations that go into the cost of a destination Indian wedding. 

In India, we often see clients paying for hotel rooms (and sometimes flights) of up to 400 guests. 

In America we just assume folks pay and make their way and we handle the festivities.

I’ll explain all of these factors and tips to plan your Indian destination wedding in various locations. 

Indian wedding destination thailand
Welcome poolside Mehendi's are all the rage at destination weddings! A great way to kick off your first day!

Post Outline: 

  1. Overview of Indian destination wedding basics

  2. Major Things to Consider First

  3. Pros/Cons of destination weddings as it relates to Indians and South Asians

  4. Cost for Each City/Country

  5. Pros and Cons of Each City/Country

  6. Which Place is Right For You?

  7. Tips to Reduce your Destination Wedding Expenses

  8. Related Questions 

Indian Destination Wedding Beginner's Guide 

Indians and South Asians are known across the world for having elaborate weddings and as social media and mainstream media have highlighted our elaborate nuptials, we’ve started to yearn for beaches, mountains, palaces and lakes to perform our marriages on. 

As middle-class desi’s get older we usually attend 1-2 weddings a year in our community and there is sadly often a “been-there, done that” mentality. 

massage destination wedding
Are some guest's checking in early or arriving too early? Organize massages for the 80 who came on the red-eye while their room gets ready! A super nice touch! (pun, get it?!)

I remember after my own wedding that took a year to plan in Tulum, Mexico seeing my friends Facebook feed a month later. He was back in Mexico for another wedding doing it all over again.  WTF Bro! You said I was special!

Regardless, one way to make your wedding truly unique, fun and memorable is to pack it up in a mini vacation.  From the planning side, you reduce your guest list to only those you truly feel would make the effort to take the time and travel.  From the guest’s side, it’s a great reason to take a few days off and explore a place and also celebrate your occasion!