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Planning a South Asian-Inspired Destination Wedding


Some of the Caribbean and Mexico’s most trusted resort brands are offering awesomely detailed celebration packages designed just for you. There are on-site wedding coordinating specialists, culturally specific decor and ceremony choices, along with certified, authentic cuisine options. So now all you need to do is choose your favorite resort destination. Here, some of our favorite packages across the region.

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico - Calling all you reality TV fans: You can get hitched at the same resort that hosted a season of The Bachelor in Paradise. The ocean-view property boasts the spectacular Shaadi package, which has been expertly crafted to include six traditional events. The experience begins on the first night with the mehndi evening (an intimate three-hour gathering with a henna artist), before extending to the second day with the welcome dinner (or sangeet or garba). And finally, there’s the third day with a baraat (the groom’s procession), the wedding ceremony, a post-ceremony lunch and a dinner ceremony. Don’t worry about repeating venues — Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa encompasses more than enough private locations for hosting including a secluded beach, pool terraces and a jungle gazebo and garden. Elegantly furnished, each event feels unique from the last. Best of all, many areas are separated from the guest rooms, allowing the celebrations to continue well into the early morning.

Palace New Moon Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios, Jamaica - As one of the leading names in South Asian destination weddings, Palace Resorts, a collection of eight all-inclusive resorts, hosts more than 300 Indian weddings every year, and it’s extended its expertise to the island of Jamaica. Opened early this year, Palace New Moon Jamaica Grande is gorgeously situated at the head of the north coast’s Ocho Rios Bay, dreamily fringed by white-sand beaches. The spot is choice for couples seeking a lush aesthetic — think waterfalls and verdant foliage. Authentic Indian cuisine, served buffet or family style, is included in the resort’s ultra-customizable offerings, along with a henna artist, a mandap (wedding stage) decorator, a music director, breakfast in bed the morning after and a hard-to-beat perk: a complimentary honeymoon (wedding packages start at $1,140 and include a wedding planner, ceremony location site fee and food.

Barceló Maya Beach Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico - White horse entrances and fire dancers on the beach are some of the offerings at this rambling all-inclusive property, which spans two miles of Mexican beachfront. Here, wedding coordinators encourage couples to do one thing: Think big! In addition to your choice of eight beautiful venues, each package (Dharma, Artha and Karma Love) accounts for the most important elements of throwing a traditional ceremony and beyond — from the wedding cake and bubbly to the lighted dance floor.

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas - The sky is literally the limit when planning a Hindu wedding at Atlantis, the sprawling property in the buzzy Bahamas. In fact, for the baraat a groom once made his entrance via helicopter, personalizing and customizing this North Indian tradition. Such experiences are a specialty at the beachfront resort, which offers two types of Hindu wedding packages. The larger of the two, Aakash, includes hair and makeup, photography and videography, in addition to all the basics a couple needs on the wedding day. Specially decorated ceremony and reception venues are also part of the deal, as are reservations at the Cove Atlantis, the property’s hip enclave. Though food and drink are packaged separately, you can fully customize vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus prepared by chefs born, raised and trained in India. 

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