#UnrealWeddings: 10 FIRSTHAND Things To Know About Planning A Wedding In Kashmir

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When someone says “guess the ‘destination wedding’ location”, how many guesses later would you say Kashmir. It might not even make it to the list. While we’re going all over the world, or discovering new little parts of our country to have destination weddings, the erstwhile ‘IT’ holiday destination, and once touted ‘Heaven on earth’ is barely on our mind.

We know the beauty of Kashmir is unmatched. We know that the situation in Kashmir is alright. So what’s everyone’s reservation? We got a hold of one of the most stunning weddings we’ve seen this year, which was a destination wedding IN KASHMIR.

The very kind bride Brinda and her husband Nabeel & the lovely photographers from Fotowalle helped us understand everything YOU’D want to know about having a wedding in Kashmir and why it should possibly be on your destination wedding wishlist – (move over, Mussoorie!) So here goes!

Presenting, Brinda & Nabeel <3

1. When To Have The Wedding

“If you want a traditional wazwan feast and a waza to prepare it (which you should!), you’ll have to book them early. Wedding dates in Kashmir are totally dependent on the wazas’ availability.

Weddings in Kashmir are best planned for May-June and September-October. Guests from outside the valley –especially those from warmer climes– will be more comfortable and the weather’s really perfect. And for brides, the heavy lehengas, makeup and rich silks are a breeze to carry off in this time.”

2. Deciding The Kind Of Ceremony

“If you’re planning a destination wedding in Kashmir, figure out who will be conducting the ceremony. This depends on the nature of your ceremony –whether it will be a religious ceremony or a civil/ court marriage with a celebration in Kashmir. Accordingly, you might want to fix up (and even fly in) someone of your choosing or find someone locally beforehand.”

3. Where Should One Stay?

“Book houseboats for your wedding party. It’s such a blast living on the lake! We stayed at the absolutely fabulous New Jacquline Heritage Houseboats on the Nigeen Lake.”

There are some lovely five star / four star hotels in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir like Sonmarg & Gulmarg which would also be great places to host a wedding

4. What About Your The Bridal Entry

“If you’re staying in the houseboats, plan your bridal entry via shikara! I had such fun and the photos turned out great. Have a friend sit with you to help you arrange your lehenga and help with getting in and out of the shikara.”

5. What About Your Mehendi & Makeup?

“I got my mehendi done by Shalini in Delhi before I flew to Kashmir and I hired my makeup artist and hairstylist from Delhi itself –Shadab and Ali from the Powder Room – and they did a lovely job. There are MUAs in Kashmir too so check out their portfolios but if you want to fly someone out, there’s a lot of planning and prep involved.

6. What About Your Other Vendors?

“Kashmir is a setting straight out of a fairytale. We worked with Kanupriya and Parag of Fotowalle and they’re simply the best. Fotowalle and the Nigeen Lake together made for a wedding album like no other. If you want your bridal shots to pop and every still to look like something out of a movie, you’ve got to shoot in Kashmir.”

7. Managing Your Outfit?

“I bought my wedding outfit and had elements customized for me, all in Delhi. Have your lehenga professionally steam-ironed and packed for the flight. The hotels may or may not be able to have it touched up for you. I was really glad I’d had my lehenga sealed in Delhi.”

8. What’s A Must Do!

“Do keep a few days in hand to roam around Srinagar & Kashmir after the wedding. It’s a great way to relax and bond together and see some unforgettable places. We did a short outstation visit to Gulmarg and the snowcapped peaks and it was just such a blast to be able to plan a roadtrip with all the people I love the most in the world.”

9. Security Concerns? 

“With respect to security concerns and even general planning, there’s really nothing to worry about. The major hotels and venues are all really cooperative and go over and beyond to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

If you’ve got guests coming in from abroad or people working in security/ government agencies, they will have to submit applications and get their clearances done in advance for Kashmir. We cleared up these formalities as soon as each person confirmed and it helped avoid last-minute hassles. But otherwise, there isn’t a reason to worry.”

10. What’s Best Thing About Kashmir?

“There’s nothing quite like Kashmir: you’ve to see it to believe it. Kashmir itself is spectacular so the lakes and mountains make for an unbelievable backdrop.

When it comes to hospitality, you just cannot beat Kashmiris. You’ll have hardly completed a thought before someone will take care of it. It was a week of straight-up pampering and with a wedding, everything’s so stressful and rushed and being able to just relax in this stunning place with that kind of service made the whole thing so easy.”

Got a question about weddings in Kashmir? Feel free to ask below! In the mean time…

*starts checking out tickets to Srinagar*


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