Beach Wedding Goals – Throwback to our Favorite Destination Weddings
Beach weddings seem straight out of the movies – breathtaking backdrops, the sound of the ocean, the expanse of the horizon, the cool breeze – it’s no wonder beaches are high on the list of destination wedding wishlists.
We’ve lost count of the number of beach weddings we’ve featured but we can tell you we have a few favorites so far!
Get ready for nuptials that, besides naach gaana, also had a lot of shore-sharaba. If you know what we mean!
1. Neha and Pawan, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Oman
Neha and Pawan, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Oman were looking to host an intimate wedding against the water’s edge and the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah in Muscat, Oman was the perfect pick. The peach mandap and rocky shore was straight out of a postcard on their big day. “We wanted a very small, intimate wedding. Having grown up in Dubai, having a wedding there would mean the wedding would’ve turned into a very large affair. The Shangri-La resort in Oman was our choice because it is one of the most beautiful properties we’ve ever seen. And we wanted to prioritize on our guests’ comfort levels,” said Neha.
2. Sasha and Samarth, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Oman
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Oman offers one of the most versatile canvases for an Indian wedding you will come across. Unlike Neha and Pawan’s intimate gathering, Sasha and Samarth had a big fat Indian wedding. Some functions took place indoors but their wedding ceremony itself was conducted at Turtle Beach, at sunset. A mandap was created using bright flowers and light pillars while a team from The Art of Living added a sense of spirituality with the melodious chanting of the wedding mantras.
3. Mahima and Omar, AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa
Omar and Mahima exchanged their wedding vows in an afternoon ceremony on a sun-kissed beach in scenic Seychelles. Omar had visited this place twice earlier and had fallen in love with the location. After checking out a few hotels there, the AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa was the venue they chose. The duo hosted a white wedding on the hotel’s private beach. The entire décor comprised delicate floral arrangements and looked dreamy. The untouched scenery elevated the mood of the ceremony and this couple had the beach wedding of their dreams.
4. Nancy and Ashish, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is where Nancy and Ashish hosted their events during their destination wedding. Dubai’s convenient locations and the hotel’s sprawling beach made this property their preferred choice.
“Ashish was really keen on having a destination wedding in Dubai, UAE, which was very convenient for both sides of the family to travel to from New Delhi and Kolkata. We decided to get married at the beautiful Jumeirah Beach Hotel in the heart of the city. We loved its picture-perfect location, nuances of Arabian culture and warm hospitality which were perfect for our grand celebrations,” said Nancy.
5. Manik and Palak, The Palayana Hua Hin, Thailand
As a couple that loves the beach, Manik and Palak found the luxurious The Palayana Hua Hin, to be the perfect spot to say ‘I do’. While the winds and the waves serenaded them with their beautiful songs, the two began their happily ever after. Palak said, “Our grand wedding took place at the beautiful beach with the serene crystal blue sea as the backdrop. The powder blue hydrangeas and peach roses elevated the aura of the location and made the environment seem magical.”
6. Zara and Dhruv, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Thailand
A pastel palette, and vintage charm were what defined Zara and Dhruv’s beachside wedding at Thailand. Their stylish celebrations had to be at an impeccable venue that matched the bride’s parents’ artistic aesthetics. There was nothing sweeter than Angsana Laguna Phuket.
At the wedding ceremony, the decor was nothing short of picture-perfect. The white walkway to the beachside mandap where the sunset wedding ceremony took place was festooned with lush floral arrangements and lit up with fairy lights and candles in hurricane holders. Blush drapes and a transparent canopy gave the mandap a very minimalist look.
7. Simi and Ketur, Dusit Thani Pattaya, Thailand
Simi and Ketur’s outdoor functions were resplendent with gorgeous views and classy décor. The mandap overlooked the ocean and the muted drapes against the sunny skies were straight out of a travel magazine. The bride said, “Our families are spread all over the world, so Thailand was the most suitable location. We wanted an intimate wedding with only close relatives and were looking for a place with a holiday vibe with fresh ocean breeze, and powdery beaches. Dusit Thani Pattaya with its stunning natural backdrops and immense experience managing Indian weddings made for a fitting choice for us.”
8. Disha and Lov, Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Disha and Lov’s grand wedding was a medley of glamour, creativity, and diverse customs with their pheras conducted in a majestic mandap of white and red. “We wanted a very different wedding venue, especially one that exuded luxury and natural charm. We felt that Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa in Sri Lanka fit our requirements completely as it is strategically located and has great facilities and fantastic staff. We’ve always wanted a beach wedding, and thought this was the perfect venue,” said Lov.
9. Sama and Abhin, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
Bright blue and yellow décor resonated with the gorgeous beach that hosted Sama and Abhin’s dream wedding setup. The couple had always wanted to say ‘I Do’ on a soft, sandy shore, the bride said, “We’d always wanted a beach wedding that was easily accessible. A friend suggested the InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort on the East Coast Road in Chennai. As soon as we entered the hotel, met the staff, saw the rooms and then the beach, we knew it was the perfect venue! The hotel has the right balance of modern and traditional design and with the help of our wedding planners we were able to achieve the wedding of our dreams.”
10. Vimmi and Arrun, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu
A colossal golden mandap against the yellow sands and azure waters of Kota Kinabalu were the showstoppers at Vimmi and Arrrun’s wedding. The setup effortlessly blended regal aesthetics with a relaxed vibe. Vimmi recalls, “The moment we entered the property we both fell in love with it- the grand drive to the lobby, the golf course and club, the 3km beach, the amazing view from each bedroom, the various restaurants and activities available for guests. It definitely was love at first sight. To top it all, the hospitality of the staff was outstanding. They made us feel welcome and confident that everything would fall into place perfectly.”
11. Saumya and Shatanjay, The Ungasan Clifftop Resort, Bali
A clifftop wedding has all the pleasures of a beach wedding plus being a little closer to the sky! Saumya and Shatanjay got married overlooking the Indian Ocean. The duo had their pheras on a stage decorated with pastel drapes and bright blooms built on an infinity pool that took the line of sight to the horizon. “We were looking for a seaside cliff with an endless sea view which was not too crowded. After researching more than ten properties, we finalized The Ungasan Clifftop Resort. It came closest to our vision. Not only does it have a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean, each villa is an architectural delight. And having stayed there before during a vacation, we were confident of their most amazing hospitality,” said Saumya.