After 25 years of being married to each other, David and Fay Geddes thought of reiterating their wedding vows. They wanted the event to be a most memorable experience. After a tough choice the couple chose The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. And as the couple describe it best: “We arrived as strangers and left with an extended family.”
Renewal of vows is not just another excuse to party, it is a celebration of the precious person in your life and all that you have achieved and lived through together. You don’t just renew your vows to each other, you reaffirm your commitment. You take time out to remember long forgotten promises of never returned phone calls, of cancelled vacations, of forgotten anniversaries, of flower shops that you passed by. Such a special celebration rightfully demands a special setting! So here’s our pick of the best venue options you could look at if you decide to reiterate your promises:
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
The Taj Lake Palace features majestic architecture amidst Lake Pichola. With the Aravalli Mountains playing a backdrop, this hotel is sure to enchant you with its aesthetic appeal. The hotel does not permit big Indian weddings, but their doors are always open for intimate celebrations like Renewal of Vows in their terraces like Sajjan, Mewar and Sarvashreshtha. For an intimate dining experience your space is Gangaur- The Royal historic boat where a group of 14 guests can enjoy dinner on the boat, while up to 30 guests can be served cocktails on board.
A must-experience at Taj Lake Palace is a treatment on the Jiva Spa boat, a spacious, air-conditioned double spa suite. The suite opens out onto a large sky deck, which offers a soak pool, traditional lounging bed and dining area with views to the Aravalli Mountains– the oldest in the world. Guests can choose tailor made spa experiences to suit their mood. We recommend you pick the Royal Spa Sojourn with Mewar Khas, a luxurious pre-bathing ritual practiced by royalty in preparation for their wedding day! For a truly local experience, the hotel also offers guided heritage walks, astrology sessions and cultural shows.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Rambagh Palace exudes an unmistakable sense of history. The former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Rambagh Palace is an architectural masterpiece that transcends time. With a special Henna session for the ‘bride’, the hotel arranges for an evening where you can renew your vows in a traditional Indian Hindu ritual. This is followed by a visit to the Laxmi Narayan Temple next door, and a private dining experience. Rambagh Palace allows guest to partake of a wealth of experiences that resound with the memories, luxuries and extravagances of a bygone era.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Retrace the steps of Nizams, European royalty, enchanting Begums, distinguished Heads of State and walk the walk of Kings through this Palace in the sky. 2000 feet above Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace’s 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored rooms allow you to journey into the clouds and into the glided ages, where grandeur and excess is celebrated and savoured in equal measure.
Those who have revelled in its opulence have revelled in its large Venetian chandeliers, rare furniture, grand marble staircases and gurgling fountains, priceless statues, and objects d’art, stained-glass windows, unique sketches and murals encased in ornate frames, a world-class collection of crystal as well as the Mughal, Rajasthani and Japanese gardens personally conceived by the Nizam. The Palace Library, a replica of the one at Windsor Castle, is a collector’s envy as it is home to the rarest of manuscripts, books and one of the most acclaimed collections of the Holy Quran in the country, all of which were selected and brought back by the Nizam himself.