If there is one thing that we Indians love unanimously, it is Weddings!
And so does our beloved Bollywood films.
After all, a big fat Indian onscreen wedding provides a perfect milieu to bring together all the extravaganza that Bollywood adores – foot-tapping music, colourful dance sequences, beautiful clothes, romance, drama and even some exotic locations.
Yep, the trend of destination weddings has caught up with Bollywood films as well and the filmmakers aren’t missing the opportunity to further glorify the onscreen weddings by adding some mesmerizing locations.
The end result is no less than a grand affair that makes us crave to be a part of a similar spectacle.
We list down a few Bollywood masala flicks that will make you want a destination wedding for yourself. So without further ado, here are our favs…
This Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer has a perfect fairy tale setting, where every girl would want to take her vows. The movie revolves around the concept of a destination wedding, where Shahid Kapoor plays the wedding planner to Alia Bhatt’s elder sister’s wedding.
The movie is largely shot in England and director Vikas Bahl has masterfully utilized the picturesque locations, beautiful stately homes and castles to create an ideal setting for a dream wedding. Not to forget the peppy music, dance sequences, and all the fanfare that further added the tadka to this big fat destination wedding.
From the Carlton Towers in North Yorkshire to the Allerton Castle, Eddsfield Airfield, in Driffield, East Yorkshire to Low Force Waterfall near Barnard Castle in County Durham, the rustic look of North Yorkshire’s Goathland Train Station to Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds — the fairy tale rom-com effortlessly captured the unrivalled beauty of these English regions and gave us some serious destination wedding goals.
Though this film failed to make an impression at the box office, it did make us a part of its grand wedding celebration which took place in Thailand.
Thailand with its exotic beaches and scintillating surroundings has become a popular choice for Indian couples to have an impressive international shaadi, and Wedding Pullav through its lovely song and dance sequences shot in the Kingdom of Thailand proves that it is indeed an ideal destination for an international wedding.
Student of the Year
Though the film doesn’t entirely focus on a wedding, it does take you across the sea to an exotic location in Koh Samui, Bangkok to celebrate Rohan’s (Varun Dhawan) elder brother’s wedding in the film.
The wedding celebrations in the film and the peppy dance number ‘Radha on the Dance Floor’ have been shot in the plush galleries of the Banyan Tree Hotel, with the scenic Lamai Bay in the backdrop.
The setting looks perfect, and the gorgeous hotel property promises some of the best luxury services in the world, making it an idyllic destination for a classy out-of-the-world wedding.
Band Baaja Baraat
As the title suggest, the film is all about weddings and revolves around two wedding planners Shruti (Anushka Sharma) and Bitoo(Ranveer Singh).
One particular shaadi in the film that catches your fancy is the spectacular wedding organized by the duo in the ancient Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner. The hit number ‘Dum Dum Dum Mast Hai’ was shot in this grand structure.
If regal charm works for you, do catch this movie to get some handy tips to plan a grand wedding at this ancient royal heritage.
This Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor starrer not only gives us a glimpse of a traditional south Indian style wedding celebrations but also takes us to the beautiful Mahabalipuram temple in Tamil Nadu.
Despite all the grandeur of Dharma Productions attached to it, 2 States shows us how to have a destination wedding at the same time keep it subtle and simple.
The vibrant yellow umbrellas, the red and white colour palette, the gajras, floral hangings, and the ancient charm of the Mahabalipuram temple lend this wedding a minimalistic yet dreamlike vibe that can be easily recreated by anyone.
Mere Brother Ki Dhulan
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Mere Brother Ki Dhulan shows us how to have a lavish wedding gala in the heart of Agra.
From shopping to doing up the décor, setting up the venue with bright lanterns and fresh flowers, this one shares some great tips with us on how to plan for a grand destination wedding.
And, of course, it gives us some majestic views of the monument of love – Taj Mahal and Humayun’s Tomb.
Love Breakups Zindagi
Starring Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan this film celebrates shaadi in all its glory.
Right from the colourful haldi celebrations, the naach-gaana at mehndi and sangeet ceremonies, the rituals, all beautiful set at the wedding’s destination – Chandigarh.
The film on the whole, with its décor, look and feel creates a very dreamy wedding scene that makes you wish, it was yours.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This one is another wedding film from the Dharma stables that shows how to plan a uber cool destination wedding.
The destination, director Ayan Mukerji chose for all the wedding festivities in this Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer was Udaipur. And he took our breath away as he showed us how one can utilize the magnificence and grandeur of the luxury hotel The Oberoi Udaivilas, to create a memorable wedding.
Apparently, this film has made the destination so popular that most to-be-married couples opt for this palatial hotel for their destination wedding.
So guys, do tell us where do you wanna take off for your big day?
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