The wedding season is almost upon us. And the first thing on your mind apart from finding the right guy or girl is of course to find the right venue for the wedding itself. Why let your wedding day be just another dinner party, when you could do it regally at a dreamy venue. From a floating stage and a palace hotel to a heritage bungalow and skylit gazebo, we suggest you ditch the formal star hotels and traditional weddings halls for your special day. Here’s our pick of venues that take romance to the next level, and can tame the wildest bridezilla with just one look.

LBB’s loving

Sommer House

Readers’ vote

Ganjam Mantapa

Jayamahal Palace

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No need to troop across the country to Rajasthan for a fairytale wedding, when the Jayamahal Palace in right here. Spread over 19 acres of land, this heritage hotel has been around since 1903 and has three lawns to rent out; all with the palace structure for a backdrop. The pool-side lawn is ideal for a wedding brunch, while the other two {front and side} are large enough for receptions.

Where: #1, Jayamahal Road

Contact: 080 41535715

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Ganjam Mantapa

A large bungalow which oozes warmth, this is a rather romantic place to get married. With water features welcoming you, a large reception area and then a side room for food, you’ll get the best of old world charm {it is after all the original home of the family of Ganjam Jewellers} with top-notch modern facilities. Decorate it as you like, but we suggest you keep it in line with the aesthetics of the mantapa, with marigolds.

Where: 84, Bull Temple Road, Basavangudi

Contact: +91 7676700600

Sommer House

Practically fantasy land, or rather Peter Pan’s Neverland, Sommer House is over 50 years old and has been recently converted into a space for weddings, parties or simply to have a quiet night away from town. Cobbled paths lead to a cottage and a gazebo in the garden makes for a very magical set-up. What is best is that they allow you to bring in your own caterers or vendors, really giving the couple freedom to make the day completely their own. Since the owner is Sulaiman Jamal {yes, the ‘Vintage Car’ man!}, you even have access to his bevvy of beauties {erm, cars only} to make a grand entry or exit. A POnton Merc or a Daimler anyone?

Where: 186/A, Whitefield Main Road, opposite Whitefield Forum Value Mall, Whitefield

Contact: +91 9886629703

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Offering three different spots in one space, you’ll be spoiled for choice here. The Garden of the Gods has their much sought-after Maharani Mandapa which is a floating mandapa, while the starlit room has fairy lights for a canopy. Or pick the Queen’s Wedding, an open banquet hall which uses the sky as a ceiling and the garden for décor. Elements houses anything between 400 to 2,000 guests, and you’re bound to make great memories here.

Where: OB Chudahalli Road, 21st Kilometre, Off Kanakapura Road, after The Art of Living Ashram

Contact: +91 8867529199

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Temple Tree

Pick from The Courtyard, ideal for smaller gatherings, the November Room, for a more formal set up, and The Grass Hopper which is a massive expanse of gardens leaving you the choice of a mandap, a stage or just a floating reception. Far from the madding crowd, we love that all three sections have an outdoor space to add to the romance of the event.

Where: No 128/8, Behind Embassy Tech Village, Outer Ring Road, Varthur Hobli, Panathur Post, Bellandur

Contact: +91 9008366700

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The Tamarind Tree

Escape to the past, where cobbled stone paths and frangipani blend seamlessly with courtyards and filigree at this garden venue. Elegant pavilions, gazebos and corridors surround the central amphitheatre should you want a more intimate gathering. But we love the fluidity of the place and the charm with which it just draws you in. A guest house, colonial and cosy, is great for a small party of 25; just right for the bride and her girls, we say!

Where: 88, Avalahalli, Anjanapura Post, JP Nagar 9th Phase, Kanakapura Road

Contact: +91 7676004488

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Literally a cultural sanctum, as their tagline says, this green haven is dotted by contemporary statues, old trees and garden art. Essentially an art and cultural space, the amphitheatre, with a floating centrestage, doubles up as a mandap area and you don’t need to worry about the number of people, as there’s space for plenty here. Evening weddings seem more mystical than usual with temple trees, chirping birds and the warm glow of the sun {or shimmering white of the moon} making it an enchanting venue.

Where: Shreeshalya, Doddakalsandra, Main Road, Kanakapura Road

Contact: 080 22560772

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