Top Spot: Wedding Venues That Will Add Magic To Your Special Day

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    The wedding season is 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.


    Jayamahal Palace

    Jayamahal Palace Hotel

    Jayamahal Road, Bangalore

    No need to troop across the country to Rajasthan for a fairytale wedding, when Jayamahal Palace is 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. They have a wedding advisor to guide you through the entire process and can even provide a wedding host on the main day so that no one misses out on the fun element. 

    Cost & Facilities: Get in touch with them for a quote. The property takes care of the decorations, catering, entertainment and housekeeping. Ask them for their wedding packages and you'll be sorted. 

     

    Ganjam Mantapa

    Ganjam Mantapa

    Basavanagudi, Bangalore

    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.

    Cost & Facilities: INR 1.93 lakh onwards per day (includes 7 AC rooms, Electricity, Service Staff). Catering and decorations will have to be taken care by you. 

    Temple Tree Leisure

    Temple Tree has opened up a swanky new property near Electronic City and we are totally in awe. The place can now cater upto 1,000 people in their air-conditioned banquet halls, open lawns (with an amphitheatre) flanked with greenery on all sides and semi-enclosed spaces. Far from the madding crowd, we love that all three sections in the 4-acre property can cater to the weeding needs of your choice. Temple Tree can now set you up with the caterers, the event managers and all parties involved for a marriage, under one roof, in case you want to avoid the hassle of getting in touch with multiple organisations. We love how their outdoor space adds to the romance of the event and is totally gram worthy.

    Cost & Facilities: Their prices start at INR 2 lakh for the space. Additional charges for other services such as their rooms and event management cost separately.

    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!

    Cost & Facilities: INR 11 lakh for a day to INR 20 lakh. This includes 28 rooms, electricity, housekeeping and maintenance. Food and decorations are not included.

    Shankaraa

    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 centre stage, 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. 

    Cost & Facilities: While they're not traditionally a marriage space, you can get in touch with them for a quote. Getting hitched amidst greenery is all the buzz here and the folks are gracious enough to provide you with the venue of choice along with other services. 

    The Secret Grove

    Located in Yelahanka, The Secret Grove is the latest addition to the list of event venues in Bangalore and we are not complaining. Spread over a 10,000 square feet open-air area with a stage space of 420 square feet, The Secret Grove is ideal for events, get-togethers, pop-ups, and weddings. The property can host a maximum of 250 - 300 people. 

    Cost & Facilities: You can hire the space for 12 hours with prices upwards of INR 2 lakh. This cost includes a bridal room, car parking facilities, a kitchen, electricity and the space.

    Swargha Heritage Wedding Venue

    Why splurge on a destination wedding when Swargha is the destination? We love the lush green landscapes and open spaces dotted with relics of Indian culture and heritage. You get a sneak peak into India's past with the old-school decor they have in place. The 2.5 acre property can accommodate up to 1,500 guests with the dining hall having a capacity of 450 at a time. Their large courtyard is perfect to style the place like they show on Pinterest and the surrounding huts include six rooms. The carved wooden decor and furniture adds another element of elegance to the venue. Totally gram-worthy, we say.

    Cost & Facilities: INR 3.5 lakh upwards for 24 hours. This cost includes two halls, six rooms and decorations done in-house (no outside decorators allowed). However, you can arrange for outside caterers. They also have wedding packages for a minimum of 650 people (all facilities excluding photography).

    Ambaari

    Ambaari is a wedding destination that reflects the best of deccan culture. The 2.5 acre property has more than 20 rooms, a lush green lawn and semi-enclosed spaces where you can enjoy the wedding. Each aspect of the property is bound to connect you to your roots yet giving you urban facilities. We loved the Thirthi Kalyani Pond smack at the centre of the property which is perfect for the gram, adding aesthetic value to the place. The many huts with creepers hanging off them and rustic wooden decor also characterise the place. 

    Cost & Facilities: INR 7 lakh upwards for a day. This cost covers the venue, electricity, housekeeping and in-house decor. You will need to arrange for catering.