Second-generation South Asians are increasingly opting for destination weddings in exotic beach locations as opposed to a large reception hall here in the GTA or elsewhere in Canada.
Hotel chains are beginning to take notice and offer services that cater to the cultural requirements of South Asians. Hard Rock Hotels and Palace Resorts offer Indian wedding packages for countries like Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
A spokesperson for Palace Resorts, revealed that 20 per cent of their destination weddings are Canadian, and 20 per cent of those couples have Indian ceremonies.
Hard Rock Hotels, has an Indian wedding package, called “Ishq Rocks,” launched in 2015 for couples who wanted to personalize their traditional matrimonial experiences.
They have local in-house vendors for decor, entertainment, flowers, make-up, menhdi, and catering.
Many couples are including other elements like drone cinematography, acrobatic performances and lavish grand entrances for the groom on either a horse or yacht. Nothing is off the table when it comes to the big Indian wedding.
Couples still take part in traditional ceremonies like the sangeet and mehndi night, but have many of their events outdoors.
These days a South Asian couple can have a destination wedding without compromising any of the cultural and religious requirements when it has to do with the religious ceremonies.
The other advantage to having a destination wedding is that you can happily send out hundreds of invitations and not everyone is going to want to or be able to make it. – CINEWS