With more and more couples flying all the way from their hometown to tie the knot in an unknown locale, the craze for destination weddings is ever-growing. And so is our love for hunting new & refreshing destinations for your big day! So when ShaadiSaga recently went on a brief staycation to the magical lands of Turkey, we found you the most romantic spot to host your blissful nuptials –The Aegean town of Bodrum. The untouched port city is a true representation of interesting archaeological heritage, crystal clear beaches & old-world charm. And what makes it an obvious win-win for your grand Indian wedding are the swankiest of resorts that Bodrum has to offer. The opulent properties are synonymous with luxury and can lend your wedding just the right touch of grandeur. Don’t believe it? Take a quick glimpse through actress-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan’s gorgeous nuptials held at the dreamy environs of Bodrum. Her wedding is proof that Bodrum is one of the finest destinations to host a lavish wedding. And to help you plan one too, we have laid down a quick guide. Drive through and tell us if it helped!
Bodrum has been a great host to a lot of Grand Indian Weddings
Nestled on the western coast of Turkey, Peninsula Bodrum is an ideal destination for those looking to host their wedding in a serene milieu. The quaint, seaside paradise has been a witness to a lot of Big Fat Indian weddings and has over the years emerged as one of the freshest destinations for Indian Weddings. While the exotic destination has always been a favored choice amongst the rich & elite class, it caught our attention too when actress-cum-politician, Nusrat Jahan & her beau Nikhil hosted their nuptials at the idyllic backdrops of Bodrum. The wedding was one picturesque affair & the experienced professionals in Bodrum left no stone unturned in planning it with perfection. From decorations to couple entries to all the other arrangements, everything was planned to the T. So, if you’re looking for a swanky place that not only ticks off all the checkboxes but is also celebrity-approved, Bodrum is the one for you.
Bodrum offers just the right kind of backdrop to your wedding
Best known for its archaeological beauty and romance, Bodrum is also home to:
This means your wedding photographs are all sorted! With such scenic views & breathtaking backdrops, it’s a given to have your big day memories captured in the most beautiful manner. In fact, you can even get your pre-wedding or post-wedding shot at these beguiling environs or maybe plan your honeymoon too.
Bodrum gives you one-of-a-kind Five-star Luxury Experience
When it comes to picking a suitable venue at Bodrum, it's hard to pick just one. The city boasts of a myriad of five-star villas, restaurants & hotels sprawling across the peninsula, each one offering the best of services. And what sets them apart from the crowd is:
~ The expansive outdoor & indoor areas at every property
Whether you want a vibrant Mehndi under the blue skies or a hep Sangeet bash at a dazzling bar club, you can host it all under one roof without having to jump from one place to another. These properties offer some impressive outdoor lawns, poolside areas, big halls and ballroom banquets that can accommodate around 800-1000 people at a time.
~ In-house Artificial Rivers & Lakes
To make your bridal & groom entries a lit affair, most of these properties have also got in-built artificial rivers and lakes. So, if you had forever been wanting to make a spectacular Boat entry on your big day, here's your chance to do it!
~ All-inclusive hotel packages
Bodrum as a wedding destination will not fail to impress your guests either. The venues at the city only charge a one-time fee which is inclusive of all the services, right from food, accommodation, entertainment to the bar & other services. This way you and your guests get to eat as much as possible, party for endless hours & chill at any nook or corner of the property, without bearing any extra costs. Isn't it so cool?
~ A luxury experience with a touch of romance
Flanked with white sand beaches, shining Aegean waters, exquisite archaeological villas and contemporary restaurants, these luxe resorts & properties in Bodrum and their well-versed curators can turn your wedding into one hell of a luxury experience.
The best time to host your Indian wedding in Bodrum, Turkey is from November to April. The temperature during this span of time is quite pleasant and swings somewhere between 15-20 degrees Celsius unlike the bone-chilling winters in India where the temperature drops down to freezing 5 degrees Celsius. Moreover, you get the best rates during winters since most hotels are unoccupied (due to low season) and getting dates is super easy. Whereas in summers, all the hotels are fully packed, charges are sky-rocketing and chances of dates availability seem very bleak. Hence, it is always suggested to plan your wedding in Bodrum during these months.
Planning your lavish wedding in Bodrum can be as good as a cakewalk with the privilege of turkey-based wedding planning agencies like Inventum Global, Crystal Concepts and various others. These agencies have had a fair share of organizing some of the most sumptuous Indian weddings in Turkey and can help you turn your wedding into an extraordinary experience. Whether it's suggesting you the right flight alternatives, the best hotels to book within your budget or manage other important details like decor, entertainment, cake & music, their skilled wedding team works diligently to plan your wedding like a dream. What's even better is that these wedding agencies have collaborations with the most experienced Indian wedding planners, so you don't have to worry about any bookings and can completely rely on them to make it one grand celebration.
While you can always book direct flights operating from Delhi or Mumbai to Istanbul, Turkey, but if you want to cut down on some extra bucks, it's always best to take the chartered plane services with Turkish Airlines. It enables you to fly along with your 250-300 guests in a private jet, which you can even get personalized with custom seat covers or other fancy favors for your guests.
Pro Tip: It’s always a lot cheaper to book a chartered flight instead of booking seats on passenger jets. So make your choice wisely!
Bodrum's a haven for luxury lovers. It offers some of the fanciest resorts and restaurants trimmed with a fusion of vintage decor, serene backdrops, shining waters & lush greenery. However, the ones that can lend your wedding a distinct magical touch and are considered the best for your wedding shenanigans are:
~ Start Planning your wedding Bodrum at least six months prior to your wedding date.
~ If you want to stick to the typical Indian cuisine for the wedding, you should take your own Indian chefs along. For that matter, you can even get your preferred photographers, makeup artists, mehndi artists and DJ onboard.
~ While you can always visit the venue beforehand over a holiday, agencies like Inventum Global & Crystal Events will anyway plan the best & get it all done for you.