Choosing Our Wedding Venue

So first things first Shash and I haven’t set an exact date but we were thinking about getting married a year from now ( this was way back in May 2013)- so next May but any how after much discussions families wanted us to get married in eight months that came as in January 2014. Even though That’s a lot of time but since I know many venues book a year in advance I figured that would be the first task to tackle. Let me just say that venues are crazy to charge as much as they do for a site fee and let me tel you this task is insane.And in our case it all came in my to do’s list as Shash was in US and I was in Jaipur. Shash and I started looking for the venues online which has been quite the challenge. Growing up in Jaipur, and Shash in Delhi {both having spent significant time in Northern India}, we’ve decided on a Northern wedding in Jaipur at my native place.. haha I know that doesn’t really narrow it done though since this is quite a big state but at least it’s something!

Then came the preferences as per our choices. He searching online and emailing the venues mangers and I personally visiting the venues.  And bouy we and my parents have searched of entire Jaipur ..each and every venue possible .It was a very daunting task as deadline was on our heads. I always had a royal rustic theme in my mind along with some modern contemporary settings to go for. He agree and thus Jaipur being a destination wedding site involves loads of traditional venues. I am totally smitten with Traditional and royal style venues so that has been our main focus right now.I wanted one feature of white contemporary inspi and D day for royal inspi.

 I’m very happy to announce that Shash and I and family have finally accomplished that most essential of wedding tasks: booking a venue! After quite a few months of dithering, we’ve just put a deposit down at Hari Mahal Palace a gorgeous historic traditional palace in Jaipur , for January 2014.

Here are some pictures of the gorgeous Hari mahal Palace photographed by  Us while paying visit and making arrangements.

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While it took us some time to finalize our decision—planners we are not—I think from the time we started looking into venues (yes, all the way back in July… we’re the worst) Hari Mahal Palace was always going to be it. The biggest advantage was it was near my Home so saved for traveling places on my wedding day. While Shash and most of our guests live in Jaipur and Delhi, we met in Delhi—we even went to an pub in Gurgaon for our first date—and love going back to visit when I’m in Delhi . We’re especially fond of Jaipur many Traditional areas,  thus Jaipur became out favourite place as Shash is a photographer too and love capturing the forts and historic paces. It didn’t hurt that the week we got engaged this past July I even  attended an awesome  wedding at Hari mahal  which got me wondering how the venue end up looking for the weddings. A quick Google not only informed me that it does but also turned up photos from all the  weddings, which further convinced me that I might be on to something good.

It also turned out, after cutting some fantasy venues ( ohh they were already booked for the dates..my bad ) but also were out to be way out of our price range. The Perch became the only place to make our shortlist that I’d ever been to with my desires and budget.

Great as Shash was about taking weekend time to scout out various options, asking the many questions I put together, and taking photos for me, there’s nothing like being there yourself. And I couldn’t, which was hard not only in terms of making an informed choice but also because it felt like we were missing out on one of the quintessential engaged couple bonding experiences.

When we began our search we were hoping to find something in Delhi, but there weren’t a ton of places that fit our criteria: good outdoor space, with countryside feel preferred (my thing); room for 100 guests ,laid-back; reachable without a car; moderately priced. I really didn’t want the kind of sleek, urban indoor venue that seems to dominate the todays (banquet) wedding scene.

Whooaaa..I’d never thought much about weddings before I started planning mine and had very little sense of what things cost and looking into prices for various wedding vendors was a rude awakening. There are some fabulously luxurious wedding spots out there, to be sure, and I absolutely understand why some of them cost what they do, but the reality of our situation was such that we really couldn’t consider venues with huge prices or since were not available for my dates.

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Sigh!! This is Brides room!! Dats Mine !!

But yeah ultimately it is our wedding, and I think as an engaged couple we’re entitled to put our own wants and needs first in making wedding decisions (within reason, of course—I wouldn’t ask our guest to travel for our wedding, or anywhere very difficult to get to without a car as most of our guests won’t have easy access to one).So, Hari Mahal Palace.. Though it’s only a short walk from my home and  feels like it’s in the country.

The food (and especially the alcohol—it is, after all, ) should be great, and there’s a permanent, cosily decorated marquee set up for weddings and events. This is a big plus as it saves us the hassle and expense of having to book our own just for the day. We had a great venue visit, and so far the management have been great about accommodating our special requests, from letting us hold our ceremony on site—since we’re having a Hindu wedding, we don’t have to use a licensed venue, and, if the weather’s good, will also be able to have an outdoor ceremony.. Though I can’t say I have no second thoughts—as you may have gathered from my dress decision post I am a champion second-guesser—I know we’ll have an amazing moments at Hari Mahal.

Anyone else recently settled on a venue, or currently in the process of choosing one? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Venue : Hari Mahal Palace, Jaipur

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xoxo
♥ Richa
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