Lush Backwaters, Laid back, Clean and green. If your considering a Destination wedding in Kerala you will not be disappointed.
Unlike the north, Kerala is laid back, clean, lush, and green The people are so friendly and accommodating. It is the perfect location for a destination wedding in India. Kerala is the culture capitol of India! With so much to do; from visiting a spice plantation, cruising the backwaters on a private house boat, taking in a festival, beautiful beaches, Ayurvedic massages! it is paradise! Your out of town guests will want to spend an extra week there at least.
My first destination wedding in Kerala was in Cochin in 2009. It was a Christian Syrian Wedding. Kerala has a fairly large population of Christians. You will see beautiful churches set against green backdrops all over kerala. There are many beautiful customs in a Kerala wedding like the Minnukettu (Tying the knot) The minnu is tied around the bride’s neck by the groom on the day of their marriage. It symbolizes the permanence of the marriage. Also as seen below Manthrakodi (wedding sari) a gift to the bride from the grooms family. Covering the brides head with Manthrakodi is another beautiful tradition in Kerala Christian weddings. It symbolizes the groom’s promise of being a protector of his bride for the rest of her life.
Last year I had the pleasure to photograph a Hindu wedding in Kerala. The brides family was from Kerala, and grooms side from Gujarat, where I photographed my very first wedding in India! At this wedding there was also some beautiful customs. In Hindu wedding ceremonies, Coconut flowers are auspicious symbols. In Kerala, coconut flowers must be present during a marriage ceremony. The flowers are inserted into a barrel of unhusked rice (paddy) and placed within sight of the wedding ceremony. (as seen below).
If your planning a destination wedding in India and looking for a place to kick back after the craziness of planning a wedding. Kerala is the place! Hope to see you soon in God’s own Country!
To view more photos from Kerala, please visit my Travel Photography website.