Want a dream wedding in an exotic location? How about Jodhpur?


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Weddings have always been a special occasion for a family, and these days destination weddings are a fad. Everyone wants to latch on to the trend that was first started by the bigwigs and later the stars of Bollywood.

Now, with a little planning and budgeting, even you can afford a destination wedding. Talking of destination weddings, Rajasthan is a big draw when it comes to dreamy weddings. It is not only popular among the rich and the wealthy, but also among people who want their wedding to be a memorable affair. Recently, even Priyanka Chopra and beau Nick Jonas did a recee of Jodhpur, where they want to have a royal wedding very soon.

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Of course, Priyanka and Nick do not have to worry about funds, but you have to. Think it’s impossible for you to afford a Jodhpur wedding? Not really, when financial institutions such as Tata Capital are offering up to Rs 15 lakh of personal loan in form of a wedding loan. In fact, depending upon your age and personal loan eligibility, the amount of the wedding loan can even be increased. So why worry, when you can always take up a wedding loan to sponsor your dream wedding?

Never taken a loan before, and think it’s a cumbersome affair? Not in certain financial institutions such as Tata Capital that offer wedding loans over easy repayment schedules and low interest rates. At Tata Capital, wedding loans are available from as low as 11.49% interest rate. You can always do your own market research, compare with other banks and financial institutions and make an informed decision when taking up a wedding loan, because it’s a long-term liability, and it is better to be aware of all the pros and cons.

Processing and application of a wedding loan are also very simple, involving basic documents, a form and your photographs. So, contrary to your belief, applying for a personal loan is not at all a cumbersome affair. You can even select the tenure of your choice and repay the money in five to six years, without rushing into things. The bank or financial institution will not breathe down your neck for you to repay the wedding loan in one year. With marriage come a lot of responsibilities and expenses, so you can take things slowly, and gradually repay your wedding loan over easy installments.

Now that your money issues are sorted, let’s take a look at how much a wedding at Jodhpur may cost you approximately:

Travel: Jodhpur is well connected by road, rail and air. The Jodhpur Airport links to all major cities across India including Delhi, Mumbai etc. Airfare may vary from Rs 3000 to Rs 5,000 per person, one way. Railways also connect Jodhpur to different metro cities and ticket prices would range from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000. While availing a wedding loan, consider the number of family members and friends you would want to travel with you. Based on that create a rough estimate as to how much you would spending on travelling alone.

Accommodation: Jodhpur has wonderful locations including Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, lakes, gardens, the mesmerizing dunes and the silhouette of the Aravalli ranges. All of Jodhpur is beautiful so you can select any location but make sure that the hotel you choose has a banquet hall to host your wedding ceremonies. You don’t want your wedding venue to be different from the place you are put up. This will save you the hassle and the cost of travel from one place to the other.

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The city has a diverse range of wedding reception venues to ensure all kinds of budgets are met. Some of them in fact offer destination wedding packages providing end-to-end services. If you are ready to splurge and are looking for uber luxury, then you can head to Umaid Bhawan Palace which has around 22 rooms and 42 suites. Ajit Bhawan Palace has around 50 rooms including 15 suites. The per person costs of these hotels can be anywhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 75,000 per night. If you are looking for rooms within Rs 10,000 to 20,000 with double occupancy, you could book a place at Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal, Ranbanka Palace hotel or Pratap Niwas Palace for your guests.

Apart from these high-end hotels, you will also find rooms starting from Rs 5,000 or less across Jodhpur, which are pretty well-maintained and are equipped with sprawling lawns and banquets halls. They may be just perfect for your budget. After all, you are taking a wedding loan, and you don’t want to splurge the entire money on accommodation. Count the number of guests, and the number of days they would be occupying the hotel, and you can arrive at a figure, which can be covered by the personal loan you take for the wedding.

Food and drinks: Of course, an Indian wedding is all about good food. A scrumptious dinner in Jodhpur with a variety of food can cost about Rs 5,000 per person. But then budget platters consisting of almost an equal variety of local delicacies are also available at Rs 1500. Drinks per person can be anywhere between Rs 1000 to 4000 depending upon the brands of your choice. Multiply the costs by the number of guests and their duration of stay to arrive at the final cost, which you can then include when computing your wedding loan.

Sound, light and décor: Music is an integral part of every Indian wedding. The cost for sound and light per night starts from around Rs 1.5 lakh and can go up to Rs 10 lakhs per day, depending upon what kind of light or sound you choose. If you have a celebrity performing at the wedding, then obviously the cost will increase. Apart from these, there is a cost of decoration, which may go up to Rs 2 to 4 lakh, if not more.

When it comes to destination weddings, the sky is the limit. It is up to you how you manage the costs. You can even have a simple affair at a grand destination. It is also possible to have a lavish arrangement with all that you see in movies. You can opt for both as you would not have to worry about funds since you have a wedding loan to finance all your expenses. And you, too, can have a grand Jodhpuri wedding affair like Priyanka and Nick!