Yes, I know this is the first question that must have crossed your mind while looking at Udaipur to host a Destination or a Palace Wedding. Well, infact it is actually sensible to check on overall budget for Wedding in Udaipur and if that match up with how much you are planning to spend before you start exploring other information.
After a tremendous response and appreciation for my post “cost of a Wedding in Goa“, I decided to put together this small write up which I hope shall give you a high level idea of recommended budget to plan a destination wedding in Udaipur.
Are you looking for a Palatial location which you may have seen in Movies or over internet and fancied you? Or the idea is to opt Udaipur but not necessarily a Palatial location but atleast high standard Hotel or a Resort?
Either case, there are plenty of options but the cost vary a lot!
Read on …
1) A fairytale Palace Wedding – Venues
Udaipur is a historical town, Palatial locations which are centuries old have been the most premium and exotic venue for weddings. I would refrain naming the location but most of these locations just serve as venue to host festivities and are priced as Packages combining venue, meals, may be some standard decor in terms of banqueting, welcoming of guests etc. These venues do not offer accommodation or Rooms
These top of the line venues (one of them is located in the center of lake and is known for celebrity weddings) are charged Rs. 10000-12000 per person subject to a minimum guaranteed number of guests. These rates do not change drastically even if you are expecting a large gathering.
Which means for an evening which consist of Wedding Ceremony & Reception Dinner for example with a 150 guest list would simply be Rs. 15 to 20 lakh. With 2 such evenings we are talking about doubling the budget.
There are also few Palatial locations which are not historical but are constructed the way to look like Palace and are amazingly done up. The names like The Leela, Shereton and Chunda Palace may even sound familiar to you if you have researched a bit. These are full service 5* Hotels and offer Rooms, outdoor and indoor venues which may even be lake front.
Much economically priced to be Rs. 2000 – 4500 per person for Gala Meals and basic banqueting setup. Which means for an evening which consist of Wedding Ceremony & Reception Dinner for example with a 150 guest list would simply be Rs. 3 to 7 lakh.
Udaipur also has some of the off beat Palace locations which is within 2 hours drive which are more fit for a smaller gathering below 100 guests.
I have seen most of families splitting the events between the 2 range of venues for a more balance budget.
Few pointers to remember
1. These Palatial Hotels may ask for a minimum number of Rooms to be booked with them in order to organise an event with them since they do not allow the non resident events which may disturb the residential guests.
2. The top of the line Palace venues selectively take up the weddings every year and its most important to confirm the availability well in advance.
3. Besides paying per person for the meals and basic setup you are looking at various other costs like floral decoration, lighting & ambiance, Music, entertainment, transport etc which shall be detailed later in this Article.
2) Staying like a King ..
If your budget permits, you may opt to stay (or may be compelled to stay) at the Palatial locations only. The Rooms which are directly offered by the Hotels or which are associated with top of line venues.
Average cost of per night stay for top line Palace Hotels is Rs. 30000 – 35000 for a Room. They do not offer a large Room inventory and for a gathering above 100 guests you may have to split the stay in 2-3 Hotels
Am happy with little less ..
Palace like modern Hotels as explained above do normally have large Rooms inventory and thats the biggest plus with them. A large gathering could be conveniently accommodated under same roof with a complete privacy. The average room rates are Rs. 8000 to 15000 per night.
2 nights stay in Palace like Hotels or the actual Palaces for 150 pax (60 Rooms) could budget from 10 lakh to 40 lakh.
3) Even Palaces need some garnishing or may be complete transformation?
I am personally of opinion that when you have such beautiful surrounding and aesthetics you really need to just add up a bit of elegance with flowers, light accents, drapes & candles. A tasteful and minimal decor to bring out the beauty of venue and make it look special.
There are 2 ways to go about it
1. Have a Wedding Planner who could help with such ideas and implement with the reliable suppliers.
2. Have a Set Designer who could visit the venues and submit a unique plan for you, again Wedding Planner could help with hiring a Set designer / Concept designer and implement with help of local suppliers.
Talking about budget,
Earmarking Rs. 10 to 12 lakh budget for Floral decor & arrangements, Mandap, Lighting & illumination etc which are part of setup should be a moderate amount. If you are keen on exotic flowers & a designer stuff, this would go up to 30-35 lakh.
If your idea is different and you would like to completely transform the venue and want to go with some designer concepts, sky is not the limit. Ordering 30-35 lakh worth of exotic flowers from Thailand is pretty much convenient for example.
Setup and decoration is best planned by your preference, taste and budget. Let your Wedding Planner know about this upfront so that venue selection & things are planned accordingly.
4) And we have more costs
The List could be really long but some of the major cost heads which need to be budgeted are
Transportation & ground arrangements
Photographer & Videographer
Wedding Planner & Coordinator (its always an extra cost)
Entertainment (Local folk Artists works very well)
Sound setup & DJ
Procession or Baraat (Elephant, Lance men, Camels & Horses, Fire torches, Drum Players.. what do you want?)
Professionals like Mehendi, Hair stylists & Make up Artists, Pandit/Maharaj
To conclude the fairytale wedding cost 🙂
The overall budget may run from Rs. 30000 to Rs. 1 lakh person for 2 nights stay, meals, festivities etc.
With a guest list of 150, you would end up spending anything between 45 lakh to 1.5 Cr depending upon the choices as above.
I do not have that fat budget and then I am not a fan of a royal Palace Wedding. Probably Udaipur is the center of my idea of a Destination Wedding. What are the options for me?
If you are expecting less than 100 guests, here is one fantastic location for a Sun downer Wedding and Dinner and much more affordable.
Hope this helps you setting up a basic budget figure for an upscale wedding in Udaipur, if you need any further information feel free to drop me a line and we shall be connected within hours!