Heavenly Honeymoons In South India

Swimming in the sunset

If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to create magical honeymoon memories, then say ‘I do’ to a romantic escape in beautiful and diverse South India.

With serene backwaters, glorious beaches, misty mountain ranges and immersive culture, a tour in South India will allow you to explore a unique destination together, at your own pace.

Vythiri Wayanad Tree House
Swaswara aerial shot

Picture yourselves as the only guests taking in the panoramic views from the 19th century King’s Residence Chittoor Kottaram in Cochin. Or why not hide away completely in a treehouse in the Wayanad mountains, or head to Kerala’s secret backwater islands to stay on a private retreat.

House Boat

For the ultimate Keralan experience, cruise the tranquil backwaters on a fully crewed private houseboat, complete with your own personal chef.

If you’re craving rest and relaxation after your celebrations, rejuvenate and restore with a treatment, enjoy an Ayurvedic couples massage or try a yoga class at a peaceful well-being resort.  Share a romantic picnic in one of the many beautiful mountain areas, snuggle up under the shade of coconut trees fringing the sunny beaches and azure blue waters, or watch the sunset during an evening cruise or beach side candlelit dinner.

Infinity Pool at Dusk

For the ultimate Indian honeymoon experience, spend the day with elephants at a peaceful hilltop spa hotel, or make your own cup of tea during a tea plantation visit. If you’re looking for a more active holiday, tempt your taste buds with a private cookery lesson, visit a wildlife sanctuary to spot bison, tigers, and elephants roaming free or try trekking or mountain biking in the hills of Chokkarmudi, Meesapulimalai or Top Valley,

Coconut lagoon paddy hut
Spice Village Private Garden Villa

Whatever you choose to do, there’s no better destination for the first getaway of your happy ever after than South India.

If you’re looking for ideas, great places to visit and amazing accommodation options, a dedicated honeymoon coordinator at ABTA-protected Authentic India Tours can create your bespoke honeymoon tour.


Luxury Destination Wedding Spots for 2019

Gone are the days of huge weddings with hundreds of guests. In today’s experiential landscape, couples are seeking more intimate weddings in uncharted territories that create unique memories with their closest friends and families.

From swimming with sharks and stingrays in the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora right outside your over water bungalow; to canoeing to a private white-sand motu where you’re greeted with champagne and a French-Polynesian drum ceremony before your personalised dinner under the Tahitian sky!

Bora Bora by – Ishan

Or perhaps you prefer an exclusive tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s largest mosques with 82 white domes, precious white marble floors, and chandeliers with over 40 million Swarovski crystals; followed by a safari tour in the world’s largest sand desert, where you are led on camel back to a glamorous Middle Eastern-style tented site where you can relax in a romantic spa with Moroccan hammocks and desert rose rituals.

ABU DHABI – Juliana

Recognising this desire for unparalleled experiences, LLG Events rooted itself in the world’s most luxurious destinations to design, manage and execute once-in-a-lifetime events for clients from all over the world.

“It’s not about getting there, it’s about enjoying the process. We make the event experience less typical and entirely personal by incorporating your interests and mindset beyond geography and demographic. It’s authentic, ethical, eccentric…it’s you. Attain the new standard of luxury, where your event is complete with exclusive experiences that tie emotional fulfilment with unforgettable moments that last a lifetime,” said Teal Nicholson, creative director of LLG Events.

ABU DHABI – Cal Engel

With this expertise, LLG Events is unveiling the top 2019 wedding destinations of grandeur across the globe.  Bride Icon received the details on LLG Events’ partnerships with 5-star venues, resorts, and tourism boards in each of these destinations.

1. Dubai—The United Arab Emirates plans to make Dubai the top tourist destination in the world by 2025. “Last year, I had a sense that the invitation-only Destination Wedding Planners Congress would select Dubai as the location for their 2019 conference, and I was right! My guess earned us the first invitation to Atlantis, The Palm for this year’s business-to-business platform that brings together over 70 countries represented by their luxury event industry vendors who cater to celebrity and royalty,” said Lauren Grech, CEO and co-founder of LLG Events.

DUBAI – Lucy M

The influx of wedding vendors for this elite conference alone will form partnerships with venues and vendors of the region. Known for splendorous shopping, ultra-modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai is on the rise for attracting engaged couples.

DUBAI – David Rodrigo

Couples can choose to become part of the preferred clique in Dubai’s shopping district and have the groom don a pair of tailored shoes from their in-house cobbler offering a formal shoe customisation service…or they can choose to have their wedding reception on a yacht sailing through the Arabian Gulf with a full crew catering to them as they watch the sun set over the Dubai skyline.

2. New York City— is where people go to achieve their dreams; so when planning a dream wedding, it will always be at the top of the list for prosperous destinations.

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“We have clients coming to New York City from all over the world choosing it to be the destination of their nuptials because it’s the melting pot of cultures where everyone is comfortable coming together, and that’s the most important part of a wedding day,” said Teal Nicholson.

“The best event designs are an expression of who you are and who you’re meant to be. Marrying in New York City allows couples to share their backgrounds, their values, their interests, and their love with components that transcend across generations.”

Additionally, the options for venues are endless, so couples can choose one, or even multiple, that are a true reflection of what they want their wedding day to be…whether that’s a hotel with outstanding views of Central Park, cocktails served exclusively in Baccarat crystal, or royal residences with Louis XIV-style.

New York City – Mohit Singh

3. India“Celebrities always set trends, so with the recent weddings of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, we know that others will start to flock to India for their own interpretations of a celebrity-inspired wedding,” says Lauren Grech.

India – Pablo Heimplatz

Premier publications are highlighting these extravagant, lavish weddings that extend over multiple days. This publicity provides all the necessary information on how to plan a destination wedding across the country, whether couples want to marry on a 32-acre oasis with manicured lawns and landscaped gardens; or if they want a property that boasts views of the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

India – Raghu Nayyar

4. Bora Bora—Named the top-trending destination for millennial travel in 2019, LLG Events is enhancing the mindset of Bora Bora from a honeymoon destination to a wedding spot that serves beyond elopements to larger groups of friends and family, with bucket-list activities taking over the itinerary.

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“We recognise that couples are seeking a more exclusive wedding day experience,” says Lauren Grech, CEO and founder of LLG Events. “So we sought out a destination that’s exotic, that was not affected by Zika virus, and that could be affordable for those that were already willing to spend on a large at-home wedding. This led us to our partnership with the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.”


With a private suite experience that makes travelling to the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora a breeze, and an endless choice of tours and pursuits upon arrival, couples are sure to start tying the knot in this picturesque location.

5. Abu Dhabi is more accessible than ever with an extensive list of new hotels opening. With flights from most major cities, couples can be put at ease when considering the travel experience for their guests with small children or elderly family members. It also often ranks as one of the safest cities in the world.

ABU DHABI – Martin Adams

With all of the large investments being made in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau sponsored LLG Events to evaluate 21 of their newest luxury resorts and their accompanying experiences. This push to align with white-glove service proves the significance of the region’s goals of becoming a luxury wedding destination.

ABU DHABI – Zosia Korcz

They are promoting their varied cuisine, culture and time-honoured traditions, with one hotel having 14 restaurants within it, satisfying any indulgence couples may have on a gold platter; and the Women’s Handicraft Centre allowing couples to source local embroidery, weaving and other creative arts for wedding decor or favors.

Lake District

The Lake District Launches Twilight Weddings

Lake District

According to Pinterest, the wedding trend for 2019 is ‘moon gatherings’, and there is no more a romantic place to wed than the northern Lake District where light pollution is minimal, meaning visitors can see the moon in all its glory when the sun goes down and benefit from the amazing starlight.

To cater for this growing trend, the Lake District’s award winning Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa, in Keswick, has introduced The Twilight Wedding Package, offering bridal parties a truly atmospheric yet relaxed and modern wedding.  The package enables couples to tie the knot with a 4pm ceremony, in a serene setting of 400 acres of private woodland and deer park, beside the glimmering Bassenthwaite Lake made famous by the Lake poets including Wordsworth. As the evening rolls in and darkness nears, guests can party the night away under the gleaming Lake District moonlight.  Whether couples choose a balmy summer night, a serene springtime sunset, the golden hues of autumn or a frosty winter evening to say ‘I do’, Armathwaite Hall’s dramatic countryside scenery makes for the most stunning of locations.

Lake District

This civil ceremony, which includes drinks of Prosecco or Peroni, aims to provide a magical wedding ‘day’ that is big on love and low on fuss. Armathwaite Hall’s chefs will prepare a stylish hog roast or barbecueto serve guests a delicious outdoor meal that is full of flavour and soul without the formalities of traditional wedding dining. Guests can be seated outdoors in warmer months for an alfresco dining experience or take to the cosiness of the modern Broadwater Suite during those chilly evenings.

As the evening progresses, the newlyweds can celebrate their first dance in the Broadwater Suite where Armathwaite Hall’s resident DJ will be on hand to set the mood and keep guests on their feet until the late hours.

Lake District

The bridal couple will then enjoy a complimentary night’s stay in one of the venue’s feature rooms with breath-taking views of the water and a delicious cooked breakfast in the morning. All the guests staying at the hotel can also use the state-of-the-art spa facilities, including the hydrotherapy pool, the aroma room and Snow Quartz Crystal, a luxury steam room and sauna, tropical showers and the new tranquillity terrace.

Twilight Weddings at Armathwaite Hall are a truly unique way for couples to celebrate the beginning of the next chapter in their life together in a sophisticated and memorable way.

Lake District

The Twilight Wedding Package includes:

  • A late civil ceremony
  • Reception drinks of prosecco or Peroni for up to 100 guests
  • A hog roast or barbecue for up to 100 guests
  • A DJ for the evening
  • An overnight stay for the newlyweds

The Twilight Wedding Package | £3,750 | Exclusive for 2019 only

Visit for more information or call 017687 76551 to speak to one of Armathwaite Hall’s wedding co-ordinators.


The Natural Beauty of Iceland – Honeymoon Destination

icelandIceland has become a popular getaway destination in recent years, purely because of its stunning natural beauty and diversity of landscape. The Nordic experts over at Baltic Travel Company have put together a list of reasons why you have to visit Iceland.

The Northern Lights

Iceland’s placement on top of the world ensures that it’s the best place to catch a glance of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Most commonly seen from September until mid-April, it is one of the world’s most famous natural occurrences to view and only the lucky few get to have a full show of them.


 icelandThe Blue Lagoon

Set in the heart of the Icelandic landscape, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and rightly so as it is quite magnificent with its aqua blue water and naturally high temperatures, guaranteed to relax you.

 The Icelandic Whales

Whale watching in Iceland is famous for the sheer fact that you are almost always guaranteed to spot one of these magnificent creatures off the coast of Reykjavik. There are many different tours which offer various different types of sightings dependent on how keen you are to see them.

The Roads

Famous for the vast open spaces and winding roads which go on for miles, curving around stunning natural landscape and rock formations. Iceland is a great place to hire a car and take a long road trip stopping off at different places as you go.

icelandThe Unusual Architecture

Iceland is special because of its unique, if slightly derelict feel. Heading into the famous town of Reykjavik, you will be immersed in brightly colored buildings and quaint little pubs filled with bustling locals. If you want to delve into local life, head down to the pubs to try one of Iceland’s fine craft beers.

The Wildlife

Not only are the whales a sight for sore eyes, but Iceland boasts some other amazing wildlife, such as Puffins, very pretty and colourful sea birds which can be found nesting on the edges of cliffs.  If you are lucky enough to get close enough to them you will notice the different patterns on their beaks which give them their unique look.


 IcelandThe Icelandic Glaciers

Just when you didn’t think Iceland could offer anything more, you find yourself immersed in its stunning glaciers. Known as the ‘Land of Ice & Fire’ because of the number of glaciers and volcanos within the country, Iceland really does offer it all. With over 10 different glaciers to visit, you may find it hard to narrow it down to the ones you want to see.

The Food

The cuisine of Iceland dates back for centuries, with key elements being lamb, dairy and fish, this is because of the vast amount of Ocean surrounding the country. Modern Icelandic food includes local ingredients such as salmon, trout, crowberry, Icelandic moss, wild mushrooms and an array of dairy products.

The Mountains

Much of the Icelandic landscape is consumed by mountains that even the most confident of mountaineers would find it a little daunting. With various breathtakingly beautiful types, some much larger and covering a lot more ground than others, you are spoilt for choice on hiking trails.

The Volcanos

One of the main reasons people visit this dramatic landscape is to witness one of more than 15 volcanos across the Icelandic landscape, with all of them offering varying looks and scales. Many are open to hikes whilst others are noted as too hazardous to get close to.

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Indian Summer Wedding Fair @ Hedsor House

HedsorHedsor House opened its doors this week to reveal the grandeur of this stunning Georgian stately home with an exquisite Indian Summer Wedding Fair. The country house which is suitably located within 45 minutes from London, and set in 100 acres of Buckinghamshire parkland with Grade II listed gardens, became a vision of illuminated splendour to the delight of the many visitors.


Privately-owned and immaculately sustained by the Shephard Family, Hedsor House is not only a luxury venue for weddings, it takes pride in making sure it is also seen as a contemporary and current venue, celebrating high profile events with clients and global brands such and Mercedez-Benz, BBC, Ferrari, Johnny Depp and our favourite George Clooney, who recently filmed his latest advert being kidnapped to Hedsor House for Nespresso!


Upon arriving at the grand entrance hall, guests were promptly transported into an aura of enchantment with lighting effects by Just Seventy Ltd – an event design management company, creating the exuberance to set the stage for an evening of quintessential wedding inspiration.


The heart of the Centre Hall with its domed ceiling, transformed into a ceremonial setting with an elegant archway of flowers by florist Wild About that streamed through the magnificent mansion – creating a bouquet of delightful scents and shades of an Indian Summer.

Hedsor House is renowned for its own historical features and period characteristics. Nonetheless, amongst the supreme heritage, the house also offers a blank canvass along with a natural radiance to create just the right ambience for that perfect country wedding.









Of course, for every wedding the reception is positioned at the very heart of the occasion, and to present its finery, there is nothing quite as prominent as the Grand Ballroom!   Catering for up to 150 guests the Indian Summer theme flowed into a selection of ostentatious table settings created by the artistic Rachel Ramsbottom of Create.  The inventive team from Create also supplied the delicious food throughout the evening, providing guests with a selection of succulent savoury and sweet canapés bursting with flavour and colours.




Bride Icon would like to thank Hedsor House for a wonderful evening.  It is the perfect country house for a luxury wedding with a picturesque backdrop for civil wedding ceremonies and blessings.  Not only can the ceremonies take place in the house and estate, but outdoor blessings can take part on the beautifully preserved green lawns.  Of course, Indian weddings –  as we know it – can be a large scale affair, but Hedsor House can equally take up to 800 guests with a marquee – making it the perfect Indian Summer wedding!

For more details on Hedsor House weddings visit their website


Rain Or Shine: Bingham Is The Perfect Wedding Venue

With the unpredictability of the weather, one of London and Surrey’s leading wedding venues, the Bingham in Richmond-upon-Thames has now enhanced its offering through the addition of a bespoke fitted terrace canopy.  Whether its cloudy or sunny; the new canopy allows couples and their guests to enjoy the riverside garden whatever the weather, banishing the worries of the dreaded rain and what ifs!

BinghamFor the winter season, guests can enjoy cocktails in the warmth of the private heated terrace underneath the bespoke awning.  This terrace canopy is available for all weddings taking place in the months of October to April. For couples outside of these months, the canopy can be hired for a one off fee covering installation and subsequent removal.

At the same time, Head Chef, Shaunak Singh is launching the new Autumn/Winter Wedding menu.  Aside from the breathtaking views of the river easing its way down the Thames, the award-worthy food is an attraction in itself; Shaunak uses fresh, seasonal and ethical ingredients to create vibrant and interesting dishes.

The new winter menu features signature dishes such as seared hand dived scallops served with roasted pumpkin veloute, potato gnocchi, glazed root vegetables and parsley oil, Creedy carver duck breast, with crispy leg croquettes, vanilla and celeriac puree, braised red cabbage, potato fondant and duck sauce and Opera Cake with chocolate ganache and white chocolate ice cream.


With a unique river setting, modern interiors, comfortable bedrooms and restaurant grade seasonal food, the Bingham has everything a couple could want to host their own private luxury celebration and with the addition of the new canopy, the Bingham offers greater flexibility than ever before with the opportunity to use the outdoor grounds of the venue during the often unpredictable Autumn, Winter and early Spring months. New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day dates are available.

Wedding packages at the Bingham start from approximately £105 per person with Autumn Winter Exclusive Use starting from £15,000 including use of all fifteen bedrooms. For further details have a look at their website here

The Lord Bute

The Lord Bute – Festive Wedding Show


The Lord Bute

The Lord Bute in Highcliffe is hosting a special wedding showcase, highlighting the boutique hotel’s unique glamour and panache on the 3rd December 2016.

An upcoming wedding showcase at The Lord Bute will give soon-to-be-wed couples an opportunity to experience the venue when specially prepared and adorned in its finest wedding attire. Nestled between the New Forest and the Dorset coast, the sophisticated Lord Bute hotel and restaurant will be open to visitors between the hours of 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday 3rd December.


With five-star guest accommodation, two AA Rosettes for their food and Michelin Recommended, The Lord Bute has been making fairytale weddings come true for over 20 years. The ideal choice for couples on their big day, the hotel is well-known for its stylish interior, award-winning food, and impeccable service. Giving guests a special wedding insight, The Lord Bute will be welcoming all those who attend with drinks and canapés. They will then have the opportunity to tour the hotel and experience the beauty of a Lord Bute wedding first-hand.

From intimate celebrations to lavish affairs, The Lord Bute’s wedding planner has over 35 years experience in the industry and will be available to answer any questions on the day. Home to an enthusiastic team, guests will benefit from creative and unique ideas before peeking into the hotel’s little black book of reputed local suppliers. With some of these suppliers also in attendance, couples seeking to achieve the wedding they’ve always dreamed of will be able to ensure nothing is overlooked.

The Lord Bute

Simon Box, the Owner and General Manager of The Lord Bute, said:

We are looking forward to welcoming happy couples from across Dorset and Hampshire into our boutique hotel. A wedding should be a memorable experience and with the help of our dedicated team, we can offer the very best service combined with a luxury setting. We hope many engaged couples will join us to get a taste of just how magical their wedding could be!

For more information about The Lord Bute, please visit