Wedding Tourism: Indian Couples Are Inviting Foreign Tourists To Attend Their Weddings for A Fee

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

Wedding Tourism — a seemingly new form of Tourism is causing a lot of excitement in the India tourism industry. Indian couples are using a new website to invite foreign tourists to attend their weddings- for a fee.

A Delhi-based fund manager got married last November and roughly 400 guests were invited to her wedding. However, two of the names on the guest list were of people she never met even once. The two attendees paid around $200 for a two-day invitation to attend Chauhan's wedding and mingled among the 400-odd other guests. 

A start-up called Join My Wedding allows couples to sell admission to their lavish wedding ceremonies and then interested parties can purchase admission. 

"If you're the kind of traveler that seeks out genuine cultural experiences to broaden you horizons and give you a fresh perspective, then a traditional wedding should be at the top of your list", reads the website. 

There are many travel agencies who are joining hands with the start-up. The travel agents are functioning in five major Indian cities —Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai and Bengaluru.

The process of attending the marriage: 

  • Tickets are being sold for upwards of Rs 20,000 
  • Each guest gets accommodation and all access to festivities -- including all the ceremony
  • Each couple has to nominate a family member or friend to guide the travellers through the events and explain the rituals to them

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India is a land steeped in culture and traditions. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that marriages in India are marked by a lot of customs and traditions that are religiously followed to this day. The Wedding Traditions in India are an impressive manifestation of the rich cultural heritage of the country. Interestingly the country is known as much for its unity as for its diversity and this variety is implicit in the Wedding Traditions in India as well.

It gives the tourists a chance to dress in traditional Indian garb, taste the exotic flavours, dance to the enchanting music, take part in beautiful wedding customs and soak up the incomparable atmosphere as you learn first-hand what it really means to be Indian from the people who know better than anyone - the locals. Therefore, the emergence of the new form of Wedding tourism gives a great opportunity for foreign tourist to experience a slice of India. 

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