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The amount of money Indians spend on weddings is usually astronomically high. Parents start saving up money well in advance for a grand reception that they throw for their social circle. However, if you are one of those couples who prefers an intimate ceremony and doesn’t want to dig into your savings for the wedding, you can choose to get married at any of these locations that make for a beautiful setting and the best part is, are also free. However, remember that you will only be able to have the ceremony here and later you and your friends and family could go to a nice place for lunch or dinner. The only hitch with these venues is that because they are free and open to public, you cannot stop other people from coming here. But hey, think about all the money you’ll be saving. Also Read - Telangana May Extend Coronavirus Lockdown Beyond April 15, Says CM K Chandrasekhar Rao

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Public parks or gardens are often underrated venues that can be used for intimate wedding ceremonies by couples. Generally people use these public places for a picnic, walks, leisure activities, etc. However, the greenery around can make for a beautiful backdrop. You can even get a small decoration done if want to create a mandap. Since you cannot stop people from taking a walk or visiting the park, choose a time when there will be fewer people like in the noon. This way, you can have the venue to yourself.


If a beach wedding has always been on your mind, you can make it happen without really spending a bomb. The trick is to choose a beach that is secluded or not very commercial as there will be fewer people around. Gokarna and even Goa has many such beaches and you can make use of the pristine, natural beauty of these places for your wedding ceremony. Get your loved ones and a priest along and tie the knot in a romantic setting.

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Religious places

India is home to a number of religious places like temples, churches, monasteries, etc. and you are sure to find something close to your home that does not charge a fee for letting you get married in its premises. Find out beforehand and set the date accordingly. If you are one of those couples that loves the divine feeling of beginning this new chapter with blessings of the almighty, a religious place is apt for you.

Your alma mater

There is something nostalgic about the place you studied be it your college or school. It is in fact one of the best options if you and your better half have studied at the same place. You have the option of getting married in the school’s ground or on the terrace too. Get in touch with the authorities or your professors and make it happen. The best time to do so is when there are vacations going on or over the weekend when there will not be many students.

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Hill stations

If you love the mountains, any hill station is a good enough option for you. But the truth is, India has many very popular hill stations that can be packed with people during the peak season. If you have a scenic spot in mind, make sure you keep your wedding rituals during offbeat season to avoid the crowds. Or, another thing to do is to find a spot or a hill station that isn’t too commercial where you can gather your loved ones for the ceremony. Instead of Darjeeling, try Kurseong and instead of Manali you can opt for Rewalsar.

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Even though these places are open to public, we advise that you check if they permit such an event as you wouldn’t want someone to ask you to leave in the midst of your ceremony.

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