More destination wedding bookings on the horizon

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has established itself as a favorite destination for weddings in Asia.

According to Steve Woon, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Lexis Hotel Group, more than 10 couples have exchanged vows on the pristine beaches of Lexis Hotels in Malaysia between 2018 and 2021.

The group can expect a boost as more couples will be eager to walk down the aisle here after our borders reopen, he added.

“We have couples from several countries including Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore and especially India.

Destination weddings have slowed down due to the pandemic, so to get it going again, we’re looking at one or two ceremonies a month to start,” Woon said.

Malaysia has picturesque white sand beaches that attract couples from all over the world, he said.

Asked what things couples consider before planning a destination wedding, Woon cited “property size and rich cultures.”

“When planning their weddings, couples prefer to incorporate different cultures, which makes Malaysia an interesting destination,” he said.

Anind Bhattacharya, founder and director of DestoWedding, a destination wedding planning company, said requests for destination weddings in Malaysia from Indians have increased since April 1.

With the upcoming Indian wedding season starting in October, Malaysia can expect more destination weddings, he said.

Anind shared that Malaysia is a preferred country as we provide a hassle-free experience.

“There are many things to consider when planning a destination wedding, such as location, ambiance, hotel flexibility, logistics, hassle-free visa service and tickets. plane,” he said.

“As a representative in India, I used to promote Lexis Hibiscus Hotel to leading wedding and event planners in different parts of this country.

“Sunway Resort is also becoming attractive as a wedding venue because it has a large number of rooms and boasts the largest man-made beach in Asia.

“This has given the resort an edge for couples who prefer beach weddings closer to the capital.

“Indians also prefer to get married in Langkawi, but since there are no direct flights, it’s quite difficult for them,” Anind said.

Monthly wedding bookings by DestoWedding in Malaysia were up to five a month before the pandemic, he said, and they had to cancel more than six weddings due to travel bans.

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