With several huge Kalyana Mantapas (wedding halls) and banquet halls to choose from, getting married in Bangalore should be a breeze, right?
Wrong, if you listen to the woes of some families, who have everything ready but the perfect venue just because it is booked for eons. While it's impossible to list out the more than 100 Kalyana Mantapas and wedding halls in the city, MetroMela presents wedding venues that may burn a huge hole in your pocket but would make the wedding an affair to remember.
Ganjam Kalyana Mantapa
84, Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi.
Tel - 080-26610539 (Nagesh, manager)
An old world family home in a rustic setting, the Ganjam Kalyana Mantapa is a sight for sore eyes. The ambience is special and perfect for a small wedding, as the place cannot accommodate more than 400 people. Soumya and Mahesh Sriram, who got married here last year loved the place. "We felt like we were being married in our ancestral home," Soumya says. Owned by Ganjam Nagappa and Sons, this used to the ancestral home of the Ganjam family, the famous jewelers in the city. The family has tried to keep the heritage of the place intact and that is the reason they do not allow larger crowds. If you are planning a theme wedding, there are certain don'ts that you need to follow, such as no damaging the structure, no nailing, no stickers etc. They also don't allow non-vegetarian food, alcohol or tobacco inside the premises. The place is booked for 10-15 days every month throughout the year and if you are planning a wedding a year away and want this place, it is advisable to call now.
The Jayamahal Palace Hotel
Jayamahal Road, Bangalore - 560046.
Tel - 080-23331321
This is the favorite wedding haunt of NRIs and those with deep pockets. So if you wish to splurge on your special day and make it truly wonderful, Jayamahal Palace with its acres of green, stained glass interiors and lavish surroundings is the perfect choice, second only to the Bangalore Palace as a wedding destination. Once again, bookings are best done months in advance. If you have a larger wedding party (1,000 people plus) you can book the main lawn for one lakh plus. That amount, incidentally is just for the space. Everything else from the stage, chairs and tables to the tent has to be arranged by you. They also have a smaller lawn for lesser number of people and an air-conditioned convention hall that holds around 200 guests only. The price for both these spaces is around Rs. 85,000.
ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna-Chandra Temple,
Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Bangalore-560010.
Tel - 080-23578346, 09342591301(Amritesh Das)
If you want to get married in a sprawling but pure surrounding, then ISKCON Temple is one of the best choices. They have two halls for wedding functions. One of them holds only around 150 guests and costs Rs. 10,000. If you are going to have a larger number of guests, then they have another hall that accommodates up to 600 people and costs Rs. 61,000. You can book it from 5 PM to 3 PM the next day. The price also includes seven rooms for your guests in the ISKCON premises, furniture, props etc. The food is delicious satvik bhojan (vegetarian, no onion and garlic) and catered by ISKCON. Charges are extra for that. Once again, a much in demand place so book ahead.