Goa is a highly popular destination wedding location in the country. The beautiful beaches, the tropical weather, the way of life, the delicious cuisines and the local culture are a few of the many reasons which many couples choose to tie the knot here. Whether it is a small and intimate gathering or even for a large sized guest-list there a variety of options to suit everyone’s need. Of the many reasons for getting married in Goa it is the experience of it all; tying the knot coupled with a holiday draws many to choose this beautiful location. If you are considering Goa to get married here are all the details you need to go about it.
A ceremony by the beach is what a majority of the couples plan for. The setting sun, the sounds of the waves, the golden sands makes a for a picturesque setting that beats a conventional indoor venue. Having the vows performed by the beach makes for a memorable experience that will be cherished forever.
Goa is also a very popular party destination and you can host parties that your guests will be raving about at the end of the celebration. Dj’s and live musicians can be arranged to get guests into their dancing shoes and get into the groove. If your guests love to party then hosting a wedding at a tropical location will have them excited and enjoy themselves to the maximum.
There are a variety of beach resorts that offer attractive packages for destination weddings groups. Many also package their offers inclusive with all three meals and also include venues within the premises of the resort- a very attractive deal. There a number of starred resorts along the beach-belt to choose from most having an average inventory of 60-70 rooms.
The variety of cuisines available are from Indian to continental menus, Goan food is also very popular. If the local food isn’t what you want to explore, hotels have Indian delicacies on the menu’s. All meals are served in a buffet style and are available in vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian options. For the reception party live food counters, chaat counters, dessert counters etc can be added as well. To keep the spirits going a well-stocked bar the events can be availed as well.
The perfect time to host a destination wedding is from October until April. The weather is a pleasant during this time and the beaches make for a beautiful picturesque venue. Monsoon weddings are hosted during June through September, the place is full of greenery but downpours are constant and it can rains for days on end. The peak season is from the mid of November until December. Cost increase during this time and availability of venues and accommodation is very limited. It is best to book as early as possible to avoid last minute disappoint especially if the guest list is expected to exceed 100-150 people.
The cost of hosting a wedding here depends on the type of wedding you are going for and the guest size. For a mid-size wedding which hosts a guest list of 100-150 guests will cost 35 lakhs on an average. Accommodation for guests will take a chunk of the budget which accounts for nearly 50-60% of the total cost. The rest needs to be allocated for food, décor, entertainment and photography. If you are looking to keep costs low a wedding in the off-season would be most appropriate.
Goa has a large coastline range for about 180 kms divided between the northern and southern coastline. Each of these coasts have their own distinct flavours to it. Beaches on the north are a tourist hotspot filled with hustle and bustle, overflowing with restaurants, pubs and shopping. The southern coast on the other hand has a different charm to it as it is a lot more private and scenic. Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim and Arambol are some of the popular locations in the North Goa and in the south of Goa beaches such as Varca, Cansaulim, Mobor and Utorda are highly sort after locations.
A few notable beach resorts are Mariot’s in Panjim, Grand Hyatt in Bambolim, Cidade-de Goa in Dona-Paula and Taj Holiday Village Resort and Spa in Candolim. In the south of Goa resorts such as Part Hyatt, Royal Orchid, Radison Blu and Ramada Caravela are a few resorts that are excellent venues for destination weddings celebrations. These resorts belong to the luxury category segment and on an average have a room inventory of over 120 rooms along with 3-4 banquet halls.
A popular destination wedding celebration is a three nights, four days event. Guests check-in on day-I which and the are invited to the Mehendi and Sangeet ceremony in the afternoon or the evening. Mostly held by the pool or at an indoor banquet hall, the mehendi ceremony kickstarts the celebration. Day-II is the day for the wedding ceremony. Most couples prefer to have the ceremony by the beach or near it. Day III is where the reception party is held on the lawns or at an indoor banquet hall. There is also an after party arranged later in the evening which marks the conclusion of the event. This timeline gives guests plenty of time to relax and unwind and also be completely involved in the festivities.
A destination wedding in Goa can be planned from wherever that you are located in the world. The best way going about it is to hire a wedding planner to coordinate the event on your behalf. Wedding planners are highly skilful and efficient reducing the burden off your shoulders. Event agencies such as Infinity Events are known for their custom-designed events that exclusive cater to the needs of a destination wedding. Having a wedding planner organise the event for you will cohesively bring the all the details together in an synchronised manner and will save you the stress and trouble to organize the event all by yourself. Ideally a destination wedding requires 3-4 months of planning as putting the event together does require plenty of time and a whole lot of efforts.