So you have decided that you will get married in Goa, on one of its beautiful beaches. You have even decided on the guests list, but the question that will nag you is ‘when?’ The beautiful landscape of Goa welcomes tourists all through the year. This is quite obvious due to its warm and tropical climate. Each season has its own pros and cons and also its implications on cost.
For the locals the latter half of November and the month of December are the most popular dates on the calendar to get married. Although there are plenty of reasons for it; majority would agree as it is considered as the festive months (the Christmas season that follows) and also the weather is a pleasant 30 degree during this time. Most families have their relatives fly-in for the Christmas and the New Year celebrations hence also prefer to have these dates. Vacations for most schools begin between the 15th and the 20th of December which is a bonus as well.
Additionally, the months of June and July which is the off-season for tourism is also a popular time to host the celebration. Many outstation travelers that plan to have an intimate gathering with a small guest list prefer these dates. The monsoons are fierce during these months and the lush greenery and the pouring rains makes for a beautiful time. The off -season would mean low costs of travel and accommodation that many couples like to capitalize on. In general costs would drop to less than 50%-60 during this period. The monsoons do dampen the festive spirit but that does not stop those who love the rains and the atmosphere it creates, if you love the monsoon then the months from June to September are the months for you.
Couples that tie the knot here in this part of the country come from different backgrounds, cultures, religions, countries, etc. Each of them prefer a specific time of year to get married, some may want to get married during the summer months, whereas other may like winter better. In the Catholic community witnessess a heavy decline from February or March to April or May. This is because the Lenten season begins and it usually lasts for 40 days. It ends on Easter Sunday, immediately after which the festivities resume. This is not the same for other religious communities as they are seen celebrating all year round.
The tourist season runs parallely to the wedding season as well. Vacationers flock in towards the end of October, peak season being in December which gradually declines during January. February until May witnesses large number of domestic tourists. This is highly relative when it comes to availability of venues and also accommodation. Starred resorts throw in very limited offers during peak seasons and also tariffs are a lot more in comparison to off-season rates.
So let us say that you already have a date in mind, it is the same as your first date. But you have not considered anything else. Here are a few factors that will influence your decision on deciding the date.
CONSIDER THE WEATHER
There are mainly 3 seasons, summer, monsoon, and winter. Winter out of the other two being the most pleasant and favourable, seeing how most of the celebrations happen during the winter months of late October to early February. The summer months of March, April, and May are among the hottest and most humid. For many a monsoon celebration may dampen the spirits but but if you love this weather the state receives a ton of rainfall each each and the atmosphere to tie the knot during that time is very romantic. Winter on the other hand isnt extreme as the temperature is still a good 25 degrees Celsius. For those mesmerizing ceremonies at the beach during a sunset the winter months are perfect.
TIME CONSTRAINTS AND BUSY SCHEDULES
Destination celebrations does require allowing friends and family a heads-up so that they can factor these dates with their schedules.The best way to get around this is to plan the date well in advance and send out the save the date cards so that everyone has plenty of time to plan and make the arrangements needed in order for them to make it for the occasion.
THE HOLIDAY SEASON
As is in most countries the summer months is usually when the schools are on summer break. Then during the month of October there is Diwali, and Christmas during the month of December. These are windows when the children are out of school and their families usually plan to travel around that period.
The downside to to hosting the ceremony or the reception during the summer months is the high heat and the humidity. If organized well, the beach ceremony can be held towards sunset and the other functions at the many indoor banquet halls.
It does not matter how small or private you want the ceremony to be, there is always a budget associated with it. The cost of accommodation and vendors are dependent on the time of the year. Hence the months from June to September are considered off season and the months from November, December, and January are known as peak season. During the off-season most of the vendors as well as the venues will be available and at economical rates, and it will be quite the opposite during the peak season.
AVAILABILITY OF VENUES
The wedding season is one of the most busy season for everyone involved. Many of the venues across the state are booked months in advance. Likewise, getting proper and comfortable accommodation for large number of guests can prove to be quite a big hurdle and you will have a very slim chance to get those last minute deals. For this particular reason, hotels are available for booking 6 to 8 months in advance, there are even those that stretch as far as 10 to 12 months in advance. With the season being so hectic and busy, the chances of getting really talented and sort- after vendors are very slim when booking them at a short notice. Therefore it is important to book all the important vendors as early as possible.