SHOULD GOA BE ON YOUR LIST FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING?
When you think of Goa, you picture the warm climate, sipping on your cocktail, getting a tan on the beach with the waves crashing in the background, while the cool breeze blows away all your stress and makes the coconut trees sway and float you to a state of bliss. Now imagine having your wedding in place like this. Considering Goa for your destination wedding? Are you still not convinced? Then continue reading and find yourself unwillingly falling head over heels for this tranquil haven.
SPOILT FOR CHOICE
Goa has almost everything you would wish to have in your wedding, from golden beaches for that exotic feel to dewy lawns for that elegant private event. The sheer number of places that you can celebrate you wedding is something that will leave you spoilt for choice. When you arrive here, you immerse yourself in so much more than just the beauty of the land, the culture will wash you over just like the deliciousness of the local cuisine, great parties and entertainment and more. It’s architecture and heritage will resonate deep within you as you come to the realization that you now stand where once viceroys and princes, bishops and saints once stood. A sense of pride and privilege that now you can exchange your vows at these very beautiful churches and temples, and live in those lavish Portuguese houses and mansions.
MADE FOR YOU
When you celebrate your big day at your home town you have the entire town present at an indoor banquet hall where everyone else got married too. That takes away the charm of it as being just another wedding. But at a destination wedding you are surrounded by only your nearest and dearest, not to mention that the wedding will be an experience that is unique only to you because not many couples tie the knot here and the entire experience tailored just for you and your loved ones. Apart from that, having its natural beauty and its scenic locations as the backdrop for your wedding photos make the experience a lot more memorable. With all the food, tradition, culture, pristine beaches, tropical atmosphere, and the local drinks all blend together to enrich your experience and pamper you from head to toe.
LIVING IT UP
The most stressing element of any wedding would be the financing for it. By having a destination wedding you are killing two birds with one stone. You are celebrating your special day, your wedding with just your close friends and family, and then once the festivities are over and done with you and your spouse can have your honeymoon in Goa itself. If you are worried about it being the same place and that you have already experienced it, there is so much to do! During the day life here is all about chilling by the beach side or just strolling through town, but its nightlife is completely opposite with people partying till early in the morning. There is a similar change as you travel from north to south Goa, so if you end up tying the knot in the north then you might as well have your honeymoon in the south and vice versa. You will be astounded by how beautiful its landscape is and the extent you can explore it.
DOES NOT BURN A HOLE THROUGH YOUR WALLET
Believe it or not but having your destination celebration here could actually save you some money. The décor itself would not cost that much because very little is needed to shine a light on the natural beauty of this haven. Also the fact that this is happening far from your home, your whole town would not be present and this makes the guest list extremely short, that includes only close friends and family, making your day all the more special. Another added bonus is the package deals thrown in by hotels all across the state. To make things even better you can hire one of many event management companies to get best deals on venues, hotels, and they can even organize the entire event making sure that you are free of all responsibilities and will not have to run around for anything from paper work to meetings with the vendors. This will allow you to truly relax and make the best use of your time here.
QUALITY TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Normally getting married is very hectic and barely allows for any time alone for that much needed bonding, pair that with the fact that the wedding is ceremony and the reception is going to take place in your own backyard so you will be running around getting things organised in spite of having an event coordinator hired. You will not get the most out of the coordinator too. Having a destination wedding gives you the freedom to relax and enjoy the time you spend with your friends and family, because you have no clue of how things work you need to trust the professional completely to plan, organize, and execute your wedding.
That being said the whole budget of the wedding along with the costs of all the elements involved depend solely on your choices. You could choose an extremely expensive hotel with a venue and not spend as much on décor, food, and entertainment, or focus on the décor more than anything else. The base line being that it all depends on the choices you make. Although it is mentioned above that there are a few ways to skip on few things and drive down the costs, but the basic components would still cost the same for your destination wedding as they would cost at a traditional one. Another thing to keep in mind is the peak season, which is from October to March because a lot of people choose to get married during this time of the year, and booking venues, hotels, tickets, and vendors become very expensive, so much so that even professional wedding planners would not be able to do anything. Therefore it is highly advised that you book everything well in advance.
Venues will charge anywhere from a lakh or two and that would approximately account for half of your budget. Next on the list would be the food and drinks and that would range anywhere in between INR 1,000 to INR 3,000 per plate, but that is completely dependent on the venue. Along with these will also be the cost for transport, the band/DJ, outfits, photography, make – up artists, and definitely not forgetting the coordinator’s fees.