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Destination Wedding |© Rahul de Cunha / Flickr
Destination Wedding |© Rahul de Cunha / Flickr

How to Plan Your Perfect Destination Wedding in Goa

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Updated: 23 May 2017

Goa is an idyllic wedding destination due to its serene beaches, scenic views, beautiful locales, exotic cuisine, vibrant restaurants, and gorgeous hotels and resorts along the coastline. This beach town has an ambiance and beauty to pull off any kind of wedding, whether you want yours in a luxury hotel with a sea view or on a beach. Also, a destination wedding in Goa provides an opportunity for you and your guests to explore Goa and indulge in numerous adventures that it has to offer, all during those free hours in between. 

Venue

To tie the nuptial knot in Goa, you can choose between North Goa and South Goa. North Goa has a few luxury hotels and resorts, while South Goa is brimming with five-star hotels and resorts. All the five-star hotels and resorts in Goa have indoor as well as outdoor venues for weddings. Most of the hotels and resorts are located along the coastline, offering a perfect setting for a dream wedding. In addition, beach restaurants and shacks are also available for a fancy wedding.

Popular Venues

For a beautiful beach view ceremony, go for the Zeebop by the Sea, which is a beach restaurant with two event areas that can accommodate 100 and 300 guests respectively. The Cidade De Goa boasts seven venues, of which five are outdoors, offering insanely stunning views of the Vainguinim Beach. The Alila Diwa Goa allows you to wed in style and luxury with top-class amenities and incredible hospitality.

The Leela Goa is the best beach and riverside resort in Goa with seven wedding venues, of which three are outdoors, offering the best views of the river Sai and Mobor beach. Located on the shores of an expansive white sand beach, the Zuri White Sands Resort is a romantic resort with Portuguese-inspired architecture, well-manicured gardens, and four venue areas, of which two are outdoors, perfect for a romantic beach wedding.

The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort has prepossessing landscaped gardens that will make your jaw drop and your wedding memorable. Spanning across 28 acres near the Bambolim Bay, the Grand Hyatt boasts five venues, of which three are outdoors, overlooking the serene Bambolim Bay.

For a mix of luxury, countryside vibes and scenic ceremony, try the Vivanta By Taj Holiday Village. Kenilworth Resort & Spa puts you in close proximity to the Dabolim International Airport, and it’s massive and grand with a scenic background, perfect for a big fat Indian wedding.

Wedding Goa |© Rahul de Cunha / Flickr

Suppliers

With a resort/hotel wedding in Goa, you can get everything from caterers, flower and wedding decorators to photographers, stylists, entertainment artists, and other vendors at one place and can even have your family and friends stay in the same resort/hotel.

Some of the hotels and resorts in Goa with the in-house wedding planning team that takes care of the nitty-gritty details are Taj Exotica Goa, Goa Mariott Resort & Spa, Park Hyatt Goa, and The Lalit Goa Resort. Whether you want a typical Indian wedding or a fancy one, traditional Indian music or live jazz, drape theme or flower theme, the wedding planning team makes it all happen to make your big day a memorable one.

Another option is hiring a wedding planner who will take care of all the details of the wedding. The wedding planners in Goa have a strong network of suppliers that include caterers, decorators, stylist, DJs, and other entertainment artists.  Some of the popular wedding planners in Goa are Eva Events, Wedding N Dreams, and Dream Weddings Goa.

Cost

Although Goa is a fabulous destination wedding spot, it can be a bit heavy on the pocket. The cost largely depends on the kind of wedding you want, whether super luxe, low-key, or a mix of high-low. The average cost of a wedding in Goa in a five-star hotel with 100-150 guests may range from 20 lakhs to 35 lakhs. The accommodation takes up the major chunk of your wedding costs, around 50-60%, followed by wedding décor, food, and photography. If you’re on a slender budget, the off-season is a feasible option, plus accommodation in close proximity.

As Goa has become a busy destination wedding spot, it is no wonder that many hotels and resorts in Goa offer some great wedding packages. The packages are customizable and based on the preferences and needs.

Time

For a perfect destination wedding in Goa, October-April is the best time with the dazzling skyline, scenic landscapes, swaying palms, and beautiful sunset and sea waves. The latest craze among the people are monsoon weddings. For a monsoon wedding, June-September is the optimal time. However, it won’t be a picture-perfect wedding, as downpours happen for days on end.

Goa Wedding |© Rahul de Cunha / Flickr

Doubles as Honeymoon Destination

Goa is a hotspot for honeymooners. So, with a wedding in Goa, you do not have to choose another destination for your honeymoon. There are beauty and romance in every nook and cranny of this place. So, you’re sure to have to loads of fun post-wedding in Goa.

“Save the Date” Cards

Send the “Save the Date” cards at least five or six months before the wedding so that the guests can also prepare for the destination wedding in Goa.