Goa is the most Popular Destination in India. Almost everyone has been to Goa once in their lifetime. It has a vast coastline stretching along the Arabian sea and is definitely one of the most scenic places in India. Popularly known as a beach destination, Goa boasts of some of the best beaches in the country. In the recent years, Goa has emerged as the most popular destination for Weddings. Couples from all over India and the Globe tie the knot in Goa against the beautiful backdrop of the sun, sand and the sea.

 Planning a Wedding in Goa?

 Let us give you an overview.

 A Wedding in Goa is almost on every couple’s mind. Who wouldn’t want to tie the knot at this gorgeous place? A wedding in Goa is a never-ending party one which is sure to leave you and your guests wanting for more. Couples usually plan a 2-3 day wedding here which gives them ample time to relax and plan multiple functions. Usually a 2 day Indian Wedding function comprises of Haldi, Mehendi, Sangeet, Pool Party & Wedding followed by a reception.

Goa is divided in North Goa and South Goa. North of Goa is very popular among tourists. Millions of tourist frequent this part of Goa every year and the numbers keep increasing. Some of the most popular beaches are located in this part of Goa, Baga, Calangute and so on. A few Five-star properties are located in the North, like Taj, Le Meridien, Resort Rio and so on. Further north, there are beautiful luxury boutique resorts which are ideal for small intimate gatherings, making them an ideal beach wedding venue.

South of Goa is less crowded. It is much quieter with fewer tourists. Most of the 5-star properties are located here and are humongous. They also have a high inventory and are ideal for large social gatherings. Popular 5 star properties in the south include Leela, Lalit, Taj and so on. South Goa also has luxury boutique resorts ideal for intimate gatherings.

Goa is blessed with great weather for the most part of the year. The swaying palm trees, sunshine and the panoramic view of the Arabian sea create a mesmerizing experience. Beach Weddings are very popular in Goa and more and more couples are taking advantage of this natural setting. Well, imagine the sun, sand and the sea as a backdrop on the most important day of your life. It is all a fairy tale setting. Most wedding venues are right by the beach, making it really convenient to conduct a beach wedding.

Over time, Goa is well equipped with all the facilities to hold all sorts of Weddings for people from different religions. They even cater to authentic traditional cuisines like Gujarati, Marwari, Maharashtrian, Jain etc and international cuisine like Continental, Italian, French and so on. No matter what cuisine you go far, we strongly recommend incorporating the Goa cuisine which is delicious, flavourful and is sure to tickle your taste buds.

Goa hosts 500+ weddings each year and the numbers are increasing. Goa hosts all types of weddings from small intimate to large extravagant gatherings. Whether you are on a small budget or a high budget, Goa has something for everyone. Beach Wedding venues are the most popular, other options include waterfront properties, boutique resorts, open-air lawns, banquet halls etc. Depending on the guest list and your budget, you can choose which option would suit the best.

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What is the cost of planning a Destination Wedding in Goa? We are sure this is one question every couple tying the knot would love to know. Well, we don’t blame you. Who wouldn’t want to tie the knot at one of the most popular Wedding Destination in India? We are here to spill the beans.

Destinations wedding have become a trend in India and Goa certainly tops the chart as one of the favourite Destination Wedding locations in India. It is the most popular Wedding Destination in India. Couples from all over the globe tie the knot at this beautiful destination. The numbers keep adding with each passing year.

The season for Weddings in Goa is October to March. Nov to March being the peak season. To give you an approximate costing of Planning a destination wedding in Goa lets take into consideration the following. Let’s take the major costs and then let’s look at the other costs involved.

Cost of planning a Destination Wedding In Goa

Number of Guests: 100

Number of rooms at a 5-star property on double occupancy: 50

Meal Plan: CPAI (Breakfast included, inclusive of taxes)

Pre Wedding Functions: Haldi/Mehendi/Pool Party/Sangeet/Cocktail Party

Main Event: Wedding followed by Reception

Wedding Property:

Goa has a range of 5-star properties. So, like we mentioned you would need 50 rooms to accommodate 100 guests on double occupancy. On an average, the cost per room per night would be INR 15,000/- on CPAI. So for 50 rooms for two nights 15000*50*2 = INR 15,00,000/- This would be the rooms inclusive of breakfast for 2 days. The cost of food per head would start at a price of INR 1800/- plus taxes. The food menu can be customized as per your requirements. Depending on how basic or lavish the menu is the cost will vary accordingly.  Most properties would have a minimum room booking requirement to give away a complimentary venue for your functions. If you do not meet the minimum room criteria you will have to pay an additional amount towards venue charges which can range from INR 50,000/- to INR 2,00,000/-. We can help you choose an ideal venue to host your Destination wedding in Goa

Design & Decor:

Costing for decor would largely depend on what you have envisioned. However to give you a fair idea this is what decor costs would look like. For pre-wedding functions like Mehendi, Haldi, pool party which are smaller in size we recommend a starting budget of INR 1,50,000 – 2,00,000. Depending on your choice and size of these functions the budget can go as high as 4,00,000 – 5,00,000. Sangeet or cocktail night, we recommend going a little big on the decor here with a starting range of INR 3,00,000/- For the main day ie Wedding Day followed by reception a good starting budget would be a range of 5,00,000. The decor is the most variable cost factor in a Wedding. Depending on your requirements it can range from a couple of lakhs to double digits since there is no limit to the scope of Decor.

Wedding Photography / Videography:

You can hire a wedding photographer/videographer locally from Goa. The range could vary from INR 2,00,000 to 5,00,000 for 2 days. Our recommendation is to hire the same team for photography and videography. This would not only allow you to get a better price but also have a well-coordinated team who will cover your wedding and other functions spread over the two days.

Entertainment:

Goa as a state is rich with talent and has some of the best musicians/performers/DJs in the country. We recommend a live band for at least one of your functions. They create an electrifying atmosphere and your guests will keep asking for more. You can certainly feel the Goan Vibe in their performance. Live bands can range from INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,000 depending on their popularity. A good DJ would cost you INR 25,000 onwards, recommended for a pool party/after party. Overall you will have to set aside INR 2,00,000 – 5,00,000 for entertainment.

Permissions and Licences:

Every 5-star property will require some permissions and licences that need to be procured before your event. Some of the licences needed are PPL, IPRS etc. These licences would cost around 25,000 to 40,000 depending on the prevailing rate. Your Wedding Planner can help procure all the necessary permissions and licences. 

Airport Pick Up/Drop:

Guests flying from other states/countries normally make their own travel arrangements to get to Goa. It’s a nice gesture to have your guests picked/drop from the airport. Most hotels are tied up with taxi unions and you will have to go ahead with them for your transportation requirements. The cost of an airport pick up/drop would be around 2000-2500

Other Costs

There are some other costs that you will need to take into consideration. Makeup artists, baraat band, fireworks, mehendi artists. We recommend setting aside another 1-2 lakhs for all the additional expenses.

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