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!
Destination weddings have become a trend in India and Goa certainly tops the chart as one of the favourite 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. Of which Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb are the peak season. To give you an approximate costing of Planning a destination wedding in Goa let's 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: 200
Number of rooms at a 5-star property on double occupancy: 100
Meal Plan: All Meals
Pre Wedding Functions: Haldi/Mehendi / Pool Party / Sangeet/Cocktail Party
Main Event: Wedding followed by Reception
Tentative Wedding Itinerary
Lunch followed by Haldi/Mehendi
Goa has a range of 5-star properties to choose from. So, like we mentioned you would need 100 rooms to accommodate 200 guests on double occupancy. On an average, the cost per room per night would be INR 20,000 - 30,000/- . So for 100 rooms for two nights = INR 40,00,000 - 50,00,000/- This would be the room cost inclusive of all meals and airport transfers for 2 days. 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/- depending on the Venue.
Design & Decor:
Cost of 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 3,00,000 - 4,00,000. Sangeet or cocktail night, we recommend going a little big on the decor here with a starting range of INR 2,50,000 - 3,00,000. For the main day ie Wedding Day followed by reception a good budget would be a range of 5,00,000. Decor is the most variable cost factor in a Wedding. Depending on your requirements it can range from a few 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.
Goa as a state is rich with talent and has some of the best musicians/performers/DJs in the country. We recommend a Goan 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 75,000 to INR 2,00,000 depending on their popularity. A good local DJ will cost you INR 45,000 onwards, recommended for a pool party/sangeet/after party. Overall you will have to set aside INR 2,00,000 - 5,00,000 for entertainment.
Permissions and Licences:
Every property will require some permissions and licences that need to be procured before your event. If you are planning a beach wedding, then you need to procure a beach wedding permission too. Other licences needed for sound/performances are PPL, IPRS, NOVEX etc. These licences would cost around 50,000 to 1,00,000 depending on the prevailing rate and the list of licences required as per the entertainment selected.
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 1500-2500 per trip.
There are some other costs that you will need to take into consideration. Makeup artists, baraat band, fireworks, mehendi artists etc. We recommend setting aside another 1-2 lakhs for all the additional expenses.
A Wedding Planner will help you bring your vision together. They will plan and design your Wedding exactly the way you want it to be. A lot of Wedding Planners offer End to End Wedding Planning where in they give you professional guidance at every step of your Wedding Planning. This will ease out a lot of your stress and ensure your sanity. Of course, you will have to factor the cost of a Wedding Planner as well. Most Wedding Planners charge a flat fee which usually starts at 2,00,000 - 2,50,000/- for a 2 day wedding.
Overall a Wedding budget between 70,00,000 - 80,00,000/- would be a good place to start factoring all the elements we discussed above. The cost will vary as per your requirement's and end selection. We'd suggest booking your Wedding Venue at-least 10 - 12 months prior to the Wedding as most venues get sold out rather quickly. Your wedding venue will also give you a clear overview of what your Big Day would look like. Around 6-8 months is what you would need to plan, shortlist & finalise all the other details of the Wedding. Last, but not the least, enjoy your day and make the most of it. After-all, it is the most important day of your life.
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