WEDDING IN GOA : BASIC IDEA & TIPS
Are you looking for budget idea of hosting a Wedding in Goa?
Without overwhelming yourself with too many ideas, lets have a close look at what are the major cost components while you plan a destination wedding in Goa.
1. Stay / Accommodation
Well this is one major element which can eat up to 50% of total budget if you are paying for everone’s stay (mostly the case with Indian families), if not you might still be paying up for the stay of close family and relatives.
Most of the good Resorts which are located right on the beach are rated as 5* and 5* deluxe for example Taj Exotica, Leela, Hyatt, Zuri, Holiday Inn etc. These Hotels have huge Inventory of 150 Rooms on an average but most of the Rooms are pre booked by the Travel Agents & charter holiday makers who travel in groups. So if you are looking for more than 60 Rooms at one Resort during Oct-March you might have issue with availability even though you are ready to pay.
During April to September you may get 25-35% discounted rates.
If you feel you can explore the right contacts for all the Resorts to negotiate best of deal, go ahead and start calling them. If not, trust on your wedding planner to do that for you. The Hotels as a policy do not double quote and if you have contacted first, your Wedding Planner doesnt not stand a fair chance to negotiate for you.
Calculation of cost is very straight forward
Number of Rooms X Number of Nights X Budget = Cost/budget of stay (approx)
2. Venue, Food & Drinks
Deciding upon the Venue and cost of hiring venue, food and drinks form the second largest component.
If you opt to stay at the same Resort where wedding events have to be held, there is some advantage in terms of getting a free of cost venue. Otherwise each and every venue could be on chargeable basis.
If required there are independent venues also available in different settings like sea facing lawns, semi private beach area, indoor banqueting halls.
Depending upon the Resort and menu, Gala Lunch/Dinner costs anywhere from Rs. 750 to Rs. 3500 per person.
Regular buffet meals could be anything from Rs. 750 to 2500 per person.
Premium venues like one above in picture are charged Rs. 100000 – 200000 for an event.
To calculate cost of Food, you must decide upon how many simple buffet Lunches/Dinners are you hosting and how many events are you planning for a Gala Dinner?
As far as Drinks (beverages like Water, Soft Drinks, Juices, Liquor, Wine, Mixers etc) are concerned, generally couples opt to pay as per actual consumption. Hotels offer special Bottle rates and do not charge per drink.
There is also an option of unlimited supply for few hours but its limited to the in house Brands and if there are not many drinkers it may come out costlier options. Resorts these days shy out allowing you to bring in your own Liquor because of licensing issues.
3. The venue setup & decoration
This includes setting up the venue, Mandap, floral decoration and arrangements, Welcome entrances, Stages & backdrops, ambiance lighting, Table decoration, Props, Table linens & runners, dressed chairs with tie back and most of stuff related to it.
We work with local Decorators and Florists to deliver what you are looking for, we would give you ideas based on your preferences and taste.
Combining the functions like Mehndi & Sangeet, Wedding Ceremony and Reception Dinner is always a good idea to keep a check on budget.
When you are opting for a destination wedding, you are already talking about beautiful aesthetics of place. Try to limit yourself to a minimalistic and tasteful decoration.
4. Music, DJ, Entertainment
Wide variety of choices available from the celebrity DJs with top professionals equipment to the local best of DJs with real good sound & setup from Goan Bands, Gazal Singers, Mimicry Artists to Laser Shows, African Acrobats, Russian Belly Dancers.
All this range from Rs. 15000 to Rs. 500000 per show.
Most of the popular entertainment you would find available locally in Goa as its the hub of Artists and entertainers. If required this could be sourced in from any part of country or even world.
Consult your family about what kind of shows are you happy with during the wedding festivities. You might even have your own friends & family performing some acts.
These days you require to obtain a PPL and an IPRS license to play any kind of Music in your Wedding/Events. We may help in obtaining these licenses from the authorised Agencies in Goa. This is a costlier bit and cost as per the number of guests in gathering. Remember it is a must to obtain this license, failing to which your Party may be completely ceased.
5. Photography/Video, we call it Story telling
More and more couples are opting for this fresh approach of candid Photography and Wedding Cinematography.
Larger the team and more the experience, higher would be the rates.
We suggest you atleast 3 options, see their portfolio and offers and decide on it.
Its better to have one team for Stills and Video since its cost effective and overall the results are much better. Also along with candid Photography you should opt for atleast 1 assistant Photographer who would do posed shots and make sure all your relatives & friends are covered.
6. Transportation to Goa & within Goa
Transportation to Goa is generally paid by the guests individually.
Transportation within Goa may be involved from collecting the guests from Airport / Railway Station to transporting them at any outside venues, taking them for trip around to dropping them back for back Home.
We hire individual Cars for flexibility however if the idea is to travel together you may opt for good Air conditioned Coaches.
If there are multiple picking points, you would be provided with Transport Manager with the Wedding Planner team to ensure things run smooth.
7. More costs
Wedding Procession (Baraat)
Return Favors or Gifts
Magician for Kids, Tarrot Card reader, Astrologer, Caricature Artist, Snake charmer, Live bangle maker
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We will help you with all the information in details, get more crazy and innovative ideas, manage the suppliers, interact with your guests, be on site to coordinate everything, please feel free to ask me to plan and coordinate the wedding for you!
If you are still not too sure and wish to explore in more details, I am available for consultation without having me hired as Wedding Planner.
All the best with your wedding planning research ahead …
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