The wedding scene in Goa has certainly gone through a transformation from the days of old when the goan wedding used to be a lot different from what it is now. The entire celebration of the Goan wedding used to be more homely and the celebrations were literally attached to the home area. Over the times Goa and the Goan entertainment scene has hugely evolved and it is very rare to find a wedding reception celebrated in Goan homes anymore. Of course, the excitement and the wedding mood is there for all to see but the wholesome experience of hosting a wedding reception has moved out of the Goan home.
If you take a look from the 1900s, the wedding ceremony of the average Goan wedding was celebrated in their own house and a special enclosure would be erected in front of the house which would be called the “matow”. This matow was essentially a Goan thing and would be decked up with paper confetti and a thick foliage of leaves of mostly jackfruit to cushion the floor. The floor in the meanwhile had already seen a lot of hard patting over the last few days to ensure that it is hard enough to help the dancing process which it was expected to withstand without crumbling up. It was akin to preparing a cricket pitch for an impending match.
This Matow would have all the decorations which were available in Goa in the yesteryears ranging from balloons, paper streamers and decorative plants to adorn the place as befittingly as possible to ensure that the reception was a grand affair. There was a special stage erected for the band to set up their music and the goan wedding was held amidst a guest list ranging from about 75 to 150 at the most. The master of ceremonies in Goa or the Mestre de Sal as he was known in those days was a figure who was normally a friend or a member of the family and the whole affair was very homely and immersed in tradition. The toastmaster was the central figure and was expected to chant some flowery quotes and narrate something positive about the bridal couple and the family. Champagne was rare and wine flowed in glasses to raise the toast spirits.
In some families the nuptial service would also be held at home and the altars were therefore built at the entrance of the home. If the ceremony was held in the church it would be before noon and everybody was free to attend the party at their own leisure. After 6 pm the Goan church bells would toll and the churches would be closed for the rest of the night. The wedding celebrations normally used to begin at around 4 pm and continue till around 7-8 pm. With no electricity in most part of that era, the old antique lamps , the petromas and the alladin lamps were invaluable to usher in light on such eventful nights. The food used to be cooked at home by local cooks and the family members used to come together to chip in the necessary culinary touch. Food therefore used to be traditional Goan menu with the sannas and the sorpotel being the natural unmistakable flavours.The budgets of the Goan weddings of yesteryears was therefore modest and would probably extend to a few thousands to the most.
The modern day wedding scene in Goa has evolved full circle with the times and weddings are now no longer celebrated at home and the nuptial service at home is definitely not in prevalence. Budgets have soared and modern day glitz, shine and entertainment has taken over. In modern times when a wedding in goa is planned, the first thing to look for is the wedding venue in Goa which offers a wide choice. Most desirable venues in Goa are the open lawns which have stormed the Goan wedding scene. From the north to the south of Goa wedding venues are in abundance in modern Goa and clearly dotted all along the catholic belts, busy supplementing the demand created by the new age marriage folks of Goa. These venues are heavily in demand and need to be booked much in advance to avoid disappointment. The weekends are hot targets to get married in Goa and a wedding couple’s most immediate desire is therefore a weekend date for their booking. The Saturdays and Sundays are therefore booked months or often years in advance. The months from November to January are again very busy for the venue owners and the Christmas week ranging from 26th December to 30th December is the red hot week of Goan weddings where probably every open air wedding venue in Goa is booked and every wedding vendor is engaged.
The wedding venues in modern Goa can be seen to be decorated with a wide range of modern day décor and professionals are hired for the job. The dazzle of small running lights , huge lanterns, flower decked gazebos, thermocole savvy angels and long running drapes in various hues and colours for a wedding in Goa are common sight. The food is ordered from professional caterers, the wedding photography is done by experts in the field and the wedding video is an additional feature which gives the moving picture of what happened on your wedding day. The nuptial service preceding this was held probably closer to 6 pm and the church ceremony was accompanied with a extensive décor inside and outside the church with even the benches smarting with the theme colours and sporting some lovely flowers as the bridal couple takes their steps to the tunes of Ave Maria played by a professional Choir especially hired for the job so that the nuptial service has the perfect notes to remember.
The master of ceremonies at the Goan wedding reception is mostly a professional compere and is handsomely paid for his services. The Goan wedding band is also a popular band of Goa which is also booked in advance to avoid disappointment. The decorators have set up their own industry which gives them lot of space to innovate and the wedding caterers in Goa are a whole breed of food experts who lay out a wholesome menu as per your choice. Weddings in modern Goa begin after 8 pm and close mostly by midnight. The kiss of the bridal couple at the end has also seen many a change but then there is the Goan who would still love to kiss his beloved in the old traditional Goan way- by allowing the party revelers to raise their kiss atop two chairs. The risks with this method lie low compared to the fun and is probably one of the few things of an old Goan wedding reception which surfaces once in a while.
In Goa, Hindus have been following their customs which haves descended down the ages. Some of these customs have also been imbibed in catholic marriage traditions in Goa but modified to a large extent. In the Hindu marriage tradition, there is the custom of the “Partavane” or “Partavan” where the bride’s family is invited by the grooms family along with the newly married couple for dinner. This custom is known as “Pottonne” in catholic customs in Goa wherein the next day after the wedding, the entire family and close relatives are invited by the brides family for dinner.
In the Hindu custom, on the fifth day after the marriage has been solemnised, the bride’s family invites the newly weds to dinner to her house. The groom is expected to attend this function with a minimum of at least five friends who are called as “dhede” ( a term which is referred in Goa catholic tradition to the best man – Dhedo). Accompanying him will also be his family members, relatives and other villagers and neighbors. There is a huge welcome awaiting them at the bride’s place often marked with bursting of firecrackers and plenty of pomp. At the gate of the house, the couple is showered with a splashing of colourful water known as “raat” .
There is a custom of the brides family putting up a stall known as the “maand” or “posro”(shop). At this stall, various commodities are on display such as matchboxes, beedies, cigarettes, biscuits, peppermints, khajim, kapam, Bananas, Mango, Jackfruit and flowers. The groom has to purchase the entire contents of the maand at the quoted price and then has to distribute the items to the people gathered there. In earlier times the price of the posro was around five rupees to a maximum. However in the modern days, the prices are anything between Rs 500 to Rs 5000.
The friends of the groom (dhede) take a bath before the dinner. Prior to the bath they have to apply coconut oil on their bodies. They go on bathing till the brides people get tired of fetching the water. When the brides family tires out they play tricks on the bathers. They add cow dung, chilly powder, mud or nettles to the water. The scratching discomfort caused by things such as nettles ends the bathing session.
Next they sit for dinner in on trunks of banana trees which serve as their mats. When they sit on these banana trunks it make as hissing sound which is a cause for laughter and the brides people poke fun at the dhede.
Dinner is served on full banana leaves and they are compelled to eat all that is served to them. In their discomfort of eating everything served to them , should they ask for water, they play a prank on them by serving them with salty water. Some items are also combined with salt instead of sugar as a prank.
In the meanwhile, the brides family goes after the groom and hides his belongings such as his footwear ( chappals). In order to regain his sandals the groom is asked to pay a huge amount. The groom pays this love taxation and takes back his footwear. Before the farewells, the brides family offers “otis” to the married women. Gifts are given to the “dhede” and special “aver” – gifts are presented to the bride and groom along with flowers, vido and gandh.
There exists a custom of stealing an item of daily use from the bride’s house. One of the “dhedo” performs this task very shrewdly. Before leaving the brides family a member form the grooms entourage snatches a coconut leaf ( chudat) from the courtyard(matow). This rite is called “matow partovap” and the marriage ceremony of the grooms family visit to the bride therefore concludes happily.
Marriage is a beautiful beginning of life with another person and starts a wholesome new beginning for a person. In every part of the world there are customs and traditions, many of which have been lost due to the vagaries of time. The customs are nevertheless a trail of a certain belief out of which they arose. In Goa we also have many customs and traditions in every aspect of our living. Many of these customs have discontinued. Some were lost by the colonial suppression of the Portuguese rule. Some others were modified to blend with the colonial influences.
The changes in the structure of Goan society has also rendered some customs and traditions to mere acts that have little or no meaning 3except for their cultural value. The tradition may not have literal value in the modern society but it does link people to their forefathers through the very act itself..The Goan tradition of the Ros (Roce) is another such tradition which reminds us of our ancestors and has survived the onslaught of changing times, thriving till today.
The Ros is a pre-wedding ceremony in Goa involving the smearing of coconut milk and rice flour on the bride to be and her bridesmaids. It was a merry ceremony which was held the day prior to the wedding and witnesses the singing of the Goan Mando, and many light moments with plenty of camaraderie between guests, neighbors and relatives who have a jolly good time thereby creating beautiful memories. Over the times, this tradition also spread across the bridegroom and it is now customary for the bridegroom along with his “best man” to be taking the Ros tradition just like the bride.
The tradition of the Goan Ros has to trace back in time to the days when transport and communication facilities in Goa were very poor compared to modern Goa. The tradition implied that after a woman gets married ,she cannot meet her family except for certain celebrations which were mostly religious in nature. So besides all the changes that marriage brings into the life of a person, she also had to contend with the fact that she would not see her family and friends as she once did. The Ros therefore brought together all these women who have helped her till that moment in her life for one last time in her unmarried stature to celebrate her advent into another stage of her life.
The other reason of the Ros was to ensure that the smearing of milk and coconut cleanses and moisturizes the woman before the big wedding day. As is known and widely accepted even in the modern world, coconut milk is a natural cleanser and softener, when the milk touched the skin of the bride to be and her friends they were naturally cleansed and set for celebrations the following day.
The Ros juice is kept in a container and one by one each person takes a cup of the Ros or a handful and showers it on the bride. During this, there is a continuous belter of songs mostly the dekhni tunes and impromptu compositions which lend the occasion that special touch. After everyone has finished,, the bride and her bridesmaids do a cleanup and bathe themselves, followed by dinner and cocktails for the guests.
In the modern era there is an added element of most brides taking a special beauty treatment to help her with her skin and make-up o that very day itself including her bridesmaids. The tradition of the Ros is discontinued by many in the urban areas of Goa due to the fact that they have to clean themselves up in a greasy experience. However in rural Goa and all the villages of Goa including those living in Portuguese styled houses of the state, people revel and enjoy the tradition of the Ros with unmatched entertainment. Another reason that people have discontinued this is because of lack of time in the modern era while some others simply do not like the ceremony due to their own inhibitions.
Hopefully the Ros tradition will live forever in Goa as it is only with traditions that we can trace our roots and ensure that our culture and our ethos remains forever.
The trousseau for the Goan bride is an essential part of her wedding ritual in Goa. The family or rather the mother of the bride is always thinking about what should constitute the trousseau of the bride even before the proposal of marriage is through. After consulting family members and relatives, the work of getting the trousseau ready commences months before the wedding in Goa.
The wedding trousseau in Goa is known as the “dennem” in konkani. It is essentially a bounty of articles or things that the girl uses in her everyday life and the things that she would need as the woman of her new house so that she does not have to depend on the husbands family. So, from her clothing to her utensils in her kitchen to her jewellery, everything is provided to the girl. So a few months in advance , the bride’s family starts preparing the “dennem” which was earlier worth a few thousands and is now worth many lakhs of rupees. ” Dennem” is a gift that the girls parents are expected to voluntarily give the girl to begin her married life. However in Goa dennem and dowry has often mingled with each other.
In the earlier days, “dennem’ was sent to the house of the groom at least two days before the wedding as per the wedding tradition in Goa. The trousseau which varied from class to class consisted of clothes and jewellery. In the early period among the upper classes a “fator” set was also included in the jewellery. It was a custom to send a small image of baby Jesus in the trousseau. The bride was also provided with some furniture. The main piece of the furniture sent was a wardrobe ( almirah or a cupboard) known in Goa as the “armario” ( in Portuguese) made of wood generally teak. On the wardrobe, the name of the bride was normally inscribed with the date of the wedding. In the lower classes of society some people also gave copper vessels as part of the dennem. In Goa, it was also a practice to carry betel and areca nut as part of the dowry. The entire trousseau was first displayed in the house of the bride and people from the neighborhood were often invited to have a look. It was then transported to the bridegrooms family. Fireworks normally rent the air when the vehicle containing the trousseau was departing from the bride to the grooms house.
On this occasion the family of the bride also sends to the groom a basket of fruits such as bananas , a variety of sweets mainly Goan traditional sweets such as bol and doce. This basket is known as the “ojem”. This “ojem” tradition can be repeated by the bride’s family at important intervals of the association with the grooms family and on the days which are connected to the bride and the grooms such as immediately after the engagement, a day before the wedding, at important festivals and after the first confinement. (In Hindu families of Goa, the “ojem” is sent more often for every festival like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi etc. With sweets top be sent to the grooms family, the brides family often runs into debts to satisfy the grooms family which has often turned demanding.)
The dennem was a fullsome tradition which encompassed the dowry, called as “dothe” in Konkani and the trousseau. Often members of the family such as the other siblings also pitched in to ensure that the bride was not lacking in her package of the trousseau with the sentiment that she need not ask her mother-in-law for anything and get insulted in the bargain. Dennem is therefore known to incorporate the feminine requirements such as a cupboard, a sewing machine,a kollso, a xeddi, sets of utensils, crockery set, dresses, lingerie, footwear, hair dryer, linen, bedsheets,table cloths, cushion covers and pillow covers, altar cloth,table mats, nightwear and much more.
The custom probably originated in a bid to ensure that the girl was satisfied while departing to her new home so that she does not miss out on her necessities and does not have to depend on her husband or his family entirely to suffice her needs. Dennem has existed in Goa since the ages. However it is not a compulsion for the bride’s family and also depends on the social strata. The system of dowry depended on what is worth of the gifts given to the bride. If the goods are worth RS 50,000 then Rs 5000 had to be handed to the family of the groom. This Goan tradition is however no more in practice or at least it is not very popular among the large sections of Goan society anymore.
However the system of “dennem” still prevails and is not only followed in Goa but also by goans in other parts of the world. However the trend is surely changing and the expectations of the dennem has certainly changed colour with the bride being presented with capital gifts such as cars, flats, white goods and other expensive electronic gadgets.
It is also very important to note that Goa is the only state in the whole country which protects the right of a girl to have equal share of the fathers property. After the fathers death, half of the property is for the mother, whereas the other half has to be shared among the children irrespective of sex.
A wedding is a ceremony that celebrates the beginning of a marriage or a civil union, Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions countries and social classes. In some countries, cultures and religions the actual act of marriage begins during the wedding ceremony.
In others, the legal act of marriage occurs at the time of signing a marriage licence or other legal document, and the wedding is then an opportunity to perform a traditional ceremony and celebrate with friends and family. A woman being married is called a bride, a man a bridegroom and after the ceremony they become wife and husband.
Indian weddings are very bright events filled with ritual and celebration, that continues for several days. They are not small affairs, often with 400-1000 people attending ( many of whom are unknown to the bride and the groom)
Hindu Marriage Ceremony
” Sakhar Puda” which literally translates as a packet of sugar exchanged between the two families takes place once the marriage is fixed. In most cases this happens a day or two before the marriage ceremony.
As the mahurat approaches, the bride’s uncle comes to take the bride to the mandap. Their approach to the mandap is rather elaborate, as they are not allowed to take a peek at each other. This is managed by raising an Antarpaat, a partition of cloth between the bride and the bridegroom. only after chanting the relevant shlokas can this Antarpaat be removed. At the time of removing the Antarpaat the people present shower the couple with Akshata( unbroken rice). The couple garlands each other. Like most Hindu marriages, seven rounds around the holy fire are called Saptapadi.
Islamic Marriage Ceremony
Marriage( Nikah/Shaadi) is a solemn contract between bride and the groom. The contract is a strong covenant as expressed int he Quran. Both parties mutually agree and enter into this contract. Both bride and the groom have the liberty to define various terms and conditions of their liking and make them a part of this contract.
The marriage gift (mahr) is a divine injunction. the giving of mahr to the bride by the groom is an essential part of the contract. Mahr is a token commitment of the husbands responsibility and may be paid in cash, property or movable objects to the bride herself. The amount of mahr is not legally specified, however moderation according to the existing social norm is recommended. The mahr may be paid immediately to the bride at the time of marriage or deferred to a later date, or a combination of both.
The muslim officiating the marriage ceremony concludes the ceremony prayer( Dua) for bride groom, their respective families , the local muslim community and the Muslim community at large.(Ummah)
Goan Christian wedding
Gaiety and merrymaking mark the ceremonies of Christin weddings and Goa is no exception. Although a Goan christian wedding may vary on some details to a western church wedding, it basically follows the diktat of catholic wedding.
The proposal for a traditional Goan wedding comes from the girl’s family. Relatives from the girls family go to the prospective grooms home with a marriage proposal. If everything is found satisfactory on both sides, then the girl and her parents meet the prospective groom. They normally meet in at the presence of the proposer at a relative’s home. Their relative may be either from the grooms or the brides side. The boy and the girl meet for the first time in the presence of elders. If they give consent to their marriage then the wedding is finalised and the discussions and planning begins.
However if undecided, they are given more time to discuss everything and make up their minds. Once engaged the couple are at liberty to meet without restrictions.
The Church, the wedding hall/venue for the reception, the wedding car, the caterers and other arrangements for the wedding in Goa are decided upon mutually by the bride’s and the grooms parents and the expenses of these are shared equally by both the families. All the brides wedding finery however — her wedding gown, veil, handkerchief, shoes, purse that is everything worn by her on her wedding day is provided by the grooms family. the grooms family also has to provide the wedding attire for the bridesmaids, the flower girls and the pageboys. the wedding rings for both the bride and the groom are also made by the bridegroom.
Traditionally, the boys parents ask for a certain amount of money which has to be sent n the night prior to the wedding along with the bride’s belongings and trousseau. The grooms mother may also ask for a certain amount of gold, articles etc to be given by the girls parents. However modern generations in Goa have largely eliminated this tradition.
The grooms mother orders sweets for the entire village of Goa from where the bridegroom hails – which have to be distributed by the bride along with young spinsters around the husbands village. If however the wedding takes place outside Goa, then the couple perform this custom on their first visit to their home after their wedding.
The wedding season in Goa is in full swing. But wait. Its the lenten season right now in Goa. Catholic weddings have actually come to a halt. Everybody is waiting for Easter to enable the Goa wedding season to unfold again. However wedding planners in Goa are a busy lot throughout the lenten season. The reason is that foreigners are getting married in Goa and most of them are not tied down by the season of lent. Naturally it is bounty time for wedding planners here who are making the most of the surging demand.
Every week around 10-15 odd foreign weddings take place in Goa. Some take place at the five star resorts while some others take place at other exotic beach venues of the state. In the season of December, Goa witnesses at least 20 weddings on each day of every weekend on an average. Goa is therefore a preferred destination for both domestic as well as foreign tourists.
Some leading players in the wedding industry in Goa peg the annual spend on weddings in Goa in hundreds of crores. This includes not just the decor but other services such as catering, entertainment , transport and hotel stay for outstation guests. Hence Goa is a budding market for anyone who has a specific theme or locale in mind. Waiting in the wings to care of every need are the Goa wedding planners, the people who look at each and every aspect of the wedding in most cases and leave the couple to worry about turning up on time and nothing else.
NRI weddings in Goa are another regular on the Goan wedding calendar. While it may be baffling to some , most NRIs prefer Goa inspite of the disparity in costs. For example, in Mumbai a basic stage can be rented out at a rate of Rs 10-15 per sq foot. However in Goa the rate starts from Rs 30 and goes up to 50 in some cases. The master of ceremonies also comes at a premium in the range of 10,000 – 15000 depending upon their popularity and experience. Most say that while a Mumbai or Delhi is a turnover market, Goa caters to specific needs. Some feel that it is because of the blistering competition in those cities. The overheads are thought to be very high in Goa and its about demand and supply.
For the NRI , Goa is the perfect mix of the traditional and the modern. You can have the luxury of having a traditional wedding in an international setting something that takes care of both domestic as well as foreign guests. A traditional Goan wedding complete with a band and an outdoor venue can cost anything from Rs 4 – Rs 8 lakhs, But in the case of NRI weddings, room costs aside, most basic weddings start at Rs 8-10 lakhs and upwards from there. Incidentally, even Goan wedding shave begun to move form the traditional to the themed since travel abroad and the global culture now has brides-to-be heading to planners with themes and mood decor in mind.
Wedding planners in Goa are confident that due to the beauty and culture of Goa, the business is bound to grow in leaps and bounds in the coming years so long as the infrastructure is also growing exponentially. To get a wedding planner in Goa click here
Planning a wedding is always a demanding or rather a hectic activity in Goa and is also enjoyable keeping in mind the promise of the result that it is bound to throw up. Running around and getting the necessary details addressed and ensuring that the jobs get accomplished to meet the haunting deadline of the wedding day can sometimes raise your anxieties to new levels.
In Goa, wedding planning is always a rush affair. With lots of shopping and an endless list of things to do, it always is a challenge to keep up with the backlog. So what happens when your wedding is scheduled on New years day? Your excitement is double if not more because the party mood is already at a high crescendo and family and friends are in the right spirit of mind. The weather is fantastic in Goa at this time of the year and all this can spill over beautifully into your wanton celebrations.
Getting married on New years day is a special feeling for many couples as they believe that they can combine the feeling of the first day of a brand new year with a brand new start of life with a new person sharing a bond of a lifetime together. Party mood simply extends into the wedding day. Of course, close friends and family ensure that the New years eve is restrained from the usual party dose of New years day in Goa which is about partying till 5 am or even 7 am in the morning . These folks normally curtail themselves till around 1 to 2 am and keep their energies for the wedding coming up in less than 12 hours later.
Very often Goan couples choose the New years day simply for the party mood. they believe that marriages during the rest of the year call for a change of mindset about partaking in the celebrations. However when it comes to New years day, the mood is already there. All that you need to do is tickle it a little bit and it is uncontrolled joy of a wedding celebration in Goa from there on.
However when it comes to practical situations, getting married in Goa on New years day can have its pitfalls as well. People are often tired partying the previous night and have to re-energise themselves to keep up to a new day so quickly. Since every guest is not friends and family, some have already partied hard for long hours the previous new years eve and the demands of attending the wedding can be high. However the party mood probably makes up for the energy.
Traffic on Goan rods on New years day is also another issue as the whole state of Goa is inundated with tourists who occupy every little corner of Goa and every little bed in every tiny quarter guest house is cramped for space. Getting stuck in traffic at New year time in Goa is commonplace and this can be a huge hassle for guests and even the bridal couple to reach to the church or the reception venue on time.
New years wedding in Goa also comes for a hefty price. Every thing is at a premium as New year weddings are high on the demand list. All wedding venues need to be booked at least a year or two in advance as they are the most sought after dates on the list. Also rates of caterers, wedding planners, bands and master of ceremonies are at a premium to normal fees. Timing for the nuptial service on New years day is also an issue as all churches in Goa are scheduled to have an evening mass and therefore a preferred timing is a difficult option which leaves many couples in Goa to have their nuptial service at another chapel or some other alternate location.
When it comes to India, fairy tale weddings are commonplace but the point that modern Indian weddings are driving is that the weddings in India are indeed not just fairy tale weddings sans the sheen. In fact Indian weddings are now getting colour-tinted with bling and shine and loads of green!
“Lavish” is what an Indian wedding has turned out to be and with the usual trappings of rich decor, grand Indian food and other fare this was obviously a transition that the wedding industry in India has welcomed with open arms. Added to it is the fact that the Shaadi-baraatis are jet setting to different destinations to celebrate the big day, cost no bar.
No doubt wedding planners in India are a thrilled lot and are aware that the Indian wedding industry is on the continuous rise estimated to be in the range of over 40,ooo crore worth of business annually and increasing steadily at a rate of 35% per annum. So if an Indian wedding is on your mind you are actually thinking about over-the-top grandeur.
There is no limit to the power of imagination when it comes to an Indian wedding. If you cant go to a place of your desire like a palace, no worry. Creating one indoors is the mantra. Also come rain or shine the appeal of the wedding society for the ornate has not quelled. So indoor theming and wedding scheming is in full flow despite the vagaries of the weather. Some create special nostalgic wedding themes such as the Moroccan theme and don’t mind importing flowers and other materials for the same. Some others have even made their sangeet ceremonies with a Bolly- Oscar theme replete with a red carpet and actual copies of the Oscar statuette. At some other extravagant levels some other guests are set to get a customized designer dress for each of the five functions that will set the hosts with a cost of 3 lakh per head which is not much of a concern to them.
Wedding planners reveal that wedding themes in India are indeed getting glitzier by the day. Some choose an opulent Mugal-e-Azam theme or a castle theme with an elaborate set-up. The price tags are high but there are enough of takers for the indulgence. Some want the added thrill, say of a 36 piece orchestra specially flown in for the performance.
For locations in India, Goa as a wedding venue is a big hit among couples who want the pure breeze and the delight of the seaside to be their wedding day abode. A wedding in Goa combines the thrill of an away destination with the cost effectiveness, a saving which can be splurged on other indulgences. Jaipur and Rajasthan in particular also continue to be the favourite haunt for palace weddings and for its heritage leanings.
Many couples do choose a foreign location outside India to be their wedding haunt. So while some say “I do” in Monaco with an all guests paid for holiday, others may prefer something closer to home such as Malaysia to fuel their wedding vows. At some Indian weddings internationals celebrities such as Shakira and even Akon have graced the occasion with their imposing presence and gifts were showered on the guests in forms of gold bracelets and silver thalis weighing over 1-2 kgs. Indian celebrities such as Shah rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra lighting up a wedding spirit for a high fee, is also common in India.
Every time your glance pours over that shiny and most coveted engagement ring on your finger, the immediate thought crossing your mind would be that you now need to start planning your wedding. While some brides and bridegrooms may figure out quickly about the type of theme that they want to go for or the colour of flowers that should decorate their aisle or what kind of deco would be ideal or which cake would look stunning, some others might find it a bit difficult to make a choice on their own.
The answer therefore lies in choosing the right wedding planner for your big day. The latest trend among NRIs in Europe or America is to head for lovely Goa to celebrate their big day. While most people will abound in confusion about who is better than whom when it comes to selecting a wedding band, a cake maker, a photographer , a master of ceremony etc, Goa has a lot to offer for the booming wedding industry. The internet has indeed made the sharing of these options a much easier affair to comprehend. The goa wedding planner has arrived.
There are a few good wedding planners in Goa and most of them cater to NRI clients or even direct foreigners who plan to celebrate their big day in Goa. The idea is to help these couples plan the perfect wedding. Some wedding planners in Goa have their hands full and plan 40-50 weddings in a year. Planning is often done at least a year in advance over email and the details are exchanged between the couple and the Goa wedding planner. In some cases the couple makes a trip to Goa to check the venue on a personal basis rather than merely go by the pictures over the internet.
Wedding guest lists often vary and there are weddings where only the couple and a few guests numbering less than ten can also have a small quiet affair on the Goa beach. In some other cases there have been huge beach weddings in Goa where the size of the guest list can go upto 400 – 500 which would require extensive arrangements on the beach or at a resort facing the beach. Wedding planners in Goa normally take care of every small details including the attire, the decor, cake, master of ceremonies, music, entertainment, bands, Djs, and even accommodation for the guests is supervised by the wedding planners.
In Goa, the beach theme continues to be a favorite among people who flock here to make it their big wedding day. Some wedding couples even choose an elephant to renew their wedding vows on a higher pedestal. Some others prefer a cruise ship. It is believed that at least two to three thousand couples get married in Goa every year.
Thanks to the internet, the various websites of the Goa wedding planners makes it easier for the foreigners and NRIs alike to get themselves in touch with the right people in Goa to make their dream wedding a true reality. So whether you are in UK or America or in the Gulf region, your big dream of having a sunset beach wedding in Goa is on the verge of materializing.
A master of ceremonies is also an essential ingredient of a wedding reception and can add the necessary spice and zest to the celebration by taking it to an altogether new level of entertainment. Most clients contact over the internet and therefore a website for a wedding emcee is also a big help.To search for the best master of ceremonies in Goa is not very difficult as they are well known in the entertainment circles of Goa.
The major wedding market clients choosing Goa as the destination for their dream wedding are mainly form the Gulf, United Kingdom. Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America.
Photography also forms an essential part of the celebration as it is the photographer who will capture those beautiful memories in his camera for the generations to see what the wedding was like. Goa is endowed with some very skilled photographers who know to capture the right moments and are quite adept at the lens to extract the maximum quality and are skilled to adjust to various requirements of different communities.
Wedding cakes is another area which requires a lot of detailing. In Goa there are a host of people who make some fantastic cakes which have delighted couples for many years and continue to do so. These cake makers know how to win the newly weds over with the latest designs and the colour schemes to match their theme. With pretty little icing flowers and items brought in specially to decorate the cake, Goan cake makers are very busy people throughout the year and are often booked over a year in advance.
Goa is also a place of music and song and is blessed with some fine talent in musical bands which are a big draw among the local Goans here itself. These musicians have also rubbed shoulders with their peers at international shows and are therefore equipped to regale and entertain any audience and any number of wedding guests in Goa. Djs also rule the roost in the land of the sun sea and sand and therefore the entertainment scene in Goa beautifully complements a Goan wedding set up.
So if you are indeed planning a wedding in Goa you have come to the right place. Click here for a wedding planner and let your wedding plans get a great going.