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A GUIDE TO INTER-RELIGIOUS DESTINATION WEDDINGS IN GOA


Love prevails over everything, but that doesn’t mean it sails easily over speedbumps in the form of differing faiths and practices. If your wedding planning in Goa involves the combination of different religions and rituals, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind.

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Understand each other’s faiths


Faith is a deeply personal aspect for many individuals, and may not appeal to everyone. Allowing each other space to follow what’s close to their hearts can go a long way during wedding planning in Goa - and in your married life too. Take the time to find out more about specific traditions, rituals and ceremonies specific to your spouse’s religion.

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Note down important ceremonies


Each religion has certain wedding-related ceremonies, sacraments, traditions or rituals that must be followed and others that are optional. Speak to each other about the ones that are important to you and your spouse so both families can have celebrations they have grown up dreaming about and are significant.

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Be wary of conservative relatives


Watch out for staunch traditionalists and exceptionally conservative relatives at your destination wedding in Goa. They can be a source of stress and trauma. It’s important at this point to perhaps try and be understanding of their opinion to keep the peace and make your wedding planning in Goa less stressful. However, the mental health of you and your spouse comes first. It could be the first real test of this new stage in your relationship, so speak to each other and stand by one another.

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Be open to neutral options


If things get complicated with your inter-faith destination wedding in Goa, remember that neutral options exist. You can opt to have your union recognised civilly, without a religious ceremony. In Goa, civil registrations are compulsory. No religious ceremony will be conducted without it. If neither of you is particularly religious, you can choose a non-denominational ceremony where everything is up to you. You could sing songs or recite poems to each other, state your vows and exchange rings, light candles to mark the day or even bury a time capsule with a message to your future selves.

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Involve your guests


When it comes to inter-fath destination weddings in Goa, you might want to consider your guests. Most will be familiar with either one or the other ceremony, so explaining the important parts of both religious events will offer them a chance to participate. A good wedding planner in Goa will help you with interesting ways you can present this. Involve family members from both sides in traditions such as lighting a unity candle or joota chupai.

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Ask for help


Always remember to ask for help whenever you need it, especially when it comes to ceremonies or traditions you don’t understand or are unfamiliar with. Your to-be in-laws will feel grateful that you asked and are more often than not, always eager to pitch in. It shows you are interested and will make your wedding planning in Goa a smooth and stress-free process.

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