• Louise Remedios

HOLI HAI! HOW TO HOST THE MOST MEMORABLE PRE-WEDDING PARTY THIS YEAR

It’s that time of year when the colours of spring abound, everything is bright and you can’t wait to throw your first water balloon. Now imagine having all your friends and family with you celebrating your favourite festival and the biggest celebration of your life. Welcome to the Holi wedding party of the year! Here’s how you do it.


Use only organic colours

Shops will be filled with every hue of coloured powdered and you might be tempted to buy them all for your destination wedding in Goa. But we’d strongly advise against purchasing any chemically coloured powders. They contain harmful additives which stain the skin for days and can cause a variety of painful side effects. They are also toxic to the environment. So not worth it! Choose colours made with flowers, turmeric, henna, sandalwood, pomegranate, beetroot, etc.


Opt for flower petals

If you don’t want the bother of staining your clothes or you’re concerned that the colour might stick around for another event the next day, choose to play Holi with a variety of colour petals and water balloons instead. Mix full tuberoses, chrysanthemums, jasmines, and marigolds along with the petals to bring depth and texture to photographs.


Stick with a colour theme

Sometimes, you don’t want to go over the top with all of the colours. You can still celebrate Holi and set yourself apart from the norm. Choose a hue or range of hues that go with your chosen colour theme and hand out only those to guests. For example, club pinks, purples, reds, and magenta together or saffron, red and yellow.


Serve colourful drinks

A Holi party isn’t just about the colour. It’s about the refreshments too. With all the fun your guests are having, they’ll be parched in the heat of the sun. Make sure your bar and beverages stand offers colourful cocktails and mocktails to go with the theme. Your chosen bar service in Goa can even create mixes especially for your big day. Don’t forget to include lassi and thandaai, but remember bhaang is not exactly legal in Goa so avoid getting into trouble with the law.


Fuel up on Holi delicacies

Think about every Holi celebration you’ve ever attended and all the yummy delights you’ve consumed over the years. The festival is celebrated differently across India and while you and your spouse may belong to one or another community, there’s no reason why you can’t borrow from across this diverse nation. Serve hot gujiyas, chilled dahi vada, sweet malpuas, power-packed til laddoos, stuffed puranpolis, spicy pakoras and kachoris, delightful barfis, and more. Your guests will love you for it!


Get your game on

You’ll want to keep the fun going throughout the day to make sure the Holi party at your destination wedding in Goa is memorable for your guests. Get your wedding planner in Goa to organise a bunch of games that people of all ages can participate in. Consider water balloon popping, wet sponge relay, garland making, Holi makeovers, balloon paintball wars and more.


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