• Louise Remedios

HOW TO HOST A LOW-COST LUXURY WEDDING IN GOA

Want to celebrate a lavish wedding in Goa without breaking the bank? With a little bit of insight and some carefully selected choices, you’ll be feeling pretty royal on just a few dimes.



DOWNSIZE THE GUESTLIST, UPGRADE THE VENUE

Thanks to COVID-19, wedding planning in Goa has taken a sharp turn towards the void of all-out confusion. But if you look at this as a misshapen opportunity, you’ll find a lot can come of it.

With your guest list restricted, you can legitimately cut out all those relatives and colleagues you didn’t want to invite in the first place. Just blame it on the ‘rona. Armed with a more manageable number, head away from the regular ‘wedding hall’ and straight to a luxury hotel. You can go with an intimate sit-down dinner overlooking the sea, cocktails by sunset, or a well-spread-out themed shindig in one of their opulent indoor ballrooms.

If you do the math, it emerges as the perfect deal.





CHOOSE LOCATIONS WITH CHARACTER

Celebrations can have the appearance of being expensive with a simple of choice of venue. Go against the grain and look at places with creative potential during your wedding planning. In Goa, there are options by the dozen.

There’s nothing like a beachside wedding in Goa, but choose locations that offer seaside gardens or decks based on how formal your theme is. (You don’t want your heels to get stuck in the sand.) Check out quaint forts across the state for picture-perfect ceremonies amid a silent narration of history. Heritage homes add in a sense of culture, family and warmth. Yachts or refurbished barges make an interesting change from the norm.



Picture Credit: Silva Heritage , a newly refurbished 350 year old INDO-PORTUGUESE villa property


GO ALL OUT ON GUEST EXPERIENCE

If your guests feel pampered, they’ll feel like royalty. And that’s what lavish is all about. Start with the little things - personalised messages on invites or welcome cards. With pandemic-size guest lists, this is easy to manage without burning a hole in your pocket. Offer them little treats on entry, and something cute or useful to take away.

Engage them in the celebrations - spot prizes, birthday shoutouts, song requests, ice breakers, guest books or wishing wells. You can offer parasols for sunny ceremonies or slippers for a beachside wedding in Goa. Organise a drone photo or video. Make it all about them while they celebrate you.





SPEND ON YOURSELF

Finally, if you want to ditch the drama and make it truly luxurious, focus on you and yours. Concentrate your wedding planning in Goa on a small celebration with close family and dig your heels in for a whopper of a honeymoon.

Treat yourselves to a trip around the world - after COVID-19 sinks back into its hole. Buy yourselves matching jewellery or accessories to remember your special day, or gift yourselves a lavish weekend in one of Goa’s best five-star resorts.


Get in touch with a leading wedding planner in Goa to snag yourselves the best deals during the pandemic.


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