• Louise Remedios

HOW TO TURN AN ANCESTRAL HOUSE INTO A WEDDING VENUE IN GOA


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


When it comes to wedding venues in Goa you will be spoiled for choice. Choosing an indoor hall or outdoor lawns is the typical thing to do. Channel the charm of an old Indo-Portuguese home with lush gardens and turn your big day into a magical celebration.


Picture Credit: Rhoda and Joshua Shearer, at Solar Dos Colacos Mansion


Here’s how you do it:


SEATING

Allow your guests to soak in the stunning beauty of offbeat wedding venues in Goa such as old homes. Choose spots under flowering trees, on open lawns or even around a large vintage dining table if your guest list is small. Some old Goan homes have been renovated to include swimming pools too, so include an arrangement there as well.

Choose seating styles according to your wedding theme. If the event is informal - perhaps a mehendi or sangeet party, you can look at low divan-style seating or lounge spaces. Remember that an old home is not one of the typical wedding venues in Goa, so adjust your final choice based on the space available and the ambiance.

A good wedding planner in Goa will be able to sort you out for everything from intimate round tables and banquet tables to rustic farmhouse tables to bold serpentine tables or a creative mix that suits your needs.



Picture Credit: Rhoda and Joshua Shearer, at Solar Dos Colacos Mansion


LIGHTING

In ancestral homes in Goa, lighting is everything. It can turn a dark, dank space into a fairytale location. The easiest thing a Goan wedding planner can fix you up with is paper lanterns. They are accessible and a go-to decorative lighting style in all shapes and sizes.

Get creative with lighting ideas that are budget-friendly and gorgeous too. Try naked filament bulbs on wires of varying heights strung across the venue for a minimalist look. Or go for a dainty effect with tiny fairy lights crisscrossing the area. Transform the house into one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in Goa with an abundance of aromatic candles, lanterns or mason jar arrangements. Suspend umbrellas or upturned wicker baskets with bulbs to offer an ambience just a bit different.



Picture Credit: Rhoda and Joshua Shearer, at Solar Dos Colacos Mansion


DANCE FLOOR

The dance floor is one of the most important parts of a venue. If your guests enjoy dancing, look for Indo-Portuguese homes in Goa with spacious lawns where you can erect a wooden dance floor. Some homes may have large dining rooms. Simply clear the space of furniture and you’ll have yourself a gorgeous dance floor - often enhanced by pretty chandeliers and oversized mirrors.



Picture Credit: Rhoda and Joshua Shearer, at Solar Dos Colacos Mansion


DÉCOR

Give your guests something beautiful and interesting to look at throughout the celebration. Think cute wooden signboards for directions to the bar, buffet, or photo booth. Tasteful neon signboards can add some edge to an otherwise quiet corner. Look for table centrepieces that add some greenery and colour to your celebration - perhaps flower arrangements, colourful cacti, mini cakes, customised candles, photographs or favours to take away. You can even include a colourfully decorated activity space for children that fits in with your theme.


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