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  • Writer's pictureLouise Remedios


Updated: Nov 17, 2021

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If coronavirus just poured hot water over your wedding planning in Goa, you’re not alone. It may seem like a million ideas went down the drain but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up the pieces and sort out a gorgeous fairytale destination wedding in Goa. Here are a few tips to help you along:


Wedding venues in Goa might have a variety of new restrictions based on where they are located. You may no longer be allowed to hire an outside caterer or there may be a limited number of guests you can invite for different celebrations. You may have to compromise on certain things, but that doesn’t mean your destination wedding in Goa won’t be breathtaking.

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This is the toughest part about wedding planning. In Goa, weddings are one of the biggest events for entire families so downsizing gets pretty difficult. You can do this by writing down the most important parts of your day and listing them in order of importance. For example, if having your grandmother with you is absolutely essential, you might consider changing the date of your wedding to a safer time. Other non-negotiable things could include a certain menu or design of cake, theme, a particular outfit or a specific priest or celebrant for the ceremony.

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As a result of the pandemic, many vendors and wedding venues in Goa have been flexible with cancellations and rescheduling. Cross-check updated refund policies for advance payments before making final decisions. This includes tickets for honeymoon travel.

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With your list of non-negotiables, look at how you can either reschedule or reimagine your fairytale destination wedding in Goa. If you must get married on a specific date, look into an intimate wedding with a big party at a later date - or a first anniversary bash! You can livestream the ceremony to your original guest list or recreate the exchange of vows at that big do later. Or have all - or most - of your guests with you by postponing your date. A good wedding planner in Goa can help ease the stress of having to start from square one.

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Once you’ve made your final decisions, it’s time to tell your guests. If you’re scaling down, a little note telling them they’ll be missed will go a long way. Consider how you would like to inform all your guests of changes that affect them - email, messages, social media or calls. Don’t forget to update your wedding website, but remember that not all your guests will look for changes there. If you’re rescheduling more than a month or two after your original date, give your guests a chance to RSVP again.

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Unfortunately, many may have already had a lot prepared by the time the pandemic suddenly struck. Things like printed invites, décor and clothes for all the events may not be needed anymore. You can look at ways to upcycle invites into new décor, coasters or gift tags. Clothes and large items of décor can either be donated or sold.

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Remember, it doesn’t matter if your wedding doesn’t look exactly like you’d imagined it would. You’ve still got your favourite person in the world by your side!



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