Planning for a destination wedding in Goa? Got a million questions that keeps popping up in your head? Where do you start from here?
We understand where you coming from! And why not! When Goa is such a perfect destination not only to tie the knot but as a tourist getaway, one can also combine a fabulous honeymoon post wedding.
As a wedding planner based out of Goa, we do receive many enquiries on “Cost for a beach wedding in Goa” and it is amazing to see that every bridal couple has a long ‘wedding wish list’. So, to help all you lovely bridal couples out there, we will list out a brief outline on the costs that may help you in planning your wedding budget in the best possible manner.
Let us take a rough cost for a group of 100 guests in a 5 – star hotel with meals over a 2 day period
Some of the popular beach facing hotels that fall in the 5 – star categories are ITC Goa, Taj Exotica, Leela, Zuri White Sands, Alila Diwa and The Lalit, whose prices range from Rs. 17,000 to Rs. 19,000 a night, with 3 meals and airport shuttle services included. It is also important to note that during the monsoons, the same rates are down by 40% which is still a bonus to have your wedding in one of these plush and well known hotels.
So, for a 2 nights stay with a group block of 50 double rooms and 3 meals inclusive, you would require to budget your guest stay at Rs. 18,00,000/- lacs to Rs. 20,00,000/- lacs.
If you are looking to book any of the 4 – star and medium priced hotels, like Novotel Dona Sylvia, Bogmalo Beach Resort, Royal Orchid and Resort Rio, you would require to budget your guest stay at Rs. 11,00,000/- to Rs. 15,00,000/- with all inclusions
You must also bear in mind on the different venue rental costs, which are additional and range between Rs. 1,25,000 lacs to 2,00,000 lacs per venue per event.
That is as far as the rooms, meals and venue rentals go….
Now we must look at the other important aspects to the wedding ie. décor /sound/ lighting/ florist/ live entertainment / mehndi artists / make-up artists and hair stylists / photographers and videographers right down to the smallest requirement, the main essentials ie. dholwalas / baraat brass band/ ghodi/safaas, the wedding cake, fireworks & pyros etc. So let us break them down for you on an individual basis to give you a cost understanding.
Décor/Sound / Lighting & DJ entertainment for 2 days – comes under one banner where a rough estimate of Rs. 5,50,000 lacs to Rs. 7,00,000/- lacs for basic décor with little or less frills attached. Should you wish to go for a more elaborate décor affair, you would require to keep an additional Rs. 1,50,000 to Rs. 2,00,000 lacs. Should you wish to skip the DJ and opt for a live band instead, consider a budget of Rs 90,000 to Rs 1,40,000 for a three hour shift.
Mehndi artists – For a group of 100 guests, which would mean 50 to 60 ladies for mehndi, you would require to hire 3 – 4 artists to carry out this scope of work. Each mehndi artist can cover 4 to 5 ladies within an hour on a 3 hour shift, so this should suffice.
With regards to the detailed bridal mehndi, we recommend getting this done the afternoon or evening prior to the start of the actual wedding events.
Bridal make-up artists & hair stylists – This scope of work ranges from the best make-up artists who will charge anywhere between Rs. 30,000/- to Rs. 40,000/- per event. Also, bear in mind that for any early morning events (back to back events), you would need to provide the team with accommodation and meals, not necessarily in the same hotel but a close by hotel or motel walking distance to the venue should be good enough.
There are quite a few other make-up artists who are pretty good at their work but charge moderate costs anywhere between Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 20,000/- per event.
Here are some few best makeup artists who will make you look best at your special day: Sukanya Manerikar, Farah Khan and Ruksar.
Wedding Photographers/ Cinematography – It is best said to invest wisely on this important element which will be a lifelong memory. Try not to negotiate bargains here especially when you are dealing with the best names in town! The charges range from Rs. 3,25,000 to Rs. 4,00,000/- for a full package of their work over the 2 day period.
Wedding photographers who fall next in line and have a decent repute in the market should cost their services anywhere between Rs. 2,00,000/- to Rs. 3,00,000/- for a full package of their work over the 2 day period.
For the rest of the other essentials, return gifts, welcome hampers, fireworks, you may want to hold on to a budget of Rs. 1,50,000/ to Rs. 2,50,000/-.
So to sum up the cost, we would say a total between Rs. 35,00,000 lacs to Rs. 50,00,000 lacs is what you should budget for. There are smaller hotels and stand-alone wedding venues available for couples that have a smaller fixed budget. It is also advisable that when going through the search process, you must seek the assistance of a knowledgeable and creative wedding planner as they are the experts in this field and will only accelerate the wedding arrangements in the right direction. Most of the professional wedding planners can handle Step 2 as a comprehensive package so that you do not have to deal with too many vendors yourself.
Have your own décor mood board ready and suggest a couple more from your wedding planner, so it is easy to mix and match the different décor designs.
We are happy to have you request us for a complimentary consultation where our team of experts will take you on a step by step planning process and the cost inclusions. Please call us on: 00 91 750 7221011 or on the office phone: 0091 832 2871366 to book your appointment. You can also email your queries at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com and we shall respond within a 24 hour period.
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