Basic to do list for a Goan wedding
The Government of Goa has a mandated a few rules that need to be adhered before getting married in Goa. This paper work generally takes 4-6 weeks to complete.
The marriage has to be registered at the Goa Civil registrars office, which is the only thing looked at as an official statement of getting married. Civil Registrars are situated in Panjim, Mapusa, Vasco, Ponda and Margao.
Marriage preparation program
For Catholic marriages, the church mandates a marriage preperation program and reading of the rings- that takes place 3-4 weeks after submission of paperwork.
There are specific reading and hymns that go along with the liturgical service , depending on the day of the week, and the time of the year. Liturgical services are restricted during the time of lent (40 days before Easter). Services are also paused from advent (the days leading up to Christmas). There are exceptions to these rules and with special permission, a ceremony can be celebrated during this time as well.
IPRS and PPL Licenses
IPRS and PPL licenses are required to be procured if you plan to have the ceremony at the public location. The cost of an IPRS license is around Rs. 35,000 and a PPL would cost Rs. 25,000. In addition to these licenses the Government also mandates a license for the use of public space. These permissions needs to be acquired from the local village Panchayat and the Tourism Authority. These permissions take at least 3-4 weeks to get processed.
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