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Wedding season in Goa

Before getting married in Goa by its beautiful beaches, one of the first questions you’d probably find yourself asking is when?  The state welcomes tourists all through the year, mainly due to its warm tropical climate.

Couples tie the knot here from diverse cultures and religions, each preferring a specific time of the year. Within the catholic community, the Lenten season that begins around February or March and lasts 40 days, up to April of May, sees a sizeable decline in the number. Immediately after Easter Sunday the festivities begin

Other religious communities are most often seen celebrating all year round. The monsoon season dampens the traditional festive spirit a little, however there are those that want to have a monsoon bash look forward to the months from June to September.

So let’s take a look at few of the factors that may influence your decision on deciding on the date.

  1.       Consider the weather

If you’re looking to host an outdoor event, the best time to do so would be in the winter season ( end October to early February). The weather being cool and pleasant is conducive to endless festivities. The months of April, May and October are hot and humid and usually not preferred.  For sunset beach ceremonies  even in these months would be great as the weather is perfect around that time of the year. Venues need to be booked  well in advance, at least 6 months if not a year. The sooner you book the venue and send out your save the date cards, the earlier your guests, flying in from all over can book their tickets at a more affordable price.

  1.      Time constraints and busy schedules

In this day and age where everyone has tight schedules and always on the go, it often isn’t the weather that dictates  the dates, but rather the schedule of the couple and their family members.  One way to counter this is to plan a date well in advance giving everyone invited sufficient time to plan and make the necessary arrangements.

  1.       The holiday season

Although the months of April and May are the warmest and most humid, they happen to coincide with school summer holidays as well. The festivals of Diwali, around October and Christmas in December also result in the kids having a few weeks break from school.  These dates are always preferred as families are always making plans to to travel around that period.

The only downside to  the summer months is the high heat and humidity, however a twilight ceremony along a beach side lawn would be a perfect setting even at this time of the year.

  1.       Money matters

No matter how small or intimate a ceremony one decides to have, there are always cost associated to it.  All tariffs are dependent on the season and the time of year. The months from June to September are usually considered off season and hence most vendors as also venues will be available and at economical rates as compared to the peak season. Peak season arrives in months of November, December and January, causing a spike in room tariffs.

  1.       Availability of venues

    It  is always a packed wedding season here, so much so,  popular banquet halls are reserved months in advance. Similarly, accommodation for large number of  guests can tight for last minute deals. Hotels are available to book 6-8 months in advance, some even stretching for 10-12 months in advance. The likelyhood of talented and sort-after vendors is also very limited at the last minute hence look to book all essential vendors at the earliest.