An Indo American Destination Wedding in Goa

An Indo American  Destination Wedding In Goa

We recently planned an Indo American Wedding in Goa and it was one big party. Goa is the land of sun, sand and beaches. The vibe of this place is sure to put you in a relaxed mood. We are no strangers to the fact that Goa is the party capital of India. Did you know, that a lot of young couples from all over the world chose Goa as their preferred wedding destination. Well who can blame them. This place is a gift with nature at its best and there is so much warmth and hospitality in the people here. So here we were, once again headed to our favorite Wedding Destination in India, Goa.

The Couple

A lovely couple who were so much in love that a glimpse of them would make you believe in the magic of love. They made a beautiful couple. They completed each other. Annirudh had been living in the US for about fifteen years. This is where he met the love of his life, Annamarie. It did not take long for the two to realize that they were meant for each other. They decided to tie the knot in Annirudhs Hometown, Hyderabad. They did not want to shy away from showing how happy they were and hence decided to have a wedding reception in Goa with their close family and relatives.

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The Planning

Annirudh and Annamarie got in touch with us three months ago. They gave us a brief idea of what they were looking for. We had a couple of skype calls, exchanged emails and we were good to go. It was a two day event. So we started working on a timeline and the events we could hold on the two days. Since  this was not a regular wedding, as all the rituals and the wedding had already taken place in Hyderabad. So we had to use our expertise in deciding what we would incorporate here.

The Venue

A small intimate wedding reception in Goa deserves a venue that compliments the need and feel. Hence we suggested a beautiful luxury boutique resort in the North of Goa, La Cabana. La Cabana is a hidden gem situated on the shores of the beautiful Ashwem beach. This property accommodates upto 150 people. It has a combination of sea view chalets, modern elegant tents and a beautiful portuegese villa. The panaromic view of the Arabian sea is mesmerizing. It is also known to host the most number of wedding in a year which also includes some Celebrity Weddings. On an average this place hosts about 50+ weddings in a year.

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Indo American Wedding Reception In Goa

Day 1

High Tea

The couple and their guests arrive late afternoon on day 1. We decided to arrange a high tea so that guests could freshen up and de stress from all the travel. The guests were welcomed with a welcome drink followed by check in. After check in the guests were pampered with some lovely tea and coffee accompanied with sandwiches, pakodas, cookies and so on. Soon after, we were all set with our first event of the day.

Sun Downer

Since the property had a terrific view of the Arabian sea, we decided to hold a sun downer. For the décor we added multi coloured lit gazebos facing the sea where the guest could relax and unwind.  We had made arrangements for an artist from Mumbai, Mateen Kardame. Mateen is a solo artist whose voice is simply magic. Having hosted popular events, one of which includes opening the stage for Arijit Singh. We knew he would  create magic with his voice, and he did. He was loved by everyone so much that we even had the guests sing a song with him. All in all it was a perfect setting with the sun going down, cool breeze and some soothing music.

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After Party

The Sundowner was followed by an after party at the beautiful beach side restaurant. The guests were treated to some amazing cocktails, beers and wine. We had DJ Vally from Goa, who had the guests on their feet until midnight. He played a great mix of commercial, hip hop and bollywood numbers. Seeing the Americans dance to Bollywood, now that’s a sight you would not want to miss. They just love Bollywood, don’t they?

Day 2

Pool Party

So after a long night, the next day started with a pool party. DJ Vally was once again making the guests grove to his music with a  different genre this time. Beers and wines did the rounds with the guests soaking up in the sun. This was followed by  brunch and bbq by the pool side.

Wedding Reception

The décor for the reception was modern and classy with a beautiful chandelier backdrop. The entrance was designed to complement the backdrop and we had a beautiful glass lantern at the entrance. The wooden dance floor was all lit with rice lights at the ceiling. Chiavari chairs completed the look with a western setting. Beautiful cylindrical glasses with crystals, white orchids and tea candles created a perfect ambience for the occasion.

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The Band

A wedding reception in Goa is incomplete without a Goan band. Having planned several weddings in Goa, we did not want our Indo American couple and their guests to miss out on this one. We hired Lynx, aka Band of the Sand, a Goan band who set the stage on fire. Their genre of music, their energy, everything about them was simply awesome. Their slogan When in Goa, do as the Goan’s do sure won many hearts. The show ended with some local goan songs which were a show stopper of the evening.

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Radisson Blu Alibaug – A perfect venue for Destination Weddings

Destination Weddings are gaining immense popularity in India. With such popularity every hotel/property is doing their best to accommodate this demand. The whole idea of Destination Weddings is to spend your Big Day with family and friends. And what better than all being present at the same time, at the same place. It is a great break and at the same time calls for one big party!

Destination Weddings at Radisson Blu – Resort and Spa – Alibaug

Radisson Blu Alibaug is the most beautiful wedding venue for Destination Weddings in India. Located in close proximity to the city of Mumbai it is the perfect wedding venue for people from all over India. It has an inventory of 156 rooms, suites and villas each featuring a gorgeous private garden or balcony.

Destination Weddings

Destination Weddings

Destination Weddings

Getting There

The closest airport to Alibaug is Mumbai. It is 105 km from Mumbai, which equals to a 3 hour drive. Another way to get here, which a lot of people prefer is through Mandwa by sea. For this, you will need to get to Gateway of India at Churchgate. There are regular ferries, for a very nominal amount. The average time taken by boat is about 45 mins and another 30 mins from mandwa to Radisson, alibaug. Another option is to hire a speedboat, which would reduce your travel time to half of the original time taken.

The Venues

Radisson is one huge property which has gorgeous venues. The best part is each venue is different from the other. In case of destination weddings this factor is extremely important as you want your guests to have a different feel and experience for different events. Lets take a look at the different venues:

Chancellor & Courtyard

Chancellor is an indoor banquet which can easily hold upto 100-150 people. It has an attached pre function area which can be used for high tea, snacks etc. Courtyard is an open air area which can again hold a similar number of people. The combination of both these venues is a perfect setting for a mehendi ceremony. The outdoor can be beautifully decorated with bright colours while the indoor décor can be minimalistic and elegant. It gives the guest the best of both the experiences.

Mango Deck

This place is a favourite with wedding planners and all the guests. It is beautifully designed at the heart of the property. This venue is surrounded by a lovely water body an all sides. There is a small bridge connecting the venue to the property. This bridge is used for Jai Mala since it is an elevated platform by itself, so perfect visibility for the couple. Also, some great clicks can be captured here.

Greens

Greens like the name says is a beautiful lawn which is maintained to its highest standards. It is a huge venue which can accommodate about 1000+ people. It is surrounded by trees on all sides which adds to its beauty. This area is used for Sangeet, Wedding Reception etc. Huge set ups can be done here and this place is an epitome of what a Big Fat Indian Wedding would look like

Spice Market

Spice market is another open air venue. It is adjacent to the massive swimming pool. This place is ideal to hold a sit down setting. If throwing a pool party this area can be used for barbeque brunch, entertainment, food stalls etc  It can easily accommodate 500+ people.

Piano lounge & Razz Matazz

The beautiful architecture of this place is enough to give you a high. The piano lounge has a very English look and defines luxury at its best. It’s a beautiful place to unwind and relax. The magical sound of the piano is sure to make your day better.  Located on the upper floor this place has a beautifully designed bar (Razz Matazz). It also has an amazing dance floor which wouldn’t let you stop till you drop. A designated area for a DJ, this bar will give you some serious drinking and dancing goals.

Food

Food is one major reason why Radisson Blu, Alibaug hosts so many weddings in a year. They are perfectionist when it comes to their food. Their food is lip smacking. Food like we all know, is a very important component of an Indian Wedding. They serve almost all types of cuisines which include the popular one like Indian, Oriental, Mediterranean, Continental etc

Our take

This is one place we strongly recommend if you are looking for destination weddings close to Mumbai. If you are looking at Mumbai as a destination then we strongly advise to give this place a thought because of its close proximity to Mumbai. The staff is excellent, their service is great and they are warm and welcoming. This in true sense will feel like home for the duration of your event. They make every effort to leave no stone unturned to make it memorable for you. As wedding planners we look for wedding venues with such efficiency and this one certainly tops the charts.

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Aditya & Madhur – An Extravagant Wedding Affair

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Wedding Planning – Where it all started

Mrs Kamal Shah contacted us regarding her son’s Wedding. The Bride and Groom lived outside the country. Hence, all the planning was being handled by her. We had a couple of meetings, during which we discussed our professional role in planning, designing, managing and executing the various events. We were on board and since then we met on several occasions; planning and discussing our options in making the wedding unique and memorable. Soon, we were more like family. We fell in love with her personality. A woman with strong values and beliefs. On the other hand, an emotional mother who did not want to leave any stone unturned to make this wedding a unique affair. And that’s exactly what we wanted the wedding to reflect. A modern, luxurious and elegant affair.

The Couple

Since Aditya and Madhur lived in Australia, we only spoke over the phone on a couple of occasions. We only got to see them closer to the wedding date when they arrived in India. They are the cutest couple we have seen. More like a match made in heaven. Grounded, polite, sweet, super cool, are some words we can use to describe this gorgeous couple. Looking at them we knew for sure that this was going to be a picture perfect wedding.

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Wedding Invites

Lets start with these unique and beautiful invites. A quadrangular shaped invite with a combination of ivory and gold on the outside and colorful cards on the inside. Each colour representing each function.

The wedding had total of four functions, As all hindu weddings do. It was a destination wedding and we had guests gracing the occasion from Gujarat, Mumbai, Turkey and Australia ! We simply love the idea of a destination wedding. How it binds all the guests together like one big family, having one big party ! It definitely leaves beautiful memories which guests can cherish for a lifetime.

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Mehendi

The celebration started with the Mehendi ceremony. Where all the ladies including the Bride applied mehendi on their hands and legs.  Since, Mehendi ceremony is all about fun, we added a lot of vibrant colors to the décor along with some traditional designs like bandhani . The ceremony was made more interesting by adding some street food experience to it like golas, chaat, sugar cane juice etc. The idea was to keep it as earthy and traditional as possible. The guests enjoyed local Gujarati and Bollywood music and played garba and dandiya, a form of folk dance that originates from Gujarat. The ceremony was completed with handcrafted jewellery boxes as a return gifts.

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Sangeet

A sangeet ceremony is all about both families coming together and putting up some fun performances for the couple. The families usually start preparing for these performances a month in advance, and this is kept a secret from the couple. The couple enjoys these surprise performances on the sangeet day. We had some amazing family performances. To add glitz and glamour to the occasion, we had a mind boggling  performance by our celebrity performer Khushboo Grewal. Her presence made this event an unforgettable one. She rocked the night with her oomph. As far as décor was concerned,we decided to try a unique theme, Moroccan theme. The stage, the entrance, the dance floor, table pieces everything was covered with Moroccan designs and the entire place was converted into one big Moroccan party. The celebration continued till wee hours.

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

 

Pool Party & BBQ Brunch

After a fun filled night,the next day started with a relaxed pool party. It was not just any other pool party, it was a barbeque brunch pool party. There were lip smacking barbeque food items to please the guests’ taste palettes. The décor also had to be cool and soothing to the eyes. We decided to play with sky blue, greens and yellows. We kept it trendy and fun by using pompoms, lanterns and other fun props.

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

The Wedding

A wedding symbolises union of two hearts and their families. A day that stands for true love. A day when the couple in front of their friends and families promise to be one forever. We decided to give it an elegant, beautiful and cozy feel. We all unanimously narrowed down on a rustic theme with a combination of white and pink that stands for purity, love and affection. The mandap was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and white draping. We used barrels, chiavari chairs, amber bulbs and candles to give it a rustic and cozy look. Not to forget the love signages, that helped add romance to the whole look. The Mandap was surrounded by a water body which was decorated with some floating candles. While the guests mingled with each other enjoying every moment of this beautiful wedding, our vocalist and guitarist Mateen Kardame entertained everyone with his mesmerizing voice. It was a perfect set up for a memorable destination wedding. The one that the guests will surely remember for the rest of their lives.

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

Destination Wedding Alibaug

This wedding was nothing short of a fairy tale wedding. An epitome of a big fat Indian wedding. Every guest was treated with utmost love and care. The guests were presented a beautiful farewell gift for gracing the wedding with their presence.

Thank you so much the entire Shah and Advani family for showering your love on us and making us a part of your beautiful family.  Special mention to Mrs Kamal Shah. You are the most beautiful soul we have ever met. We have added this wedding to one of the most beautiful chapters of our lives.

Here’s a glimpse of the beautiful 2 day Destination Wedding

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