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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Destination Wedding Alibaug

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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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Kevin & Deepika – White Vintage Theme Wedding

White Vintage Theme Wedding

The Bride & Groom 

Kevin & Deepika are a fun loving & easy going couple who wanted to break the traditional barriers of a catholic wedding reception. They were up for a lot of creativity and loads of fun. It all began with the first meeting at a popular café joint. The couple gave us a vision of what they wanted their dream wedding to be like. Now, it was our turn to envision their dream and turn it into a reality.

The Couple’s Monsoon Pre Shoot

We started off by organizing a pre shoot for them, it gave us a chance to get to know them better and vice versa. Though reluctant and hesitant at the beginning, it didn’t take long for the couple to get comfortable in front of the camera. The groom got into the Bollywood mode and even lifted the bride, and the results were simply outstanding. Light showers added to the moment and added to the beauty of the pre shoot.

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Wedding Invites & Their Magical Love Story

Now we had to start with the wedding invites. After a lot of brainstorming and too many coffees we came up with the idea of using the pictures from the photo-shoot and started working on the invite design. We used their actual love story which is nothing short of a Bollywood movie and implemented it in the invite. So the story goes like this. Kevin & Deepika met in the UK where they were doing their Post-Graduation studies. It was love at first sight for Deepika. Kevin was an easy going guy and did not think of anything then. So they continued to stay friends, being there for each other. A year later, Kevin returned to India and took up a job in his hometown, Mumbai. This however, did not stop the two from chatting, late night conversations over the phone, skype and so on. As luck would have it, Deepika decided to come down to India and since she had a connecting flight from Mumbai, they decided to meet. Little did she know that Kevin had planned to propose to her, which he did and she was all head over heels. This is how the invites turned out and everyone loved them.

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Wedding Brief

The couple wanted a modern, elegant, western style catholic wedding reception. The bride wanted a lot of lights to be used (aka Light Wedding), so we started working on the décor and getting things together. After several meetings and discussion with our team, we decided to work on a White Vintage Theme Wedding. We proposed this idea to the couple and they were game.

White Vintage Theme Wedding Décor Overview

We decided to put multiple frames together to create a modern elegant look. Small touches of flower arrangements accompanied with greens, tea lights, crystals and cages added to the beauty of it. The entrance gate too was designed on the similar lines to match the theme. We used crystal strings and accompanied it with floral arrangements and cages. We wanted to create an experience for the guests while they enter the wedding venue. Hence, we had two trees on each side with white trunks and used cherry blossoms and crystals.

For the photo booth we used golden rustic frames in rectangle shape along with an oval size frame to compliment the overall look. Flower arrangements were done at the corners to add to its beauty. We used various signages both funky and elegant to add a personalised touch to the décor. The guest book are was a place where the guests had to leave their wishes for the couple. Here we used the vintage cycle, flower vase, rustic table, hats and frames as props. The outcome, simply brilliant!

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White Vintage Theme Wedding Chandelier Cake

We saved the best for the last. Something everyone was in awe of. This masterpiece was designed with special attention to detail. A one of its kind, where every baker would think twice before trying their hands on this one. A Chandelier Cake, hung upside down on a chandelier cake stand. The stand was decorated with greens and small white flowers. The look of the cake was complete with a touch of gold and pearls. This was certainly a showstopper!

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Take a look at this magical wedding pictures White Vintage Theme Pictures

The Wedding Film – Kevin & Deepika

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Hotel Sea Princess – The Beach Wedding Venue In Mumbai

Hotel Sea Princess – Mumbai

Sea Princess is one of the most popular wedding venues in Mumbai. It is located in the heart of the city at the shores of the beautiful Juhu beach. The view is mesmerizing and it is a great get away within the city. It is 5 km from Chatrapati Shivaji international airport. It’s close proximity from the airport makes it a perfect venue for a destination wedding. It offers both indoor and outdoor venues which are ideal for all your wedding functions like haldi, mehendi, sangeet, reception and so on.

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Their most popular banquet is the beach front open-air banquet, which provides you a breath taking view of the Arabian Sea. With the lavish pool on one side of the open-air banquet and with a touch of chic décor and lights this place turns truly magical. So while you are in the heart of the city, a view like this is a treat to your eyes.

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The indoor banquet hall is a pillar less hall which can accommodate between 250-400 people at a time.

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The staff are extremely courteous and polite and the service is exceptional. They place special emphasis on providing a delightful experience to every guest. In doing so, they pay minute attention to details, making sure you have a lifetime of memories to cherish.

It is an ideal venue for people living in Mumbai, looking for a beachfront wedding. For people from out of Mumbai, it is a perfect venue for a destination wedding. It boasts of hosting the most number of weddings in town.

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Creative Wedding Planning Tips – Your Day – Weddings & Events

Creative Wedding Planning Tips by Your Day – Weddings & Events

Wedding trends keep changing every year. Nowadays, many couples want to do something different and unconventional for their weddings. Couples don’t mind trying new ideas and be the trendsetters!! And we love that!

Professional & Creative Wedding Planning Tips from our Expert Wedding Planners

  1. Save the Date

You want to inform your guests about your wedding date in advance so that they can make all necessary arrangements to be at your wedding, especially if it’s a destination wedding. This will help you announce it in style. Have a pre wedding shoot done, you can also add a pre wedding video if you would like to. Go to beaches, gardens, theme parks, forts etc. and have beautiful pictures clicked of you two. Take the pictures and make a very attractive creative or if you love handing out cards, there are many out of the box ideas for that too. This way your guests will know they are in for something really different. This will also help to create excitement for your wedding and your guests will be looking forward to it.

  1. Wedding Invites

This is going to be your first official communication to your guests. And you can get as creative as you want. You can look up for some ideas online as per your theme or create your own design and idea. Execution will be really easy if you have a wedding planner on board as they know exactly what you are looking for and where can you get it done from.

  1. Create a Theme

This is the foremost and the most important factor of a wedding. This is where your creativity begins. You can do some research on the trending themes or can create a theme with the help of your wedding planner. This is what will define your wedding and rest of the creativity.

  1. Wedding Décor

Wedding décor will revolve around the theme you have selected for your wedding. You can have different themes for different occasions. For eg: You can have a fun theme for your sangeet, some traditional theme for your haldi and a completely different theme for your wedding day. You can talk to your decorator and see if he can execute these themes for you or if u have hired a wedding planner they will be able to execute it for you. Having a photo booth is a great idea, it always adds up to the fun quotient in the wedding. You can also create a guestbook area and have the guests write down their wishes for you.

  1. Wedding Stationery

This is another area where you get a chance to show your creativity. You can stick to the theme you have selected and have your wedding stationery like invites, menu cards, wedding itineraries, thank you cards etc. designed and printed. These small things add up to the whole experience and give a personalized effect to the wedding. It’s something the guests will always remember.

  1. Couple entry

This can get as exciting and creative as you want it to be. You can choose to have a fun entry or a royal one, or a romantic one. The kind of entry you choose will completely depend on your personalities. You can have separate entries or can have it together. Whatever you choose to do, remember, this will leave a long lasting impression on your guests. Boys don’t forget to carry some swag! And Girls, kindly put on your radiant smile, it makes all the difference.

  1. Favors

This is usually the last piece of communication from you to your guests. Make sure it speaks about you both. You can have a personalized favor with your names embossed on it. Don’t forget to add a thank you note showcasing how glad you were to have them at your wedding. After all, every time they see it, it’s going to remind them of you and your wedding for many years to come!!

So go ahead and make your wedding more creative. For more Creative Wedding Planning tips;

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Also read 10 things to consider when planning a Destination Wedding in Goa