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Frequently Asked Questions
Golden Aisle is dedicated to helping you plan beach or destination wedding. Planning a destination wedding is unique and there are some additional questions and challenges you face. You can’t always get the answers you need in general wedding planning books or at traditional wedding planning sites. Our Frequently Asked Questions section was developed to get you the answers to all those questions.

Why hire Golden Aisle The Wedding Planners?

Planning a wedding today involves much more than one would think. Here is how Golden Aisle can help you plan your special day:

  • We ensure best allocation of your wedding budget
  • We use fresh international trends and yet ensure that traditional elements are not lost
  • We are professionals in this industry and use our knowledge of wedding vendors and unique design ideas to create a fabulous wedding that will be talked about for years to come
  • We are comprised of a team of young and dynamic individuals who stay abreast of upcoming trends and understand your needs totally
  • We strive to ensure that the stress is taken out of the wedding and the couple and their families can enjoy that special day
  • We enjoy taking the couples vision and turning it into something that is creative and unique, reflecting their style and personality
  • Most celebrities have managers, we at Golden Aisle become the managers of the couple from the time they avail of our services. From then on till the wedding date and sometimes even after that we manage everything for the couple.

What will Golden Aisle be responsible for?

We consult, plan, design and coordinate all areas of the wedding. From the venue and the stationery, decor, styling, travel arrangements, trousseau shopping and much more we can do it all! We coordinate with vendors throughout the planning process right up to the day of the event. However, we can be involved as much or as little as you require.

Will hiring Golden Aisle wedding planning services work out to be expensive for me?

Its a myth that a wedding planner is expensive! Our services are customized to suit your budget. Our extensive vendor network ensures that you get the best deals to suit your budget. With the benefits and savings in terms of time, money and effort that you will make, you can well recover the expense of hiring us.

If I live outside of India, can Golden Aisle plan and co-ordinate my wedding?

Most definitely! We have successfully managed weddings where the couple has arrived in India only a week before their wedding. We communicate regularly with the couple online and over the phone and keep them informed about every detail and ensure a fabulous wedding.

If we have other wedding events engagement ceremony, cocktail, Mehndi, Sangeet etc, can Golden Aisle provide services only for a particular function?

Yes we can provide services for selected functions of your choice or for all of them.

Does Golden Aisle plan only traditional Indian weddings?

We plan and coordinate all wedding and related events Engagement ceremony, Sangeet, Mehndi, Church weddings, Reception, Nikaah and much more. We organize weddings of all faiths and cultures.

Does Golden Aisle also provide matrimonial services?

No. We do not offer assistance in matchmaking. We are professional wedding planners who co-ordinate your wedding after you have found the partner of your choice.

How does Golden Aisle charge for its wedding planning services?

We charge a 15% of the package as our professional planning fee. Our initial consultation is free of charge. We then understand your requirements and create a customized proposal depending upon the services you would like to avail from us.

I want to have a Beach Wedding. Im not sure where to get started.

The first thing we recommend is to pick a location. You can best get started if you pick not only where (the country or city) but the hotel. It may help to think about whether you would like an all inclusive hotel or not. First, in choosing a city or country, you will want to consider the time of year you are thinking about for your wedding. The weather is different at different times of the year and very different from each other. Secondly, in choosing the hotel you should consider the following:

  • How much do you want to spend and expect guests to spend on accommodations?
  • How far are you willing to travel or expect guests to travel?

Is a Destination Beach Wedding really less expensive?

The answer can be yes or no depending on some of the decisions you make. If you have fewer people attend then you end up paying for fewer guests. Many all inclusive hotels offer package deals which can cost you less (but also limit your choices). If you end up with a lot of guests or pay for guests hotel accommodations or some excursions during their stay, you may spend just as much if not more than a traditional wedding.

Is a beach destination wedding legal?

No, your marriage will not be legal if you do not legally register your Marriage in the registrars office first. Each country and state will have regulations you have to follow to have a legal marriage in that country then your home country (state and city too) will recognize the marriage. Check here for a list of the legal requirements for destination weddings in Goa

Who Can Get Married in Goa?

Marriages in Goa are compulsorily registered, only a civil registration of marriages in Goa is accepted as evidence of the marriage. The Law of Marriage in Goa treats a Marriage as a CIVIL CONTRACT, solemnized between two persons or different sex, with the purpose of legitimately constituting a family. Any boy who is 21 years of age or more and any girl who is 18 years of age or more, can enter into a marriage. A person who has previously married and the marriage is not dissolved, cannot marry again.

What is required to register the Marriage?

The parties will have to appear themselves before the judge to get the order which allows them to get married in Goa. Our expert lawyer will guide them through this process. You have to be in Goa for a minimum of 14 days We Require ….

  • Passport Copies of the bride and the groom
  • No impediment certificate from the local registrar office stating that there exists no legal impediments what so ever for the wedding to take place. A letter from the embassy stating the same will also do.
  • Birth certificates of both the parties with parents names clearly mentioned on them
  • 4 witnesses from the same country as of the bride and the groom.
  • Residence Certificates of both the parties (obtained by us)

Once the court order is obtained, both the parties appear before the Civil Registrar for the first signature. Two Sundays need to pass before the second signature can be done. The registrar office affixes a Public Notice, inviting objections if any, before these 2 Sundays pass. This is known as the EDITAL PERIOD. In case both the parties can not stay for 2 Sundays, the Editable Period can be waived off by producing the flight tickets. If the Editable Period is waived off, the second signature is done on the same day or the next day and a provisional wedding certificated is issued to the parties. Original certificates can be obtained after 30 days which will be couriered to the couple. It generally takes 4-5 working days to complete these formalities.

What can I do when some of my family thinks the idea of a beach destination wedding is ridiculous and say they wont attend?

Its easy to think that a destination wedding can ease all of the stress of a traditional wedding. In some ways it does, but many times the drama will just be different. Dont plan a destination wedding assuming it will be drama free. However, here is some advice to think about: Dont back down. Its your wedding and you wont always please everyone. You have to do what is most special for you and your finance. Your wedding day will never mean as much to them as it does to you. Keep talking about how important this is to you. Have a reception when you return and find special ways to include close family and friends who are not able to attend. Record the wedding and show it at a reception when you return. Set photos or a photo album out for everyone to see. Depending on the number of guests, you can offer to pay for the rooms. This may help some family members that would find it hard to attend otherwise. This wont make your beach wedding cheaper, it that may not be the reason you are doing this in the first place. Try to plan the wedding at a good time of the year for those that are unhappy. Do they generally take a vacation at the same time each year? Have some events planned for a few days before the wedding. Try to make a vacation out of it for the entire family. Beach weddings are not as traditional as ones at home. If you family is upset about this decision, find unique ways to include them in the ceremony.

Should I feel bad about asking guests to come to our wedding?

No. You are not forcing anyone to attend. And you may end up being pleasantly surprised at how many folks will be there. Again, if there are important family members or friends that you want to attend, present the idea as a vacation for them.

How many people will come to my beach destination wedding?

Dont plan a destination wedding expecting the guest count to be low. You may be surprised. Generally it will be less than that you would have if your wedding was at home, but destinations weddings are becoming more popular and a lot of people do use them as an opportunity for a vacation.

Can I still have all the traditional things like wedding showers, bachelorette parties & bridesmaids luncheons? Can we still register?

Absolutely! Someone in your family or a close friend can throw you a shower or a couples shower. Its not against any etiquette rules for someone to throw you a shower or party of some kind. You can still register to make sure you get the things you want and need. Gift giving is about someone wanting to celebrate your wedding and giving you something, not about expecting something in return (like to attend your reception and get a free dinner). If someone is upset because they cannot attend then they dont have to attend showers hosted for you and they dont have to buy you a present.

Should we expect gifts?

This will vary, but generally no. As a rule, most guests will consider the expense of travelling to your wedding the gift to you.

Do we have to pay for travel or accommodations for guests?

No. You are not expected to pay for travel or accommodations for guests. You are expected to pay for accommodations, but not travel, for the wedding party. Of course you can offer to pay for accommodations if you want to. Many couples may offer to pay for some coordinated excursions for guests before the wedding.

Do we have to take care of coordinating travel and accommodations for guests?

No. You are responsible for sending guests all the information they will need to book their own travel and accommodations, but you are not responsible for coordinating it or ensure it happens. You can post a lot of helpful travel information for guests on a wedding website or send e-mails with information. You might consider blocking a group of rooms so that you can ensure guests will get any discount that a travel agent arranges for you. Any good travel agent can work with a hotel property to gain discounts and block off a number of rooms for you.

We want our wedding small, family only. Im worried about not the extended family or friends.

If you want a small intimate wedding let extended family and close friends know as soon as possible. If possible before you send out save the date announcements. You dont want anyone booking travel that is not invited. You might consider having a reception when you return and if you are mention that to them when you tell them your wishes.

How much planning do I have to do for a beach wedding? It seems like it will be hard to plan something from so far away (and possible in a foreign country).Who will help me plan?

As your Wedding Planner we will assist you all the way and plan every detail with your requirements in mind. Yes one would think it is difficult to plan a destination wedding in Goa, India, If you are based in UK we have a coordinator there that will meet with you and discuss all your plans. We are here to make this a happy event and as stress free as possible.

What is a Save the Date, do I need to send one and when do I send it?

A Save the Date is a card or letter that is sent anywhere from 9 months to 1 year before your wedding to let those you are inviting know about your wedding far enough in advance they can consider whether they will be able to afford to and coordinate making the trip. Some things to know about the Save the Date: This is the first thing your guests will see regarding your wedding. Its a great time to make it special and different. An opportunity to brand your wedding. After guests receive the Save the Date, they should have all the information they need to book the trip. Information about the exact location of the wedding, reception or other events you have planned can come later with the formal invitation or updated on your wedding website.

I need some help with the wording of my Save the Date.

We will assist you with this.

How will I know who is coming to my beach wedding?

You will never be 100% sure unless you include an RSVP with the Save the Date or use an RSVP function on a wedding website. However, most guests will probably find a way to let you know they are coming. They might be just as excited as you are about the trip. So you can either include a paper RSVP with the Save the Date or you can include your e-mail address on the website and ask for the RSVP that way.

Does the guest list for the Save the Date, the Wedding Invitation and the Wedding Reception have to be the same?

Generally, an invitation is sent to anyone that is sent a Save the Date. However, a lot of brides dont and that is okay. Some brides will send a Save the Date to everyone they would want to attend the wedding. But then only send the formal invitations to those they know are coming. Some brides will send the formal invitations to those coming plus family. The Wedding Reception guest list can be a different list all-together if you have chosen to only invite family and close friends to the wedding.

When do I send the formal wedding invitation?

Formal Wedding Invitations should be sent about 6 weeks before your wedding.

How do I let guests know about the wedding location, how to make reservations and other general information?

There are a couple of ways you can do this. You can include this information in a document that is enclosed with your save the date or you can have all this information posted on your wedding website.

How many guests should I expect at my beach wedding?

You might be surprise as the popularity of destination wedding rises but it will vary from bride to bride.

Should we invite people we know wont or cant attend such as an elderly grandparent?

Yes, You should invite anyone that you wouldnt want to attend your wedding. You never know who might actually be able to make it.

Should we invite someone who is an acquaintance who we know wont attend?

No. Dont invite anyone out of obligation. And dont invite anyone that you dont want there. Again, you never know who will surprise you by coming.

Even though our wedding is on a beach, we want it to be a more formal affair. How do we let guests know we want to them dress up a bit?

There are many ways you might describe how you want guests to be dressed during your wedding. You could include one of the following on the invitation; dressy resort attire or evening resort attire. If you want the wedding to be bit more casual, you might use resort attire or resort casual. If you really dont want guests to dress up at all, you could just say casual dress.

We are having a small wedding with only 25 guests. We planned to have a dinner the night before the wedding. Should we include everyone or just those that are typically included?

You should include everyone since its a small group. Sometimes all the out of town guests are included as a gesture of kindness. If you are having a large crowd, then you can limit it to family and those in the wedding. If you are going to exclude some of the guests you might try to plan something else before the wedding as a way to include the other guests in the wedding festivities so they dont feel left out or have to fend for themselves.

Is it strange to wear a formal wedding dress for a beach wedding?

Not strange at all. Many brides chose to wear a formal dress. And you might be surprised to hear and see that they look great next to a groom either in a tux or in more casual wear. Pick the gown you love and go with it. However there are some things you will want to consider.

Im wearing a more formal dress, what should the groom wear? He doesnt want to wear a tux on the beach.

It is very popular for the groom in a beach wedding to wear something more casual than a tux and more casual than the bride. It is very popular for the groom to wear light colors (white or beige) and to wear light weight materials such as cotton or linen.

What kind of shoes should I wear for a beach wedding. I was thinking flip flops would be fun!

Yes, we think flip flops would be fun too! Considering where you wedding will take will help you decide what type of shoes you should wear. If your ceremony is on the beach, then heels will sink into the sand. Flip flops, wedge heels or barefoot sandals are a better choice. If your wedding is at a location other than the actual beach then you might be able to get away with heels if you really want them .Stick with a wider square heel when possible. However, it is a beach wedding after all.

We do not want attendants, is that okay?

Yes, with a beach wedding you really do have more choices and they wont seem all that strange. You can have a few or as many attendants as you want to. If you want your wedding to be legal, most counties will require some sort of witnesses. So while you may not arrange for a wedding you will want to ensure that you have a couple of witnesses available.

Do I have to incorporate local traditions into my ceremony?

No, but it might be fun. Your wedding is yours to design even if its a beach wedding. You actually have more opportunities to do something unique than if you were at home. This is what we most love about beach weddings…you do have the opportunity to incorporate all the traditional things from home that you want AND can include some unique local traditions too! But if you would rather not, that is completely up to you.

We are having our beach wedding at a resort. Can you have a dance after dinner?

Yes. Depending on the time of year and the time of the wedding, they can reserve the disco on site (for an extra charge). If you are having the wedding at a site other than a resort then you can hire a local dj and have a more traditional dance.

We are not sure that we can afford to pay for a large reception for all our guests. If we have a dinner reception, can we ask them to pay?

First, its okay if you cant afford a large sit down dinner reception, and you can choose something less formal. However, you should not expect or ask guests to pay for any part of the reception. If you cant afford it then dont include it in the festivities. This goes for alcohol too. You should not expect for guests to pay for any alcohol served at the reception.

We are having a reception when we return from our Beach Wedding . Im not sure how it works. Do I wear my wedding dress again? What type of activities do we have at the reception?

Whether to wear your wedding dress again is up to you. Many brides (and grooms) do wear their wedding attire again. What a great chance to wear your wedding dress twice when most brides only get to wear it once. However you can choose to wear other formal or semi formal attire to your reception. Some great activities for an at home reception after a beach wedding are: Play the video of your wedding after dinner while the desert course is being served or have it playing on a loop as guests are coming in and mingling before the dinner starts Bring photo albums and have a display table set up for guests to see pictures of your wedding.

What is an OOT bag?

the OOT (Out-of-Town) bag is a welcome or gift bag given to your out of town guests to thank them for travelling so far to be at your wedding. These are traditional for weddings at home as well for the out of town guests. But at your beach wedding, every guest (typically every couple or family) will receive one.

What is in the OOT bag?

They are typically filled with a mix of personalized items, local souvenirs and other fun items. This is also the perfect opportunity to give each guest the week or weekend itinerary. let them know the activities for the week. There are a lot of very creative things you can do with the itinerary for the beach wedding. Additionally, you may want to have special bags (either the bag or the contents or both) for the wedding party.

How will each guest receive the bag?

If you know when each guest is arriving (you are having a very small wedding or you are just overly detailed) you can present the bag to the guest in person. However the easiest thing to do is to leave it in their Rooms.

Where can I buy all the items for the OOT bag?

We will arrange and show you samples of items that you can consider.

How do I get my dress there?

You can always ship your dress, but it could be very expensive and it might not get there. If it does not arrive, you wont have another easy option. You can also pack it and have it as one of your checked items. Many brides do this without a problem.
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