Weddings are all about diving into the celebration, enjoying every joyous moment, sharing gobs of laughter and dancing the night away with your friends and family. But, of course, there’s an entire story that unfolds before the big day. The journey starts on a very different note, with midnight conversations, scrolling for inspiration, meeting vendors, checklists that don’t end, shopping sprees and so much more.
However, some places can ensure you only enjoy the fun parts. Transforming your wedding from stressful to joyful is easy. And that’s by booking your wedding with a trusted hospitality partner. When we talk trust and service, there’s no one better than Hyatt Hotels in India that comes to our mind to make your dream wedding become a reality. In India, Hyatt Hotels is an outstanding choice to host weddings that are #PerfectlyYours. Their wedding planning and panel of experts are top of the category. With their in-house planners, you can customize nearly every detail of your dream wedding – right down to your signature cocktail!
One of their most sought-after properties for destination weddings is Grand Hyatt Goa. Known for hosting spectacular and grand weddings, the property offers gorgeously grand rooms and suites with beautiful views, a free-form swimming pool, multiple indoor and outdoor venues and a versatile menu for guests with scrumptious delicacies to gorge upon! So, to find out what makes them your ideal wedding venue, we decided to have a conversation with Debarchan Bose, Grand Hyatt Goa’s very own wedding planner.
Scroll down and find out every detail we learnt from him!
In conversation with the hotel known for its destination weddings
With Hyatt’s latest campaign, the luxury hospitality chain is demonstrating why they're the best choice for creating weddings that are #PerfectlyYours. So, we sat down with Debcharan Bose, Grand Hyatt Goa’s wedding planner, to understand how this destination resort curates A+ wedding experiences for the modern couple.
With over 300 weddings and a career that’s spanned almost 18 years, Debcharan Bose is an expert at planning and executing world-class weddings. Thanks to his expertise, he’s a crucial part of helping the resort plan and execute dream weddings for couples that come seeking a personalised and marvellous experience with the brand. Through him, we learnt what makes a good wedding tick.
1. Since summer weddings are around the corner, what kind of decor trends do you predict for the upcoming wedding season?
Summer weddings are my absolute favourite! From what I've seen, the big decor trends for this upcoming summer season are going to be all about incorporating natural elements and bright colours. Think of lots of greens and floral arrangements, with pops of bold and bright hues like coral and yellow. As for personal touches, I am also seeing a lot of couples incorporating their favourite hobbies or interests into the decor - like using vintage bicycles or surfboards as part of the design. Personally, I am a huge fan of incorporating personalised signage throughout the wedding, it adds such a fun and personal touch. Overall, I think this season is all about embracing the beauty of the outdoors and infusing the wedding with playful, vibrant energy.
2. What’s your favourite moment to witness at a wedding you’ve planned?
This is a tough question because there are so many amazing moments that I love witnessing as a wedding planner. There is a range of emotions that one goes through during a wedding process and that to me is the best experience - the different emotions that come through with every moment of the celebration; and it is amazing to experience this with every family. There are so many beautiful moments and I feel honoured to be a part of them.
3. What's the one task you don't like during the wedding planning?
Enforcing the law of the land, which is restricting outdoor music after certain hours.
4. Tell us about the grandest wedding you've ever worked on.
In 2022, we had a couple that asked us to feature a pop-up of different restaurants from Goa. Our team of chefs went out and invited some of Goa’s most celebrated chefs to curate menus and displays for the wedding celebration. Similarly, we hosted another wedding that flew chefs from six different countries offering guests a diverse selection of authentic and international flavours. These were individuals who were masters at their craft, local artisans of both food and beverage and it was a wonderful experience to see such a beautiful gathering of experts coming together for one big celebration!
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5. What are some wedding trends you see going viral in 2023?
The world is waiting to be explored. New-age couples are very engaged in every step of the wedding planning to the extent of even deciding the destination. They are ready to explore new destinations provided they get the information and this is an advantage for chains with presence across multiple destinations as they expect a standardized service across.
6. As a wedding planner, you must witness last-moment emergencies during weddings. How do you deal with such situations and what is your advice to couples facing such situations?
As a wedding planner, I have seen my fair share of last-minute emergencies! When these situations come up, my priority is to stay calm and think quickly on my feet. Whether it’s a vendor not showing up or a sudden weather change, I always make sure to have backup plans in place and communicate any necessary changes with the couple and their families. My advice to couples facing such situations is to take a deep breath and remember the most important thing: at the end of the day, you are marrying the love of your life and that is all that truly matters. It is easy to get caught up in the stress and details of wedding planning. But try to keep things in perspective and focus on what is truly important. Patient listening, being compassionate and caring also result in a win-win solution.
7. What's the most critical part of planning a wedding?
Patience. And the ability to not just listen but also understand the guests' point of view.
8. What’s one piece of advice you would like to give to the 'modern couple' planning their wedding?
Start planning the moment you decide to get married. It is never too early to begin planning a wedding. Once a destination and venue have been decided, really take advantage of the incredible resources that Hyatt hotels in India offer. From stunning venues to expertise in global cuisines, there are so many ways to make your wedding truly unforgettable. Most importantly, do not be afraid to ask questions and communicate your vision clearly with your Wedding planner. We are here to help bring your dream wedding to life, and by working together, we can create a truly memorable celebration.
9. How do you think couples should prepare before approaching a wedding planner?
Because of the dynamic and extensive planning that goes into a wedding, the couple must speak with the wedding planner before expecting just a quote over the email. There is a lot one can achieve and understand when both parties get an opportunity to speak to each other. Of course, having the basic details is crucial – in terms of date, number of guests, the key celebrations, etc.
10. What is a realistic timeline for starting the wedding planning process?
Though we have hosted weddings with a lead time of a fortnight, we always recommend starting as soon as you can. Even a week's delay can put a spoke in your wheels, especially during peak seasons. The best time to start preparing for a wedding is as soon as the couple decides they want to get married. I believe that a realistic timeline for starting the wedding planning process is anywhere from 12 to 18 months before the wedding date. While some couples may feel like this is too early to start planning, I always remind them that time flies by quickly and that there are a lot of moving parts that need to be taken care of when planning a wedding. Starting early allows for more flexibility in terms of venue availability, vendor availability, and any unexpected changes that may come up during the planning process. At the end of the day, my goal is to create a stress-free and enjoyable planning experience for the couple, so that they can fully enjoy every moment of their special day.
11. Any tips for couples who are planning an intimate wedding?
Focus on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that feels authentic to your relationship. Intimate weddings offer the perfect chance to showcase your tastes, preferences, and style exactly as you have always envisioned. At the end of the day, what matters most is that your wedding day is a true celebration of your love.
12. One thing that makes the Grand Hyatt Goa stand out as compared to other hotels?
Not one, but a few: One can build a mandap overlooking the calm waters of Bambolim Bay, with the convenience of being on the lawns and not on the shore. One of the largest in the state, the resort offers multiple indoor and outdoor venue options. It also features a separate Jharokha-style banquet entrance that gives you a sense of grand arrival perfect for guest arrival or even baarat.
13. 5 things that make the Grand Hyatt Goa the perfect destination wedding venue?
With Manohar International Airport being commissioned Goa is further connected with cities across India and internationally. Here are five things that make this resort your perfect wedding destination:
- The hotel is 37 KM from the new airport and a 20-minute drive from the Dabolim airport.
- Unwind and relax in 313 splendidly appointed grand rooms and magnificent suites. Every room features a balcony offering relaxed seating with views of magical sunsets, a free-form swimming pool or tropical Garonne dens.
- One of the largest in the state, the resort offers multiple indoor and outdoor venue options.
- A dedicated entrance to welcome guests with the option of having dholwalas.
- Pillar-less Grand Ballroom which is divisible into 3 sections.
- The resort offers a versatile recreational menu for guests from Sailing to sky dining, an adventure park, and multiple dining spaces.
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14. How do you help Hyatt in delivering #PerfectlyYours wedding?
For us #PerfectlyYours is about giving every couple the most personalised and memorable experience with us. Our most unique offering is our setting- imagine the sun setting on the horizon as a backdrop during the pheras. I am sure even years later when the couple goes through their photographs, the backdrop will still be in vogue and etched in their memories.
15. In your own words, why should a couple pick Hyatt Hotels in India for their wedding?
The team. The hotel has a compassionate and energetic team which has genuine care ingrained in its DNA.