MAKING STATEMENTS WITH FLORAL ELEGANCE & GLORY

MAKING STATEMENTS WITH FLORAL ELEGANCE & GLORY

We surely find ourselves smiling when we receive a bunch of flowers or see beautiful floral arrangements at display. With the vast variety of flowers and their many symbolisms, flowers have become an important element for décor and display of traditions with grace and glory. Choosing the right flowers for your next event can influence the crowd to be delighted, with an uplifted ambiance and a fresh feeling!

We at BoaGoa are here to help you understand how floral decors can take your events to a top notch. Below are a few tips toassist you choose the best floral arrangements for your next occasion! From being able to depict classy and rich to bringing the party to full bloom with bright colours and fresh scents; theres a lot you can do with floral elegance and glory.

Prachiti Nagvekar

Prachiti Nagvekar

HOW TO BEGIN CHOOSING THE FLORAL DÉCOR?

The type of occasion will help narrow your options when it comes to choosing the perfect flowers for either an event or for a person. Always ask or find out about personal preferences and favorites. If you’re planning a surprise event, this aspect will work wonders in creating the most memorable event for a loved one with this personal touch of their favorite flowers. Whether its to be presented to someone in a bouquet or used for decorating a space to hold an event, colours also play a major role in selecting the best flowers for the occasion. All while in accordance to a chosen theme. If you’re holding an event at a particular location, the size and area of the space could also help determine the type and amount of flowers you would require.  

LET’S TALK ABOUT PRICES

We can broadly categories all the flowers available in the Indian markets into two – local grown and exotic imported flowers.Exotic flowers like Lilies, Tulips, Anthuriums or Cala Lilies and Orchids can add a lot of elegance to the aura of your event and present a fancy vibe. But this comes with an expensive cost, especially if you plan on using them as part of your major décor. If you’re on a budget for floral décor but still want some exotic flowers in the lime light, talk to your florist about having a fewat key areas such as the entrances, at the stage and in the bouquets if any. Local grown flowers such as Marigolds, Roses, Hibiscus and Daisies are cheaper and also look fuller in comparison to the exotic flowers, making them ideal for elaborate use in décor.

FLORAL MOOD BOARDS

Once you’ve got a rough idea about how you’d want to celebrate your occasion with a theme in mind, it’s always nice to get some research done and create mood boards. Now, these could be done with print outs actually taken out and pasted on a paper or on a board, or quite simply just saved in a folder on your mobile phone. Either way works. Mood boards help you organise and list preferences according to how your chosen flowers would look good together. You can then also decide upon the kind of floral arrangements preferred and if you’d want other designs to be incorporated. Doing this can also help your florist understand your ideas and execute them perfectly.

SELECTING COLOURS

An important consideration is to make sure that the chosen flowers suit the time and place of the event. For instance, bright and colourful flowers like Marigolds, Gerberas, Frangipani and Hibiscus are always perfect for day outdoor events while subtle coloured flowers like Lilies, Carnations and Orchids add elegance to night events. Don’t forget that floral arrangements can also be highlighted with good lighting, especially at night-outdoor events. If you’re having an indoor event, you would probably want fragrant flowers like Jasmines and Roses that would add freshness to the pleasant and cool environment.

Of course, your ultimate flower choices would also depend on your chosen theme. For example, you’d want flowers in shades of pink, peach, pale yellow and white if the theme is based on pastel colours.

 

THE CALL FOR TRADITION OR MODERNITY

While we live in a modern world and are on a constant chase to keep up with the trends, sticking to traditions is at times the best refresher! Taking a decision to either go with a more traditional theme and use locally sourced flowers; or try modern designs and use exotic flowers, can be based on the theme and occasionyou’re having.

Occasions such as wedding functions like ‘Mehendi, Sangeetand Haldi, or even a Hindu baby shower – always call for adherence to a traditional theme with Marigolds, Daisies, Jasmine, and Aboli’ in full display. On the other hand, the use of exotic flowers like Orchids and Carnations work best for weddings, birthdays and other personal affairs where traditions aren’t completely involved. These events are truly ones for which you could explore your creative side or find things to add on, in collaboration with your florist and the event decorator. Here, simplistic modern concepts and designs can work really well and create a positive long lasting impression on your guests.

JAZZ IT UP

While we’ve spoken about traditional and exotic fresh flowers, a special mention also goes to using paper flowers – a modern concept. Big paper flower work with huge display frames or centerpieces can add an ‘oomph’ factor to certain areas in focus. This could be the stage, entrance or even the food tables.  

There’s never a limit to creativity in case of floral displays. At times, sticking to traditions can also come with a modern twist of adding conventional and trendy designs – something to please either generation. Examples of this could be creating flower walls and frames around the venue, creating waterfall patterned floral curtains and much more.

Apart from the main attractions, think about decorations for the cars used in case of weddings or even a horse at a Hindu wedding. Pro-tip here – exotic flowers such as Orchids and Lilies are your best bet when it comes to floral décor for the vehicles.

Floral table centerpieces are also an aspect that helps uplift the mood and aura of the event, since your guests will spend a lot of time around it. Choose similar flowers to the rest of the décorthat will complement the collective vibe. A good rule of thumb here is to not exceed 20cm in height. These should also beplaced at the center while having a proportionate breadth to the table used as well.

BOUQUETS, GARLANDS & ORNAMENTS

Bouquets essentially can add a personal and emotional touch that brings a humbling feeling of being loved and cared for. In case of Christian weddings, we have the bride holding a bouquet of flowers symbolising love and new beginnings. Garlands, on the other hand, portray a sense of respect and joy. At Hindu and Muslim weddings we have the ‘varmalas’ or ceremonious garlands that symbolize acceptance of one another, love and peace.  

The center of attention at any party is always the host or the person we gather around for. And so, these elements turn out be on priority and have to be perfect. Along with these, flowers could also be used as ornaments, in case of occasions you’d be wearing them. ‘Baby breath’ is a quite popular flower bundlethat’s widely used in bouquets and hair dressing. Note that if not always fresh flowers, paper flowers could be used here as well since they hold a much longer shelf life. A bonus to this is that you can have any colour, type and size of flowers customized and produced just for you.

ONCE AND FLOR-AL

Now that you have your whole floral theme and décor plan set, it’s time to execute! Get in touch with florists and always check for price ranges and never hesitate to ask for discounts or bargain especially in case of big orders. If you have a separate event planner involved, ask them for contacts and share your mood board and design ideas with them. Have this done in advance to make arrangements especially in case of procuring exotic flowers. Lastly, since flowers hold a lot of importance to any event, always make sure your florist comes right in time before the event to have the arrangements done. Setting up too early could also at times mean hampering the freshness of the flowers used.

And there you have it. A blooming event, in all its grace andglory!

 

There’s nothing better than flowers to compliment your décor,no matter what the occasion is. Collaborate with the most creative florists in town to bring your next event to full bloom! Download the BoaGoa app and get started today.

6 Things to Consider While Choosing the Perfect Music Band in Goa

6 Things to Consider While Choosing the Perfect Music Band in Goa

It goes without saying that no event in Goa is ever complete without music.

Musical bands have been traditionally popular since time can remember and have now begun getting more versatile by the day. Bands in Goa no longer just play the Konkani ’mandos’ and symphonies but are well renowned nationwide to play the latest genres of music ranging from hip hop to rock.

Our local music bands play an ‘instrumental’ part at any event. They’re the ones leading the show and making sure your guests are always on the dance floor! Choosing the life of your party has a few easy steps, and we’re here to help.

Engaging with the well-matched band for you depends on the kind of event you’re having. Whether it’s a wedding or a birthday, it factors the kind of environment you’d want to create at your party along with the type of band you’d like to hire. While bands are mostly preferred for bigger events like weddings and anniversaries, one-man-bands and duos could also be hired for smaller occasions. Then the question of when you’re planning to hold the event. Consider the fact of whether your decided event date is in or off season and always book your band well in advance. This avoids the chance of having them deemed unavailable on the chosen date.

We at BoaGoa, have come together with some suggestions to choose your perfect music band in Goa.

Prachiti Salkar

Prachiti Salkar

BoaGoa

GO WITH THE REVIEWS

The power of ‘word-of-mouth’ publicity is big when it comes to music bands. The outreach of a good band can woo thousands in line and in turn spread the word. Selecting a music band for your event can help increase the hype for your audience – the news of a good band playing will impress the crowd. In addition, you would also want for the audience to talk about your party’s success in the future with a mention to the band. Checking reviews for the music bands around you and selecting the best one for you is part of the process.

MUSIC GENRES

Once you’ve set an image of what your event should be like, think about what songs would you want playing in the background and getting the crowd on their feet. Whether its pop, rock, indie, jazz, bollywood or our favorite Goan ‘mandos’, you need to have a mental image of what your playlist should be. Choosing a music band that’s best suited for the event with experience and flair in performing with the genre of your choice will help make your decision easier.

CHECKING VERSATILITIES

Being the best in a particular genre isn’t always enough, the heart wants more. Our local bands understand this and are always prepared with a few extra songs and tricks in their hat to woo and amaze the audience. It’s always good to check with your band if they can play some current and trending hits apart from their set playlist. Another option can also be if they could lead a sing and dance along session with the live audience.

CLIPPING IN REQUESTS

Various music bands can be open to leaning songs for your special day, provided they have enough time to practice and perfect them. You could talk about encouraging on-the-spot song requests at the venue and even include a few songs of different languages suiting your crowd, on the playlist. Another point could be to check if the band could also perform at the ceremony, if any, prior to the party. An example of this could be having the same band perform as a choir at a church for the wedding nuptials and at the reception that night. 

VENUE & EQUITPMENT CHECKS

Like the other main-men behind your event, you need to guide your chosen music band to the venue of your choice as well. Discuss sound arrangements, stage set up and placement, power back up and other requirements to ensure a seamless day or night of dancing. Checking for type and quality of their equipment used such as the speakers, microphones and instruments will help ensure you’re collaborating with a good band.

PARTY SCHEDULES

At the end of it all, decide and confirm on the final playlist for the event and schedule it out. Speak about when you’d expect the band to reach the venue and start playing, along with when you would be ending the party. Approximate timings for all the songs to be played – slow starts to sprightly ends, and the breaks. Request that the music never stop, and have dinner and snack breaks happen with soft background tunes still playing. 

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Guide for choosing the best Decorator for your event


Guide for choosing the best Decorator for your event

The moment you decide on making an occasion special, the journey of creating memories to last a lifetime begins. The beginning of this journey always starts with deciding the ‘theme’ for the occasion, Traditional & Simple or Trendy & Loud? A good event decorator would be the ‘fairy god-mother’ you need, to help answer these questions, match the vibes of the venue and create the perfect ambience for the occasion.
Here is your guide, on choosing the best event decorator for your event. The one who would magically bring your dreams to reality! 

Prachiti Salkar

Prachiti Salkar

BoaGoa

HOW BIG IS THE PARTY?

Before you could finalize on anything, it’s important to first know how intimate or grand you’d want your event to be. Whether it’s a cozy get together with a few people or an extravagant bash at an outdoor venue. The level of celebration you’d want, would translate to the requirements and discussions to be held with the event decorator. 

CHOOSING THE THEME

Setting a theme for any event is essential, since you will be setting the vibe of the event for your guests, even before it begins. A well decorated venue with some unique concepts, can turn your event from basic to being the talk of the town for a long time! Your choice of theme could depend on the timing of the event – day events could be well complimented with bright coloured and floral décor while night events are best suited for glitz and glamour. 
However, compatibility with your decorator and a shared understanding of the theme could really help gain confidence in knowing that your ideas are going to be well executed. Remember to discuss colour schemes, choice of flowers, table and hall centerpieces, and other smaller details to help create a ‘no-miss’ list.

BASIC ARRANGEMENTS

Make sure you choose the type of seating arrangements with choice of chairs, table cloth, tableware; sound system with the number of microphones, speakers, extra connections; and lighting capacity for your venue, as these three areas are the most basic necessities of any party! Always make sure to ask your decorator to have a good generator available on stand-by in case of power outages. Other elements you need to consider are the stage set up, dance floor lighting and special seating arrangements for the person or couple in the spotlight.

TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET

Every event decorator will have a certain package that includes a few of the basics and the extras. Now that you’ve decided the theme and size of your party, you could begin by talking to the decorators about the kind of projects they’ve done before and their comfort level in executing your ideas. Hear out the ideas and suggestions from the decorator, based on which the requirements can be decided. Once done, request an estimate of the all-inclusive cost from the decorator, discuss on the best price and add-ons the decorator can give you for the amount. Talk to a couple of decorators before finalizing, to decide who best reflects your ideas and thoughts.

SITE INSPECTIONS

Once you have determined the theme and basic setup, visit the site to imagine and envision how they would fit and vibe with the venue. This is your opportunity to explain and help the decorator see the vision of your ideas and you theirs before you finalize the requirement. Discuss about where you’d want people to be seated, where you’d want the buffet set up, the bar, the dance floor, where does the stage go etc. Lighting should be a prioritized topic of discussion since you would not want any dark corners or dull lit areas at your party. Hear out the thoughts of the decorator and see how best you can highlight important sites at the venue!

ADDED JOYS

Talk about having some added fun and fiesta to your party with perhaps a fancy photo-booth to help your guests remember the party better, or by having a special kid’s corner to engage children with fun games and activities. You could even ask to arrange a shower of flowers over the happy couple in case of weddings/anniversaries or even arrange a smoke or bubble machine to add a little ‘oomph’ to the aura.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

An indicator of being collaborated with a good decorator is when they speak about the most minute details, which gives you a sense of assurance. Following colour schemes, providing customized floral arrangements, ensuring optimal lighting, etc. are points that you could cross-check with your decorator before sealing the deal. Make sure your chosen decorator is in sync with your ideas. vision and commit to delivering the same and more! 

We at BoaGoa understand all your event needs and are here to get you in touch with the most amazing local decorators via our mobile app and website. Get started today and collaborate with the best in the business!

CHOOSING A CATERER THAT CELEBRATES WITH YOU

CHOOSING A CATERER THAT CELEBRATES WITH YOU

The notion is simple, the best caterer for you is someone who’d treat your event as their own and give their best effort towards curating the menu, organizing the banquet and most importantly, make delicious lip-smacking food that pushes quality benchmarks. We at BoaGoa, have associated with the best skilled caterers for your every need that strive to deliver this exact expectation.

Here are a few pointers to help you finalize a caterer for your next event!

Prachiti Salkar

Prachiti Salkar

BoaGoa

1. SETTING BUDGETS

Always set your budget before moving forward to finalizing different aspects of your event, including the caterer. This will help you decide on how elaborate your menu can be without taking a major blow to your pocket. Caterers in Goa always have a wide range of menu options that suit all your needs and preferences for the best value. Do not hesitate to negotiate with your caterer either to add additional items to the menu or reduce on the final amount.

2. BROWSE YOUR OPTIONS

Goa is home to about fifty plus caterers and choosing one amongst them can be a tough task! But worry not, we have associated with some of the best in the business to ease your planning process and help you shortlist a caterer, stress-free. Always check for customer reviews on service, menu customizability, availability of your preferred serving style – service menu or a buffet, decoration style options and convenience to your chosen event location.

3. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE

Any celebration is at the peak of its success when everyone has something to be delighted by. Food and beverage influence the whole crowd collectively and one must always keep their guests comfort and preference on priority, especially while choosing a menu with a caterer. Keep in mind vegetarians, non-vegetarians, Jains etc. while choosing the food options. Knowing your crowd size or expected number of guests, age groups of the invitees and your chosen cuisines will help ease your first discussion with the caterer.

4. CHOOSING MENUS

Now the fun part! Make sure to choose a limited number of items as appetizers to avoid having your guests stuffed at the beginning. Including a few all-time favorites, exploring cuisines and choosing dishes appealing to the local and non-local folks for the main course could level up your event like a charm. Selecting cocktails and mocktails for your bar and picking out a diverse dessert menu is equally important. Do not forget to schedule a tasting with your shortlisted caterers to sample their culinary skills before committing to them as your caterer.

5. ATTRACTIVE EXTRAS

We are always on the hunt for innovation and look for something dynamic on every turn. To add to the joy and excitement of it all, you could also add in a few extras to amplify the event with live counters for sweets, a barbeque or even trendy molecular mocktails at the bar! Throw in beautiful theme centered presentations with perhaps an ice statue, a huge menu board or even veggie art for an even better experience!

Looking to organize your next big event? Do get in touch with us at BoaGoa for some of the best tips and tricks in the industry and download the app to get started now!