A Catholic Wedding in India

Indian weddings are famous. Thousands of guests, days of parties, elaborate costumes…frankly, American weddings look a little lame in comparison. So obviously my husband booked a ticket to India when we were invited to his friend’s wedding in Goa. Turns out Goa is a Catholic, Portuguese section of India.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Goa, India

The Holy Spirit Church in Goa, India

Our friend Mariza’s wedding was held in a church, complete with flower girls, readings from the Corinthians and a Here Comes the Bride processional. And despite me actually owning a sari, a quick Google image search of “wedding in Goa” tipped me off that I was better off in a cocktail dress 🙂 Score a point for comfort there.

But that touch of familiarity mixed with the exotic Indian location made for an interesting time. American weddings typically feature the bride in white, groom in a black tux and the bridal party in some featured color. Maybe there are two “wedding colors” but honestly that would be pushing it. Mariza had six bridesmaids, each in a different, vibrant color. The flower girls’ dresses (there were eight flower girls) were flowing gowns featuring a rainbow of colors woven together.

Flower Girl Goa India Catholic Wedding

Adorable Flower Girls with a Page Boy Escort

The bride, obviously the main event, wore a traditional white gown but stood out with her jewelry. Diamonds ran over her upper arms and along the top of her forehead. Her bouquet was made of peacock feathers. I can’t say I’ve ever seen peacock feathers in a church before!

Bride walks down the aisle catholic wedding goa india

The Processional

Then there was the guest list. The groom’s family is also from Goa and is quite connected to the community in that area. Mariza and Yannick were expecting 1,200 guests. TWELVE. HUNDRED. PEOPLE. Where the hell would you accommodate a wedding of that size in the US? Again, only in India…

All in all a fantastic wedding and we thank Mariza and Yannick for including us in their special day.  Congrats to the newlyweds!

Bride Groom Leave Church Wedding Goa India

The Recessional 🙂


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