Take Your Vows at These Beautiful Churches in Goa

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Take Your Vows at These Beautiful Churches in Goa

Take Your Vows at These Beautiful Churches in Goa

As wedding planners here in Goa, we have done weddings at some of the most beautiful and nostalgic churches, each special in their own way

Goa presents, not just one, but a multitude of reasons for couples to choose this beautiful coastal paradise as the destination for their wedding. Right from the pre-wedding functions to the traditional ceremonies to the late-night after parties that sometimes even see the break of dawn, everyone dreams of hosting their wedding celebrations in this sunny state. But Goa is more than just beaches and parties; it is the heritage and traditions, which unfold one after another, that make weddings here so special. For many years, Goa has boasted of its charming architectural relics of churches that were left behind by the Portuguese, which are a major attraction for not only tourists but also couples getting married here.

As wedding planners here in Goa, we have done weddings at some of the most beautiful and nostalgic churches, each special in their own way; be it because of their picturesque locations, their unique architectural designs or simply the history behind them. You may find these in the middle of fields, perched on hilltops surrounded by forests or overlooking the sea, or even tucked away in little roads and villages that are unknown to most visitors. Here’s a glimpse at some of our favourite Churches:



St. Lawrence Sinquerim Church_ Goa

St. Lawrence’s Church, Sinquerim

The St. Lawrence Church in Goa, popularly called ‘The Sinquerim Church’, was built over 3 centuries ago and sits high up on a hilltop with stunning views of the Arabian Sea. You can be sure to capture some memorable wedding photographs against this beautiful blue backdrop.

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Three Kings Chapel

The Three King’s Chapel, located on a hill called Cuelim, in a small village called Cansaulim, is one of the most popular and intriguing churches in the South of the state, but for reasons that might catch you by surprise.. Established in 1721, story has it that this church has a few paranormal occurrences that have lent it a ‘haunted’ reputation. However, haunted or not, this church draws in crowds owing to its picturesque location and beautiful exterior. Set in a nature lovers’ paradise far away from the hustle bustle of city life, it offers mind-blowing views of South Goa mingled with a glimpse of the Arabian Sea and a whole bunch of enticing photo opportunities that would appeal to any couple taking their vows here!

Three Kings Chapel_ Goa
Penha De Franca Church Lawns_Goa

Our Lady of Penha de Franca Church

If you’re someone who has dreamt of having a waterfront wedding, Our Lady of Penha de Franca Church is a great option located on the banks of the sparkling Mandovi River in Britona, North Goa. This beautiful church promises scenic views of the landscape all around as well as offers an open-air wedding hall on fresh green lawns with a dance floor for a reception party. The well-maintained interiors of the Church are a testimony to the craftsmanship of the Portuguese in Goa with its simple yet beautiful design.


Reis Magos Church_Goa

Reis Magos Church

Standing on the banks of the river Mandovi in a village called Bardez, the Reis Magos Church makes for a very pretty picture with its magnificent flight of steps leading to the church, from where you can get a breath-taking view of the river.

Reis Magos is the Portuguese name for the Three Wise Men from the Bible. Magos itself comes from the old Persian word ‘Magupati’, which was a the title given to priests in a sect of Zoroastrianism who followed the patterns of the stars religiously. The church’s interiors are very impressive with its most distinctive highlight being the exquisite wood carvings of the three Magi (kings) visiting the crib after the birth of Child Jesus at Bethlehem. The village of Bardez is famous for two of Goa’s famous structures; the Reis Magos Church and the Reis Magos Fort, which is a stunning venue to host a rustic, fairy-tale-like wedding as well.

Our Lady of Pilar Church

Our Lady of Pillar Church, located in Velha has a magnificent view from the hilltop surrounded by a typically gentle Goan landscape of palms and paddy, low hillsides and the Arabian Sea. Apart from being pretty, its location is also extremely convenient and within close proximity of a many wedding venues such as Coco Loco, Cotta Mansion, Blueberry Hills, Kesarval etc. Our Lady of Pilar is the name given to the apparition of Virgin Mary that appeared to St. James the Apostle as he was praying by the banks of the Ebro at Saragossa. Mary is often depicted carrying the Child Jesus in her arms resting above a pillar, and hence the name Our Lady of Pilar.

Pillar Church _ Goa

Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panjim

Amidst the bustling city of Panjim, the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception stands tall with its striking architectural structure. The iconic flights of steps that zigzag in front of the church across the hillside on which it is built form a beautiful backdrop for pictures. That is a major reason why couples aspire to have their nuptials in this church. From the main entrance level of the Church, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Panjim. Not to mention, the church’s interiors are quite noteworthy with gold plated alters and well-maintained statues.

Panjim Church_Goa

Mae de Deus Church, Saligao

The Mae de Deus Church, Saligao is a breath-taking example of Neo-Gothic architecture built between the mid- to late 1800s in the region. The church has a charm of its own with fine architectural work, arches and it unique exterior designs. Additionally, it’s magnificent altar, high ceiling and cool, quiet interiors make it one of North Goa’s most sought after wedding churches. Whether it’s during the day or at night when it is fully lit up, the church is sure to capture attention pictures.

Se Cathedral,

Built in the Portuguese era, Se cathedral is known to be one of Goa’s oldest and most revered religious places. It has been recognized by the UNESCO as a heritage site as well. Its Portuguese styled architecture depicts Tuscan influence in the exteriors and Corinthian in the interiors. The distinctive factor of this church is that it is home to the ‘Golden Bell’ – one of the largest church bells in Goa. Known for its impressive interiors, mosaic work and the Golden Bell, this church attracts hordes of tourists from everywhere. You can consider yourself blessed if you are able to say your “I Dos” in the grandeur of this structure!

Se Cathedral _ Goa
Bishops Palace Altinho _ Goa

Bishops’ Palace Chapel

The Bishop’s Palace, also known as the Patriarchal Palace, is at the hill-top of Altinho, Panjim. Home to the Archbishop of Goa, this structure is away from the pandemonium of Panjim city and is beautifully maintained. The property has a lovely small Chapel that is perfect for an intimate wedding and gives you a sense of privacy. If you’re looking for spots to do a photo-shoot before or after the mass, Altinho has plenty of them around!

Basilica of Bom Jesus _ Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Built in the 16th century, the Basilica is Goa’s only Church that is not plastered on the outside. Its iconic red look comes from the laterite stone used in the building structure. It is a magnificent example of baroque architecture combining elements of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian design. Its interiors, although designed extremely simply, feature the finest marble flooring inlaid with precious stones. The Basilica is known to most tourists as the home of St. Francis Xavier’s tomb and enshrined mortal remains. Although today, much of this structure is slowly deteriorating, the Basilica of Bom Jesus stands as an example of exemplary, flawless architecture. If you’re an architecture or history enthusiast, this Church should top your list of options for you wedding nuptials!

If you’re looking to marry in any of these churches, there are procedures that must be fulfilled prior to your wedding. Firstly, either one or both persons who wish to get married in the Catholic Church need to be a Baptised Catholic. Additionally, a specific list of attested documents has to be submitted to your local Parish Priest. Lastly, a marriage preparation course must be completed for a church wedding within a specific period. For young couples planning their wedding celebrations, these procedures can get a bit overwhelming.

This is where our team of Wedding Experts can ease your stress and guide you along each step of the paperwork.

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