Countless weddings have been postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some couples are either putting their weddings on hold, many are considering alternative options like virtual weddings or planning a small, intimate affair with just close family members by their side.
The ‘New Normal’ for the wedding industry will be smaller weddings with social distancing and top-notch hygiene standards becoming the norm. Even after coronavirus, Indian weddings may no longer be the same. Post-Covid-19 weddings will need sanitising, masks and much more but without ruining the spirit of the festivities.
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Small, Intimate weddings
With uncertainty over how long the covid-19 pandemic will last, more and more couples are getting married in simple, intimate ceremonies that are just about them. Even with lockdown relaxations, one cannot do away with safety measures to be undertaken.
With the Ministry of Home Affairs allowing weddings with a maximum of 50 guests, another option can be to have a simple, intimate wedding. Rather than postponing it altogether or mulling with uncertainty, plan a small wedding function with your parents, a few relatives, and some close friends in attendance. Not to forget, all guests have to be tested and should wear masks and sanitize hands. Social distancing cannot be compromised either and food has to be served carefully as well.
Scaling down your wedding guest list to a fewer attendees will have more personalised elements and better quality time with friends and family who are most important to you.
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Digital weddings and Virtual Vows
With online classes and work from home, many are using technology for online weddings too. Dance performances can be done live or recorded for the sangeet ceremony. Weddings can even be broadcasted on Facebook live or zoom call with your family members and friends in attendance.
India, which is known for big fat Indian Weddings where the festivities last for a couple of days, is seeing many couples tying the knot on the Internet. Have an auspicious date selected for your wedding? Then you can modify your marriage ceremony under virus lockdown with a limited number of people on both sides.
This is a good option for couples who are not in the same state. The groom decked up in his sherwani logs on from another state while his bride joins in her bridal dress from another state with guests logging in from all around the world to be a part of this wonderful occasion.
Your wedding invite can be an e invite with the date, time, and link to the video call.
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Planning to postpone your wedding due to COVID-19? Here’s how to inform your guests
We would suggest you make a list of people who need to be informed first which includes your families, your close friends and cousins etc. Second list can include those who reside in other states or countries and were planning to travel for the wedding celebrations.
How to inform them? Since calling everyone or dropping everyone a personal message can be quite a daunting task and it might take you forever to inform your guests. How about delegating this task to your family members while for your friends you can probably inform them over email or broadcast a message on Whatsapp.
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What happens if your wedding venue, wedding planner, wedding photographer, band, etc. aren’t available on a new wedding date?
The best way to make sure you get your dream team back on board for your wedding will be to choose a weekday and keep your wedding day within the 2020 calendar year. Otherwise, you can also rely on your booked vendors for suggestions or find new ones if they are already booked for a new wedding date.
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