Place? Check. Caterer? Check. Photographer? Check. Makeup artist? Check. Wedding date? Postponed.
The endless list of dedicated efforts and arrangements for planning and arranging weddings pushed many others. But will Indian marriages be vulnerable to becoming fat and big in the world of coronavirus?
Before we talk about life after COVID-19, there is an urgent need to talk about life after lockdown. Covid has really changed the lifestyle of everyone all around the globe.
It is hard to imagine that any of us could come back who was an old general. Shops and offices and business will slowly come back and expand and survive.
The government has yet to share a roadmap for the revival and recovery of the growing economy.
The reassuring noises have failed to provide refugee, helpless and everlasting statutory facilities to the most distressed areas of the population – daily wage earners and unorganized sector workers, landless farmers and millions of expatriates.
There is no clarity on how the fragile supply chain will be maintained, restored and repaired in the absence of those bringing wood and water to make the cities buzz.
Will the poor suffering from starvation and unbearable discrimination be returned or brought back to bonded life in crowded cities?
How COVID-19 Postponed Indian Weddings or Other Events
The outbreak has disappointed many couples, who planned a big fat Indian wedding and many more.
People all over the world have postponed the wedding or plan to do it in a minimal way which is actually very disappointing for every happy couple!
Half of the people who planned to tie the knot in the coming quarter have cancelled or postponed their plans to next year.
The perfect thing for Indians. Big fat Indian weddings are all about celebrations, customs and family celebrations as it sounds.
It requires months of planning and execution. However, the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic has disturbed Indian intimate wedding planning. Like all other banned crowdfunding activities, the lockdown has also halted wedding planning.
List of Things That People Can Follow at The Time of Outbreak To Plan a Safe and Cautious Indian wedding:
1. When to set your wedding date?
Nobody knows when things will be normal. Therefore, you should not hurry when rescheduling your wedding date.
Government guidelines should be communicated so that they can consider when they will lift the ban. Determine the date and venue only after gaining clarity about the status of COVID-19.
Even if the government lifts the ban, you may have to follow safety guidelines for some time. Connect with Indian wedding planners and vendors to ensure they can adjust the payment if not, return it.
2. Safety and Hygiene Measures After Your Marriage:
COVID Indian weddings were utterly different than they once were. To ensure safety and hygiene, adopt new standards rather than dreaming about a crowded wedding ceremony.
Instead of opting for destination weddings, plan for local weddings. The visit will not be safe for some time even after the government relaxes the restrictions. Also, consider hosting intimate weddings.
To ensure location, you select open airfield auditoriums, which can help guests maintain physical distance between each other.
Make sure you have enough sanitizer and hands washed at every point before starting the entrance to exit the wedding venue. Avoid shaking hands with each guest, as it is necessary to maintain physical distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Select the e-invitation above the printed card. Practice social distance and use the time at home to personalize these e-invitations for your guests. All your guests coming and going are not safe options in the current scenario.
When it comes to Indian weddings, much can be said about the excessive spending and outrageous performances people are involved with.
The wedding is attended by 50 people, with guest banquet halls and Venues and locks with a financial shadow. Crisis for the majority population – there is no option but to end Indian marriage, which cannot be a bad thing.
While marriages may be minimal, the grandeur of Indian marriages will be clouded. In the rise (though none the less grand) of intimate, micro-weddings, the wedding industry believes that a ‘fat Indian wedding’ may have to wait long before it arrives.
Apart from all these, people are always requested to follow the guidelines laid down by the government:
- People will follow the social distancing norms throughout the event.
- They should wear masks during the ceremony.
- Guests should use hand-sanitizer and
- The function should be kept as short as possible.
- No drink or food is taken during the ceremony unless necessary.
The Future of Indian weddings After COVID-19
Indian Weddings in 2021 will reduce the scores of 2020, and they land on the calendar at the top of weddings that were planned for 2020 before the coronavirus arrived.
No one can predict if the ‘wedding season’ will be in full swing like we saw in 2020. Many states are still likely to have stringent preventive measures – some of which will be difficult for vendors and veneers for weddings.
Smaller, less essential ceremonies may now look particularly attractive, as they can adapt to whatever restrictions are in a year.
But without interruptions to their guest list, couples planning a wedding may know right now that the venue they want can be booked by the end of 2021.
This in itself would be enough to push some joints on a simpler, greater scale. Back, easy-to-plan wedding day. This will include creating meaningful and engaging experiences for guests on priority with precaution.
Some also believe that the lockdown period has given couples, as well as wedding vendors, enough time to reconsider the idea of a weeklong wedding celebration and go low-key as we saw the change in trend during this outbreak.
A new reality of Indian weddings has been revealed during COVID-19 outbreak as the ‘digital’ prefix for wedding planning continues.
The way forward for wedding industry post-covid-19 will be a new reality that will follow new formats, take into account health and safety standards and reinvigorate the guest experience.
Digital Indian Wedding
To limit exposure and save time, money and energy, we will focus on creating and e-inviting your wedding website.
These digital invitation cards can be sent to guests via email and WhatsApp along with a list of wedding websites.
A survey suggests that the impact of COVID-19 on weddings in India and around the world to help Indian studios, venue and service partners plan weddings during this epidemic.
It was found that most of the busy stages are positive and not cancelling their wedding booking (92% globally, 82% in India). The remaining few are being rescheduled this year or after 2021.
As they originally planned, 73% of couples in India and 87% globally do not intend to reduce their overall guest count and 87% with an intense desire to celebrate their weddings. India and 90% globally do not consider their budgets to below if government regulations allow.
While the lockdown has been removed and the country reopening process has been kickstarted, the government has implemented some strict guidelines that not more than 50 people will be allowed to attend weddings at one time.
Indian Weddings are celebrated with enthusiasm but entirely different when we constantly adapt to local rules in response to circumstances. However, one factor that will remain constant is the celebration of human relationships and love together.
We know, it’s heartbreaking to think of celebrating your special day without friends and family.
But above all your and other health is essential. While there’s a silver lining to the circumstance, now no one will take the celebration for granted. The covid 19 has served us all a lesson of power in togetherness.