How to plan your wedding day during COVID-19 lockdown ?
The coronavirus crisis has demolished many; your ‘big special wedding day’ is surely one among them. So, what happens for the next few years while we wait for everyone to get a coronavirus vaccine? How will Indian weddings be adapted to fit the new normal? Many couples have taken the easy way out and postponed their weddings hoping for better days.
With restrictions in place, very few marriages took place in the country and most of them did not have any gatherings while in some instances, people had even violated the restrictions by holding post-marriage parties.
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Remember you’re not alone right now. A million weddings have been postponed through late August or even till September 2020, and we know it’s a challenging time for so many couples impacted by this COVID-19 situation. It is easy now with the government allowing marriage functions during the lockdown from May 4 but a person cannot invite more than 50 for the function.
Some weddings will be conducted as minimal people as possible with just the couple and their immediate families. The new guidelines for the lockdown, from 1st June 2020, has allowed marriage related gatherings where the families should ensure social distancing and the maximum number of guests allowed will not be more than 50 people, as per Indian government’s latest update. There were also reports of people holding online marriages with the bride and bridegroom unable to travel due to travel restrictions.
Notes to make for Couples Planning Their Wedding day during COVID-19 lockdown.
If you’re just starting to plan or you already in the phase of having to postpone your wedding, start with taking some of our note on analysis of COVID-19’s possible impact on your special wedding day.
How to start planning for wedding day in COVID-19 lockdown?
If you’re currently in the phase of wedding planning, here are the necessary conversations and considerations to explore in this ever-changing landscape.
It may be much smaller, it may be during an off-season, or it may be in a totally different location, but the result will be the same: You will be getting married the love of your life and it will be meaningful and heartfelt and magical, regardless of when or where. Don’t let this situation break your spirit, just take a deep breath and begin putting together a Plan B.
The Plan B – Benefits of rescheduling:
It supports the small business owners involved with your wedding. Many of your vendors are mom-and-pop shops, and postponing your wedding instead of canceling it helps keep them in business. In these unprecedented times, more and more couples are taking the advice of both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to limit group gatherings because of COVID-19. As a result, some couples are either postponing their weddings or considering alternative options. In an official statement from its website, the CDC states, “Officials may ask you to modify, postpone, or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of your event staff, participants and the community. The details of your emergency operations plan should be based on the size and duration of your events, demographics of the participants, complexity of your event operations and type of on-site services and activities your event may offer.”
Make calls to your Venue & Vendors ASAP
The first thing you’ll want to do is to have serious discussions with your venue and vendors (virtually or over the phone, maintaining social distance of course!) about the potential impact of COVID-19 on your wedding. If you have a wedding planner, this is something they can facilitate. Otherwise, you’ll need to reach out to your venue and vendor team individually.
As some couples are choosing to wed in smaller size, intimate celebrations, elopements and microweddings have increased in popularity. There are key differences between the various types of events. While some are fundamentally smaller in guest count (elopements are considered more secretive and of-the-moment, whereas microweddings are full-on marriages with up to 50 guests), only about 13 percent of all weddings in the Mumbai in recent months fit into either category. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect 2020 spring and summer weddings, many ceremonies are being postponed. Engagements nevertheless are still happening. Couples are finding creative ways to pop the question even with social distancing measures involved. However, figuring out how to enjoy your engagement during a global crisis can be complicated.
Why it’s not only OK to celebrate your engagement, but why it’s important to celebrate happy things during a hard time.
Virtual Wedding or Live-Stream of your Wedding Day
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and there are couple had their virtual wedding, with their parents and a few friends in attendance, via video conferencing app Zoom and facilitated by Shaadi.com’s Wedding from Home initiative.
If you think social distancing would not apply after this, you are highly mistaken. To protect yourself and your guests, consider hosting intimate weddings and we bet it will be as gorgeous as you have ever imagined it to be. It would be easier to plan also after all this and you can always keep it elegant and simple and not over doing it. You must also decide on the guest list and number of functions, if you are going to have an intimate wedding. You cannot have two or three functions if you are hosting an intimate wedding, it should be really simple and sober.
Once you’re ready to secure your vendors, continue to have frequent and transparent communication with them throughout the entire process — an especially important step in planning a wedding during COVID. “The professionals in the wedding industry are standing behind couples.” Regardless of how the pandemic will affect weddings, your vendors will be able to help you make informed decisions as you move forward.
“It’s important to remind your guests of how to interact when they enter your wedding space. While people will most certainly be excited to greet each other, social distancing signs and reminders could encourage your guests to be mindful.”
E-Invitations Instead Of Wedding Cards
So, if you think of distributing wedding cards to every guest, it will take hell a lot of time and then you will have to go to their place which would not be a safe option. So, you can easily have digital or e-invitations and you can send them out on whatsapp or through emails.
Before you’re ready to send out save-the-dates and formal invitations, gather contact information for your entire guest list. While it’s one of the more tedious wedding planning tasks, it’s one that you can easily accomplish while you’re at home. Once you’re ready to put the invites in the mail or whatsapp broadcast, you’ll have all of the information you need ready to go.
Take a Nap peacefully (You’ve Got This!)
Wedding planning is a big undertaking in and of itself, and the added uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic can make even the calmest bride feel anxious about her big day. But one of the best ways to move forward is to do so knowing that you’ve got a team of supportive loved ones who have your back, and that this, too, shall pass.
“Take the time to rejuvenate and reach out to your friends and family whom you have not had the time to talk to,” says Kwan. “Do a bit of spring cleaning or watch old movies. Share positivity in these challenging times.”
After all, if there were ever a time to lean into the process of thinking about why you’re hosting a wedding in the first place—to bring all your loved ones together in one place to celebrate your new life chapter—that time is now. Focusing on gratitude and community are key to navigating the chaos.