Move over working from home, it’s time for weddings from home….
Love is in the air but so is the virus, wear a mask!
Hi Readers, I’ve come up with the topic that is no less than a festival in India. Yes, you are right. I’m talking about Indian weddings. Marriage is like a festival from all the pre-wedding ceremonies, rituals like roka followed by engagement, haldi/mehendi functions to the wedding day.
Weddings, indeed, are the reason for celebration, fun and food.
But 2020 has put a hold on these celebrations due to corona virus. Gone are the days when the “Big fat Punjabi weddings” were the talk of the town. The times have changed post-pandemic. For those couples who have tied knots during the lockdown know that the only memories they have gathered during their wedding is that of frequent sanitization, donning masks and ceremonies being conducted in their living rooms.
However, some couples have happily chosen to swap their big fat weddings to small intimate affairs. So, could that be the new normal? Would you like to get married in a low key affair? Share your opinions in the comment section below.
For me, wedding has always been a dream affair. You’ve planned this day for months, in some cases, years. You’ve agonized over every minute detail starting from the kadhai on your dupatta to the exact shade of gold in your partner’s sherwani. The sangeet playlists, the bridesmaids outfits, the venue , every decision took days and a dozen excel sheets. And then the pandemic is here, that shows no sign of plateauing and one of the most important days of your life play out much differently than you had planned.
Heartbreaking? Would seem so…
If you are planning to get married post corona era, don’t get disheartened and don’t let pandemic affect your plans. Just be ensure of your safety and enjoy to the fullest. What’s more important is you’re “Big Day”, to value people who love you more than the materialistic joys and how eagerly you want to start your lives together. In the end, you’ll happily quarantine with each other and that’s not bad, trust me.
If not a Big Fat wedding, here’s the theme you can execute yourself with your family that will lift up your spirits:
No Indian wedding is complete without the signature yellow and orange marigold flowers adorning every possible surface. To ropes of them dangling from the walls, they brighten up your aesthetic. In the new normal, you can spice things up with more color summer flowers like lilies, roses and lotus.
You will be really surprised to know that how simple fairy lights can go in creating the perfect atmosphere for a wedding. Anything and everything can be decorated with them. You can use metal and glass lamps as well for perfect decoration in the night. You can also go for paper lamps hanging from the trees.
- Self-designed outfits
As a bride your entire outfit should be special including the mask. Here’s how you can show your creativity. I want to share about one particular wedding where bride did this amazing creativity. She designed her own outfit with the lockdown theme. The theme of her outfit depicted her standing inside the room with her fiancé wearing masks while animals were roaming outside. This was kinda unique and interesting.
- Involve your family
From doing up the house to preparing the food, request the members of your family to contribute with something they are good at.
- Your food arrangement can be “potluck” prepared at home.
- Your cool brother can become “DJ wale bhaiya” at the sangeet.
- The “Bada-Budhas” of the house can help you with 7 pheras and other rituals.
- Resort Honeymoons
COVID has changed the way we all travel. With international travel been shut down, resort honeymoons might be the next best option to spend time within the confines of the resort instead of stepping around town. Just be ensure of the safety measures they are following and have a perfect intimate vacation with your love.
If you are planning your perfect intimate wedding, do try out these ideas.
Though it will take some time for the situation to go back to normal, it’s important for us to adapt to a post COVID-19 culture. In the meanwhile, it’s time to stay educated, make more informed decisions and rethink safer ways to plan your “shaadi”.